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Dressed in colourful, dazzling Zhuang costumes and carrying a jingling floral basket, a group of our primary school girls competed in The 56th Schools Dance Festival on 19th January, 2020. After ample training and practice, they performed brilliantly and made their parents proud. Honourably, the dance finally helped the team earn the Highly Commended Award.
During the competition, the whole team was calm enough to handle an unexpected accident. A P.5 member, Wong Tin Yuet, recalled, “When the music suddenly stopped, we were not nervous, but plucked up our courage to continue until the end of our dance. Finally, we were overjoyed with the result.”
Every member in the team gained an invaluable experience. They learnt that, only if everyone bears the same responsibility and works towards the same goal, their sweat is never shed in vain.
To celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Founding of The People’s Republic of China, New Territories School Heads Association organized a Chinese essay writing competition. We are pleased to announce that our P.6 student, Wang Yao, has won second place in the Primary Section.
Hong Kong is our beloved home. What can we symbolize it with? Wang Yao thought of ‘neon lights’ when she thought of Hong Kong. Neon lights are a shining example of Hong Kong’s heritage though it is gradually disappearing in the city. In her essay, she desired to place the neon lights onto China's Tiangong-2, a prototype of a space station, and take them back at the 80th Anniversary. This, she believed, should make the history more remarkable and meaningful.
As a Hongkonger, Wang Yao recognizes the importance of the cultural heritage and feels responsible for preserving it as far as she can. She hopes that by writing about the relationship between neon lights and Hong Kong, she can help raise people’s awareness and promote the need of preservation to the public.
As active learners, Ho Yu teachers grasp every opportunity to enrich their knowledge of different aspects. Led by the former principal Lee Suet Ying and Principal Leung Wai Fong, six teachers attended a study tour to Taiwan aiming to explore the mode of ‘Student Adaptive Learning’ and education development in Taiwan in November, 2019.
The concept of ‘adaptive instruction’ to cater to learners’ diversity and learning needs appealed to the teachers immensely. Learning about the concept of ‘Student Adaptive Learning’ which has been successfully adopted in Taiwan, teachers would examine the possibility and feasibility of its implementation at Ho Yu.
Ho Yu has already met the most essential criteria for adopting the learning mode, such as shared resources, common periods, computer hardware and software, online platforms and data collection of students’ learning progress. With successful experience and positive feedback from teachers in Taiwan, Ho Yu teachers will continue to explore and develop a unique and effective learning approach which fits students’ needs and abilities.
In October, 2019, our students joined a four-day study tour to Hangzhou, Shanghai. Organized by the District Office, the tour provided an opportunity for the participants to experience the unique culture of Hangzhou. Besides exploring some famous tourist attractions, our students also paid visits to different places. At the headquarter of an automobile company, they enriched their knowledge about distinctive heavy industries which they rarely come across in Hong Kong. Through visiting Huanmao iapm Mall and the venue of G20 Leaders Summit, students realized the fast globalisation of the world economy and were amazed by the achievements of the local community.
During the trip, our students also got involved in class observation, sports competitions and mock graduation activities at various institutions including several high schools and Shanghai Jiao Tong University. After experiencing local students’ life, one of our S.4 students, Yu Wing Kei, showed appreciation towards the education system of Shanghai, particularly the Physics curriculum. While most Hong Kong students are active and communicative, she observed that the mainland students are highly attentive in class and they are under even greater exam pressure.
Without a doubt, the tour enabled our students to widen their horizons and have a deeper understanding of the cultural and financial developments of Shanghai. It was such a rewarding trip which inspired students to equip themselves to prepare for the challenges ahead and contribute to a better Hong Kong in the near future.
We took part in the 15th Inclusive Electric Cooking Competition organized by Fu Hong Society. This event aims to build a harmonious society and walk together on the path to inclusion.
In the competition, three of our secondary 5 students teamed up with intellectually challenged team members to cook delicious meals together. With good teamwork, our students learned the importance of respecting and appreciating others.
Hoping to build a socially inclusive society, plenty of opportunities are always given to our students to show love and care to their family, their school, the society as well as the world. By joining this cooking competition, students helped people in need in the community and realised our school motto ‘to act benevolently’.
We have been organising the “Science@Home” Parent-child Competition for many years to enable students and their parents to jointly design and conduct experiments, and share the joy of science. Students of kindergartens and primary schools have been invited to participate in the event with their parents. The number of participants grows every year. This year, our theme of the competition was “Ping Pong Shooter”.
Fung Sin Ying, the recipient of both the ‘Aesthetics Award’ and ‘Science Research Award’, was excited to see the shooter work after testing for a month. She also thought that the competition was an eye-opener as it provided a platform for participants to share their experiences and learn from one another. The winners of the ‘Speed Award’, Choy Jun Yan and Choy Lok Yan, have been participating since primary 3. This pair of experienced contestants expressed gratitude to their parents and thanked them for their time, effort and support. Lok Chun Him Cedric worked closely with his family, improved the accuracy of the shooter after some trial and error, and finally received the ‘Best Shooter Award’.
This competition encourages students and parents to collaborate and conduct experiments at home and explore the wonders of Science. The competition has not only enriched their knowledge, but also helped them develop a better understanding of themselves including their interests and life goals. We believe it is definitely a way to become lifelong learners.
Two proposed cabinets of the Students’ Union, Oasis and Delta, had undergone heated debates and carried out promotional strategies before the former won in the election campaign. Students of the whole school exercised the suffrage of 'one person, one vote' and selected Oasis, the winning cabinet. Holding a belief ‘Serving fellow students, proposing innovation breakthroughs’, Oasis hopes to lead the students to a wonderful school life.
The President of Students’ Union, Fong Tsz Hin, found team building among the cabinet members very challenging. ‘At the beginning, we didn’t know much about each other; it took us a long time to better our communication and explore our strengths and weaknesses,’ Fong said. Despite the difficulties, they were able to skillfully distribute the workload, perform their best and win the election eventually.
The critical success factor of Oasis is undoubtedly their spirit of ‘never give up’. Keeping this in mind, they will help fight for more benefits for their fellow students such as shops’ special discounts offered to Ho Yu students, and accomplish their plans accordingly.