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UK Prestige Universities Tour
I was so honored and glad to be nominated, selected and was almost fully sponsored to join the

4E Wong Wang Lap

I was so honored and glad to be nominated, selected and was almost fully sponsored to join the Partners 2019 UK University Tour co-organised by Partners Education Foundation and Oxbridge Academic Resources to visit the first class universities in the United Kingdom from 17 March to 24 March, 2019.

Prior to the tour, all applicants had to undergo an interview to assess the eligibility of the students for the tour. I had done lots of preparation for it as I was so eager to join the programme.

During preparation, I was so grateful to all the teachers that had ever helped me, especially to our respectable former teacher, Mr. Lee Ka Kui, who is our school manager at present. He had taught me a series of interviewing skills and techniques. Finally I successfully joined this 7-day study tour with eleven students from other secondary schools.

The tour is certainly the best and most memorable experience I have ever had. I can honestly say that I really enjoyed every single moment I spent in Britain. During the study tour, we visited five top-notch universities, namely Oxford University, Cambridge University, the London School of Economics and Political Science, University College London and the Imperial College London. We had the chance to explore the campus in different universities and meet with the undergraduates and admission experts there.

It was so breathtaking visiting the chapels, cathedrals and libraries in Oxbridge. The sublime medieval architectures at Christ Church College and the Bodleian Library in Oxford are really fascinating.

In addition, we also met some undergraduates and admission experts from the universities. I learnt much about how one should prepare for the admission process. For instance, the admission criterias, the skills of writing a personal statement and interview skill could definitely facilitate my future application.

Moreover, it was a precious opportunity for me to experience life as an undergraduate. Staying in the dormitories in Oxbridge, enjoying dinner in the dining hall at Oxbridge colleges and having lectures given by a zoology professor from Cambridge University have helped visualise my campus life in universities.

Apart from visiting universities, we also explored around London. We went to the British Museum, and the Buckingham Palace, watched a grand musical Wicked, joined a thrilling Jack the Ripper tour, tried traditional fish and chips and saw the spectacular night view around the Tower Bridge. These have helped me know more about UK culture.

After the trip, I am still keeping in touch with the professors from the UK universities. Whenever I have any questions about university admission or questions related to zoology, I can ask them for advice. I am really thankful to their help amid their busy schedules.

To conclude, this study tour is fruitful and precious. It certainly helps shape my future.

Guangzhou Exchange Tour for S4-5 student leaders
During the past Easter Holidays, Principal Cheng and two teachers led 29 S4 and S5 students to Guangzhou to visit

During the past Easter Holidays, Principal Cheng and two teachers led 29 S4 and S5 students to Guangzhou to visit our sister school, Nanwu Middle School. We participated in their morning assembly, national flag-raising ceremony, lessons and the keynote programme “Student Leader Summit Forum”. This year has marked the sixth anniversary of our school's pairing with Nanwu Middle School, one of the most prestigious and historical secondary schools in Guangzhou. We were fascinated by their spacious campus and cutting-edge facilities. Besides, their students with a commendable learning attitude and warm hospitality are role models for our students. This study tour has definitely broadened our students' horizons and nurtured our students' personal growth through the establishment of good relationships and exchanges.

4C Chow Wang Kei

During the Easter holidays, I participated in Guangzhou Exchange Tour. We had the opportunities to attend lessons at Nanwu Middle School and visit some famous attractions in Guangzhou.

At Nanwu Middle School, I felt flattered that we could participate in their morning assembly and receive their heart-warming welcome. During the visit, we not only visited the large and fully-equipped campus, but also attended several amusing lessons. For instance, we had lessons that let us learn the fundamental skills of sand painting and experience the drone flying. This was an incredibly unique experience to me. Moreover, we had the debate competition with Class 12 of Form 5 about the pros and cons of artificial intelligence used in service industry. The competition was vigorous but interesting and valuable. Nevertheless, I was a bit disappointed that we did not have much time to communicate with Nanwu students. Besides, owing to the adverse weather conditions, the basketball competition that we had been looking forward for a long time was cancelled. Hopefully, another competition would be arranged in future visit.

Visiting various tourist attractions, for example, Chen Clan Ancestral Hall, was also a remarkable experience to me. I was stunned by the four-meter high front door of the hall and the marvelous works shown inside the hall. Also, observing the process of the production of Toyota's cars in Guangzhou Toyota Motor Company was a completely special experience to me as well since it was rare to own the opportunity to visit a car company.

Overall speaking, I think it is a totally valuable chance for me to visit our sister school and a variety of famous places in Guangzhou in these four days. The most unforgettable event of the whole trip would definitely be the visit to Nanwu Middle School. I was amazed that the school not only focuses on students' academic performance, but also emphasizes students' development and exposure in various aspects. Therefore, joining this tour was indeed a great experience of learning as we did not just have a trip of sightseeing, but really expose to the local culture and experience the school life of the students in China. Thanks to the trip, I could have better knowledge about the rapid development of China and owned an unforgettable and valuable learning experience.

4E Yeung Ho

Having a wonderful 4-day trip to Guangzhou at Easter, I was impressed by the magnificent and modernized campus of Nanwu Middle School, and the passionate teachers and students of the school. I was absolutely delighted that I could attend lessons holding by teachers over there. Some lessons, for instance, sand painting and urban designation, indeed opened up new vistas for us. It is hoped that Hong Kong schools would have rooms for holding more innovative courses in the future and encourage students to step out of the comfort zone so as to nourish more experts in different aspects to support Hong Kong development.

Aside from the education system, Nanwu students also impressed me. They were extrovert and optimistic that they actively chatted with us. Their smiles were undeniably infectious. During the exchange, we did chat with them to discuss the differences between Hong Kong and Mainland China and leave each other the contact information for keeping in touch. The fly in the ointment was lacking time to chat with them deeply. Perhaps more time could be reserved for having more exchanges with students of the sister school in the coming trips.

All in all, trip to Nanwu really left us a memorable time. It is hoped to have a trip post haste.

中韓文化交流:首爾歷史文化考察團
今年復活節期間(四月十二至十五日),本校舉行了為期四天「中韓文化交流:首爾歷史文化考察團」。參與是次考察團的

今年復活節期間(四月十二至十五日),本校舉行了為期四天「中韓文化交流:首爾歷史文化考察團」。參與是次考察團的二十五位同學,分別來自中三至中五年級主修中國歷史科、世界歷史科及中國文學科。在行程中,同學們走訪了富有歷史意義的南山谷韓屋民俗村、景福宮、德壽宮、DMS三八線非武裝地帶及西大門刑務所歷史館(抗日監獄)等重要歷史建築。他們更親身體驗韓國生活文化,穿上了由自己揀選的韓服,留下倩影;更在導師的指導下,親自炮製韓式泡菜。行程結束後,學生已密鑼緊鼓地撰寫報告、創作文章、揀選攝影作品等工作。現揀選其中三篇作品,與各位分享。

《分隔線》 4D葉翠怡

還記得在韓國首爾的第三天,導遊帶着我們去到非武裝交界區,是南北韓的交界線,分隔兩地人民的無情枷鎖。

那天灰沉沉的烏雲籠罩着天空,光線根本不能從厚重的雲層找到一點的空間鑽出來。北風呼呼吹着,伴隨着刺骨的雨滴,甚至是起了一點霧霾,模糊了我們的視線。到了三樓的觀景台,近至南韓,遠至北韓的景色也一覽無遺。腳下踩着的是南韓的土地,一片荒蕪,伸延到前方遠處北韓的山前。中間建了一條鐵路,連接着南韓和北韓兩地。聽導遊的介紹,這條鐵路貌似在不久的將來就會開通,讓兩地人民能夠互通。

原本南北韓就是一家人,是因為韓戰才會被逼分開生活。親人一但被分隔開去,就是七十多年不能見面。站在台上眺望着北韓的遠方,隱隱約約看到一些屋子的屋頂,散散落落的在山腳之下。此時我的腦海中則自動組織出了南北韓人民的滿臉愁容。在進來參觀前,我們在門口待了一會,那兒有一幅牆,貼滿了電視台替南韓老人尋親的訊息。薄薄的紙條上滿載着對遠在北韓的親人的思念,希望寄於紙條上的情感能夠傳達遠方,上天能夠看見他們的急切,尋求身在北韓的親人。實際上北韓的親人不會看見,不會知道,但他們依然這麼做了,只是從精神上找個寄託,安慰自己。

不知道他們的家人在北韓是否安好?

我想,這是許多南韓人的疑問吧?

戰爭的無情讓一個完整的國家一分為二,一個完整的家也一分為二,分成了如此平坦的草原和崎嶇的大山。然而事實最殘酷的並不是國土的分裂,更不是親人分散的悲傷,而是大家明明近在咫尺,卻遠在天邊。他們不能見面,不能接觸,也許北韓的人甚至連南韓的資訊也不能接觸到。更是為了讓自己好過一點,寧願欺騙着自己,親人兒女都已經離開世上,離開了自己。有時候徹底的放棄,不給予任何一絲的希望,也許會令自己得以淡忘,不至於絕望到深淵。這種活生生的折磨存在他們的心裏多年,就已經像是一道過不去的坑,無論你怎麼努力也不能跨過去,當你嘗試跨過去卻是被對家人熱切的思念給絆倒,摔了一身傷。我不知道該怎麼形容兩邊人民的悲傷,但就像這樣僅僅隔了一個籬笆鐵閘的距離,大概是世上最悲傷的事吧。

想到這裏,心裏一時湧上了許多心酸。本來韓國的天氣就比較乾燥,光是吹着寒風就已經如在戰爭射出去的弓箭般刺骨疼痛,再加上細如銀針的雨滴,雖細細長長的,但過於尖銳的尖端卻是刺着你渾身上下的皮膚,是那種難耐的痛,對遊客來說簡直就是過於無情的招待。冷在身上,痛在心裏。

站在這裏我又會想像分開七十多年的痛苦是怎樣的,他們會不會猜想對面的家人過得如何,又會不會因為看着同一片天空而堅信總有一天能夠重聚,而咬牙堅持下去呢?這一條分隔線不但是代表了南北韓兩邊的分裂與不合,更是一條政治上的鐵鍊把南北的人民都鎖住,在看似自由的國度底下,強迫地奪去了他們最愛的親人。

我不知道南北韓是否會有統一的未來,我只希望那一條鐵路總會有通車的一天。那輛開通的列車承載的不只是南北韓的人民,更是七十多年的思念,七十多年的愛和心酸。

《沉寂的過去》 4A 胡嘉瑩

  首爾的天氣格外寒冷,天空被一層又一層的灰網團團包圍,雨水化作一支又一支的細針刺痛著我們的臉,冷到微痛的觸感讓昏昏欲睡的我瞬間清醒了不少。四周的冷空氣如銀色小蛇般箍著我們的膀子,使我們如跌入冰窖中寒冷。口中吐出的薄霧轉眼融化在空氣般消失不見。我們打著傘,邁著步伐向目的地出發。

  「哇啦……哇啦」 雨水化作洪水猛獸般肆意地侵蝕土地,連帶著我們的體溫一併帶走, 經過長途跋涉我們終於來到了目的地。映入眼簾是一道貼滿了戰爭過後,尋找失散家人字條的高牆,令人感到唏噓和沉重。我們沉默地聽著導遊介紹這道高牆,能夠尋找到家人的機會十分之微,那只不過是一種精神寄託, 給予市民一種希望。那一張張的字條化作未亡人無聲的嘆息鑽進所有人的耳朵中,雨似乎下得更大了,連帶著空氣也變得更加沉重,任由那無聲的嘆息,混雜著戰難者的悲鳴不斷地纏繞在我們的心裏,久久不能散去。

  我們接著也去了抗日監獄博物館,導遊向我們講述著那刑場的歷史。踏進刑場的那一刻,我意外地感到沉重。現在我們所踏著的土地,曾經由不同人的鮮血交織而成,即使現在地板被擦得多麼乾淨,鼻子也好似嗅到那若有若無的血腥味,刺激著我的嗅覺和神經,那些戰死者無聲的悲鳴和控訴不斷轟炸著我的耳邊。即使過了多久,那股血腥味仍會縈繞著這裏的土地揮之不去,向一代又一代的人們訴說著他們曾經受過的屈辱,以及由鮮血和骨枯堆積而成的歷史。

  我們最後一站去了戰爭紀念館,雨早已停下, 取而代之的是和暖的陽光。黃昏的首爾在寒冷中夾雜著一絲溫暖, 一縷縷的陽光包裹著我們,連頭髮也被染得金燦燦的。偶爾花瓣落下,在湖中惹起一陣又一陣的漣漪,倒映著我們的身影。我看著那象徵著停戰的古銅色雕塑,那停止的時針和秒針意味著戰爭的結束,那古銅色也被染上一絲橙色,分外溫暖。那些亡魂的聲音也漸漸地消失在我的耳邊,四處再次回到寂靜,一片平和。

  參觀完畢後,我們坐旅遊巴離開。那雕塑的影子一直在我的心中久久磨滅不去,那本是被染上暗紅色,在稜角分明的線條上更加面目可怖,那是殺戮的顏色;現在它被和煦的陽光照耀著,染上那生機勃勃的橙紅色,那是生命、重生的顏色。

《戰爭博物館》 4A 鄧湘研

  兩排士兵的雕像立於戰爭紀念博物館前,在外人看來是多麽勇武,然而導遊的一句話泛起了我心中一波波漣漪:「這是戰爭時的場面,他們身旁的槍和炮彈都是當時最先進的武器,大家拍完照就可以走了」話罷,大家都擺出勝利的手勢,在接近兩米高的雕像下拍照,可是沒人留意到士兵們的眼神,是多麽不畏懼,他們喊着:「衝啊!」手中的手搶隨着一聲「呯」擊倒了無數日軍。手臂的青筋冒起,全身都是繃緊的,就如一條扯着的橡皮筋,一旦放鬆,就會如一坨爛泥,毫無反抗之力,被人踏在腳下。單憑雕像栩栩如生的表情,就能想像到當時戰場上的漫天炮彈,瀕死的士兵發出的絲絲掙扎,死後眼睛還是滿佈紅絲,凸出來的。還沒踏入博物館,門前的雕像已經令血液冰涼下來。

  暖和的空氣撲面而來,可是展覽館裡的一切令空氣降成冰點。博物館分成三層,每層有兩至三個展覽廳,由古至今地說起不同的戰爭。最初,韓國士兵只用原始的盾牌和矛,後來發展至車戰,戰況越發激烈。展覽廳裡有一間播放模擬片段的空間,我一按下播放鍵,就被鋪天蓋地而來的吶喊聲嚇得一跳,只見畫面不停跳動,士兵紥了馬步,與中國士兵交戰,戰場頓時血肉橫飛,黃色的沙地都被染上一層如玫瑰般鮮豔的血紅色,深深地刺痛着我的雙眼。當屏幕回復黑暗的一瞬間,我才確實了解到戰爭的殘酷。

  我揮動着雙腿,來到近代戰爭的展覽廳,這裡佈滿了不同大型武器,又如核彈模型、無人機等等。每看到一樣武器,就意味着戰場上又多了股血腥味。頓時,一個巨型玻璃內的展品抓住了我們的眼球,裡面是一枝枝長達半米的槍械,有的是步槍,有的是霰彈槍,第一眼看到它雙眼都冒着星星,不禁嘩然,可是當更多更多槍械映入眼簾,那些星火也隨之熄滅。來到播放廳,再次按下熟悉的播放鍵,但這次不再是近身戰,畫面只有韓國士兵伏地而行,背上有一枝簡陋的狙擊槍。爬行數分鐘後,臉上已被一層塵土覆蓋,卻依然無法阻擋他們鋒利的鷹眼,瞄準數百米外的敵人。「呯」的一聲,畫面沒有切換,卻已讓人不禁顫抖。

  時間隨着戰爭的歷史長河過去,當我步出博物館時,已然黃昏。一陣冷風撲面而來,同學的鼻子凍得通紅,但館外的雕像依然絲毫不動,也許這些冷風在他們眼中跟本不值一提吧‥‥‥

Shanxi Exchange Tour
Ten secondary three students and a teacher joined a Shanxi exchange tour held by the Education Bureau from

Ten secondary three students and a teacher joined a Shanxi exchange tour held by the Education Bureau from 22 April to 26 April, 2019. Our school is one of the eight schools participating in the tour. The tour was wonderful and memorable.

The highlights of the tour were the visits to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites, namely, the ancient city of Pingyao, Yungang Grottoes, and Yanmen Pass of the Great Wall of China. Participants were stunned by these World Heritages which were built more than two thousand years ago. They have been carefully preserved amid years of weathering and erosion. Walking through them was like returning to ancient China when people lived a simple and traditional life.

Besides the World Heritages, students also went to a university, museum and solar farm. Students visited Taiyuan University of Technology and had exchanges with the university students there. Students learnt the detailed history and modern technology of coal mining while visiting Datong Coal Museum. The visit to the Panda Green Energy Group was another highlight in the tour. The Hong Kong-owned company established the largest solar farm in Shanxi by applying the winning design as the image of the Giant Panda in constructing the farm. Its logo with an aerial view of panda-shaped farm is so appealing that it greatly helps the promotion of green energy in China and to the rest of the world. Its contribution to the development of renewable energy in China is impressive.

Throughout the trip, students collected data for a study about the "sustainability of the World Heritage Sites" in Shanxi, a topic agreed by our students prior to the tour. Interviews and record-taking have been carried out throughout the trip. These data will then be analysed and presented in a report and a sharing session in May and June respectively. All in all, the trip is definitely highly educational and full of fun and learning.

Hangzhou study tour, 14-17 April
Thirty-two secondary two and three students joined a four-day study tour to Hangzhou from 14th to 17th April. During the trip, they

Thirty-two secondary two and three students joined a four-day study tour to Hangzhou from 14th to 17th April. During the trip, they visited a variety of cultural and historical sites. As an echo to school’s current development of STEM education, they visited the research & development laboratory of EastCom China and maker space Dream Town. To arouse their interest in architecture, we also arranged visits to three premises built by master architects, including China Academy of Art, Xiangshan Campus (by Wang Shu), Liangzhu Village Cultural Art Centre (by Tadao Ando) and Folk Art Museum (by Kengo Kuma). 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.

Tai Po Lunar New Year Fair Stall 2019
Our Career Ambassadors ran a stall in the Tai Po Lunar New Year Fair, with the aims to

Our Career Ambassadors ran a stall in the Tai Po Lunar New Year Fair, with the aims to nurture students' entrepreneurship for planning and organizing career-related activities. Apart from the Career Ambassadors, about 60 S3-S5 students were recruited as helpers. Most of the profits generated from the event would be donated to World Vision Hong Kong and Hong Kong Cancer Fund.

Tai Po District Outstanding Citizen Award 2018-19
Tai Po District Outstanding Citizen Award, organized by Tai Po District Civic Education Campaign Organizing Committee, aims at

Tai Po District Outstanding Citizen Award, organized by Tai Po District Civic Education Campaign Organizing Committee, aims at giving commendations to citizens and enterprises for their outstanding services to the community. We are delighted that our student Lee Tsz Kiu has been awarded this honour in the 2018-19 election. May we send our heartiest congratulations to her.

Tai Po Outstanding Youth Award 2018-19
Tai Po Outstanding Youth Award, a yearly award offered by Tai Po Youth Association, aims at

Tai Po Outstanding Youth Award, a yearly award offered by Tai Po Youth Association, aims at promoting Tai Po youths' all-round development. We are delighted that our student Chu Cheuk Nam and Lee Tsz Kiu have been awarded this honour in this year’s election. Among all 5 secondary school awardees, Chu Cheuk Nam has been awarded the Top Student title. May we send our heartiest congratulations to both awardees.

International Junior Science Olympiad - Hong Kong Screening 2019
Our school participated in the International Junior Science Olympiad - Hong Kong Screening 2019, which was co-organised by

Our school participated in the International Junior Science Olympiad - Hong Kong Screening 2019, 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 29th September 2018. Our student Cheuk Yan Shing from 3A has been awarded Second Class Honour while Fung Chang Daniel Enrique and Lau Man Ki from 3E have been awarded Third Class Honours. Here are their reflections on the competition.

Reflection by Cheuk Yan Shing 3A (5)

Five classmates and I attended the International Junior Science Olympiad - Hong Kong Screening 2019 during the summer holiday last year. We had intensive trainings at school during the summer vacation and learnt about the topics about Physics, Chemistry and Biology to be covered in Secondary 3.

I remember that in the beginning, I felt that I knew nothing about science in S3. The scientific knowledge sounded like an 'alien' language that I could not understand, such as heat transfer and Newton's second law. However, with the patient guidance and detailed explanation of our teacher advisors, I started to understand the knowledge and overcame the difficulties by reading books related to science. I felt like finding out sunbeam in a cave in the darkness. Gradually, I have developed an interest in Science and put a lot more effort in preparing for this competition.

Although the screening makes me anxious, I still remember most of the knowledge taught by my teachers. I felt so glad when I was awarded the Second Class Honour. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Mr. Yam, Ms. Yong and Mr. Tse for training us to take part in the competition.

Reflection by Fung Chang Daniel Enrique 3E (7)

It is my honour to have the opportunity to represent my school for joining the International Junior Science Olympiad - Hong Kong Screening 2019. It is a good chance for me to learn more scientific knowledge.

Firstly, the most important thing I have learnt is learning required us to be perseverant and ambitious. Since the vocabulary in the past papers is very difficult for me, I was very nervous. However I did research and asked for help from teachers. I did not give up and tried my best. Luckily I won the Third Honour in the competition.

Moreover, I would like to express my thankfulness to our teachers. If they had not prepared us well, we would not have been able to analyze and solve the problems and questions that we met. Therefore I feel very grateful to the teachers.

Reflection by Lau Man Ki 3E (15)

Through joining the International Junior Science Olympiad - Hong Kong Screening 2019, I have gained more knowledge about Science.

During the training, we practiced the past paper of this competition. Most of the questions were difficult for me because I had not learnt them before and there were many new words. Besides, I could not answer most of the questions that were asked by Mr. Yam. Therefore, I thought that it was impossible for me to get a good result in this competition. Moreover, the teachers taught us how to do the past papers and challenging topics patiently, so I started to know how to answer the questions. Luckily, I won the Third Honour in this competition. Therefore, I want to thank Mr. Yam, Miss Yong and Mr. Tse for spending time training us before the competition.

This competition is meaningful for me as I have gained more experiences, and my interest in Science has been aroused.

The 53rd Athletic Meet
On the beautiful sunny days of 13 and 14 February 2019, the Tai Po Sports Ground was filled with hundreds of

On the beautiful sunny days of 13 and 14 February 2019, the Tai Po Sports Ground was filled with hundreds of energetic athletes and vivacious cheering teams. They enjoyed the 53rd Athletic Meet after months of training and preparation. Our outstanding alumna, Ms. Man Yu Ching Emily, Superintendent of Police, Support Branch, Hong Kong Police Force, was the Guest of Honour for this year’s Athletic Meet. The Athletic Meet was the perfect occasion for students to demonstrate true sportsmanship and enjoy the fruits of persistent training. The following is the list of prize winners in the Athletic Meet:

Group		Inter-House Overall Champion:	Integrity House
			Inter-House Boys Champion:		Dedication House
			Inter-House Girls Champion:		Integrity House
			The Best Sportsmanship:			Learnedness House
			The Best Cheering Team:			Love House
Individual	Grade A Boys Champion:			Cheung Tsz Kit		Love House	  
			Grade B Boys Champion:			Wang Zicheng		Integrity House
			Grade C Boys Champion:			Lee Tsz Hin			Integrity House
			Grade A Girls Champion:			Chan Cheuk Lam	Learnedness House
			Grade B Girls Champion:			Lee Ying Yi			Dedication House
			Grade C Girls Champion:			Ho Man Yuet		Love House
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