This year's English Week was held between the 6th and 15th of March with the theme "Exploring National Treasures through English". Engaged in interactive and thought-provoking activities, students did not only enrich their knowledge on national treasures of the world but also increased their understanding on the importance of preserving the "Wonderful Segments in Cultures".
The wonderful time in this year's English Week was again attributed to the wide variety of activities that were on offer throughout the days. We had interesting assemblies, in-class activities as well as lunchtime public activities organized and run by Intercultural Education Limited (ICE), Committee Members of the English Association and English Prefects.
Banner & Assemblies
During the Junior and Senior Form Assemblies, students keenly participated in on-stage and off-stage activities, interacting and playing games with the foreign guests invited by ICE. The School Hall was filled with laughter when students had to show how much they knew about certain countries in the world, competing in games where they had to rearrange the foreign guests on stage according to their country size, population, average temperature and language.
Trainers and guests of more than 20 countries came to run the in-class activities. S.1-2 students were encouraged to use and improve their English communication skills by having face-to face chats with foreigners after getting to know their national treasures. S.3 students and foreign guests discussed the issue of national treasure conservation while S.4-5 students had to reflect both on their own identities, and those of the foreigners'.
Through the entire week, a number of students were eager participants in seven lunchtime activities which allowed further interaction with the foreigners. The activities included Photo Booth, Global Radio, a Capoeira (which is a traditional Brazilian dance and martial art) Competition run by a renowned Australian trainer, Daniel, African Drumming, Global Village, South Asian Cultural Games and Snacks, and National Treasure Mix and Match.
Included in the vast array of activities were the competitions held during the Senior and Junior Form Class Periods on the 6th and 15th of March. Students displayed their rich knowledge, creativity and imagination in a range of contests related to the theme of the English Week. These included video quizzes, completing and rewriting song lyrics, solving crossword puzzles, drawing, creative writing and designing posters.
Class Period Competitions & Book Fair
Apart from the many activities listed above, students could also display their talents in the Singing Contest. There were many talented acts that showcased beautiful singing as well as guitar and piano playing. We even had a special guest, Mr. Chau, who performed by playing the guitar while singing.
Students were also treated to the Book Fair held in the School Hall, where they were able to purchase bestsellers and highly popular books at discounted rates. Students wasted no time snapping up the bargains with many books being sold out quickly.
Photos with International Guests
All in all, English Week 2017 was undoubtedly a major success. Students were actively engaged in all the activities, showcased their enthusiasm, passion and curiosity in learning more about national treasures and different cultures of the globe. They had substantial opportunities to develop their intercultural competencies by interacting with foreigners. The whole week has no doubt brought us delightful memories which will be everlasting.
On the 1st of April 2017, three of our English Debate Team members, Chao Adrian Arthur (5A), Lee Man Ching Phoebe (5A) and Yuen Wing Lam Kelly (5A) participated in the preliminary round of Hong Kong Bar Association English Debate Competition. The motion is that 'This house would impose stricter laws against insulting police officers'. We are on the affirmative side and the opponent team is the Diocesan Girl's School (DGS).
We are excited to share with you that, our team won this debate and Yuen Wing Lam Kelly (5A) was rewarded the Best Speaker.
The debaters are honored to receive the glory and think there are various reasons for the victory. Firstly, our alumna Miss Teenie Chan, who is now a law student in City University of Hong Kong, contributed a lot in this debate and provided much professional information about laws. In addition, the debaters' diligence paid off with the full support of the teacher adviser and the whole team. The debaters have definitely set a good role model of perseverance and learning for the whole school.
On the beautiful sunny days of 16 and 17 February 2017, the Tai Po Sports Ground was filled with hundreds of energetic athletes and vivacious cheering teams. They enjoyed the 51st Athletic Meet after months of training and preparation. Our outstanding alumna, Dr. Yeung Yeung, Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor of the Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology of the University of Hong Kong, was the guest of honour this year. The Athletic Meet was a 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||Orange House|
|Inter-House Boys Champion||Orange House|
|Inter-House Girls Champion||Yellow House|
|The Best Sportsmanship||Blue House|
|The Best Cheering Team||Yellow House|
|Individual||Grade A Boys Champion||Chan Ho Yiu|
Chan Chiu Yeung
Wong Chak Yin
|Grade B Boys Champion||Cheung Tsz Kit|
Yu Pak Hei
|Grade C Boys Champion||Tang Tsz Him||Red House|
|Grade A Girls Champion||Lai Lok Tung|
Ng Tsz Wai
|Grade B Girls Champion||Chan Cheuk Lam||Yellow House|
|Grade C Girls Champion||So Yui||Red House|
The CityU Discovery and Innovation Debating Challenge 2016-17 was organized by the City University of Hong Kong and co-sponsored by South China Morning Post on 12 November 2016. Over 200 participants from 20 schools took part in the event and attended a lecture by a professor in one of their prospective study choice areas related to their specific debate topic in the afternoon. The day included a tour of each school group's prospective tertiary study faculty, a nice lunch, a couple of workshops and then a debate on a motion related to each group's intended area of study.
Our school's English Debate Team was one of the participating teams which completed the debate in the prospective university area – School of Creative Media (SCM). We were on the negative side while STFA Tam Pak Yu College was on the affirmative. The debate motion was that 'This house believes that the media should be prevented by law from intruding into the private lives of public figures'. The champion debaters included 5A Chao Adrian Arthur, 5A Lee Man Ching and 5A Yuen Wing Lam. The other members including 4A Ng Sin Yee Cindy, 4A Choi Ho Ching, 4A Lee Pui Hang, 5A Cheung Sze Long, 5A Chan Ka Hei Melody, 5E Chan Wai Lun Adrian, 5E Lim Yin Ki and 5E Wong Cind Wui also attended the debate to cheer on the debaters.
With the team's thorough preparation and persuasive rebuttals, they eventually gained the glory in the debate. It was a truly challenging yet fruitful learning process. From this challenge, our debaters have learnt the importance of impromptu rebuttals and sufficient preparation to hone in a debate. Although nervousness may be influential, practice definitely makes perfect. The debaters' effort is highly appreciated.
Chao Adrian Arthur (5A), Yuen Wing Lam (5A) and Chan Wai Lun Adrian (5E) have participated in the "The Speaker" English Public Speaking Contest 2017 organized by RTHK Cultural & Education Unit. Each of them gave a 3-minute speech on 'Our world in ten years' for the Preliminary Selection round. A crew of RTHK came to our school for the video shooting in November.
We are excited to share with you that, among over 240 contestants, Chao Adrian Arthur (5A) has been selected to enter the Grand Final 2017. The Top 10 finalists will compete for the title of "Speaker of the Year" on 26th February 2017 (Sunday) at RTHK Broadcast House.
Information and sharing of the contestants have already been uploaded to the contest web page. Please share and like on Facebook to support Adrian!
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 the following students have been awarded this honour in the 2016-17 election. May we send our heartiest congratulations to them.
5A Lee Wing Kiu
5A Lai Lok Tung
6A Hung Ching Laam
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 Lam Wing Lee (5A) has been awarded this honour in the 2016-17 election. May we send our heartiest congratulations to her.
To promote project-based learning, our school has sent four teams of students to participate in the Mathematics Project Competition. One team got the Good Performance Prize and the other three teams were successfully selected as the finalists. In the final interview section held for the finalists, our teams made remarkable achievement. They were awarded respectively the Outstanding Performance Prize and the First Runner-up of this competition.
To promote the interest of students in learning Mathematics and develop students' generic skills, our school has sent some junior form and senior form students to participate in the Mathematics Book Report Competition. The result is encouraging. One junior form and three senior form students were awarded the Second Class Prizes.
The Hang Lung Mathematics Awards is a biennial Mathematics research competition for secondary school students in Hong Kong. It is co-organized by Hang Lung Properties, The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and the Department of Mathematics of The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
Mak Siu Hong (6E), Lai Chun Ming (6E) and Mong Kin Ip (6E in 2015-2016) joined The Hang Lung Mathematics Awards 2016 under the supervision of Mr Kwong Chun Yu. They submitted a report of their research titled "Triples of Sums of Two Squares" in August 2016.
The team was invited to participate in an oral defense session conducted by the Scientific Committee on 14th December, 2016. The Scientific Committee was led by the Fields medalist Professor Shing Tung Yau and composed of 11 prominent Mathematicians from Harvard University, University of Michigan, Brandeis University, National University of Singapore, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Tsinghua University, Taiwan University, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Each team needed to give a brief presentation of their research, followed by inquiries made by the members of the Scientific Committee.
The team won an Honorable Mention and received a total of $60,000 from the Student Education Award, Teacher Leadership Award and School Development Grant. It was the third time our students won prizes in the Hang Lung Mathematics Awards. We won the Bronze Award in 2006 and an Honorable Mention in 2012.
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.