Fishing may not be your favourite activity. You might even consider it boring. However, Tang Chiu Kin Victory Government Secondary School used this pastime to reduce stress among its students and enhance their relationship with their parents. The Causeway Bay school recently organised a two-day camp at a Sai Kung fish farm. It was part of an anti-stress programme launched by the school earlier this year to help students and their parents enjoy a healthier life. The programme, which featured activities such as war games, yoga classes and cooking contests, provided more opportunities for parents and children to communicate. The camp was organised by a group of senior students who had taken part in a series of leadership and stress reduction workshops, including a two-day hiking trip in Sai Kung Country Park. They hoped fishing would help participants realise that they should not put themselves under too much pressure when things were not going their way. 'Fishing is not just about skills. You also need a little bit of luck,' said one of the student organisers, 17-year-old Chu Sai-yuen. 'Lots of things in life are like fishing. They are not within your control.' The participants, who also took part in group games and sharing sessions, had to do without life's 'luxuries' such as air-conditioning. The simple lifestyle, based on understanding and co-operation, helped bring them together. Mrs Cheng, a parent who used fish for a living, said the camp brought back her childhood memories. 'It's difficult to illustrate how hard our life was to the younger generation. The camp gave them a taste of the hardships that we endured when we were young,' she said. She added that her relationship with her 15-year-old son had improved. 'He has changed a bit after the camp. He has started to do some activities with me. He also talks more about his school life at home.' The student organisers said they were under pressure , but the experience would help them in the future. 'We'll be better prepared next time. We know what to do now so we won't be so stressed next time,' said student organiser, Dilys Cheung Man-chi, 18.