College with life lessons

| 28 Jun 2016

Munsang College is organizing activities to celebrate its 90th anniversary, and alumni including Ricky Wong Wai-kay, Quince Chong Wai-yan and Patrick Siu Chiu-shun are contributing both effort and money.

There are many celebrities among the school's graduates.

On the showbiz front are singers Chelsia Chan Chau-ha, Samantha Lam Chi-mei, Cass Phang and brothers Cheung Shun-kei and Cheung Shun-tak. Younger generation artistes include Hawick Lau Hoi-wai and Adason Lo.

They will be performing at celebration events for a school with a long history and nurturer of many talents.

To keep alumni in touch Munsang College has an electronic platform on which old boys and girls can access their school records, including report cards and classmate lists.

Assistant principal Louis Lui Hang- sum, who manages the project, said the interactive platform is the first and only one of its kind locally. The portal took 2 years and HK$2 million to complete, with half a million documents uploaded.Principal Kuby Chan Yin- hung said the database has been well worth the substantial monetary and human resources devoted to it as it can connect generations of graduates. Some alumni who have emigrated talk of being moved to tears as they return to their happy schooldays.

Since its inception, Munsang has always been a "through-train" school complete with kindergarten, primary and secondary sections. Now, less than 10 percent of applicants manage to get admission to its kindergarten.

What does the school look for in its young applicants? The chairman of the celebration committee, Rocky Cheung King-rock, offers some tips, which I will call "the three numbers."

These count when an interview is conducted in groups of six children. Teachers observe them, and those who over-dominate, refuse to get involved and stay silent or cry uncontrollably have lesser chances of being selected.

Siu Sai-wo is publisher of Sing Tao Daily

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