Our Principal

Mr Lau Chi Yuen (B.Sc., P.C.Ed., M.Sc., M.Ed.) Email: laucy@tanghin.edu.hk

Principal's Message

Good Morning, Colleagues and Students,

  After a long summer vacation, today we all come back to school.  First of all, I would like to wish everybody a fruitful year to come, improvement and good health.

  As this is the beginning of a new school year, let me introduce our new teachers to you all.  First, we have Mr. Lee Ka Shun.  He will be teaching Mathematics and Science both as a teacher and a teaching assistant.  We also have Mr. Wong Chun Ming.  He is the teaching assistant of our science-related subjects.

  It’s Tanghin’s 36th year.  Last year, for the celebration of our school’s 35th anniversary, we have run a series of activities, which under the joint efforts of teachers and students, were greeted with immense applause and appreciation.  As I can see, most of you here, including teachers and students, have participated in our school’s celebratory activities, open days and variety show.  We have fully displayed our very strong organizational power and talents, and illustrated precisely the spirit of our 35th anniversary slogan, “Fly high, See Wide, Strive for a New Climb.”  We are successful in passing on this admirable tradition, keep the pleasing standards, and earn territory-wide recognition and commendation of educationalists, parents and students.  Yet, we should not rest on our laurels.  We will continue to climb high and make breakthroughs.

  In the sixth HKDSE, our students’ performance is still satisfying, though there is room for improvement in the average credit rate.  The average pass rate of all the subjects this year is 100.  86.4% of our students attained an average of Level 4 or above while Hong Kong’s average is only 35%.  94.5% of our students fulfilled the University Admission Requirement (i.e. 「3322」 or above for the core subjects, plus Level 「2」or above in one elective subject), while Hong Kong’s average is 35.5%.  86.6% of the students attained Level 4 or above in 5 subjects, while Hong Kong’s average is only 20.4%.  96.1% were offered a seat in a university degree programme through the JUPAS System.  On average, each student attained 0.35 (Level 5**), 0.98 (Level 5*), 1.72 (Level 5), and 2.5 (Level 4). 59.06% of our students were admitted into the 3 top universities in Hong Kong, namely The University of Hong Kong (HKU), The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CU) and the University of Science and Technology (HKUST).  As we can see, our students’ performance is rather outstanding among all the schools in Hong Kong.  Yet, we must not be complacent.  Instead, it is time for evaluation so as to make further progress.  To be frank, there is obvious room for improvement in our students’ performance in this year’s DSE, especially in the number of top grades attained. (i.e. Level 5 or above)  Some set rather low demand on themselves.  Some started working hard too late.  Despite teachers’ devoted efforts throughout the school year, some students still could not be offered a place in the university they preferred and some even did not get any offer in the end.  They regretted not having done enough but it’s no use crying over spilt milk.  So we should know the importance of hard work.  Don’t idle away your time.  Face your own limitations and find ways to fix them as early as possible.  Grasp every opportunity to enhance your academic level and develop your talent.

  In the non-academic aspects, our school managed to have a balanced development.   We had a bumper harvest in different extra-curricular areas like scientific research, visual art, drama, debating, music, dancing, badminton and basketball.  In the Asian Rope-skipping Championships 2017 held in Seoul, South Korea, 4 of our students were in the team representing Hong Kong and they were all awarded medals in recognition of their brilliant performance.  All these testify to our students’ all-round abilities and tenacity.

  In this year’s HKDSE, there was a student called Cherry who has been suffering from osteogenesis imperfecta (commonly known as ‘glass bones’) since she was young.  She never put any blame on her physical limitations.  Instead, she worked with an unyielding passion and passed her examinations with flying colours.  She even aspires to study law in the University of Hong Kong so that she can apply her experience to help the disadvantaged social groups.  Due to this illness, Cherry became a frequent visitor of the hospital throughout the years and received no less than 20 times’ surgical operations.  Body set with metal props, Cherry was barred from normal play with kids of her similar age.  In Primary Two, she had to stay in the hospital for one and a half year because of a broken leg; in Primary Five, half a year for the same reason, and then in Secondary Three, more than two months.  Though being in plaster up to her waist during her hospitalization, Cherry continued her study and revision with the help of the lesson recordings provided by her school and her classmates’ lesson notes.  She never stopped trying to catch up.  Physical handicap did bring her a lot of inconvenience and worse still, much fewer choices than the able-bodied.  This is something that Cherry clearly understands.  She knows that working hard to equip herself with knowledge is her only outlet.  She hopes that the government can increase resources support to help the handicapped unearth their potential.  Despite her unhappy experiences in her younger days, and all the troubles brought about by her mobility impairment, she still believes that she is a blessed person, with a pair of deft hands that skillfully helped with her learning and enabled her to attend lessons on a wheelchair.  She overcame her obstacles with a positive attitude and was eventually granted a seat in the university she preferred.  The above is a solid case that proved the importance of an optimistic mind, and perseverance in facing our defects when chasing our dream.  Relatively speaking, you all live in bliss.  Do you have the same strength and fortitude to fight for your dream?  Can you set long-term targets for yourself and strive hard for success?

  Besides intellectual development, we should put equal emphasis on our personal moral growth and diversified development.  Go beyond textbooks, broaden your horizons and see the world through actively participating in the school’s cross-curricular activities and external competitions.  Moral and National Education are indispensable to young people.  If everyone can fulfil his civic duties, exercise self-discipline, uphold the admirable qualities of punctuality, tidiness and honesty, respect law and order, be ready for mutual assistance and acquire good habits, the whole community can surely be benefited.  These days, many young people only attach weight to personal rights and freedom.  They often follow the unhealthy trends widely promoted by the mass media and on the Internet, and come up with inappropriate behaviour like chasing after Korean idols, no matter how awful they look or how unsightly their hairstyles are.  They might copy the intimate behavior in episodes of certain drama series and regard it as romance.  Some others secretly bring mobile phones back to school or put on uniforms in a way that violates school regulations.  They forget their duties and obligations.  All these different kinds of irresponsible behavior make it hard for the school to efficiently carry out her teaching and counseling work, and the ultimate victims are students themselves.  So I hope you can all think seriously, apply what you have learnt in school, establish proper values and reject blind pursuit of current fads.  Other than this, I also notice that in recent years, there is an obvious decline in students’ enthusiasm for doing services.  I would like you to realize that as a subsidized school in Hong Kong, we are lacking in resources.  Under the NSS curriculum, teachers are already drained in terms of their time and energy for teaching duties.  At the same time, they have to devote a lot of efforts to handle other school duties like supervising the Students’ Union, the 4 Houses, Prefect Team and Societies.  However, these days, many service groups find it more and more difficult to recruit new members due to students’ reluctance to serve and their selfish calculation.  Dear students, a school’s success does not only hinge on teachers’ efforts.  All of you have the responsibility to contribute in one way or another.  Here I call upon you all to do more services, which will benefit both others and yourself in the end.

  35 years’ struggle puts Tang Hin among the most prestigious secondary schools in Hong Kong.  Our achievements certainly does not stem from a piece of luck.  It’s the fruit of resolve, perseverance and perspiration.  I hope you can pass on this unfaltering spirit, set higher targets and have a solid plan to realize them.  You should also bear in mind that everyone is endowed with a balance of rights and obligations.  You should be sensible, law-abiding, willing to devote time and energy to help others and build your own virtues.  And I’m sure all of you will grow up to be leaders of tomorrow.

  Thank you!

Lau Chi Yuen
Principal
HKTA Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School

1st September, 2017