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Study projects reveal Hong Kong personages and events

Forty-four secondary schools participated in the "2nd Inter-school Competition of Study Projects on Hong Kong's History and Culture", contributing their insightful study projects on the theme of "Changes in the 20th Century: Personages and Events in Hong Kong".

The competition, jointly organised by the Hong Kong Museum of History and the Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture, in association with the Public Records Office and the Education and Manpower Bureau, received 58 entries.

Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony at the Museum of History today (September 18), the Deputy Director (Culture) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Ms Choi Suk-kuen, said the competition aimed at enhancing students' knowledge about Hong Kong's history and culture through historical site visits and a thorough investigation and research into the history and changes in society.

"The competition provided a comprehensive and a valuable learning experience for participating students. The skills they learnt - investigating, discussing, collecting and analysing data, conducting interviews, preparing reports, communicating with others and using effective languages - are all considered essential in their present role as students as well as in their future career," Ms Choi said.

The competition was divided into two sections - Junior Division (Form 1 to Form 3) and Senior Division (Form 4 to Form 7). Entrants had to be in groups of two to 10 students, working under the guidance of one or two teachers. The submissions had to be mainly in written form, though they could be supplemented by CD-ROMs, videos, dioramas or models, artefacts, photo albums or cassette tapes.

The written reports were judged according to relevancy of the theme, systematic use of collected materials, objectivity in analysis, concrete analysis of the topic, bibliography and footnotes, and overall quality production.

The results are as follows:

Senior Division
First Prize - "The working opportunity of females in the 1970s: 3 cases of successful women", by Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School.

Second Prize and Best Supplement Award - "A report of Mr Choi Pak-lai, a geomancer", by Pui Shing Catholic Secondary School.

Third Prize - "Analysis of the transformation of female social status through education and vocation", by Sheng Kung Hui Chan Young Secondary School.

Merit Awards - "Observe the change of women's status in Hong Kong through the change in fashion from 1960 to 1980", by Diocesan Girls' School; and "Hong Kong from the pontoon industry", by Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Sun Hoi Directors' College.

Junior Division
First Prize and Best Supplement Award - "From burial in the ground to cremation in the 1960s-1970s", by Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Siu Ming Catholic Secondary School.

Second Prize - "The Chinese medicine and Hong Kong", by Ching Chung Hau Po Woon Secondary School.

Third Prize - "The effects of Swire Group to the development of Quarry Bay (1880-1980)", by Munsang College (Hong Kong Island).

Merit Awards - "The past Hong Kong from Lascar Row", by Lok Sin Tong Leung Kau Kui College; and "The garment industry from 1960s to early 1990s", by Diocesan Girls' School.

The awarded projects will be exhibited at the lobby of the Museum of History starting today until October 4.

Applications are now invited for the next round of the competition, with the theme "Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th Century Hong Kong". It is open to all secondary students, with two to 10 students working under the guidance of one to two teachers each group.

Posters, program leaflets and entry forms have been sent to all secondary schools in mid-September. They are also available at the Museum of History and The Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture. Completed forms and an outline of the competing projects should reach the Institute on or before November 12.

To coincide with the competition, a number of activities, including forum, lectures and workshops will be held from October 2004 to January 2005. All activities are conducted in Cantonese. Admission is free and on a first-come-first-served basis. For enquiries and reservation of seats, contact The Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture at 2559 4904.

For competition details, call the Extension Services Unit of the Museum of History at 2724 9026, or contact The Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture.

Ends/Saturday, September 18, 2004
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