PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 August, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 August, 2008, 12:00am

Have fun for free

Perhaps there is no such thing as a free lunch but there are activities which are free of charge, such as those organised by the LCSD.

To encourage the public to exercise more regularly, the government has launched a scheme to let citizens use many of their facilities for free until September 30.

If you are not interested in doing exercise, I suggest you go to a museum. These are also free of charge on specific days. For instance, the Science Museum offers free admission on Wednesdays.

You can not only have fun but also learn through direct involvement in the museum exhibits.

If you wish to save money and have a meaningful holiday, I think it is a good idea.

Wong Sze-wing, Leung Shek Chee College

Hygiene the key to good health

In my opinion, the government has not done enough to educate the public on the importance of being hygienic.

Also, people do not take advice from government and health professionals seriously. They seldom wear masks to prevent the spread of viruses.

Even those who listen to doctors only follow part of their advice. For example, when they are asked to wash their hands with soap for 15 seconds, they often only wash for five seconds.

All these factors contribute to the spread of viruses in our crowded city.

The government should put a greater effort into teaching people to be more aware of good hygiene. I urge everyone not to underestimate the value of washing their hands and wearing masks.

Josephine Tsang, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Support the local music industry

Before criticising the quality of the music scene today, I would like to pay tribute to all the songwriters and composers who have created songs which stand the test of time.

I think the music industry was better in the past, but not everything is worse than before. Although some artists are copycats who copy foreign music, I truly believe most musicians respect others and have their own style.

However, rampant illegal downloads are destroying the development of the music industry, so we should avoid doing this.

We need more local music and you and I should support it.

Jules Yung, King Ling College

Project leads to confidence boost

My classmates and I participated in a programme that required us to make a video about the influence of globalisation on food.

It was a big challenge since we had no experience. I felt my oral English was weak, so I was nervous. Fortunately, my team helped me overcome my problems and I succeeded in the challenge.

Although our video was not perfect, we still felt satisfied because we all put a lot of time and effort into it.

My relationship with my classmates improved and we all had a lot of fun.

Harry Chan, SKH Li Fook Hing Secondary School

Technology improves learning Technology helps a lot in improving the quality of education. For example, many schools use PowerPoint presentations during lessons.

Computer slide presentations allow teachers to add a multimedia element to their lessons, such as sound, pictures and animations.

Unlike the traditional blackboard, teachers do not need to depend on writing and drawing alone and they can prepare more material before class. Computer slide presentations are easy to create. Both teachers and students can use them.

Technology can really help us. Try using computer slide presentations for your class work.

Bernard Chung

Manners could be a valuable lesson

The Hong Kong education system seems to be mainly concerned with academic results. Not much attention is paid to students' attitudes.

As a result, some teenagers are impolite. Improving students' attitudes would surely help their future prospects.

Good manners can help students find jobs. Employers need their employees to work hard and be responsible.

Courses on improving attitude and behaviour could help students' future careers. Such courses would also benefit their relationships with friends and family.

A good attitude makes a good impression.

Dan Chau, SKH Li Fook Hing Secondary School

Learn to face your problems

People often try to avoid problems or admitting their mistakes.

Overprotective parents create teenagers who have never met serious obstacles and think they are not able to solve problems.

No matter whether you succeed or not, try your best to solve your problems and learn from your mistakes.

BoBo Yeung, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Keep an eye on internet privacy

When you are using social networking websites, watch out for your privacy.

Many teenagers disclose personal information on their blogs and people with bad intentions can exploit this private information.

To ensure their privacy, internet users should be vigilant while online and bloggers should be careful what they post publicly.

Jennifer Ho, Pooi To Middle School