School News is compiled by student reporter Riva Hiranand
Carmel Bunnan Tong Memorial School
Students from Carmel Bunnan Tong Memorial School took part in an educational training camp from December 19 to 21.
The aim of the activity was to help students learn to overcome challenges.
The participants had to undergo tough physical activities during the three-day event.
The coaches at the camp were unrelenting and the students have to give their best.
The programme was creative and seemingly impossible for most students. But they got through challenging tasks, like making a fire without using charcoal, walking on a wire with only a pole to maintain their balance and crawling through a low-wired field.
Despite the gruelling schedule, the camp was memorable for students who learned a valuable lesson: if you believe you could do something, then it would happen.
Ha Kwai Chung Government Secondary School
Ha Kwai Chung Government Secondary School held its 26th Speech Day on December 7. Three former principals of the school, Hung Chun-may, Cheng Chi-sun and Tang Yung Wai-ming, presented prizes to the students.
Woo Mei-hou, the school principal, opened the ceremony and praised the students for their performance in public examinations and inter-school activities, such as the Hong Kong Music and Speech Festival, the Scoutcraft Competition, Chinese Creative Writing Workshop and the Junior Achievement Company Programme.
The guest-of-honour was Sheridan Lee Sha-lun, principal education officer at the Education Bureau. In his speech, Mr Lee cited the example of the Post-it note - an invention which has become a huge success.
He told the students: 'Your great success in the future is built upon the little success you've achieved today.'
The chairperson of the school's Alumni Association, Kong Yuen-kwun, explained the history of the association and encouraged students to become members. This can help students build a close bond with the school, she said.
Tak Nga Secondary School
Every Thursday, Tak Nga Secondary School holds an English-speaking day to help students improve their English skills.
In addition, every alternate Thursday, the school organises an English games day for each form.
These activities are arranged by Form Six English Ambassadors and the English Games Group.
One of the games day activities is 'Twister Fest'. It is a tongue-twister challenge, where students participate as groups of 10 or 11. Each group receives a tongue-twister from a Form Six Ambassador stationed at one of four points.
The group has to recite the tongue-twister from memory in front of ambassadors at other stations, before moving onto a harder level.
Students are judged on the clarity, speed and delivery of their tongue-twister, and are rewarded with stickers for their 'Record of English Conversation' booklets.
This is a very efficient system which rewards winning teams as well as students from each form who collect the most number of stickers every three months.