School Management Committee
The School Management Committee of Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary School was set up in September 1999 in response of the Education Department’s call for a deepening of the education reform through school-based management. It was the culmination of a long evolutionary process that began seven year ago.
In 1991, the Education Department launched the School Management Initiative Scheme. Our school was amongst the first group of government schools to join it. In the course of the past seven years, all the major components of school-based management were put in place. A school advisory council, with representatives of teachers, parents and alumni, was set up to oversee school matters. Under its auspices, our school mission, school goals, annual school plan, school development plan, school profile, budget summary, school plan summary, evaluation, annual school report, and policy and procedure manual were all worked out in good time to ensure that the school was managed effectively.
In September 1999, the School Advisory Council metamorphosed into the School Management Committee with wider representation. One more Parents-Teachers’ Association Representation and a Community Member were included. Instead of just playing an advisory role, the committee members assume substantive responsibility of managing the school. With its inception, our school entered a more mature stage of school-based management characterized by more active involvement of the stakeholders, broader consultation, and a higher degree of transparency and accountability to the public. Right now, the School Management Committee is considering enlarging itself to include an additional community member so that it will become more sensitive to the pulsation of the time.
The success of our School Management Committee testifies to willingness of the teachers, parents, alumni, community members and the Education Department to co-operate in trying out construction ideas for the benefit of the young, their commitment to quality education and above all, the existence of a progressive school culture in our school. The installation of the air conditioning system in the school hall and the numerous teacher capacity enhancement programmes are not possible without the School Management Committee and the flexibility provided by the school-based management framework. The superb quintet that heralded the dawn of the new millennium will certainly continue to play exquisite tunes to nurture the growth of the next generation in SGSS (Abstract from SGSS School Magazine)