The Arts Experience Scheme for Senior Secondary Students (AES) was launched by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department in the 2009/10 academic year to provide students with Other Learning Experiences in Aesthetic Development under the New Senior Secondary School Curriculum. Apart from arranging performances for students, the Department also invites artists to host talks, critiques and discussions before or after performance to inspire their creativity and improve their aesthetic perception. These activities also aim at enhancing students’ ability to appreciate and critique as well as encouraging the integration of arts into daily life. Since the inception of the Scheme, a total of 124 performing arts programmes of various forms have been offered to senior secondary school students.
During the 2014/15 academic year, the programmes and extension activities organised under the Scheme received tremendous support from arts groups and individual artists. Local artists including Joe Wong, Catherine Yau, Szeto Kin, Li Wai-mei, Allen Lam, David Quah, Dennis Wu, Cindy Leung, Hui Yin, Chan Wing-chuen, Raoul Chan, Irene Lo, Pang Yui-sing, Ronald Tsang, Keith Wong, Kelvin Wong, Sun Kim-long, Sam Lau, Shirley Lok, Hardy Tsoi, Tang Ho-wai, and Matthew Cheng joined us in hosting a total of 65 activities at schools. These pre-performance talks, seminars, post-performance critiques and workshops offered students opportunities to exchange views and interact with artists directly in exploring the ideas and processes behind the work.
To tie in with the school-based curriculum of Aesthetic Development, the AES aims at developing a lifelong interest in arts by consolidating classroom learning and encouraging students to explore and contemplate. During the 2015/2016 academic year, the Scheme will offer 18 programmes in different art forms spanning drama, dance, music, opera and multimedia arts. Students can go beyond the classroom to enjoy interesting performances given by local and overseas arts groups. By attending these activities, they will have a better understanding of their own preferences and acquire diverse learning experiences.
Support from principals and teachers is essential for the promotion of arts education at school level. We therefore look forward to another year of active participation from schools and arts educators. We hope that with the concerted effort of all stakeholders, we would enhance proficiency in art appreciation among students and enrich the cultural life of our community.
The Arts Experience Scheme for Senior Secondary Students is supported by the Education Bureau.