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COVID-19: BRINGING OUT OPPORTUNITIES

Since the government announcement on the closing of schools issued 27 January 2020, the College has really appreciated the support from many members of the community. Alumni and friends have provided us with face-masks and sanitisers, and have extended assistance in many other ways. 

E-learning

E-learning is the vehicle being used in the College to support students in terms of preparation for assessments and examinations. Through the e-learning platform PowerSchool, students and teachers can interact using wikis, share comments on a topic or document, participate in quizzes and submit assignments. PowerPoint presentations with voice-overs have been utilised by some teachers, while others have conducted classes or tutorials through Zoom for video communications to either cover subject content or to answer questions on a topic that students have prepared for.

"Contrary to the unfortunate circumstances, e-learning is proving to be a breakthrough in the way we are learning our course syllabus. The current e-learning provision is showing us how flexible learning can be inside and outside the classroom; and this is making my independent learning a lot more flexible and effective," says Joshua Varghese, second-year student from India. 

Undoubtedly, there are challenges. Staff are learning new technologies; students are adapting to new ways of learning. These challenges truly bring to us new opportunities. 

Returning to Campus

Currently, the College has around 50 students on campus. Our second-year Y2 HL/SL Visual Arts and HL Theatre students are meeting to complete their practical assessments. It has just been announced that Y2 and Y1 SSSTL students will be able to return to the campus starting 9 April 2020 to complete their IB assessments and examinations. 

Health Protection 

The College has strictly implemented health measures on campus to keep the College community safe from any COVID-19 infection. These measures -- which include temperature check, wearing masks, walking across disinfectant mats upon entry into the campus, making available sanitisers, and regular cleaning of facilities -- are consistent with guidelines set out by the Hong Kong Centre for Health Protection. The same, and more updates with regard to class arrangements, is regularly communicated to our students and their parents and respective NCs. 

The College is immensely grateful to the teaching and non-teaching staff, our students and their parents and NCs for the cooperation and understanding. Given the special circumstances, it is inspiring to witness how challenges unfold into opportunities that truly bring out our tenacity, creativity and strength as one community. And as we continue to overcome challenges, we are reminded of a quote from Hellen Keller: "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

In Peace. 

Arnett Edwards
Principal
SUSTAINABILITY DAY
Christina Tang (LPCUWC 2005), Founder and Director of Blue Sky Energy Technology in Hong Kong was the keynote speaker at the opening of the Sustainability Day celebration that took place before the Lunar New Year break on campus. Her words resonated with the rest of the activities on that day -- from the simultaneous workshops on marine energy and leftover food cooking, to name a few, to the field trips to different sites, including to an aquaponic farm and a smart technology facility. 
HABITAT'S PROJECT HOME WORK
Together with Physics teacher Magan Savant, six of our students volunteered for the Project Home Work of the Habitat for Humanity in Hong Kong early January. The Project, which focused on local home renovation and clean-up, sought to increase the awareness among young people of the housing issues in the city. 
SUMMITING MOUNT ACONCAGUA
First-year student Bob Tsang summited Mount Aconcagua in Argentina, the highest mountain outside of Asia, during the winter break. The trek took him 13 days in total. What kept him going? “For me, perseverance is always the key to overcoming challenges, whether it be academic work or personal goals," Bob shares. 
FINAL ADMISSIONS INTERVIEW VIA ZOOM
Final interviews for admission into the UWC by 2020-2021 are ongoing and being conducted online via Zoom. There is a good turnout of quality applicants this year. Conducting the interviews is a team of three composed of College Principal Arnett Edwards, UWC Hong Kong Committee Board Member Winnie Kwan and Teach for Hong Kong Founder and CEO Arnold Chan. The interviews are facilitated by College Admissions Director Melody Miu. 
DEVELOPMENT
SUPPORT ISKANDAR'S GOAL FOR UZBEKISTAN
Support Iskandar's race to help raise 1 full scholarship for a student from Uzbekistan! Next month, Iskandar, will join the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris and is dedicating his participation to raising funds for the scholarship. Iskandar graduated from the College in 2014 and hails from Uzbekistan. Read about the inspiration behind this worthwhile cause. Donate today. 
SCHOLARSHIP IMPACT: WILSON LOMA (South Sudan)
"I had thought that our differences were what separated us until I came to LPCUWC; our differences actually unite us so much." Wilson, who comes from South Sudan, talks about his experiences in the College. He is a recipient of the Refugee Initiative Scholarship administered by the UWC International Office. Support more scholars like Wilson. 
SCHOLAR'S MESSAGE TO SHELBY DAVIS
"Thank you for helping us chase our dreams," Fatmata Bah (LPCUWC 2016) says in a speech to Shelby Davis, one of the most generous patrons of the UWC whose scholarship enabled Fatmata to benefit from a transformative UWC education. Fatmata grew up in Sierra Leone. Her father is a tailor and her mother runs a small convenience store. Fatmata is now a premed student majoring in molecular biology and biochemistry, with a minor in global health. Support more scholars like Fatmata. 
ALUMNI
IMPACT STORY: WINIFRED MOK (Class 2003) 
Winifred is a filmmaker whose interest in working with international talents stems in large part from how her UWC education provided her experiences within a microcosm of the world where her peers came from different nationalities. She also runs a regular podcast that offers alternative perspectives away from the mainstream, and helps her parents with their wood rose project (proceeds from sale of which go to the UWC Go Make a Difference fund). 
REGISTER TODAY: 1st ALUMNI HOMECOMING
Together with UWC Graduates Organisation Hong Kong, the College is organising the first-ever alumni homecoming on 30 May,  bringing together UWC alumni from different classes and UWC colleges to bond, have fun and relive good memories of campus life. 

Please save the date and register online to get updates. More information will be shared in a separate communication.
JOIN THE UWC HUB 
Have you not joined yet? Don't miss the fun -- and many more! Register now with the UWC Hub, a web platform and mobile app that brings together the UWC community around the world to connect with each other and stay up-to-date with the many activities happening across the UWC movement.
EVENTS
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