Mr. Cheng Sze Wang
The Assistant Principal
During the Easter Holiday, we held a very special tour to Guizhou. It is special because our students spent a whole day serving our sister school, XingZhi School, in Anshun.
Our students were divided into 4 groups and each group had to prepare and organise activities for the local students for cultural exchange. Taking up the roles, our students got chances to communicate, to teach and to play games with the local students studying in secondary 3. After the one-day school life, our students have developed a harmonious relationship with their local friends, and exchanged their contact information as well.
We also spent a day visiting a famous scenic attraction in Guizhou, the Xijiang One-Thousand Miao Households Village. It is the biggest Miao village in China housing 12 natural villages, 1,200 families and 6,000 people. The most fantastic experience is to climb up a small hill to reach a good spot to view the whole ancient town. Teachers and students enjoyed wearing the Miao's costumes to experience the life of a Miao villager.
I was impressed by the caring and positive attitudes of our students throughout the whole tour, especially when they visited our sister school. Our students were very serious in every reflection session. I was also pleased to see their courtesy and sense of responsibility wherever we went. The trip was definitely an enjoyable and memorable experience to me and our students.
3A Tang Ching Nam Beverly
I joined the study trip to Guizhou during the Easter Holiday. After hours and hours of bus rides, we finally arrived at our destination – Guiyang. It was already very late after our long journey, so we could just take a walk to the square nearby.
The second day was the highlight of our trip – a visit to our sister school Xingzhi School. Even though we didn't know the students in the beginning, we have become good friends at the end of the day. The teachers and students there were so friendly and hospitable that they had prepared a lot for the day and showed us around the campus. I was amazed and touched by the learning attitude of our Xingzhi friends. Although their learning environment is not as good as ours, they are studying harder than every single one of us. At the end of the day, we all said goodbye and took pictures with the students there.
The trip was a memorable experience of my life. Growing up in happiness, one often fails to appreciate what happiness really means. I have learned to treasure what I have. I am looking forward to my second visit to Xingzhi School, the place of great humanity. We shall meet again!
3B Chong Ka Ho
The Guizhou study tour is amazing as I have learnt more about Guizhou's local culture and their tourist spots. Most importantly, I met a group of local students in our sister school and we have become good friends.
When we arrived at the sister school Xingzhi School, we saw an unforgettable scene – the students of that school were standing at the main entrance to welcome us. They all felt happy for our visit. After the welcoming ceremony, we started the activities we had prepared for them. The Xingzhi students enjoyed the games a lot.
Our students also took part in the activities prepared by the sister school's students actively. Although we didn't have much time to talk and exchange our views, we still learnt a lot from them. Students there are very self-disciplined and adopt a more serious learning attitude. I was surprised when I knew that they can only use their mobile phone at weekends, or they will be punished.
On the second day of the trip, we visited the living place of Guizhou's minority– Xijiang Miao Nationality Village. We met a lot of nice and friendly Miao people around the village. Our teachers also tried to wear the Miao costumes to experience the Miao's culture and custom.
This Guizhou study tour has brought me new learning experiences! I am looking forward to my next Guizhou visit!
4A Wong Shin Ying
During the Easter Holiday, some WSC students joined the Guizhou study tour. We had a great time enjoying the natural scenery and experiencing the Guizhou culture with the local students there.
My favourite part is the visit to our sister school, Xingzhi School. I had been quite nervous whether their schoolmates would enjoy the activities we had prepared, but my fear soon faded. By the time we arrived at their school, it was totally surprising when we saw their schoolmates stand straightly and welcome us with a bright, warm smile.
My groupmates and I were assigned to share with them the traditional culture of Hong Kong, in terms of food, manner, and our pop culture. I am the one to be responsible for the Cantopop songs and dance. My groupmates and I showed them posters of some famous pop stars and actors, for example, Andy Lau, Leslie Cheung, etc. I had never imagined how active and enthusiastic they were when answering our questions.
After briefly introducing the pop stars, it came to the climax – singing and dancing of Alan Tam's 'Love Trap'! We taught them how to read the lyrics in Cantonese. Our Xingzhi friends didn't know any of the Cantonese pronunciation, but they tried hard to read after me whenever I read a line. I could feel their passion towards learning new knowledge. Afterwards, we taught them how to dance. It was obviously very difficult for them to remember the melody and lyrics of the song, not to mention the dance steps. However, they tried their very best and learnt the steps efficiently within 30 minutes. I believe all of us were sweating under the bright sun. To be honest, I felt a bit tired after dancing for a while. But I was glad to see our friends being so energetic. They threw themselves into the dance and we had the dance together for several times. We truly enjoyed ourselves!
We also had meals at their school canteen while we compared the differences of lifestyles between Hong Kong and Guizhou. Through our conversations, I realized that they would not have a chance to further their studies if they could not get satisfactory results in the public examinations. Some children even started working at a young age, hoping to improve the poor economic situations at home. They value education a lot, so they cherish every single learning opportunity. In contrast, most Hong Kong students are living in favourable conditions, so they seem to take everything for granted. We should appreciate our opportunities to learn at school and join overseas exchange programmes. We should treasure and be thankful for what we have.
I would like to express my gratitude to our teachers-in-charge for arranging this delightful journey for us! I feel really grateful for joining this memorable trip.
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.