The start of their four-year term might still be a week away, and it may not be a school term, but the legislature's freshmen learned yesterday that classroom rules of survival still apply: obey instructions and stick to your friends. The lesson came at an orientation session held to introduce them to the Legco building and the rules and procedures that apply inside. Obediently raising their hands before asking a question, the 17 newly elected lawmakers - lacking an official seating plan - clustered in groups according to their political affiliations. 'Mad Dog' Wong Yuk-man, leader of the League of Social Democrats who ran on an election platform of 'a clear-cut opposition' party, was the only new face missing from the four-hour session. 'The session has given me a headache,' said Wong Kwok-kin of the Federation of Trade Unions. 'The council secretary gave us an outright warning that regular meetings usually last until 10pm. I must start getting fit to cope.' Both Mr Wong and tourism sector legislator-elect Paul Tse Wai-chun said it was just like school days. 'Nobody was naughty and all raised their hands before asking a question,' Mr Wong said. Political veteran Cyd Ho Sau-lan, of Civic Act-up, who is returning after four years in the wilderness, was more worried about the furniture than the rules. 'How do I change the position of the seat?' a mystified Ms Ho asked as she tried out the new seats installed since she last sat in the chamber. Meanwhile, Starry Lee Wai-king, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong, was starry-eyed. 'Wow, this place is so special,' she said.