On 29th November, 2013, our school held the Annual Speech Day. This year, we were honoured to have invited Mr. Richard, Koon-hing YU, CDSM, CMSM, the acting Deputy Commissioner of the Customs and Excise Department of the Hong Kong SAR, to be our guest-of-honour to address the gathering as well as present certificates and prizes.
Upon graduation from Wong Shiu Chi, Mr. Yu joined the Customs and Excise Department. At present, he is in charge of matters relating to import and export control at all entry and exit points.
In his speech, Mr. Yu expressed his gratefulness towards the education received at Wong Shiu Chi and the concern of the former Principal and teachers. Apart from that, he introduced the SMART concept and encouraged the graduates to better equip themselves with the following five abilities to adapt to social changes: Strategy, Manage Change, Adaptability, Relationship Building and Technology Knowhow. The graduates have been inspired by Mr. Yu's speech and more importantly, benefited from the SMART concept.
The English Debate Team organized our school's first Show Debate on 2 October 2013 for F.4 students. The show debate aimed at enhancing students' interest in debating and public speaking. The motion was that "Young people in Hong Kong are growing up in a society which encourages negative attitudes towards people from mainland". Debaters of both sides were also our English Debate Team Members and they included Winnie Lo 6A, Frank Cheng 5E and Yoyo Lee 5E on the Affirmative Side; Nicole Tsang 6C, Joey Ho 6D and Luke Lok 6C on the Negative Side.
The Affirmative Side won over the debate eventually after the voting of the audience. Concerning the critical point of their victory, the Affirmative Team developed the team line that "negativity breeds negativity". They proposed the motion mainly based on two points. Firstly, Hong Kong teenagers were deeply influenced by the media which promotes negative impression towards mainlanders. Secondly, the increasing social outcries accelerate the negative emotion towards Chinese people among Hong Kong teenagers.
On the other hand, the team line developed by the Negative Team was that there is no system-wide encouragement of negativity. Their first argument was that Hong Kong people do show concern towards mainland affairs and give positive support to mainland. Meanwhile, the second argument was that the enhancing cooperation between mainland and Hong Kong encourages cooperation and acceptance between the two places.
As the Show Debate was probably the last debating chance for the senior English Debate Team Members. Looking back at the years that they had in the debate team, they feel that they have gained a lot of precious experiences. Debating actually provided them with the platform to discuss and communicate with their schoolmates about social issues. It let them keep updated with the current affairs, such as the abolition of small house policy and the feasibility of a new nuclear power station in Hong Kong.
In addition, debating has developed their logical and critical thinking skills in the process of elaborating ideas and making rebuttals. What's more, debating stressed the importance of cooperation and team spirit.
They also had the chance to compete against other schools. By interacting with students from different schools, they have obviously widened their ways of thinking and broadened their horizon.
The 44th International Physics Olympiad was held from 7 July to 15 July in Copenhagen, Denmark. A team of five student members of The Hong Kong Academy for Gifted Education (HKAGE) representing Hong Kong have returned home proudly with three silver medals and two bronze medals.
We would like to congratulate S6E Shing Ming Tony for his astonishing achievement in winning the silver medal. Tony has outperformed other contestants from all over the world not only because of his ability but also his hard work and effort. Our students should learn from his persistence and enthusiasm to reach their goals in the future.
6E Tony Shing Ming
The 44th International Physics Olympiad (IPhO) was held in Copenhagen, Denmark, in 2013. Following the Asian Physics Olympiad in India last year, it was my honor again to participate in such a great event as one of the representatives of Hong Kong.
The reason for holding the Physics Olympiad in Copenhagen this year is simple – to memorize Neil Bohr, a great physician in the early 1900s, who was one of the founders of modern physics. It was the 100th year after he proposed his great idea on atomic model in Copenhagen, influencing the Physics and Chemistry worlds in the past century. Because of this, the strongest enthusiasm towards Physics was observed in the Physics Olympiad this year.
I really felt honored to be able to visit Copenhagen at such a right time, and more importantly as a representative of my city to compete with other Physics elites worldwide. It was probably the most unforgettable experience I ever had.
In the eight days of the trip, there were only ten hours when we were actually involved in the 'real' competition – five hours for theory exams and another five for experiments. This year's problems were more interesting than expected – for example, meteorite fallen in Denmark, movement of ice sheet in Greenland, and they were not too difficult for me, but they involved lots of our physical sense and logical thinking that fascinated any future Physician. After months of striving, I was eventually awarded a silver medal, ranking 61st at the end of the competition, which I think was already quite satisfying.
In the remaining days following the competition, we participated in tours around Copenhagen. We did not only do simple sightseeing, but participated in other Physics-related activities. We visited different places where important events to the Physics world occurred, like the Neils Bohr Institute where lots of researches were performed, very advanced Physics laboratories in the two renowned universities for Physics researches (University of Copenhagen and Technical University of Denmark), and Assistens Cemetery where Bohr and his family were buried. Even in the amusement park, we finished small Physics tasks while enjoying the rides. More surprisingly, we could even have the chance to attend to a talk about studying Physics from Professor Thomas Bohr, the grandson of Neils Bohr, which was definitely a rare experience for a secondary school student studying in Hong Kong.
But this trip did not only provide me with the chance of tackling interesting Physics problems, or the enjoyable moments in sightseeing but it was also a chance for me to meet people from other parts of the world. To gather those who are ambitious and interested enough to take part in the Physics world's future, IPhO is probably the only opportunity. We shared our experiences and hung out with each other no matter what our nationality or ethnicity is. It was because we all gave heart to the Science world. Thanks to the nice scenery and mild weather in Copenhagen, I enjoyed every moment together with everyone participating in the competition.
Returning our own countries did not mean the end of the fabulous event. With the advanced technology today, we can still keep in contact, discuss interesting Physics problems on the Internet, and continue our dream of contributing to the world of Physics. IPhO never ends – it will forever stay in our hearts.
The Climate Youth Network is a whole year program under the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP). Participants were required to attend classroom theory training, practice low carbon lifestyles for 2 months and organize activities for promoting messages of the urgent need to combat climate change. 11 Climate Youth Ambassadors in our school successfully entered the final stage as one of the 10 outstanding teams. They held promotion booths and exhibitions at Y Square on 12th – 13th July 2013. They also had the opportunity to exchange with experts and teams from other schools. Our school was awarded the "Green Fund" and our Climate Youth Ambassadors were awarded a scholarship. They will share theirknowledge with students in 2 primary schools, to continue the fight against climate change.
The preliminary round of HKSSDC Friendly Debating Competitions took place on 27th September 2013. Our English Debate Team was on the affirmative side while SKH Chan Young Secondary School was on the negative side. The debate motion was that "It's better to have one child rather than more in today's Hong Kong". The three debaters were David Yeong from 5A, Cyrus Fan from 5E and Paul Wong from 5A.
Our side pointed out that having one child only in a family is definitely more preferable and beneficial in today's Hong Kong with regard to the future of the children, families and HK society. Our team line was "Less is more", which is from 19th century proverbial phrase. Firstly, we focused on the unavoidable and indispensable financial burden of the parents when bearing children. Moreover, we also developed about the intrinsic shortage of education resources in HK.
Our first speaker highlighted the huge financial burden of upbringing children in Hong Kong. In accordance with the Student Financial Assistance Agency, although there is Kindergarten and Child Care Centre Fee Remission Scheme, the highest subsidy of a year is only about $20000 while the majority tuition fee is actually at least $30000.
Moreover, our second speaker stressed the serious lack of education resources in HK. According to Census and Statistic Department, the local birth rate was increasing from 900 live births per 1000 women in 2003 to about 1200 in 2012. The children's competition for education resources is predicted to become more serious. Psychologically, schoolchildren may be under huge pressure due to the increasing number of competitors.
After the debate, our student debaters felt it was really an unforgettable experience since they had put a lot of effort in research and preparation for more than two weeks. Besides, they all felt more confident with English speaking after training. It helped them improve their public speaking skills as well.
The theme of this year's Inter-school Competition of Project Learning on Hong Kong's History and Culture is "In Search of Community History". Five of our senior form students chose the "Ladies Market" as the focus of their research project. After carrying out a comprehensive literature review with reference to various government documents and maps, they were able to trace the actual location of Mongkok Village which has long disappeared. They were also able to clearly show the development history of the area and how Tung Choi Street turned into the now renowned "Ladies Market". In the oral defense session, the team gained the recognition of the panel of judges by answering their queries and won the Champion of the Senior Section (Written Report). The members of our school's team are as follows:
6A WONG SZE WAI
6B CHENG KIU WAN
6D LEE CHING YU
6E CHONG HIU TUNG
6E LEUNG ALEXANDER SIU KWUN
It is not difficult to find old ladies hitting people's photos with their slippers when you walk pass Canal Road in Wan Chai. Indeed "Beating the Petty Person" has now become Hong Kong's local culture and most people would immediately relate the area with this custom. However, it was not until the last 50 years which the custom started clustering in Wan Chai.
Five of our junior form students entered the 2nd Inter-school Competition of Project Learning on Hong Kong's History and Culture (Junior Section – Written Report). They carried out a research to find out the correlation between the"Beating the Petty Person" custom and the land use development of the area and won the Outstanding Award. The members of our school's team are as follows:
4A KWOK TIN CHING
4B SO TSZ TUNG
4E TONG WING YAN
4A WONG TSUN YAN
4E KONG HO YIN
Science and Technology Seedling Plan 100 (科技新苗100計劃) organised by Hong Kong Association for Advancement of Science and Technology aims at nourishing the youths into committed science professionals. One hundred elite students were elected out of the participated secondary schools. Our school nominated the following three students who are interested in scientific research to participate in the plan and they were all elected:
Lam Tsz Yin 4E
Lam Ho Yin 4E
Yim Tsz Kin 4E
In order to be elected, each student needs to hand in a letter to the organisation which describes about their interest and knowledge in science , expresses their ambitions and more importantly their sense of responsibility towards the society. Here is one letter written by one of the elected students, Lam Tsz Yin.
Dear Sir or Madam,
I am Lam Tsz Yin, a form 4 student who studies in Wong Shui Chi Secondary school. Firstly it is my honour to be chosen by my school to join this meaningful programme. I know that the aim s of this programme is to increase students' scientific knowledge and they can therefore contribute to society. If I can become one of the members of this programme, I would do my best and contribute to the society in the near future.
I study chemistry in my school. In my daily life, I am definitely interested in the formation of drugs and household cleaners. I am an adventurous person who loves challenges, especially when dealing with my mathematic homework. That is why I believe that I am suitable to become one of the members of this programme.
When I am studying chemistry, I realized how amazing chemistry is and each scientific development influences the world greatly. For example, the plastic bag we used in daily life, glasses, batteries and pills are all made from the combination of elements. It goes without saying that chemistry has a close relationship with our life, different chemical developments can raise our living standard. How can a small pill cure our diseases? However I only possesses basic knowledge in science, like the structure of an atom and properties of metals. If I become a member, I am sure through attending various talks and visiting technology infrastructures would absolutely enrich my current scope of knowledge.
Besides chemistry, I am into biology. I love watching documentary since I was small. I remember them talking about how penguins live in South Pole where the temperature there is extremely low, introducing strange insects, appealing everyone to save the polar bear from extinction and how the strong cactus survive in dry and hot atmosphere. It is for sure that I am very curious in every living thing.
Furthermore, I watched how China launched rocket to the outer space successfully. I hope that I can have a chance to know more about mainland aerospace development, it must be very impressive.
Finally, every party in the society should have noticed that global warming is intensifying in recent years. As a member of the global village, I hope that I can help saving the Earth by scientific means, such as finding ways to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and exploring a new and anti-pollution alternative energy resources to protect the Earth from further damage.
At last, if I can have the honour to become a member in this programme, I must gain a lot and find out the other side of science. After joining this programme I am sure that I would be more able to achieve my ambitions and change the world by scientific advancement. I would like to contribute myself to the society and raise the living standard. I promise I would put all my efforts and treasure this learning opportunity.
Lam Tsz Yin
The Annual General Meeting of the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) was successfully held on 19th October 2013 in the school hall. The former Chairperson Ms. Ho Lai Yin and the former Treasurer Ms. Chan Pik Yi presented the PTA annual report and financial report respectively. Ms. Ho expressed her heartfelt gratitude to all committee members, the school and parents for their contributions. Certificates of Appreciation were presented to parent helpers for their genuine support to our school and students. 10 committee members of the next term were also elected in the meeting. A tea reception was held for parents and teachers to exchange their ideas about nurturing and disciplining children. The Meeting was adjourned at 5.30 pm.
Secondary School Mathematics and Science Competition (SSMSC) 2013 is a yearly competition organized by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University to promote students' interests in Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology. This year we are delightful to have 42% of participants attaining Distinction or above in the competition. Here's the list of our school's awardees achieving Credit or above.
|Vice-President Award||5E Ng Chi Ho||(Physics and Chemistry)|
||5E Yip Ho Ting||High Distinction|
|5A Chan Wing Tung||Distinction|
|5E Kwok Sze Kan||Distinction|
|5E Poon Hon Yin||Distinction|
|5E Chan Wan Fung||Credit|
|5E Chu Chun Yat||Credit|
||5E Ng Chi Ho||Medal|
|5E Chan Cheuk Hin||High Distinction|
|5E Wong Ka Shun||High Distinction|
|5E Kam Chung Kan||Distinction|
|5E Lam Man Wan||Credit|
|5E Leung Siu Kwun||Credit|
|5E Man Tsz Lok||Credit|
|5E Yip Ho Ting||Credit|
|5E Yu Wai Tsang||Credit|
||5E Ng Chi Ho||Medal|
|5E Ho Cheuk Man||High Distinction|
|5D Ho Tsz Ying||Distinction|
|5D Wong Hoi Ying||Distinction|
|5E Lam Yuen Sze||Distinction|
|5C Tsang Pui Tung||Credit|
|5D Suen Ching Yi||Credit|
|5D Tsang Hoi Lam Christie||Credit|
||5C Chan Cho Kiu||Distinction|
|5D Chan Kwun Tin||Distinction|
|5D Lee Ching Yu||Distinction|
|5D Leung Chung Ling||Distinction|
|5D Cheung Hang Shun||Distinction|
|5D Chan Ka Wai||Credit|
|5E Chui King Yin||Credit|
Reflection on Secondary School Mathematics and Science competition 2013
5E Ng Chi Ho
Secondary School Mathematics and Science competition (SSMSC) is an annually held competition organized by the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The competition offers participants to attempt Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics. In March this year I was nominated to attempt Physics and Chemistry in May as they are the areas of my strength.
Between March and May, a series of intensive training classes were well organized by our Science teachers. As the competition is mainly based on the NSS syllabus (about 70%), students had to be proficient in them within two months' time. Nevertheless, to strike for excellence, our Science teacher also tried to help us by enriching the NSS syllabus topics and teaching us knowledge beyond the syllabus. For example, Mr. Yam, my Physics teacher, had modified questions from past paper of 2012 SSMSC to the challenging ones.
The competitions for Physics and Chemistry were held on 1/5 and 17/5 respectively. Although each paper just lasted for an hour, they indeed managed to test candidates' performances comprehensively. As most of the questions in the test were set by the University, none of them seemed familiar to us. Eventually I had to tackle most of the questions based on the concepts of these subjects. This had reminded me that it would be wiser to have a clear understanding on the fundamental principles and concepts of these subjects in lieu of memorizing "useful formulae" blindly. In addition, it is also significant for us to enhance our speed and accuracy in attempting questions through constant practices so that we can spare more time on tackling challenging questions and final checking in competitions or exams.
The results of the competition were released in early July. To my surprise, I won two Medal certificates (top 2 percentile of candidates) in Physics and Chemistry, together with the Vice-President Award for attaining two Medals. It has left me a wonderful memory as this would probably be my last competition in secondary school's life. Last but not least, I would like to thank all teachers who had contributed tremendous amount of their effort and time in teaching me, and also our school Principal, Mr. Ho, for attending the award presentation ceremony.