Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School

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Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School
荃灣官立中學
TWGSSschoolbadge.JPG
Address
70 Hoi Pa Street,
Tsuen Wan
Hong Kong
Information
Type Government School
Established 1961
School district Tsuen Wan District
Medium of instruction English (EMI)
Principal Ms. TANG Suk-ching
Grades Secondary 1 to 6 (S1-S3: 4 classes, S4-S6: 4 classes)
Enrolment 1,000(2013–2014)
Colour(s) Green, Blue
Motto

Integritas

誠正達仁
Website
A photo of the School taken from the opposite side of Hoi Pa Street, showing (from left to right) the hall, the main entrance, the laboratory wing and the new wing. The classroom wing is obscured by the laboratory wing

Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School (TWGSS; Chinese: 荃灣官立中學 or 荃官 in short) is an English-language (EMI) co-education secondary school located at 70 Hoi Pa Street, Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong. The school building consists of the hall, the laboratory wing, the classroom wing, and the new wing (completed in 2003). Ms. Tang Suk Ching is the current principal of the school, beginning her term in September 2016.

History[edit]

The school was founded in 1961, as the earliest secondary school in the Tsuen Wan District. Today it is recognised as one of the leading schools in Hong Kong in terms of academic results. 11 September 1961 was a memorable day to TWGSS. On that day, TWGSS opened. The first campus site was in the newly established Hoi Pa Street Government Primary School, where sixty-eight boys and seventy-five girls were accommodated temporarily. In September 1963, however, due to the lack of classrooms available for S1-S3 levels, the school was separated into A.M. and P. M. session. 25 June 1964 was another meaningful day to our school because on that day, old boys and girls moved to the new campus and thus the whole-day school arrangement resumed.

The opening ceremony of TWGSS was held on 25 November 1964. His Excellency the Governor, Sir David Trench, was invited to be the Guest of Honour to mark the opening of the school. A historical plaque of the grand opening ceremony can be found on the wall of the main lobby. It reads: "The school opened by His Excellency The Governor Sir David C.C. Trench K.C.M.G., M.C. on 25th November 1964."

Two survivors of the 2010 Manila hostage crisis, who were orphaned by the tragedy, were students of the school.[1][2]

School song[edit]

Where once were swamps, Tsuen Wan has now arisen
Here is our school, and large our spirit grows
These walls do not our hearts or minds imprison
Because our school (as e'en the youngest knows)
Transcends its bounds with ev'ry youthful vision,
and we are free; Our guide, Integritas.
Pine, Plum, Bamboo and Camphor don't divide us,
We all are one; together on our way,
With Scout and Guide and Monitor beside us,
And Prefect too, our School we'll not betray.
In work and play, at school, at home, and always,
In all we do, we'll seek Integritas.

Academic results[edit]

Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School students are known for excelling in public examinations.

Historically, more students at the school have received 10 A grades on the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) (the highest grade possible on the HKCEE) than at any other secondary schools in Hong Kong. Out of over 572 secondary schools in Hong Kong, fewer than 30 have ever produced these so-called "10A" students. In particular, between 2000 and 2010, eight Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School students have received 10 A's in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) and 14 students have received 9 A's, ranking ninth among all secondary schools in Hong Kong.

In the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE), more than 30 students have received 5 A's, 4 A's or 3 A's between 2000 and 2010. The school received a relatively high number of A grades and A-C grades per student.

The stellar academic performance of the students has been reflected in its representation at many of the world's best universities. Many excellent Form 6 students continue their education at prestigious overseas institutions in the United States, the People's Republic of China and the United Kingdom, while most graduates enrol in prestigious local universities such as the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

TWGSS counts a total of 12 winners of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students Awards,[3] ranking seventh among all secondary schools in Hong Kong.

School facilities[edit]

31 air-conditioned classrooms and school hall, Audio-Visual Production & Broadcasting Centre, 3 Computer Assisted Learning Centres, Student Activity Centre, laboratories, Geography Room, Music Room, Music Centre, Language room, Home Economics Room, Art Room, Design and Technology Room, library, conference rooms, Lecture Room, badminton court and basketball court.

Extra-curricular activities[edit]

There are 4 houses, Bamboo (BA), Camphor (CA), Pine (PI) and Plum (PL). More than 30 clubs and societies of academic, service, sports or other interests are also organized.

Notable alumni[edit]

Government
  • Dr Chung Shui-ming, GBS, JP CPPCC National Committee member
  • Mr. Thomas Chan, GBS, JP Former Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Housing) cum Director of Housing
  • Mr. YING Yiu Hong, Stanley, JP Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Housing) cum Director of Housing
  • Ms. CHANG King Yiu, JP Permanent Secretary for Constitutional & Mainland Affairs
  • Miss LAU Lee Kwan, Vivian, JP Director of Food & Environment Hygiene
  • Ms. LI Mei Sheung, Michelle, JP Deputy Secretary for Education
  • Mr. FAN Wai Ming, Raymond, JP Deputy Secretary (Special Duties), Financial Services and the Treasury Bureau
  • Mr. TSE Chin Wan, JP Deputy Director (Environmental Assessment), Environmental Protection Department
Education
  • Prof. Kevin W.P. LEUNG CChem FRSC Professor Director, Applied Chemistry with Management Studies Programme, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
  • Prof. James Tin-Yau KWOK Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Dr. Law In Chak Honorary Clinical Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong
  • Dr. Amelia N. Y. Lee, Head, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, School of Continuing Education, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Mr. Wong Kwan Yu, MH Principal, Fukien Secondary School (Siu Sai Wan)
  • Mr. LO Wai Shing Vincent, MH Principal, Evangel College
  • Ms. Lau Sau Yin Principal, Queen Elizabeth School Old Students' Association Secondary School
Other
  • Mr. CHIN Yiu Cheong, Francis, QS, JP
  • Mr. SHE Chun-chi Kenneth, General Manager of Uber Hong Kong
  • Ms Wong Suk Chee, Dorothy, the second Rhodes scholar from Hong Kong[4]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Donations pour in for orphans' schooling and medical care". South China Morning Post. 27 August 2010. p. 3. 
  2. ^ Cheung, Simpson (24 March 2011). "Survivors and relatives struggle with wounds that can never heal". South China Morning Post. p. 2. 
  3. ^ Past Winners of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students Awards
  4. ^ Fan, Maureen (4 April 1987). "Rhodes scholar who made it on her own". South China Morning Post. p. 3. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 22°22′21″N 114°06′50″E / 22.3726°N 114.1138°E / 22.3726; 114.1138