The mission of our staff development is to enhance the professional competence of our staff and to provide a variety of programmes to support them to become proactive and life-long learners.

Staff Development visit to the JPC Pat Heung Permanent Activity Centre and Integrated Youth Training Camp
Sister Margaret, Mrs. Ko, Mrs. Li, teachers and a few alumnae parents paid a site visit to the JPC Pat Heung Permanent Activity Centre and Integrated Youth Training Camp on 26 April and 28 May 2021 to see how the school can make use of the facilities available at the campsite to enrich various learning programmes and to provide support for student activities.

Located in Yuen Long, the 29,000 square metres campsite is equipped with a number of large-scale outdoor training facilities such as the circuit training area, rope course and zip line, and an artificial turf pitch. In addition to a live demonstration of how the different sites and equipment can be used for sports and games, a guided tour of their ecological garden, Chinese herb garden, mushroom growing area and an organic farm was provided by professional and knowledgeable guides.

The visit was a very fruitful one as the facilities available on the campsite are in line with the directions of the school. Other than a perfect location for life-wide learning experiences, the campsite provides an excellent location for leadership and adventure-based training. The school is planning to book the campsite for the Prefects¡¦ Board Leadership Camp in the coming summer. The spacious planting area also provides an ideal site for the cultivation of Chinese medicinal herbs, maize and soya beans. With the support of advanced technology, student learning can be enhanced through distant-monitoring and time-lapse videos. The school will explore the possibility of collaborating with local universities to conduct research-based projects to further enrich learning opportunities for Paulinians.

Staff Development on National Security Education
One of the highlights of National Security Education Day on 15 April 2021 was a Staff Development session on ¡§Implementation Plan of National Security Education at SPCS¡¨. All teachers gathered in the school hall from 2:00 p.m. ¡V 3:30 p.m. for the briefing conducted by Ms. Clarie Chan, our newly appointed Director of Administration who is responsible for school-based curriculum development and special school projects.

In addition to introducing the National Security Law and the purpose of National Security Education Day, Ms. Chan shared with teachers the new National Security Education (NSE) Curriculum and its implication for schools in Hong Kong. After this, Ms. Chan presented a report of the current situation at SPCS through a mapping of the NSE framework and observed that a good number of the NSE related learning elements are already covered either by the existing life-wide learning experiences or the present curriculum of different subject panels.

Teachers who attended the briefing had a better understanding of the new curriculum and their role and responsibility in the whole school implementation of this. They found Ms. Chan¡¦s sharing very informative and her suggestions on how the school can integrate the new elements of NES in their planning for the coming year very useful.

All in all, teachers and students had a very fruitful day learning more about China¡¦s recent developments as well as the importance of national security to Hong Kong.

2020 Staff Development on ActivPanel
Over the summer holidays, F.2 classrooms were equipped with the latest version of ActivPanel, and current interactive panels have been updated to the latest operating system. All teachers were invited to attend the refresher course on the use of the ActivPanel conducted on the 24, 25 and 28 September, where they received hands-on practice of the latest updates under the guidance of the NetDragon trainers. During the training sessions, teachers were shown subject specific sample resources and how to perform the specific tasks associated with them. Teachers then had a lively discussion on how the ActivPanel can be incorporated into their teaching, after which all expressed that they were very keen to start using the interactive panels in their lessons. After the training, teachers felt confident that the skills attained can be applied to better enhance and tailor their teaching to meet 21st century learning needs.