為促進本校學生、家長和老師對精神健康的瞭解，澄清對精神健康的一些誤解，並提供協助渠道和資源，輔導委員會與Minds HK和啓勵協青會共同舉行了一系列分別針對學生、家長及教育工作者而設的「Coolminds 精神健康工作坊」。在這一系列的工作坊中，參加者對常見的精神健康狀況、疫情下的精神健康、如何幫助受精神健康困擾的青少年、自我照顧技巧和求助渠道都有更深入的認識。
Despite class suspension during the pandemic, our students managed to continue to excel in their academic pursuits.
On 19 September 2020, 5A Ho Chun Hei Adrian won a Merit Award in the Good People Good Deeds Tung Wah Group of Hospitals English Writing Competition 2019. In his story titled ‘Fighting Fire’, Adrian paid tribute to heroes embodying courage at times of emergency, in particular, firefighters who are willing to sacrifice their lives for others' safety in blazes. He demonstrated his creativity and effective use of figurative language in such a meaningful story.
Congratulations to Adrian!
Amazing Awards by 5A Ho Chun Hei
It is my pleasure to have this opportunity granted by Miss Yuen to participate in this rewarding competition. English writing has always been one of my favourite pastimes as I enjoy the process of creating a decent piece of writing from scratch. Preparing for the competition, I have learnt to be resilient and persistent as it was a rocky road. I am beyond fortunate to be guided by a patient and understanding English teacher, who more importantly, proofread my messy and disordered drafts carefully whereas some other teachers may leave their students alone as they want less workload. That is certainly not the case in WSC! She also motivated me when I tried to quit after having written countless drafts. She kept on encouraging me and assisted me to overcome obstacles ahead as she sees the potential in me.
The most nerve-wrecking process was the interview session for shortlisted candidates. I felt as if I would never be fully prepared since it tested not only my understanding of my story, but also my spontaneous use of English. Luckily, English teachers in WSC always encourage students to speak in English with them in lessons and even outside classrooms.
Even though this award may not sound big, it is certainly significant to me as the old saying goes, ‘How much effort you give is how much reward in return.’ I would like to thank my teachers for providing such an immensely interactive English writing and learning environment. As Apple's former CEO Steve Jobs once said, ‘Stay hungry, stay foolish.’ I won't be satisfied with the award I earned this time; instead, I will continue to strive for greater achievements.
In order to foster home-school communication, the S1 Parents' Talk was jointly organised by the Guidance Committee and the PTA Committee in the evening on 6 November 2020 (Friday). Thanks to the active participation of S1 parents, the number of parent participants was 101, which has been a new high record of our school in recent years. In the activity, our principal Mr Cheng Sze Wang, Assistant Principal (Academic) Mr Tse Chung Man, Assistant Principal (Student Affairs) Mr Chan Wai Keung, Assistant Principal (Administrative and Support) Ms Ngai Yuen Ming, Discipline Mister Mr Yeung Man Ching and Guidance Mistress Ms Ng Yuk Lun proactively explained students' learning progress and situations to parents in line with the parents' inquiries. They also took the opportunity to share useful parenting ideas with parents. Due to COVID-19 and cross-border situations, the talk was live and on Zoom simultaneously. To cater for the needs of our cross-border parents, our school arranged the meeting in a real-time live Zoom format so that our cross-border parents could participate online. It is hoped that S1 parents have gained a better understanding of their children's learning.
The following reflections were written by our students who had participated in various extra-curricular activities this year. In reading their reflections, both parents and students can be able to feel the joy and satisfaction acquired by the participants in joining the activities.
1A 23 SO PING ON
I like Integrated Science Enrichment Class most. We learn some knowledge about Integrated Science which are not taught in lessons. Moreover, we conduct some experiments or investigations in the enrichment class. We explore everything about science so it helps me to develop a positive learning attitude. To have good results in our investigations and experiments, we need hard work and persistence. Besides, I do some preparation work before class so that I can understand what is taught in class easily.
I hope I can learn more knowledge about science and be a scientist in the future. I want to help people to have a better life. By spending more hard work on science, I hope I can achieve my annual target of having a better academic performance this year, too.
3D 25 WONG TSZ CHING
I joined the Chinese Debate Competition which was held at a secondary school on 19th October 2019. I had learnt to think faster during the rebuttals. For my role in the debate, I needed to do rebuttals again and again and thus I had to remain sensitive, calm and concentrated during the competition. I believe, by joining debate competitions, I can learn to be more decisive when facing difficulties. I can also think of and develop ideas from different perspectives. Moreover, I could strongly feel the support by my teammates in the competition because they knew I was nervous and it was my first time to join a formal debate competition. I will do the same thing to my teammates in the future. It is because a little care does help a lot and it has really meant something to me.
My annual target is to feel the love with others by playing basketball. I have kept playing basketball but I am more impressed by the debate competition. However, it is the same that I could feel the love with my teammates and Miss Lam Mei Ling had helped us a lot. When you are decisive enough, you’ll plan for it and act it out. Results are not revealed by words only. They are revealed on our actions and actions are revealed on schedules. When we decide to do something, we must take actions instead of just expressing our decision through words. Moreover, we should set clearer goals and take actions to achieve our targets.
4A 12 KWOK ON KI
I joined the Zonta Club programme to deliver mooncakes to the elderly. It was a meaningful activity to show love and care to them. As the elderly might not have good sense of hearing, we had to be patient and kept repeating what we said. To be honest, I am not a patient person. However, I really did well when I was communicating with the elderly in the activity. Many people are in need of our care. To live in a better world, we should offer care and help to the underprivileged members of the community.
I want to live in a better world. You may think that your care to those people is trivial and meaningless as it does not change the world much. However, it actually does. At least, the underprivileged knows that many people around still care about them. Besides, I believe in the power of words. By describing to others the life of the disadvantaged, it arouses the attention of the community.
I once told my friends that I wanted to be an administrative officer in the future. But now I find something more meaningful to do. I want to work at UNICEF. After participating this activity, I have realized that many people need our help, though we may not really know them. I believe I can help the underprivileged from all corners of the world if I work at UNICEF.
5A 09 CHOY SUI NING
I joined a study tour to Russia from the 11th to 18th August last year. This was the first time I travelled outside Asia. I have learnt a lot about the world outside Hong Kong because Russia has a different lifestyle, with a slower and more comfortable pace of living. The political situation is also different from that of Hong Kong. The Russians adore President Vladimir Putin and souvenirs with his image are sold everywhere. Besides, travelers can see a lot of Russian nesting dolls and badges in shops. In my trip, I have met a lot of students from other schools.
Throughout these years, I have visited some companies like businesses in the HKTDC. I have learnt a lot about the structure of a company. These activities have equipped me with the knowledge of how a company runs. In my trip to Russia, I also visited Higher School of Economics, a university in Russia, and this has become one of my choices of studying abroad after my secondary six graduation in 2021. The trip has helped to explore more possibilities for my future studies and career opportunities.
This year, our school has become a member of the Hong Kong Scotland School Improvement Partnership (HKSSIP), which brings schools and school leaders to different cultures with the aim of improving learning for our students through exposure.
We are very delighted that our principal and one of our English teachers had our first visit to Scotland from 2 November to 10 November 2019 with six S4 students. We were invited to engage in a series of professional exchange with the HKSSIP participating schools in Hong Kong and partner schools in Scotland. During our visit, students had class shadowing in our partner school, Liberton High School. They attended lessons with their 'buddies' and visited different cultural spots such as Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. Students from both Hong Kong and Scotland exchanged ideas and interacted with one another. They shared their experience in language learning and the different lifestyles of their home country. The various cultural visits deepened our students' understanding towards Scotland. They were well-hosted by the friendly local families and they experienced something local. One of the highlights of the Scotland Exchange Trip was our participation in the 8th SCEN Youth Summit at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 8 November 2019. SCEN (The Scotland China Education Network) aims to bring together individuals, national agencies and associations which are keen to promote teaching and learning Chinese language and culture in Scottish schools. It also provides an opportunity for young people to share expertise and good practices of language learning through network meetings, pupil conferences and different platforms. Students from nearly 20 schools from Scotland participated with a number of visiting students from Hong Kong as part of the Hong Kong Scotland School Improvement Partnership (HKSSIP). The theme was Scotland: China – Moving Forward and the event was hosted by young people. Different school groups from Scotland shared their experiences in their study trips in China while students from Hong Kong had presentations about cultural differences between Scotland and Hong Kong. Around 300 young people and teachers were present. There were many positive comments from speakers, including the retiring SCEN President Lord Wilson of Tillyorn. Both Scottish and Hong Kong students can increase awareness and understanding of the Scots and Chinese language and culture, especially the life in Hong Kong.
Apart from students, Hong Kong teachers benefited a lot from this trip too! Through interacting with the teachers from our partner schools, we were inspired by their learning mode and pedagogies. We shared successful practices in our own school administration. We also discussed the arrangement of the upcoming events, such as the Scottish students' visit to Hong Kong. We are grateful for their great arrangements and hospitality.
We look forward to having another trip to Scotland soon!
Students' reflections :
Shall we talk?
By Adrian Ho Chun Hei, 4A
If you ask me what made the Scotland exchange trip the most memorable, I will definitely say that it was the host family experience. My host family treated me as if I were one of their family members, so I think I was very lucky. My buddy, Ben, was very shy at first, but I found that he is quite talkative and outgoing after I shadowed him at Liberton High School for a week. Although he paid much attention to his phone, we could chat non-stop if I started a conversation with him.
I think one of the biggest differences between the people in Hong Kong and Scotland is their habit of reading. Reading is very popular among Scottish in their spare time. For instance, I found that lots of people like reading on bus in Scotland. In Hong Kong, people just keep texting, playing phone games or browsing different social media on their phones when they are on public transport. I guess that’s why most foreigners possess a wide range of knowledge in different aspects. Another difference is that people in Hong Kong seldom show gratitude to the drivers on public transport whereas the Westerners show a totally different attitude. They even say thank you to the bus driver before they get off the bus.
All the people in Hong Kong have a hectic life. Even though Hong Kong is just a tiny place, the people here seem to have distant relationships. People in Scotland like to have more interactions with the people around, not just to their family members and friends. I was surprised that they could even initiate a casual chat on the bus with someone they didn’t know. People in Hong Kong may think that it is odd and embarrassing to do so. I feel sad that the growing popularity of smartphones has become a barrier for people to communicate in Hong Kong. I hope everyone can put down their phones and enjoy the time with the ones they love.
My Unforgettable Memories in Scotland
By Amy Wong Wing Yi, 4A
I am so blessed that I can join this Scotland Study Trip. It was such a fantastic experience!
At school, my buddy, Flavie, accompanied me to various lessons such as Chemistry, Religious Studies (RS) and Craft, etc. RS is a new subject to me. We talked about euthanasia and we role-played different stakeholders such as doctors and lawyers to better understand the issue. It was quite erudite.
At home, my host family was very nice to me and they took good care of me. Their children were friendly and they kept asking me to play games with them. We had lots of fun. My host family also has a cat and a rabbit. They are so adorable! Since my host family is from France, they cooked French food for me and it was yummy! I like it very much! My host family also showed me many special places in Scotland. They brought me to Carlton Hill on the second day. Although it was difficult for me to climb up the hill, I felt excited as the views up there were fabulous! They also brought me to the Portobello Beach to celebrate the Bonfire Night. We kept walking along the beach to pick up some shells. It was so relaxing!
I also had a cultural visit to the Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Miles. I was amazed by the spectacular views at the castle. We watched the procession at the St Giles Cathedral. I like the music played by the band a lot.
Last but not least, I think the Youth Summit we joined was meaningful. I have known the importance of the cultural exchange between Scotland and China. We had our communication skills enhanced and made new friends of different nationalities. We have also learnt more about the cultures in different countries.
This trip was surely an impressive one! If I have a chance, I hope to visit Scotland again!
A Wonderful Trip to Scotland
By Crystal Poon Wing Yu, 4A
I enjoyed the trip to Scotland very much. It was such a fascinating and unforgettable experience for me.
I was surprised by the variety of lessons in the Liberton High School and I especially like the modern study class. In the class, we played different roles and discussed whether euthanasia should be legal from different points of view. It was so much fun.
My host family was quite nice. The most impressive thing was that I taught my host family to play 'Big Two'. We had a great time when we played card games together. I miss them very much.
We went to the Royal Mile for sightseeing during our stay in Edinburgh. The scenery there was breathtaking. The nearby buildings were old-fashioned and mesmerizing.
I have gained much from the 8th SCEN Youth Summit, in which students from Asia and Europe shared their experiences and feelings about the study trips they had in China. I had a wonderful time in Scotland and I will definitely visit Scotland again if I have a chance.
Great Host Family Experience in Scotland
By Elise Tsang Wing Yuet, 4A
Since it was my first time to have a homestay experience in a foreign country, I was very nervous at the beginning but my worries soon disappeared. My host family was nice to me. They made traditional Scottish breakfast and my favourite hot chocolate for me. They also brought me to different places such as the beach, café and some special shops in Scotland, etc. We even played card games together after dinner and I enjoyed every moment I stayed with them. I would never forget such a special host family experience in Scotland. I will keep in touch with them for sure!
When in Rome, do as the Romans do
By Jacky Tong King Laam, 4A
Trvaelling to Europe has always been my dream since I was small. The picturesque scenery in many European countries attracts me the most. I was so excited to have a chance to go to Scotland this November. It was my greatest honour to join this Exchange Trip.
I especially enjoyed the time I spent with my host family, the Gormleys. My host family brought me to a nearby beach on the Bonfire Night. Most of my classmates from Hong Kong were also there. We chatted and ran around the bonfire happily. Despite the freezing cold weather, the gentle heat of the bonfire warmed my heart. There were countless shiny sparks like fireflies fluttering around the bonfire. The children were chasing one another on the beach cheerfully. With the colorful and amazing fireworks above us, I could hardly describe how beautiful the picture was in words. Although I had already worn the warmest clothes I had, I still couldn’t bear the extreme coldness. Unfortunately, I got sick the next day. I had to leave school early and Mrs Gormley picked me up from school and I had to rest at home. After a long sleep, I finally felt much better.
Another thing I found special was the traditional Scottish meal with Haggis. My host family strongly advised me to try it. Although I was not fond of it (especially after knowing what it is made of!), I still gave it a try. We played some board games and video games after dinner. We also shared with each other our daily life and culture in our home countries. I am fascinated by how relaxing life is in Scotland. I am so thankful to have met such a kind host family during my stay.
All in all, the whole trip was meaningful and unforgettable. If I have a chance, I will go to Scotland and visit my host family again!
My Amazing Journey to Scotland
By Susan Chang Kiu Yan, 4A
Last month, I went to Scotland for a school trip with five classmates. We each had a buddy with whom we had lessons with at school. The experiences were really special.
In the school, students are not classified by classes. They do not have a home classroom. Instead, they go to different classrooms for different lessons on their own. Whether they are junior or senior form students, they can choose their own electives. Junior form students have 5 electives. They take electives like PE, French, Spanish, etc., which most schools in Hong Kong do not offer. Another difference is that students can use their phones freely at school. There are not any restrictions to the use of mobile phones at school. They can even use their phones during lessons! Sometimes they use their phones to search for extra information or check the difficult words in the online dictionary, but sometimes they are just playing phone games or texting on their phones. Besides, they have very different courses from us. My buddy is a form three student. I was shocked by what they were learning in biology lessons when I followed her to class. They are learning propagation, which I haven't learnt in my school yet. I could hardly understand anything in the class. However, the things they learnt in Chemistry lessons were easy to me as I learnt that when I was in form three. Besides, the mathematics they do is really simple. They are still learning fractional operations, which we learnt in primary three in Hong Kong. More importantly, they have nearly no homework from school! Therefore, I think their school life is much more relaxing than ours.
Apart from learning something new at school, another highlight of this trip was the host family experience. Since the original host family was not able to take care of me during my whole stay, I had to stay with another host family for a few days. My first host family is my buddy's family. She has one sister and one brother, who are both nice to me. I even had a little fun game in the spare time with them. We went to a Halloween party together on the first day I arrived and we had great fun there. We watched a fire dance performance there and that was really special. On the next day, we went bowling together with my host family, my buddy's friend and some of my classmates. We had a lot of fun there and it was a fabulous day. I lived in a teacher's home for some of the days. On the first day I moved to her house, we went to watch the fireworks on Bonfire Night, which is a festival celebrated in the UK. We chatted and had some snacks around the bonfire and had a great time. The host family is really caring and loving. They even gave me special Scottish gifts.
On the second last day of our trip, we joined the 8th SCEN Youth Summit. The participants included Scottish students who had been to China or had been learning Mandarin and students and teachers from Hong Kong and Scotland. The Scottish students shared their experiences staying in China and their feeling towards Chinese culture. I was surprised that some of them could even speak fluent Mandarin! My group from Hong Kong presented the similarities and differences between Hong Kong and Scotland. We have learnt a lot in the conference and I found that so many foreigners are interested in learning Chinese language and culture. I feel that the gap between the two countries is becoming narrower.