Tong Yun-kai, president of the Confucian Academy, and Kwan Kai-tai, principal education officer of the Education and Manpower Bureau for Tai Po and the North Districts, addressed the joint speech day of the Confucian Academy-sponsored Confucian schools. In his address, Mr Kwan expressed his appreciation of the Confucian schools, which, in upholding Confucian teachings, work hard to help students develop an all-rounded personality. Students are encouraged to be more creative, innovative and flexible. They are also reminded of the importance of self-learning and lifelong education. Dr Tong congratulated the graduates and wished them the best in future endeavours. He said the academy had applied for a subvention from the Quality Education Fund for adding moral and civil education to its secondary school curriculum. Confucian Academy-sponsored schools excel in both academic and non-academic areas as reflected in the outstanding results in public exams and numerous prizes in inter-school competitions, Dr Tong pointed out. The ceremony ended with the presentation of a souvenir to Mr Kwan. A joint-school mini-concert, MUSICGO 2004, was staged on December 18 at Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School's (TWGSS) school hall (pictured right). Organised by TWGSS and Wah Yan College, it was open to the public. The concert was performed by five school bands: Concert Band of Wah Yan College, Hong Kong; St Clare's Girls' School's Wind Band; Shatin Tsung Tsin Secondary School's School Band; Belilios Public School's Symphonic Band; and TWGSS' Symphonic Band. Works performed included Dvorak's Symphony No8 (1st movement) and Henry Mancini's Baby Elephant Walk. The highlight was when the five school bands gathered on stage to give a joint performance, directed by honorable guest Leung Bo-wah, lecturer of music at the Hong Kong Institute of Education. I would like to thank our principals and teacher advisers for their support. I hope we can organise the event again this year. Ng Ka-kei Tsuen Wan Government Secondary School A variety show held on December 18 was the first big event to mark the 70th anniversary of our school. The celebration kicked off with the airing of a video about the school's history. This was followed by a lighting ceremony by principal Leung Yin-ting, who was accompanied by vice-principals of the kindergarten, primary, secondary and commercial section. A series of talent shows were performed by students (pictured below). Kindergarten students were the first to take the stage, demonstrating Chinese kung fu, acrobatics and Latin dance. The primary students showed off their nanquan skills. Secondary students performed a short but enlightening Chinese opera which was followed by a tribal dance. Our jazz group added a modern touch to the secondary students' talent show while the school orchestra, comprising both primary and secondary students, entertained the audience with a brilliant music medley. Primary students also performed choral-speaking and gave speeches in English and Putonghua. Wrapping up the show was a medley of pop songs performed by teachers and a student from our secondary section. A video presented by Tse Ling, Miss Hong Kong 1985, with her husband Shum Kin-fan, marked the end of the show. They thanked the school for providing an integral learning environment for their daughters, who are students in the primary section. Melissa Yeung, F. 6B True Light Middle School of Hong Kong On January 6, Secretary for Education and Manpower Arthur Li Kwok-cheung paid a visit to Valtorta College. He was greeted by supervisor Father Renzo Milanese, principal Theresa Chan Kam-tim and staff members. Professor Li was then greeted by Secondary Five and Secondary Seven students in the school hall. The afternoon's programme started with a short presentation by student representatives about the school and the history of its liberal studies. The highlight of the visit was when Professor Li participated in a role play prepared by the students concerning the new 3+3+4 academic structure. It was followed by a direct dialogue between Professor Li and the students. He praised the school for its achievements and explained the motives behind the changes of the academic structure for senior secondary education and higher education. There was no shortage of questions, which Professor Li answered thoroughly. After meeting the students, he attended a forum with teachers at the school's student activity centre. Issues discussed included support for deprived families, new senior secondary examinations, small-class teaching, teacher workload and surplus teachers. The atmosphere was open and relaxing. Professor Li encouraged teachers to communicate with the bureau directly to get advice on adopting the best policies for their profession. The afternoon ended with the presentation of souvenirs to Professor Li and guests by Father Milanese.