Monthly Archives: February 2013

PTA Easter Raffle Ticket Sales

Posted by Peter MUIR

The PTA is looking for students from year 7 or year 8 to sell raffle tickets for the PTA Easter raffle during lunchtimes at school.  Ticket sales will be held for the next two weeks (starting Monday 4th March).  If you are interested in helping out the school community, please email by Friday March 1st.  Other year levels may help out also, but this activity would not be accepted as a part of their C&S programme. 

Summer Camp CAS Opportunity

Posted by Peter MUIR

Looking for an adventure in your school holidays?  Something to help you develop into a more globally aware, more independent young adult – and develop leadership skills and experience to help you stand out on university applications?  Check out the Future Leaders Camp in Cambodia, offered by INDAGO.

Oral History Workshop Project

Posted by Peter MUIR

Elephant Community Press (ECP) is seeking applicants to be involved in its Oral History Workshop Project.  The project will see students first learn writing, interviewing and photography skills and then use these skills to interview local elderly people, aiming to develop written and visual profiles that will be exhibited in a local gallery.

WHO:  Elephant Community Press (ECP) / schools and two elderly home partners

WHEN:            March – April 2013 – an 8 week course for 2 hours/week (Tuesdays 4:30-6:30pm) plus 2 full-day site visits on Sat, 23rd March and Sat, 13th April

WHERE: Elephant Community Press, Unit #1503, 80 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai and site visits at the 2 elderly homes or social centres for the elderly


ECP has been providing creative writing education to young people in Hong Kong for the last 4 years. At local public schools, ESF schools and international schools, ECP brings unique curricula to spark the imagination and develop confidence in project-based workshops geared towards publishing. Last year, ECP launched Street Team to take their learning concepts out into the streets by bridging communities that might not otherwise get to know each other.

ECP’s first project was a mixed genre book with photos and writing created by a group of older students from Canadian International School who mentored younger kids from refugee communities served by the non-profit organization Vision First. The students created all of the content for this hardbound book called Envision It, now being sold to raise funds for Vision First.

Project Summary

ECP is now proposing a writing and photojournalism project that will not only bridge communities of young learners, but also bridge generations, by sharing the stories of 12 elderly residents in Hong Kong, which might otherwise go unheard.

ECP would like to recruit bilingual (Cantonese / English) students ages 15-17 from International Schools and from local schools through the Hong Kong Award for Young People.

A total of 12 students will partner to develop interviewing and photography skills over an 8-week period of classroom workshops interwoven with site visits to two elderly homes or social centres for the elderly. The reason for selecting two sites is to offer students the chance to develop skills in presenting profiles that may represent different communities and further bridge separate regional demographics in Hong Kong. The transcripts and notes from these interviews will be written up in English to create profiles of 12 different Hong Kong seniors. The skill building workshops will be led by students in the Master’s of Journalism programme at Hong Kong Baptist University as an internship opportunity, supervised and supported by their professor, Robin Ewing.

By the end of April 2013, the Street Team project will culminate in a final exhibition opening of stories and portraits at a local gallery.

Project Objectives:

  • Encourage students to engage in the community in a variety of ways including partnered work across communities, both with each other and among the elderly community
  • Demonstrate the power of learning experiences that reach beyond the classroom and out into the local community.
  • Provide guidelines and tools for journalistic interviewing and oral history reporting
  • Draw on a multimedia approach to literacy (Workshop will include photos)
  • Exhibit work in public space to share the stories collected with greater community

Commitment and skills required by students:

  • Ages 15-17
  • Applicants must be bilingual Cantonese / English speakers (this can be flexible)
  • Available for all of 8 sessions Tuesday after school (4:30-6:30pm) from 26th Feb to 23rd April and 2 site visits (Saturday 23rd Mar, 13th Apr)
  • Interested in writing, journalism, documenting community stories, working with the elderly, collaborating with peers outside their school
  • Able to show initiative; must be collaborative and responsible
  • Willing to represent schools and ECP in this community project
  • Other expectations: must cover own transportation costs

Interested students are to email for further details about how to apply.


Hong Kong’s human battery hens

Posted by Peter MUIR

“Hong Kong’s human battery hens” is the title of a recent article featured in the UK’s Daily Mail online edition.  It reports on a set of bird’s-eye images released by the Society for Community Organisation (SoCO) as a part of the groups efforts to increase awareness about the plight of the poor in Hong Kong.  With its reputation as one of the world’s richest cities, the high level of poverty found in Hong Kong it is unknown to many.

Like battery hens: A family of four tries to get on with everyday life despite living in a room where there is barely space to move in the urban slums of Hong Kong
Dinner is served… in the bedroom: Three people have been forced to share this closet-like space because rent is so high and public housing waiting lists so long

How could supporting people such as those shown in these pictures become a part of your CAS / C&S programme?

Project Ideas and Global Youth Service Day

Posted by Peter MUIR

Global Youth Service Day (April 26-28) celebrates and mobilizes the millions of young people who improve their communities each day of the year through service.

A campaign of YSA (Youth Service America) GYSD is celebrated each year in over 100 countries, with young people working together with schools, youth organizations, nonprofits, and NGOs to address the world’s most critical issues and change their communities.

Check out these ideas for (CAS / C&S) projects – you could use them as a part of GYSD, or at anytime of the year!


SPCA Writing Competition

Posted by Peter MUIR

SPCA Hong Kong is holding a writing competition – details below:

International Mother Language day

Posted by Peter MUIR

Today is International Mother Language Day. According to the UN’s event site, this day…

has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. The date represents the day in 1952 when students demonstrating for recognition of their language, Bangla, as one of the two national languages of the then Pakistan, were shot and killed by police in Dhaka, the capital of what is now Bangladesh.

Language is a very strong way of preserving and connecting with your cultural background.  If you find it difficult to speak to others, especially friends and relatives in the country of your origin, why not learn this language as a part of your CAS / C&S efforts!

Trash trashers – DC Waste Audit

Posted by Peter MUIR

‘Trash Trashers’ is a CAS group with the aim of improving what DC does with waste.  As a part of their efforts, they conducted a waste audit to see exactly what goes in our bins.  The group selected 8 garbage bags (a small part of the total rubbish we produce) and checked out their contents.  Below are their findings:

Bags checked: 8

Item Count:

Plastic bottles: 26   Crisp bags: 59   Plastic cups: 22   Cans: 29   Paper cups: 31   Paper juice boxes: 84   Paper plates: 48   Small plastic bags: 33












Notable Findings:

Notable Findings Issue indicated Possible approach to issue
Many plastic bags used for containing trash Poor garbage system -Biodegradable bags
Lots of uneaten food -Poor eating habits-Lack of compost -Create compost
Many juice boxes -Poor recycling -Encourage bring own drink bottle
Lots of waste paper -Paper recycling system not well-known -Raise awareness of paper bins
Lots of tissues -Many tissues used in washrooms -Use air dryers more

Suggested next steps in order of priority (Based on audit only):

-Raise awareness of paper bins

-Talk to primary students

-Display board

-Signs around school (above general bins)

-Explore using biodegradable bags for school waste

-Look into current system (if already using biodegradable bags)

-Look into biodegradable bags (pros and cons)

-Propose change to school leaders

-Encourage using air hand dryers and drinking bottles

-Display board

-Signs in washrooms

-Explore compost and how it could be used in the school

-Look into compost and its possible uses in the school



World Social Justice Day

Posted by Peter MUIR

Today is the World Social Justice Day.  According to the UN’s event website:

Social justice is an underlying principle for peaceful and prosperous coexistence within and among nations. We uphold the principles of social justice when we promote gender equality or the rights of indigenous peoples and migrants. We advance social justice when we remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability.

Have you ever seen injustice based on any of the attributes listed above?

What could you do to help promote social justice?

How could working towards social justice be a part of your CAS / C&S efforts?

Aggreg8 film competition – My Ocean

Posted by Peter MUIR

Aggreg8 is a new, innovative project that is the first of its kind!

This competition will create a short movie of approximately 6 minutes in length, with a theme about the ocean – “My Ocean………”  You, the public, will create the film with different segments voted on in a competition format, so that the end result is a community-created short film.  In the Aggreg8 competition’s format (the world’s first), each week builds on the story line that was developed in the previous week(s). Each week is a different competition for the next 60 seconds of the film and each week’s winning piece is chosen by public voting.  The first segment of the film is created by a famous filmmaker in Hong Kong. In the end, this and a total of five public segments will be Aggre8tedto make the film.

Watch the Intro Animation for Instructions, and the 1st minute by local director and actress Sharon Kwok.  2nd minute” entries are due 25th February 2013 (6pm) – simply visit the Aggreg8 platform to enter.