SIX members of the Board of Education, led by chairman Tam Man-kwan and accompanied by Assistant Director of Education (Services) Tse Kum-shing , visited the Hong Kong Sea School in Stanley recently. The other members were Michael Hong Man-hoi, Kenneth Ting Woo-shou, Sister Marie Remedios, Grace Hui Wong King-man, Minnie Lai Wei Kit-lin and Sheung Kwok-chu. The group was welcomed and briefed by the chairman of the school management committee, Mr Cowen Chiu, and principal Kwong Hung-piu. The Hong Kong Sea School started operation as an aided residential and day practical school for boys who lack motivation in September last year. The curriculum places more emphasis on practical skills than academic knowledge in motivating potential dropouts. The school offers traditional seamanship, steward training and practical studies including accommodation and catering, technical studies and commercial studies. It also provides training for students to sit for examinations leading to the award of proficiency in survival craft certificate and efficient deck-hand certificate. After observing students practising boat-rowing at the Bradbury Pier, the group moved to the gymnasium where a class of Form Three students was having traditional naval physical training which aims at training their co-operation, aptness and confidence. The group also visited the computer education room, the music room, the art and design room and accommodation and catering workshops.