In 2019, Nan Chiau High School was 1 of the 9 schools identified to implement the Chinese Language Elective Programme at Secondary Level (CLEP-Sec) starting from 2020. Last year, we welcomed our pioneer batch of 31 CLEP-Sec students, among whom, 16 were awarded the CLEP-Sec Scholarship. This year, we have just concluded the scholarship selection in March, and we have another 17 students who will be awarded the CLEP –Sec Scholarship. 南侨中学很幸运得到各界人士的鼎力支持。从去年开始，本地著名作家尤今老师已经给首两届的语特生办了创意写作班，让学生在掌握创作技巧和知识的同时，也学会徜徉在缤纷灿烂的文学世界里。电台100.3 DJ 张承尧也拨冗给孩子们授课学习制作广播节目，而今年我们也有幸请到本地资深导演邓宝翠来教授语特学生从电影看文学的特殊学习经历。我在这里分享其中一位学生，李绮欣的学习经验。 “作为第一届中学语特学生，我对语特活动充满了好奇和期待。一直到现在，我很庆幸自己加入了语特这个大家庭。我有幸参加了尤今老师的 “快乐写作班”，让我在欢声笑语中学习到写作的不同要素。同时我也上了陶瓷课，让我有机会发挥自己的创意，亲手设计和制作瓷砖，把文学元素通过不同的方式展现出来。另外，作为语特奖学金得主，除了获得奖学金，我还获得教育部津贴参加语特营和浸濡计划，这让我十分期待！”
As a SAP school, it is our prerogative to ensure all NCzens read Higher Chinese Language from Secondary 1 and to become effectively bilingual at the end of 4 years in Nan Chiau. I am proud to announce that most of our students are coping well with Higher Chinese Language. Last year, we had the largest cohort of O-level Higher Chinese Language candidates. The performance of our Sec 3 Higher Chinese Language students who took the year-end Chinese Language national examination has also steadily improved over the years and they performed exceptionally well in 2020. This Sec 3 HCL cohort had 100% of students attaining B3 and above, with 83.5% of students attaining distinction in the subject. We are deeply encouraged by their outstanding results and our students’ positive attitude in mastering their Chinese Language.
During the COVID-19 Circuit Breaker in 2020, lessons were converted to home-based learning. Staff had a short runway to learn and prepare for the home-based learning lessons while students had to quickly adapt to the new learning environment. Especially for our graduating students, it was a situation that many had to take in their stride and to overcome the challenges of not being physically in school. Under such unforeseen circumstances, both staff and students #ChoseCourage. This is a testament of Nan Chiau students’ Power of ME, strong will and determination.
I am deeply heartened that many staff members have #ChosenCourage and explored alternatives so that the exposure and learning would not stop for our students. Last year, many school events and programmes were called off due to the Covid-19 pandemic. While staff were not expected to carry out certain programmes under SMM, many tried conducting online ‘live’ lessons for the first time and many programmes took on a new format. For example, Vice Principal, some teachers and myself participated in a ‘live’ programme, “南侨中学，你在吃什么?” during the Circuit Breaker period to engage students who spent most of their time at home. Through this programme, we connected with our students and sent the message that we can overcome this difficult situation together as one. We wanted them to know that every single student and staff forms an integral part of the NCHS family. We also continued to support cluster schools and schools offering Literature in Chinese in the learning of Chinese literature and culture, by #ChoosingCourage and organising the first ever online Chinese literature talk as well as a book sharing session. We #ChoseCourage again and hosted an online professional development workshop for CL teachers in the N4 cluster at the end of last year.
Like our forefathers, we have #ChosenCourage in the eye of adversity and have accomplished much. We know that tough times don’t last, tough people do. “不经一番寒彻骨 哪得梅花扑鼻香”, we are hopeful that after the pandemic, we will emerge stronger.
This year, NCHS’ Positive Education focuses on the ‘Power of Yet’ and the cultivation of growth mindset in our students. We believe in nurturing every NCzen and provide the space and opportunity for them to unleash their potential and see new possibilities. It is the attitude of “you can do it” and the cultivation of “hope” that our students’ continue to strive for success.
#ChooseToCelebrate #ChooseCourage #ChooseHope
#一路风华 —— 指74年克服困难无所畏惧展现出来的一路华釆
#砥砺前行 —— 指克服过去一路走来的艰难与磨炼
#人文日新 —— 指代代南侨学子继承先辈志向，创造的新南侨，新面貌
Ms Siau Fong Fui