AFFECTION for teachers was demonstrated in loud cheers and generous applause from students of Pope Paul VI College at the school's 20th speech day, held recently. Four staff members were applauded as they picked up their awards for having served the school for 20 years. They were mathematics teacher Mr Ip Shing-man; history teacher Mrs Yau Chan Wai-fan; geography teacher Mrs Chow Au Yang So-wah, and laboratory technician Ms Mok Yim-mui. Guest of honour, Legislative Councillor Mr Lee Wing-tat, who was also once a teacher, said he was ''totally moved''. ''I was a teacher before joining the Legislative Council, and your speech day recalls for me the teacher's life,'' Mr Lee told the students. ''Your applause tells me that teaching students can be more interesting than arguing on government matters at a Legco meeting.'' Mr Lee said students should treasure their secondary school education which equipped them with resources to face the future. ''For some students, secondary school graduation marks the end of academic study but the beginning of a new phase in life,'' he said. ''One grows from a young and green Form 1 student to a mature graduate who can think for himself and take on responsibilities. You may not have noticed the growth and changes taking place within you, but these changes have really happened.'' He encouraged the graduates to put their school learning to practical use in the working world. ''Young people today face a more complex society than we adults did 20 years ago,'' he said. ''The 1997 problem, political changes, media influence, all these are important matters and many of you are worried about them. ''Some of you may wish to avoid the problems, but the best approach is to face the realities and overcome the challenges. As members of society, we should think more about the future of Hongkong.'' Over 300 certificates and prizes were presented. Awards for best academic results, conduct and service were given to the outstanding students. In her report, acting principal Sister Lucy Fernandes praised the students for their wide participation in extra-curricular activities. Last year students took part in the Hongkong Schools Speech Festival, Hongkong Schools Music Festival, Summer Work Experience Scheme, Good Books Award Book Report Competition, Poster Design Competition on Safety at Work, as well as joint school debates and inter-school drama shows. Over 190 Form 5 students graduated, and over 90 per cent of the 82 Form 7 graduates gained places in Hongkong tertiary institutes.