The 8th Research on Historical Photographs Writing Competition is co-organized by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the We Love Hong Kong Association. The theme of this competition is “Urban Development and Spatial Planning in Hong Kong”. A group of five students of our school participated in this competition and won the 1st Runner-up. Their study report focused on the change of land use of the old Murray Barracks and Parade Ground which is now the Cheung Kong Centre in Central. Members of the team are as follows:
5A (2013-14) SUNG CHONG LUI
5D (2013-14) CHOI CHIU WING
3E (2013-14) HO CHEUK NAM RYAN
3E (2013-14) WONG JONATHAN YIK CHONG
3E (2013-14) YIP CHUI LAM
Five students, Lam Ngai Yung, Cheung Chun Hei, Leung Ka Wa, Tang Lok Tin and Leung Yu Cho, won the Second Runner-up in "The 5th Hong Kong Digital Game Development Competition", organized by the Construction Industry Council, Cyberport and the Hong Kong Digital Game-based Leaning Association. Congratulations to the winners.
6A Low Wai Yi
I enrolled in the Summer Clinical Attachment Programme 2014 this summer. The programme was held by the Faculty of Medicine of the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
The five-day programme included various activities. There were lectures conducted by doctors and professors of CUHK. Participants also visited the Faculty of Medicine of CUHK and the Prince of Wales Hospital. My most impressive experience was the doctor shadowing session in which I was given a chance to follow closely the daily routine of a doctor from the Prince of Wales Hospital for two days so as to gain a better understanding of working in the hospital. In addition, I spent a night at the SHHO College.
The programme was such a precious opportunity for me to meet new friends who shared the same interest in the medical field. I learnt a lot from the activity.
On 9th October, 2014, six English Reading Ambassadors, Kristy Chan, Pansy Fung, Holly Ho, Roisin Cheung, Iva Lin and Suki Yeung helped in a SCOLAR activity called "Alice in Wonderland: Immersive Experience", which is an interactive activity where participants met the characters in Alice in Wonderland, like Alice and Cheshire Cat. On that day, 18 S1 students participated in the activity as gamers.
The following is a reflection written by one of the gamers, Kapil So:
In the "Alice in Wonderland: Immersive Experience" activity, we watched a drama about the story. It is about a girl called Alice, who dreamed about a lot of exciting things. Although it was a bit scary, I enjoyed it very much. The drama was extremely special and interesting because we could talk to the actors and actresses.
Through watching this drama, I have learnt a lot of new English vocabulary. The drama also improved my reading and listening skills too. I hope I will join this kind of interesting activity again.
On 9th October, 2014, a talk titled "Reading is a Window to the World" was successfully held with the presence of a WSCSS alumnus, Ms. Raphaelle Teenie Chan. Ms. Chan is a current student of the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong.
Adrian Chao and Rita Lau, who were audiences in the talk, shared their reflections in the following:
Adrian Chao, 3C
From what I've heard today, I have found out that reading books has changed Teenie's life. Had she not read the English books, she would not have been able to give the talk. I think that reading is good for us as it allows us to learn more English words. Reading can also enhance our writing skills and let us know more about the world around us. Reading can give us a clear goal and let us receive all types of ideas without even knowing the writer. Thus, I think that we should cherish our time and try to read more books so that we can prepare ourselves for future challenges.
Rita Lau, 4E
Nowadays, reading seems to be a popular interest around the world. In Hong Kong, it is not uncommon to see a student reading a Chinese book. Yes, a Chinese book. How about English books? It is rare!
Students may find that it is difficult to read an English book. However, after trying to read one, you will find that it easier than expected. Reading English books can also broaden your horizons. "Reading is a Window to the World". As what the speaker, Teenie, shared with us in the talk, you can learn the differences between the Chinese and English cultures.
Reading English books can help you better prepare for possibilities, like communicating with foreigners.
As a result, it is time we stepped out of our comfort zone and tried something more challenging. Here is some advice from Teenie. First, we should choose a book according to our interests. Besides, we should always check the dictionary when we see words that are new to us. I particularly agree with this advice as the quality of reading is more important than the quantity of reading. Therefore, we are likely to have a better understanding of a book, rather than reading loads of books without learning much.
The Hong Kong Public Libraries organised the "4.23 World Book Day Creative Competition" in 2014 on the theme, "The Earth and I" in support of the "World Book Day" on April 23rd. The English Panel and Library Committee recommended our students to participate in the competition. Au Yeung Connor Christopher Ka Hei (4E) won the Outstanding Award in the Junior English Section, out of over 2000 entries in Hong Kong. Our school has won awards in this competition for three consecutive years.
Our students joined the Prize-giving Ceremony on 26th April 2014 at the Hong Kong Central Library. The works were displayed in the libraries around Hong Kong, Shenzhen and during the Hong Kong Book Fair from April to July 2014.
The following is Connor's work:
To live with Nature: A reading report
Title: Hong Kong Geopark All in One
Publisher: Lions Nature Education Foundation, Cosmos Books Ltd.
Authors: Bernie Owen, Raynor Shaw, W.C. Chan (Chinese translation)
What is shown inside the new Hong Kong Geopark? To most of us, we see rocks of different shapes, colours and sizes; in forms of animals, body-like shapes and such.
However, have we thought how the stones take such a form? Angular? Round? Sharp? Heavy? In this book, chemical processes and geological forms which have formed the unique landscape of the hills and islands of our city have been accurately and explicitly described. Furthermore, it provides a relaxing guide to the contemplation of the products of the processes — the rocks.
It was until I picked up the book and read it over when I realized Hong Kong has its own countryside areas — all we knew about Hong Kong were only packed skyscrapers.
In rows after rows, the dense flow of transport, the meagre quality of air and nights polluted by excessive light throughout the year. What have we done to the greens, the nature and the wilderness? There is a saying, "Land supplies what man needs, not what man desires." Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have already wasted countless resources — trees, coal, crude oil, fresh water, destroyed plenty of lands which could have been a haven for animals, a treasure chest for biological discoveries, even a piece of art from nature itself under the treads, the blades, the motors and wheels of machines in name of "civilization" and "comfort". If nature is a large net, man is just a thin line. Without intertwining with others, there will be no existence of man itself, for we survive not on ourselves, but what we have taken from the land.
Given that we have caused such grave destruction (it still carries on at the moment) to the nature, should we take initiative to reconsider our place on the Earth? A billionaire may enjoy fine delicacies while simple, cheap food would do for a person in poverty, but they both have to eat — we are more intelligent than other creatures; however, this does not imply that their interests may be neglected in order to fulfil our desires!
To live in harmony with nature may be hard for one to adapt to, but we must do so as we humans, however intelligent, are merely living off the expenses of nature. As the Indians wisdom goes, "Our lives are debts to our sons." The debts have gone too far. Now we must compensate for what we have done: whether by technology, shift of living habits or any others, we must stop before there is none of nature left for our off springs — a debt too large and innocent for them to pay for our deeds.
In the school year 2013-14, our school participated in the "TVNews Award Scheme 2013/14" organised by Hong Kong Education City (HKEdCity). For our students' excellent performances and participation in the scheme, our school was awarded the "Best Participation Award for Schools" at both junior and senior levels.
According to our students' participation rates and scores throughout the year, the following students were shortlisted to be the winners of the "Certificates of Award for Outstanding Performance in the School":
Adia, CHAN Yi Ching, 2A
CHAN Chak Sang, 3A
KAN Yue Ming, 4A
CHAN Tsz Nga, 5E
LUK Pui Ling, 6A
Siu Kau Village was one of the six villages in Plover Cove. In the sixties of the last century, the government moved the six villages to Tai Po Market due to the construction of Plover Cove Reservoir. In the removal of Siu Kau, the villagers received a reasonable compensation. However, the practice of collective ancestral worship stopped because of the lack of common property. In the eighties, their ancestral hall was moved to Fanling. The government gave them a three-storey building as compensation. The Lees of Siu Kau leased the two upper storeys. The practice of collective worshipping resumed and was supported by the rental income. Four senior form students participated in the 3rd 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 "Floating Village: A Study on How the Lees of Siu Kau Village in Plover Cove Enhance the Lineage's Identity and Solidarity through the Visit to Ancestral Graves" won the Champion in this competition. The list of members is as follows:
5A (2013-14) LI KA NGAI
5A (2013-14) SUNG CHONG LUI
5D (2013-14) CHOI CHIU WING
4A (2013-14) WONG TSUN YAN
Ancestral worship is an important event and the symbol of unity for a clan. In the old days, clansmen of the New Territories went to worship their common ancestors by foot which usually takes a few hours. After worshiping, they would cook the offering for their lunch at the grave side. This simple basin cuisine lunch includes dried squid, bamboo shoots, tofu skin and pork. With the improvement of transport, most of the clansmen in the New Territories take their lunch in the ancestral hall after worshiping. But the clansmen of Wai Sun Hall in Ping Shan still preserve this heritage. Five junior form students conducted a research on this heritage and participated in the 3rd 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. Their documentary film "Picnic at Grave Side: A Study on How the Tangs of Wai Sun Hall in Ping Shan Enhance the Clan's Identity and Solidarity through the Practice of Grave Side Picnic" won the 2nd Runner-up. The members of the team are as follows:
3A (2013-14) LAM NGA WAI
3E (2013-14) AU YEUNG CONNOR CHRISTOPHER KA HEI
3E (2013-14) WONG KA YU
3E(2013-14) YAU LONG TING
3E(2013-14) YEUNG KA WAI
Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition (SSMSC) 2014 is an annual competition organized by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with the aim of promoting students' interests in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. It is worth mentioned that two of our school's awardees have achieved an impressive result. One of them is 5E Yim Hong Sang, who won three High Distinctions in Mathematics, Physics and Biology while the other one, 5E Lam Tsz Ho, was awarded a Medal in Mathematics. Here are their reflections concerning the competition.
5E(18) Lam Tsz Ho
It is my honor to be one of the medalists of Mathematics in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition 2014.
The purposes for holding this competition are meaningful: to arouse students' interests in Mathematics and Science as well as to enhance our generic skills of creativity, problem solving, communication and collaboration.
First of all, I would like to show my appreciation and thankfulness towards my mathematics teacher, Mr. Kwong, and other science teachers. As the competition is mainly based on the DSE syllabus, students had to be well-prepared for the content in syllabus in order to strive for the best performance. Yet, Mr. Kwong and other science teachers, they devoted lots of time and effort in the training of this competition, including teaching some quick methods to tackle multiple choice questions and also answering skills which are useful in this competition. This honor should belong to them, because of their paid effort and devotion.
In the competition, students were required to finish answering 30 multiple choice questions and 4 long questions in 1 hour and 15 minutes. The time was truly tight for students to answer all the questions. Moreover, these questions, which were set by professors in university, weren’t the familiar types of questions we used to face daily. However, this situation reminded me that blindly memorizing solution of a specific question type is useless, but applying the concepts taught in the lesson, we can tackle all the problems we face.
As what Albert Einstein said “The only source of knowledge is experience.”After joining this competition, it not just enhanced my strong interests in Mathematics, but also sharpened my skills in handling various types of questions and Mathematics problems. In the award presentation ceremony, while watching other schools’ medalists, I soon realized there’s always someone stronger, so, I have learnt to be humble at all times, whoever I am.
I still remember how excited I was when I realized I had won 1 medal (top 2 percentile of all candidates). Facing the HKDSE, this award will definitely be a great drive for me to fight for the future, as it will probably be the final competition that I had joined in my secondary school life. Towards the end, I would like to express my thankfulness to all teachers who are involved in this competition, and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University that organized and hosted this competition.
5E(35) Yim Hong Sang
Secondary School Mathematics and Science competition (SSMSC) is an annual competition which aims to arouse the student’s interests in Mathematics and Science aspects. Every year, the top elites of all schools in Hong Kong participate in the competition. It is my honor to be chosen as one of the participants, not only competing with the cream of Hong Kong, but also challenge myself.
SSMSC is a competition which is mainly based on the knowledge in NSS syllabus. We need to be proficient in all of required knowledge within two months. It is quite a challenge for us to strike a balance between the schoolwork and the preparation for the competition. Moreover, the most of the questions are different from the question types which we are familiar with. Set by the Professors of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, the questions focus more on the fundamental knowledge and the in-depth understanding which required a thorough concept rather than formulaic solutions in the topics. It is also a test for us to examine how we had learnt. We have to make the most of our knowledge in order to rank high.
The result of the SSMSC was released in early July. I have got High Distinction in three subjects (Mathematics, Physics and Biology). The result acts as an encouragement for me to find out my interests in the Science field. Besides that, I have learnt that no matter how good you think you are, there is always someone out there that is better. We would not be willing to adapt ourselves to new knowledge and enhance ourselves in any aspect if we are blowing our own trumpet and seeing this world with our superficial thought.
Last but in no way least, I wish I could express my heartfelt thankfulness to all the Mathematics and Science teachers who devoted their own time to help us gain deeper understanding of the subjects. For example, Mr. Yam, my Physics teacher, had modified questions from past paper SSMSC and explains the concept behind it. It is apparently impossible to have a good command with the NSS syllabus within two months, during which, school has provide us with a series of intensive training to help us try our best to strike for excellence. It is with the support of school and the help of our Mathematics and Science teachers that we can achieve such a great result in SSMSC 2014.