PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 June, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 25 June, 2004, 12:00am

At CMA Secondary School's Speech Day on June 1, school supervisor Vitus Szeto Kin praised the students for having lived up to the academic year's expectations of 'improving day by day'.

They demonstrated a keen interest in academic pursuits, services and community work as well as extra-curricular activities.

He also announced that graduates would be informed of and recommended for job vacancies at the Chinese Manufacturers' Association through the school's newly introduced Job Recommendation Scheme.

Principal Mak Oi-ying's school report was followed by the presentation of certificates and the prize-giving ceremony.

Guest of honour Dr Jose Yu Sun-say, president of the Chinese Manufacturers' Association of Hong Kong, praised the school for providing a balanced education to the students. Dr Yu said the teaching staff had put emphasis on the students' moral, intellectual, physical, social and aesthetic development. He also encouraged graduates to strive for success and a bright future.

The day came to a close with the graduates' representative delivering an address of thanks and offering the school a commemorative gift.

I joined a prefects' training camp several months ago. There were about 30 of us. It was my first camping experience, and was not as terrible as I had imagined. My team members were smart and communicative.

The most unforgettable part was the hiking. Even though we got lost, we studied the map carefully and eventually found the correct route.

In the camp, I did something I had never done before: cook. Although some people said cooking was the most difficult part of camping in the wild, we did it well (pictured above).

The most exciting part was walking in the dark. We also caught shrimps in the river, although they were tiny.

The river had been polluted by inconsiderate campers.

It was an interesting, meaningful and challenging experience.

Since the camp, I have became more independent and mature. Maybe this is one of the reasons why so many people like to go camping.

Christopher Chan, F. 4E, CCC Kei Yuen College

'Teenagers should not follow trends blindly and go astray. Instead they should choose their directions in life sensibly and intelligently,' Reverend Carver Yu, vice-president of the China Graduate School of Theology, told the 153 Form Five and 58 Form Seven graduates of NLSI Lui Kwok Pat Fong College at its 18th Graduation Ceremony on May 28.

In his report, principal Lau Man-fai said that the school had a hectic but fruitful year. He was also delighted with students' performance in various internal and external extra-curricular activities, especially the School Speech and Music Festival, the Singing Contest and the Form Six Inter-class Debating Competition.

To promote reading among students, the morning reading scheme has been implemented. Both teachers and students say that they enjoy the time spent reading and sharing books. In the coming year, the allowed reading materials will be extended to cover magazines and newspapers.

One of the highlights was the presentation of long-service awards to the 16 staff members who had served for at least 10 years.

CMA Choi Cheung Kok Secondary School held its 19th Speech Day on June 2 at its school hall. Principal Ying Yu-hing gave a report outlining the school's recent successes and developments.

He pointed out that there would be at least two more classes in the coming academic year, mainly due to more Secondary One students allotted to the school.

In his address, guest of honour Dr Jose Yu congratulated the school for being recognised as one of the 'prominently positive value-added schools', a title which the school has won for four successive years.

Students were presented scholarships, subject prizes, certificates and other awards.

After the presentations and a vote of thanks by two graduate representatives, guests were invited to a tea reception.

There were performances by the Putonghua Club and the Scouts and an art and craft exhibition (pictured below). The reception marked the closure of the ceremony for another year.