ForeverMissed

‘Carefree days may long be gone, in my heart Cheung Sha Wan stays.’ – L.C.NG



It is with great sorrow that we acknowledge the passing of our beloved former Principal, Mr. Benedict L.C. Ng on Wednesday, 17 February 2021. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time of great loss.

Mr. Ng devoted his life to education for almost 6 decades, and made a significant contribution to our school. After serving as an English teacher at St. Peter’s Secondary School for a decade, he was appointed Principal of CSWCSS in 1976 and retired in 2000. He is the longest serving principal of our school. During his 24-year service, he promoted the importance of Biliteracy and Trilingualism – cultivating students’ language proficiency in English and Chinese, prepared a fertile ground for students to develop their interests, and provided a school environment with great freedom and friendly teachers. Under his leadership and the dedication of a team of professional teachers, the school achieved excellent public examination results and won major sports competitions, including the 11 consecutive Overall Champions in the Hong Kong Catholic Diocesan Secondary Schools Joint Athletics Meet. In the school year 1997-1998, he led the whole school in the fight for our well-deserved EMI status. When he retired in 2000, CSWCSS remained one of the 114 EMI secondary schools in Hong Kong, and earned the reputation as a prominent boys’ school with a leading status in the local district.

Not only did Mr. Ng lay a solid foundation and establish a fine reputation for the school, but also left a great legacy for his successors, teachers and students. Our numerous distinguished alumni serving at key positions in society is a concrete proof of that legacy.



‘In this forest of concrete, there is this lovely place. 

A haven from the urban crowd, where I spend my golden days.

Here lifelong friends are made, together we run the race.

Amidst the bustling city din, quietly I find my ways.’ 

– lyrics from School Hymn, words by Mr. L.C. Ng



After his retirement, he took up a new role – a volunteer English teacher trainer, organizing training programmes for English teachers from some of China’s most deprived areas. He also built over 10 schools in remote mountain villages and offered generous scholarships for students from disadvantaged families. Tens of thousands of students and teachers benefited from his charitable work. Despite his busy schedule, he kept students at CSWCSS in his heart. He kindly offered two generous scholarships, the Benedict Ng Scholarship and the Catherine Ng Scholarship, to students with outstanding achievements in languages and science respectively.

Mr. Ng’s relentless effort in sowing the seeds of education will always be remembered. He lived a true Christian life, spreading the love of Jesus through his work. He will always remain in our hearts as an intellectual, cultivated and charismatic educator with a vision; an energetic man with a passion for life and a great sense of humour; and a sincere and genuine person with a warm and loving heart.

May his soul rest in peace!



“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)



In the meantime, do not hesitate to leave a tribute on this condolence platform with any messages that you wish to be passed to Mr. Ng’s family.



Alumni Association of CSWCSS.

Posted by Nathan Chan on March 27, 2021
我很難接受你已經離去

我永遠記得當我第一日返學時, 你站在 office 外面望著操場的樣子. 你的氣場正告訴我長天是一所偉大的中學, 亦提醒了我要努力在這所名校好好學習. 感謝你的英名領導, 帶領長天有今日的榮譽, 亦同時帶領了我的成長. 雖然我成就不算突出, 但沒有你沒有長天, 就難以有今天的我. 我衷心的感謝你.

我很難以文字表達我對你的尊敬. 對我來說, 你永遠是一位 legend. 我為有幸在你在任時期就讀長天感到驕傲.

願你在天國安息

Nat Chan, Class of 2005 (7C)
Posted by Cecilia Wong on March 22, 2021
You just show me half of your face, when
you take a picture of yourself , wearing the scarf I knitted for you, in a hurry. That's you, fun loving , as always. We used to argue with one another, for reasons unknown and forgotten, as always. Will look forward to chatting with you, teasing one another, in present tense , again, when our pathway crosses, as always.
Posted by Y Z on March 22, 2021
Dearest Ben,
Thank you for being my teacher and best friend. I would rather we never say goodbye to you. Deep in my heart, I miss you so much. RIP.
还记得你经常会给我发送一些好玩的视频或者图片,让我在疲惫的工作中得到一些放松。还记得你经常会问候我的家人,让他们感收到来自远方朋友的关怀。还记得你到厦门来看我们,我们一起走走吃喝和唱歌。还记得你带我到贵州参加Ettp,让我学习和成长。还记得你带我们爬上山顶看风景,还记得你带我们走向海边看潮汐……太多的情景和过往历历在目。我最后悔的是在那一段没有收到你的微信的几个月里,我竟然没有问你,你为什么不发了?如果当时问了,我就会陪着你共度难关,可是我却没有问,我竟然不知道你在和病魔做斗争。没有任何对你的关心和问候,让我自责不已。现在,你终于解脱病魔的折腾,在天堂笑着,但是我们却很伤心,因为我们多想你就还在身边!
Yours,
Lizzy
Posted by Steely Chen on March 20, 2021
纪念我的好友,忘年交Ben(Benedict Ng) 吴良川先生: Ben,祖籍福建晋江安海,幼年随父母前往香港,毕业于香港大学,生前是香港长沙湾英文中学的老师,担任校长(25年)直到退休。2001年退休后开始了他全新的生活,积极参与,发动和组织支援大陆教育相对贫困地区的公益活动。从个人到学校义务任教开始,逐步发展到资助办校,资助困难学生,组织教师团队,利用暑假时间到大陆多地义务培训英语老师,足迹遍及贵州,云南,湖南,陕西,山西,黑龙江,广东,等当中的十几个县市,帮助他们提高业务和自身的语言能力。他为人积极向上,乐观幽默,乐行好施。他退休后做义工的第一个站点就是厦门,我们相识于厦门并从此成了挚友。他常说厦门是他的第二故乡。认识他的人多称他吴校长,同行的都叫他Ben,他戏称自己是Ben(笨)老师,英语读成中文拼音的发音。常调侃说自己是VIP(Very Insignificant Potato)而不是Very Important Person.临终前还在关心困难学生的资助问题。他不图名利,鄙视权贵。他的一生,是为教育做奉献的一生,是我们学习的楷模。
–––厦门陈钢强
Posted by Kara Ng on March 20, 2021
Miss Ben very much. He is my VIP( Very Important Person). I'm so sad for his passing away. But he will remain in my heart forever. Pray for Ben.
当初得知Ben离世的消息,我整个人都错愕了。明明那么健康硬朗的人,一下子病得这么严重,每每想到他生病后有多么的辛苦,总觉得心很痛。说好了疫情过后要去见他们的,他却缺席了,心里很不是滋味。这段时间,总是想起我的干外公和Ben。在我从事教育的这条路上,他们深深地影响着我。耳边响起干外公说的“教师是人类灵魂的工程师”,自己在心里会想着努力做一个好教师;脑海里浮现ETTP 每一位成员认真诚恳备课和上课的画面,致力于教育公益事业、身体力行的他们震撼了我,他们付出了很多心血,在很多人的心里种下了希望的种子,年复一年,他们播下的种子已长成一片森林了,教育因他们而充满希望。
这辈子都难以忘记Ben。他是我见过的“最年轻”的退休校长。第一次见他的时候,谁能想到这么一个活力满满、笑容满面、健步如飞的导师已经快80岁了。岁月在流逝,少年心不变。跟他在一起学习、共事、聊天、玩耍,都会被他做人的洒脱、幽默和真诚,对教育的热忱和认真所折服。我从我姨那里学到了教育的方法和态度,在Ben这里建立了我对教育的信念。他无私奉献的精神深深感动了我,他之于我,亦师亦友。
因为他们,我对教育改观了,会不由自主地向他们靠近,从此,对英语的喜欢加深了好几分,对教育的喜欢多了好几分。因为喜欢,我坚持到现在,希望做好教育。
希望悲伤化为力量,我们继续延续Ben's Spirit和ETTP Spirit。
向Ben致敬,愿他安息。
Posted by Pak Lam Leung on March 19, 2021
一條漢子(記與吳校長二三事)

和吳校長相處近三十年,給我的感覺是處事明快,個性豪邁,學校在其領導下,令長天逐步成為知名的學府。
吳校長一直有参加籃球和長跑,他和我既是隊友又是競爭者,那年教師籃球隊常常和友校作賽,還遠征聖文德、林護、地利亞等學校,可惜在一次球賽嚴重傷腳後,退出了籃球場,傷愈後,吳校長積極参加長跑賽事,每年的教師長跑,渣打馬拉松十公里是常客,記得一次和吳校長及同學参加長跑,我校同學得到隊際冠、亞軍,校長非常開心請我食飯,知我是酒客,要和我飲高樑,幸好!平分秋色,安全回家,至於長跑勝負,當然吳校長贏了,日後校長可以告訴子孫曾赢過長天長跑教父,若說最難忘,應是新機場渣打馬拉松十公里,那天比賽在滂沱大雨,天色昏暗之中,內心擔憂之際,猛見校長雖然疲痺卻仍勇敢大步衝向終點,吳校長,你好嘢!
吳校長退休後,有次回校碰面交談,講述他在國內興學,得知他在內地各處貧困地區辦學,還領導長天教師教內地教師及學生英語,為推開國門,走遍大江南北,這種聖賢般的教育心,令人肅然起敬,話說有些學校要招呼他住酒店,他一律拒絕,自己租住廉價的,他說:不為什麼,呀叔鍾意!我好欣賞「呀叔鍾意」四個字,那是大俠呀!
有幸上年和吳校長一齊慶祝生日會,師生其樂融融,校友會送了一座水晶長天校舍給吳校長,校長很高興,席間為我們高歌一曲「愛拼才會贏」,還聲情並茂解說歌詞內容。
吳校長,多謝你!我們知道了愛拼才會赢的奮鬥,我們會銘記你為教育作出的示範,更明白你心繫長天。

排長(梁柏林老師)
Posted by 長天全人教育基金 FONG SAI HO on March 13, 2021
2021年2月17日晚上,傳來噩耗,深受愛戴的吳良川校長蒙主寵召,因病與世長辭。所有長天師生校友無不痛惜長天及教育界失去翹楚。

吳校長畢生為教育奉獻,由1976年至2000年擔任長天校長,歷時24年,是長天最長任期校長。退休後,退而不休,18年來帶同各地老師義工到國內培育英文老師,從不間斷。 2018年知悉長天全人教育基金成立,即時答允擔任榮譽顧問,為基金會出謀獻策,貢獻良多。

我們懷念去年11月14日與你共渡80大壽晚宴,當晚歡樂氣氛還歷歷在目,想不到當天晚宴成為吳校長與大家最後的聚會……………

我們將永遠懷念吳校長,希望吳校長在天家主懷安息。我們也永遠記著吳校長為長天所寫的校歌,歌詞是多麼優美、動人,卻不失長天自強不息的氣勢!我們感激你為長天、為教育的無私奉獻 !

長天全人教育基金主席方西河

點擊連結閲讀吳校長經濟日報訪問 :

https://topick.hket.com/article/2643208/%E3%80%90%E6%AD%A3%E8%83%BD%E9%87%8F%E3%80%91%E9%80%80%E4%BC%91%E6%A0%A1%E9%95%B718%E5%B9%B4%E5%85%A7%E5%9C%B0%E7%AA%AE%E9%84%89%E5%BB%BA9%E6%A0%A1%E6%8E%88%E8%B2%A7%E7%AB%A5%E8%8B%B1%E8%AA%9E%E3%80%80%E4%BD%8F%E5%BB%89%E5%83%B9%E9%85%92%E5%BA%97%E8%A7%B8%E9%9B%BB%E9%9A%AA%E6%AD%BB%E7%84%A1%E9%98%BB%E7%BE%A9%E6%95%99%E6%B1%BA%E5%BF%83
Posted by Marco Cheng on March 8, 2021
I am honoured to have met such a selfless, philanthropic person who came into my life 10 years ago when I joined ETTP. Ben taught me so much and guided me every step to finding my passion for teaching, charity work and education. I will never forget our precious moments together in China, and in particular our 梁祝 performance in 2017 in Majiang, Guizhou. Thinking of you every single day - thank you once again for everything, and may you rest easy. Marco x
Posted by Dorothy Kehl on March 5, 2021
2006到2014年夏天我都从纽约飞往香港与你和其他来自香港,中国大陆,美国,加拿大,英国,澳洲, 纽西兰,星加坡等地的在职, 退休教师, 及大学生组成的教师队伍在贵州,山西,陕西培训当地的英语教师, 那9个夏天, 是我教学最愉快的经验。我们把新进的英语教学方法介绍给中国大陆教师,用唱歌,电影学英语,用小组讨论等多种方式提高口语能力。良川崇高的服务精神,深深感动了我。你的高度组织能力,灵活教学方法,亲 和力。。。给了我说不尽的开心愉快,我会有很长时间怀念你。你做了很多有意义的工作,你现在面带笑容安息吧!卢警端敬上
Posted by Anthony Ng on March 1, 2021
From Trevor Higginbottom:

‘ I was privileged to know Mr Ben Ng for over 20 years, first when I regularly visited his school, then in association with the NETs scheme and finally when collaborating with him in his charity work in Guizhou Province in China. I always found him to be a truly outstanding professional person and a wonderful human being . The school, it’s pupils, staff and parents were indeed fortunate to have such an inspiring Principal for so many years . He will be sorely missed..........

Trevor Higginbottom, Retired Member of Her Majesty’s Inspectorate for England and Wales . ‘
Posted by Peter KWOK on February 28, 2021
He taught me not only English, he taught me life. For over fifty years, we enjoyed the true friendship. He's not gone, he lives in my heart.
Posted by Web Cswcss on February 28, 2021
A man of vision
he was an
avid professional who brought a wave o f fresh air to pedagogy.

Principal Mui
Posted by Bob Adamson on February 27, 2021
Mr Ng gave us wonderful opportunities and support when we were young teachers, and as a result of his commitment to developing a thriving learning community, we have very fond memories of working in CSWCCS. His later work in China is a great inspiration to us all, and his achievements will live on long into the future. We remember him with much affection and gratitude.

Annie Tong & Bob Adamson
Posted by Kelvin Ho on February 27, 2021
難忘吳sir的春風化雨,教學熱誠
主懷安息
永遠懷念

聖伯多祿中學校友會
Posted by Albert Wong on February 25, 2021
Dear Principal NG,
You were truly a respectful and exemplary educator whose some-sixty-year wholehearted dedication to education has positively nurtured and inspired tens of thousand students, particularly those who might otherwise have been deprived of it.
Your 1970-75 student.
Posted by Cho Patrick on February 25, 2021
Recall back my form 3 English class teacher, mr Ng in 1966-67.
He is a great man. Teaching us with patience.
God bless him
Posted by Jacque Ryan Lynn on February 25, 2021
Grace Sun, teacher from Majiang, China
A tribute to my teacher, Ben.
https://mp.weixin.qq.com/s/vQjVSh4kKOeFhjC9UNYTVQ
Posted by Ken Wong on February 25, 2021
Dear Principal NG,
Thanks for everything, we will continue and extend your spirits in the future. I'm blessed to meet you at some point of time at CSWCSS.
Rest in peace.... 

Wong Siu Kin 2001 7C
Posted by Cam ilo on February 24, 2021
Thanks for everything. RIP.
1991 5E Class
Posted by JJkk Lau on February 25, 2021
Dearest Mr Ng,

On behalf of your colleagues and students from the Whatsapp group of St. Peter's Secondary School from 1975-1976, we surely have missed our greatest life mentor and we will remember you always. Rest in peace!
Posted by QiYun Zhu on February 25, 2021
Recalling the past, we will always remember. We will miss you.
Posted by Steve Leung on February 25, 2021
Proud of a man who has dedicated his whole life in educating the next generation. Thanks you.
Posted by Kenneth Lai on February 25, 2021
We miss you forever! You are surely the one ironed in our memory. Your student of 1988 HKCEE, class 5B, Lai Kin Chung Kenneth
Posted by William Wong on February 24, 2021
Thanks Principal Ng, RIP. We are all remember you.
Posted by Alan Lam on February 25, 2021
Principal Ng’s leadership and contribution to CSWCSS’ achievements are never replaceable
Posted by La Garlalahappy on February 24, 2021
Thanks Principle, a great man and mind that inspire us all. Rest in peace!
Posted by Kitty Cheng on February 24, 2021
Thanks for your life education and being a model of us.
Rest in Peace.
Posted by Hung Barry on February 24, 2021
To our honourable principal Mr. NG,

I was one of the naughty boys who always turn up late to school. This brought a chance for my parents to see you in person.

All we can remember you are a gentle, caring and kind-hearted principal. You were the linchpin of the school, and will remain in our heart forever. 

Rest in peace. 
Posted by Daniel Yeung on February 24, 2021
Forever missed.
Posted by Charles Sit on February 24, 2021
A great and humble man who walked the talk. RIP

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Recent Tributes
Posted by Nathan Chan on March 27, 2021
我很難接受你已經離去

我永遠記得當我第一日返學時, 你站在 office 外面望著操場的樣子. 你的氣場正告訴我長天是一所偉大的中學, 亦提醒了我要努力在這所名校好好學習. 感謝你的英名領導, 帶領長天有今日的榮譽, 亦同時帶領了我的成長. 雖然我成就不算突出, 但沒有你沒有長天, 就難以有今天的我. 我衷心的感謝你.

我很難以文字表達我對你的尊敬. 對我來說, 你永遠是一位 legend. 我為有幸在你在任時期就讀長天感到驕傲.

願你在天國安息

Nat Chan, Class of 2005 (7C)
Posted by Cecilia Wong on March 22, 2021
You just show me half of your face, when
you take a picture of yourself , wearing the scarf I knitted for you, in a hurry. That's you, fun loving , as always. We used to argue with one another, for reasons unknown and forgotten, as always. Will look forward to chatting with you, teasing one another, in present tense , again, when our pathway crosses, as always.
Posted by Y Z on March 22, 2021
Dearest Ben,
Thank you for being my teacher and best friend. I would rather we never say goodbye to you. Deep in my heart, I miss you so much. RIP.
还记得你经常会给我发送一些好玩的视频或者图片,让我在疲惫的工作中得到一些放松。还记得你经常会问候我的家人,让他们感收到来自远方朋友的关怀。还记得你到厦门来看我们,我们一起走走吃喝和唱歌。还记得你带我到贵州参加Ettp,让我学习和成长。还记得你带我们爬上山顶看风景,还记得你带我们走向海边看潮汐……太多的情景和过往历历在目。我最后悔的是在那一段没有收到你的微信的几个月里,我竟然没有问你,你为什么不发了?如果当时问了,我就会陪着你共度难关,可是我却没有问,我竟然不知道你在和病魔做斗争。没有任何对你的关心和问候,让我自责不已。现在,你终于解脱病魔的折腾,在天堂笑着,但是我们却很伤心,因为我们多想你就还在身边!
Yours,
Lizzy
his Life

Eulogy for Principal Benedict LC Ng

We all are indeed saddened by the passing of Principal Benedict L C Ng. Despite the grief, I will abide by his final words asking us not to feel sad at his funeral. I will deliver a eulogy looking at his achievements and anecdotes. 

I have known Principal Ng for 43 years. Blessed by Our Father, I joined the family of Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School (CSWCSS) in 1977 and it was a great pleasure to work with Benedict who was my mentor, colleague and good friend. He wholeheartedly dedicated his life to education, tirelessly teaching and enlightening students, not expecting any fame or wealth in return. He led by example and epitomised the spirit of “Love God, love your neighbour   Mark 12:30-31”  through life on life interaction with his family, students, fellow teachers, parents and alumni.  He is the role model for us all.

After graduating from the University of Hong Kong, Benedict served ten years (1966-76) at St Peter’s Secondary School[1]. Before retirement, he was principal of CSWCSS for 24 years (1976-2000), leaving a rich endowment to CSWCSS, including hardware, software, tangible and intangible assets…

During his tenure, he set up CSWCSS Students' Union, CSWCSS Alumni Association, Parent-Teacher Association, bringing together all stakeholders[2],[3],[4]. United we are all stronger. 

Benedict was a man of vision and a leader. He had established many pilot schemes and canvassed extra resources for CSWCSS. For example, as early as in 1988, he placed CSWCSS among the first schools in Hong Kong to partake in the Native English-speaking Teachers NET Pilot Scheme by recruiting two additional native English-speaking teachers[5]. In 1997, to facilitate the development of Moral and Religious Education Curriculum, three schools in the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong joined forces to fund, at our own costs, the appointment of a lay Catholic as pastoral care assistant. In addition to CSWCSS, the other two schools were Choi Hung Estate Catholic Secondary School and Raimondi College. Our students thus had better access to a dedicated pastoral worker who guided them to contemplate life, learn to be considerate and participate more in voluntary works demonstrating a spirit of care and service[6].

In addition, Benedict successfully leveraged the strength of CSWCSS in 25 laps (7 Km) long distance running [7] to raise funds to build a language lab (now a multimedia language lab) and to install air-conditioning in the school hall.

In 1999, he facilitated the application for Hong Kong Quality Education Fund which afforded us a Marching Band and a Physical Fitness Room[8].

Benedict was very hands on and resolute in what he believes is good. An example is his efforts to write the lyrics for the School Hymn of CSWCSS in 1980. The lyrics are precise and succinct, leaving a deep impression on each and every CSWCSS members[9] [10]. Led by Benedict, CSWCSS succeeded in keeping English as the Medium of Instruction (EMI)in 1998[11]. He was devoted to creating a bi-literal and tri-lingual learning environment (Chinese, English and Putonghua). He insisted that English subject teachers use only English as the medium of instruction in classes and always communicate with students in English inside and outside of the classrooms. To promote Putonghua, he and Ms Alice Lai led by example to enroll as students in the Education Department’s Putonghua course. He turned studies into a fun activity by singing to learn Putonghua.  He and two teachers once demonstrated their Putonghua skills with delightful songs at the morning assembly. On top of all these, he also organised Putonghua courses for our teachers.

After retirement, Benedict lived an even richer life. He volunteered to teach CSWCSS’ English Enrichment Class and was appointed by the HK Education Department to run the ESL in the Mainstream Teacher Development Certificate Course[12].

In his last 20 years, he industriously travelled to the mainland donating his time and expertise teaching English in his home town. He also ventured afar to remote regions to train English subject teachers, rebuilt dilapidated schools and funded education for students in extreme poverty.

Benedict had a very charming sense of humor making him very popular. To help train English subject teachers in remote regions in China, he founded the English Teachers Training Program (ETTP) and acted as program consultant and leader.  The title printed on his name card was VIP.  Jocularly he called himself a VIP – not a Very Important Person but a Very Insignificant Potato. He introduced himself as “Ben” to these teacher trainees and some addressed him the Putonghua way as “bèn” which means “stupid”. Instead of being displeased, he took this as an opportunity to teach English pronunciation. Many English teacher trainers/tutors from Hong Kong, mainland China, the UK, the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and many more gravitated towards ETTP, all attributable to Benedict’s charisma. These volunteers join hands to serve in a happy and soaring spirit and this is one of the highlights of Benedict’s life.

In his final months, Benedict still cared about CSWCSS students a lot. He kept donating to the school for setting up scholarships to help and inspire students to strive to better themselves.

In sum, Principal Benedict LC Ng was a true life-long learner and educator. Without Benedict’s dedication, CSWCSS would not have gained the recognition as a much-loved English secondary school among all sectors in Hong Kong society. Through the work of Benedict, our school motto “Self-Strengthening and Continuous Improvement” is deeply etched in the minds of all students and alumni. 

Principal Benedict LC Ng now lives in our hearts. 



                                                                                                      presented at the Funeral Mass
                                                       held at Mother of Good Counsel Church on 20th March 2021
                                                                                                                   Edited by Susanne Ng 
                                                                                        English version translated by Cecilia Chiu




[1] After graduating from the University of Hong Kong, Principal Benedict LC Ng immediately joined St Peter’s Secondary School (1966-76) as an English teacher for senior classes cum Discipline Master.  

[2] CSWCSS Students' Union was established in 1976.
[3] CSWCSS Alumni Association was established in 1982.
[4] CSWCSS Parent-Teacher Association was established in 1997. 
[5] CSWCSS was among the first schools to partake in the Native English-speaking Teachers NETs Pilot Scheme in 1988. Two additional expatriate teachers were employed.
[6] In 1997 to facilitate the development of Moral and Religious Education Curriculum, three schools in the Catholic Diocese of HongKong – CSWCSS, Choi Hung Estate Catholic Secondary School and Raimondi College – joined forces to fund at their own costs the appointment of a lay Catholic as pastoral care assistant. The students thus had better access to a dedicated pastoral worker who guided them to contemplate life, learn to be considerate and participate more in voluntary works demonstrating a spirit of care and service. The pastoral care assistant position has now evolved to become a full time position titled Pastoral Worker in 27 schools in the Catholic Diocese  of Hong Kong. 

[7]
   25 laps (7 km) long distance running along the running track inside the school campus has been a tradition and part of the Physical Education curriculum in CSWCSS.  Students attending CSWCSS have to undergo the 25-laps long-distance running test every year.
[8]   In 1999, Benedict’s application for the QE fund was successful to establish CSWCSS Marching Band.  In the same year, Benedict facilitated the application to the QE Fund for setting up a Physical Fitness Room with added physical fitness equipment.  
[9]  1980 Benedict invited music teacher Ms Josephine Wong to compose a School Hymn in English and a Sports Song in Putonghua. The lyrics of the School Hymn are Benedict’s own work while Chinese subject teacher Mr Chi Kwan Yeung wrote the lyrics for the Sports Song. 
[10]  School Hymn of Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School    LYRICS

            In this forest of concrete, there is a lovely place

            A haven from the urban crowd, where I spend my golden days

            Here  lifelong friends are made, together we run the race

            Amidst the bustling city din,  quietly I find my ways

            Every day in the misty morn, refreshed am I with His grace

            Carefree days may long be gone    

            In my heart Cheung Sha Wan stays.
[11]  In 1998 , CSWCSS, led by Benedict, succeeded in keeping English as the Mediumon Instruction (EMI) and became one of the 114 EMI schools in HK.
[12] In 2000, Benedict was appointed by the Hong Kong Education Department to run the ESL in the Mainstream Teacher Development Certificate Course targeting at English subject teachers.

吳良川校長悼詞

吳良川校長離世, 大家都非常難過, 不捨。但今天我還是依隨他遺願,盡量以一份較為平静的心情來回顧他一生的點滴。

我和吳良川校長相識43年蒙天父的祝福,我於1977年加入長沙灣天主教英文中學 (簡稱「長天」) 這個大家庭,有機會和吳校長共事。吳校長是我的人生導師、合作伙伴、老友記。吳校長 一生淡泊名利,為教育作出無私奉献,誨人不倦 。他也展示了「愛主愛人」的精神,用生命影响生命,以身作則,實為家人、學生、老師、家長及眾校友的楷模。

吳良川校長香港大學畢業後,服務聖伯多祿中學10年 (1966-76)。[ 1]退休前,担任「長天」校長 24 年 (1976-2000), 留給「長天」大量財富 (包括硬件、軟件及有形無形的資產  ... )

吳校長在任內先後成立「長天」學生會 、「長天」校友會、家長教師會,  凝聚「長天」 持份者的力量。[註 2]    [註 3]    [註 4]

吳校長很有遠見及極具領導才能。 他經常為「長天」引進先導計劃及額外的資源。 例如: 他早於1988年, 為「長天」引進外籍英語老師。「長天」是香港首批參加 「外籍英語老師先導計劃」(Native English-speaking Teachers Pilot Scheme)的學校,額外聘請兩位外籍英語老師 。[註 5]   1997年 ,   為加強學校德育及宗教課程發展,三間天主教香港教區中學:「長天」、彩虹邨天主教英文中學及高主教書院合作首次自費聘請一位平信徒的「牧民助理」 , 使學生獲更多機會,接觸專責牧靈工作的導師,多思考人生各種問題,也學會為他人設想,多參與發揮關愛與服務精神的義工計劃。 [註 6]

另外, 吳校長善用「長天」强項25圈校園長跑籌募經費, 成功籌得款項建立語言實驗室(現改建為多媒體語言教室)及安裝禮堂冷氣設備。[註 7 ]

於1999年, 他促成了申請香港政府優質教育基金, 為「長天」學生成立步操管樂團、創建校園健體室 。[註 8 ]

吳校長凡事親力親為, 而且擇善固執, 以身作則。 例如:  於1980年, 他親自執筆為「長天」校歌填詞。[註9 ]    校歌的歌詞簡而精, 都深深烙印在每一位長天人心中。[註10 ] 於1998年. 他帶領「長天」成功爭取繼續用英語作為主要教學語言(EMI)。[註11]他又刻意營造有利學習兩文三語 (中、英、普 )的學習環境。 他堅持英文科老師用全英語授課 ,  於課室內外都用英語和學生交談。此外, 為推廣普通話,他曾經和黎幸兒老師一起報讀教育署開辦的普通話班; 並於學校早會與兩位老師一齊示範[唱歌學普通話]。其後, 又為老師舉辦普通話硏習班。

退休後,吳校長活出更豐盛的人生。他曾經返回「長天」義務教授學生[英文拔尖小組],  又受聘於香港教育署, 為英文科老師舉辦「英語教學認證課程」。[註 12]

在過去二十年,   他不辭勞苦,  返回祖國貢獻自己的力量 。他在家鄉義教英語數年後, 又到偏遠的地區籌辦 (1) 培訓英語老師 (2) 重建危房校舍及 (3)資助貧苦學生升學。

吳校長為人風趣幽默,具個人魅力。為了協助培訓國內偏遠地區英語老師 , 他籌组了英語老師培訓班English Teachers Training Program ( ETTP),他更親自担任ETTP顧問兼領隊。他在個人名片印上VIP,調侃自己是Very Insignificant Potato 。他自我介紹, 請老師學員稱呼他 「Ben」。有ETTP老師學員誤讀Ben 為「“bèn”  笨」 。但他並不介意,  經常用Ben 和「“bèn” 笨」作為英語發音教材。由於他的魅力,吸引了香港、中國大陸、英、美、澳、紐、加等地的英語導師加入 ETTP 團隊,一齊開開心心地做義工; 為他的人生添上精彩的一頁。

吳校長臨终前數月, 仍然牽掛著「長天」學生, 繼續捐款, 成立獎學金, 志在幫助及鼓勵「長天」學生奮發向上。

總結吳良川校長是一位真正的終生的教育家。「長天」能發展成為深受香港社會各界人士愛戴的一所英文中學,  而校訓「自強不息」精神,亦深深印記在每位同學及校友心中, 吳校長絶對是功不可沒的。

我們永遠懷念吳良川校長 。

                                                                                                  
伍少珊     二零二一年三月二十日

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1     吳良川校長於香港大學畢業後,即加入聖伯多祿中學(1966-76),任教高年級英文科,兼任學校訓導主任 。

2      1976  成立「長天」學生會 (SU)

3      1982  成立「長天」校友會(AA)

4      1997  成立「長天」家長教師會(PTA)

5      1988「長天」是香港首批參加 [外籍英語老師]先導計劃 (Native English-speaking Teachers NETs Pilot  Scheme)的學校,額外聘請兩位外籍英語老師 。

6     1997 為加強學校德育及宗教課程發展,三間天主教香港教區中學:   長沙灣天主教英文中學 、彩虹邨天主教英文中學及高主教書院合作首次自費聘請一位平信徒的「牧民助理」,使學生獲更多機會,接觸專責牧靈工作的導師,多思考人生各種問題,也學會為他人設想,多參與發揮關愛與服務精神的義工計劃。「牧民助理」一職後來發展成為現今27間教區中學的全職「牧民工作者」。

7      「長天25圈長跑」是「長天」體育課程的傳統﹐每年學生需要進行圍繞學校跑25個圈(全程約七公里)的测驗。「長天」學生對這個傳统測驗都認真準備及參與。

8      1999  成功申請香港政府優質教育基金(QE Fund), 為「長天」學生成立步操管樂團 (Marching Band)

        1999  促成申請香港政府優質教育基金(QE Fund), 創建校園健體室 (Physical Fitness Room), 添置强身健體儀器。

9     1980  邀請音樂科黄淑琮老師為「長天」英語校歌(School Hymn) 及普通話自強歌 (Sports Song)譜曲。校歌由良川校長親自執筆填詞。自強歌由中文科楊熾均老師填詞。

10    長天校歌歌詞 School Hymn Lyrics 

           In this forest of concrete, there is a lovely place

           A haven from the urban crowd, where I spend my golden days

           Here  lifelong friends are made, together we run the race

           Amidst the bustling city din,  quietly I find my ways

           Every day in the misty morn, refreshed am I with His grace

           Carefree days may long be gone     In my heart Cheung Sha Wan stays.


11    1998  成功爭取長天為一所適合繼續用英語作為主要教學語言的中學 (One of the 114 EMI schools in  HK)   

12    2000   受聘於香港教育署, 為英文科老師舉辦「英語教學認證課程」(ESL in the Mainstream Teacher Development Certificate Course)。
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