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The Way Forward

Be an active learner.
Respect and care for others.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”  Last year was our first at the new Kai Tak campus.  It was also a year of uncertainty and distress brought along by social events through to a new virus – COVID-19.  In difficult times, we pause and ponder how students can be well-equipped to adapt to changes, hold their heads up high in adversities, and to become a responsible member of their community, country and the world at large.

    



Gratitude and respect – two key elements in the making of a harmonious society and a rewarding existence – culminates in respecting differences and showing concern to the needy especially in times of a widespread pandemic. In our college, our social workers worked round the clock to fight for various resources to support students in dire need of financial assistance. Thanks to the Cognitio College Foundation, we have increased the number of bursaries for fresh graduates pursuing local first-year tertiary studies from 1 to 5, in the hopes of supporting talented graduates to pursue their dreams and contribute to the society.

Schools were closed in January and normal lessons were suspended. However, with concerted efforts of all staff, who promptly brought their training on e-learning up-to-date, online teaching across levels began in early March. iPads were made available to every student, subsidized by the Community Care Fund and supplemented by generous alumnus Mr Chan Hung Ming. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teaching staff, who dedicated time and effort to deliver quality lessons over the internet, and the unrelenting support our alumni offer to the college. I hope students appreciate teachers’ effort in making learning possible in difficult times, and follow in the footsteps of Mr Chan, who never forgets his roots in the college.

In everchanging times like this, the impact of lifelong learning is even more evident. Online learning poses challenges which amplifies individual differences. Our recent graduates exhibit strong abilities to adapt to changes. They faced big hurdles preparing for the HKDSE, but they emerged with flying colours. Students’ performance in HKDSE 2020 was commendable. We have 100% pass in 5 subjects, and above average passing rate in 11 subjects. 37 students received JUPAS offers from local institutions. In adverse conditions, our students made the most of what they have and strove for their personal best.

5 students received a merit award in an accounting and commerce competition organized by the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountant. A F.6 student received a senior medal in CYC, another an outstanding Girl Guide award, and the college received a gold award for voluntary services from the Social Welfare Department. Both in and out of the classroom, our students shone in different fields.

In this academic year, we shall continue our present work in helping our students construct a caring community and develop their potential. Through the incorporation of values education and cultivation of positive attitudes in the curriculum, we hope to gently guide our students to find their destiny in life and a sense of achievement in the process. To promote a Growth Mind Set, we will work closely with the environmental education team, sustainable development council and co-curricular planning task force. We hope our students will become effective lifelong learners who are open-minded and versatile.

 

Principal Au-Yeung Wai Yin
September 2020