WHILE many people seem to have the impression that Hong Kong's primary students are book worms, many often look beyond their textbooks to gain knowledge about current local and world affairs, say organisers of the Outstanding Pupils Award 1994. Speaking at the final round, Michael Yeo, general manager of the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board for China and Hong Kong, said the contestants' performance shattered the general impression of Hong Kong students as book worms. ''Students possess high level of general knowledge and are able to go beyond their textbooks to information of other areas around the world. This is in contrast to their long-time book worm image,'' Mr Yeo said. The award, organised by the Singapore Tourist Promotion Board in Hong Kong and targeted at primary five and six pupils in Chinese schools throughout the territory, aims to promote cultural ties and a closer understanding between the island nation and Hong Kong. It is also aimed at helping students broaden their horizons, build up their confidence, and prepare them for secondary school and future challenges. In the finals, the students underwent two sessions: the creativity round and the quiz round. The first required students to design a souvenir to represent Singapore, while they were quizzed on general knowledge in the second round. The five winners won an all-expenses paid, five-day trip to Singapore starting today to Friday. They would be accompanied by a parent. The top prize winner, Primary Six student Wong King-sum, of St Paul's College Primary School, said the qualities for an outstanding student included good academic performance, active participation in extra-curricula activities, and paying attention to events. ''But I am not good enough because I am not as sensitive to community affairs as an outstanding student should be,'' the 12-year old said. First runner-up Chau Kam-to's prime concern is to explore school life in Singapore. ''This is my first trip to Singapore and I would like to make use of this opportunity to learn about how studies there is like and the difference between Hong Kong and there,'' the 11-year old said. Kam-to's aspiration is shared by second runner-up Ko Hiu-fai. Wong Chun-hang and Koo Jerome Leo took the fourth and fifth places. Apart from touring Singapore, the winners will also meet their Singapore counterparts to share their thoughts on various aspects of life.