Recognising the importance of public speaking in plain English as a crucial communication skill, the English Department organized the school’s first Plain English Speaking Contest. The contest, which enjoyed the support of English Speaking Union, Hong Kong, and the NET Section, Education Bureau, culminated in the Inter-School Final on 30 March 2012. Contestants from New Territories Heung Yee Kuk Yuen Long District Secondary School, The Hong Kong Management Association K S Lo College, and Chiu Lut Sau Memorial Secondary School were locked in a neck and neck competition; which provided an ideal platform for these students to learn from one another, and the panel of adjudicators, comprising Mr. Simon Tham, Executive Committee Member and Director from the English Speaking Union, Hong Kong, Mr. Peter Broe, Project Officer of NET Section, EDB, and Ms. Joanna Moe, Regional NET Co-ordinator of NET Section, EDB.
Conducted over 2 months, the Plain English Speaking Contest provided an avenue for students to sharpen their speaking skills and build confidence in public presentation, in addition to promoting the personal development of students through the use of clear and effective spoken English. 30 student contestants, representing all Junior form classes, attended a series of 3 training sessions conducted by the school’s NET. Through the training, the contestants learnt both speech writing and delivery techniques. The contestants subsequently put their skills to the test at two Preliminary rounds, which saw 14 contestants advancing to the Semi-Final round, before eight finalists were eventually selected for the Intra-School Final and Inter-School Final held on 30 March 2012.
The finalists delivered rousing speeches that earned the adjudicators’ commendation for the sheer quality and confident delivery of their speeches. All finalists were winners in their own right that afternoon - for their spunky performance in the presence of a huge audience, and in English Language to boot.
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