Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School celebrated the launch of its new campus facilities with an open day. Using a grant from the Quality Education Fund, the school set up an Information Technology (IT) room with more than 40 computers, an electronic public bulletin system, an English self- learning centre and a symphonic band. Lam Luk Man-ying, an English teacher, said the school hoped to provide more personal education to suit students' different needs. 'The facilities are just the hardware for our teaching. I think as teachers, we should start to upgrade our IT knowledge before we teach students,' Mrs Lam said. Last spring, teachers and students from all classes completed a garden mural. Several benches were set in the grounds to im prove what had simply been a wasteland for years. 'The 42-metre by 2.5-metre mural brought us tears and happiness. I will never forget the time we spent painting it,' said Cheung Man-po. Man-po's classmate, 18-year- old Yam Pui-fong, said other students, teachers and neighbours watched them paint the mural. 'We always brought our lunch boxes and ate together, but the mosquitoes made a meal of me,' she joked. The theme of the mural was 'lotus' and the teachers said that they hoped their students would remain pure, just like the lotus flower. The school band provided musical entertainment and more than 30 booths were set up by students from different groups and societies to give visitors an insight into their interests. The most popular booth was the one run by the society of arts and design. Lots of people flocked to see the exquisite bookmarks, handicrafts and colourful drawing on display. The biology booth focused its attention on the Chinese white dolphins. Sixth form student Rosalyn Tse Pui-lam, who helped manage the biology booth, said people were not aware of the threat to the environment. 'People are often only concerned about enjoying themselves and do not care whether they are destroying the ecosystem or endangering rare animals. Some day we will have to pay for our selfishness,' 17-year-old Pui-lam said. She said the open day allowed her and classmates to get their environmental message across to a wider audience. 'It's not easy to get people to understand our point. 'We have to make ourselves clear and present the information in an interesting way,' she said, A debating society student said she wanted to introduce campus life to other students and make sure that everyone felt comfortable in their shared environment. Winnie Li Wing-ling, 14, said she sees the school as part of the community and that an open day is an opportunity for people to learn more about their school, not simply the building. 'I want to welcome visitors and hope to make them feel at home,' she said.