Pupils at top schools continued to show excellence in English in the new Diploma of Secondary Education exam - but limited Chinese-language skills have cost some of them a place at university.Saturday, 21 July, 2012, 12:00am
In the second round of the 13th Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition, YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College battled Immaculate Heart of Mary College on the motion 'Hong Kong is a great place to live'. YWCA agreed with the motion, while Immaculate Heart of Mary took the opposing view.10 May 2012 - 12:00am
Grace Luk, 18, YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College
cd: Beyonce's 4. 1+1 is a wonderful opener to a great album.
dvd: Beastly. A modern version of Beauty and the Beast.
movie: Zookeeper. Kevin James on a roller coaster with a gorilla - priceless.
book: The Help. The film is out now, but don't ignore Kathryn Stockett's best-selling novel.2 Oct 2011 - 12:00am
Keeping Cantonese opera alive
The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts will launch a Cantonese opera degree in 2013. It will be a four-year programme.
Cantonese opera, as part of our heritage, is worth preserving. But is offering studies towards a degree the best way to protect this performing art?4 Aug 2011 - 12:00am
We need more sports facilities
I am concerned about the shortage of sport facilities in Hong Kong.
A recent study shows that nearly one in five Hongkongers are obese, partly because of a lack of exercise. But even if many of these people chose to take part in sports, it would be difficult to find sports facilities for all of them.30 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
We must recognise nurses' hard work
Medical services are essential to every city. Nurses, as well as doctors, play a crucial role in ensuring that residents receive proper medical care. So, it is sad to hear that medical workers in Hong Kong work much more than eight hours on most days.16 Jul 2011 - 12:00am
Cage homes a serious problem
I read the article 'Cage homes worse than living on street', (SCMP, May 24) with interest.
Conditions in these cubicles are appalling. There is no privacy; everyone there lives in a small area with their possessions.23 Jun 2011 - 12:00am
Better presentation and more convincing arguments helped YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College edge out Christian Alliance Cheng Wing Gee College in the third round of the 12th Nesta-SCMP Debating Competition.
The schools debated the motion: 'public, performing animal shows are beneficial.' Cheng Wing Gee took the affirmative side and Hioe Tjo Yoeng the negative.31 May 2011 - 12:00am
Applied learning courses helpful26 May 2011 - 12:00am
Communication skills can be useful
Communication is important. With better skills, we can communicate more easily. This can help with our school work.
Students have lots of presentations and oral tests, so communication skills can get us higher marks. Such skills can also increase students' confidence.25 May 2011 - 12:00am