For three memorable days in November our school held its annual International Culture Week. The aim of this week is to encourage students to learn more about different cultures through the event.
There were several activities included: a cooking competition; music and dance performance and a table manners activity. For the cooking competition I.C.A.C. (International Cuisine At Canaan), students were required to cook different countries' cuisine for the judges to taste. We also invited some African musicians who performed their music with drums and singing. Music is always the easiest way to communicate with people from different countries as there are no language boundaries. We all had great fun and we enjoyed it.
Amid all the activities organized in the International Culture Week, the etiquette lesson was the most unique and interesting event. Being in a global metropolis, manners are an important part of Hong Kongers’ life, and must not be neglected. Imagine you are working in a large-scale company, and you are required to have lunch with a foreign client. If you cannot show your table manners, your client could have a bad impression of you and your company.
Moreover, there are many different foreigners in Hong Kong. Western table manners are the most widely-spread eating culture in the world. If we could learn them properly, we can show foreigners that Hong Kong people are very polite. Hence, it can arouse the fame of Hong Kong.
The skills were delivered through several ways including: video, picture boards and a display table. The main activity was held at the school’s covered playground during lunchtime, thus it attracted many students.
We were so glad to be able to borrow the utensils and place settings from Hebe Haven Yacht Club. Our NET teachers were in charge of the event and the English Society members helped with the set-up and marking their classmates’ performance. The activity was conducted in groups of four students. First, the teachers would ask the students to set the table with all the glasses, plates and cutlery in the correct positions. This allowed students to know basic table setting format through actually trying to set the table by themselves. Then, the teachers would ask students a couple of questions about table manners. For example, should we open our mouth when we are chewing? Of course, no! If students successfully completed all the tasks, a prize would be awarded with a certificate.
In this activity, all students had the chance to learn about table manners. Since not every student has the opportunity to have a formal and traditional western meal, we treasured this chance. Therefore, many students, from Form 1 to Form 7, queued up with excitement and anticipation.
The event was a great success and we feel that it could be a model to be used by other schools. Thus, the lesson could form an educational effect for the whole community. It would be very useful and fun for students from the other schools too. We hope they could adopt this kind of activity.
We believe that all students had an unforgettable experience with all the activities included in our International Culture Week. We sincerely hope that we can hold this kind of activities in the coming year as these events gave us treasurable moments and we have learnt a lot.
Jackco Li (6 Love)
Carmen Lo (6 Hope)
Erica Ng (6 Hope)
Christine Hui (6 Hope)