Students plan long-term help for the Philippines
Students at Sha Tin College have kick-started a possible long-term relief project for the victims of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Last weekend they packed and freighted six cubic metres of non-perishable food to the hard-hit communities in Catbalogan. Concerned that the food may not get to those who need it, the school sent it directly to a teacher's wife in devastated Samar province. The school has been in touch with the mayor of Catbalogan who is helping to co-ordinate the relief efforts. It has raised about HK$40,000 so far, HK$10,000 of which will go to the Red Cross, targeting the communities of Daram and Guiuan. The school is gearing up for a student-led sustainable project to support the recovery efforts over the longer term, says vice-principal Neil Hodgson. Sha Tin Junior School is also expected to raise money for the cause.
Sign up for Autism Conference
Early bird registration has started for the 2014 Hong Kong Autism Spectrum Disorder Conference, scheduled for April 3 and 4. The conference, co-
organised by the English Schools Foundation and the Hong Kong Institute of Education, will coincide with the beginning of Autism Awareness Month. Clinical psychologists Dr Tony Attwood and Dr Isabelle Hénault will share knowledge on Asperger's Syndrome. Register at esfeducation.com/asd-conference-2014/
Eleven make the grade in sport training degree
Eleven students, including wushu athletes Cheng Chung-hang, Leung Ka-wai, Leung Man-chun, Tang Siu-kong, Yuen Ka-ying and Zheng Tian-hui, have graduated from the education in sport training degree programme awarded jointly by the Beijing Sport University and the Hong Kong Sports Institute. The programme is Hong Kong's first degree course to professionally develop sport-specific coaches and athletes. A total of 14 students have been admitted into the programme this year.