MORE than a thousand visitors from the local area attended an open day at the Shau Kei Wan Government Secondary School recently. The primary objective of the day was to encourage students and teachers to become more involved in the school and allow visitors and primary school students, who will enrol in next year's intake, to learn more about the curriculum. According to English language teacher, Ms Wong Sook-mei, it was hoped the day would result in more involvement by parents and students in school functions. ''We hope that by attending the open day, people would gain a clearer picture about our school, its facilities and the range of extra-curricular activities on offer,'' Ms Wong said. About seven primary school students from Shau Kei Wan and North Point were among those who visited the school on the day. Visitors were impressed by the beautifully decorated stalls set up in the school hall. Each provided information about academic subjects and various leisure clubs and each had their own special theme. Some had simple but interesting games for visitors to play while others distributed bookmarks and small gifts to visitors. Of the stalls, those set up by the English, Chinese and Chinese history, computer studies, design and technology departments and the astronomy club drew the most attention. At the computer studies display visitors could take part in a psychological test given by a computer. A detailed report of the results was printed out and given to the participants. Many people who stopped at the English language display were interested in finding out the origin of their English names. Some of the more popular names were illustrated by photographs of celebrities such as Vivian Chow, Aaron Kwok and Jimmy Lin. As well as talking about the origin of names, the busy demonstrators explained mistakes commonly made in daily English usage. ''We wanted to get the message across that learning English need not be a boring subject,'' said English teacher Mrs Tammy Shaw. ''Studying English can be fun and interesting.'' The stand set up by the astronomy club also had a couple of interesting features. Two telescopes, each worth several thousand dollars, were available to give visitors a closer look at how they work. Students from the club briefly explained how the telescopes operate and what they were capable of observing. They also discussed the activities which are offered to members of the club. Fourth form student, Chan Wai-kit, a committee member of the astronomy club, said he was very interested in this science of studying the stars. ''About 10 other members of the club an I each put in a few hundred dollars to buy this telescope which we use for studying the stars and planets,'' said Wai-kit. ''We plan to meet in the evenings on our school's roof top so members can have a closer look at our solar system.''