HONG KONG, April 10, 2016 – With the full support of Hong Kong Disneyland Resort (HKDL), the Committee on Home-School Co-operation (CHSC) has launched the “We Did It!” Award Scheme to recognize improvements seen in students who attend special schools and encourage the spirit of sharing love and appreciation. The scheme is one of the top 10 highlights of the “Appreciate Hong Kong” Campaign.
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Secretary of Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Government, will be the Guest of Honor at today’s Certificate Presentation Ceremony to award the students, teachers and caretakers. Other officiating guests are Henry Tong Sau-chai, Chairman of CHSC; Professor Paul Yip Siu-fai, Department of Social Work and Social Administration of the University of Hong Kong; and Samuel Lau Wing-kee, Managing Director of HKDL. After the ceremony, around 500 students and their caretakers will enjoy a day of celebration in the park.
Motivation, Caring and Appreciation
About 80% of the special schools around Hong Kong, or about 50 schools, participate in and support the “We Did It!” Award Scheme. These students with disabilities are recognized for given outstanding performances in the classroom or during an extracurricular activity, or for making significant improvements in their attitude toward learning, attention span or emotion management over the 2015/16 academic year.
As part of the scheme, every school can nominate three outstanding students from each class. Every awarded participant can receive a certificate and three HKDL park tickets. The scheme also recognizes the hard work of their teachers and caretakers. HKDL is proud to be donating around 10,000 park tickets in recognition of the awardees’ achievements. Each participating school can also receive park tickets.
Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Secretary of Administration of the Hong Kong SAR Government thanked CHSC and HKDL for giving certificates and park tickets to encourage not only pupils from special schools with outstanding performance, but also caretakers who actively participate in home- school cooperation and teachers who have greatly supported students. She said, “The scheme is a highlight of the government’s territory-wide ‘Appreciate Hong Kong’ Campaign launched last November, which is meant to consolidate forces from every sector to instill positive energy in the beautiful, energetic and caring city of Hong Kong and to show appreciation to those who’ve shown great tenacity and dedication to building our community. Just like ‘Appreciate Hong Kong,’ the ‘We Did It!’ Award Scheme hopes to recognize outstanding students and caretakers and show appreciation those dedicated to taking care of students.”
Henry Tong Sau-Chai, Chairman of CHSC, appreciated the support and assistance of the government, schools and HKDL. He said, “We’re glad the scheme is one of the top 10 highlights of the ‘Appreciate
Hong Kong’ Campaign. ‘We Did It!’ has allowed CHSC to actively contribute to Hong Kong. We’re also thankful for the great response and support from the schools.”
Samuel Lau Wing-kee, Managing Director of HKDL, hoped the scheme could further motivate the students. He said, “These students face more challenges in life than their peers do. The support from their families, caretakers and staff members from their schools is instrumental to their growth. Their efforts are worth every dose of our appreciation, and the diligence they’ve shown truly demonstrates the Hong Kong spirit.”
Kwok hiu-ming, a Form 3 secondary school student at a special school, was nominated after making great strides in her attitude toward learning. She said, “No one was born clever. That’s why I’ve been paying more attention to my studies during lessons and reading different publication by myself. I hope I can enrich my knowledge.” Kwok also thanked her teachers and schoolmates for giving her opportunities to attend a variety of activities and services.
Another awarded student is Yum Kwok-fun, a Form 5 student who adores athletics. She has represented Hong Kong at various international track and field competitions. Thanks to the encouragement and assistance from her family and teachers, she’s been able to successfully balance her academic studies with her training and competitions, leading to improvements.
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