RALLIES to call for SMALL CLASSES Teachers, principals and parents are to hold rallies in March and April in response to calls by the Professional Teachers' Union and school heads' associations for smaller classes. The campaign follows education chief Arthur Li Kwok-cheung's rejection of the proposals. STUDENTS TO FLY TO SRI LANKA Students from Island School are to fly out to Sri Lanka on Wednesday to seek out worthy causes after raising more than $450,000 for tsunami victims. The cash was raised through a sponsored walk. Research wins backing City University of Hong Kong has received $11.04 million, the largest amount of grants for 2004-2005 from the Research Grants Council's Central Allocation Fund. The money is for three research projects in novel materials for orthopaedic, ion nanostructuring of functional materials; and science and technology of silicon nanowires. curriculum in focus The University of Hong Kong's Journalism and Media Studies Centre has started a new broadcast curriculum and established a new TV production centre using the archives of the FocusAsia programme. Students will have access to STAR TV's facilities. Veteran journalist Jim Laurie, who created FocusAsia, will serve as consultant. you've got a friend Thirty-two members of voluntary organisation Friends Unlimited are mentors of 33 Lingnan University students under the fourth mentoring programme jointly run with Lingnan. emb helps solve problems The Education and Manpower Bureau will launch 'ITeHelp', an Information Technology in Education Support Centre Service, on February 1 to provide a platform for sharing IT knowledge and ideas. It includes a support hotline on 2111 3373. Visit http://itehelp.hkedcity.net .