Orientation for Diocesan Schools’ New Teachers of the 2023/2024 School Year
Video filmed and produced by the Centro Diocesano dos Meios de Comunicação Social.
The “Orientation Meeting for New Teachers” was organised on the morning of 30 August 2023 by the Diocesan Catholic Education Commission (Comissão Diocesana da Educação Católica, C.D.E.C) for new teaching staff members recruited by the nine Diocesan Schools. Due to the unprecedented increase in number of participants, the event was held at the auditorium of Colégio Diocesano de São José 2o (C.D.S.J. 2). In the event, new teachers who shall start their services in the upcoming school year at one of the nine Diocesan Schools, namely Colégio Diocesano de São José (C.D.S.J.), Colégio Diocesano de São José Quinto Edifício (C.D.S.J.5), Colégio Diocesano de São José Sexta Escola (C.D.S.J.6), English and Chinese Sections of Colégio de Santa Rosa de Lima (S.R.L.), Escola São Paulo (E.S.P.), Escola de Santa Teresa do Menino Jesus, Escola de Santa Madalena, and Escola Dom João Paulino (E.D.J.P.) were greeted by an address and instructions given by the Most Reverend Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-Sang, and were subsequently introduced to two talks on “Overview of Educational Development under the Diocese of Macau” and “Characteristics of Catholic School Education” delivered respectively by Dr. Stephen Chan Teng-Fong, Office Director of the C.D.E.C.; and Dr. Gerald Wu Kam-Yuen, Associate Director for Education Services of Caritas Hong Kong. On behalf of the nine principals, the president of the Associação Unida das Escolas Católicas da Diocese de Macau (AUECDM), Dr. Samuel Kio Su-Iong, then expressed the expectations they have from the new members to their schools. After receiving the blessing from the Bishop, all the participants walked to the Church of Saint Joseph Seminary for a group photograph. Together with Principals and invited guests, the orientation saw a total of more than 120 participants.
The orientation commenced as the Most Reverend Bishop Stephen Lee Bun-Sang warmly welcomed the incoming teachers, underscoring the profound mission of a Catholic School educator. He referenced Pope Francis’ emphasis on an integral education from the 2020 Global Compact on Education seminar, calling for a balanced development of students’ “hands, heart and mind”. Highlighting the contemporary challenges faced by today’s youth, the Bishop stressed the need for teachers to nurture students with warmth, love, and guidance in both academics and moral values. He encouraged unity and collaboration among teachers, reminding them of their essential role within the family of the nine Diocesan Schools, and did not forget to remind them in addition to concerning students entrusted to them, they should also take good care of themselves and their families. He then concluded with hopeful optimism, looking forward to a fruitful school year ahead.
Prayer led by Fr. Athanasius Chen Xin-Wang, OP
Ice-breaking session that brings new teachers from different Diocesan Schools closer together
Sharing with the audience their aspiration and motivation for the choice of becoming a teacher
The following talk “Overview of Educational Development under the Diocese of Macau” provided a big picture of how the education services of Diocesan Institutions encompass pre-school stage (nursery), non-tertiary education stages (kindergarten, primary and secondary), and tertiary education levels (bachelor, master and doctorate degree programmes). Dr. Stephen Chan furthered his introduction by listing the histories and administrative structures of the Diocesan Schools as well as the Diocesan Catholic Education Committee. Major statistical figures concerning Diocesan and Catholic Schools were shown to illustrate the proportions of both as compared to the overall figures of all schools in the local non-tertiary education system.
In the talk about “Characteristics of Catholic School Education”, Dr. Gerald Wu addressed pivotal questions including, "What is education?", "What is its purpose?", "For whom does education serve?", and "How should education be provided?" He emphasised that Catholic education equips students with a strong foundation in human principles, enhancing positive values with a Catholic lens and promoting a Jesus Christ-centred worldview. Accordingly, Catholic schools prioritise the seamless integration of formal curricula, interdisciplinary approaches, and non-formal elements, such as the cultivation of a distinct school ethos, all within the framework of religious and moral education. Dr. Wu highlighted that Catholic schools hold five core expectations of their teachers: to understand students, to guide them, to accompany them, to journey alongside them, and to support them. He stressed that because every subject and activity is designed to impart knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values, they all inherently serve as platforms for Religious and Moral Education. Consequently, every teacher is in essence a Religious and Moral Educator. Concluding his talk, Dr. Wu inspired the new educators to ponder on their roles as teachers, likening them to the Good Shepherd.
After listening to the expectations of the principals as represented by the president of AUECDM, Dr. Samuel Kio Su-Iong, the new teachers took the “Diocesan School Teachers’ Oath” that drew contents from both the Catholic Code of Canon Law and the Declaration on Christian Education in front of the attending Principals and guests.
The orientation came to its closing as the new teachers walked to the Church of Saint Joseph Seminary and gathered at the grand staircase for a group picture.
All new teachers were invited to join in celebrating the 9th Episcopal Ordination and the 35th Ordination anniversaries of the Most Reverend Bishop Stephen Lee
The participants went on to enjoy the refreshments prepared for the orientation while getting to know each other in expectation for future potential inter-school exchange and collaborations.