Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School
Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School is 50 years old. The school marked the milestone on April 15 with a Golden Jubilee Open Day attended by Financial Secretary John Tsang Chun-wah who was the guest-of-honour.
Tsang said he was impressed by the school's academic and extra-curricular achievements. He praised its contribution to Tsuen Wan and Hong Kong, noting that many of his civil service colleagues were its graduates, including Permanent Secretary for Financial Services and the Treasury Stanley Ying Yiu-hong, Permanent Secretary for Security Chang King-yiu and Deputy Secretary for Education Michelle Li Mei-sheung. Tsang encouraged the students, alumni and teachers to continue to help society and be enthusiastic about the future.
Principal Daniel Wong Ip-cheung thanked the former principals and teachers for helping to make such a great institution. He said every staff member took pride in having nurtured talent for five decades. He vowed they would not be complacent, as the 50th year should herald change and progress.
Performances at the Open Day featured the students' talents and love for the school. An English play, Mr Sunshine's Puppet School, was written to thank the school for moulding its students into talented, caring and happy individuals. In an adaptation of a Les Miserables song rewritten by student Lorraine Ho Lok-kam, 300 performers sang Do You Hear the Students Sing to the music of the symphonic band.
An exhibition highlighted the history, achievements and various aspects of school life. There were also alumni interviews, stall games and science experiment booths.
The next day, more than 1,300 alumni gathered for a Homecoming Day and Banquet. As the Open Day slogan goes: 'Large our spirit grows. We were. We are. We will always be.'
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The school's Secondary Four students took part in the Arts Experience Scheme organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and watched the Cantonese opera The Story of Doue.
On February 24, they attended a pre-performance workshop at school to gain a better understanding of the features of Cantonese opera and the background to the show.
The interactive demonstration allowed students to go onto the stage to learn performance skills, like hand movements and walking.
On April 13, the students went to Sha Tin Town Hall to watch the show. Nearly 1,000 students and teachers from different schools attended the performance.
The show was quite long but the audience enjoyed it.
At the end of the show, the audience applauded the artists for their great performance.
This was followed by a question-and-answer session in which the students eagerly shared their views about the opera.
Based on this performance, they said they were interested in seeing more Cantonese operas.
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Form Six students put their English and Chinese presentation skills to good use at a fair on Chinese culture on April 15.
With the encouragement of principal Lee Chi-sam, the students manned stalls that featured facets of Chinese culture such as fung shui, martial arts and weapons, farming and (of course) food and tea, which proved very popular with teachers and junior students.
At each stall, one student gave an in-depth presentation on their cultural topic to a Chinese-speaking judge, while another student gave a two-minute presentation to an English-speaking judge.
This gave students a chance to explain aspects of Chinese culture to foreigners.
The English-speaking judges on the day included a native-speaking teacher and exchange students from North America, Sweden, France and Australia.
The diverse range of English speakers did not cause any problems for the senior students, who spoke confidently and fluently in both Chinese and English.