“Think positively and face challenges optimistically.”
School-based curriculum with practical usage
True-light Bearer Course
With an emphasis on value and moral Education, our school implements our school-based “True-light Bearer Course” in S1 and S2, with “Cape of Fruit” and “The Creed of True Light Bearers” as the overall framework. Through teaching social issues and holding interactive dialogues, we provide guidance towards building correct moral values. It is hoped that students can apply critical thinking skills and moral principles in making more well-informed and systematic moral decisions and judgements. Despite facing a complicated social environment and multiple ethical dilemmas, we hope students can still put the relevant thinking skills into action. Frequent teacher-student interaction and fervent discussion among students in the classroom enable students to clarify, reflect and cultivate their moral values, thus eventually becoming knowledgeable and responsible members of society.
Positive Education and Life Education across the forms
In an era of information explosion and moral conflicts, our school is concerned about the well-being of students. Since 2016, our school has become one of the partnership schools with HKU in “Cultivating Students’ Positive Attitudes and Values”. In addition, we participated in its extended program called “Promoting Wellness in School” in 2019. We have also successfully applied for the “Quality Education Fund” (Share Respect for Life, Walk Together in Adversity (Joyful @School Campaign), “Life Education 2gether”, “My Pledge to Act – Expressing gratitude, to cherish, be proactive and optimistic” to implement school-based Positive Education and Life Education respectively. Through collection of questionnaires, we have gained understanding of students’ mental and developmental needs, and designed mental health courses to strengthen students’ resilience and problem-solving abilities while enhancing critical thinking and guiding them to make the right value judgement.
Our school has established “Students’ Growth Handbook”. Besides quotes and sharing from famous celebrities about growth, and information about learning habits and skill cultivation to enable students to acknowledge good moral character, it also guides students to record their overall performance over the course of the school year. In these ways, students can reflect, improve and develop good moral characters.
Whole-school participation, a harmonious and caring school culture
Our school’s timetable includes a Morning Assembly session every day, in which the principal and teachers share positive messages. Additionally, each class creates an uplifting English drama play and performs it during assembly. Besides, there are school assemblies, form assemblies and class teacher periods every week. Through different activities such as celebrity sharing, interactive drama, dancing experience, hymn sharing and Zentangle, students are encouraged to relieve stress and face difficulties with positivity.
Every year, the school organises Counselling Day, in which teachers meet students one by one and discuss individual needs with these students, formulating future learning plans and directions. For comprehensive records, our Student Portal has been established to enable teachers, parents and students to review academic performance and performance in extra-curricular activities as well as behavioural conduct and merits. This is to encourage students to be reflective and proactive.
Every year, via the form-based conference and ‘Letter to the Principal’ in each form, students are provided with platforms to express opinions about the school. This enables students to understand the rights and responsibilities as KTL girls, and realize that the school cares for and values every student, making contributions together to create a better school for everyone.
An Orientation Day and a bridging program are also organised for S1 students, while ‘DSE Fighters’ and ‘High Table Tea’ are organised for S6 students. Students feel immensely supported by the love and care from teachers and peers, thus being able to build positive thinking and spread positivity with others.
Experiential learning, combining knowledge in action
Camps for True Light Bearers
There are day camps and overnight camps for students in each form. Through adventure-based counselling and experiential learning, students can experience the importance of cooperation and respect while learning to develop understanding of themselves and improve interpersonal relationships. They can also enhance communication and trust and challenge themselves with enhanced confidence, eventually improving their problem-solving abilities, self-reflection skills and understanding of personal values.
Every year, each class designs a class motto and class T-shirt. School activities like Games Day, New Year Market, School Anniversary’s Carnival and other inter-class competitions are held for students to build a sense of belonging to the class and cultivate class spirit. Students can also understand how to build the right values through learning to give and take, such that they would understand ‘What matters is the journey rather than the result’ and ‘Companionship is more important than winning’. They can also develop a culture of sharing and giving.
To build positivity, we organise a range of growth activities, like a floriculture workshop, art craft workshop and balloon-twisting workshop. Through the interaction and sharing among group members, students learn and build empathy together.
Different departments at our school celebrate during festive events to enable students to enhance positive thinking skills such as being grateful, willing to share, harmonious and respectful. Examples include writing cards and creating hand-made gifts in Thanksgiving Day, Teachers’ Day, Father and Mother’s Day; carolling at Christmas for gospel sharing; visits to the elderly to express care and Lunar New Year Fair to promote Chinese culture.
Guidance-and-Discipline as one, emphasis on holistic development
Our school merges guidance and discipline as one, taking both emotional needs and sensible decisions into account. This aims to help students cultivate a harmonious learning atmosphere, build respectful values and optimistic attitudes, and enhance their self-discipline in order to adapt to the rapid growth of society and prepare them well to contribute to society. Not only do we have a warning and merit system to enable students to recognise their standards of behaviour, we also have a redemption scheme to help students learn from mistakes, thus building good habits.