I have run tutorial schools in Hong Kong for twelve years now and prepare students to study in the UK This blog will be include my experiences as an educator, practical tips about entrance exams, speech festivals and interviews. There is a school for every child and this blog will help you navigate the process.
Hong Kong is in a temporary state of suspended animation as we wait for the next onslaught from Typhoon Vicente. Rather than the traditional Typhoon pursuits of eating junk food and entering a catatonic state in front of a DVD, how about spending a few minutes looking at our world through the eyes of the Canandian Inuit?
I found the following Inuktit word in John Julius Norwich's 2001 book, A Christmas Cracker. Looking out of my window, it gives a new dimension to the outside world.
Tartitartuq: The sea has dark moving patches, or shadows, playing over it; when sky and sea are story, black shadows ripple and play over the chop of the sea.
I have written three recipe booklets for Singtao newspaper (星島日報) Baking is one of my passions and I had an enormous amount of fun producing the booklets. The first two focused on cooking with children, the third on dinner party food and the next one which will be published tomorrow will have ideas for drinks parties. I can't find a link with public speaking other than one of the most important parts of giving a speech is sharing your passion. If you start from here, no matter how many mistakes you might make, your audience will be carried along by your enthusiasm and will be sympathetic and inspired.
If your child is one of the entrants in the Brandon Learning Centre poetry reading at Harbour City, here are some last minute tips for you! For anyone contemplating a speech festival or making a presentation, these ideas may be useful in the future.
Firstly, make sure that your body is relaxed by shaking out your limbs.
The voice needs to be warmed up before you present. Try to take four or five deep breaths and then start to move through the vowels to engage your vocal chords.
Scan your poem/notes for the last time.
Take a deep breath, throw your shoulders back, stride onto the stage as though you own it.
Tomorrow, our aim is to give the children a positive experience on stage. If you are around Tsim Sha Tsui, drop by!
Amongst the many gifts my parents gave to us was the love of reading. My memories of spending time listening to them read to us are extremely precious.
For anyone who isn't sure how to start reading with their children, try the following:
1: Find a quiet place where you can focus without distractions
2: Choose a book with dialogue so you can use different voices (don't be shy!)
3: With older children, take it in turns to read
4: Try to avoid turning your reading into a lesson
5: Enjoy, these are times to be cherished
This weekend, my Brandon Learning Centre colleagues and I are giving a series of workshops aimed at encouraging the habit of reading to children. Anyone who is near the Harbour Centre (Tsim Sha Tsui) on Saturday or Sunday is very welcome to come!