The Annual Speech Day 2015-2016 was successfully held on 2 December 2016. We were honoured to have invited our alumnus, Mr Victor Dawes SC, to be our guest-of-honour to address the ceremony as well as present certificates and prizes.
Mr Dawes's studies in Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School began in 1988. His time spent in Wong Shiu Chi played a significant role in facilitating the establishment of the core values of integrity and propriety. In 1995, he went on to get his Bachelor of Law Degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Upon graduation, he pursued his further legal studies and training in the University of Hong Kong, where he acquired his professional qualification.
Mr Dawes was called to the Hong Kong Bar in 1999, specialising in commercial disputes including arbitration and mediation. He has been acting in a number of landmark cases in Hong Kong arising from the global financial crisis in 2008. He is widely known for displaying sound judgment and being knowledgeable as well as helpful among the members of the legal profession.
In 2015, Mr Dawes was appointed as a Senior Counsel and he was one of the youngest new silks at that time. Currently, he is one of the members of the prestigious Temple Chambers. In addition to appearing in court, he has experiences appearing in the Market Misconduct Tribunal, the Securities and Futures Appeal Tribunal and Takeover Panel.
In his congratulatory address, Mr Dawes inspired our students and graduates by sharing with them a letter that he had lovingly prepared for his baby daughter. Apart from showing his love and care to his beloved child, Mr Dawes encouraged the young people in Hong Kong to be hopeful and work hard in what they believe in. He advised the graduates to set a good example and make a difference to those around them. When facing changes and challenges, young people should hold firm to the belief that making an honest living is far more important than making a decent living. At last, Mr Dawes ended his speech by giving a warm blessing to the audience. The graduates have benefitted a lot from Mr Dawes's speech.Click to download photos (by school photographer)
Our school participated in the International Junior Science Olympiad - Hong Kong Screening 2017, which was co-organised by The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, the Gifted Education Section of the Education Bureau (EDB), the Hong Kong Association for Science and Mathematics Education, and the Chief Executive's Award for Teaching Excellence Teacher Association. The event was held at Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School on 24th September 2016. Our student Yu Pak Hei and Lo Yat Fung from 3A have been awarded Second Class Honours while Chiang Wing Yi from 3E has been awarded Third Class Honour. Here are their reflections on the competition.
Reflection by YU Pak Hei 3A(31)
It is my honour to be one of the participants representing my school to have participated in the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO). This competition covers most of the Form3 Physics, Chemistry and Biology syllabuses, which have not been taught. However, I took it as a challenge. The result is surprising and it is a great experience for me.
To prepare for this competition, I spent the whole summer vacation revising what I had learnt in Form 1 and Form 2 and what I would learn in Form 3. Besides doing revision, I searched extra information in order to learn the new terms and knowledge of Physics, Chemistry and Biology. Also, I tested myself with past papers to see whether I understood the knowledge well or not. It was hard for me to keep acquiring new knowledge while finishing the summer holiday assignments and participating in some extra-curricular activities. However, I enjoyed being so busy because I know 'no pain, no gain'. If I work hard, I will earn something in future. I did indeed. I won a second class honour in the competition and gained a valuable experience.
Last but not least, I have to thank all my teachers for the training they offered. They spent extra time helping me prepare for the competition. I would not have had such a good result without their commitment.
To conclude, in order to get good results in competitions, the only way is to try our best to prepare for the competition well and not to give up when facing problems and opponents. This can be applied to studies as well. We always have to try our best. 'No pain, no gain' is the key to success.
Reflection by LO Yat Fung 3A(20)
In September 2016, I participated in the International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO) 2017 – Hong Kong Screening. There were questions about Physics, Chemistry and Biology.
I had known nothing about IJSO before Mr. Yam introduced it to me. After the introduction, I found it was a good opportunity to improve my thinking skills and enrich my knowledge of science.
Our school provided much training as support. Mr. Yam, Miss Yong and Mr. Tse prepared me for Physics, Chemistry and Biology questions respectively. They spent a lot of time helping me solve different kinds of questions and consolidating my basic knowledge of the above subjects. What I have learnt was useful when answering questions in the Hong Kong Screening of IJSO.
Before the screening, I had worked hard and learnt a lot. Therefore, in the competition, I understood most of the questions and answered them with confidence. Indeed, some of the questions were difficult since there were traps which tricked me.
At the end, the result was released. I won a second class honor and I am satisfied with my result since my effort was rewarded and I am shortlisted for Phase I of the 14th International Junior Science Olympiad Student Training Programme, which allows me to acquire more scientific knowledge.
All in all, my participation in this competition is unforgettable and beneficial. I thank my school and teachers for giving me this precious opportunity. I want to thanks Mr. Yam in particular. Without him, I would not have heard of this competition. He offered me a great opportunity, which enhanced my scientific thinking.
Reflection by CHIANG Wing Yi 3E(6)
I am glad to be given a chance to represent my school to join the International Junior Science Olympiad. I remember I was shocked when I knew that I could join the competition as this competition covered all the science knowledge learnt in Form 1 and 2. I found it hard to prepare by myself. Luckily, my teacher advisors, Mr. Yam, Miss Yong and Mr. Tse, spent their spare time helping me with the preparation during the summer holiday. I am grateful for their assistance and guidance.
Whenever I had any questions, I would jot them down in a notebook and ask teachers for clarification. Asking questions is very useful for my learning because I can understand the concepts more thoroughly and even learn something extra to improve my own knowledge. Also, I read a lot of reference books about science, which helps me learn knowledge beyond my textbook, for example, the predicted reactions of all the elements in air and the human body structure. Extensive reading helps me better prepare for the competition.
After the competition, I have gained a lot of valuable experience. I truly understand that learning is boundless and endless. There are many things that I have never heard of. The competition allows me to satisfy my eagerness to learn and read more. Besides, I have learnt to stay calm. During the competition, I was nervous because I was not confident enough. But after calming myself down, I found that the competition was not that difficult. No matter how difficult the challenge is, putting effort and trying my best help me become more confident and perform better. Even the result is not as good as what I expected, I would have no regrets.
I am glad that to win a third class honour. I would like to express my heartfelt thanks to all teachers and classmates for their support and encouragement.
The Hong Kong Outstanding Teens Election 2016, a yearly award offered jointly by Hong Kong Playground Association and Hong Kong Outstanding Young Persons' Association, aims at promoting Hong Kong youths' all-round development. We are delighted that our student Tsan Wai Yang has been awarded the top-20 Outstanding Young Persons Award. May we send our heartiest congratulations to Wai Yang.
The Future Leaders Award, a yearly award offered by The Outstanding Young Persons' Association of Hong Kong, aims at nurturing young leaders for the future. We are delighted that the following students of our school have been awarded this award in the latest election:
4A: Law Sin Ting, Wong Shin Ying
5A: Lee Man Ching
5E: Wong Man Kiu
6A: Hung Ching Laam
6C: Yeung Hei Yee
May we send our heartiest congratulations to all awardees.
The Tai Po Outstanding Students Award, a yearly award offered by Tai Po Youth Association, aims at promoting Tai Po youths' all-round development. We are delighted that the following students of our school have been awarded this award in the latest election:
3A: Yu Pak Hei
4A: Wong Shin Ying, Ching Ching Ho
5E: So Hei Tung
6E: Lai Chun Ming
May we send our heartiest congratulations to all awardees.
Tai Ping Koon is a well-known restaurant in Hong Kong. Its signature dishes include Swiss sauce chicken wings, roasted young pigeon and smoked pomfret. Though the décor and the menu of the restaurant reflect western traditions, it is hard to define it as a western restaurant, as most of their dishes are seasoned with Chinese soy sauce. In the previous school year, four of our senior form students participated in the 5th Inter-school Competition of Project Learning on Hong Kong's History and Culture co-organized by the Hong Kong Museum of History & the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture. They conducted an in-depth interview with the owner of Tai Ping Koon. The written report "Tai Ping Koon: A Restaurant Where East Meets West" won the Champion in this competition. The list of members is as follows:
4E (2015-16) SO HEI TUNG
4A (2015-16) CHEUNG CHEUK NAM
4B (2015-16) KONG SAMYI
4E (2015-16) LEI CHEUK WA
Cantonese pop music (Cantopop) is highly influential in culture of Hong Kong. In the early 50's, before Cantopop was formed, traditional Cantonese opera was popular among Hong Kong people. It was also when many Cantonese opera writers started to create modern pop music based on the tunes and lyrics of Cantonese opera. In the 60's, the influx of western pop music created a craze for local band formation, which later produced pop idols like Sam Hui and Teddy Robin. In the 1970s, Hong Kong people experienced a change in the identification of their self-identity, together with television sets becoming the common commodity of many families, TV drama series were all the rage, and their theme songs with Cantonese lyrics became instant hits. Television broadcasts contributed largely to the rise of Cantonese pop music. A new form of entertainment blossomed.
Five of our junior form students participated in the 5th Inter-school Competition of Project Learning on Hong Kong's History and Culture co-organized by the Hong Kong Museum of History & the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture. Their study report "Hong Kong and the West - the Development of Cantonese Pop Music from the 1950s to the 1970s" won the Champion in this competition. The list of members is as follows:
3A (2015-16) SHEU KA
3E (2015-16) CHEN ZHIHUI
3E (2015-16) LAM CHEUK YING
3E (2015-16) LAM LAM
3E (2015-16) NG SZE WAI
Cantonese cuisine is one of the 'Eight Regional Cuisines' of China. Before the Second World War, Guangzhou was the heart of Cantonese cuisine since it was the political and economic hub of Guangdong. In the 1950s, Hong Kong replaced Guangzhou as the epicenter of Cantonese cuisine owing to its economic development and favorable location. This change is also due to the innovative culinary skills of Hong Kong's Cantonese chefs who assimilated and refined western cuisine and created the "Neo-Cantonese Cuisine".
Five junior form students carried out a comprehensive literature review and conducted an interview on Neo-Cantonese cuisine. Their report "Neo-Cantonese Cuisine –A Hong Kong Invented Food Style" gained the recognition of the panel of judges and won the 1st runner-up in the 5th Inter-school Competition of Project Learning on Hong Kong's History and Culture co-organized by the Hong Kong Museum of History & the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture. The members of our school's team are as follows:
3A (2015-16) LAU HOI TUNG
3A (2015-16) CHEUNG HOI CHING
3A (2015-16) CHEUNG WING YIN
3A (2015-16) NG SIN YEE CINDY
3A (2015-16) YU TSZ SHAN
"Cha Chaan Teng" , Hong Kong-style Teahouse, is an integral part of the Hong Kong's local culture. The food in Cha Chaan Tengs is a unique result of Hong Kong's colonial past which demonstrates how East meets West.
ong Kong-style milk tea and pineapple buns are highly adored by both Hong Kong locals and foreign tourists. They are also the comfort food of many overseas Hong Kongers.
ive junior form students carried out literature reviews and conducted interviews on the culture on Cha Chaan Tengs. Their documentary film "Cha Chaan Teng – An Icon of Hong Kong Culture" won the Merit Award in the 5th Inter-school Competition of Project Learning on Hong Kong's History and Culture co-organized by the Hong Kong Museum of History & the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture. The list of members is as follows:
3A (2015-16) LEUNG SZE NGA
3A (2015-16) CHUI WAI YIN
3A (2015-16) LEE HUI YU
3E (2015-16) SUE PUI YING
3A (2015-16) TSE LEE SHA
Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition (SSMSC) 2016, a yearly competition organized by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, aims at promoting students' interests in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This year we are delightful that two of our school's awardees have achieved an outstanding result. 5E Mak Siu Hong won a Distinction in Chemistry, a High Distinction in Biology and a Medal in Physics while 5E Ho Cheuk Nam won a High Distinction in Physics and a Medal in Chemistry. Here are the reflections of the above-mentioned students regarding the competition.
Reflection on Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition
6E Mak Siu Hong
It is my honour to be one of the participants representing my school to have participated in the competitions of three subjects, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. At the beginning, I did not expect to get such excellent results in all three subjects because I am not very good at Biology and Chemistry. As the competition covers the whole HKDSE syllabus, I took it as a chance for revision and preparation for the HKDSE. Through the competition, my science knowledge has improved a lot. This is the most valuable reward. The awards I have won are just a bonus.
To prepare for the competition, I have adopted three different strategies towards the three papers. For the Physics paper, I knew I have the ability to solve all the problems. Therefore, I needed to be careful when studying the questions to avoid jumping into the traps. It is the worst if I know how to solve the problem but get trapped and choose the wrong answer, so I tried my best to prevent making such mistakes. For the Biology paper, it was totally different from the Physics one. I did not even know the answers of one-third of the questions. However, I knew that competitions aim to test whether participants have the ability to choose the correct answers. As long as I can get the correct answers, it is not important whether I solve it by myself or just guess the right answer. As a result, I tried my best to answer every question by guessing or intuition. The result turned out to be really surprising. The most important is not to give up even though you know nothing about it. If we try our best, everything is possible. For the Chemistry paper, the questions were unexpectedly easy. However, the award is not based on how many marks we have got, but depends on the percentile we are ranked among all the participants. Thus, easy questions mean that we have to get reasonably high marks to achieve a good result. Every single question is important, so no careless mistakes should be made. If we lose marks in a careless way, the award will slip off from our hands.
Last but not least, I need to thank my teachers for the training they offered. They spent extra time helping me to prepare for the competition. I would not have had such a good result without their commitment.
To conclude, in order to get a good result in the competition, the only way is to try our best regardless the difficulty of the questions and the strength of the opponents. The questions can be both easy and difficult. The same applies to the opponents. In all cases, we always need to try our best. This is the only way to succeed.
Reflection on Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition
6E Ho Cheuk Nam Ryan
In May 2016, I participated in the Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition. There were contests in Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics and candidates can choose the subject in which they want to compete. For me, Chemistry and Physics are my areas of expertise. Therefore, without a doubt, I would choose to compete in these two subjects.
Our school provided much training for us as support. However, I believed these were not enough for me to get an outstanding result as all the competitors in this competition were the elites from different schools. Everyone was making their most efforts to fight for the best. I knew I am not a genius in science and sometimes a simple question could make me struggle. Thus, I fully immersed myself in studies and turned a blind eye to anything that may distract me. As imagined, it was tiresome and boring. Thoughts about giving up kept appearing in my mind. Nevertheless, I held on and kept on studying non-stop for about two months.
Finally, the day came. I was not panicked or nervous as I knew I had done my best. There was no regret for me. I took out my pen and finished the task as usual. It was not a difficult task but there were numerous tricky questions and traps. Yet, having seen them before, there was no way they could fool me again.
At the end, the results of the contest were released. I am honoured to be awarded a Medal in Chemistry and High Distinction in Physics. More importantly, I am pleased and appreciate that none of my endeavour has been wasted. It also reminds me that if you want to improve, you must work so hard that it may hurt, but this is inevitable according to the proverb 'no pain, no gain'. After all, my participation in this competition is unforgettable and beneficial. I thank my school and teachers for giving me this precious opportunity.