Volunteers need – Girls rugby beach festival

Posted by Peter MUIR

A chance to get involved in supporting a community event.  Please carefully and critically check the guidelines for Community Engagement / CAS applicable to your year level before adding this to your CE or CAS portfolio.


#MyFreedomDay 2018

Posted by Peter MUIR

CNN is asking students and schools to join them on March 14 for #MyFreedomDay.

The event will involved students from around the world organising events at their school on the day to highlight modern slavery and celebrate freedom.

Right now, 40 million people are trapped in slavery. At least 10 million of those are children. This day aims to develop awareness about this issue.

CNN will feature a selection of student action on CNN TV, CNN.com and CNN Facebook. A few schools will even receive a visit from a CNN correspondent, who will report live from the school.

If you’re doing something to raise awareness of modern slavery, let us know your plans by telling us on Twitter or Instagram, using #MyFreedomDay. (You must be aged 13 or older to post on social media).

Find out more at cnn.com/myfreedom

You can CNN coverage of the 2017 events here.

DE CE groups Sem 2 2018

Posted by Peter MUIR

Now that Semester 2 of the academic year has begun, it’s time to get involved in new CE activities! The CE Captains have worked hard to take each year level’s common interests within the UN Sustainable Development Goals and have started groups for you to join – scroll down to see if some catch your fancy!

For Year 7-8 students

Did you know that oceans absorb about 30 percent of carbon dioxide produced by humans? This enhances the impacts of global warming, especially for marine life. If we don’t change our ways, before long all existing marine life will become extinct. On top of this, future generations would be unable to experience the ideal beach holidays which helps people to let go of all their stress. Nor might they be able to enjoy freshly caught fish, as subsidies for fishing are contributing to the rapid depletion of many fish species and are preventing efforts to save and restore global fisheries.  Sign up to join the “Life Below Water” group to help take some small steps to help make a difference for our oceans.

We are losing our forests, and this means animals are losing their habitat. forests are key to combating climate change, protecting biodiversity and the homes of the indigenous population, yet we are losing the equivalent of 27 soccer fields of forest every minute. And eating red meat plays a key role in this! Please come and join the Y7/Y8 “Life on the land” group to take action on this issue



For Year 9-10 students

Children have a right to an education, a quality education. Including learners who are healthy, well-nourished and ready to participate and learn; environments that are healthy, safe, protective and gender-sensitive, and provide adequate resources and facilities; processes through which trained teachers use child-centred teaching approaches in well-managed classrooms and schools and skilful assessment to facilitate learning and reduce disparities. All of which we have the privilege of experiencing, but many don’t. Click HERE to join this group and make a difference.

Imagine you are discriminated against simply because of your gender. Well, this is the reality for many females around the world. For example, why should an employee receive a different salary simply because of their gender? Come on Year 9 or 10 students, sign up HERE to get involved in doing something about Gender equality!



For Year 11-13 students

Everyone agrees that it is a right to have access to health and education, but what if you were denied these necessary services?  In developing nations, income inequality increased by 11% between 1990 and 2010 on average. Children in the poorest 20% of the world are 3 times more likely to die before their fifth birthday than children born into richer families. If you are in year 11-13, and believe that this issue needs to be eradicated, you can make a difference by JOINING the UN DC CE Goal 10: “Reduce inequality within and among countries”. Click HERE to learn more!

It is very simple knowledge that once the provider is exploited, producing the resource becomes more difficult. Humans so far have utilized the Earth to the point where we have used up almost all its natural resources. Less than 3% of the Earth’s water is consumable, and 2 2.5% of that freshwater is frozen. And only ⅕ of the energy consumption globally was from renewable resources. We can’t expect our constant needs and demands to be met without taking any action. If YOU are a year 11 or 12, feel free to click HERE to learn more about this issue, and click HERE to sign up to take action.

Opportunity to develop English literacy in Peng Chau

Posted by Peter MUIR

The Holy Family school, a small primary school in Peng Chau, is seeking some volunteers to help its students develop their English language capabilities. This would involve you developing then teaching lessons to 8-10 year old students at the school. Lessons will take place Friday afternoons between February to May. You will need to be committed to leading at least 5 lessons.  Lessons will start at 3:00 pm, meaning you would need to leave school at lunch time to take the 2:35pm ferry to Peng Chau. Lessons would finish at 4:00 pm (4:15pm return ferry). You would need to seek permission from your parents and the teacher of the lessons you may miss in order to get involved. Please email Mr Muir (muirp1@dc.edu.hk) if you are interested – only committed students should apply.

GIN852 conference a big success

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Over 50 students representing eight schools participated in the GIN852 conference recently. Organised by a group of Discovery College students, the event aimed at providing students with a direct insight into global issues in a Hong Kong context.

GIN, or the Global Issues Network, is a network of students who are passionate to tackle global issues in their communities. The Hong Kong branch of this network, named 852 after the country calling code, hosts a conference annually. This year’s conference theme, BeGIN, provided a number of meanings. Firstly to ‘begin locally, act globally’, reminding us to think about local involvement before looking further abroad. BeGIN also reminds us to embodying the concept of GIN, that is, to consistently be a global citizen.

Part listening, part contributing, the conference saw participating students be involved in a variety of activities to develop their understanding of local issues, and contribute to plans for taking action on these issues.

The conference welcomed six different guest speakers, each of whom delivered an insightful message giving students helpful tips and ideas on how to make a difference. Ranging from a variety of backgrounds their advice still shared a common message – that every action, no matter how small helps, and to start small, start local, and do it with enthusiasm!

Saturday morning saw participants venture out into different locations in Hong kong working with five different community partners – Sunshine Action, Society for Community Organization(SoCO), Green Glass Green, the Home of Love, and Soap Cycling. Each experience provided a different lens to life in Hong Kong, and the significant problems faced by different members of our community. These issues were then investigated further in workshops, each of which allowed students to collaborate on ideas for action.

Congratulations to the following members of the organising committee for their work: Trillian Cheung, Judith Wong, Anoushka Shahi, Christina Chan, and Khusi Rana of year 11, and Letícia Macedo Magalhaes Ayres and Lucy Fillip of Year 12. Discovery College now looks forward to being involved in future GIN852 conferences.

Give a meaningful gift this Christmas

Posted by Peter MUIR

This year the DC CE captains give you the opportunity to give this Christmas by offering Xmas Care Cards.

The Xmas Care Card is where you give a friend or loved one a gift of a donation to a community organisation, who will then use that donation to make a meaningful difference this Xmas.

Rather than adding to our piles of waste and using valuable resources that buying a gift contributes to, or buying something that is not really wanted by the recipient, give a gift that show you care!

How it works

  1. Choose a community partner you wish to donate to from our list
  2. Choose the amount you wish to donate
  3. Make the donation
  4. Provide the email address of your gift recipient
  5. Your gift recipient will receive a digital card, indicating that you have given them a caring gift that supports an organisation making a difference in our community

Buy your care card in the school foyer before and after school next week!

Here are the community partners the DC Xmas Care Cards will support this year:

  • Soap Cycling’s MEY Program
  • Centre for Refugees
  • Society for Community Organization (SoCO)
  • PUSPADI Bali
  • Gawad Kalinga


Soap Cycling’s MEY Program
The MEY (minorities, elderly and youth) Program is Soap Cycling’s new initiative being implemented in Hong Kong with a chief focus on empowering Hong Kong’s disadvantaged youth and elderly.

It aims to utilize the wasted energy and skills of the elderly, and is a step toward fulfilling Soap Cyling’s mission of promoting sustainability, improving hygiene for disadvantaged groups, and developing the next generation of social leadership in Hong Kong.

Soap Cycling’s MEY program will provide employment and training opportunities to those suffering from lack of opportunities. This program will also enrich HK as a whole as it increases community engagement with volunteer sessions, outreach events, and raises awareness of sustainability.


Centre for Refugees
Christian Action’s Centre For Refugees at Chungking Mansions is a well-established service provider assisting some of the 10,000 refugees living in need in HK. The centre relies on donors and sponsors to continue the work that they are doing. Every month they give direct support, including counselling, psychosocial and mental health support shelter, food and clothing to over 500 refugees, and provided continual support to their full database of over 4,000 refugees. Examples of how donated funds can assist include:

  • $150 provides a refugee baby or toddler a month’s supply of nappies;
  • $500 gives a refugee child the means to attend school for a month;
  • $1,600 provides for 100 meals from Hong Kong’s only daily soup kitchen


Society for Community Organization (SoCO)
Society for Community Organization (SoCO) is a registered non-profit making and non-governmental human rights organization for the underprivileged since 1972. Their work for the underprivileged includes supporting caged lodgers, tenants with financial difficulties and living in appalling conditions, street-sleepers, mentally ill patients, and ethnic minorities. Funds donated here will go towards SoCO’s Caged Homes and housing project, and elderly rights project.


PUSPADI is Bali-based NGO that works in disability rehabilitation, education, training and empowerment organisation, that is committed to working with people with a disability in Bali and Eastern Indonesia.

PUSPADI Bali has helped more than 4,000 of people with physical disabilities in Bali and Eastern Indonesia, to regain control of their life and independence as well as lead productive, fulfilling lives. The organisation’s staff regularly travel out in the field to find more people with a disability in need of prosthetics, orthotics, mobility aids, wheelchairs, or other support.

PUSPADI is a partner in our No Boundaries programme. Donations will be used to support their newly built community centre, and help fund individual clients in helping them gain mobility and independence.


Gawad Kalinga
Gawad Kalinga (translated in English as to “give care”) is a Philippine-based movement that aims to end poverty by first restoring the dignity of the poor. It employs an integrated and holistic approach to empowerment with values-formation and leadership development at its core. The Foundation currently works with over 2,000 communities, one of which we have been working with as a part of our No Boundaries program – Georgetown GK Village in Cavite. Donations will be used to support this community in celebrating Christmas, and go towards their education programmes.

Sunshine Action fortune bag packing

Posted by Peter MUIR

Recently, DC’s Sunshine Action Club has been proudly active in helping diminish the local poverty and hunger crisis. Since August, DC’s Sunshine Action has given food to nearly 1,000 families across Hong Kong, and hopes to contribute in ending local problems affecting the local community.

Currently, DC’s Sunshine Action Club encourages everyone to participate in their next event held on December 16th, 2017 at Cheung Sha Wan, which will be aiming to deliver food to elderly people’s homes for nearly 1,000 families. If you are interested, please sign up here or contact Sunshine Action’s ambassadors, Adrian Yan at 17yana1@dc.edu.hk or Apple Kwok at kwoka3@dc.edu.hk.

Justice Centre’s “Young Advocates Programme 2018”

Posted by Peter MUIR

Justice Centre Hong Kong is now recruiting potential Young Advocates (YAP) for Spring 2018 and Summer 2018. Modelled on their leading legal clinic and internship programs with universities around the world (including Harvard University, Columbia University, and University of Hong Kong), YAP is one of the very few programmes in Hong Kong that encourages high school students to gain hands-on direct meaningful legal experience under the close supervision of highly-qualified staff lawyers.

Young Advocates will be exposed to all areas of our work as an NGO, from the provision of legal and psychosocial support to refugees, to anti-human trafficking research and advocacy. Young Advocates will be asked to:

  • perform intensive and varied legal tasks (such as analysing decisions and drafting testimonies)
  • engage in external events with other NGOs and our corporate legal partners
  • learn about creating human rights campaigns,
  • work on their own project for taking what they learn beyond the programme, back to your school community.

Young Advocates also receive one-to-one personal mentorship from Justice Centre’s team of international staff lawyers and policymakers, helping students develop important skills, knowledge, and experience as they continue their educational journey.

Click here for ore details about the programme.

Invite to join GIN852 student conference

Posted by Peter MUIR

There is an exciting opportunity for a limited number of Year 10-13 DC students to take part in a student conference – the GIN852 conference!

GIN (the Global Issues Network), is composed of passionate students who work together to tackle global issues in their communities. The GIN852 conference aims to provide students with a direct insight into global issues in a Hong Kong context. Part listening, part contributing, students will be involved in developing understanding of, and contributing to plans for taking action on these issues. The theme for this year’s GIN852 event is “Begin Locally to Achieve Globally”.

The event will be held at DC on Friday Dec 1st (4-8pm), then in different locations in HK on Saturday September 2nd (9-5pm). It provides a great opportunity for you to join together with students from across HK to learn about, and act upon global issues locally.

There are also some leadership opportunities during the event – why not challenge yourself and develop your leadership and social skills!

More details  can be found on the conference website.

Sign up today, but be quick as places are limited spaces!

Big Picnic – help needed!

Posted by Peter MUIR

The organisers of the Big Picnic event are seeking volunteers to support their event.  Volunteers are needed on a shift basis from about 9.00am through until about 7.00pm. If you can spare 2-3 hours (or more!) please register your details here ASAP.  If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Heidi Frances on heidifrances@gmail.com or 61753340. Please be aware that, depending upon your year level, involvement in this event might not fit the criteria to be included in your CE portfolio. You are encouraged to get involved regardless!