Key Learning Area
1.1 To develop students’ linguistic and functional competence in the English language so that they can use the language as a tool for communication, for study, for work, for enjoyment and for personal enrichment.
1.2 To empower students with the capabilities for lifelong and independent learning, adaptation to change, and critical and exploratory thinking innovation.
- English Themed weeks
- Information Day- Game Stalls in the English Room
- Story-sharing Corner
- Inter-house English Debating Contest
- English Room
English Themed Weeks
Two times a year, the English Ambassadors organize a themed week with a range of related activities echoing the specific theme.
Over the years, we have had English December, Musical Week, Disney Heroes Week and Travels Week in addition to the weeks celebrating Magic and Adventures.
During the Week, there is usually an English Carnival in which various game stalls are staged for students to have a fun English time and redeem little gifts during English Friday lunch hour. On more literary themes, we also stage the Oral Showcase in which students from different forms deliver multiple spoken pieces of the theme, ranging from poem recitals, dramatic duologue, interpretive reading to speech deliveries. The performers often wow the audience with their articulation in words and thoughts, as well as their love in literary pieces. The multiple Oral Showcases we have held have indeed added spice to our English Fridays and infused English literary appreciation to our campus.
For movie goers and book lovers, the Movie Appreciation and Book Exhibition in the themed weeks are a must-visit. Students enjoy the free popcorn provided in the former during lunch hour in the English Room, and cannot help flipping the featured titles in the latter. The two events indeed motivate students to explore more titles in the school library as well.
The Story-sharing Corner is a well-established function organized by the English Department. It is organized about 15 times over the year for primarily S1 and S2 students, who share their books with seniors from S3 and above. Students’ enthusiasm for sharing is always tremendous. The senior form student helpers also enjoy acting as “student-teachers” listening to their schoolmates’ story sharing. The activity enhances both students’ oral and listening skills and promotes peer support.
|Story sharing promotes both peer support and self-learning|
|Students enjoy sharing their favourite stories with helpers|
Inter-house English Debating Contest
The Inter-house English Debating Contest is an annual event for eloquent speakers across all forms to meet and challenge each other on a range of local issues. Non-debating-team members often treasure this chance to sharpen and showcase their debating skills. The preliminary round winners fought for the championship in the open area to make an eloquent English Friday.
Thanks to the very generous donation from our alumnus, Mr. Joshua Cheung, our English Room got newly furnished and relocated. A lot of thought has been put into the hardware and overall design of the room to maximize its functionality and versatility.
The colourful tables encourage group work and discussion in classroom learning in both oral and enrichment classes in junior forms. With them folded, a mere classroom is easily turned into an activity room for a range of English events, such as debating, drama, movie appreciation, English Carnival, public speaking, storytelling, book exhibition and so on, especially when armed with a platform. Meanwhile, the sofa, I.T. bar as well as the board games shipped from overseas all add a touch of chill and infuse fun into the Room, which is particularly welcoming for our Weekly Opening. The Room also successfully creates a language-rich environment with English posters, magazines and students’ works posted all around.
We expressed our heartfelt gratitude for such kind donation and dedication from the donor and all teachers and students involved in the Opening Ceremony in November.
At the Grand Opening with the project donor, Mr. Joshua Cheung, our Principal, Vice-principal, English Ambassadors and English debaters and English subject leaders.
The Chairlady of the English Ambassadors (2016), 5D Enoch Wong, gave a thank-you speech in the Grand Opening of the English Room.
Students enjoying English board games at the Weekly Opening.
English Drama Team
Speak Up – Act Out! Improvised Drama Competition
Two S1 and two S2 students of the English Drama Team participated in the improvised drama competition (“2020/21 Speak Up – Act Out! On Air!”, 1-day category) held in March 2021 and got the First Prize. The competition was organized by the Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) Section, Curriculum Development Institute (CDI), Education Bureau.
The winners created a thoroughly enjoyable, high-quality piece of radio drama about a hacked robot. The sound effects they chose had definitely created excitement in the story, as well as creating different atmospheres.
Winners of SUAO with Principal Ng (first from right) and the advisor Mrs. May Wong
In March 2021, the advisor and one junior form drama student were invited by the Native-speaking English Teacher (NET) Section, Curriculum Development Institute (CDI), Education Bureau to share their experience on the 1-day Improvised SO-AU! event. The topic was ‘Create, collaborate, innovate’.
In April 2021, the winners of “2020/21 Speak Up – Act Out! On Air!” (1-day category) Improvised Drama Competition and their advisor Ms. May Wong went to CUHK to visit Dr. Becky Cheung from the Quality School Improvement Project (QSIP). The members shared their experience of the drama competition and interviewed Dr Cheung about how they can improve their English skills. She advised them to start an ‘English Free Talk Club’. During the club meetings, they can talk about any topic they want in English. This can train their oral skills and improve their intonation.
Junior form drama students interviewed Dr. Becky Cheung (third from right) about English learning
13th Radio Drama Competition
The representatives of Smart Education Charitable Foundation visited our school on 8th July, 2021 and presented the trophy, certificates and souvenirs to the school and the winners of the 13th Radio Drama Competition. The Principal, the advisor Mrs. May Wong and the awardees of the competition were interviewed about different measures that our school adopts to motivate students and improve their language skills, as well as the experiences the teacher and students gained from the competition. The interview has been uploaded onto the organization’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpaQO_qtQww
Principal Ng (middle), advisor and awardees in the prize giving ceremony
Advisor and winners of 13th Radio Drama Competition interviewed by Smart Education Charitable Foundation
English Debating Team
The English Debating Team keeps shining amid the limitations brought about by the pandemic. The Team joined the Hong Kong Secondary School Debating Competition 2020-21 (Term 1) and completed 3 rounds of matches which were all conducted online. 3 S3 girls (3B Sylvia Lee, 3D Oalana Cutler and 3D Kelly Lee) made their debut performance in the first round, with Oalana Cutler being selected the Best Speaker. The Team then made 2 more consecutive wins and claimed the championship in Division 1 in this tournament. The trio continued their outstanding performance in Term 2 with 3 more consecutive wins, and were crowned the Annual Grand Final Champion. Kelly Lee was awarded the Best Debater in all the 3 matches in the second term. The Team’s eloquence and sharpness in debating skills are much acclaimed.
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