School News is compiled by student reporter Riva Hiranand
Jockey Club Government Secondary School
'It takes 10 years of practice off the stage to be on stage for one minute,'' said Tsang Siu-fai, chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association at Jockey Club Government Secondary School.
Mr Tsang's words of wisdom inspired his students after the school's recent annual swimming gala. He was very impressed by the competitors' outstanding performances. '
Swimming inspires goodwill and generates team spirit', said the school swimming champions.
Leung Ka-yi, who took part in five events to become the girls' individual champion, enjoys competition. 'I've been swimming for seven years and I'm proud that I've won five medals this year,'' she said.
Fung Chun-yin, winner of the boys' 50 metres freestyle, added: 'Swimming helps develop self-confidence and I will definitely take part in the competition next year.''
The Church of Christ in China Kei Long College
The 26th athletics meet of our school was held on September 24 and 25. The weather on the two days was unexpected - with occasional heavy showers. The competitive spirit of athletes was not dampened and most of the events went off smoothly.
The sports day ended on a happy note. Kei House won the overall championship. This year, calls for events and announcements of results were made in English and some teachers and students were interviewed in English by student reporters.
I think the innovative activities have increased our exposure to the use of our second language, especially in a CMI school like ours. Schoolmates who were interviewed felt very excited in front of the camera. And so did we the reporters.
There was an important thing we learned from one of the guests-of-honour, So Wah-wai, who is the world record-holder for the 100 and 200 metres in the Paralympics.
His lesson was that a person with physical disability need not be handicapped.
What makes us successful is a strong determination.
CMA Secondary School
The annual Secondary One orientation day was held on August 26 to introduce and explain the new school life to students. Teachers were around to help them adapt to the new environment.
The day proved to be a success as 80 per cent of parents attended with their children, so that they could listen to the talks and ask questions. The day opened with Wong Chung-wah, the student counselling mistress, welcoming the parents and their children to the school.
Then school principal Mak Oi-ying spoke on events for the academic year and the teaching method used for secondary one students. Parents were encouraged to join the Parent-Teacher Association so that their opinions could be heard and they could be involved in school affairs.
A video from past Secondary One students was also shown.
The school's social worker gave an introduction to the 'Pathways to Growth' programme, which aimed to help develop self-growth in young people and enhance their interpersonal communication skills.
Parents were also encouraged to attend a sharing session so that they could exchange ideas with teachers.