Message from Secretary for Education
I would like to express my warmest congratulations on the 70th anniversary of the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Festival, a noteworthy arts event in the school sector for students to exhibit diverse artistic talents.
In the Speech Festival each year, students interpret texts with power and eloquence in Cantonese, English and Putonghua. For the Music Festival, students express personal feelings and impress with individual style through Chinese and Western music performances, Cantonese operatic singing, and music composition. Participation in the Festivals not only motivates students to strive for artistic excellence, but also enables them to cultivate, through competition and cooperation, mutual appreciation and respect. These are essential elements for students’ whole-person development.
The past seven decades have seen a continuous rise in students’ level of performance, and some of them have even reached international standards. This is of course the fruit of students’ hard work, but the guidance and support offered by teachers and parents should not go unmentioned. This evening, we are delighted to share the remarkable achievements of some of these talented students. I take this opportunity to wish the Hong Kong Schools Music and Speech Association greater success in the years to come. I also trust that it will remain dedicated to nurturing youngsters as passionate explorers in arts and culture.
Secretary for Education
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region