Speech at Opening Ceremony of the Good Hope School Golden Jubilee Open Day
Opening Ceremony of the
28 October 2006 (Saturday)
Speech by Professor Arthur K C Li
Secretary for Education and Manpower
Sr. Mary Olga Lam (Supervisor), Ms Corina Chen (Principal), Distinguished Guests, Parents, Teachers, Past and Present Students,
Thank you for inviting me to your Golden Jubilee Open Day. 50th Anniversary is a great event. It is also a perfect time for friends to get together to celebrate the achievements of the school. I am very honoured to be with you on this important occasion.
One may not know that
After half a century, Good Hope remains committed to the education of all-round, unique and reflective individuals with global perspective and the zeal to strive for excellence. Generations of Good Hopers have borne witness to this with their outstanding achievements. Teachers and parents are proud of them, not only because of their excellent academic results, but also because of their talents in arts and sports. The school choir will not forget the time when it sang for Queen Elizabeth II in 1986, or when it represented
Such a brilliant record owes much to the able leadership of the school management and the hard work of teachers. Together they have developed effective educational strategies for the benefit of their students. For instance, there is close cooperation between the school’s primary and secondary sections, which makes education at Good Hope coherent and comprehensive. The annual joint staff development days for the two sections and the bridging programme for Secondary One students are good examples of collaborative measures for other schools to follow.
As the school turned DSS in 2002, the school management further took advantage of the enhanced flexibility and made good use of the resources available to implement biliterate and trilingual education. There is now a full team of quality language teachers with different academic and cultural backgrounds. Their professionalism gains recognition in the community at large when the English panel received the Chief Executive’s Award for Teaching Excellence in 2004/05.
Apart from pursuing academic excellence, Good Hope also puts great emphasis on community work. Students here are encouraged to take part in community services throughout their secondary school life, as part of their education. In doing so, they acquire positive values that will help them stand the adversities in life, and prepare them to be responsible and caring citizens. As educators we all know that moral values and civic duties are not something that one can learn by rote memory. They are meaningful only when they are put to practice. I am glad that Good Hope has taught its students to cherish community services as learning experiences and to practise what they believe.
Good Hope is exemplary in so many ways that it has every reason to look back on its 50 years with pride and satisfaction. Knowing Good Hope and its venturing spirit, however, I think she would rather be looking forward. And so should all of us.
This year is a landmark in the history of education in
On this memorable occasion, may I congratulate the school again on its remarkable achievements, and wish her continued success in the future.