(12138 Readers' Theatre at S.K.H. Good Shepherd Primary School) In line with our belief that language is best learned through its usage with a communicative purpose, our English teachers and S.2-3 English student ambassadors visited SKH Good Shepherd Primary School (GSPS) on Wednesday, 10th July, 2013 and organized a Readers’ Theatre competition for its students. Around 50 primary six GSPS students were divided into five groups, each coached by our English teachers and assisted by our student ambassadors. The first hour quickly passed which was spent playing warm-up games and learning the basic elements of story-telling – things like how a story should be read out to a live audience, and how to make use of one’s voice, facial expressions and body gestures to best play out a story character. Another hour was spent learning the story/script and applying the skills covered in the first hour. By the time everyone gathered back in the school hall, each group was ready and eager to put on their best performance. And what a performance they gave, in front of not only the participants of the competition, but also their schoolmates from other levels who together made up a marvelous vivacious audience. At the end of the competition, when the results were announced and prizes were awarded, our teachers and student ambassadors felt a sense of relief and satisfaction that the whole activity was completed without a hitch and their intended mission was accomplished – that students at Good Shepherd would enjoy a morning of fun using and learning English. We felt even more encouraged later when teachers of Good Shepherd remarked that they were impressed to see so many of their students perform on stage without inhibition, using English and having fun at the same time. We would like to thank Principal Leung of GSPS and her staff for giving us the opportunity to bring together their students and our students and teachers for an enjoyable morning before everyone breaks for the summer holiday.
An interview with Mr Chong Chan-yau---------------Our school was honoured by the presence of Mr. Chong Chan-yau who officiated at our English Readers’ Theatre Competition on 3rd July, 2013. After the competition, Mr. Chong was interviewed by two of our students. In the interview, topics on how to overcome difficulties and adversities in life, ways to learn English efficiently and effectively, and how young people in Hong Kong can better equip themselves in face of an ever-changing world were touched on. We are so inspired by Mr. Chong’s views and advice on the above that we plan to show the video recording of the interview to all the students in Chiu Chow. We would like to again thank Mr. Chong for his presence and invaluable advice.
Our school was honoured by the presence of Mr. Chong Chan-yau who officiated at our English Readers’ Theatre Competition on 3rd July, 2013. Before the competition, students were first prepped by the English language experts of EL2000 on the skills like reading aloud, with feeling and in public. Competitors, divided into five groups, then used what they learned to interpret and express their own story/script on stage in front of an audience in our School Hall. The performances of the competitors were strong and the judges had a hard time deciding the best group. At the end of the competition, Mr. Chong presented certificates and prizes to all the participants.
Codes of Life Extended Activity S1 Shopping Corner Date: 11th June 2013 (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.
Codes of Life Extended Activity S2 Life Board Game Date: 10th June 2013 (Monday) Time: 1:00 -- 1:30pm Venue: Room 104 Description of the activity: 2 representatives from each S2 class were sent to play the game. 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. Results: Champion: 2C 1st runner-up: 2B 2nd runner-up: 2D 3rd runner-up: 2A
The S3 talent show was held on 15th May in the school hall. This year, we had a lot of wonderful performances in the show, including drama, musical and singing. All S3 students and their teachers had an enjoyable afternoon. The results are as follow: Participation awards – 3D & 3E 2nd runner up – 3A 1st runner up – 3B Champion – 3C
The annual S1 Spelling Competition was held on 19th March, 2013 at the school hall. There were altogether 3 rounds in the competition. In the first two rounds, three representatives from each class spelt a number of words, including both pre-learnt and unseen words, asked by the teacher. In the third round, which was also the most exciting part, five students from each class were drawn on the spot. They were asked to spell different pre-learnt words. At the end of the competition, four prizes were presented. The results are as follows: Champion: 1A 1st runner-up: 1B Participation awards: 1C & 1D
Aiden Yip 4B (18) I enjoyed the drama play ‘The Legend of TEX’ by Artspot Educational Theater very much. The story took place at the coast of the New World. Alan, a brave but kind adventurer, fought against Greedy Captain Shark and saved the native village from harm. In the eyes of Izel, one of the female natives, Alan was brave enough to protect the village. He had the courage to defeat all the intruders and let the golden calendar remain untouched, just like the hero in ‘The Legend of TEX’. Special thanks to Artspot for bringing me such a wonderful play. I enjoyed the songs sung by the casts. I could learn a lot of vocabulary. I was happy to have this golden opportunity to learn English through drama yesterday. I just can’t wait for the next one!
23rd Apr, 2013 ‘Create Our Own Reading Records!’ at the Hong Kong Stadium It was a special day today. Students from Classes 4A and 4B were standing with pride at the Hong Kong Stadium to celebrate the world’s Reading Day and the 449th birthday of the great poet William Shakespeare. Co-organized by SCOLAR and English Alliance, this event ‘Create Our Own Reading Records!’ aims to promote the culture of reading. Over 16,000 fervent participants from various primary and secondary schools came with us to help create Hong Kong reading records. Together with other performers, our students lead the audiences to read aloud the monologue ‘The Seven Ages of Man’ from the famous play ‘As You Like It’ by William Shakespeare. Professor Cheng Kai-ming, the Chairman of SCOLAR, was very impressed by our young learners’ performance. Despite the morning drizzles, our teens from Classes 4A and 4B enjoyed themselves greatly in this mega occasion. They had a taste of the world literature through a variety of meaningful and fun-filled activities. They are ready to celebrate the 450th birthday of Shakespeare and many more to come!