Monthly Archives: November 2013

CAS Inspiration – Joshua Williams

Posted by Peter MUIR

Joshua Williams founded the Joshua’s Heart Foundation in 2005 at the age of five. The primary objective of his foundation is to “stomp out hunger.” Since its inception, more than 500,000 pounds of food have been distributed to families in need.  How could Joshua’s work inspire you to address a global issue?


News form Pay it Forward group

Posted by Peter MUIR

Pay it forward picOn Saturday 16 November, 15 of our students from the Pay-It-Forward volunteer group took part in the children service organized by three year 12 students (Shanel Lim, Joyce Wong and Shaniya) as a part of their CAS project.  The group organized games and also taught the kindergarten children to make paper craft Christmas trees to bring home.   According to the student’s reflections, they have learnt that it can be very satisfying to do something small for others .  Some students have learnt that even with language barriers, it is still possible to communicate with others.  Most have learnt that it takes patience and effort to interact with children.

Want blue skies in Hong Kong

Posted by Peter MUIR

Find below a message from a Chinese International School teacher…

If you’ve wished for blue skies in HK, then please sign my petition and forward this message via email/FB/twitter/word-of-mouth to any you know who cares about the state of HK’s air quality:
On Tuesday, 26th November, a Y13 CIS student and I will present to LegCo our opinions and the petition signatures and we have just about 100 hours to get 500,000 signatures!
Thank you for all your help and support! Now, let’s help our government too!

A message form DC students

Posted by Peter MUIR

Dear DC Community,

We are a small group of DC students leading the donation drive for the Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines.

Our group has set up a donation box at the school entrance for members of the DB community to donate goods needed by those communities affected by the Typhoon. Please visit this website to view the items to donate and drop your donations at our collection point.   Collected items will be sent to the Philippines next Saturday Nov 23.  For cash donations we have asked different shops in DB ( i.e Berliner, Duvet, McSorley’s, Caramba, Fresh Fruit Juice Paradise and Uncle Russ located in the North Plaza) and at Pier 3 (i.e Uncle Russ and The Beer Bay) to help with our cash boxes. There is also a cash donation box in the college front office.  We will continue to asses the actions of organistions on the ground to determine where our cash donations are sent.  For those of you that have already donated we thank you for your generosity.  As they say “No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted”.

Collection drive for the Philippines

Posted by Peter MUIR

The DC community would be acutely aware of the unfolding disaster in the Philippines following the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan. The storm has caused unprecedented death and damage.

This disaster affects all of us in that there would be few DC families without a Filipino connection (either as parents, students or aunties/helpers), the scale of the tragedy is appalling and immediate, and it has occurred in a country with limited resources to respond effectively.

Our college has had literally dozens of students, parents and staff asking how best they can help with this. As such, our approach is being driven by the students themselves, and is outlined below:

Collection of essential goods
A group of DC students are leading a collection drive for needed goods that will be delivered through the Remar Charity organisation to areas hit by Typhoon Haiyan. Our students will be collaborating with other community initiatives to get essential supplies to those in need. The school invites all members of the DB community to donate to this collection, which will be located and manned at the front entrance of the College from tomorrow morning, Thursday 14 November and running through until the end of next week.

If you are able to donate goods, please read the list below, as it is important that we only collect and send essential supplies at the moment.

Items to make up Kitchen Kits:

  • Durable small cooking pots with well fitting lids
  • Plastic basins / tubs
  • Metal kitchen knives
  • Wooden spoons
  • Plastic plates
  • Metal spoons
  • Plastic mugs
  • Mosquito coils
  • Can openers
  • Candles (10-15 cms long) and matches
  • Canned goods that can be preferably be easily opened opened (sardines/tuna, corned beef, luncheon meat, pork & beans)

Items to make up Hygiene Kits:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Items suitable for a basic first aid kit (plasters, paracetamol, bandages, saline solution, slings, etc)
  • Large tubes of toothpaste
  • Bars of antibacterial soap
  • Face cloths (small face towels)
  • Bottles of shampoo
  • Small towels
  • Disposable razors
  • Laundry detergent (biodegradable, if possible).
  • Feminine sanitary napkins

Raising of money
The student group is also initiating a dress casual day on Friday 22 November to show our solidarity with those affected by the disaster. They have asked that all staff and students dress in the colours of the flag of the Philippines, and make a small cash donation that will then be donated to an approved orgnisation who is directly working in the areas hit by the typhoon.

Habitat for Humanity China seeks volunteers

Posted by Peter MUIR

Habitat for Humanity China seeks volunteers to help out with its booths at an upcoming Christmas market in TST.  The organisation will have two booths set up there for Christmas ornament painting and one game booth for children’s games.

Event details
Event name     : Christmas Market (charity sale & game booth)
Event Date     : December 7-8, 2013 (Sat – Sun)
Event Time     : 11am-9pm (Dec 7) & 12nn-9pm (Dec8)
Place               : Hotel 1881 in Hullett House, No. 2A Caton Road , Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Task                 : For the booth of Christmas ornament painting
–          Invite people to come the booth
–          Assist participants to paint the ball
–          Crowd control
–          Develop awareness about Habitat for Humanity China
For Game booth
–          Guide children to play the games
–          Crowd control

If are interested in helping out please email Mr Muir –

World Toilet Day

Posted by Peter MUIR

Imagine if you didn’t have a toilet to use.  Not only would it be embarrassing, and somewhat degrading, it would also have a big impact on your health.  In fact, the UN have said that having access to a toilet is a basic human right.

Around the world, 2.5 billion people lack access to safe sanitation.  Children are particularly vulnerable to the water-based diseases that a lack of sanitation causes – approximately 700,000 children die globally every year from diarrhoea caused by unsafe water and poor sanitation. That’s almost 2,000 children a day!

World Toilet Day on 19 November is an opportunity to learn about the importance of bringing sanitation to all. World Toilet Day also brings to the forefront the health, emotional and psychological consequences the poor endure as a result of inadequate sanitation.  To check out how you could get involved in this day, click here.

Green Thumbs required

Posted by Peter MUIR

Tree plantingKeen to do something about deforestation in Hong Kong?  And do something about air pollution at the same time?  Lead by John Horwood, there are a few DB residents who volunteer to re-forrest the hills surrounding DB.  We are looking for students to help John out.  You role would include putting mulch around the seedlings (carrying bags of cut grass and putting the grass cuttings around the tree seedlings), general maintenance of the DB Conservation area and also, from late March to early June, help out with tree planting.  This work would be on weekends.  If you are interested in helping out with these conservation efforts in DB, please email John Horwood on

A box of soap

Posted by Peter MUIR


A group of Year 8 students organised a Soap Drive, to support the Box of Hope initiative.  Box of Hope asks students to donate a small box containing useful/educational items that will be donated to underprivileged children in Hong Kong and Asia.  DC secondary students were asked to support Box of Hope by donating soap to help improve personal hygiene for those that cannot afford basic necessities.  A total of 173 bars of soap were collected, and will be added to those donated by Primary students.  We, the organising group, would like to pass on their thank you to those who donated, and would also like to pass on this message from Aesop “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”

From Karthik Immaneni, Jasper Tong, Faizaan Adtani and Jerry Lin (Year 8)


Making a bow – A CAS activity example

Posted by Peter MUIR

Check out this TED talk from 15 year old Dong Woo Jang, who outlines what could be considered a great CAS activity – making a bow (creativity).  Watch the talk and consider – what learning outcomes did he show evidence in?  Also, what inspired him to make a bow?  And how did making a bow inspire him to learn more about his culture and history?