School Motto & Core Values
"Through this place we thrive, we serve and find our place in the world."
We recognize that all students are uniquely talented. Within our exceptionally supportive community, students develop positive relationships and relish the opportunity to realize their individual potential to the full. Learning at CSS is highly student-centred, engaging and inquiry based. Through a broad range of experiences in and beyond school, students become confident, optimistic, compassionate and internationally-minded young adults, ready to find their place in the world.
A Modern School grounded in traditional values
A school that offers the best of both worlds - Integrating the essence of Chinese and International education
Creative Secondary School is a forward thinking school that integrates the essence of Chinese and International education. We provide an exceptionally caring and learning-focused environment for our students.
CSS offers a progressive curriculum uniquely designed to meet 21st Century global needs through the aspirations and goals of the current Hong Kong Education reform and the IB Diploma.
International Baccalaureate – developing 21st century global-mindedness and inter-cultural awareness
CSS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School authorized to offer the IB Middle Years Programme (IB MYP) to students of Form 1 to Form 4 and IB Diploma Programme (IBDP) for Form 5 & 6 students.
At MYP level, we follow the syllabus of the Hong Kong New Secondary School Curriculum. Students are prepared to follow either the IB Diploma (IBDP) or the Hong Kong Diploma for Secondary School Education (HKDSE) programmes, when they reach Form 5 & 6.
Our broad and balanced curriculum is designed to foster students' inquiry skills, interdisciplinary learning, communicative and self-learning abilities, skills which are much needed for 21st century's globalized world of work and life.
While encouraging students to strive for academic excellence, they are also guided individually to develop their individual potential and talent to the full. The school encourages students to develop good character and global citizenship through action and service embedded in the rich and multifaceted co-curricular programmes. These characteristics are also strongly promoted by the 'IB learner profile' . Students learn to appreciate positive universal human values including responsibility, honesty, integrity, humility, commitment, perseverance, respect for others, compassion and valuing learning.
The school thus aims to enhance students' awareness of their own cultural identity and heritage, whilst deepening their understanding and respect for other peoples, nations and cultures.
CSS is member of the International Alliance for Invitational Education (IAIE) and has won the Inviting School Award that recognizes that values of Invitational Education philosophy are fully implemented in the School.
As an Inviting School, CSS is committed to provide an exceptionally caring, respectful, trusting, optimistic and supportive environment in which students are encouraged to challenge themselves beyond their expected level of performances. This in turn increases their experience of successes and builds their confidence in life and all aspects of learning and growth.
Quality teaching team & small classes
Native English Speaking Teachers and bilingual overseas-returned teachers constitute 70% of CSS's teaching team, whist 15% of our teachers are fluent Putonghua speakers. Over 70% of teachers are educated or have worked overseas. More than 30% of CSS's teachers have completed a Master Degree or better.
When recruiting teachers, the school places much emphasis on selecting and matching the teacher's vocational aspirations and professionalism with the philosophy of the school. This ensures that teachers joining the school are fully committed to the educational values and mission of CSS.
A structured local professional development programme, as well as overseas training by the IB, are implemented on a regular basis to ensure that staff members continue to reflect on their practice and grow professionally so that they can excel in their teaching and team working. Training takes the form of workshops, training courses, seminars, mentoring, professional reviews, networking and teacher exchange programmes.
Students also benefit from a small students to teacher ratio that ensures that every student's academic advancement and personal growth are best looked after and their talent and potentials are developed to the full.
Holistic language strategy and a rich language environment for Chinese & English Learning
CSS is an English medium school that places equal emphasis on Chinese Language learning, taught through the Putonghua medium.
The school adopts a holistic language approach, so that effective use of language is expected in every aspect of teaching and learning in all subjects, not just in language lessons. In this way all teachers are responsible for students' language development.
A rigorous and stimulating reading programme is implemented, together with special support strategies to help all students to raise their literacy skills to the required levels.
Our rich trilingual, bi-literate language environment is supported by a high quality teaching team comprising of a large proportion of Native English Speaking Teachers and overseas-returned bilingual teachers. All our Chinese teachers on the other hand are fluent in both Putonghua as well as Cantonese.
House system to enhance pastoral care
To enhance pastoral care of our students, the school has a house system in which every student and teacher is a member of one of six houses.
Students' academic as well as personal & social development are fostered through house tutors, who will know students personally from their first day of entering the school to the day of their graduation. House activities, such as camps and inter-house competitions are held regularly to enhance team spirit, develop leadership and social skills as well as compassion for others.
Guidance and Achievement team and Personal Growth framework
In line with the Invitational Philosophy and the exceptionally caring, student-centred ethos of the school, CSS has a Guidance & Achievement team with designated responsibilities to plan, implement and periodically evaluate the Personal Growth framework of the school.
The framework includes the design of special activities, courses in life skill education, conduct, personal, career and university counselling services to support the personal growth and well being of every student in the school.
In addition, the team will lead teachers to monitor and review the development of students, providing further challenges for talented students whilst offering individualized support to those in need.
III. SCHOOL LIFE
School life and co-curricular activities
Students of CSS describe school life at CSS as happy, purposeful and fulfilling and learning at school is enjoyable, creative, meaningful and relevant to daily life.
To enrich students' life at school, widen their horizons and realize the potential and talent to the full, the school runs a comprehensive and diverse co-curricular activities programme that embraces disciplines of Sports & Action, Creativity, Music, Drama and other Performing Arts, Technology, Craft, Academic Clubs and Community Service.
Learning outside the classroom
Every year the school runs a structured programme of camp activities to extend learning outside the classroom. Camps activities include field expeditions; environmental, adventure and leadership training camps; as well as study visits and service camps overseas.
The school also offers Form 4 students a work experience programme. During their activity week held each year students work in companies and organisations to experience a real work environment, thus helping them to further understand the world of work and make better-informed decisions on subject choices and career direction.
Physical learning environment and facilities
To promote inquiry-based and multi-media teaching and learning through information and communication technology (ICT), an extensive school-wide network has been installed to match the growing needs of the school, including wireless access and an intranet for collaborative learning and communication within the school community.
Full network facilities and equipment have been installed throughout the school campus and a total of 300 computer stations and four computer laboratories have been set up so far for students and teacher use throughout the school.
The school also provides guidance to students on the social impact and ethical dimensions of a globalised electronic media.
Other facilities provide for students' learning and leisure use include our spacious library and associated computer equipment for reference and research, multi-purpose ball courts for sports activities, concourse for musical performances and art exhibitions, studios for drama, performing arts and visual arts, 'green roof' gardens, canteen.
In addition, the school has a purpose-built Design & Technology Centre that includes industrial design and food technology facilities supported by Computer-aided Design (CAD) and Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) hardware and software.