|Incubation Phase (1946-1960)
After the Second World War, Hong Kong was left in a ruined state. As many children were deprived of education, Kau Yan Church established “Kau Yan School” in 1946 with the vision of preaching the Gospel through education. At that time, the school only comprised the primary school and kindergarten sections.
In 1950, the school was renamed “Kau Yan College” when it started to run a secondary school section with English as the medium of instruction. The school building was used on a shared basis by the primary school in the morning and the secondary school in the afternoon. Due to insufficient space, a new school building was planned. The construction of the new school building was completed in 1957.
To focus on the development of the primary and secondary schools, the kindergarten section was closed down in 1959. In the same year, the secondary school section offered the matriculation course, expanding into a school complete with all levels of secondary education.
Growing Phase (1961-1999)
Upon the completion of the new school building, the school developed at a steady pace, while striving for progress. In 1967, massive riots broke out in Hong Kong, resulting in suspensions of the classes. Thanks to the protection of God, the school came through the turmoil safe and sound.
In 1972, the Government had introduced free primary education. Our school offered scholarships and bursaries to students in need. In 1975, Kau Yan College received the initial subsidy from the Government, and since then the primary and secondary school sections had become independent from each other administratively.
In 1985, the Education Department granted approval for the school to change its name to “Kau Yan Primary School”.
In 1989, the School Management Committee accepted the Education Department’s proposal to relocate Kau Yan College to a new school site in Tai Po, the New Territories. At the same time, plans were put in place to make available the school building vacated by the secondary school for the expansion of the primary school.
In September 1991, the secondary school began to move out of the school building in Sai Ying Pun by phases, thus sparing more classrooms for the primary school. Students of the afternoon classes were transferred to the morning classes, so that extracurricular activities could be organized in the afternoon. This change had brought about major improvements to school life in terms of time and space utilization.
Challenging Phase (1992-2007)
Following the complete relocation of the secondary school to Tai Po, in 1992 the primary school also moved out of the old school premises in Sai Ying Pun to a building freely offered by the Hong Kong Swatow Christian Church as its temporary campus, so as to enable the redevelopment of the school building on the original site. Two separate School Management Committees were also set up for the administration of the secondary school and the primary school respectively.
In 1993, the primary school formally became a whole-day school.
The new school building was completed in August 1995 at the construction cost of about $60 million. Well equipped with teaching and learning facilities, the new school building accommodates a kindergarten campus of 10,000 square feet, which has nine classrooms and a spacious activity area. The primary school is housed in a campus of 50,000 square feet, which comprises a covered playground, an outdoor basketball court, a library, computer rooms, audio-visual lecture rooms and a large school kitchen. There are about 30 air-conditioned classrooms and special-purpose teaching rooms. Mrs. Julie To was appointed as School Principal in March 1995, and Mrs. Joyce Ma as Head of the kindergarten section in September 1995 to assist Mrs. To in resuming the operation of the kindergarten.
In February 1996, the kindergarten section resumed operation. In 1998, the school kitchen started to serve delicious and healthy lunches for teachers and students on every school day.
In 1999, the school participated in the “A User-friendly Flexi-IT Approach for Education” project as one of the ten pioneering schools. Organized by the University of Hong Kong and subsidized by the Quality Education Fund, the project provided comprehensive IT proficiency training for all teachers.
In 2001, the school implemented major reforms on its schooling timetable and assessment system in keeping with the trend of social and education developments. Arrangements had also been made for students of various grades to take part in community care activities, so as to enhance their social awareness. The school computer network was completed in February, and a multimedia teaching room was operational in April. Furthermore, a “Kau Yan Little Garden” consisting of a children playground and a small farm was set up to vividly grace the campus. In that year, the Advisory Inspectorate Division of the Education Department visited 72 whole-day primary schools, and our school was selected as one of the four best-performing schools of the year.
In 2002, our school was awarded a distinction among the 66 participating primary schools in the “Outstanding Reading Scheme”, which was jointly organized by the Education Department and the Hong Kong Information Education City. The “Unique Me” project on moral education was also launched, in which a junior student was paired up with a senior student to promote a caring partnership and the sense of belonging to the school. An exhibition entitled “Festival Gift of Red Ants” was held in March to display the artistic works of kindergarten students. The art pieces were subsequently compiled into a pictorial book which was highly appreciated by parents and the community, signifying a major step taken by the school towards the development of art education for children.
In 2003, the school operated 18 classes with some 520 students. During the outbreak of SARS, all schools in Hong Kong suspended the classes. To minimize the impact on the students’ learning, our school resumed the classes in the form of small group teaching. As a showcase of the achievements of integrated curriculum with art education, an exhibition entitled “Apron Made of Patches” was held in April to display the artistic works of kindergarten students. The art pieces were subsequently published as a pictorial book. The school’s efforts in developing multiple intelligences through art education were highly appreciated and recognized by parents and the community. In July, a graduation ceremony was held in tandem with a picture exhibition entitled “The World of Children’s Heart” in the Jockey Club Auditorium of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to exhibit the creative works of students.
In December 2004, a Christmas Music Nite was held in the United Christian College (Kowloon East), with more than 450 parents attending the show. In July, the school organized the “Joyful Music of Children” show and published a CD together with a booklet to capture the music pieces. Students were highly involved in these activities, and parents were deeply touched by the children’s performances. In that year, our school was the Grand Champion of Female Athletes (Western District of Hong Kong Island) Group under the “New Asia Cup” Primary School Sports Award Scheme, which was organized by the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation.
In 2005, our school introduced a pilot group teaching programme, with primary five students divided according to their learning ability and needs into four groups for Chinese, English and Mathematics lessons. In sports, our school was once again the winner of Gold Award for the Female Athletes (Western District of Hong Kong Island) Group under the “New Asia Cup” Primary School Sports Award Scheme.
In 2006, the school organized a series of activities to celebrate its 60th Anniversary, including Open Day, Thanksgiving Worships, Thanksgiving Banquet, Graduation Ceremony and Variety Shows. In addition, the primary school published “The Learning Journey Enriched with Exploration of Love” which systematically recorded the works of our students. Academically, we extended group teaching to primary six classes, achieving remarkable results. To broaden teachers’ perspective, three study tours were organized for our teachers to visit Germany, Switzerland, Shanghai and Singapore. All participating teachers fruitfully benefited from the tours.
In celebrating the school’s 60th Anniversary, the kindergarten section took the opportunity to enable students to learn about the history of Kau Yan School as well as the anecdotes of two missionaries of Kau Yan Church. A learning project entitled “Missionaries Who Wore Braids” was organized, complete with the publication of a story book on the same theme and a pictorial book to showcase the works of the students. Through this project, we aimed for the students to pass on the will of God and make contribution to the society in the future. In September of the same year, the kindergarten section joined the “National Education in Early Childhood” project, which was organized by the World Organization for Early Childhood Education-Hong Kong and funded by the Quality Education Fund. Among the 199 participating schools, our kindergarten was selected as one of the 20 “seed schools”.
In 2007, the parent education class, in celebrating its 10th Anniversary, published a special book entitled “Grace Added Upon Family”, which was a testimony to the abundance of God’s grace on the families of Kau Yan students. The kindergarten section successfully became an eligible kindergarten under the “Pre-primary Education Voucher Scheme” and received subsidies for teachers’ professional development. In the 2007/2008 school year, Mrs. Julie To pursued a part-time course in Australia, while serving as School Principal. During her absence from Hong Kong, Ms. Tanny Lai became the acting Principal.
Development Phase (2008-Today)
In 2008, our school achieved outstanding results in the Secondary School Places Allocation, with 83% of its students allocated to schools of their first choice. Under the guidance of God, as the School Management Committee was able to identify Mrs. Gloria Chan as a suitable successor to Mrs. Julie To as School Principal, Mrs. To decided to retire early in August. Mrs. Gloria Chan became the Principal-designate in May, and the Principal of the school on 1 September 2008. Mrs. Julie To had been dedicated to providing quality education in Kau Yan School for 14 years. Fully committed to the education vision of Kau Yan School, she had established an outstanding team of Christian teachers and created a Christian education culture that enabled each student to develop holistically and to know about Christ through life education. Credit should also go to Mrs. To for her efforts in organizing Sunday parent education classes in Kau Yan Church since 1996, which enabled parents to grow together, get to know Christ and educate our children with a concerted mind. On 12 July, a farewell banquet was held to honour Mrs. To’s retirement. The grand banquet was well attended by parents, students, alumni, pastors, teachers, school managers and school consultants to share the beautiful and memorable moments with Mrs. To. After her retirement, Mrs. To serves as our school consultant, assisting in the promotion of parent education.
Chan Leung Suk-ching Gloria has been committing to the education sector once she attained her Bachelor Degree from The University of Hong Kong in 1982. In the past 29 years, she has been serving successively as a secondary teacher of a Christian school, curriculum development officer of the Education Bureau, founding principal and education consultant of a direct subsidized primary school.
During her service, she attained a Certificate in Education, an Advanced Diploma in Education and a Master in Education; and numerous certificates related to International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme, family counseling as well as information and communication technology (ICT) in education. She was also invited to various countries around the world for educational exchange and experience sharing. Gloria is very experienced with school administration. She spares no effort in the development of school-based curriculum and enhancement of teachers’ professionalism. Furthermore, she was frequently invited by universities and education institutions to train serving principals and aspiring principals. In recent years, Gloria has been a board member of an international poverty alleviation organization and involves in active promotion of life education. She has been assisting in fund raising for building schools, training local principals and teachers as well as paying visits to Africa, remote mountain areas and underprivileged regions in China.
Her principalship in Kau Yan School is blessed. Gloria leads the school with love and professionalism, as evident by the emphasis on life education, numerous staff development workshops, seminars and visits in and outside Hong Kong. She toured around the world such as Germany, Switzerland, Canada, Finland, UK and Mainland China to gain more insights for leading a quality school. It is promising to find teachers becoming more reflective in their teaching and curriculum design. School-based curriculum is developed vigorously.
There are new modules facilitating all-rounded development of our students. Students are exposed to many valuable learning experiences such as the newly established School Orchestra, sport teams, art programmes, English and PTH drama, gifted programmes, creative projects, enrichment weeks, exhibition of student works, IT projects, environmental projects, poverty alleviation activities and many others.
The development of the Curriculum Mapping Software can upgrade the quality of the school curriculum through thematic design of each learning unit and better scope and sequence among subjects. Helping the needed and the poor is a focus of the school life education. In Christian belief, our care for others has to be realized through action and passion. The school also works closely with many NGOs to help alleviate world poverty. In addition, Kau Yan School starts her three years “Partnership Collaboration Scheme” with The University of Hong Kong. Currently, the recent educational changes of the school have been widely reported by media and press.
In our school premise development, the 3.6-million Learning Centre started its service in September 2009. It is 5300 square feet and housed about 20000 books. The Wi-fi wireless internet service helps the advancement of technology education in Kau Yan curriculum. The Centre has been proven an excellent centre facilitating students’ self-learning, project-based learning, community-based learning and technology-based learning. It is also an ideal place for exhibition, mass assembly and many innovative learning activities.
To follow the successful path of the Learning Centre, the 3800 square feet Integrated Arts Centre was constructed with an investment of 2.3 millions in September 2010. It is worthy because students’ arts development can be visualized with such fabulous well-facilitated learning place. Students can enjoy the learning of dance, music, drama and some sport games in the Centre.
The year 2010 marks the 65th Anniversary of Kau Yan School and for which the theme ‘Learn to Love, Love to Learn’ was conceived. Memorial school calendars were printed and the “Unlimited Grace” was launched to express our thankfulness to our Lord through multi-media means. Nearly 1,000 parents and alumni joined our anniversary dinner in December the same year. On 11th and 12th April 2011, the Thanksgiving Worship & Annual Concert was held at the Jockey Club Performance Arts Theatre in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The wonderful performance of our lively students bask the audience with bustling excitement and bask them in God’s glory. On 15th and 16th April, 2011, our School Open Day was held. We chose to embrace the concept of Green Anniversary for the love of the environment. A Fruit Sale was also organized to fundraise money for the UNICEF to put ‘Learn to Love’ into action.
The official opening ceremony of the 3,800 sq feet Integrated Arts Centre, which amounted to a total cost of 2.3 million, was held in September of the same year. It provides space for dancing, music, drama and sports activities, enhancing students’ multiple intelligences. In additional, the school revamped her wireless network system to provide total wireless connection to each corner of the school.
An education visit comprising of the Principal and two teaching staff was formed to visit universities, secondary and primary schools, churches, museums and libraries in Finland. New ideas were inspired from the visit, greatly benefitting the development of Kau Yan School.
Love Communication, our school newsletter, made its debut in print and on the school webpage. This newsletter, arduously and delicately produced by our student reporters, aims to share the loving stories and messages of the School.
The School-based Curriculum Mapping System was developed to enhance the planning, implementation and evaluation of our school-based curriculum. In addition, the school encourages students put the love of Christ in practice. As a result, caring for needy has become an integral part of our life education. The school is also connected to a number of poverty relief organizations worldwide to provide opportunities for our students to get involved with charitable work. In addition, the school endorsed a 3-year professional partnership program with The University of Hong Kong. All our educational initiatives have often caught media’s attention.
In 2011, the school adopted the Essentials Bible Curriculum (EBC) from the US. This overseas curriculum has since been enhanced further in structure, depth and its application. Each morning, the EBC is used in conjunction with the Responsive Classroom® Approach to form our daily Morning Assembly. Students are offered abundant opportunities to grow both in spirit and in social skills. For this reason, the school has invested generously in teacher professional development by sending staff overseas for training, acquiring relevant teaching materials, holding seminar and in-house training for staff members. The modular curriculum ‘Discovering Hong Kong’ has been first introduced at Primary Four. The officer from the Curriculum Development Institute observed a few of our GS lessons, met with all GS teachers and had a meaningful exchange with them, the school was held in high regard.
Once again, the Principal, 9 colleagues from both the kindergarten and primary sections, and other educators from the TTM made an education visit to Germany and Switzerland. They visited a total of 5 primary schools and 5 kindergartens and were able to deeply understand the educational systems, philosophy and schools in both countries. It was also a great opportunity to engage in meaningful exchanges with government officials from the education departments, pastors, congregation, principals, frontline educators, teenagers and students. The understanding gained through the visit was an incredibly fruitful.
The Cookery Room came to service. It allows students to practice simple cookery skills and reinforce a healthy dietary habit. E-circulars and payment system have been effectively reduced paper consumption and administrative workload.
On the kindergarten front, Mrs. Irene Chan assumed her duties as Head of Kindergarten in September. She has devoted herself to early childhood education since 1997, having been involved in teaching, administration and leadership work. She obtained a Bachelor degree in Education with Honors and a Master in Education from the South Australia University and Hong Kong Baptist University respectively. She has a great passion for pre-primary education.
Irene places much emphasis on curriculum development. She actively promotes a child-centered approach for learning. Under her leadership, the kindergarten successfully created its environment including the renovation of the Roof Garden which provides a safe environment for children to enjoy a range of physical activities. Furthermore, a variety of facilities have been added to Roof Garden to allow children their choice of activities based on interest.
Irene, time and again, provided in-house professional development for colleagues with topics spanning from child-centered teaching approach, age-appropriate child observations and reporting of learning progress. She has also arranged peer observations which enables teachers to enrich their repertoire of teaching practices in their own classroom.
In 2012-13, our Primary One embarked on the Homeroom Approach. Students are relieved from having to accommodate different teachers’ expectation at primary entry stage. The language teachers and class teachers will work collaboratively with subject integration, classroom decoration, routine setting and learning activities at the heart of their curriculum planning to substantially optimize learning effectiveness and motivation.
Four multi-purpose rooms were newly renovated, providing a more flexible and spacious learning environment. In addition, a Medical Room on the 4th floor was built to provide a bed rest facility for sick child. At the same time, the renovation work of the small garden was also completed. The leveling work, in conjunction with added facilities provides a larger for fun-filled activities for both kindergarten and primary students.
In the kindergarten, the school remodeled the learning environment. We established 3 different language learning areas for children to enjoy language activity. To optimize the reading environment, we further expanded the reading corner, adding in new furniture and books. We hope to provide a comfortable and enjoyable reading environment for children.
Art and creativity are also highly valued in our kindergarten. To encourage kids to freely express themselves through art experiences, an Arts and Craft Corridor was launched. It lets kids access to a variety of artwork and eco-friendly materials. Works of children are also displayed. The school also opens up a Music Room which is decorated by wood and large mirrors. Children can freely express themselves through music and movements. They are also allowed to experiment with different instruments fostering their appreciation for music at an early age.
To better take care of the well-being of our students, an Educational Psychologist, Ms Angel Chan, was additionally employed to serve our school and 2 other TTM schools. She works at our school every Wednesday.
To enhance the school development, we carried out five programme evaluation namely on ‘effectiveness of school-based curriculum’, ‘effectiveness of morning session and EBC’, ‘effectiveness of the Learning Center’, ‘effectiveness of student leadership training program’, and the ‘effectiveness of professional development training’. Based on the data gathered, improvement strategies are embarked accordingly.
We pray that God continues to empower our school member to spread Christ love and to pass on the mission for school establishment of the TTM Kau Yan Church: nurturing talents, evangelizing the gospel and glorifying the Holy name of the Lord.