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.

Joint-School Professional Exchange on Non-Local Curriculum [GCE A Level]
11 teachers from SPCS took part in in the Joint-School Professional Exchange on Non-Local Curriculum [GCE A Level] co-organized by the Hong Kong Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools Council. This event which was held at the beautiful campus of the United Christian College (Kowloon East) on 17 May 2023 was attended by over 150 teachers from 26 schools in Hong Kong.

The programme commenced with St. Paul’s Convent School, YMCA of Hong Kong Christian College and United Christian College (Kowloon East) sharing on how the non-local curriculum is implemented in their schools. This was followed by the First Parallel Session where all participants attended subject-based exchanges to learn more about curriculum and assessment arrangements for subjects like English, English Literature, Mathematics & Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Psychology, Economics and Business in the respective classrooms. For the Second Parallel Session, participants either opted to learn about School-level Implementation and Administration of the international curriculum, or to find out about how Guidance and Higher Education Support is provided in some schools. Teachers participated actively in each session sharing their experience with co-workers and raising questions about teaching schedules, timetable arrangements and assessment-related issues.

All teachers were grateful for the opportunity to know more about how the non-local curriculum is offered by other schools. They found the professional exchange programme very inspiring and gained insight on how their subjects can be further enriched with different teaching and learning strategies. The network that they have developed with teachers from other schools will also allow for future professional development and collaboration among different schools.

ActivPanel Training Workshop for New Teachers
The “ActivePanel Training Workshop”, conducted by Mr Ken Yung, was a comprehensive introduction to how the ActivPanel Board can be incorporated into everyday teaching. Overall, the new teachers found the Workshop extremely helpful and cannot wait to apply the new skills they learnt in classrooms in the coming academic year.

Mr Yung introduced the participants to the many features available on ActivPanel, many of which are essential to classroom teaching and learning, such as the Web Browsing and Countdown functions. By having all the resources readily available at the touch of one’s fingertips, the ActivPanel Board will help teachers save a lot of logistical time, allowing them to use those extra few minutes on more meaningful student activities.

What was most appreciated was that on top of showing us the logistical and technical side, he coupled this with explanations on how certain functions and purposes can be applied to our day-to-day classroom teaching. For example, he showed how the Whiteboard can be leveraged to execute engaging collaborative activities by having multiple students come out and use the board simultaneously. In addition, he gave the participants opportunities to have a hands-on experience with it, which further enhanced their understanding. All new teachers gained lots of valuable insights and felt more equipped to use ActivPanel in the coming lessons.

EDB Onsite Teacher Workshop on National Security Education
Thanks to the Onsite Teacher Workshop on National Security Education held on 23 August 2022 at the Hall, all teachers have had a better understanding on the implementation of National Security Education before the commencement of the new school year. Mr. Ng Him Loi, the project officer from the Moral, Civic and National Education Section of the Education Bureau, acted as the facilitator of the workshop and shared his insights on subject level.

The programme was divided into three parts. In the first part, Mr. Ng introduced the background and necessity of national security. He highlighted important events and documents related to the promulgation of the National Security Law and introduced the 13 major fields of National Security Education that enabled teachers to have a solid understanding on the topic. The first part ended with an activity which teachers of different subject disciplines were asked to design lesson plans related to aspects of National Security Education. Teachers were delighted to learn from each other and the task offered a chance for teachers to integrate national security related elements organically into their daily teaching.

In the second part, Mr. Ng recommended a variety of teaching and learning resources, including videos, readings and learning tasks. He provided examples on how to incorporate the national security elements in class using an interactive and interesting approach. The sharing provided discerning tips and resources for our staff to infuse national security into our school’s curriculum in an inter-disciplinary approach.

At last, Mr. Ng recommended available resources on extra-curricular activities and life-wide learning from the Education Bureau and the community for our reference while planning for the school events and activities in the coming year. The workshop ended with an activity which teachers needed to plan for a learning activity related to national security. Our teachers suggested a range of intriguing and educational activities including a cultural carnival and “traditional Chinese cuisine day” etc.

Participants enjoyed the interactive workshop and had an engaging morning. They also found his sharing on national security very useful and informative, and the learning resources and ideas that he raised practical and inspiring.

“Analyzing, identifying, intervening & providing support in a timely manner regarding student’s mood swings” – Staff Development Talk by Clinical Psychologist Ms. Doris Woo
To enhance our teachers’ understanding of teenagers’ emotional well-being, we invited Ms. Doris Woo, a clinical psychologist highly experienced in working with the youth, to conduct the captioned talk for all school staff on 22 August 2022.

Through case study sharing, our teachers were briefed on the prevalence and prognosis of various conditions that may threaten our students’ emotional well-being. Mindfulness-based tools to help students contain their emotions were also taught to help teachers support them in times of emotional crisis. Mindfulness exercises such as breathing and grounding exercises led by Ms. Woo served as great opportunities for teachers to wind down and take care of themselves before the beginning of term.

We are very grateful to Ms. Doris Woo for her insights and reminder of the importance of self-care and compassion as we continue to support Paulinians through challenges ahead.