QEF Thematic Network on Support for Diverse Learning Needs (Reading and Writing) in Junior Secondary Schools Ms Wong Wing-han and Ms Lai Lok-ting gave a presentation on 'How colour coding helps students write a basic sentence' in a sharing session held at the Institute of Education on 3rd July 2014. Six other schools also presented their materials and lessons to an audience of around 100 teachers.
S1 Shopping Corner Codes of Life Extended Activity S1 Shopping Corner Date: 3rd June 2014 (Tuesday) Time: 12:55 -- 1:30pm Venue: Covered Playground Description of the activity: In order to offer a chance for students to “Shop in English", an activity called "Shopping Corner" is held every year for all S1 students. Students are given "cash coupons" in different denominations to do the shopping. Each student earns different amounts of cash coupons based on their performance in Codes of Life (a subject designed to enhance students’ English standard) throughout the school year. With the cash coupons, students use English to buy stationery, snacks, badges and hand fans. “Shopping Corner” enables students to use English in an everyday setting. This year, we would like to students to try to bargain while shopping, thus, we had provided students with an extra worksheet on how students could do the bargain during the activity. Most students came and tried having a good bargain with the teachers- and students-on-duty that day. Most of them said they did enjoy the shopping experience!
S2 Life Board Game Codes of Life Extended Activity S2 Life Board Game Date: 10th June 2014 (Tuesday) Time: 1:00 -- 1:30pm Venue: Room 104 Description of the activity: At least 2 representatives from each S2 class were sent to play the game. This year, we have a total of 6 groups of students. At the beginning of the game, students had to make decision on whether starting their career or studying. They then experienced "a virtual life" and they needed to learn making decisions at different stages of life. They needed to experience of “paying tax”, “buying gifts for new born babies” and so on. In the game, they needed to plan their life well so that they would not have to loan from the bank. Results: Champion: 2B 1st runner-up: 2A (Group 1) 2nd runner-up: 2A (Group 2)
Reader's Theater is a dramatic presentation of a written work in a script form. Students read from a "script" and reading parts are divided among the students. No memorization, costumes, or special lighting is needed. Our S.2 Reader's Theatre Competition has also been held and all the students were highly motivated. The actors used only vocal expression to help the audience understand the story. In the activity, there were 6 awards including three best speakers.
S3 Codes of Life Extended Activity – The Hunger Banquet Date: 14th May 2014 (Wednesday) Time: 2:45 – 3: 45pm Venue: School Hall Guest Speaker: Miss Esther Chan from Oxfam, Hong Kong The Hunger Banquet is an event held to raise students’ awareness about hunger issues. We have invited Miss Esther Chan, officer at Oxfam Hong Kong, to talk about the issues of hunger and poverty around the world. It was a great experience for our students to have more exposure on the mentioned issues. It challenged the students to see the world in a new way and to ask themselves what they can do to make a difference in their community. At the banquet, students were assigned positions in two classes (rich and poor) and dined accordingly. As a symbolic representation of how hunger is distributed throughout the world, 21 students in the “rich” tier enjoyed pizza, dessert, potato chips and soft drinks. This meal was served by student waiters. The majority of the diners fell in the “poor” tier. Those 95 students had a slice of bread and water to eat and drink. It was arranged in this way because students could be able to experience what problems different people around the world are now facing. Follow-up will be done in the upcoming Codes of Life lessons.
The S.4 Restaurant Review presentation was successfully held on 5th May in the school hall. Six groups of participants strove for excellence in introducing their Italian, Korean and Japanese restaurants to the audience. For class-based awards, the champion, first runner-up and the second runner-up went to 4A, 4C and 4B respectively. For individual awards, Chan Wai Ying from 4A, Rong Ka Yee from 4B and Chu Ho Lam from 4C attained the best speaker awards.
On 11th April 2014,8 students from 2A & 2B joined a 2-hour programme presented by British Council Hong Kong.In the programme,they read and discussed the content of selected passages from The War of the Worlds; watched and discussed selected scenes from the film of the same title;analysed the differences between a text and its film adaptation and interacted with one another in English.
On 6th March & 20th March 2014,about 20 S.4 & S.5 students attended a 4-hour programme (2 hours per day) presented by The English-Speaking Union (Hong Kong) Limited.Before the event days, they were required to read parts of a famous novel - Wuthering Heights.During the programme, students watched clips of a film adapted from this novel and learned to appreciate and compare the presentation of the novel and the film.
S1 Reader’s Theatre Competition The competition was held on 1st April, 2014 at the school hall. Representatives of each class went on stage to read aloud a story (chosen in advance) to the audience. Unlike drama, the students playing different roles told their stories with only facial and vocal expressions. What’s more, students gain improvement in different speaking skills such as voice projection and fluency. The competition was a great success as all the audience, including both teachers and students, enjoyed the ‘show’ a lot. The school hall was full of laughter. At the end of the competition, altogether 7 prizes were presented – 4 for groups & 3 for individuals. The results are as follows: Groups Champion: 1A 1st runner-up: 1C 2nd runner-up: 1D 3rd runner-up: 1B Best speakers (in no particular order) 1. Liang Zixin (1A) 2. Lee Pak Hei (1C) 3. Cheng Tsz Shun (1D)