King's College and King's College Old Boys' Association
To celebrate the success of C. Y. Leung in the chief executive election, a reception jointly organised by King's College and King's College Old Boys' Association was held at the 86-year-old red-brick school building on May 12.
A heart-to-heart sharing session for students and parents in the school playground kicked off the celebration. Alumni were asked to recall their distant memories - ranging from their school days to their historic trip to Beijing. In 1983, a group of alumni including Leung went there and explained the core values of Hong Kong people to the central government. This helped develop the 'one-country, two-systems' arrangement.
Wearing his old school tie from 41 years ago, Leung said he was proud to have seen the two most important political turning points in this era: the opening up of the mainland and the return of Hong Kong to China. He recalled how he was inspired by his first Chinese language teacher, Chan Ka, who introduced a book called Magnificent China to the class.
The beautiful illustrations in the book gave Leung a virtual tour of China's awesome landscapes, historical sites and great mountain ranges. Enthralled, he bought a copy of the book with the first pay cheque he ever earned. The book has stayed by his side for the past 35 years.
Leung praised the leadership training he received at King's College. He thanked the school by announcing: 'Without the nurturing of King's College, there would be no C. Y.'
He encouraged current 'Kingsians' to accept duties, and be responsible, hardworking and persistent. 'Step by step,' Leung said, 'you can reach your goal if you are determined.'
Leung proceeded to a cocktail party held at the school hall for more than 600 alumni and guests. It was a sentimental and lively scene when graduates of different ages, led by Leung, sang the school song.
Leung again gave credit to his days at King's College and shared some of the most memorable moments of his early secondary school years.
He offered a tearful story of how he helped one of his classmates, who had fainted due to hunger, back to school. He invited everyone to refer to the lyrics of the school song, 'Old boys, new boys, winning glory, we ourselves must write the story'. Leung said senior and current 'Kingsians' must write their own stories and win glory for the school by serving the country and their community.
Lam Chiu-ying, former director of the Hong Kong Observatory, said Leung was a 'distinguished alumnus' who had succeeded in reaching the summit of his political career despite his humble background. He thanked Leung for showing the King's College spirit: perseverance, care and devotion.
Near the end of the party, Chan Woo Mei-hou, the principal, was presented with a most meaningful gift - Magnificent China, the genuine book Leung bought 35 years ago.
The party ended at about 7pm. Leung is now on track to write a new story for Hong Kong and win glory for himself as well as King's College.
Bing Tam, English head of department
NLSI Lui Kwok Pat Fong College
Eat fruit every day, happy all the way! This academic year, the Home Economics Club joined the 'Creative Fruity Venture School - Fruit Promotion Project' and gained sponsorship from the Hong Kong College of Cardiology. The Joyful Fruit Day was a great success. More than 300 teachers, staff and students took part in various 'Fruit. We Like!' activities between February and April.
Club members designed some creative and educational fruit-promotion activities such as game booths, cooking with fruit, board displays and a cooking competition to encourage staff and students to eat an adequate amount of fruit every day. We started preparations in January. The most important thing was ordering the fruit and setting up the fruit corner. It was a great deal of work for the club but we all thought it was incredibly rewarding and meaningful.
May 7 was declared Joyful Fruit Day, and the free-fruit corner was set up in the covered playground during lunchtime to encourage fruit intake on campus. A large quantity of apples, pears, grapes, bananas, plums and so on were prepared for all teachers, schoolmates and staff. They could help themselves to the fruit and enjoy eating it.
Meanwhile, booths were set up for three mini-games: Riddles, Can Knockdown, and Fruit Puzzle. Students loved the games, probably because they were well designed with interesting pictures and the correct level of difficulty. They could learn different facts about fruit and nutrition in fun ways.
Everyone enjoyed the event and we hope that we can benefit from the School Healthy Eating Promotion Fund of the Hong Kong College of Cardiology again next year. We hope 'Fruit. We Like!' will be not only a slogan, but also a lifelong eating habit.
Kate Wong Wing-shan, Form Five
HKMA David Li Kwok Po College
Ramon Romano, a Secondary Seven student, finished among the top six in the International Public Speaking Competition (IPSC) 2012. A total of 54 contestants from 51 countries took part in the event in London from May 14 to 18. All of them had won English-speaking competitions in their countries. Ramon was the champion of the Public Speaking Competition at the 63rd Hong Kong Schools English Speech Festival.
The theme for this year's contest was 'The Head or the Heart'.
'The adjudicators commented that they loved my speech as it really touched them,' Ramon said. 'At that moment, I was not thinking of winning the competition ... I was thinking of the message that I had managed to convey to the audience.
'I really treasure what I learned and experienced from this competition, not only language and communication skills, but also strong friendships with people from all across the globe.'
Petunia Kingsley, English panel head at the college, said: 'Participating in English speaking competitions is very educational and you can learn a lot of skills that will benefit you for life. Ramon is a role model for all our students as he has achieved success due to his hard work and determination.'
Ema Farjana, a Secondary Four student, also beat more than 110 students from all over the world to win second prize in a French writing contest, 'Des Mots Pour Voir' (meaning 'Words to See'). Catherine Chan, School Development Manager