PLK Vicwood KT Chong Sixth Form College

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PLK Vicwood KT Chong Sixth Form College
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Address
Hong Kong12 Willow Street, Tai Kok Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong[1]
Information
Type Government-subsidised Sixth Form College[2]
Motto Respect Love Diligence Sincerity
Established British Hong Kong 26 July 1991
Founder Dr Vicwood KT Chong, MBE, JP
School district Prince Edward
President Ms Angela Leong On-kei[3]
Headmaster Dr Lee Poon Shing[4]
Faculty English, Humanities, Business, Mathematics and Computer, Science, Recreation and Sports[5]
Grades Upper secondary
Affiliation Po Leung Kuk
Website

Po Leung Kuk Vicwood K. T. Chong Sixth Form College (Chinese: 保良局莊啟程預科書院; Jyutping: bou2 loeng4 guk6 zong1 kai2 cing4 jyu6 fo1 syu1 jyun2; KTC) is a government-subsidised sixth form college in Kowloon, Hong Kong.[6] It was established on 26 July 1991[7] with the vision to provide quality education to secondary pupils graduating secondary education with Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination. The College prepares pupils for the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination with its highly flexible curricula and course structure. The continuing education sector of the College also provides adult education[8] and the College once offered associate degree programmes, collaborating with Canadian and Australian universities.[9] The College also started offering joint degree programmes with Australian university The University of Ballarat in 1996, and The University of Victoria later.[10]

Being the first and only sixth form college in Hong Kong, the College reformed its structure for the new Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education curricula. It is now offering education to form four to form six pupils (24 classes). It has developed a strong relation with Po Leung Kuk Tong Nai Kan Junior Secondary College[11] from which it admits most of its pupils.[12]

The current headmaster of the College is Dr Lee Poon Shing, former headmaster of Fukien Secondary School Affiliated School[13] and vice-president (teaching and learning) and Dean of humanities of GT (Ellen Yeung) College.[14] The current president and supervisor is The Honourable Ms Angela Leong On-kei, also the current chairperson of Po Leung Kuk.

History[edit]

Establishment (1991)[edit]

The College was established on 26 July 1991 as a co-educational college[15] which focused on the Hong Kong A-level Examinations.[16] It was Hong Kong's first government-subsidised sixth form school,[17] on the former premises of Po Leung Kuk Wu Chung College, which had moved to Sha Tin. The site was originally that of a primary school. In its first year, the school offered a total of 16 subjects with Use of English being the only compulsory module. The social sciences stream of the College was highly innovative, offering economics, principles of accounts, pure mathematics, business studies, and geography. Dr Darnay Chan was the first headmaster of the College, previously being the head of Po Leung Kuk Tang Yuk Tien College in Tuen Mun.

It officially opened on 12 March 1992 with an opening ceremony officiated by former Secretariat for Education (then Secretary for Home Affairs), Mr Michael Suen, JP.[citation needed]

While graduates tend to celebrate graduation with traditional graduation dinners usually located in restaurants in Hong Kong's international hotels, the official ceremony for graduation are the speech days. The first speech day was held on 8 May 1993, officiated by Professor Gungwu Wang, CBE, then vice-chancellor of The University of Hong Kong. It has developed into a tradition for the College's founding father, Sultan Dr Vicwood KT Chong (MBE, JP, Doctor of Laws), to hand out graduation certificates to honourable graduates of the College.[18]

Sports Events[edit]

The first sports day with competitive cheering team contests was held on 10 November 1992; while the College first participated in Po Leung Kuk joint-school swimming gala on 11 October 1992. The College has since then organised sports days and swimming galas annually, but participations in the Hong Kong-wide swimming galas have been inconsistent. Nonetheless, the College still manages to have extraordinary results in territory-wide swimming galas, with championships in third division being a fairly common award for the College.[citation needed]

Academic Excellence[edit]

Photo of parents and students waiting outside applying for places.

The College has quickly become a symbol of academic excellence in Hong Kong,[19] with extraordinary results in Hong Kong A-level Examinations and very high admission scores.[20] According to the statistics provided by the College, the passing rates for all subjects have never been below the averages of Hong Kong's, while the credit rates for all subjects have been way above those of Hong Kong's since 1995, the third cohort of graduates. Since 2007, the passing rates have been equal or close to 100%, with credit rates above 50%, and climbed to close to 80% since 2011.[citation needed]

Articulation with Junior Secondary College[edit]

Being the first government-subsidised sixth form college in Hong Kong, the College reformed its structure for the new Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education curricula. It is now offering education to form four to form six pupils (24 classes). It has developed a strong relation with Po Leung Kuk Tong Nai Kan Junior Secondary College[21] from which it admits most of its pupils.

Characteristics[edit]

Mentor System[edit]

The College demolished the common class teacher system adopted in local Hong Kong schools, and instead substitute it with an innovative mentor system. Every pupil is assigned with a teacher-mentor in the school whom is responsible for the pupil. Mentor groups also hold outings and parades inside and outside of the College.

Tutorial System[edit]

The College also adopts a university-style seminar system with teachers as supervisors for pupils, to provide extra academic and advisory support within the official school time-tables. The College also organises public lectures for all pupils to attend when university lecturers, public figures (e.g. Honourable Legislators), and distinguished speakers are invited to have discussions with students. Among tutorial groups, schoolteachers also organised incursions[22] and excursions with students.

Physical Education Programmes[edit]

The College offers also a one-of-a-kind flexible physical education, allowing students to select electives among a list of offered modules including:[23] Athletics, badminton, basketball, dances, football, group games, handball, hockey, squash, tennis, volleyball, etc., many of them not offered anywhere else. In the past, the College had also offered modules such as tai chi, yoga, swimming, bowling, gym, gymnastics, table tennis and many other activities which could be brought back in the future.

Clubs and Societies[edit]

The College encourages students to organise academic and non-academic societies. Some of its societies reached out to the broader society, with for example the Geography Society in school year 2008-2009 collaborated with Greenpeace Asia, Hong Kong Observatory, and Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department extensively.

Higher Education[edit]

The College started offering joint-degree programmes with numerous overseas universities such as The University of Victoria, Canada and The University of Ballarat, Australia in 1996. Then headmaster, Dr Chan, pointed out when he signed the agreement with the vice-chancellor of Ballarat University, Professor David James, that the College had decided upon such direction due to the high academic qualifications of its academic team. The College's schoolteachers were considered equivalent to university lecturers for undergraduate programmes.

In 2000, the College was in preparation to be the first community college in Hong Kong, offering associate degree programmes to all of Hong Kong, with the first graduation ceremony held in May 2004.

Former Headteachers[edit]

1991-2007: Dr Darnay SK Chan

2008-2009: Mrs Iris WH Lau Lai

2009-2013: Miss ML Chik

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]

Po Leung Kuk Education in Hong Kong

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sfc-plk.edu.hk/plk/sfc/home/list.html?cid=114985029006473
  2. ^ http://hk.yoshioris.com/school.asp?sid=1067
  3. ^ http://www.poleungkuk.org.hk/en/2009071021/board-of-directors/board-of-directors.html
  4. ^ http://www.sfc-plk.edu.hk/plk/sfc/home/view.html?cid=115234265478101&parentid=114984599573636
  5. ^ http://www.sfc-plk.edu.hk/plk/sfc/home/view.html?cid=115234265478101&parentid=114984599573636
  6. ^ http://hk.yoshioris.com/school.asp?sid=1067
  7. ^ 20th Anniversary School History Photo Album
  8. ^ http://www.plk.edu.hk/
  9. ^ 20th Anniversary School History Photo Album
  10. ^ 20th Anniversary School History Photo Album
  11. ^ http://www.plktnkjsc.edu.hk
  12. ^ http://www.poleungkuk.org.hk/en/20090804383/overview-of-plk-schools/sixth-form-colleges.html
  13. ^ http://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/news/20090524/00176_017.html
  14. ^ http://www.gtcollege.edu.hk/C01_09_ThomasLee.htm
  15. ^ http://wikimapia.org/1620898/Po-Leung-Kuk-Vicwood-K-T-Chong-Sixth-Form-College
  16. ^ http://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/news/20110519/00176_095.html?pubdate=20110519
  17. ^ http://www.poleungkuk.org.hk/en/20090804383/overview-of-plk-schools/sixth-form-colleges.html
  18. ^ Twenty-second Annual Speech Day, 2014
  19. ^ http://orientaldaily.on.cc/cnt/news/20110519/00176_095.html?pubdate=20110519
  20. ^ http://www.sfc-plk.edu.hk/plk/sfc/home/view.html?cid=115876455832601&parentid=114984599573636
  21. ^ http://www.plktnkjsc.edu.hk
  22. ^ http://www.studiotm.hk/?art=k-t-chong-college-%E4%BF%9D%E8%89%AF%E5%B1%80%E8%8E%8A%E5%95%9F%E7%A8%8B%E9%A0%90%E7%A7%91%E6%9B%B8%E9%99%A2
  23. ^ http://www.sfc-plk.edu.hk/plk/sfc/home/view.html?cid=115238277466504&parentid=115007725951312