International Christian School
International Christian School (ICS) presented its 20th anniversary celebration - the 'Renaissance Banquet' - last month. About 500 students, 100 parent volunteers and dozens of faculty and support staff participated. More than 400 guests appeared over two nights to enjoy the musical performance, gymnastics demonstrations, a magic show and juggling acts.
At 'Shek Mun Castle', students sang madrigals (short poems), played court music and performed breathtaking gymnastics on the stage and trapeze. The costumes, set decorations and designs were the work of parents, teachers and support staff in the past few months. Silent and live auctions were also held to raise funds for the school.
Students, wearing colourful costumes, were seated onstage as the lords and ladies, the hosts of the banquet. His Majesty, 'King' Lenard Rose, said: 'It is really funny that I am the 'highest' person in power at school tonight. I feel blessed and honoured to be part of the ICS community, which enjoys doing things together.'
ICS was delighted to have Chief Secretary Stephen Lam Sui-ling come to enjoy the performance on March 10. Lam, the guest-of-honour, said: 'ICS is a very fine institution. It builds its students into men and women who will make great contributions to Hong Kong. Students who have performed on stage tonight are very talented ... They know the importance of biblical principles and try to immerse those values into their lives.'
Headmaster Ben Norton, who played the 'Lord Mayor', thanked Lam and said: 'This is the third time I have attended an ICS Renaissance Banquet. I am amazed by the polished and wonderful performances.'
ICS was established in 1992 by a group of mission agencies. It is a private independent school which advocates a Christian education. ICS provides care-based education for more than 1,100 students from kindergarten up to Grade 12 at Shek Mun and Fo Tan campuses.
Lai Chack Middle School
Lai Chack Middle School has been sharing information and exchanging visits with Lize Middle School, attached to Capital Normal University in Beijing.
On March 14, Lai Chack welcomed teachers and students from Lize on a visit to Hong Kong that was part of the two schools' exchange programme. Through this scheme, the schools hope to share skills in various fields, including school management and teaching.
Thirty students and five teachers from Lize came to Hong Kong this year. Though the visit lasted for only three days, several activities were squeezed in.
These included a welcoming ceremony, campus visits, class observations and a farewell party.
The schools hope to improve their effectiveness through close co-operation.
Thirty-six Lai Chack students and teachers will take part in a seven-day exchange visit to Lize later this year.
In Beijing, the students hope to brush up their knowledge of Chinese history and culture as well as the mainland's economy.
Yu Chun Keung Memorial College
Yu Chun Keung Memorial College held its Life-Wide Learning Day last month. All Form Two students went to Peng Chau to provide voluntary services for the elderly.
We went to the island by ferry, and on the way, I got seasick. After taking some medicine, I felt much better.
On arrival, our group helped elderly residents measure their blood pressure and body mass index at a sports centre. It was hard work, because there were many people. We spent a few hours taking the measurements and giving them advice on a healthy diet.
We then took a break and had lunch together. It was difficult for us to find a restaurant, because all the nearby eateries were filled with our schoolmates and teachers.
In the afternoon, we went around Peng Chau. There were four checkpoints. When we arrived at each one, we had group photos taken in creative poses.
I was disappointed that we did not have time to finish all the required tasks. At 3pm, we returned to Central and were dismissed at the pier.
On Life-Wide Learning Day, I learned how to get along with the elderly. It was a remarkable experience, and we would not have been able to learn it from our textbooks.
Chan Chi-shing, Form Two