The English language camp, which was held for 80 Primary Four students from Po Leung Kuk Chan Yat Primary School, was held at my school on April 24 (pictured right). Although I did not join the camp, I did did a lot of preparation work for it, including producing camp books, decorating display boards and designing the decoration of the school hall and different classrooms. Students involved in organising the camp were able to learn different skills. Those who were camp leaders learnt leadership skills and how to communicate with young children in English. For me, I had the opportunity to explore my creativity in art design. I had always thought that design was very easy, but actually it was not as easy as I thought. During discussions of the design with my schoolmates, I acquired the skills of listening to the opinion of others and expressing my ideas. I felt a sense of achievement after the work was completed. Ivy Ho Pui-yu, F. 6S Po Leung Kuk 1983 Board of Directors' College Ng Yuk Secondary School's 26th Speech Day was held on June 5. Guest of honour Gilbert S.K. Mo, principal government counsel deputy law draftsman, encouraged students to strive for excellence under the current trend of globalisation, which has been making its influence in every sector of society. Teenagers and fresh graduates are not left out of this international arena, Mr Mo told the students. He stressed hard work and continuous self-learning as the key to success to worldwide competition. Form Five and Seven class representatives were presented with graduation certificates. This was followed by the presentation of the outstanding academic award and outstanding performance in school and social service awards. Principal Pang Chi-chuen commented on the school's development in the past year. A new extension is under construction to create more space for an effective teaching and learning environment. He reiterated the school's commitment to the promotion of information technology and curriculum tailoring. Mr Pang ended his speech by praising all the graduates for their efforts and thanked all the staff for working towards common goals. The ceremony came to a close with a speech by Chin Suet-ping, the Form Five class valedictorian, thanking all the teachers and staff for their dedication and hard work. Hong Kong International School's fifth Annual Fund Ball, held on May 29 at the Grand Hyatt, raised an unprecedented $4 million. Guests were treated to a glamorous evening in the sumptuously decorated venue (pictured below). Students, led by faculty members, performed in the strings ensemble, Glenda Allen dance academy, and choirs. The live auction, conducted by auctioneers Moses Tsang and Mahmood Rumjahn, saw furious bidding among competitors and raised $1 million (which was matched by some generous parents). Items auctioned include a wine dinner at Petrus with 1900 vintage wines, with wine connoisseur John Koo, 10 bottles of Chateau Latour 1970, and a package vacation to Amanpuri, Phuket. (Visit http://dnet.hkis.edu.hk/giving for more auctioned items, and the results of the live and silent auctions and raffle draw.) The Annual Fund supports students' extra-learning experiences that are not covered by school tuition alone, such as the orchestral programme, merit and need-based scholarships, the Charles W. Dull visiting scholar series, and the HKIS endowment fund. To date, it has raised $23 million for the school. Special thanks goes to the ball committee for their dedication and commitment. About 800 Secondary Five and Seven graduates, parents and guests attended St Joan of Arc Secondary School's Speech Day on May 29. The ceremony kicked off with a video produced by St Joan of Arc Campus TV titled 2003-2004 in Retrospect, capturing the bittersweet moments of school life. Honourable guest and-alumnus Mak Chai-kwong, Director of Highways gave an inspiring speech reminding all students that they should treasure their school days, the time during which students enhanced communication skills and developed creativity and a sense of commitment. He also emphasised the importance of multi-lingual education through extensive reading. The graduates staged a multimedia drama production to recall their unforgettable years at the school. The singing of the school song brought a harmonious close to the ceremony.