School Profile

Our Mission

Aims of the School and spiritual growth The motto of the school is “Veritas Vincit”. We are committed to developing in our students a positive outlook on life and mutual respect and concern for each other. The school, mindful of the values of its foundation, endeavors to cultivate respect for the spiritual and moral beliefs of the Christian tradition and to create a community in which pupils, cared for as individuals, are helped to find fulfillment as they grow towards adulthood.

堅信「真理必勝」,培育學生正確的價值觀,讓她們明辨是非, 尋求真理,學會尊重及關心別人,仿效基督愛人精神,發展健全人格,邁向成長的道路。

簡介

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本校的校徵是一片金色的楓葉。

楓葉象徵天神之后傳教女修會的發祥地 - 加拿大;

葉面上鍥刻著的拉丁文VERITAS VINCIT 則表示了本校的創立目標 - 真理必勝,即本校的校訓。


School Motto

“VERITAS VINCIT”
or
“TRUTH CONQUERS”

“Veritas vincit” is a Latin phrase. In English, it means “Truth conquers all”.

“Christ is the foundation of the school
as He is the way, the truth and the life.”

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“The gift of truth conquers all gifts.
The taste of truth conquers all sweetness.
The joy of truth conquers all pleasures.”
– The Dhammapada –
“The reason to strive for knowledge is in order that
our lives will be based on truth
for it is truth that conquers.”

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簡介

創校初期,校舍設於九龍彌敦道,未幾遷往何文田,又因地方不敷應用,於同年遷往亞皆老街。一九三零年一月,遷至港島西環山市街,於一九三六年才購置般咸道現址。日治期間,部份修女轉往澳門發展會務,但仍有三位修女留守香港,有賴她們,校舍得以繼續保存。一九四五年,學生人數增至一百五十人,隨後按年遞增。一九五七年獲政府撥地於摩星嶺道另建中學,並於一九五九年落成啟用,小學校舍則於一九六七年完成重建工程。


School History

The Founding of St. Clare’s School in 1927

In 1926 our co-foundress, Mother Mary Garbriel and 3 other sisters arrived in Hong Kong with the aim to open a Chinese novitiate.They rented a flat on Nathan Road, one of the poorest parts of the community at that time and evaluated the possibility of the project.On 7 Feb, 1927, an English institute was set up with 7 students. The institute was named after St. Clare as suggested by Father Shak.The school motto Veritas Vincit, which means Truth Conquers was adopted. It indicates that Christ is the foundation of the school as He is the way,the truth and the life. At the end of Feb 1927, the sisters moved to 5 Peace Avenue in Homantin. With the increasing number of students,the house at Peace Avenue was too small for both the students and the sisters’ quarters. At the end of October, 1927,they moved to 3 Argyle Street in Homantin. Having taken the advice of Bishop Enrico Valtorta,the sisters started to establish themselves in the Chinese district. Eventually, Kennedy Town was chosen to be the new site of the school.The new school was opened on Sands Street in 1930. In 1936, the school moved to Prospect Place, Bonham Road. In 1945-46,the school was reorganized under a new educational system, with 2 sessions;morning session for secondary and afternoon session for primary.

簡介

天神之后傳教女修會的創始人是加拿大籍的瑪利亞耶穌聖心修女及中國籍的陳志君修女,後者則成為天神之后會的副會祖 ―瑪利亞嘉俾額爾修女,她亦是聖嘉勒學校的創辦人。會祖們均喜愛亞栖栖方濟各的甘貧,信賴上主,喜樂的特點,故以此為天神之后傳教女修會的精神。

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Sponsoring Body

The congregation of the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels (天神之后傳教女修會) is the sponsoring body of the School.

The Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels

In 1913, Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart was a very young Canadian Missionary in Canton when she decided to set up a novitiate for Chinese Girls. She returned to Canada to pray and work for the idea. Two years later with a young Canadian girl of 22, but not yet professed as a Sister, she returned to Swatow at the invitation of the Bishop there. After contacting a fever this companion died. Alone and with the war on, the Bishop advised her to return to Canada and try to found a novitiate there. With the help of the Bishop of Sherbrook, H.E. Bishop La Rocque and the warm encouragement of the Apostolic Nuncio, Bishop Pietro di Maria, in June 1919 the first Novitiate was opened. In 1922 five Sisters sailed for Kwei Yang in Kweichow – two of those Sisters still live today, in retirement, at the Mother House.

When Sr. Mary of the Sacred Heart left Swatow in 1915 she brought with her a young girl of 17 whom she had known as a pupil in Canton. That girl became Sister Gabriel, the co-founder with Mother Sacred Heart in 1919. After long years of work in China and Canada and incidentally the opening of St. Clare’s in Hong Kong, Mother Gabriel died only two years ago in Canada. Each year new groups continued to come to China until in 1949, when expelled from China, they had 14 houses, four of them in Canton.

Training of girls for the sisterhood was their first work and they did this in several dioceses but they also have schools, hospitals and worked in leprosaria, in social work. Mother Mary Sacred Heart chose to follow the Franciscan rule again due to coincidence. Their first house was near a Franciscan monastery, the Fathers there were her first mentors. So again she got what she wanted – to be a Franciscan with accent on poverty and humility, a badge that would distinguish the Sisters of Our Lady of Angels to this day.

Today they have Missions In Japan, Tahiti, South America, Africa, Macau and Hong Kong besides a recruiting centre in Canada and the United States. Everywhere they have novitiates. Macau has given six Sisters, Hong Kong from St. Clare’s School alone have come five, from Mauritius, sent by a Chinese priest, there came to Macau for novitiate two Chinese girls who then went on to Canada for orientation and on to Tahiti where today they use their French and Chinese language to work among the Chinese community there.

The Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels are strictly missionaries. Their Mother Foundress always said if God wanted the work to go on, He would send vocations. Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart the foundress is still living at 88. They have had only four Mother Generals – all four are living today, the second who was in that first group to Kweichow in 1922 is in retirement in Canada, Mother Julienne who spent years in Hong Kong is now active in Lima, Peru and the present Mother who spent twenty six years in Hong Kong – Macau.


Homepage of Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels

Introduction

The school song was written in 1947 by Sr. St. Raphael, Sr. Elizabeth of Portugal and Sr. St. Bertha. Sr. Elizabeth of Portugal was the Principal at that time while the other two were taking their drop in school on mission. Sr. St. Raphael chose the melody of a flower song as the backbone. Sr. St. Bertha, the musician, helped with some modifications and rearrangements while Sr. St. Raphael herself and Sr. Elizabeth of Portugal filled in the words.

School Song

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St. Clare’s School! To you we sing this glad refrain
St. Clare’s School! Our hearts with love brim over
Hear! Hear! Hear! Our voices rise in praise
For you we’ll make echoes ring
To the mem’ry of these school days
Faithful forever
Then let us enjoy these bright years
Which ne’er will come again

St. Clare’s School! To you we sing this glad refrain
St. Clare’s School! Our hearts with love brim over
Hear! Hear! Hear! Our voices rise in praise
St. Clare’s School! Alma Mater

In your hall we’ve found a noble truth
An ideal that will be strong and lasting
For your youth receive their thanks and their pledge
Giv’n to thee in this our loyal song
For higher things daily let’s pray and strive
Through life’s frays we’ll ever stand and fight
Alma Mater we’ll ever keep alive
God’s ways you so deeply taught us love

St. Clare’s School! To you we sing this glad refrain
St. Clare’s School! Our hearts with love brim over
Hear! Hear! Hear! Our voices rise in praise
St. Clare’s School! Alma Mater

Hear and rev’rent join our pray’r
Father in heaven, guide us we pray Thee
And from temptation keep us this day
Bring all to serve Thee
Bring all to love Thee
Help us we pray Thee to drive sin away
Bring all to serve Thee
Bring all to love Thee
Help us we pray Thee to drive sin away

St. Clare’s School! To you we sing this glad refrain
St. Clare’s School! Our hearts with love brim over
Hear! Hear! Hear! Our voices rise in praise
For you we’ll make echoes ring
To the mem’ry of these school days
Faithful forever
Then let us enjoy these bright years
Which ne’er will come again

Hear! Hear! Hear! Happy voices are singing
Hear! Hear! Hear! Merry voices are singing
St. Clare’s School! We’ll always keep Thine honour fair
Let us sing these words of praise
We acclaim thy name
We acclaim thy name
Lift our voices again
Praise to thee

Dear School!

Supervisor’s Message

Dear Clarians and Friends of St. Clare,

2017 is an exciting year for us in St. Clare’s Schools. You may wonder why I am saying St. Clare’s Schools instead of St. Clare’s Primary School-Kindergarten…

It’s because both St. Clare’s Primary School-Kindergarten and St. Clare’s Girls’ School are celebrating their 90th Anniversary of the foundation of the school in 2017. Yes, we are already 90 years old! You and I were not born yet when St. Clare’s School came into existence. It’s amazing, isn’t it!

I heard my Senior Sisters telling us about the humble beginnings of the school. Can you guess how many students began studying in St. Clare’s in 1927, the year the school was founded? 100?… No. 50? ….No 20?….No. There were only 7 students! We say that 7 is a lucky number and indeed in the story of St. Clare’s Schools, those 7 students were multiplied many times over!

This is an occasion for thanksgiving and rejoicing. Thanksgiving because God has been faithful and generous to us by sending in our school beautiful people – school managers, supervisors, principals, teachers, students and parents, school staff and helpers – in the past and in the present – who have contributed to the life and success of this school throughout this 90 years.

All Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels (MNDA) are feeling extremely joyful and grateful at this moment. We could imagine our Mother Foundress, Mother Mary of the Sacred Heart and co-Foundress, Mother Mary Gabriel (who became the first principal of St. Clare’s School) kneeling and praying earnestly to God to guide them on how to spread the Good News of Jesus in a time when they were swamped with poverty, hopelessness and restlessness in their surroundings. God has inspired them to start an English school where little ones will grow to become joyful and successful women one day and who will extend the mission of Jesus to others.

The MNDA Sisters together with like-minded persons who shared our vision and mission to proclaim the Truth of Christ (that is why we have Veritas Vincit as our motto which means Truth Conquers) transmit deeply held Catholic core values of truth, justice, love, life and family to contribute to the whole-person development of our students.

Moreover, my dear Clarians, as you look at your four red buttons every day, you are reminded to practice the four Cardinal virtues of prudence, justice, fortitude and temperance. These are all the treasures that we all like you to take along with you wherever you go.

So at this new year’s time, let’s hand in hand ask God for His blessings and protection so that we may continue to love and serve St. Clare’s School by becoming model Clarians in words and deeds.

Let’s celebrate and be joyful!

God bless us!

Sr. Maricris, mnda

Principal’s Message

My association with St. Clare’s began 40 years ago. From starting out as a kindergarten student, then to a secondary student and moving on to becoming a teacher and now to a principal – this has been one incredible and fulfilling journey!

St. Clare’s has been a place for me to build up the four cardinal virtues of Temperance, Prudence, Justice and Fortitude. I thank God immensely for giving me an opportunity to be here to grow, nurture our youngsters and work with our loving staff. As educators, we should always create opportunities for our students to develop all aspects of their personhood with excellence. We believe that each student is special and hope that they can shine with their talents as they move on in life.

The most important value at St. Clare’s is LOVE. Clarians learn how to love and be loved, to understand and be accepted by others. Clarians take pride in being themselves while learning to be humble. They know how to respect and learn from others. It is of paramount importance that our students stay positive and try their best to overcome the obstacles they face.

We thank the Lord for guiding us Clarians over these 90 years. May St. Clare our patron saint continue to protect us and help us to live with care and love. It is our deepest hope and prayer that our school will become a place where students can be called closer to faith and, in turn, draw their world closer to Christ.

God Bless,
Mrs. Elsa Hui
Principal

Class Structure of KG and Primary 2016-2017 Onwards

Class Structure of KG and Primary 2016-2017 Onwards

Grade/No. of Classes 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020 2020/2021
K1 4 2 4 4 2
K2 4 4 2 4 4
K3 4 4 4 2 4
Grade/No. of Classes 2016/2017 2017/2018 2018/2019 2019/2020 2020/2021
P1 to P6 17 18 18 18 18

School Calendar

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Activities of the Year

  • Blessing of the Graduates
  • Chinese Cultural Festival
  • Christmas celebrations
  • Community services
  • ECA (Extra-Curricular Activities)
  • Election of Prefects
  • Games Day
  • Graduates Camp
  • International Festival
  • Leadership Training Camp for prefects
  • Mathematics Wonderland
  • Month of Rosary, month of Holy Mary
  • Moral Education Talks and Workshops
  • Music and Speech Festival Competitions
  • Parents’ Days
  • Pilgrimage
  • Pinning of Prefects
  • Reading Awards Scheme
  • School Opening Mass
  • School Picnic
  • Speech Day
  • Staff Development Days
  • Year-end Mass

School Location

地址:香港般咸道光景台三至六號(西營盤站C出口)

Address: 3-6,Prospect place,Bonham Road,Hong Kong (Sai Ying Pun Station Exit C)

(英皇書院對面禮賢會堂)

 

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Language Policy – Medium of Instruction

English has a pivotal place in education and in society. A high-quality education in English will enable students to speak and write fluently so that they can effectively communicate in society. Likewise, in attempting to express emotional or imaginative experience, the act of putting feelings and perceptions into language can give students a focus that deepens their knowledge of self and of the world.

It is our school’s overarching aim to promote high standards of language and literacy and develop language proficiency among our students so that they can be multi-lingual and bi-literate.

The school adopts English as the primary medium of instruction for all subjects with the exception of Chinese-related subjects and French. English is our main teaching medium for the subjects of English and Mathematics. To better equip our students for the curriculum in secondary education, we also adopt English for the subject of General Studies across grades.

Students also receive Putonghua language education starting from Primary 1 while Cantonese is used as the medium of instruction for Chinese and other non-core subjects. We realise the importance of early language exposure and therefore, we teach French to students from Primary 1 to 5 as well.

We take pride in stating that one of our students’ key strengths lies in their ability to communicate using a high standard of English. It has also been our constant endeavor to instill in students a life-long love for literature through widespread reading for pleasure.
In the past few years, we have provided students with numerous opportunities to explore the language beyond classrooms through activities such as daily assemblies, English-speaking days, International Festival, Solo-verse Speech Festival, Big Sister Reading Scheme, RTHK Radio Programme, Lunch Book Sharing and overseas cultural exchange programmes.

 

Homework Policy

Homework is an essential component in the process of teaching and learning which could facilitate students to self-review their progress and to better prepare for the learning and consolidation of new topics.

The School would assign students suitable amount of homework which fits the learning objectives. With a balanced quantity and quality of homework, students could improve themselves and have stronger learning motivation through teachers’ marking and feedback.

The School provides students with diversified homework. We hope that through different types of homework, students could apply the knowledge acquired in their daily lives; and at the same time, their abilities in writing, problem solving, logical and critical thinking could be further enhanced.

Students are required to hand in homework every day. If they miss handing in their homework, it will be marked on the “Missed Work” page in student handbook. Parents are expected to sign students’ missed work record, and to cooperate with the School by reminding their children to complete homework seriously for learning consolidation. It is essential for parents to review children’s homework, by which parents can have a better understanding about their children’s learning progress as well as the curriculum requirement.

學校家課政策

家課是教與學歷程的一個重要部份,能協助學生了解自己的學習進度同時為學習新課題作好準備。

學校會按學習進程給學生每天安排份量恰宜且具有明確學習目標的家課,達致質與量的配合;透過老師的批改及指正,讓學生知所改進,提高學習的動機。

學校編排家課時,滲入多元化的類型,例如︰閱讀、預習、記錄、朗讀、聆聽、分享、說話、溫習、訪問、報告、調查、資料搜集、分析及組織等,讓學生把所學的與日常生活有所聯繫;同時藉此提升學生之思維能力、寫作能力、解難能力及批判性思考能力。

學生必須每天交齊家課,如欠交家課,老師將於該生手冊內之欠交紀錄表作紀錄,請家長簽閱。期望家長與學校携手合作,提醒學生認真完成家課,鞏固所學,並善用其來了解學生的學習進度及學校課程的要求,幫助學生改進學習。

 

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