Tung Wah Group of Hospitals S. C. Gaw Memorial College

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Tung Wah Group of Hospitals S. C. Gaw Memorial College
東華三院吳祥川紀念中學
SCGawBadge.jpg
School badge of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals S. C. Gaw Memorial College
Address
Tsing Sum Street, Town Centre
Tsing Yi
Hong Kong
Information
Type Aided, Co-educational
Motto 勤儉忠信 (Diligence, Frugality, Loyalty, and Faithfulness)
Established 1984
Founder Tung Wah Group of Hospitals
School district Kwai Chung and Tsing Yi (Also Sham Shui Po and Tsuen Wan)
Principal Ms Tang Wai Chun, Agnes
Staff 56
Grades Secondary 1 to 7
Number of students 1001
Campus size 4750 m2
Campus type Urban and rural
Houses Diligence(勤), Frugality(儉), Loyalty(忠), and Faithfulness(信)
Colour(s) Red, Orange, Yellow and Blue
Song 東華三院校歌 (School Song of Tung Wah Group of Hospitals)
Website

Tung Wah Group of Hospitals S. C. Gaw Memorial College (Chinese: 東華三院吳祥川紀念中學; TWGHs S. C. Gaw Memorial College or S. C. Gaw for short) is a secondary school on the Tsing Yi Island, Hong Kong. The school is under Tiger's Head or Fu Tau Shan (虎頭山), surrounded by four resited villages, Tai Wong Ha, Yim Tin Kok, Lam Tin, and San Uk.

S. C. Gaw Memorial College is a co-educational school, accepting both boys and girls. The majority of students are residents on the island though there are many students from various part of Hong Kong. Established by a charity organisation, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals in 1984, the school is largely fund by the aids of the Hong Kong Government. The medium of instruction is in English, Cantonese and Chinese.

In the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE) of 2007&2010, several students had notably good results.[1]

The school building amidst hills and villages with extension under construction

History[2][edit]

Before the establishment of the school, it was on the site of the village of Ha Chung Mei closed to Tsing Yi Lagoon. During the 1980s, Tsing Yi Island was under drastic development of Tsuen Wan New Town. The surrounding of school site was reclaimed for new town. The population of Tsing Yi Island was expected to increase drastically and the government was planned for more schools to cater more children and youths.[3]

SCGaw was established in 1984 by a charity organisation, Tung Wah Group of Hospitals. It is the third secondary school on the Tsing Yi Island and also the thirteenth secondary school in the organisation. S. C. Gaw (吳祥川) is the father of a former director, 吳仲燦. The director donated money to build this school and name the school his father's to memorise his contribution.

The school building had not completed for the first intake in 1984. The school borrowed 12 classrooms from Po Leung Kuk 1983 Board of Directors' College, a secondary school in Cheung Hong Estate on the island. The school building was completed in February 1985 and the students moved into the building on March. The commencement ceremony was held in the next year, January 1986, Government high official 廖本懷 .

In June 1989, a group of students traveled to Hualien, Taiwan after HKALE and five were killed in a fire in their hotel.

In 2005 an extension of the school was completed.

School motto, school song, houses and school colours[edit]

The school motto and school song are shared among all secondary schools founded by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals S. C. Gaw Memorial College.

School motto[edit]

The school motto is 勤儉忠信(Cantonese: Kan Kin Chung Shun), which means Diligence, Frugality, Loyalty, and Faithfulness (or Faith). The motto is inscribed on a lacquered board in her assembly hall. The motto is also the name of school houses.

School song[edit]

The lyrics of school song:[4]

House and school colours[edit]

The school divides students and teaching staff into four houses (社, Cantonese: Se). Houses are named after school motto, namely, Diligence (勤), Frugality (儉), Loyalty (忠), and Faithfulness or Faith (信).[5] The system is the same among all Tung Wah secondary schools. The colours of houses are also the school colours which are freely chosen by individual schools. In S. C. Gaw Memorial School, Diligence is in red, Frugality orange, Loyalty yellow and Faithfulness blue.

House committee members are chosen from senior forms, usually form 4 and form 6, who are free from prompt public examinations. The heads of four houses (社長) are chosen from form 6. Houses compete with each other in various school events, like athletes day, swimming gala, games day, talent shows and others, for an annual inter-house competition award.

Class structure[edit]

The school organised classes from Secondary 1 to Secondary 7 (or Form 1 to Form 7).[6] For Junior Forms, from Secondary 1 to Secondary 3, there are 4 classes in each form. For Senior Forms, from Secondary 4 to Secondary 5, there are five classes each form, divided into science, arts and business streams and preparing for Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination. The highest forms are matriculation, from Secondary 6 to Secondary 7, there are 2 classes each form, divided into science, arts and business streams and preparing for Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination.

Extra-curriculum activities[edit]

S. C. Gaw Memorial College organises diverse choices of extra-curricular activities. Lots of students participate wide variety of sports and outdoors activities.

Principals[edit]

  1. Cheng Man Wai (鄭文煒, 1984 - 1997)
  2. Tam Fuk Kei (譚福基, 1997 - 2005)
  3. Ho Lai Po (何禮寶, 2005 - 2010)
  4. Tang Wai Chun, Agnes (鄧蕙珍, 2010–present)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Distinct results of Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination" (in Chinese). Tung Wah Group of Hospitals S. C. Gaw Memorial College. 
  2. ^ "Major events" (in Chinese). Tung Wah Group of Hospitals S. C. Gaw Memorial College. 
  3. ^ Area 3 (Tsing Yi). Hong Kong Government. 1966. 
  4. ^ "Tung Wah School Song". 
  5. ^ "houses" (in Chinese). 
  6. ^ "curriculum" (in Chinese). 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 22°21′09″N 114°06′06″E / 22.35250°N 114.10167°E / 22.35250; 114.10167