6 September 2023 - House Orientation Day & Big House Meeting 1
This year's House Orientation Day was the perfect way to start the school year. For the newcomers, our S1 students, new teachers, and new school social workers, it was the best way for them to become more familiar with their houses and build a sense of belonging not only within their houses but also for the whole school community. On the other hand, the remaining students finally had the chance to reunite with their peers after the summer break, have fun, and meet new friends.
The event was divided into 3 sessions. First, the big house meeting. This allowed all house members to gather with their house captains, house committee members and house teachers. The house captains introduced some house matters to the members and everybody had a great time playing some ice-breaking games, which definitely resulted in house members making friends with one another. The games helped develop team-building skills and leadership skills, which will be beneficial for students on their academic journey.
Then, half of the students had to head to the amphitheater to form the star from the school logo. All six houses had to work together in order to form the star, while the house captains and teachers gave instructions. The weather was really sunny and hot that day, so it was no surprise that everybody was hot and sweaty. It was a great accomplishment to see everybody cooperating with one another and actually forming the school logo. This activity trained perseverance. Although the process was tough, the outcome was fantastic. There was also some cheering involved for the houses to earn bonus house points. It was really great to hear the cheers, as it reflected the passion for the houses. All the cheers were powerful, and it marked a strong start to the school year.
Following that, the other half of the students had to proceed to the school hall for a game of trust ladders. The rules of the game were simple - house members had to hold metal pipes while a member had to step on the pipes that were meant to be a ladder. The house member had to walk until the finish line, before another member crossed the ladder. Other house members had to support the member crossing the ladder and make sure he or she did not fall onto the ground, which would cause injuries. It was a competition between all houses, and the house that transported the most people won. This activity made everyone care about one another, which would be essential for future house activities.
Overall, everyone had lots of fun playing house games while actually learning about important skills and characteristics. It was also a good chance for houses to reunite and for house members and teachers to gain more passion for their houses.
Gandhi House Captain
S4A Wan Cheuk Yin Charlie