"Thematic Group Speaking" is a really challenging class in the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival". Participants are required to perform on stage a 15-min programme with different text types, all under one theme. The script is never given, which means that the coach needs to decide the theme and find the pieces and weave them together cleaverly. Not to mention that the training is as hard as the script-writing!
This year, my group performed under the theme "In the Times of War", featuring a young Time Traveller going through different spaces and times, all ended up in a war-time. The act combines poetry, prose, drama, monologues...etc in order to convey the anti-war theme. The adjudicator was moved by the boys' professionalism as well as the depth of the script. Now they can go back to their studies peacefully! (In fact, these kids went out for the competition in the middle of their examination period!)
I sincerely thank my groupmates, their parents, and Ms Idy Kwok for their whole-hearted commitment to this contest, and I congratulate my team for their deserving success! I am sure we have learnt well beyond the score given. It was such a memorable victory.
Dr H C Lee