Dear parents and students,
In contrast, our Primary 6 students may feel more anxious as these results will be submitted to the Education Bureau (EDB) for the Secondary School Places Allocation (SSPA). Detailed information will be provided to parents regarding this process on the parents’ day. It's November 2023, which means we have already completed one-fourth of this academic year's journey. As we enter November, we have just concluded four days of first term test. This year has been particularly special for our Primary 1 students as they were not required to participate in the test and exam during the first term. We hope they have truly enjoyed the joys of campus life.
From September to November, three months have passed, and to celebrate the students' birthdays during this period, we have prepared exquisite birthday cards for them. The content of these cards has been personally written and signed by the principal. They have also received a birthday badge as a keepsake. The teachers have arranged a special event where the students come up to receive these two small gifts and take commemorative photos. Additionally, the teachers have created a birthday video that continuously plays, creating an atmosphere of love and care, making the students feel that returning to school is a joyful and cherished experience.
On 8th November, the EDB visited us because they want to know about the development and the progression status of the Sister School Scheme implementation. We have formed an alliance with a primary school in Mainland China since 2009, which means we have nearly 15 years of experience in this scheme. We arranged for teachers and students to visit Mainland China for exchanges, allowing our students to experience attending classes there. Our teachers primarily delivered explanations and shared insights in English and Science subjects. Due to the pandemic, the exchanges between us have temporarily halted. However, we have maintained communication with some schools through different communication channels, including one school located in Foshan. This school formed an alliance with us in 2020. In fact, I have known this school since 2010 when I participated in the Pilot Scheme on "Hong Kong Teachers' Exchange Activities to the Mainland" organized by EDB. I was assigned to work with Dong Po Primary School in Chan Cheng District, Foshan, collaborating on teaching, curriculum design, and English activities to promote English learning. Since then, I have kept in touch with the local teachers, continuously exchanging ideas on English teaching, grammar, activities, administrative arrangements and so on. As the current academic year has officially resumed, various activities such as classroom teaching competitions, taskbook design competitions, blackboard design and utilization competitions, and more have been restarted in Mainland China. The communication between me, the English teachers, and the Mainland teachers includes reading the same book, lesson observation and providing feedback on lessons, curriculum design, and creating teaching materials. This type of communication truly embodies the value of teacher professional development. When I shared this exchange method, the two EDB officers highly praised it, considering that such exchanges deepen the collaboration on different levels and are mutually beneficial for teachers from both sides. As a result, they invited me to share this exchange experience to other schools in Hong Kong. The next day, they called and requested that I convert the exchange content into written format, including photos and relevant teaching materials, for online publication. We hope that these exchanges can enrich our students' learning experiences and broaden their international perspectives.
On Saturday, 11th November, fifty students with three teachers went to the Pat Heung Junior Police Call (JPC) Center for a leadership training and adventurous day camp. Despite the rainy weather, it did not dampen the students' enthusiasm for learning. They spent the whole day engaging in various activities that trained discipline, willpower, crisis management, and teamwork. During the process, Inspector Cheng had a conversation with me and emphasized the importance of guiding young children. We all agreed that discipline is crucial, not only in terms of self-restraint but also in respecting others and collectively adhering to discipline. The school continuously organizes various activities because certain values and attitudes cannot be fully understood through textbooks alone. They require personal experiences and repeated practice to truly comprehend and cultivate.
In the past, we have organized different English courses every year for kindergarten students in Tuen Mun, and the response has been very enthusiastic. Once the activities are announced on the school website, the registration quota fills up quickly. This year, we followed the usual procedures and also added a soccer class, which received an equally enthusiastic response. We have just completed the first session, and the kindergarten students were highly engaged, with positive feedback from parents. Some parents even praised the school for its well-organized arrangements, and the children are very happy. In the future, we will strive to organize more diverse activities and hope to receive more support.
On 16th and 17th November, Tuen Mun District held the Inter- Primary Schools Athletics Competition. Although this year's results were not as outstanding as last year, I still went to show my support on the second day in the playground. Our students still managed to win some medals. I believe that everyone might have been a bit nervous, but students should not be disheartened. They can continue to strengthen their training and strive for better results in the coming year.
On Sunday, 26th November, three Physical Education (PE) teachers, including Mr. Sunny Lau, Mr. Deep Cheung, and Mr. Alex Lam who received the "Commendation for PE Teachers" at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. They have made significant contributions to the development of sports activities in LTY, benefiting the students greatly and bringing honor to the LTY. Therefore, they were nominated and awarded together, which is well-deserved. We hope to continue developing in the field of sports, enabling students to have a healthy physique and a positive attitude towards life.
The 41st Sports Day was held by our same sponsoring body. LKWFS Lau Wong Fat Secondary School on Tuesday, 29th November2023. I participate in it every year because we want to show the spirit of Lung Kong about unity and mutual support. This year, I felt a warm sense of belonging like entering a big family. I saw other guests and we exchange greetings, chatting, and taking photos with each other. When the prize presentation ceremony began, I also had the opportunity to present awards. The guest of honor this time was Mr. Lau Yin Chung who is a former member of the Hong Kong Fencing Team. He is an alumnus of our secondary school. He is polite and friendly. I must find a chance to take picture with him. Thank you to the secondary school Principal Chan for the invitation, and I look forward to the upcoming Inter-School Sports Day on 15th December 2023.
During the pandemic, many activities were cancelled. This year, with everything returning to normal, we tried to provide students with more opportunities. We participated in both the Junior and Senior Primary English Choral Speaking Competition. After three months of training, the Junior Primary team took place on 1st December at Yuen Long Theatre, while the Senior Primary competition took place on 30th November 2024. The Senior Primary students achieved excellent results, and the teachers were already very pleased. They worked hard and practiced diligently. The Junior Primary students performed as brilliant as their senior schoolmates. Teachers were very touched by the performance of both groups of students, and they were already champions in our hearts.
Chan Chun Wah, Fred