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SED visits Sha Tin secondary school (with photos)

     The Secretary for Education, Mr Michael Suen, today (April 12) visited the Buddhist Wong Wan Tin College in Sha Tin to learn more about how the school encourages students to develop their knowledge and skills, as well as good character, through its "Other Learning Experiences" (OLE) programme.

     To tie in with the New Senior Secondary curriculum, the school is seeking to diversify OLE activities for students to enhance their self-confidence and personal qualities.  By incorporating "aesthetic development" into regular classes, students are not required to pay additional fees and their after-school activities and learning will not be affected.

     The school also arranges community service projects for students with a variety of organisations, enabling them to learn more about society, care for others and to shoulder social responsibilities.

     Mr Suen observed a multimedia aesthetic lesson and watched students composing a cappella music. He was pleased to see them showing keen interest in aesthetic learning, and putting their learning into practice through the "Campus TV" network. Campus TV was established with the funding of the Quality Education Fund in 2001. Its output includes moral education classes and seminars, as well as alternative teaching material and diversified audio-visual programmes.

     The school also attaches great importance to "community service" in OLE, encouraging students to develop positive values and attitudes by participating in volunteer work.

     Mr Suen attended a presentation and graduation ceremony for a special photographic course. The course, which offers photographic training for the elderly and is co-organised with the SAGE Mr Wong Wha San Memorial Neighbourhood Elderly Centre in Hin Keng Estate, Sha Tin, is the school's leading community service project this year. Aiming to combine the aesthetic curriculum with community service of OLE, the course enables students to apply their classroom learning to volunteer work. Students also learn to respect the elderly by helping them acquire basic photography and image processing skills.

Ends/Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Issued at HKT 18:30


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