Ashley Koh (S1L) and Yuxuan Meng (S1L)
This year’s reading week was my first at SIS, and it was definitely a fun one!
At the start of the week, during Teacher Dress Up, teachers from the English Department of SISHK dressed up as characters from books and students were tasked with guessing who dressed up as what, and from what book. Some of the ones we saw were Mary Poppins, Geronimo Stilton and Miss Havisham. That lunchtime, the Treasure Hunt was an enjoyable experience for the students who took part because they could go to some places of the school to find clues of a treasure hunt based on books and their authors.
In Guess the narrators, our class managed to guess about 5 in 10 teachers who were speaking, and managed to get the title and author because of one phrase we heard: “I would have cried out if I could”. That revealed that the story was Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations.
Students had a lot of fun the entire week, but the Pixton comic creation was among the most adored. Students were able to go onto Pixton (a comic strip-creating website) and have fun creating avatars and comics. Students could choose different body parts that they thought suited them from a large database and put them all together into one avatar meant to represent themselves. In the end, many of the students had a fun time choosing unique accessories! This was our Pixton class photo.
There were many creative outfits worn on the dress up as a book character day. From our form Gwyneth dressed up as Draco Malfoy from Harry Potter and Angela dressed up as Matilda.
For the Reading nook, my personal highlight of the week, house representatives of each house got together in this fun and uniting event. They were tasked with designing and decorating a small corner of the school to make it look like a comfortable place to read. This event really brought out the house spirit in everyone, and many fun photos – with props like teddy bears and sunglasses – were taken for us to look back on in future years. My classmate Chun Ho remarked:“This place was decorated by the house reps and HOH’s, and it has changed from just a simple corner to a place of pure beauty, where you can spend your time here reading to your heart’s content.”
At the end of the week, the Poetry in Action event really united classes and taught students the value of teamwork. Each student wrote a short line (3-5 words) of a poem and these lines were put together into an entire poem about technology. These poems were then stuck onto the windows of form classrooms for all to see. This event also helped us to realise how technology is actually killing our eyes, as quite a few students wrote about how it’ll rot our brains and we will need to wear glasses in the future.
In the end, this was definitely a memorable reading week and I can’t wait for the next one – I bet my classmates think the same!