English camps a credit to all
In early July 2002, I and 50 other NETs acted as leaders of the English Summer Fun Camps for secondary school students in Ma On Shan.
This is the third year these camps have been conducted and I feel extremely grateful to have had the chance to attend them once again this year.
Nearly 800 students from all secondary schools in the SAR are invited to join in one of the two week-long residential camps.
Their days are filled with activities as varied as tennis and softball, drama, language through music, art, film and creative writing.
The groups of 20 students are of mixed ability. There is no assessment, failure, grades or marks. The atmosphere is non-threatening, supportive and, above all, enjoyable. It is extremely fulfilling and rewarding to be involved and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the committee of the Native English Speaking-Teachers Association for the hours they spent organising and planning the event; Tony Shing and his steering committee for the smooth daily running of the camps and the Education Department for making the camps possible.
Once again the students attending the residential camps distinguished themselves with their exemplary attitude, endeavour and conduct. Each and every one of them was a credit to their school and families.
We owe it to them, our clientele, our students, to pursue education reform with vigour and single-mindedness in order to provide them with a love of learning and lifelong ability to speak a foreign language.