Bringing joy to Sichuan victims
I am writing in response to the article 'Survivors offer hope' (Young Post, May 12). We will never forget the Sichuan earthquake which left more than 80,000 people dead.
A lot of children lost their parents. Others lost their arms or legs. This is a very difficult time for them. But I am very happy they are facing up to the challenges with a positive mind.
One of the young victims said she has become stronger after the tragedy. She said she has learned to face problems calmly. She also encouraged Hongkongers to live happily every day.
She has shown a lot of courage and we can learn from her attitude towards life. When we are facing problems, we should never give up.
The Sichuan victims need a helping hand. I hope we can provide that. I hope they can smile every day, and be happy.
Where there's a will, there's a way.
Lessons learned at military camp
I went to the Whampoa Military Academy on the mainland with my schoolmates in March.
At first, I was very much looking forward to the camp. But soon after meeting our officer, I wanted to leave.
He was very strict, used bad language and punished us for our mistakes.
In contrast, the other officers were very kind.
At the graduation ceremony, we tried our best to show what we had learned during our visit and that we were the best.
I had a change of heart at the ceremony. I realised that our officer had taught us many things, like unity and teamwork.
I was surprised when my friend and I were asked to raise the school flag. It was a memorable experience because we had never done it before.
The camp also helped me learn more about the mainland.
Choco Chan Tsz-ying, Christian Alliance S. C. Chan Memorial College
I presented a project about chocolate to a group of about 50 people during my school's Open Day recently.
The topic was 'The types of chocolate people like most' and I gave away some of the delicacies that were on display to the visitors.
The Open Day featured various programmes, including performances by the Chinese orchestra and sports activities.
I hope more people will come to this event next year. Then we can have more fun and gain better experience.
Lam Tsan-fung, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School
Fencing is an exciting sport. It is divided into three categories - foil, epee and sabre.
Fencing can help you to become calmer. You also have to think clearly during a game.
You can join competitions organised by the Hong Kong Fencing Association. When you wear the fencing uniform and hold the sword, you'll feel powerful. You'll want to be the champion.
Fencing is not very popular in Hong Kong but it is a wonderful sport.
I hope more people will join fencing tournaments and have fun.
Cassie Leung, SKH Bishop Mok Sau Tseng Secondary School
Enjoy the arts
The Hong Kong Arts Development Awards Presentation Ceremony was held earlier this year.
The programme aims to recognise those who contribute to the local arts scene.
It also raises public awareness of arts education.
The awards give young artists the confidence to develop their talents.
Arts education also cannot be ignored. Many local students attend music or other arts lessons simply to enhance their CV. Many parents ignore the meaning of art - it is meant for enjoyment, and should not be used to assess a student's achievements.
Winnie So, Leung Shek Chee College