A pearl necklace and scruffy clothes recently helped transform students into characters in a French drama. Actors from Good Hope School, Diocesan Boys' School, La Salle College and St Joseph's College (pictured right) collaborated in the performance of Le Collier, written by Claudio Ponte. The play was staged on May 21 at the Hong Kong Fringe Club. The show attracted children, parents, students and teachers from different schools, as well as members of French institutes. When we first started rehearsing, everyone stumbled over their lines. But after two months of gruelling practice, our commitment paid off as the play became reality. The drama tells the story of a snobbish English woman and a hypocritical countess who on a train from Paris to Geneva. Also on board are a group of teenage troublemakers. During the journey a blackout occurs and the English woman's pearl necklace is stolen. She accuses the teenagers of the theft despite their apparent innocence. Fortunately, a young man takes up the role of detective and finds the thief. Good Hope girls and La Salle boys also sang two songs and lower form students danced. After the performances, there was a games session. Guests answered questions about the play in return for prizes. Another game involved coming up with unusual items like $32.9 and key chains without keys. The audience showed off their French vocabulary while rummaging through their bags and wallets. Many thanks to everyone involved in making this performance a success, especially the French teachers at our schools. We would also like to thank our sponsors, the Hong Kong Association of French Teachers and the French bookstore Parenthese. Hiral Shah and Dorothy Chan Good Hope School Teachers' hard work often goes unrewarded. But at CCC Kei San Secondary, parents recently lined up to show their appreciation. Parents presented each teacher with a small plant as a token of their thanks. They did this in front of the assembled student body to set an example to students to show respect to their teachers. Tong Siu-heung, chairperson of the Parent-Teacher Association said that actions spoke louder than words. She also said students should learn to treasure the educational opportunities they were being given. The plants symbolised that teachers need care as plants do. They also represented learning, which grows best with nurturing.