The Arts Experience Scheme for Senior Secondary Students has become an annual activity organised by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department since the 2009/10 academic year. To tie in with the implementation of Aesthetic Development under the New Senior Secondary Curriculum, performing arts programmes and associated extension activities specially designed for senior secondary students are offered under the Scheme. In the 2011/12 academic year, we offered 22 programmes and more than 22,000 tickets were sold. Upon our invitation, well-known local artists such as Christopher Pak, Wong Fai, Nancy Loo, Ng Cheuk-yin, Chu Pak-him, Jarita Wan, Lo King-man, Bastien Tai, Dominic Cheung, Pak Yiu-charn, Tang Yuen-ha, Geng Tianyuan, Hardy Tsoi, Holly Ng, Yuen Siu-fai, Sun Kim-long, Lai Yiu-wai, Lam Tin-yau, Leung Chi-chung, Kan Lap-keung, Vicki Ooi, Lynn Yau and Ong Yong-lock visited 86 participating schools and altogether 125 seminars, demonstrations and workshops were held. Through vis-a-vis sharing, the artists guided students to contemplate issues of history, society, culture and life. We are pleased to find that the students who had participated in the Scheme did not only behave in a confident and positive manner, but were also eager to ask questions during the discussion sessions. There were also teachers and students who indicated in the questionnaires that the appreciation of professional performances and interaction with artists helped enhance students’ interest in and knowledge of the arts.
In the 2012/13 academic year, we will continue our efforts and present 23 programmes covering various art forms such as dance, drama, music, opera, Chinese opera and multi-arts theatre. Some programmes will even span regional boundaries so that students can explore different cultures through the appreciation of performances by overseas arts groups. Furthermore, the programmes will be complemented by tailor-made extension activities to stimulate students’ thinking and imagination.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all participating schools, teachers and artists for their active support, which has made it possible for the Scheme to be implemented on a continual basis, thus enriching students’ arts experience in their daily lives.
Acknowledgement: The 2012/13 Arts Experience Scheme for Senior Secondary Students is supported by the Education Bureau.