Our journey began on 16th March 2014 as10 pupils and 6 staff took a flight to Hong Kong for a 5 days 4 night learning journey. After bidding farewell to the pupils’ parents who came to send us off, we went through the immigration and had our lunch at Burger King. The plane took off at 3.05 pm. and landed in Hong Kong slightly after 7pm. Everyone was excited and looking forward to the upcoming learning experience in Hong Kong.
Upon arrival, our tour guide Ms Catherine, took us to an Indian Muslim Restaurant for dinner. Our pupils were attracted by the performance at the restaurant and some went up to learn to play the drums while we were having our buffet dinner. After dinner, we had our check-in to Kimberley Hotel at Tsimshatsui (Kowloon). Our vice-principal, Mrs Liu, who took an earlier flight to Hong Kong to prepare the logistics with the Principal of the school, met us at the Hotel.
Early the next morning, we went to CCC Kei Shun Special School. They welcomed us with a drum performance and we took a group photo together. After that, they brought us around to show us the facilities and activities of the school. We were impressed by the creativity of the school as every single space is occupied with the work of the pupils, and as we turned every corner, there are ‘surprises’ such as relax corner, gymnastics corner, reading corner and so on. The walls were decorated by the free drawing of the special pupils whose artistic potential was demonstrated. The pupils of Kei Shun School and our pupils interacted and made friends with one another as we gathered in the school hall. Metta School circus arts and sparks groups performed and shared the skills with them. We were taught how to make maltose biscuits and had a great time interacting with one another.
As exposure is one of the objectives of the trip, arrangements for our circus arts and Sparks group to learn new tricks from others were made. In the evening, we headed towards the famous Hong Kong Victoria Park to have a practice session with the Hong Kong Instructors. They were very friendly and willing to teach our pupils. Our pupils were so motivated to do better and to try new skills after the practice session with them. It was wonderful experience as they were aware that circus arts is cross-cultural, cross-societal and borderless among people anywhere.
On the third morning, we went to Hong Kong Baptist Convention Primary School, the school which invited us to perform, share and mingle with their pupils. The principal of Hong Kong Baptist Convention Primary School, Ms Wong, welcomed us. The pupils from Hong Kong Baptist Convention School brought us around the school and performed for us a song item and a dance item. It was lively and the atmosphere was so warm and friendly, and that our group was encouraged and motivated to perform with great confidence. After bidding farewell, we went for lunch at the busiest area in Kowloon – Mong Kok. In the late afternoon, we had the experience of riding on the ferry to cross the harbour – an unique and memorable experience for our pupils. At the Peak, we were amazed at the night scenery.
The fourth day was an exciting day for all of us after two consecutive days of practising and performing. After having lunch, we set off to Hong Kong Disneyland. Initially, some of the pupils were hesitant as they had no previous experience of taking the rides. However, after some time, all of them were having fun taking the rides. We were also mesmerized by the fireworks outside the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
On the fifth day morning, we packed our luggage and the pupils were guided to purchase some souvenirs for their families at the supermarket before setting off to Hong Kong International airport. We did have a good time in Hong Kong. This trip in Hong Kong was indeed an enjoyable, meaningful and fulfilling learning journey for all of us.
By Ms Dawn Tan
(article extracted from Metta School website, http://www.mettaschool.edu.sg)