Monthly Archives: October 2013

GIN852 Conference

Posted by Peter MUIR

Hong Kong will be having its very own GIN conference next March.

GIN (Global Issues Network) composes of compassionate students who endeavor to address different global issues in their community.  The issues targeted are those indicated by JF Rischard (former vice president of the World Bank) in his book High Noon- 20 Global Problems, 20 Years to Solve Them.  In his book, Rischard proposed that the only solution to prevent the many imminent global disasters is the formation of a solid network of local groups, working together to solve global issues.  This inspired the birth of GIN.

GIN852 logoGIN852, the Hong Kong local GIN group, will host the GIN852 Conference at International Christian School March 1st-2nd 2014.    GIN852 is a conference for schools to join together and focus on solving local issues and DC is looking for students to represent us at this event.

The GIN852 conference aims to achieve the following goals: To provide a basis for inter-school collaboration in solving local Hong Kong issues; and to encourage long-term course of actions to combat urgent problems in Hong Kong.  Conference activities include action groups, keynote speakers, a film festival, simulations, and a school exchange fair.  Students who attend will both an audience and also involved in presenting to other students.  The theme for this year’s conference is “Sustainable Planning, Immediate Action.”

This event will be open to students in Years 10-12.  The cost for each student and supervisor is HK$250, which includes conference materials, and food.  To sign up – click here

CE ideas and inspiration

Posted by Peter MUIR

For Community Engagement ideas and inspiration, check out what US High School student got involved in to address food security issues in Peru.

Looking for a Cantonese teacher

Posted by Peter MUIR

No experience required, but enthusiasm and commitment a must!

Vision First is looking for volunteers to help teach Cantonese to refugees/asylum seekers (open to DP students only).  You obviously need to be proficient in Cantonese.  You could do this as a pair – it would be a cool CAS project to get involved in!

  • You will teach Beginners Cantonese
  • Each class will have approximately 15 adults
  • You will be required to make a lesson plan for each class (VF resources such as paper, printer ink, stationary and computers will be at your disposal)
  • You must be able to commit to this job for the next three months

We ask that all volunteers be comfortable working in a multi-cultural environment.   Please contact Danielle Stutterd ( at Vision First as soon as possible if you are interested.


Work to eliminate bullying

Posted by Peter MUIR

October in the US is  is Bullying Prevention Month—a time when students, educators, friends, and parents unite to raise awareness for bully prevention.  For ideas on ways you could create a service project aiming to increase awareness about bullying, and decrease its prevalence, check out this blog from Youth Service America and see what their youth ambassadors are doing to stand up against bullying.

Additionally, No Name-Calling Week is another initiative in the US.  It is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an on-going dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities. For ideas and free resources visit

Ark Eden CAS project – extension of dates

Posted by Peter MUIR

Ark Eden will be extending the dates of its CAS Project – with it ending in late January.  An interesting opportunity, especially those who are keen to learn more about sustainability.

Submit you registration if you are keen to join – click here for more details


World Food Day Inter-house Food Drive

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WFD banner 2013Hong Kong seems like a well-off society, however there are many alarming statistics when it comes to food. Did you know that there are thousands of people in Hong Kong who do not get enough food daily?

  • 1 in 4 children do not get 3 meals a day
  • 1 in 3 seniors struggle to meet their basic nutritional needs
  • 1 in 5 people in HK live in poverty

As a part of World Food Day (October 16), a group of DC students are organizing a food drive, aiming to help some of those who face hunger daily.  The World Food Day Committee has decided to have a competitive slant on our food drive – we will hold an inter-house “competitive food drive”, in which we see which DC house makes the most donations of non-perishable food items.
The inter-house food drive will take place from Monday October 7 until Friday October 11. A box for each house will be placed at the entrance of the school. Please place your non-perishable food donations in these boxes (items such as rice, noodles, cooking oil, pasta, canned fruits – see here for more details Food Drive goods to donate.  The house with the most donations wins!

All of these non-perishable foods will then be donated to Feeding HK, who will deliver these items to those who face hunger daily.

Request for donations of basic items

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As part of her Personal Project, DC Year 11 student Chantel Woo is supporting the Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council and working with them to visit elderly homes in the local community.
The elderly people that the Chantel’s volunteer group will be meeting are economically poor, and are in need of items that are basic necessities. Some examples of donations include toothbrushes, toothpaste, soaps, socks, gloves – anything they might need on a daily basis! If you’ve been on a long-haul flight recently, and still have the free travel packs with toothpaste, a toothbrush and socks, donate that! If you’ve been gifted with a pair of gloves that aren’t quite your style and have been just sitting around, donate that!
On Thursday 3rd October and Friday 4th October, there will be a drive in the foyer where donations for the elderly people will be collected. The items you bring in will be personally delivered to the elderly in need, so please help out and bring in some items! Donations of any kind will be accepted and appreciated, as long as they are unused, appropriate for the elderly and still functional! We look forward to seeing you there!