Child labour was a serious social problem in Hong Kong until the seventies in the last century. The first ordinance about prohibiting child labour was enacted in 1922. However, illegal child labour was an open secret in Hong Kong. In 1977, Sir Murray MacLehose announced the 9-year free and compulsory education which ended the problem of child labour. According to the recently released government records, the 9-year free and compulsory education in Hong Kong was not merely initiative by the Hong Kong Government. It was achieved partly by the pressure of the British Government. Four senior form students participated in the 4th 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 "Child Labour in Hong Kong – 1922-1977" won the Champion in this competition. The list of members is as follows:
5A (2014-15) Wong Tsun Yan
5E (2014-15) Lui Cheuk Yin
4A (2014-15) Wong Ka Yu
4E (2014-15) Ho Cheuk Nam Ryan
Outwork means waged work at home. It was a common economic activity for Hong Kong's grass-roots families in 1960s and 1970s. From 1960s, industry became the most important sector of Hong Kong economy. The plastic flowers, garments, toys and electronic products which were made in Hong Kong were popular in the western markets. Outwork system, which established production lines outside factories, made Hong Kong industry more competitive. Four junior form students participated in the 4th 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 "A Study on Outwork in Hong Kong" won the Champion in this competition. The list of members is as follows:
3E (2014-15) Choi Man Sz
3E (2014-15) Kong Sam Yi
3E (2014-15) Lei Cheuk Wa
3E (2014-15) So Hei Tung
"Hurray Factory Girls" is the theme song of "Her Tender Love", a movie by Actress Connie Chan Po Chu in 1969. The catchy lyrics made the song so popular that it has become the collective memory Hong Kong people. However, in the 1980s, labour-intensive production began to relocate to the Mainland. Factory girls can hardly be found in Hong Kong nowadays. Four junior form students interviewed three female elderly, who embarked on a career in manufacturing industry, sharing their life stories of being factory girls in the past. Their documentary film "Hurray Factory Girls: Life stories of female workers from the 50s to the 90s in Hong Kong" won the 1st Runner-up in the 4th Inter-school Competition of Project Learning on Hong Kong's History and Culture co-organized by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture. Members of the team are as follows:
3A (2014-2015) Tsui Tsz Kwan
3A (2014-2015) Yip Tsz Yu
3E (2014-2015) Cheung Cheuk Nam
3E (2014-2015) Lee Sha Lee
It is delightful to announce that our students performed well in the Hong Kong Physics Olympiad 2015, organized by The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education, on 20 May 2015.
|List of Individual Awardees||Award|
|4A Chan Ho Leung||Second Honour|
|4E Mak Siu Hong||Third Honour|
Based on the total scores of the top 5 students from each participating school, our school won an Honourable Mention in the competition.
Here are the reflections of the above-mentioned students regarding the competition.
4A Chan Ho Leung
As one of the participants of Physics Olympiad 2015, I am grateful to have this opportunity because I have learnt a lot of interesting knowledge and gained an invaluable experience.
At first, I had no faith in winning the award because some of the questions were really challenging. Fortunately, my teacher Mr. Yam gave us intensive trainings before the competition. During the training sessions, I was given a lot of past papers in order to be more familiarized with the topics. Although it was hard to understand some of the difficult concepts in physics, I managed to understand all of them. After all, I treasured every moment in the training sessions as my horizons have been broadened.
Initially, I was not capable of digesting all the concepts. Yet, I had no intention of giving up. Notwithstanding the difficult tasks, I was determined to give my best try during the competition because I would definitely have regretted if I had wasted the chance. Therefore I attempted all the questions carefully. I did the multiple choice questions slowly as I had to choose the best alternatives. When I started working on the long questions (structured questions), I went through all of them before writing down the answers because I would like to finish the easier ones first. At the time when I came across the question about 'Moment', I felt much soothed and answered the question with confidence and concentration. Nonetheless, I was still rather anxious so I checked the answers for several times after finishing the whole paper. Although I was not sure whether the answers were correct or not, I was satisfied and confident.
Thanks to the trainings provided by my respected teacher, together with the effort that I paid, I am fortunate enough to win this award. I have learnt that people who are persevering and strong-willed will be rewarded. No matter how complex an obstacle is, with confidence and determination, we can still overcome it. Otherwise we will always be a loser.
4E Mak Siu Hong
Winning a third-class award is not something extremely difficult, but still it is not something easy. The questions raised in the Physics Olympiad are very different from the ones in school examinations. The topics included are different and it is much more difficult. In order to tackle the problems, we were trained for around 12 hours. I need to thank Mr. Yam for his teaching. Physics is a very difficult subject. It is impossible for me to learn it by myself. I would have won nothing in the competition without Mr. Yam's guidance.
The paper consists of two parts. One contains MC questions and the other one includes conventional questions. Some students may think that it is easy to win an honour if we can answer most of the MC questions correctly by guessing. Indeed, it is true that luck may affect the result. However, that happens occasionally and I think ability is still the most important. When a student is good at physics, he or she will always have a higher chance to guess the correct answer because his or her intuition of physics is better than other students. Therefore studying hard is the only way to get a better result in the competition.
Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition (SSMSC) 2015, 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 Mong Kin Ip won two High Distinctions in Mathematics and Physics while 5E Cheung Lok Hin won two High Distinctions in Chemistry and Physics. Here are the reflections of the above-mentioned students regarding the competition.
5E Cheung Lok-hin
The Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition is a competition organized by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Its purpose is to promote students' interests in Mathematics and Science subjects through competitions. It is my honour to be chosen as one of the participants. I am so excited about having won High Distinction awards in two subjects, Physics and Chemistry.
At the very beginning, I knew that the participants of this competition are the elites of all schools in Hong Kong, so I was not hoping for any award but joining the competition in a relaxing manner. Nevertheless, our Mathematics and Science teachers gave us intensive trainings before the competition. I came to know that I had to take it seriously.
In the competition, students were required to finish the papers within one hour and fifteen minutes. It was a rush indeed. Fortunately, the questions were based on the HKDSE syllabus, so we simply tried our best to finish the papers by recalling what we had studied and our teachers had taught in class. To me, the competition seems to be a mock prior to the HKDSE.
Though I have won High Distinction awards for two science subjects, the honour should belong to our teachers. They have spent a lot of time giving extra lessons to us. They taught us the skill of understanding and answering the questions. Such intensive trainings help us to discover our weaknesses and accordingly make improvements. Hence, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Yam, Mr. Chu and Mr. Kwong for giving us support and guidance throughout the competition. It is always true that classrooms can survive without iPads and computers, but never without inspirational teachers.
As I have mentioned before, this competition seems like a mock for the HKDSE, the High Distinction awards are really a shot in the arm and gives me confidence to face such a formidable exam. I will get well-prepared and strive for my best!
5E Mong Kin Ip
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University holds the Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition every year. The competition aims to arouse students' interest in Mathematics and Science. The elites from different schools in Hong Kong join the competition and compete for the best result. It is my honour to be one of the participants representing my school.
I would like to start with my gratitude for my Mathematics and Physics teachers, Mr. Kwong and Mr. Yam. Their commitment is the key to my outstanding results. Since the competition covers the whole NSS syllabus, my teachers had to spend a large amount of extra time tutoring all the school representatives. I can still remember all the exercises we did with Mr. Yam. It is a very precious experience for me.
"Practice makes perfect" is the golden rule that applies to all kinds of competitions. The preparation for the competition was distressing. However, the complicated questions were not my only source of pressure. Keeping a well-balanced life between the training and schoolwork was tougher than I expected. Luckily with all the support from my teachers, I could still manage to overcome all the challenges. Mr. Kwong taught us different skills to tackle the multiple choice questions quickly. Besides, Mr. Yam guided us to complete the past papers of SSMSC, which certainly helped us to deal with the hardest questions in the competition. I am truly glad that our diligence has been rewarded. Through all these experiences, my exam skills have been enhanced and my understanding of the acquired knowledge has been improved.
I can still remember how excited I was when I knew I won High Distinction in both subjects. The results are surprising and encouraging. Since the competition covers the whole NSS syllabus, it is a great chance to do revision on the two subjects. The competition can really help me to discover my abilities. I have also learnt from the strengths of other students. This really helps me to focus more on my weaknesses and improve them before the HKDSE.
Six 3B students participated in the "Inter-school Mobile Application Development Contest (IMACD) 2015" held by Hong Kong Joint School Electronics and Computer Society, Youth Club Hong Kong Computer Society and School of Continuing and Professional Studies The Chinese University of Hong Kong. We are glad to announce that 3B CHAN CHUN YIU, KWAN CHEUK WA and TAM TSZ CHING won the Championship (Concept Stream – Junior Group) and 3B HO TSZ LOK, WONG KA MING and YIP CHUN KIT won the first runner-up (Concept Stream – Junior Group).
To promote project-based learning, our school sent three teams of students to participate in the Mathematics Project Competition. All three teams were successfully selected as the finalists. In the final interview section held for the finalists, one of our teams got the 1st Runner-up and the other two teams were awarded the Outstanding Performance Prize.
We also have encouraging results in another competition: Mathematics Book Report Competition. Among 161 entries, one S1 student and one S2 student of our school successfully won the Second Prize.
The Mathematics Department of our school invited the Statistician from the Census and Statistics Department (C & SD) to deliver a talk on "Common fallacies in the use and the presentation of statistics" to our S.5 students. The talk was useful in enhancing their statistical knowledge, particularly in respect of the proper application of official statistics in interpreting the social and economic issues.
To celebrate the 55th Anniversary of Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School, a Gala Dinner was held at Crystal Ballroom in the Holiday Inn – Golden Mile on 3rd July, 2015 with the attendance of alumni, parents, teachers and students.
The theme of the Gala Dinner was "March forward with God's love and grace". As a Christian school, we attributed our achievements in various aspects for more than half of a century to our Lord's Blessings. We also thanked his maidservant, Dr. Wong Tak-hing, for her generous contribution and endeavours in founding our school. Her faith in Lord and perseverance in praying were the cornerstones of our school development.
After our Supervisor, Mr. Tang Kai-ming Kenneth, commenced the Gala Dinner and welcomed our guests, the Chairman of the Gala Dinner Organising Committee, Professor Ho Man-sing, delivered a resonating speech. Our Principal, Mr. Ho Chi-nap, took us back in time while helping us retrace our school history. Our student representative, Yip Ching, expressed her gratitude for teachers' guidance in assisting her to adapt to the school life. The Chairman of the Fundraising Committee, Professor Tsang Wah-tak, was invited to share his past school life. After the Prayer for the School delivered by the President of the Alumni Association, Mr. Law Pak-fun, the Gala Dinner featured entertainments from the Chinese Orchestra, Parent Teacher Association and alumni.
Meeting their former teachers and ex-classmates, our alumni were exhilarated to chat and take photos with each other. Thanks to the overwhelming support from all the alumni, parents, staff and students, the event came to an end being an enjoyable occasion of celebration and a memorable reunion of teachers and alumni.
To improve students' English writing skills and to enhance students' social awareness, our students in both the junior forms and senior forms were encouraged to join the 2014-2015 Hong Kong Secondary School English Writing Competition organized by the Asia Children Education Association. The topic for Junior Division (S.1-3) was 'How to get our blue sky back' while the topic for Senior Division (S.4-6) was 'Incinerator: To build or not to build'. Dr. William Yu Yuen-ping and Mrs. Elizabeth Wong Chien Chi-lien, CBE, ISO, JP were the adjudicators of the English writing competition.
This year, our school received a large number of English writing which reflects our students' enthusiasm in English writing. The English writing atmosphere within our school is successfully uplifted. The hard work and effort contributed by our school and our students are undoubtedly recognized. Three of our students were awarded with prizes and were invited to attend the Prize Award Ceremony held on 22 May 2015, it was reported in a number of Hong Kong press release, such as Takungpao (大公報), Wenweipo (香港文匯報), Hong Kong Commercial Daily (香港商報) etc. The followings are the particulars of the awardees and the awards:-
3A LEE MAN CHING
4A KAN YUE MING
5A LAW MING WAI
Most Creative Writer – Bronze
(Junior Secondary Division)
Most Creative Writer – Bronze
(Senior Secondary Division)
Best Writer – Merit
(Senior Secondary Division)
The followings are the award-winning writings and reflections of the three awardees.
How to get our blue sky back
3A LEE MAN CHING
‘Recently, the Environmental Protection Department stated that the pollution in Hong Kong is getting much more serious...’ Mum and I are watching the TV and discussing the environmental problems in Hong Kong. ‘Mum, have you noticed that our sky is getting darker? How can we get our blue sky back?’ I said conscientiously.
‘So, firstly, we should take less private car as these private cars give out a lot of greenhouse gases when they burn the fuel. The greenhouse gases include carbon dioxide. The particles in the gases may pollute the air which will also make our sky gloomy. Therefore, we should take public transports more often?
‘Annie, do you know what kind of pollution will also destroy our blue sky?’
‘Hmm...Hong Kong is an acuity which focuses heavily on commercials, is it light pollution?’ I asked curiously.
‘Yes, it is! If we can control the situation, we can see a crowd of stars at night and a blue sky during the day. Consequently, we should turn off most of the lights at night if possible, so that we can prevent the light from reflecting upwards to the sky and let the suspended particulates in the atmosphere scatter around, which makes our sky dusty.’
‘Mum...seems like getting our blue sky back is really hard...’ I sighed.
‘Hey Annie! I know one of the methods that we can do to protect the environment in a much more convenient and effective way. It is to join more events organized by those environmental protection organisations, such as Green Peace... In 2006, they help ‘Action Blue Sky Campaign’ which aimed to get our blue sky back. When everyone pays a little bit more effort, it is easy to attain our goal!’
‘Oh mum! I hope that those smokers can smoke fewer cigarettes, as they give out toxic mist that pollutes the air! Moreover, the particles inside it will make our sky dirty. As a result, the smokers should consider their health and environment and smoke less.’ I said
‘Annie, do you know an old saying, “Many a little makes a mickle”? When all of the citizens do something to fulfill their duties, our world will become better!’ Mum said ambitiously.
We all can be a magician. Let the gloomy sky go and bring our blue sky back!
(This writing was awarded the Most Creative Writer – Bronze Award (Junior Secondary Division) in Hong Kong Primary & Secondary School English Writing Competition 2014-2015, organized by Asia Children Education Association.)
Have you ever thought of a day when the sky turns dark?
Recently, I have joined the Hong Kong Primary & Secondary English Writing Competition 2014-2015, organized by Asia Children Education Association. The topic is 'How to get our blue sky back?' I was awarded the Most Creative Writer – Bronze Award among all junior secondary participants.
I was absolutely surprised and joyful when I was told that I was awarded the prize. After this competition, I have learnt quite a lot. In our daily lives, we usually forget to protect our environment due to the development of modern society. Hence, our sky is getting gloomy. Through reading other participants' and my own writing, I have learnt how to be environmental-friendly so that we can get our blue sky back. Moreover, it has widened my horizon and I knew how well the students of other schools are.
Even though I have got a prize this time, I knew that I am just a tip of an iceberg and I still have to improve. So I would like to join this kind of activity next time.
Incinerator: To build or not to build
4A KAN YUE MING
Imagine one day when you got out of your house, you realized there were tons of rubbish bags which blocked the door gate, then, you might wonder why the rubbish wasn't sent to the landfills when you remembered all the landfills in Hong Kong had completely been full already. How would you feel? In fact, if we cannot find a way to deal with our waste before 2017, the imagination will probably come true without any doubt. Up to this stage in Hong Kong, building an incinerator is the best way to reduce rubbish to be dumped in the landfills.
In terms of the effectiveness, building an incinerator is a fast and practical way to tackle the rubbish problem. Hong Kong is a densely populated city where finding places as landfills is really bad. Besides, the incinerator requires a relatively smaller place than a landfill. It does not only reduce the solid mass of the original waste as well as sewage wage being turned into non-toxic waste after several treatments which can be put onto the landfills without contaminating the environment. The ash produced can even be recycled to become a useful material.
For the pollution produced by the incinerator, some of the people may concern that 'burning rubbish' may produce many pollutants and air pollution in Hong Kong will get more and more serious. Nonetheless, due to the improvement of technology and with better design, incinerators nowadays have better emission control; and different pollutants such as carbon dioxide, dioxin and oxides of nitrogen. As a result, these pollutants released by modern incinerators have significantly dropped. For instance, many developed countries, including Japan, France, Taiwan and America have plenty of incinerators to incinerate rubbish. Even Taiwan has 20 incinerators and many of the incinerators are actually located near the residential areas. Hong Kong citizens do not need to worry too much about the hazardous air pollutants which will affect their health and cause cancer.
For some people, they think that building an incinerator is expensive and it does not deserve the cost. Nevertheless, building an incinerator in fact can bring other additional values other than incinerating rubbish. Electricity is generated while combusting rubbish. In addition, incinerators can even become a famous tourist attraction. The Maishima waste treatment center in Japan is one of the examples. The outer wall is designed by Friendensreich Hundertwasser and it helps to earn income from tourists.
To sum up, building an incinerator can definitely relieve the problem of saturation of landfills in Hong Kong. Time is running short when the landfills are all completely full and saturated. Before Hong Kong citizens start to throw less rubbish, building an incinerator might be the best way to slow down the problems of treating waste in Hong Kong.
(This article was awarded the Most Creative Writer – Bronze Award (Senior Secondary Division) in Hong Kong Primary & Secondary School English Writing Competition 2014-2015, organized by Asia Children Education Association.)
As Marcus Aurelius, the Roman Emperor stated, 'Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not a truth'. His statement could give us insights into our learning as well as critical thinking. This was also what I have applied before joining the English writing competition.
I find that writing argumentative essays on a public issue is interesting because it truly discloses distinctive points of view from different stakeholders. I therefore can reveal their perspectives of the issue as well as their interpretation, hence having a glance at the society in a short period yet in an effective way. Meanwhile, through the syllabus of English Language at school, I have learnt the skills to write essays in a more eloquent way.
Thanks to the precious opportunity given by my English teacher, I joined the English writing competition to write an argumentative essay on the topic 'Incinerator: To build or not to build' organized by Asia Children Education Association and World Green Organization. To brainstorm my writing, I did plenty of research on the Internet to cognize the pros and cons of constructing the incinerator-the facility which combusts rubbish, in Hong Kong. From the information I got from the Internet, I have learnt more about this environmental issue as well as the examples from other parts of the world which definitely broaden my horizon. It also allowed me to improve my writing skills like using a wide range of vocabulary and sentence structures.
When I was told by my teacher that I won the Bronze Award of the Most Creative Writer in the Senior Secondary Division, I was definitely astonished and excited by the result. During the award ceremony held on 22nd May 2015, I saw that other prize winners were confident and charming when getting the prizes. In the venue of the prize-giving ceremony, there was a board which showed the prize winners' writings. Those writings were doubtlessly appreciable. For instance, the Champion of the Most Creative Writer used 'I-N-C-I-N-E-R-A-T-O-R' as the first letter of each paragraph. When it was my turn to go on stage, I felt nervous but joyful. There were applauses for me and other prize winners from our school. We were absolutely on cloud nine.
All in all, joining this writing competition not only was really an exuberant and rewarding experience to know more about the world but also a fun way to practise the skills that I have learnt at school. I wish I could pursuit perfection and write in a more premium way in future.
Incinerator: To build or not to build
5A LAW MING WAI
Since the government proposed to build an incinerator for waste treatment, there has been a strong debate about whether to build or not to build it. In my opinion, the incinerator should be built.
To begin with, as the three strategic landfills in Hong Kong are going to be saturated, an incinerator has to be built. Each year, more than six million tons of municipal solid waste are generated and the generation of them has been growing at a faster rate than expected. The three existing strategic landfills will reach capacity successively by 2019. The one in Tseung Kwan O is going to reach capacity by 2015. This implies that there will be no place for waste disposal soon. Incineration of waste materials can convert the waste into ash, flue gas and heat. The quantity of waste produced is only 1% of the original waste. This helps slow down the speed of the landfills to reach capacity. Critics argue that the most effective way to solve the waste problem is to encourage the public to reduce waste at source and adopt a green lifestyle, that is to encourage recycling, reusing and replacing. What is more, the government can impose taxes on wastes or implement different schemes to encourage firms, restaurants and households to recycle. These can solve the problem of overflowing landfills from the root. However, it requires many years of educating the public. Also, stakeholders may oppose the imposition of these taxes and schemes. All of these take time and the results may not be as what we have expected. Yet, the landfills will be saturated soon. We have only got little time left to take action. Therefore, building an incinerator is more ideal than other methods to solve the waste problem.
Secondly, incineration generates energy to power thousands of homes. The energy of heat generated from burning waste can be turned to electricity for supply to more than 100,000 households in Hong Kong, thereby reducing the use of fossil fuel for electricity generation. This would reduce the greenhouse gas emission in Hong Kong. Opponents believe that the fact that incineration brings air pollution contradicts the idea that it is environmental friendly. The emission of an incinerator includes sulphur oxide, heavy metals, hydrochloric acid etc. These substances pollute the air and may cause cancers. Residents nearby must oppose the installation of incineration. Nevertheless, modern incineration plants use filters to trap dangerous gases and particulate matter like dioxin. The government can choose to build a moving grate incinerator. It can not only remove most of the waste, but also generate energy. In other words, pollution can be eliminated by using more advanced technology.
To conclude, due to the urgent need of alternative waste disposal methods and the environmental benefit of incineration, I firmly believe that an incinerator should be built in Hong Kong.
(This writing was awarded the Best Writer – Merit Award (Senior Secondary Division) in Hong Kong Primary & Secondary School English Writing Competition 2014-2015, organized by Asia Children Education Association.)
It is my pleasure that I have won a Merit Award in the Best Writer category in the Hong Kong Primary and Secondary School English Writing Competition 2014-2015 organized by Asia children Education Association. This time, we had to write one-sided argumentative essay about whether to build or not to build an incinerator in Hong Kong.
I guess I can get this award just because I had used a wide range of sentence patterns, expressions and linking phrases that are important for a clear and whereat piece writing. However, this is not enough to get a Medal. I had read the work written by the winners of the Medal Awards. He had not only used a wide range of vocabulary and diverse sentence structures, but also done a great job in showing his creativity. We have to try to think out of the box. Creativity is something that makes you stand out from the other candidates. It makes you stand out from the other candidates. It makes you outstanding and unique. It can make the adjudicators up after rating hundreds of alike writings. If you want to impress the adjudicators, showing your creativity will be an ideal way.
This competition gives you a good opportunity to show your potential. I recommend all of you to participate in it next time if you want to prove your abilities.
Mr. Cheng Sze Wang
This is the 4th Outward Bound Programme for our School Leaders. We were so glad that the Hong Kong Stock Exchange Limited Listing Committee (Pedal Power) has offered generous sponsorship to our students with financial needs.
In this 5-day intensive training course, students were guided and trained to discover and develop their potential. Moreover, the professional and experienced trainers helped our students to become more competent, creative and motivated which enabled them to become proactive members of the school as well as in the community.
Through a series of recruitment activities such as the introductory session provided by the Outward Bound Hong Kong, students' self-nomination, interviews and pre-programme gathering, 12 of our student leaders received their challenges from 31 March 2015 to 4 April 2015.
I was strongly impressed by the sharing of their excitement after coming back to school and I am sure that they have gained a lot from the training which must be good for their present and future lives. I look forward to seeing a new group of leaders to take up this challenge again.
4D Fung Yiu Fai
What I have gained from the leadership training camp was totally out of my expectation. Being a leader is not an easy task. I remember when I became a leader; I needed to give instructions to my teammates and solved problems with them together. In making decision, I came to realize that setting a goal and soliciting ideas from other members of the group are very important in attaining the organizational goal.
I have learnt that the leader should not make decisions solely by him. Instead, it is crucial to gain consensus from the group. Through this training camp, I meet a lot of new friends. Moreover, my social and communication skills have been enhanced.
I remember that the competition between two schools was great! I appreciated it much as a team building activity. What I learned from it was how well each member of the group cooperated for the success of the tasks given. This competition is very meaningful and unforgettable because I can operate with my teammate in achieving our goal.
4A Lam Nga Wai
I love the 5-day outwardbound course! Gratefully, I had 2 nice coaches and 11 teammates to overcome challenges with me through these 5 days, I am so glad that I could have this precious opportunity to join our team - DECEMBER.
'Nothing is impossible' is the most significant thing that I have learnt. Rhino said, we are the best, we are always on the top. We can do anything in the world if we trust ourselves as well as our teammates.
Life is hard, there will always be difficulties but Rhino demonstrated to us how we could overcome obstacles and excel. We can be the best due to the gaining of EXP bar.
No pain, no gain. Through these 5 days, we have accomplished so many challenging tasks, for instance, we had mental training i.e. solo night ,we jumped into the sea, we travelled with our canoes and climbed up the sticks against height.
During the camp, we had to cook for ourselves. Without electrical gadgets, we can still have days with full of unforgettable moments. We had silence every day, washed the dishes with sand every day , slept on the places where we were not supposed to every day. Nonetheless, we all enjoyed it.
4B Lui Wing Sum
I could never imagine I was able to go through so many challenges and difficulties in Outward Bound. I was scared of darkness, insects, the heights and I even do not know how to swim. I joined the activity because I really wanted to overcome my own weaknesses. Luckily, I was chosen and became one of the participants to join the program.
I was prepared, both mentally and physically, for Outward Bound. On the first day, we learnt how to row a boat. I was anxious and afraid of being drowned. With the encouragement and support of the coaches and team mates, I managed to row in the canal and we finally spent five days learning more about rowing. Besides rowing, I learnt many other things. We had to pack our belongings tidily in a limited time. It was really a good training to me because I needed to pack everything I needed when getting on the boat. I worked with my team mates to do the packing up. We found it difficult in the beginning but we got everything done successfully then. Outward Bound is a really great chance for young people to challenge themselves. They know more about their own weaknesses and strengths through joining different activities. I feel really proud of myself that I have a chance to join the program as I have learnt a lot from it.
4E Ma Tsz Ching
Through participating in a five-day course of Outward Bound, I have learnt much about leadership. I did not know much about being a leader before. However, I have built up my self-confidence in just five days. All the experiences gained in the course have become my beautiful memories. The candidates tried to take turn to become the leader in each day and we took up duties and responsibilities at different times, such as cooking, building up the shelter. For example, I was once the leader of the group and I need to assign the duty of building the shelter. I cooperated with my team mates and led them to build the shelter quickly. Team work, cooperation and coordination is very important in making a task done. Most importantly, I have won friendship among my eleven team mates in Outward Bound.
I will never forget the saying from one of the tutors in the program. "Twelve of us are always being the top of the others." Thanks Rhino and Heidi, and also the other eleven team mates, for giving me such a valuable experience, and let me realize that I can overcome all difficulties as nothing is impossible.
4E Mong Ho Yam
I joined the five-day course of Outward Bound during the Easter holidays. After joining the course, I have learnt to be more confident because I have overcome the challenges with my team mates in these five days. When we met a problem, we tried, we reviewed and we planned. We tried to improve through learning from mistakes we have made. For example, when we faced the examination, we tried hard to complete it. If we failed, we reviewed and tried to look for solutions, aiming at a better result next time. We should always believe in ourselves, we should not avoid those challenges. I have learnt one thing from Outward Bound, 'There are no challenges but only solutions.'
The part I miss the most was racing with other candidates from another school. We tried to line up our canoes in an arrow shape. We just tried once the day before and we did not know if it would work or not. Therefore, we were quite nervous and hesitated. We finally rowed far ahead another team. We were all excited as we won the race. We stood in the canoes and sang. It was such a great and exciting moment for us all.
My team was amazing and I was glad to be with them. Everyone is a pilot but not a passenger. Every day, we were assigned different posts, such as navigators, cooks, leaders and safety leaders. We understood our duties and we knew what to do. We communicated and cared about each other. We worked together to achieve our common goal. We switched our duties for trying not to have someone doing the same task all the time. Also, we encouraged each other in times of fear and threat. We worked as a team and never left anyone behind.
Outward Bound is truly amazing. It helps building up our self-confidence. Whenever challenges come, we are sure we can figure them out even there are obstacles in front of us. Nothing can stop us. Success will come to you if you are always feeling positive and confident.
At last, I want to thank our tutors. They have been very kind and friendly. They offered assistance and support all the time and have brought us such an incredible and unforgettable memory in Outward Bound.