Making life easier for sixth formers

PUBLISHED : Friday, 23 September, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 23 September, 1994, 12:00am

SECONDARY schools are stepping up efforts to provide programmes for Form Six students to help them adapt to the new environment and social life and prepare them for the heavy workload in the next two years.

One of them is Marymount Secondary School, which started a Form Six orientation programme five years ago to cater to the needs of the increasing number of new sixth formers in the school.

Ashley Kwok Man Suk-fan, co-ordinator of the school's guidance team, said the aim of the programme was to help old and new students get to know each other before the school year starts.

New students are expected to mix with the old ones through co-operation in various tasks and interaction with members in the group.

A leadership training programme was also held in conjunction with the orientation to equip students with the necessary leadership skills.

'We realise that sixth formers have a lot of responsibilities as they have to take up posts with various clubs and societies on top of their studies,' Mrs Kwok told Young Post .

The orientation, held on August 26 and September 8, is jointly organised by the school's guidance team and social work section.

'Various kinds of games were used for self-reflection. Students had a chance to reflect upon their expectations of and difficulties in Form Six life. They also examined their self-image and value system,' said school social worker Shirley Ng Siu-lai.

As for leadership training, talks and role play were included to provide students with basic knowledge and technical skills in leadership.

'Students learned how to prepare for meetings, handle different kinds of members and plan programmes,' Mrs Kwok said.

Participants have a chance to apply skills they have learned in a final project in which they are required to organise a programme for their Form one schoolmates at the end of October.

Sixth former Cissy Kung Pui-han said the programme boosted her confidence in organising activities.

'I have come to understand how difficult it is to handle different types of members in a group through role play. The programme equipped me with the necessary knowledge and psychological preparation.' Bonnie Chan Shan-shan, another sixth former, said people tended to overlook the difficulty of co-operation. 'I found out that even making a simple thing like a paper chain with a group of seven can be challenging.' Form Seven student Maria Ko Chung-ying, who took part in the programme last year, said she was able to put the skills she learned into practice in various internal and external activities.

'I was better prepared than others when I worked with different people in group activities and social services. I also knew how to respond and react under different situations.' The programme is compulsory for all sixth formers in the school. This year, seven out of the 89 Form Six students of Marymount Secondary School are from other secondary schools.