Following is the speech by the Acting Secretary for Education, Dr Choi Yuk-lin, at Ying Wa College's speech day (December 14):
Mr Cheng (Principal of Ying Wa College, Mr Allan Cheng), Reverend Chan (School Pastor, Reverend Chan Tak-yee), Professor Chan (School Supervisor, Professor Chan Ying-shing), distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,
This year sees the 200th anniversary of Ying Wa College. The school's achievements over the last two centuries are exemplary.
In keeping with the school motto of "Steadfast Faith, Beneficent Deeds", Ying Wa College has strived to provide a conducive learning environment for students to develop their diverse potential and positive attitude towards life.
Over the past two centuries, Ying Wa College has attached great importance to the provision of diversified learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom.
The delivery of holistic education offered by Ying Wa College and its team of professional educators has successfully equipped students with the essential skills that future leaders should possess and developed in them the qualities of being "Simple and Unadorned, Outstanding but Humble".
Hongkong Post announced (October 25) the release of a stamp sheetlet to commemorate the bicentenary of Ying Wa College, together with associated philatelic products, on November 9 (Friday).
Founded in Malacca in 1818, and relocated to Hong Kong in 1843, Ying Wa College is the oldest school extant in Hong Kong.
Ying Wa College has played a pivotal role in the development of Sinology, Chinese translation, Protestant missionary work in China, Hong Kong's Western education model, and publication and printing of Chinese newspapers and periodicals.
Equally attractive are stylishly designed new stamps focusing on Hong Kong local folk themes; winning entries of the Photography Competition for 2018 Special Stamps; the 150th anniversary of Hong Kong Fire Services; Cantonese opera golden classics; the bicentenary of Ying Wa College
; popular Jin Yong novel characters; and sign language and Braille.