School education is an important cornerstone for the development of society. As an indispensable part of school education, arts education is conducive to character building. In view of this, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department (LCSD) organises a wide range of arts education programmes for schools every year, including the School Culture Day Scheme, the School Arts Animateur Scheme, the New Synergy Arts Animateur Scheme, the Arts Experience Scheme for Senior Secondary Students, the Performing Arts Appreciation Project for Senior Secondary Students and the Let’s Enjoy Cantonese Opera in Bamboo Theatre. It is hoped that in the course of participation in these arts activities, students will be able to unleash their creativity, to improve their personality and to develop the ability to face challenges independently.
The School Culture Day Scheme aims at encouraging schools to arrange for their students to visit the LCSD’s performance venues, museums and libraries during school hours for participation in cultural activities specially designed for them. A rich array of activities are organised under the Scheme. Apart from incorporating arts, history and science into the learning process and everyday life, the activities also cater for the different teaching needs of schools and provide students with rich cultural experiences. In the 2014/15 school year, we will continue to plan and produce over 600 activities in collaboration with interested arts groups and artists. Additional activities suitable for the participation of schools will also be provided during the course of the Scheme. All primary, secondary and special schools in Hong Kong, especially those which are new to the Scheme, are welcome with a view to optimising the use of the LCSD’s cultural resources and broadening students’ horizons under the one-stop arrangement of the Scheme.
Parents are also welcome to participate in some of the activities under the Scheme together with their children so that they can experience for themselves the fun and meaning of participation in arts and cultural activities. We look forward to collaboration with schools and parents to provide full support for the whole-person development of students.
Acknowledgement: The School Culture Day Scheme is supported by the Education Bureau.