In November and December, 16 Diocesan Boys' School Primary Division students gave English tutoring sessions to 20 students in Tin Shui Wai. They were taking part in the Joint School English Programme, aimed at boosting students' English skills. The Primary Five students acted as English tutors for Primary One and Two students from the Lions Club International Ho Tak Sum Primary School. Three one-hour sessions were held on November 21 and December 5 and 12. The young English mentors were led by deputy head teacher Chandni Rakesh. 'This is a whole new experience for my students,' she said. 'They can act as peer teachers, share their knowledge, learn to be patient and how to [get along] with junior students, especially girls.' According to Ms Rakesh, the students had to prepare their own teaching content on three topics: colours, numbers and food. The students also gained a new perspective on Tin Shui Wai New Town, she said. Nicholas Wan, a 10-year-old peer teacher, said he had become more mature after taking part in the programme. 'Most of the students were clever and playful. I didn't think we were any superior to them,' said Nicholas. Duncan Chau Ka-shun said: 'We prepared games and reading materials for the junior students. Some of them did not understand what we were saying at the beginning and we had to talk slowly. By the end, most of them had spoken up and we became friends.' Duncan said some of the junior students had a high standard of English. 'Some of them were really clever. They got all the answers right and won all the games.' Ms Rakesh said the programme was a stepping stone for the boys, and the next step would be collaborating with schools on the mainland.