On Wednesday the 23rd of December, 2015 the English Corner was officially opened with a Christmas party to celebrate the festive season. Traditional Christmas foods such as fruit mince pies, shortbread biscuits, candy canes and advent calendar chocolates were introduced and eaten.
Students discussed the different ways Christmas is celebrated around the world and recounted stories of how they themselves celebrate Christmas with their families. A great time was had by all!
From 14th to 15th December, 2015, Principal Ho led 4 teachers and 13 S2 students to Guangzhou to attend the "10th Anniversary of the Guangzhou-Hong Kong Sister Schools Scheme" and visit our sister school Nanwu Middle School. Apart from attending the official activities, the S2 students attended a Chinese Language lesson in Nanwu Middle School. Simultaneously, two English teachers taught an S2 English Language lesson there. After that, students from both schools had a friendly badminton match and all enjoyed such a valuable occasion very much. Before departure, students exchanged their contact information for further liaison. Back to Hong Kong, our 13 students reflected their experiences about the trip and shared their thoughts with Principal Ho.
The Annual Speech Day 2014-15 was successfully held on 27 November 2015. We were honoured to have invited Ms Au Chung-leung Joanlin, the Director of JA Design Architects Limited, to be our guest-of-honour to address the ceremony as well as present certificates and prizes.
Ms Joanlin Au is the first alumna in our school to be admitted to an undergraduate degree programme in architecture by the University of Hong Kong. During her five years of study at the HKU, she was the cream of the crop. She was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architectural Studies with First-class Honours and next a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture with Distinction.
Upon graduation, Ms Au was first offered an opportunity to work for an architect, David Russell, in Hong Kong and then the world-famous architect Norman, Lord Foster in London. In the 1980s, she collaborated with her colleagues in Foster Associates on the design of the HSBC Main Building in Hong Kong. Having worked in four architecture firms in two metropolitan cities for over ten years, she founded her own architecture firm, JA Design Architects Limited, in 1997 and is currently the Director.
Ms Au is active not only in the local field of architecture, but also the national one. She became an Authorised Person on the List of Architects in 1986 and a Registered Architect in 1991. In 2004, she obtained the People's Republic of China Class I Registered Architect Qualification and then the Mainland's Class I Registered Architect Qualification for Guangdong Province in 2012. In the same year, she was elected as a fellow member of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects to recognize her significant contributions to the field of architecture.
In her inspiring congratulatory address, Ms Au encouraged our students and graduates to have a can-do spirit – to be curious, pro-active and devoted to learning new things. When facing challenges and failures, she strongly believes one will have solid, tangible results by the end of the day if he/she chooses to move on without giving up. She also advised our graduates to equip themselves with a sense of urgency, perseverance and fired-up enthusiasm about learning new things. At last, Ms Au quoted a verse from the Bible to summarize her speech: "…be strong and never be discouraged, because there will be reward for your work." (2 Chronicles 15:7) The graduates have benefitted a lot from Ms Au's speech.
Our school participated in the International Junior Science Olympiad - Hong Kong Screening 2016, 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 26th September 2015. Our student Wong Shin Ying Janice from 3A and Yeung Man Hin from 3E have been awarded Third Class Honours. Here are their reflections on the competition.
3A Wong Shin Ying Janice
In September 2015, I joined the International Junior Science Olympiad 2016-Hong Kong Screening with five schoolmates. Before the competition, Mr. Tse, Mr. Chu and Mr. Yam revised with us the scientific knowledge that we learnt in Secondary 1 and 2 in intensive training.
While we were having the competition, we found the questions unexpectedly challenging since many of them were unfamiliar to us. All I could think of was to try my very best to answer the questions. Fortunately, I won the Third Class Prize, which really surprised me.
This was a meaningful learning experience for all of us as we have definitely learnt so much more about science by competing with over 1,000 participants from different schools in Hong Kong. Besides, I have also become keen on science. I have realised that there are still numerous unimaginable and intriguing discoveries beyond the classroom waiting for us. This enhances my interest in science and motivates me to think about the nature and the principles behind theories.
Finally, I would like to express my gratitude to my school and my teachers for giving me a valuable chance to participate in this competition, allowing me to further explore about science.
3E Yeung Man Hin
I am very glad to be one of the participants to join the International Junior Science Olympiad. It was a great opportunity to challenge myself and at the same time to win the glory for my school.
At first, I was not too interested in science and I had no confidence in getting any awards. Luckily, my teacher Mr. Yam, Mr. Chu and Mr. Tse patiently gave us a lot of training to equip me with abundant amusing knowledge of science. I gradually developed my interest in it.
I was exposed to a lot of new and challenging concepts, which I found very difficult to understand. Still, I cherished this precious chance that my teachers gave me. I put my all-out effort to prepare for the competition. During the competition, I finished every question carefully. Although I did not have much time to check my work, I gained experience when applying what I have learnt. At last I won the third honour and I felt a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction with my performance.
I would like to thank all the teachers who spent their valuable time teaching me a lot of interesting scientific knowledge and gave me the opportunity to gain a priceless experience.
Six F.6 students were awarded the "Japanese Students Scholarship" in a Project Competition organized by the Society of Japanese Language Education Hong Kong. The topic of the investigation is "Story of Japanese Toys". They obtained both the Group Project Award and Individual Award.
The names of the students are as follows:
6A To Ka Chun
Group Project Award:
6D So Wing Ki
6D Leung Ka Chun
6D Lau Sheung Ki
6E Lui Cheuk Yin
6E Kong Ho Yin
S.4D Mandy Ng
On July 16 2015, 30 of us met in Tai Wo Station and walked to the Confederation of Trade Unions Training Center to join the 'Ecofood & Homemade Soap Workshop', organized by Food Grace.
First we listened to a lively and interesting talk. It gave us a clear picture of the food waste problem in Hong Kong. We also got to know about the food recycling scheme to mitigate the problem. Then we attempted a very interesting quiz. If we got all the answers correct, we would get a big prize. In the quiz, participants can keep standing if they answered correctly, otherwise they would have to sit down. Finally all of us sat down. Were the questions very difficult? Not really. The multiple choice questions included "How much food waste is generated in Hong Kong every day?" The answer is 3,600 tonnes. After the game, I found that I had greatly underestimated the seriousness of the food waste problem in Hong Kong and realized how wasteful we are. After the quiz, we were divided into two teams to take turns in two different activities. One was to make soap from used oil. The other was to use ingredients which we regard as rubbish to make yummy dishes.
I went to the homemade soap workshop first. A volunteer from Food Grace taught us the procedures. Before starting, she asked us a question "How many types of cleaning products do you use daily?" Surprisingly the answer was nearly 20! This made us realize the harmful effects of cleaning products on the environment. Then we were divided into four groups to make soap. The procedures are: 1. Pour waste oil into a stainless steel pot. 2. Stir 1 tablespoon of salt and 1 tablespoon of sugar into a cup of cold water. 3. Stir in sodium hydroxide until dissolved. 4. Pour the mixture into the stainless steel pot and mix with the used oil. 5. Stir for 10-15 minutes and pour into moulds, then leave it in ventilated place for 1 month. It's a pity that handling sodium hydroxide is dangerous, so we cannot make it ourselves at home. After the workshop, we each took home our own handmade soap. Waste oil soap could be used to wash clothes, and for many other cleaning purposes. I hope the government can encourage mass production of these waste oil soap by utilizing these "useful" waste oil.
Then, we had a cooking class teaching us how to use food leftovers. We fried orange peel with tricolor peppers which resulted in presentable a dish with lovely smell and taste. Other groups baked bread with homemade fruit jam and fried omelettes with corn, cucumber and carrot. Finally we all shared and enjoyed each other's dishes. From the class, we learned that a lot of food we throw away are still edible, if we store and cook the food in a correct way, they can be very delicious. We normally eat a lot of meat, but sometimes being a vegetarian is quite nice.
The last activity was a discussion about how we can reduce food waste effectively. We were divided into three groups. Everyone racked their brains to think of as many good ideas as possible. After sometime, we came up with a long list. The groups shared their ideas and promised to reduce food waste from then on to save our Earth!
Food Grace granted us a certificate, a bag of candies, a bottle of oil and an invaluable experience. I was grateful to have learnt so much from the workshop. Looking at the bottle of oil, it reminds us to treasure food, choose the right amount of food, and not to waste food anymore.
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.