“To act benevolently and to teach benevolence” is the motto of Sik Sik Yuen. To “act benevolently” means to support the helpless in the face of adversity, whether in kind or in spirit. To “teach benevolence” is to guide others, by word or by example, to good. Both the act and the teaching have at their core, a tendency towards peace, inner and social.
Education is not limited to the transfer of knowledge and the honing of language skills. More crucially, it encourages the balance of physical and spiritual growth. Our motto in practice is to instill in students self-respect and respect for others through kindness and service.
Since the establishment of Ho Koon Nature Education cum Astronomical Centre (Sponsored by Sik Sik Yuen) in 1995, this mission has manifested in astronomical education and field studies. Astronomy presents vast uncharted territories for students to explore, experience, learn and reflect within the connection between man and nature. In addition, nature education across biological and geographical field studies immerses students in the pulse and rhythm of life, so that they may begin to understand their place on earth. This parallel between astronomy and earth science encourages students to look inwards in a humbling, character-building exercise so they may aspire outwards – to the great mysteries of the universe. Guided by imagination and higher order thinking, what they will find far exceeds the bounds of any subject knowledge.
Since our establishment, we have been home to state-of-the-art facilities and laboratory equipment – we house the largest astronomical research telescope in Hong Kong. But even the best facilities and the most thoughtful curriculum are only second to our extraordinary faculty. Through a decade of hard work, we have grown from humble beginnings to a full-fledged learning hub for schools across Hong Kong, who continue to enjoy our range of courses appreciated by the city’s academia and the EDB.