In a wake to a local literary event, HK International Young Readers Festival, our teacher librarian collaborated with the Reading Team to run workshops for all the S1 and S2 students. The workshops took up 2 English lessons from each class during the period on 4-15 March.

During the workshops, our students met several international award-winning authors and gained some hands-on experiences in story-writing.

The workshops mainly took place in our school library. Howard Wong, a creative media consultant and award-winning author, gave workshops on Hold the Hero and Villain. Tristan Bancks, a children and teen author known for his amusing short stories, including, Two Wolves, gave workshops on The Basics of Short Story Writing. His Two Wolves won Honour Book in the 2015 Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards and was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Lamar Giles, a two-time Edgar Award finalist in the Young Adult category, for his debut Young Adult thrillers, Fake ID, Endangered and Overturned, gave workshops on Story Starters.

 

Mrs Choy, the Teacher Librarian, collaborated with the Reading Team to arrange a series of amateur writers’ talks for our S1-3 classes in the home periods.  Our guests shared a common interest in expressing themselves through their written works. On January 22, Miss Winsome Lee, a graduate in forensic anthropology, gave us an amusing talk about maceration, ancestry and her motviation to write about observations and experiences in foresinc science. On 24 January, Mr Fong Chi Kong, an enthusiast in weather and founder of Weather Underground of Hong Kong web site, gave a talk about his fascination in weather and writing. On 20 March, Dr Shinnie Wu, a medical officer in a local public hospital, shared her sensitive observations about what went on behind-the-scene when she was a housman in the public hospital. Dr Wu encouraged the audience to keep diary entries and collect touching quotes as we read books and engage in everyday life.

The talks were food for thoughts. It inspired us to be more aware of what we have and where we are.

 

Out of an initiative to raise funds for needy students in the S5 Extended Learning Week, Audentia, the current Student Council collaborated with our Parent-Teacher Association to coordinate an annual fun fair on our campus. The theme, Nostalgia, represents the joint efforts of all students, teachers, and staff: Our S1 students gave visitors light-hearted puppet shows based on their own scripts. Some of our S2 students presented their innovations using circuit boards and applications related to science knowledge, others come up with interactive quizzes on their research findings about climate, landscape, architecture and culinary customs.

The S3 groups collaborated with Community Spirit Charity Limited and Hong Kong Rett Syndrome Association, hoping to raise our community’s awareness of patients inflicted with rare diseases. The enterprise project groups tried out their own business projects on furnished stationery items, tote bags, card holders and thermal bottle with cool designs. Different clubs set up game booths and food booths. There were STEM competitions in the school hall between our S2, S4 elective students and Japanese guest students from the National Institute of Technology. The school Drama Group told a dystopian story on Artificial Intelligence and humanity in the auditorium. There was dance performance in the covered playground arranged by the six houses. The School Art Team gave a stunning exhibition of previous year’s inter-house fashion designs.

Sr Agnes, our School Supervisor, Sr Veronica, our School Principal, Mr Kelvin Lee, the chairman of the Parent-­Teacher Association, Ms Lusan Hung, the chairlady of the Alumnae Association,  Mr Steven Lee, our School Manager, Miss Florence Kwok and Ms Lam Mei Yi, our Vice­ Principals, Ms Priscilla Kwok, our Assistant Principal, Mr David Hung, Ms Yoshie Lee and Ms Laura Lai, our teacher advisors, together with Cherry Chung, the President of the Student Council, officiated at the opening ceremony.

Inspired by the flourishing bamboo industry in the 1950s, the Student Council built scaffolding around nine building blocks, each consisting of a letter of the word ‘Nostalgia’.  The guests of honour were asked to turn the blocks around as they turned on the light bulbs, so that ‘Nostalgia’ would glow in the dark. The campus was decorated with hot-air balloons of pink and soft blue stripes.


But for the unyielding support of the parents, teacher advisers, technicians and janitor staff, the fun fair would not have made possible.

Between 28 January and 1 February, Green Torch took the lead to engage students in a range of activities on green life. The aim of the initiative is to raise students’ awareness towards environmental protection. Participants were invited to watch a film or a drama production on environmental protection. Or else, they could try their hands in a DIY lip balm workshop, or ride an energy-generating bicycle to generate as much energy for school consumption as they can in an inter-class competition.

On 29 January, students have to complete a handout after watching a film featuring wildlife at Geography Room. On 30 January, a lip balm workshop literally offered participants a hands-on experience on how to mix a balm of with their own formula.

On 31 January and 1 February, there was an energy-generating bicycle riding competition for Green Prefects to involve a classmate or a teacher to generate as much energy as they can by biking. On 1 February, an interactive drama for S4 was produced at the auditorium to promote sustainable development.

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