Student Achievements

Harvard Book Prize 2022

    The Harvard Book Prize is awarded to exceptional S5 students who have accomplished academic excellence and have made impactful contributions as responsible members of society. On 27th of May, we were honoured to receive the Harvard Book Prize Essay Awards after joining the Harvard Book Prize Scholarship Competition. The ceremony was held at the Catholic Ming Yuen Secondary School and as one out of eleven semi-finalists in Hong Kong, Anna had an opportunity to be interviewed by the judges about her thought process while writing her essay. Later, she had photos taken with the judges and other semi-finalists for this prestigious award. Along with their certificates, the three winners of our school, 5A Anna Chan Jour-Yain, 5A Nicole Chan Cheuk Yu and 5E Sally Po Tsoi Nam, received a book entitled The Present by Spencer Johnson, which is about a man’s journey as he faces challenges during unprecedented changes just like how we have adapted to a “new normal” during this pandemic. As the semi-finalist, Anna has been invited to join the Harvard Mentorship Program and benefit from the meeting and learning from their alumni in Hong Kong. 

 

5A Anna Chan Jour-Yain, the award semi-finalist, and the judging panel of the Harvard Club of Hong Kong.

 

5A Anna Chan was awarded the book prize with her teacher advisor, Ms Yeung.

 

Fittingly, we were asked to write an essay on a particular topic, experiencing alienation during the pandemic. We agreed that the contest was not an academic burden nor a waste of time, but in fact, it made us contemplate serious issues in our society and deepened our thinking. We believe that joining this writing contest has broadened our horizons and enhanced our writing skills. Overall, it was an invaluable opportunity to share our thoughts and receive constructive feedback from the judges.

In the end, we would like to express our gratitude to our English teacher, Ms. Yeung, who provided us with enormous support and guidance throughout this nomination process. As well, special thanks to Mr. Hedley who accompanied us to the ceremony, and we would like to thank the school for giving this priceless opportunity to participate in a contest hosted by such a widely-recognized institution.

5A Anna Chan and 5E Sally Po

 

You can check out Anna’s winning essay through here.

 

5E Sally Po and 5A Nicole Chan with their teachers Ms Yeung and Mr Hedley.

 

 

MI Young Writers Awards 2022

MI Young Writers Award 2022 is an annual English writing competition that aims to foster and recognize excellence in English writing by providing students with the opportunity to develop their expressive talents and creativity. This year, 2A Chow Ching Shun Lydia from the Junior Section, 5A Wong Tsz Ching Ada and 5E Lam Yu Kwan Yolanda from the Senior Section had their essays selected as the Top 50 essay among all Hong Kong contestants with the topics “Should smartphones be allowed in school?” and “If you became a social media influencer, what would you post about?” Congratulations to Lydia, Ada, and Yolanda for their achievements.

 


2A Chow Ching Shun Lydia and her teacher Miss Lam.

 


5A Wong Tsz Ching Ada (left) and 5E Lam Yu Kwan (right) with their teacher Miss Yeung.

 

You can read their winning essays through the following links: 

(“Should Smartphones be Allowed in School?” by Chow Ching Shun Lydia)
(“Being an Inspiring Social Media Influencer” by Wong Tsz Ching Ada)
(“An Influencer, how?” by Lam Yu Kwan Yolanda)

 

 

73rd Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival 

This year, forty students ranging from S1 to S5 participated in the 73rd Speech Festival hosted by the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association. This annual event provided students with an opportunity to gain confidence in performing poetry and prose in English. As well, students were able to raise their English speaking standard through this experience.

 

Congratulations to the following students who were awarded 2nd and 3rd places in their respective categories.

 

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Cheung Tin Nam, Tina

2nd place in S5 Girls Solo Verse Speaking

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Lam Yu Kwan, Yolanda

2nd place in S5 Girls Solo Verse Speaking

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Leung Ka Yu, Katie

3rd place in S1 Girls Solo Verse Speaking

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Chung Ching Ting, Tiffany

3rd place in S5 Girls Solo Verse Speaking

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Phagami Eva 

3rd place in S1 Girls Solo Prose Reading

 

Also, congratulations to all participants who received Certificates of Merits and Proficiency! We hope this event can encourage more students to join next year.

 

1A Eva Phagami received 3rd place in the S1 Girls Solo Prose Reading.

 

5E Tiffany Chung received 3rd  place in the S5 Girls Solo Verse Speaking.

 

1A Katie Leung also received 3rd place in the S1 Girls Solo Verse Speaking.

 

 

The HKFYG English Public Speaking Contest 2022 

This school year, selected students from Secondary 2 joined the annual HKFYG English Public Speaking Contest 2022 hosted by the HKFYG Leadership Institute. To prepare for the contest, students attended evening workshops on November 24 and December 1 at the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups Building. It was an invaluable experience for students to get an opportunity to enrich their public speaking skills and share their speeches in front of their peers from different schools.

 

After the workshops, students entered the competition drafting their own speeches on a self-selected topic. Our students chose topics ranging from artificial intelligence to cloning to even the art of procrastination. On March 4, it was announced that 2B Melanie Wong and 2A Chara Yip had advanced to the District Semi-Finals with their captivating and relevant topics, the benefits of learning different languages and the implementation of VR in lessons, respectively. 

 

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Certificate of District Semi-Finalist

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Certificate of District Semi-Finalist

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Certificate of Good Performance

Fung Hiu Nam, Hannah 2A10

Certificate of Participation

Chow Ching Shun, Lydia 2A08

Certificate of Participation

Wong Hoi Wing, Holly 2A25

Certificate of Participation

Ip Hei Tung, Renee 2B13

Certificate of Participation

 

Congratulations to all the participants!

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Reflections from:

2B Melanie Wong

This year, I joined the HKFYG English Public Speaking Contest. I was astonished and almost cried when I received the notice that I had been admitted to the District Semi-Finals as I didn’t expect that I would enter the Semi-Finals. I am usually full of dread when it comes to having to speak in front of people, especially strangers. However, through this experience, it boosted my confidence and improved my speaking habits. I have learnt the skills of how to change the tone of voice and body language, for example, by using hand gestures and facial expressions.

 

My speech is about the benefits of learning different languages. It is about the benefits and the importance of learning new languages. It helps us connect with other cultures, improves our memory and boosts our confidence.

 

 

2A Chara Yip

I participated in the HKFYG English Public Speaking Contest this year. It was a lot of fun, and a crazy experience since I was not expecting myself to get into the Semi-Finals of the contest. When I attended the public speaking workshop, I saw some of the participants from other schools. They seemed to have all of the confidence they needed. Meanwhile I was really worried. “What if I made a mistake while I was giving my speech?” “What if I mess up?” Some of these thoughts appeared in my mind. In the end, I would say that I performed pretty well, and actually felt satisfied. I’m not the type of person to speak in front of a large audience, but participating in this contest made my confidence go through the roof, and that’s what I consider a miracle. I’m glad that I joined a public speaking contest at least once in my life. It was such a rewarding experience.

 

Championship in HKSSDC Junior 2021-22

Working tirelessly over the Christmas holidays, the S3 debate team pulled together to face off against a fierce opponent in the term 1 final of the Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition(HKSSDC). Charged with the topic “This House would allow negative advertising by companies against their competitors,” 3A Nicole Chan, 3A Jasie Chow and 3A Mary Mikfung Thewe argued fervently for negative advertising. With a very close match, the Hong Kong True Light College team managed to pull ahead and secure victory, becoming the champion of 2021-22 Hong Kong Secondary School Debating Competition Junior (Div II) (HKI & NT) Term 1 Final. Further sweetening the triumph, 3A Jasie Chow was awarded the best speaker of the match. As they proceed onto the second term, and hopefully the Grand Final, let’s all wish them the best and encourage them in their work!

During their regular training, the Junior Debate Team took their moment to celebrate their victory.

 

 

First win in Term 2 in HKSSDC Senior Team

 

Covid can stop us from going to school, but not from learning together. Although the epidemic has brought the holiday earlier, the HKSSDC debate competition was still held in the form of zoom. On the 30th of March, 5A Nicole Chan, Anna Chan and Tina Cheung, led by their team advisor, Ms. Yeung, defeated Tsung Tsin College in the motion "This house will deny smokers access to public healthcare."

 

Participating in this competition as the chairperson this time, I felt the tremendous efforts of the debaters in this nerve-wracking match. I admire that our experienced debaters still put forward various arguments and evidence. Finally, impressed by their clear team line and good rebuttals,  the adjudicator announced that they won in this debate competition. Even though I wasn't a debater, I learned some valuable debating skills from the adjudicator's deliberations and their perfect teamwork. Congrats once again for their hard work paid off, and I look forward to the debate team continuing to be victorious.

- 5E Sophie Tam

 

 

Canadian English Writing Competition 2022 (Arch Cup)

IMG_0521Canadian English Writing Competition 2022 (Arch Cup) is a scholarly competition that includes all primary and secondary school students in Hong Kong. After two rounds of elimination, 14 of our students secured their places in the Semi-finals with with the results of 1 gold award, 4 silver awards, and 9 bronze awards.

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IMG_0529 (1)3A Fung Wing Laam Coyee gaining the Gold Award in the contest

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HKSSDC - First win for Debating Team I

 

  

HKTLC Senior English Debating Team I on their first victory, 18 Oct 2021

 

The new academic year has just started for a month, but our English debating team has already had a fantastic start for this year - we won in the first round of the debate competition for term one!

  Like last year, the debating competition was held on Zoom due to Covid-19. On the 18th of October, led by Ms. Yeung and Ms. Cheung as our team coaches, our team comprising 4E Denise Fung, 5A Nicole Chan, and 5A Anna Chan defeated Po Leung Kuk Ho Yuk Ching (1984) College in the debate on the motion “Esports should be added to the Olympics”.

  That was a real toss-up. We had good evidence and organization, and so did our opponents. To our joy, we won in the competition, and Denise Fung was named the best debater.

 Despite the short preparation time, I am impressed that we could do this well in the competition. It was a wonderful experience to me, and I am thankful for having worked with two brilliant teammates who practised their speeches well and for the excellent teamwork and communication between us.

  We look forward to having a debate competition face to face and another chance to debate against different formidable opponents!

Nicole Chan Cheuk Yu, 5A

 

As a new member of the senior team, I helped as the researcher but not as a speaker in our first match, which gave me the best spot to spectate the entire competition, awed by our debaters who spoke very confidently throughout the whole competition. Their strong arguments and statistics have successfully convinced the adjudicator with our team case, who declared our debating team the winner by beating the affirmative team. This also brings our first victory in the year. My congratulations are to the speakers and to Denise Fung, who was named the best debater in the competition. It was such a memorable debate competition to kick off the year and I'm looking forward to another victory in the next debating competition. 

Kary Ching Ka Nam, 4B

 

4B Kary Ching, 5A Anna Chan, 5A Nicole Chan, 4E Denise Fung and their team coach, Ms Cheung (left to right)

 

Overall debating champions in HKSSDC Grand Finals

 

After a year long of fierce matches against different schools in Hong Kong, Hong Kong True Light College has reaped unprecedented success in 2020-21 Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition (HKSSDC) with both our Junior and Senior English debating teams becoming the Champions in the 2020-21 HKSSDC Grand Finals.

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In their Grand Finals taken place in July on the motion “elderly are better taken care of in nursing homes than living with their children”, led by their team coach Mr. Hedley, our Junior Team comprising all S3 students (3B Pang Kong Wa Chiara, 3A Fung Hiu Yu Denise and 3A Wong Yuet Ching Phoebe) defeated Pentecostal School as the negative house and became the Champion of 2020-21 Hong Kong Secondary School Debating Competition Junior (Div II) (HKI & KLN) Grand Finals. Our first speaker, Chiara Pang, was named as the Best Speaker in the contest. 

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Following their success, our Senior Team (5E Lam Ka Yin Tasha, 4E Chiu Wing Tung Toby and 4A Chan Jour Yain Anna) had their victory over Fanling Rhenish Church Secondary School as the affirmative house and was the Champion of 2020-21 Hong Kong Secondary School Debating Competition Senior (Div II) (HKI & NT) Grand Finals. Our second speaker, Toby Chiu, was named as the Best Speaker in the contest. 

 

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This is a fantastic round-up of the year for our English debating teams. We look forward to another rewarding year ahead!

 

 

MI Young Writers Award 2021

MI Young Writers Award 2021 is an annual English writing competition that aims to foster and recognize excellence in English writing by providing students with the opportunity to develop their expressive talents and creativity. The topic of the senior section this year is a timely one that has affected all of us, “What is the impact of this global epidemic to you?” One of our S4 students, Coco Yuen Pui Pui, 4E, has her essay selected as Top 50 Merit Award in the competition (Senior) with her essay entitled “When one door shuts, another opens”. You can check out her winning essay in the link below: "When one door shuts, another opens" by Coco Yuen

When I received this topic and the relevant research articles from CNN magazine in the English lesson, I could immediately think of some bad impacts that the virus has brought to me, such as socially and academically. Then I reminded myself I should not only talk about the negative influences, as there is always a lesson to be taken in all experiences. So I tried to think about what the virus had taught me, like treasuring my time with family and friends. This competition is a chance for me to learn more because I have searched for some information about the virus on the Internet and articles. Finally, I feel grateful and surprised that I have won the Top 50 Merit Award. 

Coco Yuen Pui Pui, 4E

 

         Heading to the Grand Finals of HKSSDC

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HKTLC Senior Debating Team I earned the ticket to HKSSDC Grand Finals after the victory in the Round 2 match. Team members include Nicole Chan, Anna Chan, Tina Cheung and Toby Chiu (from left to right) with their coaches Ms Tam (left) and Ms Yeung (right).

Despite the pandemic, our school Senior Debating Team I has had a busy year battling various schools in the territory over zoom debates. Our second round of debating competition in term 2 was on 13 May. Having participated in the debate as a speaker twice in term 1, this time, as the Chairperson, I earned the greatest spot to spectate the entire competition from an audience point of view. I can see our debaters making breakthroughs in their maturity and English proficiency, from being reticent in lessons to speaking confidently in the competition. Also, I was impressed by our well-trained debaters, who had done an exceptional job in anticipating opposition’s arguments and choosing rebuttals that were strongly supported by good research. Their solid research and evidence has impressed the adjudicator, who finally declared our team the winner against Pentecostal School on the motion about “Imposing carbon offset tax on the sales of airline tickets”. Their persuasion was just remarkable, and this victory has not only been rewarding to our team’s year-long effort, but also brought us to the first-ever HKSSDC Grand Finals, which we all look forward to. What’s more, our second speaker, Tina Cheung, was also named the best debater in the competition! This is surely a match to be remembered.

Nicole Chan Cheuk Yu, 4A

 
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Anna Chan, Tina Cheung and Toby Chiu (from left to right) representing HKTLC Senior Debating Team I in HKSSDC Term 2 Round 2 Debating Competition

 
 

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Debaters are trained with the proper use of camera, postures and gestures while debating online

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Clashing the opposition with her successful rebuttals, Tina Cheung was named the best speaker of the competition

 

This was my second time joining the debating competition. As a more seasoned debater, I felt this certainly was a better experience compared to my first attempt. Being the second speaker, I had to rack my brains to select suitable rebuttals according to our team strategy in order to clash the opposition, which was the most challenging part in a debate, the part I had failed to do well before. Clenching my teeth, I listened intently with full attention. It was a fierce match but our team stood shoulder to shoulder. All of us put our heads together to come up with the best tactics at the spot. I am glad that our hard work didn’t go in vain and we won. To my greatest pride, I was also thrilled to be named the best speaker in the debating competition. It is a true honour to be a part of the debate team.

Tina Cheung Tin Nam, 4A

 

Third Time’s the Charm

Whereas this title normally means that it takes three times to succeed, our Form 3 debate team has claimed victory for the third time in a row. On the 17th March, a heated debate took place on the topic of megacities. Our team were to support the rise of cities with a population of over 10 million people. 3A Kary Ching kicked the team off, followed by 3B Chiara Pang, who claimed the prize as best speaker. Finally, 3A Denise Fung closed our team’s case with finesse and poise. Having worked for several months, the culmination of their effort amounted in a resounding success and a third win to put under their belt. Three victories in a row means our team will be proceeding to the Grand Final for the first time in True Light history. Let’s see if they can claim the last trophy.

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Form 3 Debate Team and the Team Coach Mr. Hedney

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Our debaters: (from right to left) 1st Speaker 3A Kary Ching; 2nd Speaker 3B Chiara Pang and 3rd Speaker 3A Denise Fung

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Our students worked as the Chairperson and Timekeeper for the competition

Champion in Debating (HKSSDC) 20-21

 

Being undefeated against different schools, Hong Kong True Light College English Debating Team 1 (senior) has finally been crowned as the champion of 2020-21 Hong Kong Secondary School Debating Competition (Div II) (Kowloon & HK) in Term 1. On 26 Feb 2021, the team, comprising all S4 students, including 4A Tina Cheung (the first speaker), 4A Anna Chan (the second speaker) and 4A Nicole Chan (the third speaker), spoke as the Negative House on the motion ‘the House supports the use of tiger parenting techniques’ against Tack Ching Girl’s Secondary School. The Finals match was intense and it was a neck-and-neck game. Eventually the adjudicator was more convinced by the solid evidence and research findings presented by our team and declared us the winner. 

 

Despite the pandemic that forces all debates to go online, it has been a fantastic year for our school with victories for all of our three teams (S1-2, S3, and S4-S5). The senior team (Team I) has concluded term 1 with the champion title; while the S3 junior team (Team II) has also secured their spot in the HKSSDC Finals, which will take place in term 2. We look forward to another exciting contest for Team II in their Finals!

 

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English Debating Team I, Nicole Chan (4A), Tina Cheung (4A) and Anna Chan (4A)

with their coach, Ms Yeung, won in the Finals of Hong Kong Secondary School

Debating Competition (Kowloon & HK).

 

I can’t believe our team can do that well considering our little experience in debating! I appreciate my teammates much for all research efforts, practice and mock debates. It is a good experience for me to understand how important dealing with pressure is. I would like to give my huge gratitude to my teacher advisor, Ms Yeung, and my peers!

 

Nicole Chan, 4A

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Online debating has been a new challenge for our debaters.

 

 

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Debating is not only about speaking, but also research, attentive listening,

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Victory for Form Three

A team of 5 Form 3 students and their coach, Mr. Hedley, culminated several months of work in a debate competition on Wednesday 20th January. Having prepared their debate speeches and practiced rebuttals, the team competed against Immaculate Heart of Mary College. The True Light team argued that Hong Kong should implement a garbage tax by 2022, with fiery arguments about the inefficacy of recycling campaigns and the need for strong action to be taken to combat Hong Kong’s garbage problem. 3A student Chloe Li stepped forward as first speaker and delivered a passionate account of the garbage problem in Hong Kong and how well a garbage tax has worked in other countries. The opposition hit back with arguments about the injustice of charging poor people for the garbage they produced, but this was no match for second speaker Chiara Pang, from 3B. Chiara rebutted the argument with eloquence through suggestions of tax exemptions, before preparing her own argument. Though time became an important factor for Chiara, the True Light team was not penalised due to the debate being conducted online. Final speaker, from 3A, Denise Fung rebutted with riposte, summarised with skill and concluded with confidence, earning her the best speaker prize. The team, along with teammates 3A Kary Ching and 3A Ophelia Wong, who had been vital in researching and writing the debate speech, revelled in their victory after intense preparation. With a 2-0 win ratio, all that is left to see is whether the team can make it to the grand final. 

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The Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition (HKSSDC) 2020-2021

Junior Team III - our second speaker, Precious Sit, was awarded the Best Speaker in the debate.

Following the victories of both the Senior English Debating Team I and Junior Team II, our Junior Team III defeated PLK Lee Shing Pik College in their second round of the HKSSDC debating competition on 2 December, 2020. As the Affirmative Team, we argued for the motion “Hong Kong should introduce a residential garbage tax by 2022”. It was the S2 students’ first time debating, and they did a wonderful job! Congratulations to our debaters: 2B Cheryl Li, 2B Precious Sit and 2B Chloe J MacCallum. Also, 2B Jane Chan acted as the Chairperson. They put forth a lot of effort to prepare for the competition, and our second speaker, Precious Sit, was awarded the Best Speaker in the debate.

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I think this competition was a good experience for me and broadened my horizons. During the competition, I felt very anxious at first. When I read the script, my heart beat really fast and felt like it might explode. However, I was still able to deliver my arguments in a calm manner. While preparing for the competition, my team and I had a mock debate with the Senior Debating Team, and it really helped us to get better. Miss Yeung’s Senior Debating Team was really well-prepared, and it motivated us. Also, our second speaker, Precious, reminded me that we joined this competition to improve our speaking skills. Precious was right, so I kept working hard in this competition. At last, I want to thank my teammates and Miss Li who encouraged me to do better. Thank you!

2B Cheryl Li

This was such a unique debate competition experience for me because I think a minority of people will have an online debate competition from home (due to the current coronavirus situation). During the debate, the serious atmosphere made me feel nervous even though I was just the Chairperson! Before the debate competition, I finished my chairperson script quickly, so I had spent my time doing my best to help our debaters whenever they needed my help. Now, I'm looking forward to our next debate competition.

2B Jane Chan

Junior Team II - won in their first round of HKSSDC debating competition

Following the victory of the Senior English Debating Team I, our junior Team II comprising all S3 students has also won in their first round of HKSSDC debating competition on 6 November 2020 against PLK Wu Chung College on the same motion on “compulsory charity work” speaking as the negative house. Congratulations are to the debaters, 3A Kary Ching, 3A Denise Fung and 3A Ophelia Wong. Their confident and well-prepared speeches have impressed the adjudicator, in particular the 2nd speaker Denise Fung who was awarded the best speaker in the debate. Sincere thanks are also to Mr Hedley who has been committed to guiding and training our English Debating Team II.

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I really enjoyed and was grateful for being a participant in that competition. During the debate, it was really nerve-racking but I’ve never been so calm at the same time. I worked day and night for half a week to write the script and also to do some research. I know I could’ve done better, but a wise man once said, ‘practice makes perfect.’ And to do that, I memorise by heart what the adjudicator commented on every competitor, then I’ve written them down, so that before every competition, I make a checklist. Finally, after the debate to see if I have met my standards. Again, I really enjoyed my experience and look forward to our next round of semi-final debate.

3B Chiara Pang

Senior Team I - Entering Finals

This has been a challenging but rewarding year for our English Debating teams. Despite a brand new arena on the online platform Zoom amid the raging Covid-19, our senior English Debating Team I has proudly strided into the HKSSDC Div II Finals after defeating CUHKFAA Chan Chun Ha Secondary School on 27 November 2020. We would like to congratulate Team I comprising all S4 girls, 4A Nicole Chan, 4A Anna Chan and 4E Yolanda Lam, on their victory for their exceptional performance. They spoke as the negative house on the motion about the introduction of the residential garbage tax. We are also grateful to the adjudicator and the opponents for staging this exciting match for us. We wish Team I all the best in their Finals competition.

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This is the first time for me to try debating. All things were fresh for me. I want to thank all of my fellow teammates and a group of student researchers who helped us prepare the ideas, and also Miss Yeung for teaching and guiding us, without whom we won’t have such a successful victory. Owing to the COVID-19, we had the competition on Zoom which was a unique experience for myself too. I felt truly honored that I can represent the school to join the competition. The motion was “the house believes that Hong Kong should introduce a residential garbage tax by 2022” and we were the negative team. Three of us have worked together to bring out the team line that garbage tax does not have the prerequisites to be successful in Hong Kong. Despite all repeated practices and drilling on the speech and on the rebuttals, I was so nervous in the contest but luckily it turned out all well. We surely did our best and it was a memorable and meaningful event in my secondary school life.

4A Anna Chan

First victory with our Senior English debating team

Another exciting year has started for the Hong Kong Secondary School Debating Competition (HKSSDC). Our first contest took place on 14 October, but because of the coronavirus, it had been staged as an online debating competition, in which our True Light girls spoke as the Affirmative House against the opponents from Henrietta Secondary School. Our Senior English debating team, 5E Tasha Lam, 3B Chiara Pang and 5E Coco Keung, had led the school to our first victory with their impressive performance. 

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I feel so glad to be an audience of such an unprecedented competition and I was amazed by the speakers who all did an awesome job. The motion of the debate was “All secondary school students should do compulsory charity work”, which was a meaningful and thought-provoking topic for students to talk about. I think our team demonstrated excellent skills in research, critical thinking and delivery. For example, they cited reference materials from various studies and South China Morning Post; and their persuasive tones delivered the arguments clearly and forcibly in a perfectly managed period of given time. True Light girls truly deserved the win and we are so proud of them! As a debater for the coming rounds, I feel so honoured and excited to be part of our school’s debating team. Learning from the senior team members, I hope to hone my debating skills and speak confidently in the upcoming match, gaining valuable experience from it. It would be my pleasure if our team can win the competition as our peers did in this competition.

4A Nicole Chan

The Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competition 2019-2020 - Entering Finals

It has been an exceptionally encouraging year for our English Debating teams that both of our teams have made it to the Finals in HKSSDC 2019-20 Term 1. Congratulations are to our English Debating Team I, which has defeated the Concordia Lutheran School on the motion “The House would subsidise companies for the employment of ex-convicts" as the negative team on 7th November 2019. On the same day, the English Debating Team II, speaking as the affirmative team, has also won against the negative team from Henrietta Secondary School on the same motion.

We would like to thank the devoted debaters, Alice Fung (5B), Yoyo Siu (5B), Elizabeth Man (5B), and their team coach Ms Kayla Tam of the English Debating Team I; and congratulate our debaters, Tasha Lam (4E), Yan Vivian (5E) and Polly Chow (5E) and their team coach Ms Nalini of the English Debating Team II. We are also grateful to the adjudicator and the opponents for staging this fantastic debating with us.

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The Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competitions 2019-2020

Congratulations are also to our English Debating Team I, who has gained another victory in the HKSSDC on 8 October against the Cheung Sha Wan Catholic Secondary School, speaking as the affirmative team.

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We would like to thank the hard work and efforts paid by our debaters Yanmi Lau (5B), Ivy Yau (5B) and Judy Lau (5B), as well as their team coach Ms Kayla Tam. We are also grateful to the adjudicator and the opponents for staging this fantastic debating contest with us. 

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Another year of fierce inter-school debating competitions has begun. Our English Debating Team II has kicked off the year with a victory against Aberdeen Technical School on the motion “Co-education at secondary school level is a good idea” on 26 September. Our congratulations are to our team with the debaters Hannah Leung (4A), Coco Keung (4E) led by the team captain Mary Ma (5A) and our team coach Ms Nalini.

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Harvard Book Prize Award Ceremony

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As one of the many winners for the Harvard book prize, I feel honored for being able to join such a grand ceremony with some of my fellow schoolmates in celebration of our achievements in the essay competition at Diocesan Boys’ School on 20 September.

In the competition, participants were required to write a book review on a selected book. This year, the Book Prize theme is “Born Digital = Disconnected?” The ceremony was glamorous and enjoyable as well. The guest speaker of the ceremony, Richard Chow, CEO of the charity ChickenSoup Foundation, talked about the ethics and morals of the use of the internet. He pointed out how teenagers are probably too used to posting things online, without realizing any of the consequences. He also explained how the essay was supposed to make the competitors be more aware of the issue. ‘Once you put something on the internet, you can never take it back.’ This was definitely the most memorable quote of the evening for me. The number of student participants from nearly 250 schools also shocked me as well. More than 700 students from local and international schools came for the ceremony that night and it was nice to see all of us getting recognized for our English ability.

I am so thankful to my English teachers for giving me a chance to join this great competition and for the time they spent advising me on my essays. If I were given a chance to join this once more, I would not hesitate to take that chance. I would definitely recommend other students to join this competition as well, if they wish to either express their opinions or to test their abilities in English writing.

Anna Wong (6B), the Winner of the Harvard Book Prize

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That was a precious opportunity our teachers and the school gave us to peak into the global spectacle, where the competition essays were about our aim to study in the top school, and about the ethical and moral problems happening on the internet nowadays and how we can handle or reduce the impact. The presence of a teacher mentor working on my drafts within the weeks of preparation has been the greatest booster of my confidence in this high-sounding writing contest.

April Lee (6E), the Runner-up of the Harvard Book Prize

Hong Kong Primary and Secondary School English Writing Competition 2018-19

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1B Olivia Cheong was awarded merit in Most Creative Award

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5B Wong Chin Chin Annaliza was awarded merit in the Best Writing Award

Our students are very interested in writing stories and expressing their ideas in environmental protection. They performed outstandingly in the Hong Kong Primary and Secondary School English Writing Competition 2018-19. S1 Cheong Yan Wai Olivia was awarded merit in the Most Creative Award and S5 Wong Chin Chin Annaliza was awarded merit in the Best Writing Award.

The Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competitions 2018-2019

Congratulations to our school English Debate Teams. They performed outstandingly and brilliantly this term. After the Final Competition taken place on 30th January 2019, one of our teams has won 1st Runner-up in 2018-19 Term 1 HKI & NT Division II Senior. The motion of the competition was Parents of children who commit crimes should also be penalised. Our students were the affirmative team and our debaters were CoCo Kam (5A), Christy Wong (5A) and Chloe Wong (5E). Their Team coach was Miss Kayla Tam.

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Our debaters with the opposing team from STFA Tam Pak Yu College. The competition was really a golden opportunity for students to brush up their English speaking proficiency and critical thinking skills.

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Our Debate Team members with our Principal Dr. Ng and the Adjudicator of the Final Competition Miss Stephy Lo.

Before attending the Final Competition, the two Debate Teams of our school have won three debate competitions. One of the competitions took place in Aberdeen Technical School on 3rd December, 2018. The motion was Participation in team sports should be made compulsory for the Hong Kong secondary school. Our team represented the negative side and the debaters were CoCo Kam (5A), Christy Wong (5A) and Chloe Wong (5E). Their Team Coach was Miss Kayla Tam.

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Our teams won two more debate competitions in October. One of our debate teams took part in the Hong Kong Secondary Schools Debating Competitions on 4th October at HKWMA Chu Shek Lun Secondary School. Our students were the negative team on the debate motion: Genetically Modified Food is beneficial. Our first speaker April Lee (5E), second speaker Victoria So (4B) and third speaker Sumi Yu (5B) performed outstandingly and won the competition.

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On 5th October, three other True Light girls were the affirmative team on the same debate motion against the MCHK Wesley College. This time, our first speaker was Coco Kam (5A), our second speaker was Christy Wong (5A) and our third speaker was Chloe Wong (5E). They performed brilliantly and won the competition. Their team coach was Ms Yeung Ka Wai. Well done girls and thank you Ms Yeung for her efforts.

The 70th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival

Our True Light students performed outstandingly in the 70th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival. One of our Drama Improvisation teams attained champion in the competition. The team members included Tasha Lam (3A), Grace Cheung (3A), Karen Poon (3A), Cherie Wong (3A), Unita Lui (3B), Esther Chan (3B), Candy Lee (3B) and Jasper Leung (3B). Their team coach is Miss Nalini.

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Cheung Ka Lam from 3A, Cheung Tin Nam from 2A and Lam Yu Kwan from 2A have attained 3rd places in Solo Verse Competitions. Well done and congratulations!

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The 13th Speaking Contest for Hong Kong Students

Our S6 students have been working very hard to prepare for the coming HKDSE. They participated in the 13th Speaking Contest for Hong Kong Students organised by the University of Education and performed brilliantly. Two students including 6B Hazel Chan and 6B Po Shaiana have attained Level 5 while 6B Linda Yang has achieved Level 5*. They will be invited to the final round of the contest in mid-December at the EdU.

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Hazel Chan and Shaiana Po with their English teacher Ms Yeung Ka Wai

HK Shanghai Debating Competition 2017

This year we celebrated our 14th year partnership between the six Shanghai schools from the Putuo district in Shanghai and the four schools from the HK Southern district in our annual debating competition and cultural exchange.  We, as the hosts, along with SKH Lui Ming Choi Secondary School, Pui Ying Secondary School and Aberdeen Technical Secondary School; welcomed our Shanghai counterparts with an energy, vigor and enthusiasm which totally matched the previous years and our students got a fantastic opportunity to not only learn outside the classroom but do so in the true spirit of learning to achieve marvelous results.  Hong Kong True Light College was declared the champion and took home the much coveted winning trophy!  It was therefore a mission well accomplished in all respects!  Kudos to our True Light girls!!

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We were truly jubilant in our learning when we effortlessly picked up the 14th HK–Shanghai Debating Championship 2017!

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Judy Koo and Michelle Yip were chosen as the Best Speakers in this prestigious competition – congratulations to our star students!

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Student reporters killing two birds with one stone – interviewing and establishing friendships with the Shanghai students!

Our first speaker of Team 1, Ms. Hailey So, debating on the motion:” That Man should help save endangered species"

Our second speaker of Team 1, Ms. Jacqueline Kwok, debating on the motion:” That Man should help save endangered species"

Our third speaker of Team 1, Ms. Judy Koo, debating on the motion:” That Man should help save endangered species, while the research assistant, Ms. Cindy Chan looks on with a contented smile on a job well done!

Students have achieved DISCTINCTION AWARDS in English Builder for the September 2016 to May 2017 term. This is a proud achievement for our students as they have been recognised amongst all participating students in Hong Kong. 

 

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2B Fung Ka Man EB Level 4
3A Chung Mei Suet Michelle EB Level 5

Students have achieved Top 1 to Top 3 rankings in English Builder for the September 2016 to May 2017 term, amongst all participants in our school. 

 

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1B  Lau Yuen Ting 1
1C Ho Hui Yan  2
1A Lau Sin Yi 3
English Builder Level 3
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2B Lam Tsz Wan 1
2C Siu Yuen Ting 2
2B Yau Ka Yee 3
English Builder Level 4
Class Name  Rank
2B  Fung Ka Man 1
3A  Choi Yuen Ying 2
3D  Leung Hiu Na 3
English Builder Level 5
Class Name  Rank
3A  Chung Mei Suet Michelle 1
3A  Tsang Wing Yiu 2

 

Another Overseas Award of DISTINCTION  for our English Choral Group

The school’s English Choral Group took part in the Performing Arts exam organized by Trinity College London in May and received another award of distinction! Once again, congratulations to the all-time Distinction holder at this overseas competition since 2009. They presented their title, Treasure, which has already earned them Championship at the 67th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival.

 

Winners at the 67th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival

Our True Light girls celebrate their triumph once again at the Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival. The school’s English Choral Group (previously named Words and Movement) has once again claimed Championship at S1-3 Thematic Group Speaking. What makes it more exciting is that their highly praised performance has earned them 90 marks, the Honorary Award and the highest Award at the Speech Festival. This is the team’s 8th winning and 2nd time Honorary Award. A big congrats to the hard work of every member of the team and of course to the three teacher advisors, Ms Kassel Cheung, Ms Annabel Wong and Ms Jessica Zee.

Other individual winning include 5B Kristal Lee, 1st runner up at Shakespeare Monologue; 3B Sam Wong and 3B Shaiana Po, 2nd runner up at S3-4 Dramatic Duologue and 2A Crystal Hui and 2A Eunice Leung, 2nd runner up at S1-2 Dramatic Duologue.

 

Overseas Award Claimed by the True Light English Choral Group

Good news for the school’s English Choral Group: they were awarded Distinction with a stunning 98 marks at the 2014 Trinity College London Examination! Being the highest mark captured in the Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China region, the team is now crowned the Exhibition Award and winning a prize money! The Exhibition Award is presented annually to the candidates who have gained the highest distinction marks.

The winning team presented their title, Hoist the Colors, which has already earned them Championship at the 65th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival.

 

2016 Annual Oxbridge Public Speaking Competition Winner

The annual Oxbridge University Preparation Camp was held from 1st to 5th August 2016 at St. Peter’s Secondary School in which elite students from Oxford and Cambridge Universities teach students from seven schools in Southern District public speaking skills through various activities - drama, discussions, debates, lectures, etc. 
Best students from each class participate in the public speaking competition in the closing ceremony on the last day of the camp.  Chilli Chan from 6B was one of the three best public speakers.

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Chilli Chan 6B (Middle) is one of the winners of the 2016 Annual Oxbridge Public Speaking Competition