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Strive and Rise Programme starts recruitment of mentees

The Government has announced earlier the launch of the “Strive and Rise Programme” which aims to address intergenerational poverty by helping underprivileged students, who join the Programme as mentees, achieve their life goals and strive for upward mobility. Three Key Elements 1. Mentorship Mentees will each be paired up with a volunteer mentor who will share his/her life experience to help the mentees build up their self-confidence and guide them to develop their personal goals in a proactive and positive manner; the mentors will also assist their mentees in developing positive financial planning concepts and applying effectively the financial support provided under the Programme. 2. Personal Development Plans Mentors will inspire mentees to explore more possibilities for personal development, develop action plans and make good use of financial resources to achieve their personal development plans under guidance. 3. Financial Support Each mentee will be given a start-up sum of $5,000 for spending under the guidance of the mentor to achieve his/her personal development plan; upon successful completion of the Programme, a scholarship of $5,000 will be awarded to the mentee for his/her own deployment by applying the financial planning concepts acquired. Structured Programme The Programme comprises five components, namely Orientation Session, Training Sessions, Mentor-Mentee Interactive Sessions, Group Visits, and Graduation and Extended Networking.   The first round of the Programme will last one year and targets to recruit 2 000 Secondary One to Secondary Three students. Students may approach their schools or non-governmental organisations that assist in implementing the Programme (“District Organisers”) for enquiries and applications (Click here for contacts of District Organisers). Applications will close on 28 September.

[#BackToSchool] Tips for Secondary School Life Adaptation

Are you ready to get back to the classroom? As always, it is esstential for us to stay positive and connected with the community in the face of challenges ahead. Here are some back-to-school tips for you to be prepared for the new start. Tips 1 -【Anti-epidemic Measures】 Students have to complete a Regular Rapid-Antigen Tests (RATs) and make a record on Record Sheet for Body Temperature and Rapid Antigen Test each day before returning to school. Students tested positive should not return to school, and should inform the schools of their positive results as soon as possible. You should also report to the Department of Health as soon as possible within 24 hours via the “Declaration System for individuals tested positive for COVID-19 using Rapid Antigen Test” >>> Read more on [#BackToSchool] Tips for Preventing COVID-19 Tips 2 -【Ready Get set, Go】 What can you do to overcome the new challenges of the new school environment ? 1. Be prepared – prepare for your lessons and make an effort to do your best at school 2. Find support – Talk with your teachers, parents or the school social worker. They are willing to help 3. Learn to relax – Take some deep breaths. Relax your muscles. >>> Read more on Ready… Get set, Go! Tips 3 - 【Entrance to Form One】 You may more or less feel nervous and stressed when being progressed to the secondary school which is a new environment. Don’t worry, however, there is always a first time for everything. It just take some more time for you to adapt to the new learning environment. Stay strong! Nothing can overwhelm you! Enjoy your new secondary school life.  >>> Encouraging Messages for F.1 Students   Need help? Don’t forget them! Even though there may be difficulties at times, you can always get support! Other than teachers and parents, these organizations are pleased to listen to your thoughts! For more tips, please visit YouthCan’s “Back to School Tips - with Love”. Remember to stay positive and connected with the community. Have faith to yourself and enjoy a colourful life. You surely can make it! For more details, please visit the Student Health Service website.

[#BackToSchool] Tips for Preventing COVID-19

The Education Bureau announced that schools will resume face-to-face lessons on a half-day basis in two phases starting from 23 September. You are going to return to the campus after months of online lessons as well as early commencement of the summer vacation. To fight this epidemic, together we must stay alert, maintain personal hygiene and wear masks at all times. When you meet your classmates and teachers, please bear in mind to maintain social-distancing to reduce the risk of the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in the community. Tips for you and me to prevent COVID-19: - Don’t go to school and seek medical advice promptly if you are unwell - Avoid eating out or going out if it’s not necessary - Keep at least one metre apart from others - Avoid contact with people who show symptoms - Maintain social-distancing - Avoid taking off your face masks Take preventive measures when commuting: - Avoid rush hours and busy times - Wear a face mask when taking a ride, if possible, open the windows to ventilate the vehicle - Maintain social-distancing - Clean your hands with liquid soap and water or alcohol-based handrub after using public transport or touching public facilities For more health education materials related to prevention of COVID-19, please visit the website of the Centre for Health Protection. Stay vigilant!

[#BackToSchool] Tips for School Life Adaptation

Are you ready to get back to the classroom? As always, it is esstential for us to stay positive and connected with the community in the face of challenges ahead. Here are some back-to-school tips for you to be prepared for the new start. Tips 1 -【Ready Get set, Go】 What can you do to overcome the new challenges of the new school environment ? 1. Be prepared – prepare for your lessons and make an effort to do your best at school 2. Find support – Talk with your teachers, parents or the school social worker. They are willing to help 3. Learn to relax – Take some deep breaths. Relax your muscles. >>> Read more on Ready… Get set, Go! Tips 2 - 【Entrance to Form One】 You may more or less feel nervous and stressed when being progressed to the secondary school which is a new environment. Don’t worry, however, there is always a first time for everything. It just take some more time for you to adapt to the new learning environment. Stay strong! Nothing can overwhelm you! Enjoy your new secondary school life.  >>> Encouraging Messages for F.1 Students Tips 3 - 【Ice Breaking Tips】 Feeling alone? No worries! Joyful Weather Report Series: Ice Breaking Tips help you take the initiative to break the ice and try to build the interpersonal network bit by bit in daily life! >>>Joyful Weather Report Series: Ice Breaking Tips (Video) >>> The Ultimate Ice Breaking Tips   Need help? Don’t forget them! Even though there may be difficulties at times, you can always get support! Other than teachers and parents, these organizations are pleased to listen to your thoughts! For more tips, please visit YouthCan’s “Back to School Tips - with Love”. Remember to stay positive and connected with the community. Have faith to yourself and enjoy a colourful life. You surely can make it! For more details, please visit the Student Health Service website.

[#BackToSchool] Online Resources for Home Learning

Amid the COVID-19 epidemic, you may have adopted the mode of online learning at home. You are recommended to utilize the following online learning resources during and after the home learning period. 1 – HKEdCity "Online Learning 360°" Designated Webpage E-Learning resources such as multimedia, reading and assessment materials, game-based learning platforms and educational television programmes for various subjects are made available under the categories of different key stages and learning areas. 2 – Educational Multimedia Educational Multimedia provides multimedia educational resources, including theme-based short videos, multi-ending micro movies, animations, nursery rhymes, picture books, photos, sound tracks, and videos which are divided into chapters and short clips of a few minutes. You can also view the educational videos via the “Educational Multimedia” mobile application (Google Play) (Apple Store). 3 – RTHK’s E-Learning Webpage * Radio Television Hong Kong's E-Learning Webpage covers interesting learning contents in various subjects such as language study, culture, arts, science, philosophy and healthy lifestyle. A Second Edition of Tutor Online 2020 is also made available on RTHK * Chinese version only 4 – Learning Resources about COVID-19 # “Curriculum Resources about the COVID-19” are available on The Education Bureau (EDB)’s website, you can learn more about the tips on epidemic prevention and relevant knowledge under related key stages and topics. # Related learning resources will be updated on a regular basis.   For more e-Learning resources provided by the public bodies, please refer to “E-Learning Resources of Public Bodies”. For Teachers: Learning and Teaching Resources - "Learning and Teaching Resource Lists" provides various online resources including "Curriculum Resources about the COVID-19", "Information and related measures taken by the Government in fighting COVID-19" and other online resources. - "Dedicated webpage on Using e-Learning Modes to Support Students’ Home Learning" provides video clips teaching skills in adopting e-learning platforms, flipped classroom strategy and real-time online teaching with a step-by-step approach. For more details, please visit the EDB website.

Financial Assistance for Secondary Students

Scholarships School days can be one of life's most wonderful episodes. You learn new things and face new challenges. Students with outstanding performance may even win scholarships. So make the most of it! Scholarships are usually provided by funds, such as the Senior Secondary Education Awards of the Agricultural Products Scholarship Fund and Marine Fish Scholarship Fund, the Grantham Scholarships Fund, the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho:MEXT) Scholarship (Undergraduate Student), the Education Scholarships Fund, and the Sir Edward Youde Memorial Fund (including Medals and Prizes). You can find other relevant scholarship information in the Life Planning Information Website of the Education Bureau and Student Finance Office, Working Family and Student Financial Assistance Agency. The Multi-faceted Excellence Scholarship The Multi-faceted Excellence Scholarship supports universities and tertiary institutions in admitting local students who excel in sports, arts and/or community services. Details can be found on the website of Youth Development Commission. Grants and loans  The Grantham Maintenance Grants provides maintenance grants to full-time Secondary 4 to Secondary 6 students as well as students studying certain full-time courses in the Hong Kong Institute of Vocational Education who are financially in need. In addition, the Sing Tao Charitable Foundation Students' Loan Fund offers interest-free emergency loans to Secondary 4 to Secondary 6 students who face sudden financial hardship due to adverse changes in family circumstances. Student Financial Assistance Scheme The Student Finance Office, Working Family and Student Finicial Assistance Agency currently administers various student financial assistance schemes to provide assistance to disadvantaged secondary students in the form of School Textbook Assistance, Student Travel Subsidy and Subsidy for Internet Access Charges. Students of Yi Jin Diploma can also apply for financial assistance and for those who meet the prescribed criteria will obtain 30% or 100% tuition fee reimbursement.  

Secondary Education

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)  The New Academic Structure (NAS) implemented in September 2009. Under NAS, all students are expected to complete three years of junior secondary education followed by three years of senior secondary education. Upon completion of this six-year secondary education, students will take the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE), which aims to measure the attainment of students. The HKDSE was administered for the first time in 2012. Most of the candidates are presented by schools. Sub-degree Programmes  Sub-degree programmes (including Higher Diploma and Associate Degree programmes) are independent and valuable qualifications preparing students for employment in associate professional and management positions at entry level, or for articulation to top-up degree programmes. iPASS  You may browse Education Bureau’s website for more information on accredited self-financing post-secondary courses at iPASS. Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority publications  As a student, you have to face issues on your education path and career matters as well as the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE). Reference books are your essential tools to prepare for the examination. Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority publications should be useful to you. There are subject examination reports and question papers covering various aspects of the examination, including the objectives, content and format of the examination, question papers, marking schemes, and examiners' comments on candidates' performance in the examination. You can order your copy online. Career Guidance  Life Planning Information Website of the Education Bureau aims to provide students, teachers, parents and the public with required information of life planning education and careers information handily. Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) You can apply through the Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) for admission to bachelor’s degree programmes and selected associate degree / higher diploma programmes offered by its participating institutions. All applications will be submitted online and it is easy to get yourself acquainted with the application procedures. Full-time self-financing post-secondary programmes  Besides University Grants Committee (UGC) funded institutions, there are many full-time self-financing post-secondary programmes available. These full-time self-financing post-secondary programmes at sub-degree levels (Associate Degree or Higher Diploma) or above, all meet the Government's quality requirements and are run by different education institutions.