Students and teachers from different parts of the globe got an opportunity to get to know and experience Hong Kong’s hospitality and culture when they attended the ‘Cultural Collage’ hosted by PLK Ngan Po Ling College from 30th November to 6th December this year. This event, which has been launched since 2005, not only aims at enhancing opportunities for students to gain new friendship, understand different cultures and gain global knowledge, but also symbolizing the effort made by PLK Ngan Po Ling College in making students experience multicultural aspects under one roof. There were a great variety of programmes scheduled for the student buddies of PLK Ngan Po Ling College and her sister schools' students from Shanghai, Singapore and New Zealand.
To set the ball rolling, the college began with a dance party. Overseas students got to know their local buddies during this ice-breaking dance session conducted by professional dancers.
In the following 5 days, students experienced the Hong Kong school life when they attended regular classes with the buddies in the morning in addition to the special Other Learning Experiences through Arts and Home Economics lessons. The highlights of this event were the leadership training program that was conducted by Dr. Alice Law from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and the teaching practice in one of the PLK primary schools. They all also got a chance to visit different faculties of Chinese University of Hong Kong and had a one-day tour around Hong Kong.
The closing ceremony of the Cultural Collage was an eventful one with the presence of dignitaries from the New Zealand Consulate and Singapore High Commission. Students from the participating schools performed cultural items and school representatives also shared their experience about the Collage. The program finally came to an end with a tea party when all participants got a chance to capture their moments of memory in their cameras.
Over the years, Cultural collages create a chance for students from different parts of the world to gather together and make acquaintances. This certainly enhances students’ language proficiency as they are given plenty of chances to interact and to work with students from different countries. Moreover, they broaden students’ horizons towards globalization as they are able to know more about foreign cultures and the learning habits of students from around the world. Students of PLK Ngan Po Ling College will have more opportunities to experience this kind of exposure as they will be visiting their sister schools in Shanghai, Singapore and New Zealand this summer. Hope this kind of exchange programme can equip them with courage and knowledge to face the ever changing global scenarios.
Event date: 30, November - 5, December, 2011