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PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 21 May, 2012, 12:00am


St Margaret's Girls' College - Hong Kong

The annual Inter-class English Drama Competition at St Margaret's Girls' College was once again a triumph for all involved.

The event, which took place on April 26 at Y-Theatre in Youth Square, Chai Wan, gave students from Forms Two to Four an opportunity to show off their talent and hard work. The time they spent on creating their shows, from writing their own scripts to making colourful costumes, could be seen from the wonderful productions they put together.

Every aspect of a performance was carefully planned to ensure the perfect show was staged.

The students' unique dance routines and their extraordinary make-up wowed the audience. The show was simply breathtaking, with the audience eagerly waiting for the next class to perform.

But when it comes to excitement, nothing beats the award announcements. There were tears of joy and disappointment as the winners were revealed.

There were 10 prizes which students fought for: best sound effect, light effect, make-up, props and sets, costume design, script, supporting actress, lead actress, director, and overall performance.

Class 4Q's Food for Thought, Thought for Food took the prizes of best sound effect, props and sets, script, director (Law Hoi-ching) and lead actress (Bibi Fatimah), and the overall championshop. 3Q's Toy Joy won best make-up, costume design and second overall runner-up award.

Bring Back to Life from 3P took best light effect and first overall runner-up prizes, while 4P's A Treasure to Remember finished off with best supporting actress (Hiranandani Vazquez Chandni) and overall second runner-up award.

All in all, it was an intense competition. But the students learned that winning only played a small part in the experience. Learning to co-operate and communicate, and other important life lessons, were the true hidden prizes. Congratulations to all the winners - this was a marvellous show.

Brittany Chan, S5P

St Mark's School

Staff and students at St Mark's School were busy bees last month in the lead-up and during a week of book-themed events.

From April 23 to 27, the school hosted dozens of events designed to encourage students to explore the school library, widen their range of reading, appreciate the works of playwright and poet William Shakespeare and share books among themselves.

The World Book Week was organised to coincide with the start of World Book Day.

The head student librarian and her amazing worker bees were buzzing in every corner of the school, getting things ready and reaching out to all.

Among the most popular activities were the library treasure hunt, which involved students trying to find specific books within a time limit; portrayals of characters from Enid Blyton books; morning assembly recitals; and a lunchtime drama called Fancy's Followers, offering students a taste of Shakespeare's work.

Other highlights of the week included a used-book exhibition and a book sale organised by the Chinese Society and the English Society. These events were designed to promote interest in second-hand books and a green lifestyle.

Organisers said that by reading a used book with notes written by previous readers in the margins, people can share the fascinating views of others and have the chance to think critically about those ideas.

At the same time, students raised money for the underprivileged.

The excitement of World Book Week was over, but the joy of daily reading remains.

Lai Chack Middle School

It was only a matter of days but at the end of it the visiting students from Hong Kong's Lai Chack Middle School had a thorough understanding of Beijing's history, economy and education system.

In all, 32 students and four staff members went to the capital as part of an exchange programme with Lize Middle School in April.

It was a chance not only to exchange views with the Beijing students but also to walk around the city, do some sight-seeing, and learn more about traditional Chinese culture. The itinerary included visits to the National Stadium, the Summer Palace and the Great Wall.

Though the stay was short, the students developed strong friendships and were sad to leave the city.

The students also went on a two-day field trip to the city of Zhaoqing , in Guangdong, organised by the Chinese history department.

Italian missionary Matteo Ricci started preaching in Zhaoqing in the 1500s.

The city is also associated with Dajian Huineng (638-713), one of the most important figures in Zen Buddhism.

The students enjoyed following in the ancient footsteps of the saints, and discovering the history and the beautiful scenery of Zhaoqing, such as Seven Star Crags.

We are hoping to organise more exchange programmes and field trips to enhance students' knowledge and give them a better understanding of China's history.