Hong Kong Scotland School Improvement Partnership (HKSSIP)
Date: 20 September, 2017 (Wednesday)
Venue: Ho Choi Seafood Restaurant
Present: Archie, Lancy Tam, Cheung Siu Ming, Ivan Ho, Lourdes Yu, Florence Man, Jenny Kwan, Melody, Angel, Helen, Apple, Jackie, Bryan, Grace
- Scottish Students’ and Teachers’ Hong Kong Visit
||Amendment or remarks
|Saturday 23 September, 2017
||· Tour of Hong Kong led by Archie
(Ferry to the Peak and Peak tram to HK park—Admiralty—Wan Chai (ferry)—Tsim Sha Tsui)
|Sunday 24 September, 2017
||· Meet at 10:00am
· Meet the host family at 3:30pm
|Thursday 28 September , 2017
||· Gather at the main entrance of
Ocean Park (at 10:30pm)
· Gather at Yaumati Catholic Primary School debriefing session (at 4:30pm)
(It involves around 70 people in total.)
· Farewell dinner (6:00-8:30pm)
· It involves around 70 people with around 6 tables. All students should be there.
· Yaumati should invite four students who have worked with Preston Street and stayed in City View.
· Principal and teachers are strongly encouraged to join.
- Two spots: one is prepared in HK; one will be prepared in Edinburgh.
- One for Scottish students and one for HK students.
- 10 minutes each spot, two spots in total.
- Both will focus on the cultural aspects and great value of living with a family.
Content of video in HK:
- Should be made and complied by Law Ting Pong LTV staffs.
(Mr. Paul Marriott is recommended.)
- Interview with the host family and feelings of our students and host students.
- The debriefing and dinner should be a nice bonus.
- Students should present the video in the SCEN summit.
- Scotland China Education Network (SCEN) Youth Summit
|Saturday, 28 October 2017
|4 group leaders should be provided with host families
|Sunday, 29 October 2017
||Arrival, get hosted
|Thursday, 2 November 2017
||Having pre-theatre meal is suggested by Principal Teacher
Having concert in The Queen’s Hall
(Free tickets are offered for students.)
Number of tickets should be confirmed as soon as possible.
Debriefing and farewell dinner.
|Friday, 3 November 2017
||Travel to Glasgow in the morning.
Return after the Summit.
|Saturday,4 November 2017
|Sunday, 5 November 2017
||land in Hong Kong
|Creative Secondary School
|Law Ting Pong Secondary School
|TWGHs Kwok Yat Wai College
|Yaumati Catholic Primary School
- Allocation of responsibilities
|Coordinator of handling flight tickets
||Creative Secondary School
||Law Ting Pong Secondary School
||To be confirmed
||To be confirmed
- Important notes about SCEN Youth Summit
- All students’ information should be submitted by 28 September 2017. (Passport number, name, emergency contact person and number etc.)
- Teacher and students’ ratio should be no more than 1:10. 24-25 students at maximum. 6 students per school for maximum.
- For Catholic Primary School, there are 4 students and 1 teacher going to the Summit.
- For TWGHs Kwok Yat Wai College, there are also 4 students and 1 teacher going to the Summit.
- It is reminded to buy insurance for the kids.
Two inspirational founders of HKSSIP in the SCEN summit.
Present: all partners present including Principal Lourdes representing her new school, Yaumati Catholic Primary School, and chaired by Archie
- The note of the meeting of Scottish partners on 20 June was the focus of the first part of the agenda:
- Confirmed that the date of the Scottish Heads/teachers to HK with add-on to Shanghai to begin with arrival on Sunday 7 May; five working days in HK; fly to Shanghai on Saturday (early morning flight recommended as often delays) 13 May (also option of staying in HK on 13th and flying to Shanghai on 14th) and, Scottish partners to decide the duration of stay in Shanghai, e.g. two working days and fly back (from Shanghai to Edinburgh) on Wednesday 17 May or three working days and fly back on Thursday 18 May. Action Scottish Partners
- Assumed that the Swire South Edinburgh partnership schools would wish to establish a one-to-one link with Shanghai schools Action GWC JGHS BHS; assumed that EA, RHS, and Loretto CPS would wish to visit Shanghai but not necessarily to establish an ongoing link Action EA RHS and LCPS. HK partner schools to look at possibility of accompanying Scottish partners to Shanghai Action HK partners Archie, Principals Siu Ming and Tam to meet with Dr Ng on 19 October to seek his advice on possible partner schools in Shanghai. Principal Ivan and HT David already agreed that Ivan’s Shanghai partner would be suitable partner for BHS. Action Siu Ming
- Assumed that Lisa based at GWC would arrange flights and hotels Action Lisa and Scottish partners. Archie to ask Joshua Yau re discounted rates for City View Hotel, Yaumati and forward to Lisa to consider when making the hotel bookings (Yaumati regarded as very central location on Kowloon side) Action Archie with Joshua
- Assumed that Scottish group size would be fairly similar to the HK group visit to Scotland, say around 15-20? Action Scottish Partners
- Assumed that HK programme would be fairly similar in style to the Edinburgh programme, that is: first evening reception (if flight times allow); day one gathering/meeting/workshop in HK school to bring together the partners, and exchange with HK students; day two in partner school; day three meetings with one or two key organisations (e.g. QA and/or Curr Dev of EDB or DSS Council or compare approaches to School evaluation or ?); day four cultural cum educational visits; day five partner school morning, and debriefing/action points afternoon followed by Chinese banquet Action Principal Siu Ming to be Overall Coordinator and take the lead in drafting programme working with HKSSIP Coordinator (Lancy) before presenting draft programme for discussion with HKSSIP Hong Kong partners and Archie – then draft to HKSSIP Scottish partners/Judith (Siu Ming would welcome ideas/requests from Scotland while drafting the programme Action Scottish Partners
Exchange visit of Scottish students to Hong Kong, October 2017
- Noted need to check holiday dates in HK and Scotland, possibly second or third week most likely Action would Scottish partners suggest date to Lancy who would then check to see OK for HK school ‘breaks’.
- Assumed that the group size to be around 24-30 pupils with 2-4 teachers Action Scottish partners
- Assume arrive on a Sunday and depart on a Saturday. Aim would be to try and arrange home stays wherever possible as first choice with YHA Mei Ho House Youth Hostel as standby Action HK partners. It was felt that the Scottish pupils offering home stay during the Youth Summit might be given priority by Scottish schools when selecting students for the visit Action Scottish partners
- Assumed that programme would be along following lines: reception get together on Sunday; days one and two follow timetable in partner school; day three cultural cum education visits; day four workshops on sharing with Hong Kong students, including presentations on, for example, cultural aspects and global citizenship; day five partner school morning, cultural visit/ cum sharing week’s experience afternoon and Chinese banquet ,day six fly home Action programme to be prepared by HKSSIP HK partners, overall visit coordinator to be appointed by HK partners
Exchange visit of Hong Kong students to Scotland
- Proposed date was June 2017 but this has been deemed unsuitable given examinations timetable in HK. May suggested as possible date (on reflection post-meeting Archie wonders if the visit might be planned post-Scottish students’ HK visit for two reasons: a.already would have enjoyed HK students’ visit for Youth Summit in Nov/Dec 2016 and b. Visit might be planned to tie in with SCEN Youth Summit of 2017. Action Archie with HK partners
- SCEN Fifth Annual Youth Summit 2 December Edinburgh International Conference Centre
- Delighted to hear that home stays will be available for students and two teachers. Wonderful achievement. Group. Size 15 students, 8 boys and 7 girls, one female and one male teacher with one to be appointed in overall charge. Roll call as follows:
YY No1 one boy 2 girls; Creative 2 girls; KYWai 3 boys; LTPSS 2 boys 2 girls; and TTCA 2 boys 1 girl. Male teacher from LTPSS and female teacher from KYWai
- Partners to link directly to establish procedures, e.g.forward names and details of students (and Teachers) , agree home stays, complete registration forms where necessary (noted that GWC has already sent its form). Noted that LTPSS students would be sensibly split between home stays offered by JGHS and EA, and the two teachers would be offered home stay by GWC. Lisa of GWC to be the contact person Action all HKSSIP partners working in harmony
- HKSSIP HK partners to prepare leaflet with outlines of the proposed visit, photos and two or three lines about each student and the two teachers, and to be used as publicity for HKSSIP – the leaflet would draw on our excellent one prepared for the leaders’ visit in April 2016. Action all HK HKSSIP partners working with Eveline, and Archie re approval of final ‘products’
- Briefing session to be arranged in HK for students and their parents in advance of the visit Action HKSSIP HK partners
- Principal Lancy kindly agreed that her PS Eveline ( a great supporter of our work) would get the quotations for flights, and also liaise over publicity material (e.g.good to have a banner for the Youth Summit) including the Scotland HK badges, presents for host families, and one for the SCEN Anniversary, and the sharing of the costs of the teachers’ expenses across the five schools. Action Lancy and Eveline
- Programme for the week (draft outline): Monday; a coming together in one school and joint sharing Scotland and Hong Kong students; Tuesday following school timetable: Wednesday cultural cum educational visits for whole group; Thursday following school timetable; and Friday SCEN Youth Summit, followed by Chinese Banquet; Saturday fly home. Action Judith and Archie and Scotland partners
- HKSSIP students will be allocated a 15 minute slot at the Summit for a presentation ( please note that is the total time allocation for HKSSIP) should have a HK China theme, can be humorous, can be a dance routine, can be presented in a combination of Cantonese, Putonghua, and English. Student might prefer to wear some aspect of Chinese dress….? Need to have preparation before flying to Edinburgh Action HK partners, organised by the two travelling teachers?) Also distribute the HKSSIP publicity material at the Summit
- Each student to complete ‘an experience’ of the Scottish visit which we will post on our web site. Here are suggestions for the questions for them:
What one thing, one aspect, that stood out for me on the visit ( that is the thing will always treasure/remember?)
What did I enjoy most about the visit?
What surprised me about Edinburgh?
What aspect of school life in Edinburgh would I like to take to Hong Kong?
WHAT ASPECT of school life in Hong Kong might be transferable to Scotland
My own impression, my own view
Action students and their Principals
- Our students will have an opportunity to link up with Nigel Fong’s group of 34 students coming from 5 HK schools. They will be based in Glenalmond School (an independent boarding school) in Perthshire, and they will also take part in the Summit. Nigel is a successful HK business man who was educated at Morrison’s Academy in Crieff and he has a strong feeling for Scotland. He set up a HK Scotland connection some years ago and supports exchanges between Hong kong and Scotland. Action Archie and Judith
- HK Sponsorship
- Archie asked the HK partners to consider how best to bet financial support or HKSSIP work (e.g. forthcoming visits ) given our pledge to support and foster the Chinese language and culture across the two ‘countries’. Sponsoring bodies, usually quite rich and influential could be a starting point,also companies with a Scottish connection (e g Jardine Matheson?). Action HK Principals
- Archie thanked Jenny for hosting us once again, and providing succulent cakes and goodies to sustain us during the meeting. Archie managed to present a gift from the village of his birth to Jenny and Lancy ( thanking her for all her super work in HKSSIP), and the meeting finished with a lucky draw of a tea towel of Northumberland which underlined Archie’s new connections on both sides of the ‘Border’. Ivan took some photos which he may post on the web site. Archie emphasised once again that it is very pleasing and encouraging for Judith and himself to see the progress of HKSSIP in such a short period of time. He encouraged partners to move forward on a one-to-one basis to further foster the cultural and language links.
21 October (confined to my room by the typhoon signal 8 Black!)
Heather Wilson, who has just retired as Head of Secondary at George Watson’s College (Edinburgh). dropped in for an impromptu visit at CSS at the end of September. She toured the campus with Principal Cheung and visited lessons and chatted with several groups of students. She also met up with Vice Principal Mou and NCS Chinese Coordinator Lanny Tsou, who visited George Watson’s College last April to explore links between the two schools.
George Watson’s College, like CSS, also offers two school leaving diplomas – the IB Diploma Programme as an option to the Scottish Highers, the main national qualification for university entrance.
Present: recipients of the email apart from Margaret-Anne who sent her apologies. Archie in the Chair
The H K ‘story’ and web site
- Great praise for the superb presentation of the outcomes of the exchange week. All welcomed the web site and congratulated Lancy and her LTPSS team in setting such a high standard. It was agreed that Lancy and her team should continue to refine the web site and set out procedural arrangements. There should be one entry point to the web site via Lancy team. Agreed that it would make sense to have links to the partner schools so that partner to partner activities could be displayed in (more) detail.
Action: Archie to invite the HK Planning Group (HKPG) – Lancy, Siu Ming and Florence – to consider best way forward for the web site and make recommendations
Exchange visit of Scottish leaders/teachers to HK
- Agreed a visit during week commencing 1st or 8th May, 2017 should be planned. Given that three of the Scottish partners are involved in the Swire Foundation initiative to establish ‘centres of excellence’ in Chinese language, agreed that it would be sensible to extend the HK visit to ‘mainland’ China by adding on two days or so at the end of the HK exchange. Scottish partners felt that their HK partners already enjoyed partnerships with Chinese schools so it would make sense to work with HK to set up visits to China schools – Shanghai regarded as favoured destination. Also agreed that the whole group should stay together for the China visit to focus on one city.
Action: Archie to place the suggestions before the HKPG
Exchange visits of student/pupils to Scotland and HK
- Suggested that Scottish students, drawn from S3/4, might visit HK in October 2017. Aim is to involve 4/5 students from each school plus one teacher per school. Agreed that for this overall partnership visit it would be best to accommodate the group in a hotel or hostel. Primary school student visits probably best planned via school to school partnership level (arrangements already in place for student exchanges between TTPS&KG and EA)
Action: Archie to discuss with HKPC, and also explore accommodation options. Scottish partners asked to check that the timescale is OK for visit in October 2016.
- HK students to visit Scotland probably in June 2017, to be discussed with HK schools. Same arrangements as for (3) above.
Action: Archie to discuss with HKPG to agree best dates
Administration of visits
- It was suggested that the new Swire administrator based in EA would be well- placed to make block bookings for flights and travel generally.
Action: Swire schools
SCEN Key Dates
- Judith referred to important events: 2 December, 2016 5th SCEN China Youth Summit at Edinburgh Conference Centre; SCEN Advisory Council meeting and SCEN Ambassadors 7 October, Glenalmond College with Lord Wilson present for this event; and SCEN Lecture 2016 with James Anderson, Baillie Gifford (date tbc) Archie felt that HK partners might be interested in taking part in the China Youth Summit, agreed to follow up.
Next Meeting of Scottish Partners
- Probably late September and before Archie’s next visit to HK (tbc)
Archie at 21 June 2016
As part of the Hong Kong-Scotland partner exchange, the Edinburgh Academy (EA) and its partner Tsung Tsin Christian Academy (TTCA) agreed to initiate an eTwinning dialogue between the two schools. The scene had been set with a recent visit by some Edinburgh Academy students to TTCA as part of their recent China trip (April 2016).
The topics were agreed when the Head Teachers from Hong Kong visited Scotland as part of the Hong Kong Scotland Schools Improvement Partnership (HKSSIP) in April of this year. As preparation for the first e-Twinning activity, Edinburgh Academy students conducted research on the Chinese ‘Moon Festival’, while TTCA students prepared by doing research on ‘Burns Night’.
Daren Yan of TTCA and Yuwen Fortune set to work, agreeing on a suitable date and an appropriate method of eTwinning, preparing their respective students and sorting out the technical issues. On Friday 3rd June, four students from TTCA and 13 students from Edinburgh Academy came together in the virtual classroom.
After warm greetings from both sides, the video conference got under way. Edinburgh Academy’s 4ths (S3) started with a presentation on the Moon Festival in Chinese, then read two poems on the topic in Chinese. They concluded with a presentation in English about their research on the ‘Moon Festival’.
The TTCA students presented their research on Burns night and recited some poetry by Robert Burns in English.
After the presentations, students from both schools asked one another a range of questions on their respective topics. The Academy students can be proud of their efforts at asking questions in Chinese…very impressive!
Before closing farewells, a student from the EA performed a rap in English, with the TTCA students responding with a group rendition of a song in Chinese.
The event was an unqualified success and was a fantastic experience for all involved, with lots of laughter on both sides. All involved agreed that they would like to do something similar in the future and agreed that it would be even better if something similar could be done face-to-face rather than virtually. Let us hope that this is just the beginning of an exciting partnership ahead.