Heep Yunn School offers students a lot of opportunities to develop their own interests and realize their potential outside formal school syllabus. The guiding principles for providing co-curricular activities are to:
- provide students with an all-round education
- promote education for life
- cultivate internationalism and respect for other cultures
- adapt to the local environment and allow students to maintain a strong sense of cultural identity
Currently, Heep Yunn has over 60 co-curricular programmes organized by the departments (as an extension to the curriculum) and the various groups or organizations co-ordinated under the Co-Curricular Activities Committee.
- Student Association
- Debate and Public Speaking
- Language Arts
- Visual Arts
- Community Service
The Student Association (SA) is led by an Executive Committee, assisted by members of the subsidiary committee. The Executive Committee serves as a coordinator between the school and the student body including the 5 houses and about 20 clubs and societies.
Divided into 8 departments, the SA devotes herself to organising a wide range of co-curricular activities, major school functions and providing welfare services. Activities like Form One Orientation Programme and Camp, Inter-house Singing Contest, Inter-house Sports Competitions, Foundation Day, forums and seminars are organised annually, which often create lifelong collective memories and foster unity among our students.
The Student Council, as the consultative agent of the School under the Secretaries Department of the SA, is made up of representatives from each class, to articulate and gather student opinions. Class representatives may submit proposals and raise motions in the annual formal meetings for deliberation and voting. Relevant reports would be submitted to the Principal for consideration. Towards the end of the year, there would be a direct dialogue between the Principal and all students. It promotes efficient communication between students and the School.
Departments of Student Association
Ambassadors- School Ambassadors
Community Service- Volunteer Team
Secretaries- Student Council
Clubs & Societies
Earth Sciences Society
Heritage & Cultural Society
Home Economics Society
Korean Cultural Society
Library Club and Library Prefects
Mathematics & Chess Club
Covering a wide range of sports activities, Heep Yunn houses over 20 sports teams and all of them, have reached a very high standard. Since 1984, Heep Yunn has dominated girls’ sports in the Hong Kong and Kowloon regions and continued to be the overall girls champion of the much-coveted Bank of China (Hong Kong) Bauhinia Bowl Award (formerly the Omega Rose Bowl).
At least 1 in 3 of our students are involved in our school’s (over) 20 team sports at the Division I Level of the sports under the Hong Kong School Sports Federation purview. Teams practise 2 to 3 times weekly on campus where available to ensure a strong unity and cohesion among the athletes.
Under the ‘One sports one life’ programme, our school provides every student opportunity to take part in at least one sports interests class from the year of their admission. The common experience cultivates in our students not only the essential fortitude, but also the much-valued sportsmanship and never-quit mentality.
In Heep Yunn, music pervades throughout the campus. The music department offers musical groups and instrumental classes for students to further their music education outside the classroom. In addition to the 4 choirs, 5 orchestral groups and various instrumental classes, our School organises and participates in various music camps, master classes, outbound interflows and competitions. We also provide memorable occasions for our students to showcase their musical talents, ranging from important performances at school functions, Christmas caroling at prominent hotels to the annual school concert ‘Heartstring’. There are also lunchtime ensemble performances and visits to other schools in the community, to provide opportunities for our students to establish a firm music base. Our groups take part in choir and instrumental competitions, both overseas like the renowned World Choir Games, receiving many awards every year. In local competitions like the Hong Kong Schools’ Music Festivals, we have consistently been placed in the top three places in their categories.
Intermediate Mixed Choir (Heep Yunn School & Diocesan Boys’ School)
Senior Mixed Choir (Heep Yunn School & Wah Yan College, Kowloon)
Chinese Percussion Ensemble
“In quest of truth unwavering
Through days and months we’ve sought,
Intense in thought, discussing well
To strengthen life and thought.”
With the aims to promote the art of debate and eloquence of speech among students, and to enhance students’ critical thinking skills and global awareness, the three Debating Teams (Chinese, English and Putonghua) focus on students’ multi-dimensional development, while continuing the participation in inter-school debating competitions and speaking events locally and internationally. The English debating team has had a student qualify to represent Hong Kong in the World Individuals Debating and Public Speaking Championships for each of the last five years. Our school is also one of the first few schools in Hong Kong to set up a Putonghua debating team and put a lot of effort in fostering debate-related exchange programmes with schools in Asia. Equipped with reasoned discourse and discernment, we prepare our students as visionary leaders serving and connecting our community with compassion, conviction and courage.
Overseas Debating and Public Speaking Competitions
Hong Kong Model United Nations (MUN)
Inter-school friendly debates
All-round training programmes on speaking, debating and thinking skills
The world is a stage. To act impressively, we incubate our students with the much-needed notion of professionalism and teamwork. A holistic approach to drama education has been in place to foster students’ artistic and aesthetic development. In addition to the 3-year junior drama curriculum, students are given ample opportunities to appreciate drama and experience the making of drama in professional theatres through the activities organised by the Drama Group and the EMI Drama Group. The productions of our students, no matter in inter-school competitions or in the annual Drama Night “Muse”, have always moved our audience with novelty.
Hong Kong School Drama Festival
English Drama Festival
Drama Night- “Muse”
Shakespeare: A Worldwide Classroom
Elegance comes from wisdom, while reading unlocks wisdom of life. To equip our students with trilingual abilities and nurture them to become effective communicators, our school offers extensive co-curricular language activities to students. Our students often prove themselves graced with language competence and creativity and they are approved by the accolade in various local and international competitions.
International/ National/ Inter-school Speech/ Calligraphy/ Reading & Writing Competitions
Joint School Creative Writing Programme
Putonghua promotion activities by Putonghua Ambassadors
Our school has made special efforts to become the cradle for budding scientists. The Science Week, a student-initiated programme, is held annually by the Science Ambassadors to develop student interest in Science and broach their scientific way of thinking. The STEM Education programme, together with the Junior Science curriculum, provide ample opportunities for each and every student to explore and apply scientific knowledge in everyday life. Students are encouraged to join external local and international science and mathematics competitions or interflow programmes. Our students’ success in inter-school science and mathematics competitions in Hong Kong has earned them valuable chances of international exposure through representing Hong Kong in science and mathematics competitions abroad. We believe that every small effort can make great changes. To empower our students with innovation and perseverance, we hope to bring betterment to our community.
International Junior Science/ Mathematics Olympiad
Young Inventor Competition
Hong Kong Youth Science and Technology Innovation Competition
China Adolescents Science & Technology Invention Contest
Smart City Project Programme
Hong Kong Student Science Project Competition
Young Professionals Exhibition and Competition
Art appreciation and art making are integrated in a holistic Visual Arts curriculum. To enhance students’ understanding of the contemporary art scene, they are exposed to different artists and media in the Artist-in-school programme and are encouraged to explore different media by attending different kinds of workshops and master classes beyond the classroom:
- Graphic design
- Fashion design
- Chinese calligraphy
- Chinese painting
- Ceramics and sculpture
- Site-specific art
Civic awareness and interdisciplinary knowledge are instilled in the visual arts programme to cultivate a sense of social responsibility. Students serve the community and contribute to society through art making and showcase their creativity through different media. Their achievements are recognised in different ways, including awards, scholarships and exhibitions locally and abroad.
Our students are engaged in various publications, through words and other forms of media to faithfully record and pass on the legacy of Heep Yunn. The name of our school magazine, “Vintage”, captures the essence of our students’ works, of high quality and lasting value.
School Magazine (Vintage)
Liaison Team (Audio-visual, Media and Photography)
We believe that real success benefits not only ourselves, but also our fellow men. Every year, the Community Service Committee collaborates with various community groups to engage our students in a wide variety of community service programmes to serve both inside and outside the school campus with grace and humility. To nurture our students to become more caring and empathetic individuals and instill in them a keen spirit of public service, all students are required to complete a designated number of voluntary service hours each year.
Community Youth Club
Girl Guides and Rangers