Moral and Civic Education
Life Education Committee
The Life Education Committee coordinates various student support groups and enhances collaboration among them.
Each year, a whole school programme on value education is planned to support the school goal or school development. To take the moving back to our Robinson Road campus as a life education opportunity, in the past two years all students participated in a programme called Happy Cleaning, which aimed at nurturing their cleaning habits and maintaining a clean campus. The programme was in line with the school plan to arouse students’ awareness to treasure the campus and shoulder their responsibility to take care of it. To encourage students to keep the learning environment clean and comfortable, each student had to bring her own towel to wipe furniture in their classrooms on specific cleaning dates. Their dedication to keeping the new campus clean was much appreciated.
To cultivate resilience and positive attitudes among students of different forms, a recurrent programme Life is a Marathon is organised. In addition, related student support groups run a wide variety of programmes such as religious pursuits, healthy living, sex education, interpersonal relationships, career-related experiences, environmental protection and national identity. With the concerted effort of all student support groups and the committee, students’ physical, psychological and spiritual development could be fostered.
Civic Education Committee
The Civic Education Committee is tasked to organise activities to develop students’ positive values, a sense of national identity and civic awareness in a systematic manner. In 2017-18, the committee started to develop values education on respect, inclusiveness, responsibility, thankfulness and love (with the theme of Towards an Environmentally Friendly School) and promoted the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China and the Basic Law. There was a lot of collaboration with different subject panels and committees, aiming to develop cross-curricular activities and to boost students’ confidence. New programmes such as the Cantonese speech contest, public speaking in English on social issues and leadership training programmes in the Greater Bay Area, were introduced successfully. On this ground, the committee helps to nurture students’ personal growth by developing their ability to identify values, as well as analyse different issues objectively and critically.
The Guidance Committee facilitates Ying Wa students’ holistic development with the support of all staff. It consists of 8 teaching staff, 2 social workers from the Hong Kong Family Welfare Society, an educational psychologist from the Church of Christ in China as well as a clinical psychologist playing the role of an educational consultant. The committee takes the lead in planning different developmental programmes and provides remedial services to both students and their families.
Various activities are organised to build up the resilience of students, strengthen bonds among peers, cultivate positive attitudes and develop effective emotional management skills. For example, the High Event Challenge exclusively for all S1 students, volunteered by trainers from the Hong Kong Police Rope Course Club, has been held for 12 years. Following our long-cherished tradition every year, 35 caring Guidance Assistants from senior forms offer support to the S1 new-comers to adapt to their secondary school life. Moreover, to equip the graduating classes to better face pressure in life, stress management workshops are provided. Various developmental programmes, such as talks on mental illness common among adolescents, sex education and family life education focusing on self-efficacy, the importance of altruism as well as positive thinking, are arranged regularly. The committee has also started collaboration with Hop Yat Church to provide spiritual support to students.
With the concerted effort of the staff, different professionals and the church, the committee is determined to foster the growth of Ying Wa students as healthy youngsters.
Discipline Committee & Prefect Board
The Discipline Committee comprises 8 teaching staff who maintain general discipline in school. The committee draws up, reviews and administers school rules with the aid of the staff and the Prefect Board. Disciplinary measures are exercised when necessary, with the aim of helping students learn to be self-disciplined and take responsibility for their misbehaviour. It also collaborates closely with the Guidance Committee to offer support to students with special needs. Every year, talks and workshops are organised for different forms to nurture positive values among students.
The Prefect Board is composed of 70 students from S3 to S6, nominated by their fellow classmates and teachers and then elected by all teachers for good manners and discipline. Under the supervision of 3 teacher advisors, prefects carry out routine duties to keep good order at school, as well as acting as ambassadors for the school at important events such as Speech Day. The Good Class Scheme is organised every year to cultivate a culture of responsibility in school. Workshops and training camps are also held regularly to ensure prefects are fair, firm and friendly while performing duties.
The Religious Committee extends the tradition of Christian culture, which was brought along from England by our missionary founders. The committee coordinates the efforts of teachers, students, alumnae and pastors from nearby churches to foster the spiritual and moral development of students based on Christian beliefs and practices. This is achieved through the Junior Christian Fellowship, Senior Christian Fellowship and other activities. The committee organises religious and evangelical events at school and occasionally outside school. It also arranges religious services for the whole school. Through the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Founder’s Day and Easter services, students and teachers are able to revisit the life of Jesus Christ and appreciate His teaching and His grace upon the school. Every year, S4 classes also take turns to conduct the morning assemblies, under the guidance of the committee and other teachers, to present themes related to the school goal.
The Christian Fellowship is a place where members can grow spiritually in God together. Through worship, games, sharings, prayers and discussions, not only can participants learn more about the biblical stories, but they can also foster their relationships with God and with one another. What differs the Christian Fellowship from other clubs is that it constantly welcomes newcomers, even those who did not sign up for the fellowship at the beginning of the year. The Christian Fellowship hopes that it can always be a place that is open to all schoolmates, a place for anyone to seek God, love and laughter, and also a shelter where schoolmates can always find support when they face hardship in life.
Important annual events held by the Christian Fellowship are the Christmas party and the summer retreat camp. Through these events, they provide time for schoolmates to relax and at the same time allow themselves to reflect on their journey with God and also consolidate their relationships with Him.