Stimulating choice for tech-happy pupil

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 November, 2001, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 19 November, 2001, 12:00am

Calvin Lui Kwok-po finds that his 'techie' demands are being well met at HKMA David Li Kwok Po College. The Secondary 4 pupil is learning Flash and Web design with the college computer club.

Calvin hopes to be a systems engineer when he graduates. At school, he is never too far away from a computer. Each classroom has at least one broadband, Internet-ready computer, and the college also has four computer labs with the latest multimedia equipment.

Calvin, who spent two years in Toronto, speaks fluent English. He says that even if had had no previous exposure to English abroad, he would have gained the skills needed because the school's language classes are interesting.

'Our lessons are fun,' he says. 'We get to do things like read newspapers and discuss current topics, such as September 11.'

When his parents, who run a fast-food restaurant, decided to return to Hong Kong, they scouted around for a suitable school for Calvin and his sister Elaine, who is a Secondary 2 student in the same school.

Having lived in two countries, Calvin is able to compare schools he has experienced here and abroad. He says he is happy with the friendly, student-oriented staff in Hong Kong, and the amenities. 'Our biology labs are even better than the ones in Canada. And we have really good extra-curricular facilities.'

He enjoys integrated humanities because it involves discussions about current affairs. 'It helps your knowledge to grow'.

Calvin lives in Jordan, a five-minute bus ride from the school. His peers come from different parts of Hong Kong and Kowloon, and a variety of backgrounds. Most are from Hong Kong, while some have lived abroad or were born overseas.

'Everybody knows there's a long waiting list to get in,' Calvin says. 'It's a school you choose to come to.'