Students Exchange Programme
17th Singapore-Hong Kong Exchange Programme (SHKEP) 2018
This programme is an initiative between the Hong Kong Education Bureau (HK-EDB) and Singapore's Ministry of Education (MOE). The annual exchange programme was first carried out in 2000 with 6 secondary schools from both Singapore and Hong Kong to meet the following objectives:
1) Promote cultural exchange among participating schools;
2) Provide opportunities for students to broaden their perspectives, learn social and language skills, and cultivate respect for differences in culture.
This year, 58 Hong Kong students (14 years old) and their accompanying teachers visited Singapore from 14 to 21 July. 58 Singapore students, selected from 6 secondary schools, together with 6 accompanying teachers and a school leader hosted these visitors during the week and will in turn visit Hong Kong from 3 to 10 November.
Our school is proud to be selected as one of the 6 participating schools to represent Singapore in this programme in 2018. The school was represented by 10 students from Secondary Two who were buddies to their visiting student counterparts and hosted them in their homes for the week. This home-stay segment is a key component of the exchange programme as it provides opportunities for students to learn social and language skills, as well as cultivate respect for differences in culture. Our KC students enjoyed their week with their buddies immensely and found the experiences both enriching and special. They are looking forward to the second leg of the programme in November!
KC-Fukuoka Futaba Exchange Programme 2018
The first leg of the annual KC-Fukuoka Futaba Exchange Programme commenced on 3rd August 2018 with the arrival of our IJ sisters (five students and one teacher) from Fukuoka Futaba (FF) School in Fukuoka, Japan. The FF students were hosted by our secondary 2 students during their 6-day stay in Singapore.
Besides attending daily lessons with their KC host sisters, the FF students also experienced the sights, sounds and tastes of Singapore together with their host families. This year, our FF students and teacher were also part of our National Day Celebration. This experience was an eye-opener for them as it was their first experience of a significant school-wide celebration. They enjoyed trying local snacks, singing along to the National Day songs and playing the games during the event.
On 31st August, our KC students with two teachers then embarked on their journey to Fukuoka for the second leg of this exchange programme. Our KC students were given the opportunity to stay with their buddies’ families for 5 nights, and attended school every day together with their host sisters.
This exchange programme had indeed been an enriching and unforgettable experience for all the participants, involving much learning, joy and tears of goodbye. We certainly look forward to our next exchange with Fukuoka Futaba School in 2019.