The medium of instruction for all subjects is English, except for Chinese Language, Chinese History and Putonghua. The official languages to be used in formal school functions are English and Putonghua. All students readily communicate in English without sacrificing their competence in their mother tongue. Our ultimate goal is to train our students to become bi-literate and tri-lingual.
As a Catholic school, Sacred Heart Canossian College is committed to spiritual, moral and civic education. We promote multi-perspective thinking and reflective learning in all subjects and co-curricular activities, so that our students will develop a sense of responsibility to themselves, their communities, their countries and the world. We empower our youngsters to be critical thinkers, to be women of integrity with expanded horizons and global awareness.
Our school will not implement Moral and National Education as an independent subject at the present stage and has no plans to introduce this subject. Currently, we have set up the Moral and Civic Education Enhancement Working Group to review the present situation of spiritual, moral and civic education in SHCC. Opinions from different stakeholders will be sought to improve the related education programmes and fulfil our mission of providing an all-round education of Christian values and formation of the heart for our students.
There are over 1400 local students with an age range of 12+ to 19+. For academic studies, they are divided into 36 classes under the New Senior Secondary system with 6 classes at each level. From S1 to S3, all classes share a common curriculum. From S4 to S6, the 6 classes provide students with four core subjects and three elective subjects. The four core subjects are English Language, Chinese Language, Mathematics and Liberal Studies. Students are also required to attend lessons for PE, Visual Arts, Music and Religious and Moral Education.
Students in the Junior Secondary are streamed.
Admission of P.6 to S1
Students are streamed according to their performance in the Pre-S1 tests and the Oxford Placement Test.
Students are then divided into two batches according to their scores in English, Chinese and Mathematics in the Pre-S1 tests. Students scoring higher in these tests allocated randomly to classes S1 D – F. Students scoring less in these tests are allocated to classes S1 A – C according to their abilities in the 3 core subjects. Students who need more support in learning Mathematics will be assigned to Mathematics Group A, B, C and G for smaller class size teaching. As for students who need more support for English or Chinese languages learning will be streamed into S1A and S1B respectively for smaller class size teaching.
Streaming for S1 to S2 / S2 to S3
Students are ranked according to their marks scored in the annual examination results of Chinese, English and Mathematics and are divided into two batches. The batch of students with higher total score in the 3 core subjects are allocated in classes D, E and F randomly while the batch of students with lower total score are allocated randomly to classes A, B and C. However, the students in classes A, B and C who need more support in learning Mathematics are assigned to groups A, B, C and G for smaller class size teaching..
Streaming for S3 to S4
Every student is required to study 4 core subjects and 3 elective subjects at S4. For the streaming of elective subjects, students are ranked according to their average mark in the annual examination result. The total number of subject passed is also a parameter for streaming. The students who have fewer subjects failed have a higher priority under this streaming system. They are then streamed into the respective subjects according to their rank and choices.