Monthly Archives: September 2016

HKRU Medical Team opportunity

Posted by Peter MUIR

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HKRU is offering an opportunity for ESF school students to gain valuable first aid training and on-field experience with their medical team.

Participating students will have a chance to become trained in sports first aid, and will have the chance to put their skills and knowledge into practice by acting as medical staff at various rugby games and tournaments with the HKRU’s medical team. It is hoped that students will be able to use this experience and form their own school ‘First Aid Team’ that will provide first aid cover at school events, including rugby games of course.

This is a great opportunity for any students interested in pursuing a sports science or medical career, as they will meet and integrate with our multidisciplinary team of sports scientists, conditioning coaches, physiotherapists, dieticians, doctors, nurses and paramedics.

Click on the forms below for more details.

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Terry Fox Run

Posted by Peter MUIR

Get involved in a community event while training to work on your fitness!

The Terry Fox Run HK will be hosted by RCHK on November 5.   Get your team together to get involved in this meaningful cause.   See Mr Muir for more details

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Powered by Youth forum

Posted by Peter MUIR

An exciting opportunity for students aged 12-17 is the Powered by Youth forum. Hosted by Kids4Kids in partnership with Usher’s ‘New Look’, a U.S. based non profit organisation, this forum will be held on November 12th and 19th, 2016. It aims to develop well-rounded, forward-thinking leaders who excel in being change-makers, taking action and supporting the community.

Participants will learn from inspiring keynote speakers and work with professional facilitators in break-out planning sessions; ‘Power Group’, focusing on personal strengths, and ‘Passion Group’ targeting social issues. Enrolment is open for one day, or a two-day option. For more details, please visit the Powered by Youth website.

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Helping meet the Global Goals

Posted by Peter MUIR

The Sustainable Development Goals, also referred to as the Global Goals, offer a focus for you to get involved in addressing an issue of global significance.  Which goal might you wish to address?  How might you go about taking action towards reaching that goal? This video provides some examples from around the globe of how young people are inventing, innovating and campaigning in their local environment to help reach the global goals.

The World’s Largest Lesson 2016 – with thanks to Sir Ken Robinson and Emma Watson from World’s Largest Lesson on Vimeo.

Looking for ICT technicians

Posted by Peter MUIR

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Do you like tinkering with electronics?  Keen to learn more about the inner workings of a computer? Then look no further!

The DC ICT is looking to recruit a team of energetic and committed students to help them upgrade and re-image Macbooks and iMac’s. A number of these machines will be donated to organisations supported by the school.

If you would like to get involved (and yes, if you use the CAS experience guidelines you will likely come to the conclusion that this could be a part of your CE portfolio) please email george.tibbetts@dc.edu.hk or drop by the ICT department for more details.

The Tippy Tap – creativity in service

Posted by Peter MUIR

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Cool Earth, an organisation that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction, has put forward an interesting idea – that the health of the rainforest depends on the health of local people. Spurred on by the facts about the need for hygiene, which claims such as having somewhere to wash your hands with soap and water can reduce potentially fatal illness by half, the group has introduced the ’Tippy Tap’ to the communities they work with.

The Tippy Tap is a smart, cost-effective way to increase hygiene. Consider the creativity and initiative, and simplicity, in developing this tool that aims to improve communities. How might you use creativity and the design cycle in your community engagement efforts? The Tippy Tap provides you with a bit of inspiration to do so.

ESF Environmental Forum applications

Posted by Peter MUIR

ecofriendlyAre you concerned about environmental sustainability?

Are you keen in championing our natural environment?

Well here is you chance to get involved in helping ESF be a more Eco-friendly organisation.

We are looking for a small number of senior secondary students to represent our college in the ESF Student Environment Forum.  This is a fantastic opportunity for students to get involved in directing ESF schools to becoming more environmentally friendly, and would provide those involved with great experience in this inter-school initiative.

Those chosen to represent DC will be expected to be active participants in at least once per term meetings to achieve the committee’s goals and facilitate ESF-wide strategy. Naturally, those who apply would need to be enthusiastic about environmental sustainability.

If you are interested, please email Mr Muir ASAP!

Banning plastic microbeads

Posted by Peter MUIR

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Plastic Free Seas has found some success in their advocacy campaign to ban microbeads in Hong Kong. Many leading brands of personal care products use microbeads, tiny particles of plastic, as an exfoliating and cleansing ingredient. These products are designed to be washed down the drain where the microbeads can pass through wastewater and sewage filtration systems, and are ultimately released out to sea. Microbeads act as sponges, absorbing and accumulating persistent organic pollutants (flame retardants, dioxins and pesticides), which are present in lakes and oceans. In addition, microbeads never fully degrade.

Scientific studies have shown that microbeads can be ingested by sea animals such as plankton, clams and shrimp. As these organisms are at the bottom of the marine food chain, it is likely that the fish and seafood we are eating may have ingested these potentially toxic microbeads.

The number of microbeads per product varies widely. One commonly used scrub product sold in Hong Kong states on the packaging that it contains 1,000,000 black and white ‘scrubs’ in the 100ml tube. Another brand claims it contains 2,000 beads per use.

Sa Sa, a leading cosmetics retailing group in Asia with over 280 retail stores, is the first Hong Kong retail group to commit to a phaseout timeline for microbeads. Their private label products will be free of microbeads by December 2018 and their non private labels will be encouraged to meet this deadline too.

Why not get involved in this campaign as a part of your CE efforts? Aside from evaluating (and eliminating) your own use of products that contain microbeads, get involved in creating awareness about this campaign. Sign their petition, then get in touch with Plastic Free Seas and see how you can further support them.