To promote whole-person learning, encourage critical thinking and cultivate the love of music in all students.
Our school Music Curriculum covers the fundamental part of Education Bureau Curriculum. Additionally, we have implemented the “One Student One Western Orchestral Instrument” system. We intend to foster the skills of singing, reading, playing, writing and thinking in music as well as building positive characters.
We incorporate the Kodaly, Orff and Dolcroze Methodologies in our music classrooms. Students sing, play, discover, identify and compose music through the singing games. Music individual as well as group activities are conducted to allow spiral learning of the concepts and theory of music.
Each student learns a western orchestral instrument with a private instructor in a conservatory style of music lesson. This not only develops their instrumental skills by engaging in regular lessons and practice, it also strengthens abstract reasoning skills through long-term learning. Besides, students are also encouraged to join the instrumental classes, choirs, orchestra and different instrumental ensembles. Through the experiences of performances and competitions, students’ confidence as well as their emotional quotient can be enhanced.
At SSCPS, we encourage students to think critically and to play an active role in their learning through the enjoyment of music. The “Core Practice” research-based pedagogy is used to elicit thinking through discussion in music appreciation projects.
Both summative and formative assessment happen throughout the year which focus on the outcome of the instrumental performance as well as the development and the process in singing performance and discussion.
In-line with our school philosophy of all-round development in our students, our boarding life provides a nurturing ambience and real opportunities for the students. We are proud to say that over the years with our programme we have consistently contributed meaningful citizens to the society.
Benefits of Boarding?
Boarding is an integral part of school life; a home away from home where students learn physical, mental and emotional independence. This new found confidence will help students to be pro-active in all aspects of life and also will gear them for critical thinking people.
With appropriate guidance and real opportunities, students will learn the much-needed values in life, to root them more firmly into their surroundings, which is an important facet of a personality.
This sharing and learning will teach them co-operation and appreciation for family and life in general. The students will also learn the skills of communication, reasoning and negotiation.
Being away from home means that students have to try harder to solve their problems and to seek support and advice from other sources. But boarding at SSCPS provides a supportive, warm and friendly environment for them to develop lasting friendship. It will provide a very strong basis for their future development both educationally and socially.
This boarding experience will provide them with the opportunity to develop more fully in the following key areas:
Classroom teaching coupled with boarding is a holistic education experience. Primary education is the most important foundation for students’ life-long learning. With such an all-round education in SSCPS, students will have the opportunity to extend their education and develop their maximum potential. The one-year boarding programme is compulsory for Grade 6 students as part of their education at SSCPS.
Why only for Grade 6?
Grade 6 is a transition link between childhood and teenage. This is the time when moulding of personality starts. To make sure that students are equipped with the necessary tools, and make the transition positive and enjoyable, they are provided with peer and adult support.
The strong bonds between the teachers and students and also amongst the students themselves, provides a healthy secure environment to learn relationship building and nurturing.
The structured study time also helps to develop good study habits in students and prepares them for the more demanding student life in the future.
The all new boarding programme is specially designed to cater for Grade 6 needs. It provides a balanced training, which is rich in variety and fun, for physical and mental development.
The programme is chiefly divided into four areas of training: “Life-skill Training”, “Personal Management”, “Community Service” and “Cultural Activities”. The training is conducted by resident teachers during the boarding activity time, while the school out source its Personal Management course to professionals. It is anticipated that through such trainings students will grow up as individuals with the ability to think and live independently, and with positive and motivated personalities. This should help them bridge this transition period whether they pursue their further studies abroad or in Hong Kong.
The School is dedicated to nurturing and developing positive character traits in the students. It is our mission to cultivate strong core values, to encourage individuality, and appreciate the differences in people.
The theme of our Ethics Education Programme this year is Explore, Excel, Embrace. We have arranged a series of co-curricular activities for the students to delve deeper into topics like global citizenship and social responsibilities. Students will explore these topics not only academically, but also through sports, arts and music activities.
This year in particular, in collaboration with the True Colours Symphony, the largest all-inclusive orchestra in Hong Kong, students will be exposed to a number of vibrant music activities in order to experience working and performing with people of different abilities and who have special needs.
Experiential learning also plays an important role in our Ethics Education Programme. On top of the music activities, specially designed learning activities led by teachers, parents and other collaborators from different disciplines will be in place. Students will be guided to experience daily activities as simple as eating, walking, listening, etc., and will be encouraged to put themselves in other people’s shoes, so they can feel the differences, gain new perspectives, and one step further, practice empathy in different scenarios in everyday life.
We hope students will be able to explore and appreciate individual differences, excel in their own pursuit of virtues, embrace diversity, and make this work a better place.