Speech Festival Featured

The Chinese Language Speech Festival is an eye-opener with idiomatic use of Chinese Language and solid tie to backgrounds of Chinese diplomatic relations in ancient China. The shrewd deployment of rhetoric skills in thawing tension, restoring one’ prowess, playing with one’s pride and fears enriched our understanding of heroic stories set in the Warring States period (476–221 BC). Excerpts from works of Lu Xun, a famous Chinese writer, shed light on absurdity of livelihood and hypocrisy of the landlords and fallacy of an abused servant. Another reading from Lung Ying-tai’s Mu Song, engaged us in the intriguing moments and grief of letting go one’s child and one’s quiet, long-suffering father. The drama of Three Kingdoms gave us an unsettling mood and revealed to us cheats and disguises were not uncommon in ancient times. The S3 took us to the neglected parts of Hong Kong with its videos and selected readings about local places, namely, Kennedy Town and Aberdeen, which have equally lost their uniqueness through the torrents of time. The selected readings depicted the squalid conditions of Hong Kong in the past, the hardships shared by most people, the toughness shared by women and men of little education and the simplicity of finding joy in small things. The S4 Chinese Literature class went exploring the history and development of Pokfulam Village, our neighbourhood, and gave an amusing account about neighbourliness. The Chinese Culture Club took students to Jao Tsung-I Academy. The visit enriched participants’ understanding about Han language, cultural development, calligraphy, use of strokes and brushes in handwriting and Chinese paper cut.

Class 1F enthralled the audience with their voice, pitch, pause and intonation as they told the Greek mythology about Orpheus and Eurydice. One of the winners of S2 storytelling competition told a story about how a girl rescued her stranded mother and drunken father from a raging fire, despite their abusive treatment. Another S2 winner called her coach the person she admired most. Her narrative drew us into her first-person reflection about the impact of a caring, friendly and sensitive coach on the young mind. The beauty of mentorship was made clear with her precision in language and fluency. The winner of S4 inter-class speech contest sustained our attention on relationships with her intriguing account of why she enjoys reading Harry Potter. Class 1F staged their winning piece in this year’s the Hong Kong Schools Speech festival with a poem addressing the rage and grief of the oppressed in the ancient China. Likewise, an S4 student presented an excerpt from the opening of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The audience would clearly hear the frustrations the demoralised animals felt. Class 2D changed the mood while chanting in unison a Shakespearean piece with their mystic voice and skillful use of intonation.