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Hong Kong teachers dress up as students to raise record-high funds for Operation Santa Claus

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  • Shung Tak Catholic English College in Yuen Long shares about their fundraiser event last month with delicious food, fun games and teachers dressed as students
  • Thanks to the school’s hard work, the fun fair raised HK$67,888 in support of Operation Santa Claus
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Faculty of Shung Tak Catholic English College dress up in student uniforms. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

Hong Kong teachers at a fun fair last month discovered one eye-opening way to keep children with short attention spans focused during classes – by wearing student uniforms.

At Shung Tak Catholic English College in Yuen Long on December 10, eight teaching staff, including principal Cecilia Tang Sui-sim, showed up to the school’s playground wearing ties, white blouses and navy pinafores to take pictures.

Their appearance attracted dozens of astonished students, who immediately surrounded the group to catch a glimpse of the unusual moment.

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At the same time, pupils enjoyed mouth-watering food sold by the school’s parent-teacher association such as smoked duck breast, cake pops and bean curd jelly, as well as game stalls run by their schoolmates.

Other highlights included an award ceremony where students decided which teacher deserved to be crowned “the most handsome, beautiful, adorable and energetic”, topped off with a Christmas carols performance.

Students and staff of Shung Tak Catholic English College run a fun fair to raise money for Operation Santa Claus. Photo: Xiaomei Chen

The fun fair successfully raised HK$67,888 (US$8,705) for Operation Santa Claus, an annual charity campaign organised by the South China Morning Post and public broadcaster RTHK.

The figure was a record-high amount for the school after 27 years of supporting the charity drive.

The school’s innovative ideas came from its organising committee, which consisted of eight Form Five students, who wanted to cheer up pupils unable to take part in preparations because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Committee member Emily Chan Hiu-man said she and her classmates volunteered to hold the event.

“When we participated in this event in junior forms, it was like a very fun, exciting and fresh experience that was different from primary school,” she said.

“So we thought if we can be the one to hold and design the event, it will be a very nice experience for other students. It will bring us the joy of accomplishment as well.”

Teammate Emily Fung Lok-yiu said the process had taught them all about teamwork and time management skills.

“Besides managing studies, we are all from different clubs and other committees. So when [the time of] our activities clashed, it was kind of hard for all of us to take time to have meetings and work together,” she said.

Their supervising teacher Graham Manchester, who also put on a school uniform, said the committee had done a good job.

“More importantly, it is to help the students, all Shungtakians understand the meaning of having a giving heart and being a servant leader and a good representative of the community that they are willing to look beyond themselves,” he noted.

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