Have fun watching and making English videos!
Take a look at our P.6's boys' 1-min show-and-tell videos! These short-listed 15 videos are waiting for your vote! Boys, parents and teachers of YWPS, please login to eClass and cast your vote today! (Deadline 5 Feb). The 5 most popular videos will be subtitled and broadcast on Wa Square and this website.
Have fun watching and making English videos!
I am still awestruck by the magic of yesterday's Speech Gala 2018 Grand Finals. There are simply too many moments to remember and to be amazed at.
Utterly delighted to say, all our finalists had a great stage presence. Not only did they articulate well, their use of body language, facial expression and the space of the stage was also truly remarkable; schoolmates cheered to support one another; verse speakers all had their own style to deliver the meaning of the piece; duologue actors were fantastic and creative entertainers; prose readers acted the different voices distinctively with energy and passion; public speakers, in particular, demonstrated maturity and sophistication well beyond their years; and our beloved and honourable adjudicator Dr Gary Harfitt offered our boys words of gold which are even more valuable than the certificates that the participants earned in the end; the audience engaged so well in the different sessions held in the School Hall yesterday - all these added together to make our Gala this year sparkling, magical and wonderful.
I thank all our English teachers who trained our boys so hard and so well so that they could be on stage and be able to get out of their comfort zone and deliver their performances in the best possible way; I thank our honourable adjudicator this year Dr Gary Harfitt for his generosity, sincerity, thoughtfulness and professionalism as he adjudicated at the event and spoke to the audience at the end of each session; I thank the School Headmistress Mrs Lam for enjoying herself throughout the three sessions and that gave us tremendous support; and I thank our boys whose engagement into the event and seriousness in preparing for their work were superbly exemplary.
We all think that learning a language, we have to live it and live in it. So, what better can we ask for than having the Speech Gala year after year which is a perfect demonstration that we learners of English have the heart to experience and explore this beautiful language by engaging in it in a festive, celebrative and joyous manner?
Well done and proud of you boys of wonder!
Dr H C Lee
P.S. For more snapshots of the event, please visit our gallery.
Written by Ms Idy Kwok
Psychology isn’t the most popular subject at universities in Hong Kong. However, as a Psychology student myself, I would say that Psychology is one of the most fascinating subjects to study. For me, studying Psychology was like uncovering the mysteries of human beings, the mysteries deep inside each of us.
The term “Psychology” comes from two Greek words: psyche (meaning soul or spirit) and logos (meaning study or knowledge of something). Nowadays, Psychology is defined as the scientific study of the human mind and behaviour. In other words, it is the study of how human beings think and act.
Perhaps you haven’t noticed, everything in our lives is Psychology: sleeping and dreaming, remembering and forgetting, helping and neglecting, learning and unlearning, feeling happy and being angry... There are ample psychological concepts explaining why people act the way they do and I would like to share a few mind-blowing ones with you.
Interesting psychological concept #2
Let’s do a simple experiment!
Step 1: Try to memorize the following words in 2 minutes:
water, box, medicine, carpet, tram, television, milk, elephant, building, salt, smartphone, drawer, key, railway, cushion, teapot, bag, sofa, dinner, sunset
Step 2: Write the words (not necessarily in order) on a piece of paper without looking at the list.
Step 3: Look at the list again and pay attention to the position of those recalled words in the list.
Do the words that you remembered come from the beginning, the middle, or the end of the list? Psychological experiments found that people tend to remember the first few and last few words and are more likely to forget those in the middle of the list. It is because words early in the list were put into long term memory (Primacy Effect). Words from the end of the list went into short term memory (Recency Effect) which can typically hold about 7 items.
With delight, the English Department proudly launches its 24th issue of FLAME Magazine, themed "Explorers Plus" featuring Speech and Drama moments, explorations of students and teachers as well as students' exposure during the past months.
In particular, the issue celebrates our boys' achievements in the 69th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival for their stunning results in solo and group events. Also, on pp.18-19, a summing up of a series of exploratory essays is shown with QR Codes for readers' easy reference.
I particularly recommend you to read our graduates' words on pp.16-17 under the theme of exploration. Surely, these young lads' mindset will explain to you why they have been successful.
Last but not least, for those of you wondering why the back cover of the magazine is designed as such, I'd rather leave it to you to explore... All I can say is "It starts with a particular letter". The clues are not obvious and even the P.6 boys took quite a while to "guess" it right! Haha, tell me if you see something out of the page!
Dr H C Lee
We'll update you on our thoughts and activities! Visit us often!