The Activity Week Experience (AWE) Programme is an integral part of the curriculum of our school, with the purpose to provide student with learning experience that go beyond the classroom and campus. Students will have opportunity to learn from direct experience or hands-on activities. We also believe that these learning experiences will broaden students' horizon and inspire them with "awe" in their pursuit for whole-person development.
The AWE programmes are designed and organized under three categories: Overseas, Mainland and Local. These categories echo our mission in forming students in both their academic and personal development aspects under global perspectives.
Participation in the programmes involves students' acquisition of an interdisciplinary array of knowledge, skills and values and the completion of a project. Project learning is a powerful learning and teaching strategy cherished by our school to promote self-directed and self-regulated learning as well as self-reflection. During the learning process, students are also required to use reading as a tool to construct knowledge and using IT for interactive learning and to communicate with students and teachers.
This year, it will be held from 28 January to 1 February 2019. This year sees 25 programmes, including 21 overseas programmes and 4 local programmes.
Overall goal, aim and objective (課程目標)
● Goal - The AWE Programme molds students into Christian gentlemen with a global outlook.
● Aim - The different AWE programmes provide a learning platform to facilitate the attainment of our goal.
● Objective - The AWE Programme enriches students’ academic grounding and diversify their perspectives for their whole-person development.
Knowledge construction and skills training (知識建構及技能培訓)
● Each programme is designed as an experiential learning process with a set of Activity Specific Objectives, which speci-fies the knowledge content and the technical skills the programme focuses on.
● Upon completing the programme, student should have acquired a foundation of knowledge and technical skills in the subject area of the programme.
● Activity Specific Objectives normally are based on the nine generic skills (collaboration skills, communication skills, creativity, critical thinking skills, information technology skills, numeracy skills, problem-solving skills, self-management skills and study skills). Through the training in the programme, students will practise and experience how these skills really benefit them in different contexts.
Value education (價值教育)
● In a week of interaction with people outside their usual social circle, students will have the chance to recognize their roles and responsibilities as members in a group, in the programme and in society; and to show concern for other’s well-being.
● Students will reflect on their own conduct, and develop positive values under the guidance of teachers in different decision-making tasks in unfamiliar situations.
● This year the School focuses on the virtue of Justice (義)：To show care and love around the world.
Key learning tasks (關鍵學習項目)
● The AWE Programme provides students with learning experiences that beyond the classroom and campus. Under the supervision of the AWE heads and AWE teachers, students will consolidate their learning and findings in the form of a guided study during the AWE Programme.
● Under each programme, AWE head and AWE teachers will suggest a project theme(s) for the students. Students will focus on the data collection/dissemination and the reporting of their findings.
● Students are expected to produce a product either in written or non-written form (such as models, photos, webpage, videos, etc) PLUS other designated project-learning assignments.
● Each programme may include at least one piece of reading material that students are expected to finish. Students will see how relevant readings can enrich their learning and they can compare their first-hand experience with that of the author.
● The AWE assessment is for collecting evidence of student learning in terms of knowledge, skills, values and attainment in the key learning tasks.
● The assessment objectives and marking rubrics are communicated to students before the AWE Period so that students will understand what they should try to achieve and how best they might do this.
● The assessment objectives are divided into two main groups:
− School-Wide Objectives: for project learning skills and students’ practice of the virtue “Justice”.
− Activity-Specific Objectives: for knowledge, technical skills and focused generic skills in the programme.
● Students’ attainment will be END respectively in due course.
AWE Introduction Day:
AWE Inauguration Ceremony: 25 January 2019
AWE Week: 28 January - 1 February 2019 or beyond
Schedule of learning (學習時間)
● In the AWE Introduction Day, the programme aims, learning objectives and project requirements will be communicated to the students. Students will form groups and plan for their coming working schedule.
● Final logistical details of the programme will be conveyed to the students in the AWE Inauguration Ceremony.
● During the AWE Period, different activities, such as visits, talks, excursions, interviews, will be organized to support the knowledge construction, skills training and project learning.
● Students should attend all the lessons and activities organized. For sick leave, a parent’s letter must be submitted to the Administration Office together with the medical certificate on the day the student returns to School. In case of leave of absence, a written application should be submitted to the Principal three days in advance.
● Students should complete and submit all assignments required in the project learning by the programme.
Medium of instruction (授課語言)
● Depending on the nature of the programme, English or Cantonese will normally be the medium of instruction.
● For some programmes going to mainland China or overseas destinations, Putonghua or the local language may be used as the medium of instruction.
Scholarships and awards (獎學金)
● For Form 2 to Form 5, three scholarships are awarded by the School to the academically best performing students in each Form according to the best year-end score alongside satisfactory conduct.
● For Form 1 students, scholarships are awarded together with the Potential Development Scholarships.
● The School will make the final selection.
● Students, who receive government financial assistance through either the Student Financial Assistance Agency (SFAA) or the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA), are eligible to apply for a grant to attend the AWE Programme provided by Tak Sun Secondary School and/or supported by the Jockey Club Life-wide Learning Fund. Students may indicate their preference when they fill in their programme choices. The School will make the final decision.