An array of cultural activities with themes ranging from Hong Kong history, environmental protection and foreign languages was offered to our students during the post-exam period. Below is an account of the wonderful time they have enjoyed and fruitful learning experience they have gained:
1. Learning Trip to Shing Mun Country Park (Gin Drinker’s Line) on 27th July 2022
This 2-hour guided tour offered our students a first-hand experience to explore the Shing Mun Redoubt of the Gin Drinker’s Line which was a British military defensive line built to defend Kowloon and the New Territories against Japanese attacks from the north in 1941. It was an eye-opening trip to learn about the battle of Hong Kong and the history of war relics including pillboxes, tunnel network and artillery observation posts.
2. Learning Trip to Wong Nai Chung Gap Trail on 28th July 2022
This 2-hour guided tour was especially designed for F.4 and F.5 Chinese History students. The route is Hong Kong’s first battlefield trail tracing the battle at Wong Nai Chung Gap on 19th December 1941, which recorded the largest sustainment of casualties in a single day. By visiting the various stations which include an anti-aircraft gun platform, two pillboxes and an ammunition magazine, the students learned the strategic importance of Wong Nai Chung Gap and the fighting that took place in the area during WWII.
3. Eat Well Workshop on 4th August 2022
This workshop was conducted by Green Hub, a centre for sustainable living, situated on the Old Tai Po Police Station under the Revitalizing Historic Buildings Through Partnership Scheme. Our students learnt about food from field to table, as well as recovering food wastes as resources by engaging in a series of hands-on activities. They were able to get more in-depth knowledge about sustainable living, respecting nature and healthy eating.
4. Low Carbon Diet Workshop on 5th August 2022
This workshop was also held at Green Hub. It was designed to encourage low-carbon living by examining the origin of food and the carbon emissions involved in food production. Our students were offered activity sessions of herb harvesting at the Kitchen Garden and preparation of low carbon snack. The programme ended with a guided tour to understand the historic and architectural values of the Old Tai Po Police Station.
5. Experience Natural Tie Dyeing on 8th August 2022
The event was another activity held at Green Hub. The day began with a workshop in which our students tried out tie-dyeing techniques to form unique patterns on wrapping cloth using turmeric, a common spice. The workshop was to promote environmental awareness and to encourage low-carbon living. The day finished with a conducted tour of the heritage site of the Old Tai Po Police Station which is historically, architecturally and ecologically significant.
6. Experience Herb on 11th August 2022
In this programme, our students were given a guided tour of the theme-gardens which grow a diverse range of plant species at Green Hub. They also experienced herbal tea tasting, vegetarian refreshments and making of herbal salt. At the end of the programme, they have learnt more about the characteristics, planting, mixing and usage of different herbs.
7. Elementary Japanese for Travel Class on 1st, 3rd, 5th and 10th August 2022
A short course was organized for our students to learn the Japanese language and experience Japanese culture in a fun and interactive way which included games and an online simultaneous cultural exchange session with local Japanese in Okinawa. The classes were well received particularly when travelling to Japan has been made infeasible during the pandemic.