Moral and Civic Education
Life Education Committee
The Life Education Committee coordinates various student support groups and enhances collaboration among them. Members of the committee include the heads of six student support groups and five other teachers, whose role is to work closely with class teachers.
Each year, a whole-school programme on value education is planned to support the school goal or school development. In the past two years all classes participated in a programme called “Your Say”, which aimed at fostering students’ care and concern for society and helping them express their views with confidence. Each class held discussions and collected information about a controversial social issue of their own choice. They then voiced their views in a board display. Outstanding classes were invited to share their thoughts and findings in the school assembly. Their presentations were creative and much appreciated.
Besides, a recurrent programme “Life is a Marathon” is organised to cultivate resilience and positive attitudes among students, with different themes for individual forms. Student support groups also run their own programmes to meet the needs of students in a variety of areas, ranging from religious pursuit, healthy living, sex education, interpersonal relationship to career-related experiences, environmental protection and national identity.
Civic Education Committee
The Civic Education Committee organizes activities to enhance students’ social awareness and sense of national identity. In the past few years, there was a lot of collaboration with different subject panels and committees, making possible new programmes such as study tours to the Mainland, Singapore, South Korea, Germany, etc.
Since 2012-13, the forum “First Floor Plain Talk” has become one of the committee’s regular activities. Held in the ground floor quadrangle during lunchtime, it provides students with a platform to speak out on hot issues. Free and responsible expression of opinions is encouraged. Besides, talks are more frequently held in the school assembly, with Civic Education Assistants selecting themes and hosting the programmes. Inter-class Chinese debates have also been held to boost students’ confidence in public speaking and debating.
The Guidance Committee is formed by six Guidance Teachers, two School Social Workers from the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society and an Educational Psychologist from the CCC, Hong Kong.
With the vision to facilitate holistic development of students, both developmental programmes and remedial services are offered by the committee. To help S1 students adapt to the new school life, the long-standing Guidance Assistant Scheme places them under the care of big sisters from senior forms. Financed by the Mrs Li Chong Yuet Ming Student Development Fund, all S1 students can now join the High Event Challenge, offered by volunteers of the Hong Kong Police Rope Course Club.
The committee co-organises the “333 Learning Companion Leadership Programme” with the Interact Club and the We R Family Foundation. Keen helpers from S3 upwards are recruited to tutor disadvantaged primary students. Besides, there are numerous developmental programmes on sex education, family life education, treasuring life, goal setting, study skills, etc. Individual students also benefit from guidance services of the School Social Workers and Educational Psychologist.
With the concerted efforts of the staff and Guidance Assistants as peer helpers, the Guidance Committee has created a strong network of support to foster the growth of Ying Wa students.
Consisting of seven teacher members, the Discipline Committee maintains general discipline at the school. School rules are drawn up, reviewed and administered with the help of the Prefect Board. Disciplinary measures are exercised when necessary. However, the committee emphasises the importance of selfdiscipline and encourages students to take responsibility for their own behaviour. There is close collaboration with the Guidance Committee to offer support to students who need special care.
The Prefect Board boasts of seventy Prefects coming from S3 to S6. Nominated by their classmates, they were then chosen by teachers for good character and academic performance. They carry out everyday duties to monitor student discipline, and are also ambassadors for the school on important occasions such as Speech Day and Parents’Day. Every year the Prefect Board runs the Good Class Scheme to promote self-discipline and foster a sense of responsibility. The Head Prefect and the Deputy Head Prefect work closely with the board committee to plan and organise various activities and competitions. Workshops and training camps are held regularly for Prefects, to ensure they are fair, firm and friendly while carrying out duties and facing challenges.
The Religious Committee takes care of the spiritual and moral development of students based on the Christian philosophy. It coordinates religious events and evangelical efforts at the school. Thanksgiving service, Christmas service and Easter service are arranged annually to pass on Jesus’ teachings and grace. Guest speakers as well as teachers are invited to share experience and views in school assemblies. Senior classes also have a chance to conduct the assembly, with the guidance of the committee and other teachers. The themes are in line with the school goal and generally promote positive values and attitudes towards life.