The Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition (SSMSC) 2018, a yearly competition organized by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, aims at promoting students' interest in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This year we are delightful that one of the school's awardees won a medal in Physics, two of them won the High Distinction in Physics and three won the High Distinction in Chemistry. The awardees are listed below:
Physics 5E (2017-2018) Lam Tsz Ngo Zeeman Medal 5C (2017-2018) Leung Man Hin Ryan High Distinction 5E (2017-2018) Wong Yiu Ting High Distinction
Chemistry 5E (2017-2018) Kwok Chun Him High Distinction 5E (2017-2018) Lam Yat Long High Distinction 5E (2017-2018) Wong Yiu Ting High Distinction
5E(2017-2018) Lam Tsz Ngo Zeeman
It is my honour to be one of the medalists in Physics in the Hong Kong Polytechnic University Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition (SSMSC) 2018.
I would like to express my thankfulness towards my Physics teacher, Mr. Yam, for putting much effort to train us before the competition so that we could be more familiar with the questions and better prepared for answering those questions. At first, I was a bit nervous since the questions in the past papers were rather challenging. It took a long time to solve those questions and even worse, we could not get the right answers sometimes. However, I was shocked when I saw the paper in the competition. It was much easier than I expected. My instinct warned me not to be too careless because of the easier questions, so I was very focused when attempting the paper, trying my very best to avoid traps in the questions. Fortunately, I won a medal in the competition at the end.
At last, I want to thank everyone who have helped me for the competition and the school for giving me the opportunity to join the competition and learn from the process.
5E(2017-2018) Wong Yiu Ting
It is my honour to be one of the participants in the Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition organized by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. I am delighted to have won the High Distinction both in Physics and Chemistry.
In the first instance, I would like to thank our Physics teacher, Mr. Yam, and Chemistry teacher, Dr. Chu, for spending extra time giving us training and teaching us patiently. In the Physics competition training, not only did Mr Yam teach us to do the past papers of the competition, but he also upgraded the level of difficulty of the questions. We could challenge ourselves and equip ourselves in a bid to compete with the elites from other schools. In the Chemistry training, Dr. Chu taught us a few chapters in the textbook since these chapters which were covered in the competition had not been taught. However, the time for training was limited, so we needed to do the past papers by ourselves.
In fact, I was not confident about getting good results in the competition. Although around 70% of the paper was set based on the HKDSE curriculum, the questions of the competition were much more difficult than those of the DSE. I know I am not clever and I can catch up with others with my diligence and dedication. Therefore, I strived to excel in the competition. Eventually, I was pleased that I was rewarded with the High Distinction in Physics and Chemistry.
It is delightful to announce that our students performed well in the Hong Kong Physics Olympiad 2018, organized by The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, on 13 May 2018. 4E (2017-2018) Lo Yat Fung won an Honourable Mention and here is his reflection regarding the competition.
Reflection on Hong Kong Physics Olympiad 2018
4E (2017-2018) Lo Yat Fung
As one of the participants of Physics Olympiad 2018, I am grateful to have the opportunity to gain such an invaluable experience through learning knowledge beyond my level of study.
The competition lasted for 3 hours. It may sound lengthy, but I felt like it is in a blink of an eye, because I enjoy the questions so much that I cannot feel the flow of the time. Indeed, I cannot handle all questions since they were hard. But I am satisfied since I think I did my best.
I had not heard anything about the HKPO before Mr. Yam introduced it to us. I join the competition since I think I can learn more about Physics from it. When I first encounter the questions of HKPhO, I felt hopeless in getting an award , since the questions are so different from the ordinary Physics we learn in school. However, Mr. Yam helped us by giving us intensive and efficient trainings. Detailed explanations and useful solving skills provided by Mr. Yam enabled me to be awarded the Honourable Mention.
For students that are interested in Physics, I think HKPhO would be an invaluable opportunity for them to broaden their horizons in the field of Physics.
The Annual House Meeting was held on 20 September. In the meeting, Principal Cheng Sze Wang presented flags to House Captains to symbolize the commencement of a new school year for the four Houses.
Our school actively promote project-based learning. Other than the formal curriculum, we believe that students can learn more and deeper through exploration of real-world challenges and problems. This year, three teams of students were sent to participate in the Mathematics Project Competition.
3A Yeung Hui Yau Sophia
(Member of the team securing the First Runner-up)
It is my honour to take part in the Mathematics Project Competition. It was challenging to prepare for this project, as this competition covers many difficult mathematics concepts. We have spent much time and effort to learn those concepts. Fortunately, our supervising teacher Mr. Kwong helped us a lot in our preparation. We would like to thank Mr. Kwong for helping us. Our team would not get such a good result without his help.
In a couple of months, my teammates and I spent plenty of time to finish our project, which is called "Throw Away The Compass!". All of us learned a lot of techniques which included presentation and information technology skills. We applied these skills in the project, Besides, we learned more about nine-point circle and geometric constructions. We can prove that some toolsets are equivalent to the compass-and- straightedge toolset in a sense that all figures constructible with one toolset are also constructible with the other.
Joining the competition made me more interested in studying Mathematics. I am going to learn more through reading books and surfing the internet. Besides getting a prize in the competition, the most important thing is that we have got a remarkable experience and made a lot of friends.
The following students were chosen to participate in Hong Kong Chemistry Olympiad for Secondary Schools (2017-2018) held by Hong Kong Association For Science And Mathematics Education.
Name Class Chiang Wing Yi 4E Wong Ping Suet 4E Yip Ching 4E Teacher advisor: Dr. Chu Hon Yue
The title of the project is “Refreshing Water With Tea”. The project aims at investigating the possibility of removing trace amounts of heavy metal ions in industrial waste water by used tea leaves. We used a primitive precipitate method and an innovative method (based on the concept of differentiation) to find the absorption capacities and the absorption abilities, respectively, of four types of used tea leaves (Iron Goddess, Red Tea, Jasmine and Pu-erh) for seven types of heavy metal ions [Ni2+(aq), Pb2+(aq), Cu2+(aq), Mn2+(aq), Hg2+(aq), Zn2+(aq) and Fe3+(aq)].
The school team has got an honours award.
by 4A Lee Cheuk Wing Jenny
On behalf of the English Debate Team, we would share the wonderful news with the school that we got the Champion of the territory-wide Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition after winning all the rounds in the second semester. Throughout the school year, we beat various reputable schools including Lam Kau Mow Secondary School, Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity and Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School.
Along with Mak Yan Hei Ama in 3E and Yeung Ho Terry in 3A, we won the Grand Final Round against Tang Hin Memorial School on 25th of May. Terry Yeung was awarded the best speaker of this debate. The motion is that 'this house believes that short-term volunteering in developing countries by youth from developed regions is beneficial' and we were on the affirmative side.
Not only did we learn about the youth volunteerism, an educational experience practice with sustainability for boosting the globalisation and solidarity among the world, we also had the chance to learn more about the poor situations of the developing countries which had taught all of us to make our world better. It was a worthwhile experience that emboldened and enriched us.
The glory is certainly the collaborative effort of the whole team. The debaters of the previous rounds include 5A Lee Pui Hang Jeff, 5C Leung Man Hin Ryan and 5E Cheung Hoi Ching Kelly.
Together with our champion in the previous CityU Debating Challenge against Stewards Pooi Kei College, this year is definitely fruitful and meaningful for the Debate Team. In the process, all debaters boosted their proficiency and horned their public speaking skills with the wide exposure to a variety of local and international issues.
By Lee Pui Hang Jeff 5A
On behalf of the English Debate Team, we are honored to share our victory in the HKSSDC Term Two Round Two. Along with Cheung Hoi Ching Kelly 5E and Leung Man Hin Ryan 5C, we won the debate against HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity on 26th of April. The motion is that 'This house believes that the government should intervene to prevent the gentrification of the poor communities'. We are on the affirmative side. The debate motion is a geographical issue about urban development. Not only have we learnt about gentrification, a geographical concept about how urban renewal may unwittingly kill poor communities, the local businesses and the underprivileged, we have also had the chance to polish our impromptu response and expressive skills through debating. Overall it was a worthwhile experience that emboldened and enriched us. We are pleased to announce that Kelly Cheung 5E was awarded the Best Speaker. We will also be offered a place in the Grand Final Round on 25th May 2018 against HKTA Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School. We sincerely hope that more schoolmates will also develop their interest in debating, which is such a rewarding and fruitful learning experience.
Discovering the Delights－Mr. TSE Chung-man, Assistant Principal
“A journey is best measured by friends, rather than miles.” — Tim Cahill
To me, the aforementioned quote can be totally experienced in our exchange tour held during the Easter Holiday.
Aligned with our school motto: Learnedness, Love, Dedication and Integrity, we expect our students to apply their knowledge and show their commitment to enhancing the well beings of others. Visiting our sister school Xing Zhi School (行知學校) in Anshun (安順) regularly is a very appropriate educational activity to create a conducive atmosphere for our students to 'realise' our school motto. Although the event was over two weeks ago, a strong personal feeling and several impressive pictures are still imprinted in my head. I can say that this was the time for me to have better and deeper understanding of my students. I am really proud of their performance during the trip.
On the first day of arrival to Xing Zhi, our students already had the readiness to show their friendly hands to our sister school students. Our students were divided into 4 groups and went to different classrooms for leading the ice-breaking games. At first, I was worried whether they got enough time to complete the games prepared since we were a little bit late owing to traffic congestion on the highway. Surprisingly, small talks, chats and smiles could be found everywhere when I walked around the school. It seemed that they had already known each other for long. I believe that good relationship can facilitate learning, which was proved by the programmes scheduled on the second day.
Though the weather was cloudy with outbreaks of rain and drizzle, we experienced showers of blessing on the second day. I was so impressed by two groups of our students who modelled a Cha Chaan Teng (茶餐廳) scenario in the school canteen in order to let the local students better understand Hong Kong culture. As we all know, Cha Chaan Teng is appealing to a diverse crowd and so was it to the Xing Zhi students. Through learning to order food by 'ticking' a home-made menu and tasting the delicious food and drinks served by our student-waiters or student-waitresses, Xing Zhi students were given an opportunity to experience the culture behind Cha Chaan Teng. It shows the demands of Hong Kong diners – good quality of food, convenience and flexibility with reasonable prices. I believe the local students have definitely gained some insights of Hong Kongers.
Another two groups of students brought STEM activities to share with the Xing Zhi students. The learning of science principles is never limited to books and lectures. It would be interactive and fun, especially when the students were required to make a 'stone catapult'. Such a science toy involves the mechanism of lever system and the knowledge of elasticity. Students consolidated their understanding of these principles by means of discussing ways to project a stone as far as possible. They really enjoyed the activities.
Out of our expectation, Xing Chi school teachers prepared a special activity for us. They taught our students how to make traditional Chinese dumplings. One of the dumplings was specially made with a coin put inside according to their traditional custom. Anyone who can bite the 'special' dumpling is believed to be offered a blessing. The 'lucky' dumpling reminded me of a quote from the film “Forrest Gump”: “Life is like a box of chocolate.” It means that life is full of surprises and you never know what will happen next.
Although I cannot include all the details in a single piece of sharing, after this short but meaningful trip, I can absolutely say that our students have developed a close relationship with their local friends and a stronger bond has been forged between our sister school and us as well.
All in all, it was a wonderful trip that made me feel contented. The performance of our students was very impressive. They are disciplined and always show their concern for others, especially when they visited our sister school. Our students were eager to serve, share and communicate with the Xing Zhi students. I do think that our students did very well in displaying respect and the sense of responsibility throughout the trip. Hopefully it is the beginning of many more to come.
Superb Study Tour to Guizhou－4A CHAN Sum-yin
‘So glad that I am here again!’ I had this feeling once I saw the familiar and relaxing nature outside our coach. It was my second time going on the Guizhou Study Tour. I was again blessed with many fond memories.
Being exchange students, we visited Xingzhi School. What was different this year was the local students wore school uniforms but what remains the same were their angelic smiles under the bright sun and their serious learning attitude despite their harsh timetable, which ends at 11pm at night. I could not help reflecting my learning attitude. Have I ever taken my fortune to study in a better-equipped school for granted?
On the second last day of our tour, we attended a workshop to make our own Batik handkerchieves. Batik is a technique of wax-resist dyeing on cloth, which is cultural legacy of the ethnic minority Miao. A thousand years ago, the Miao did not have their own language, so they expressed their feelings through Batik. For example, they used thick lines and more complicated patterns for strong feelings. This was definitely a brand new experience for me and my friends as well.
I would like to express my gratitude to the teachers who went on this study tour with us, especially our group teacher, Miss Yuen. I would like to thank her for all the care for us! In a study tour, you will learn a lot more from teachers. During this tour, I talked with the teachers quite often and we both exchanged our observations. I would definitely like to join this study tour again. How about you? Would you like to join a study tour once in your secondary school life? Stick to the updates of the study tours next year!
Lessons of a Lifetime－3E CHIU Ting-kok
I joined a 5-day study tour to Guizhou during the Easter Holiday. It was definitely a memorable experience. We learnt about the culture of the Miao, the second largest ethnic group in the province, and the life of the students there.
One of the highlights of our tour is the visit to our sister school, Xingzhi School. At first, I was worried whether the students of Xingzhi School would enjoy the activities we prepared. Once our coaches passed the school entrance, I was touched to see all the students standing in the drizzle and welcoming us. Their bright smiles and enthusiasm instantly cleared my worries.
My groupmates and I planned to introduce the culture of Cha Chaan Teng, a hybrid of the Eastern and Western restaurants, to the local students in order to let them appreciate our unique culture. In our introduction, we explained the codes the waiters and waitresses of Cha Chaan Teng use to take orders and then we served a number of Cha Chaan Teng signature dishes to the local students. It was fun running our own Cha Chaan Teng and we were grateful that all the local students enjoyed the food we made. After this cultural immersion activity, we had lunch in the Xingzhi School Canteen. We were given a chance to sample the Guizhou flavours, which are totally different from the Hong Kong ones. They were mostly savoury, but tasty.
Another highlight is visiting a local student's home. He lives in a valley surrounded by mountains. I could still remember how breathtaking the scenery was when we arrived at the valley. After getting off the coach, the student led us to his home. We had to walk along rugged roads, which was a bit tiring. But when we were near the rivers, the student invited us to play some games he often plays there, like throwing pebbles. We all had a wonderful time and soon forgot our exhaustion.
I have learnt a lot from the Xingzhi students. They study in small classrooms without any air-conditioners and advanced equipment, but their passion for learning is not hindered. They are serious about learning and eager to learn. On the contrary, I am fortunate to be given a more comfortable learning environment. I should treasure my opportunity for learning, study harder than before and be more active in learning.
This study tour to Guizhou is unforgettable and amazing. There were so many lessons for me on the journey. I hope you will also benefit by joining the tour next year.
30 Secondary 4 and 5 students joined a five-day study tour to Taipei and Yilan, Taiwan, from 28th March to 1st April. The theme of the tour is "sustainable development". Students visited sites related to the theme, such as revitalized coal mines and factories, geoparks and geothermal sites. During the tour, students demonstrated genuine interest in sustainable development and the application of this concept in different aspects of life.
40 Secondary 2 and 3 students joined a four-day study tour to Wuhan and Yi Chang from 28th to 31st March. During the trip, they visited a variety of cultural institutions, historical sites, enterprises and infrastructures, such as Wuhan University, Wuhan Steelwork, The Three Gorges Dam and Yellow Crane Tower. This fruitful study tour brought students new insights and has expanded their horizons. The students demonstrated great curiosity and motivation to learn from first-hand experience.