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Study projects a valuable learning experience for students

Fifty-four secondary schools participated in the third Inter-school Competition of Study Projects on Hong Kong’s History and Culture, contributing insightful study projects on the theme of "Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th Century 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 98 entries.

Speaking at the prize presentation ceremony at the Museum of History today (September 10), the Assistant Director (Heritage and Museums) of Leisure and Cultural Services, Mr Gerard Tsang Chu-chiu, commented on the overwhelming response to the competition. He said that the substantial information and rich content of the submissions proved that field works could enhance students' knowledge about Hong Kong's history and culture.

"The competition provided a comprehensive and a valuable learning opportunity for participating students. The skills they learnt -- investigating, discussing, collecting and analysing data, conducting interviews, preparing reports, communicating with others, using effective languages and understanding the importance of co-operation -- are all considered essential in their present role as students as well as in their future career," Mr Tsang 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 were mainly in a written format, 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 – "Football Match Commentators", by Pui Shing Catholic Secondary School.

Second Prize – "Origins and Development of the Jumbo Kingdom", by Aberdeen Technical School.

Third Prize and Best Supplement Award – "Toys for the Lower Class After the World War II", by S.K.H. Chan Young Secondary School.

Merit Awards – "Lai Yuen Amusement Park: A Place of Fun", by Mongkok Workers' Children School; and "Nanyin: An Old Local Entertainment", by Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School.

Junior Division

First Prize – "All about the Cantonese Opera", by New Asia Middle School.

Second Prize and Best Supplement Award – "Films in Hong Kong during the World War II", by Daughters of Mary Help of Christians Siu Ming Catholic Secondary School.

Third Prize – "Toys of Boys and Girls", by CNEC Christian College.

Merit Awards – "Development of Hong Kong Arts: From the Change of Cantonese Opera", by Wa Ying College; and "Development of Radio Programmes in the 1960s and 1980s", by S.K.H. Chan Young Secondary School.

The awarded projects will be exhibited in the lobby of the Museum of History from today until September 26.

Applications are now invited for the next round of the competition, with the theme "Social Organisations and the Development of Hong Kong". Posters, program leaflets and entry forms will be 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 11.

To coincide with the competition, a number of activities, including forum, lectures and workshops will be held from next month (October) to January, 2006. 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 10, 2005
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