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PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 14 May, 2012, 12:00am
 

Concordia Lutheran School - North Point

Spirits were high and excitement filled the air at Concordia Lutheran School's first American Fun Fair on April 20. Students, teachers and volunteers enjoyed an 'Other Learning Experience' using English and learning about American culture.

One might ask: why an American fun fair? In fact, Concordia was started by an American Lutheran missionary in 1968 and has had a connection with the United States ever since.

Plenty of Americans joined the festivities, making the fun fair a truly American event.

In the opening ceremony, Concordia was honoured to have an officer from the US Consulate in Hong Kong speak about American pop culture. Volunteers from the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church, in the United States, took part in the stall games and had fun with the participants.

New friendships were made as students and foreigners talked with each other and posed for photos together.

Adding to the excitement of the day, 85 students from Aldrich Bay Government Primary School and Chan's Creative Primary School attended the afternoon session with Concordia's Form One students, while Form Two and Three students came for the morning session.

American music pumped up the jam, while the students played at more than 20 stall games. There were many other activities, such as bingo, a cakewalk and a photo booth.

Since this was a 'whole school' event, subject teachers joined students to plan and run games related to American food, money, brand names, American and British English, movies, famous people and sports like the NBA.

Students could win special prizes brought directly from America, including fun-shaped wristbands, erasers, notepads, key chains and candy. Students especially liked the Chinese-American fortune cookies!

After completing a certain number of activities, students could enjoy all-American popcorn, cotton candy, sausages and hot dogs, making it a memorable experience.

Everyone really enjoyed themselves as they used their English language skills, learned about American culture and bonded with teachers, classmates and visitors. The only complaint heard was that there wasn't enough time to enjoy all of the activities!

For all these reasons, the school has decided to hold the American Fun Fair every year.

Hong Kong Chinese Women's Club College

Genetically modified food was one of the many topics of lively talks at the Hong Kong Chinese Women's Club College's maths, science and IT day last month.

The day got off to a great start with a speech by Tony Shing Kung-ming, a chemistry professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who told students to find a career by following their heart.

Students and teachers from various school clubs set up stalls with games and exhibitions.

The computer club's stall was a stunning example of advanced technology and was called 'Augmented Reality'.

The members of the maths club attracted visitors with games like tangram, while the chemistry club showed off the magic of science by making superballs and invisible ink. In the physics laboratory, students conducted a range of experiments and gave detailed explanations of pressure, reflection and conservation of energy.

All of the visitors were impressed by the interesting displays.

The integrated science students also prepared various games to reveal the principles behind their speciality, including an amazing decoration made entirely from straws.

Over at the biology laboratory, there was more hands-on excitement, with students performing a series of dissections of pig's hearts and frogs.

Visitors didn't go away empty-handed - they each received a souvenir impression of their fingerprints after listening to a presentation about forensic science.

The fun continued in the afternoon for visiting primary school students with a quiz on their knowledge of maths, science and information technology.

After a closely fought contest, the North Point Government Primary School team came out the winners.

After much hard work, the day proved to be a fruitful one for all visitors, teachers and students. We were glad that the visitors could have a deeper understanding of our school. The students also developed a better relationship with teachers and learned how to co-operate with others and organise activities.

Bahirwani Sony Vashdev, Form Five

HKBUAS Wong Kam Fai

Hong Kong Baptist University Affiliated School Wong Kam Fai (known as A-School) had its fourth annual Easter holiday family service trip from April 5-9. Eighteen students, 21 parents, two teachers, the chief principal and his secretary (the organiser of the trip) took part. They volunteered with Yecaowenhua, a group which works in Sichuan to encourage hygiene through the use of eco-friendly toilets.

Modern toilets are not often found in the province's rural areas. Many families do not have indoor plumbing, and must go to the bathroom in outhouses connected to the farms.

The A-school team broke up into groups and built three eco-friendly toilets using bricks, cement and plastic plumbing.

The ecological function of these toilets is that the waste will be covered in ash, and after three months, it will be turned into fertiliser for the farmers to use.

The volunteers enjoyed working hard to help others. Seventh-grade student Shelly Lam said: 'Although the bricks were very heavy, I still felt very happy, because I was helping poor people.'

The parents and teachers were all proud of the hard-working students.

Dr Wil Chan, chief principal of A-school, sees the value of service trips as well as the value of families participating in them together. 'Not only are they working together to make the world a better place, they are also growing together as a family,' he said.

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