PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 January, 2010, 12:00am

A park full of wonders

My class recently visited Noah's Ark in Ma Wan for our life-wide learning day. It was an unforgettable experience.

We headed up to Hilltop Lookout. Since it is so high, I had a beautiful view of Ma Wan. The houses looked like matchboxes. Then we went to the Heritage Centre to look at the historical relics which were discovered in Ma Wan.

In the afternoon we went to the Ark. First we visited the Ark Expo and watched a film called Noah's Journey. It had amazing special effects. It reminded us of the importance of looking after our planet.

We also visited exhibitions and played games. Finally, we went to the Ark Garden and admired the realistic animal statues.

This was not only an extremely fun day, it was very educational. I think we learned a lot more than we do sitting in a classroom, so I hope we will do this every year.

Portia Yuen Pui-yee, Our Lady of the Rosary College

Stronger action needed on racers

Illegal car racing is a serious issue in Hong Kong. The problem has perplexed the police for a long time. Sometimes at night, I hear these racing cars speeding past.

The police have tried various ways to catch the racers. But the drivers are still getting away with it. Something more drastic needs to be done.

The first step is to make laws stricter. If there was the threat of harsher punishment, fewer people would be tempted to break the law.

I think the police should be more involved. They should organise more patrols to check for speeding cars and illegal racing. They should also install more speed cameras on roads which are likely to be used as race tracks.

There should also be more checks on car modifications and it should be illegal to import the parts needed to transform ordinary cars into racing cars.

The police should definitely not repeat the actions of last year, when they risked the lives and vehicles of civilians. Setting up a blockade like this will not help.

Road safety is important to Hong Kong citizens. The government needs to act soon to deal with the problem.

Shek Tsun-lam, POCA Wong Siu Ching Secondary School

Rat Race is a worthy event

The annual Rat Race obstacle course took place in October, to raise funds for mental health charity Mindset. More than 500 executives and staff from some of the city's top companies took part. The race raised HK$1.33 million.

Executives often present a serious, well-groomed and professional image to their staff. But at an event like the Rat Race, employees of all different levels work together. Everyone is equal as they strive to complete the race.

I believe after the race, the staff and their bosses will have a closer relationship. This will mean fewer conflicts at work.

What's more, Mindset is a very meaningful charity to raise money for. Mental health is something many people neglect. Hongkongers are stressed by their heavy workloads. This can lead to psychiatric problems. Charities like Mindset help people deal with these problems.

I think the Rat Race highlights the importance of charity events. By helping others through fund-raising, we also help ourselves.

Tiffany Fung Mei-yan, True Light Girls' College

Single-sex benefits

I think studying in a girls' school is far better than being at a co-educational school. Girls are far better behaved than boys. They are more considerate of each other's feelings. Boys tend to say things that hurt others.

But I realise that one day I will be surrounded by as many males as females. I am trying to accept that fact before I finish secondary school.

Jasmine, True Light Middle School of Hong Kong