Kites help raise English standard

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 July, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 July, 1999, 12:00am

Kites helped students at Chinese YMCA Secondary School to raise their standard of English.

'The kite-making was very exciting. In fact it was the best thing about the Saturday English Project,' said Form Two student Barry But.

The school organised the day to mark the end of a Saturday course promoting the use of English and raise students' awareness of the environment.

As soon as the group of 49 students and four staff arrived at Clearwater Bay Country Park, they set about making their own kites.

Making kites proved a challenge that students immediately responded to, with many of them choosing to recycle newspaper rather use more conventional materials.

The two English language teaching assistants spent a lot of time going around the groups encouraging individuals and making everyone feel welcome.

'Even though my kite is ugly, I still enjoyed making it,' said third former Ada Lau.

Although not all the students from the Saturday English Project were able to take part in the kite-flying and barbecue due to impending exams, all said they thought spending a day in the country park was a good idea.

After the barbecue there was a 'know your world' quiz. Questions were based on Hong Kong issues, such as 'What does BYOB stand for?' And 'Name four types of pollution and how we can deal with them.' The winners were Peggy To Yin-ping, (S4B), Soo Wing-yin (S4B) and Wong Ting-ting (S4B).

Proving that it was not all talk, the students made sure all the barbecue sites they had used were as clean as when they arrived.

This earned them the admiration and thanks of the site staff, who were open-mouthed with astonishment at the sight of young people clearing-up after themselves.

Ms Lam is a teacher at Chinese YMCA Secondary School