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English Debating - Highlight of PLHKS’s Gifted Programs

School-based English Speaking Curriculum


English debating is an important gifted education program of Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School. All students who study in Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School have the chance to learn and try English debating since English debating is part of the school-based English speaking curriculum of the school. Having developed the English public speaking skills and critical thinking skills in regular English speaking lessons in junior and senior forms, all students have the chance to try out these skills in mini-debates in class when they are in S5 and two teams are chosen to participate in an inter-class English Debate in front of their fellow schoolmates in a hall assembly every year.

 

 

English Debating Team

 

Our highly-praised best debater in almost all debates in 2015-16, Gordon Mok

 

Pentecostal Lam Hon Kwong School’s English Debating Team was formed in September, 2006 and has achieved remarkable results in a number of territory-wide inter-school debating competitions. Our team members have been participating in Sing Tao Inter-school Debating Competition, Lion’s Quest Inter-school Debating Competition, NESTA and SCMP Inter-school Debating Competition and Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition.

 

Over the past few years, we have beaten a number of prestigious schools, like La Salle College, St Joseph College, St Paul’s Secondary School, and have been the champions of a few territory-wide debates, including the 13th NESTA and SCMP Interschool Debating Competition Division 1A, and Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition Kowloon and New Territories East Division 1 Grand Final 2015-16. We have also entered the quarter-final of the 29th Sing Tao Interschool Debating Contest and got the ‘Most Improved School Award’. What is more, our debaters have won a host of ‘Best Debater’ awards and ‘Best Interrogative Debater’ awards. Winning the best interrogative debater title is not easy at all as the debater has to attack the weaknesses of the opponents’ points on the spot and answer questions raised by the other side sensibly.

 

To prepare for inter-school debating competitions, the debaters receive professional training given by the experienced coaching teachers at school. Debating workshops conducted by our alumni debaters are run from time to time during the school term to develop the participants’ debating skills. We also hold i-debates at school and friendly matches with other schools to provide students with opportunities to practise their debating skills.

 

Through debating, students can enhance their fluency in speaking English and written English. At the same time, their research and critical thinking skills are also sharpened. No wonder most of our debaters could get 5* and 5** in the HKDSE English Examination.

 

 

Sharing by our star debaters - 6A Chantel Tse and Alf Suen

 

Great team work of our three star debaters, Gordon Mok, Alf Suen and Chantel Tse

 

Debate - Cultivate and Motivate

 

Standing on the podium and shooting off rebuttals is a common scene in debating. Yet, there is more behind the scenes.

 

The preparation of debates consists of researching, formulating arguments and rebuttals as well as writing speeches. These elements offer debaters numerous benefits, namely fostering critical thinking, effective communication, team spirit, and so on. The aforementioned advantages are lifelong skills for an individual in society. By participating in debating, we are given plenty of opportunities to cultivate the above skills. Take effective communication as an example. As we have to respond to our opponents instantly most of the time, the training of impromptu responses enables us to give a convincing answer whenever someone raises a question. In no uncertain terms, this technique, together with the critical thinking skills, are exceptionally useful for our future studies as well as our careers. Certainly we have the edge over others in project presentations and interviews.

 

More importantly, debating takes us not only to the podium, but also to a wider world. It is the most practical social networking platform. We can meet different people in different debating competitions and exchange ideas with fellow contenders regardless of the topics. What we share ranges from ideas of the motions and debating skills to personal stories. All these could be our inspiration and momentum to face and weather challenges.

 

In respect of academic benefits, ostensibly, English debaters are proficient in English. As a result of using English in various ways including reading during the research stage, writing speeches, listening to our opponents for rebuttals and delivering speeches, our English proficiency is undoubtedly boosted. What is more, our performance in Liberal Studies is also better owing to the need to dwell on different social issues during the preparation of debates. Not only do we examine the bright and dark sides of the issue, we also put ourselves into the shoes of different stakeholders to generate ideas. For example, we have debated on nuclear power. First, we had to understand the pros and cons of nuclear power. Then, we needed to know the concerns of different stakeholders, such as the government, residents, enterprises, neigbouring countries, etc. As you can see, it is a must for us to look into the matter from different perspectives. This is why we can generate so many ideas for one issue in Liberal Studies.

 

Apart from all the benefits mentioned above, debating also brings the school and debaters glory and honors – the championship. We could not have achieved such great honors without the efforts of our coaches, Ms Winnie Low and Ms Yaniza Cheung. They generated ideas with us, commented on our speeches, trained our delivery and rebuttals, and even accompanied us to the debates to give us encouragement. The time and effort they devoted to debating are very much appreciated. They have successfully cultivated our interest in exploring the world and motivated us to strive for greater accomplishments.

 

To sum up, debating not only sharpens our thinking skills and communication skills, but also boosts our academic performance. More importantly, it brings us honors and precious memories. No wonder it is a gifted program of our school!

 

 

Achievements of the English Debating Team

 

Achievements in 2015-16

Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition

 

Glory of our school - 6 straight wins and Champion in HKSSDC

 

Competition

Opponent

Prizes won

Term 1 Round 1 Division 1 (Enhanced Format)

Kwok Tak Seng Catholic Secondary School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debaters:
    5A Tse Yee Lai, Chantel
    5A Suen Long Hin, Alf

Term 1 Round 1

Division 1  (Standard Format)

Immaculate Heart of Mary College

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    4B Mok Chin Ming, Gordon

Term 1 Round 2

Division 1 (Enhanced Format)

Stewards Pooi Kei College

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    5A Tse Yee Lai, Chantel

Term 1 Round 2

Division 1 (Standard Format)

Kwok Tak Seng Catholic Secondary School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    4B Mok Chin Ming, Gordon

Term 1 Final

Division 1 (Enhanced Format)

La Salle College

  • 2015-16 Term 1 KLN & NTE Enhanced Format Senior Champion
  • Best Debater:
    5B Yang Yin Ka, Michelle

Term 1 Final

Division 1 (Standard Format)

St Catharine’s School for Girls

  • 2015-16 Term 1 KLN & NTE Division 1 Champion
  • Best Debater:
    4B Mok Chin Ming, Gordon

Term 2 Round 1

Division 1 (Enhanced Format)

La Salle College

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    5A Tse Yee Lai, Chantel

Term 2 Round 1

Division 1 (Standard Format)

Carmel Pak U Secondary School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    5A Suen Long Hin, Alf

Term 2 Round 2

Division 1 (Enhanced Format)

Madam Lau Kam Lung Secondary School of MFBM

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    5A Tse Yee Lai, Chantel

Term 2 Round 2 Division 1 (Standard Format)

Shatin Pui Ying College

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    4B Mok Chin Ming, Gordon

Grand Final

Division 1

(Enhanced Format)

Marynoll Convent School

  • 2015-16 Grand Final Enhanced Format Division1 1st Runner-up

Grand Final

Division 1

(Standard Format)

The YWCA Hioe Tjo Yoeng College

  • 2015-2016 Grand Final
    KLN & NT Division 1
  • Best Debater:
    4B Mok Chin Ming, Gordon

 

No fear when facing La Salle College and finally getting the Champion Trophy 

 

31st Sing Tao Inter-school Debating Competition

 

Competition

Opponent

Prizes won

1st preliminary

Kowloon True Light School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    5A Tse Yee La, Chantel
  • Best Interrogative Debater:
    5A Tse Yee Lai, Chantel

 

Our brilliant debaters who contributed to the success in winning so many trophies

 

 

Achievements in 2014-15

 

Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition

 

It was our debaters' great effort which brought them success in getting the champion trophy

 

Competition

Opponent

Prizes won

Term 1 Round 1 Senior

Wong Shiu Chi Secondary School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    6C Ng Wan Chung, Arick

Term 1 Round 2

Junior

Heep Yunn School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    3D Mok Chin Ming, Gordon

Term 1 Round 2
Senior

Kwok Tak Seng Catholic Secondary School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    5C Au Fong Shing, Alvin

Term 1 Final

Senior

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

  • 2014-15 Term 1 NTE Senior Division 1 Champion
  • Best Debater:
    5D Chan Long Hei, Kenny

Term 2 Round 1

Junior

St Rose of Lima’s College

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    3B Tsang Ka Hei, Alex

Term 2 Round 2 Junior

Steward Pooi Kei College

  • Winning Team

Term 2 Round 2

Senior

Chamber of Commerce Hoi Ping Secondary School

  • Best Debater:
    5C Kong Hin Long, Matthew

Term 2 Final

Junior

SKH Chan Young Secondary School

  • 2014-15 Term2 NT Division II 1st Runner-up

 

30th Sing Tao Inter-school Debating Competition

 

Competition

Opponent

Prizes won

1st preliminary

Sacred Heart Canossian College

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    6C Ng Wan Chung, Arick
  • Best Interrogative Debater:
    6C Ng Wan Chung, Arick

2nd preliminary

Tuen Mun Catholic Secondary School

  • Best Debater:
    5C Kong Hin Long, Matthew
  • Best Interrogative Debater:
    5C Kong Hin Long, Matthew



Achievements in 2013-14

 

Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition

 

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We are the champion in Hong Kong in 2013-14

 

Best Debater  in the HKSSDC 2013-14

 

Competition

Opponent

Prizes won

Term 1 Round 1

Junior

Kau Yan College

  • Best Debater:
    4D Chan Long Hei, Kenny

Term 1 Round 1 Senior

HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    5B Chiu Sze On, Sally

Term 1 Round 2

Junior

Chan Sui Ki (La Salle)

  • Best Debater:
    4D Chan Long Hei, Kenny

Term 1 Round 2

Senior

Valtorta College

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    5C Ng Wan Chung, Arick

Term 1 Final

Senior

Ho Fung Secondary School

  • 2013-14 Term 1 NT Senior Champion

Term 2 Round 1

Junior

Homantin Secondary School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    4D Chan Long Hei, Kenny

Term 2 Round 1 Senior

Tak Oi Secondary School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    5B Chiu Sze On, Sally

 

HKSSDC 2013-14 Term 1 NT Senior Champion Trophy Winners

 

NESTA-SCMP Inter-school Debating Competition

 

Great honour to us being NESTA-SCMP Debating Grand Final Champion 1A Division 2013-14

 

Competition

Opponent

Prize won

Round 1

Division 2A

HKTA Tang Hin Memorial Secondary School

  • Best Debater:
    4D Chan Long Hei, Kenny

Round 2

Division 1A

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    5C Ng Wan Chung, Arick

Round 4

Division 1A

Elsa High School

  • Winning Team

 

Semi Final Division 1A

POCA Wong Siu Ching Secondary School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    5C Ng Wan Chung, Arick

Grand Final Division 1A

SKH Chan Young Secondary School

  • NESTA-SCMP Debating Grand Final Champion 1A Division 2013-14
  • The Crystal Cup 1A Division for Best Debater:
    4D Chan Long Hei, Kenny

 

29th Sing Tao Inter-school Debating Competition

 

Best Debater 4D Kenny Chan and Best Interrogative Debater 6D Peter Yau

 

Competition

Opponent

Prizes won

1st preliminary

T.W.G.Hs Kap Yan Directors’ College

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    4D Chan Long Hei, Kenny
  • Best Interrogative Debater:
    6D Yau Hok Sum, Peter

2nd preliminary

St Joseph’s College

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    4D Chan Long Hei, Kenny

3rd preliminary

St Paul’s Secondary School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    4D Chan Long Hei, Kenny
  • Best Interrogative Debater:
    4D Chan Long Hei, Kenny

Quarter Final

South Island School

  • Most Improved School Award

 

CityU Discovery and Innovative Debating Challenge

 

Trophy Winners with 5B Sally Chiu being the best debater

 

Competition

Opponent

Prizes won

CityU Discovery and Innovative Debating Challenge

Sing Yin Secondary School

  • Champion
  • Best Debater:
    5B Chiu Sze On, Sally

 

 

Achievements in 2012-13

 

Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition

 

The 1st Champion Trophy our junior team got in HKSSDC in 2012-13

 

Competition

Opponent

Prizes won

Term 2 Round 1 Senior

St Catherine's School for Girls

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    5D Yau Hok Sum, Peter

Term 2 Round 1 Junior

Kowloon Tong School Secondary Section

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    3A Chan Long Hei, Kenny

Term 2 Round 2

Senior

Valtorta College

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    4C Ng Wan Chung, Arick

Term 2 Round 2 Junior

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    3A Chan Long Hei, Kenny

Term 2 Final Junior

SHK Chan Young Secondary School

  • 2012-13 Term 2 NT East Junior Final Debate Champion
  • Best Debater:
    3A Chan Long Hei, Kenny

Term 2 Final  Senior

CCC Mong Man Wai College

  • 2012-13 Term 2 NT East Senior Final Debate 1st Runner-up

 

NESTA-SCMP Inter-school Debating Competition

 

Competition

Opponent

Prizes won

Round 1

Immaculate Heart of Mary College

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    3A Chan Long Hei, Kenny

Round 2

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

  • Best Debater:
    4D Chan Man Lok, Leo

Round 3

Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School

  • Winning Team
  • Best Debater:
    4C Ng Wan Chung, Arick

Round 4

Creative Secondary School

  • Best Debater:
    4C Ng Wan Chung, Arick

 

 


Public Speaking

PLHKS’s English Gifted Program

 

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PLHKS Public Speaking Group

 

PLHKS’s Public Speaking Group was founded in 2012 and is a strong and sustainable student body that nurture competent English student speakers who have performed excellently in contests, education occasions and quality meetings. We have a very profound establishment throughout years. Our signature program is Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Program where students are well equipped with competent public speaking and leadership skills. Our Group has been expanding for providing students with a variety of speaking experiences at the school level, university level and contest level. We continue to fulfil our mission in transforming our students into confident speakers that shake the world.

 

 

Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Program

 

PLHKS has launched its very first Toastmasters International’s Youth Leadership Program in 2014. We also have the privilege to be the first and only school in Shatin to provide this internationally-recognized program. The Youth Leadership Program is designed to develop the English public speaking and leadership skills of young people.

By developing these skills, our students are better prepared to meet the demands and challenges of today’s world. There are eight sessions and each of the two-hour sessions features one English communication workshop conducted by seasoned Toastmasters including champion speakers and professionals speaking coaches in Hong Kong. The student participants learn how to prepare and present a speech in English, how to conduct meetings, and how to evaluate and develop effective listening skills. By the end of the eighth session, our student participants have developed public speaking skills, self-confidence, interpersonal skills and communication skills that are useful for the rest of their lives.

 

The learning activities of the Toastmasters International Youth Leadership Program are as below:
•    Evaluate present speaking ability
•    Organize and give speeches
•    Give impromptu talks
•    Control voice, vocabulary and gestures
•    Give constructive feedback and more

 

 

Ten Tips for Public Speaking


1.    Know your materials
2.    Practice, Practice, Practice!
3.    Know your audience
4.    Know the room
5.    Relax
6.    Visualize yourself giving your speech
7.    Realize that people want you to succeed
8.    Don’t apologize
9.    Concentrate on the message – not the medium
10.  Gain experience

 

 

Achievements 2015-2016

 

Speech Festival Public Speaking Solo

Result

Class

Name

Champion

5A

CHAN YIN KIU ADELINE

1st runner-up

4B

LI YUET

 

Speech Festival Public Speaking Team

Result

Class

Name

1st runner-up

4A

AU YEUNG SZE UEN

4B

CHAN PUI MAN

4A

WONG CHING YAN

 

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RTHK The Speaker English Public Speaking Contest

Result

Class

Name

Participation Award

5A

5B

5C

Adeline Chan Yin Kiu

Joel Lau Chun Yin

Kyle Cheuk Siu To

 

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Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest

Result

Class

Name

Certificate of Good Performance

Top Ten in Session

5A

Adeline Chan Yin Kiu

 

 

Achievements 2014-2015

 

Speech Festival Public Speaking Solo

Result

Class

Name

Champion 

6C

Ng Wan Chung, Arick

 

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Speech Festival Public Speaking Team

Result

Class

Name

Champion 

3A

3A

3A

Au Yeung Sze Uen

Chan Pui Man

Wong Ching Yan

First-runner up

5C

5C

4A

Matthew Kong

Otto Tsang

Kyle Cheuk

 

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Achievements 2013-2014

 

Standard Chartered Hong Kong English Public Speaking Contest

Result

Class

Name

Certificate of Good Performance

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3A

CHAN YIN KIU ADELINE

3A

SIT SAU YUNG ELLA

3D

NG TSZ KIT

3D

SZETO SIU HIN

4C

CHING YU PO

4C

KONG HIN LONG

4C

KONG WING YAN

4D

CHAN LONG HEI

5B

CHAN YUEN YAN

5B

WONG MAN LOK

5C

NG WAN CHUNG ARICK

The Most Interesting Topic award

4C

WONG YUE

 

 

Speech Festival Public Speaking Solo

Result

Class

Name

Champion 

5C

Ng Wan Chung, Arick

 

 

Speech Festival Public Speaking Team

Result

Class

Name

Champion 

2A

2A

2A

Au Yeung Sze Uen

Chan Pui Man

Wong Ching Yan

1st runner up 

3A

3A

3A

Chan Yin Kiu Adeline

Cheuk Siu To

Sit Sau Yung Ella

2nd runner up 

4C

4D

5B

Kong Hin Long

Chan Long Hei

Chan Yuen Yan

 

 

 Achievements 2012-2013

 

Speech Festival Public Speaking Solo

Result

Class

Name

Champion 

5C

Winnie Leung Nga Ting

 

 

Speech Festival Public Speaking Team

Result

Class

Name

Champion (Senior)

4C

4B

4A

Arick Ng

Timothy Wong

Leo Chan

First-runner up (Junior)

2A

3A

2A

Adeline Chan

Kenny Chan

Tiffany Wong