TPK Monthly Journal

January 2012

Information Day a raging success

Last December saw our Information Day, which aimed at helping primary school pupils and their parents from the nearby area to understand our school better. Many of our teachers and students took part in the preparation for this special day, and luckily, their hard work paid off, because the Information Day this year was an immense success, and visitors flocked to our school that day.

17 December was an exciting day for our school. When they arrived, visitors were escorted to be seated in the Assembly Hall first, as they listened to our Principal, Mr Chan, talk about our school. He talked at length about our school’s educational ideals and the corresponding policies.

To highlight the tremendous achievements of the English Department, two S2 students from Mr Szeto’s class introduced the multitude of activities that our English teachers organise each year for our school. After their presentation, the visitors knew that these activities were designed with an end to create a rich environment for students to learn English.

The visitors then left the Assembly Hall to go to different rooms, which showcased activities of different departments.

Room G23 was where visitors got a taste of English activities. Thanks must be due to Ms Sin, who helped with the decoration of G23 and setting up past students’ work for display outside in the corridor.

There were in total six fun and interesting games. Stall 1 was called Reading Scheme. Visitors would listen to a recording of a passage, and then read the passage aloud. That was exactly what we have been doing all along. Therefore, pupils and parents got to sample a staple of English activities in Tang Pui King.

Transitioning to a secondary school environment can be especially scary for primary school pupils, in that new students often have difficulties referring to different places at school in English.

That was why there was a game to help primary school pupils learn these. They were shown two sets of different cards, one of which was pictures of school facilities, and the other was words that represented each of these facilities. Visitors had to match a picture card with a word card and form pairs. The same format is used for another stall game called ‘Hong Kong Tourist Spots’.

When we learn new words in English, we have to learn to make sentences out of these. To allow more practice for the visiting pupils, we designed a game to help them with sentence-making. Visitors were asked to make 3 sentences out of the combination of words given. It was a fun game because a lot of sentences were possible and some sentences were hilarious and creative.

But the creativity didn’t stop there. At another stall game, visitors had the chance to be little poets: they were asked to create a poem by incorporating in each line a body part and a verb of an action that this body part was able to perform. For example, we can ‘peek’ with our ‘eyes’, and a line such as ‘Close your eyes and don’t you peek’. With a few lines, visitors would be able to take home a short and fun poem!

The last game was a bit of a challenge. Visitors were asked to draw a letter from cards. Then, they were shown a picture of cartoon characters doing different things in a big room. The visitors needed to come up with words that started with that letter and which represented things in the picture. It was such a brain teaser!

Visitors would get a chop after finishing each game. A certain number of chops would earn the visitors a prize! Everyone left our school with these prizes and a better understanding of our school. What a fruitful experience!

We must thank Ms Sin for preparing the language arts materials for the game stalls; her help was simply indispensable. Thanks are also due to Mr Tam and Mr Szeto who trained the student presenters.

Game stalls for Information Day

Stall 1: Reading Scheme

Stall 2: Facilities in School

Stall 3: Hong Kong Tourist Spots

Stall 4: Sentence Making

Stall 5: Writing a Poem

Stall 6: Vocabulary Hunter

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What a student helper thinks about the Information Day

The Information Day was held on 17 December. That day marked my second time as a helper for Information Day. I swear I was the busiest student that day because I helped out at three different places!

The first place I helped out at was the THS (Tourism and Hospitality Studies) counter. Truth be told, I have never studied this subject before – a situation shared by some of the other helpers there. Some of them were prefects, by the way.

There were performances on that day, too. There was an English Choral Speaking performance by some S1 and S2 girls in the School Hall. I helped with the stage arrangements.

You may not know this, but ‘The Day that the Telly Broke Down’ was the piece that S2 girls performed at the Speech Festival. They were the first runner-up.

I was really glad to see those S1 and S2 girls performing the poem confidently. Their actual performance was better than their rehearsals. To be frank, I think they were not reading the poem loud enough during the rehearsals.

They were not alone, though. Not reading loud enough is a problem shared by Form 5 students when they were asked to read in Morning Reading Programme, according to Mr Chan, the principal.

When you do not read clearly and loudly enough, it is very difficult for people to hear what you are saying. The consequences of that are especially evident in public examinations, when marks will be deducted.

Luckily, the S1 and S2 girls gave me a big surprise! Even though there were some problems with the computer on that day, they were still calm and read the words clearly. They performed the poem successfully.

Afterwards, I went to Room G23, the room for English activities. There were different stall games designed for primary students, like sentence making, making poems and so on. I was in charge of the reading passages.

I had thought that most visiting students should be in primary 5 or 6, as they were the ones the Information Day was originally targeted for.

To my surprise, some visiting students were merely primary 3! Ms Cheung also brought her children to the English counter as well. Her daughter, Emily, was so lovely! Time passed when I was tending the stalls. Some parents and students still wanted to stay and know more about this school, but it was time to close the counter. So, I spoke as quickly as I could so that the activity could be finished on time.

I particularly want to thank students who were in charge of the Home Economics Society for their homemade healthy oatmeal cookies. They were really tasty!

■ Wong Ning Charlotte (5D)

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On the Information day, Suki and I were the MCs responsible for introducing the English Department to some P.6 students and their parents. We had tried our best in order to be proficient. During practice, I always read the words incorrectly. Nevertheless, our teachers encouraged me, and told me not to give up easily. Suki also helped me by giving me some useful advice. I finally improved and gave a wonderful speech on the stage. During the introduction, I saw a lot of schoolmates encouraging us and this made my nervousness go away.

When we were practising, I faced many difficulties but my peer, Suki, always stood by me. I was very glad to have her as my partner. Although it is interesting being an MC, I was quite nervous in front of the audience. I learned more about how to be formal while facing the audience.

It was great fun being an MC, and I have gained more experience. After this experience, I improved my English pronunciation and my MC technique. I hope I can be an MC again if there is a chance. Thanks to Suki, our teachers and schoolmates who encouraged us!

■ Lee Wing Yung Carren (2B)