knows, the abilities to speak English and to write English are really
important skills necessary for our students to become successful
nowadays. English is used all around the world. It has become the
accepted international language of commerce, travel and entertainment.
In this school, we emphasize the
importance of being fluent in both the languages that we are used to,
firstly, our native-tongue, Cantonese, and secondly, English (-not to
mention the growing importance of Putonghua). However, in some
situations in which our students as young adults will find themselves,
English is considered even more important than both our Chinese
languages, Cantonese and Putonghua. Therefore, all we teachers
strongly encourage all of our students to develop their English
speaking and writing skills for reasons such as these:
- Many of our students see benefits in
studying in a foreign country for high school and/or university.
Popular destinations include England, USA, Australia, Canada and New
Zealand which are English speaking countries. It is our school's
vision and responsibility to develop all our students' academic
abilities, and to prepare them for further studies at tertiary
- In our students' futures, they will
probably travel to a foreign country where they will face English
speaking people. The skill in using English enables people to
communicate and understand each other.
- In our students' future employment,
they might have to work with people who use English as the principal
means of communication. They might work for a foreign company.
I remember being at Hong Kong Airport
on the evening of the Tour's departure. All the students I spoke to,
seemed so happy and excited, but they were curious about many things.
They were so eager to see the aeroplane cabin, to pat a kangaroo, to
hold a koala, to look at Forest Lake College, to meet their homestay
families, and to experience the incredible fun-rides in the theme
From all reports, this Second
Australian Educational Tour was a successful and wonderful trip, and
the students' expectations were met and surpassed. Firstly, I give
thanks to God our Father from whom all good things come. Secondly, I
commend our English Department teachers, especially our department
head, Miss Connie Ng, (who organized this Second Australian Education
Tour), Mr. Ning, Mr. Ball, Miss Chung, and Miss Chan for all their
efforts over many months.
In thanking all those involved in this
very successful Second Australian Educational Tour – the teachers, the
parents, the student-participants -, I offer this prayer for all our
students. That you may have an enjoyable school life, and that you
make good use of all the opportunities that this school provides to
develop your skills and abilities during your years at this school.
Mr. Edwin Poon