SHKP Reading Club to foster Read and Share culture at primary schools

16 Feb 2016


The SHKP Reading Club under Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited is running a Read and Share programme with the Hong Kong Aided Primary School Heads Association to bring engaging, inspiring activities to 58 participating schools in its latest move to nurture a habit of reading enjoyment in children.  The Club aims to make reading part of students’ daily lives and get them to share what they learn and find interesting in reading.

There will be at least 15 Read and Share activities at schools in the first quarter of 2016, including seminars by Young Writers’ Debut Competition* (YWDC) winners who talk about how they wrote their books, their experience and reflections on writing to encourage students to read and write for pleasure.  Cartoonists and picture book authors at creative workshops with demonstrations can expose children to picture book production and illustration skills, and students will be able to apply what they learned at the workshop to make a mini book with a single piece of paper.  Young writers taking part in the talks and workshops include Ricky Lai, Rainbow Leung, Chan Hei-shing, Christophe Tong, Vivien Ywen, Matthew Cheng, Gillian Hui, Amy Chan, Suki Yu and Tomi Underhill.

Besides, a host of celebrity storytellers namely former Hong Kong Aided Primary School Heads Association Chairman Leung Siu-tong, former Fresh Fish Traders’ School principal Leung Kee-cheong, raconteur Joyce Choi and experienced English reading event organizer Kitty Tse will join the Read and Share programme by telling enthralling stories and sharing their views on reading at the schools.  Students will be able to write meaningful quotes or blessings on cards after the storytelling session, and the greeting cards will be presented to seniors in different districts through The Hong Kong Society for the Aged and the Club to spread care and the pleasure of reading.

The SHKP Reading Club will also hold “cultural tour class” to help teachers become cultural guides for their students.  The tour spanning new and old Wan Chai features various book settings including those from YWDC winners Memoir of the Sun, Moon and Stars and 20 Luard Road.  By providing practical tips and advice on planning and organizing cultural tours, as well as a reading list suitable for primary students, the class can facilitate teachers to lead their students to explore Hong Kong in a more interesting way and add fun to reading, also encourage children to get writing inspiration from their surroundings. 

In addition to a wide range of reading activities, quarterly and year-end rewards will be given to students with outstanding performance in the Read and Share programme, and schools and teachers dedicated to promoting a reading culture will also be recognized.  The Read and Share programme is free and all schools in Hong Kong are welcome to join. 

*  SHKP and Joint Publishing have co-organized the YWDC since 2006. This biannual competition has helped 41 young people with a heart for literature publish their first individual works.

About the SHKP Reading Club

The SHKP Reading Club was set up in late 2013 to consolidate SHKP’s reading-related initiatives and everyone is welcome to join for free.  The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines and organizes cultural events like seminars with leading speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.  Those interested can join at www.shkpreadingclub.com.
Creative workshop with Rainbow Leung teaching primary students to make books with paper or tissue rolls
YWDC winner Ricky Lai telling of his experience writing a book to show students that being a writer is not just a dream
SHKP Reading Club to foster Read and Share culture at primary schools

16 Feb 2016





Creative workshop with Rainbow Leung teaching primary students to make books with paper or tissue rolls

YWDC winner Ricky Lai telling of his experience writing a book to show students that being a writer is not just a dream

The SHKP Reading Club under Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited is running a Read and Share programme with the Hong Kong Aided Primary School Heads Association to bring engaging, inspiring activities to 58 participating schools in its latest move to nurture a habit of reading enjoyment in children.  The Club aims to make reading part of students’ daily lives and get them to share what they learn and find interesting in reading.

There will be at least 15 Read and Share activities at schools in the first quarter of 2016, including seminars by Young Writers’ Debut Competition* (YWDC) winners who talk about how they wrote their books, their experience and reflections on writing to encourage students to read and write for pleasure.  Cartoonists and picture book authors at creative workshops with demonstrations can expose children to picture book production and illustration skills, and students will be able to apply what they learned at the workshop to make a mini book with a single piece of paper.  Young writers taking part in the talks and workshops include Ricky Lai, Rainbow Leung, Chan Hei-shing, Christophe Tong, Vivien Ywen, Matthew Cheng, Gillian Hui, Amy Chan, Suki Yu and Tomi Underhill.

Besides, a host of celebrity storytellers namely former Hong Kong Aided Primary School Heads Association Chairman Leung Siu-tong, former Fresh Fish Traders’ School principal Leung Kee-cheong, raconteur Joyce Choi and experienced English reading event organizer Kitty Tse will join the Read and Share programme by telling enthralling stories and sharing their views on reading at the schools.  Students will be able to write meaningful quotes or blessings on cards after the storytelling session, and the greeting cards will be presented to seniors in different districts through The Hong Kong Society for the Aged and the Club to spread care and the pleasure of reading.

The SHKP Reading Club will also hold “cultural tour class” to help teachers become cultural guides for their students.  The tour spanning new and old Wan Chai features various book settings including those from YWDC winners Memoir of the Sun, Moon and Stars and 20 Luard Road.  By providing practical tips and advice on planning and organizing cultural tours, as well as a reading list suitable for primary students, the class can facilitate teachers to lead their students to explore Hong Kong in a more interesting way and add fun to reading, also encourage children to get writing inspiration from their surroundings. 

In addition to a wide range of reading activities, quarterly and year-end rewards will be given to students with outstanding performance in the Read and Share programme, and schools and teachers dedicated to promoting a reading culture will also be recognized.  The Read and Share programme is free and all schools in Hong Kong are welcome to join. 

*  SHKP and Joint Publishing have co-organized the YWDC since 2006. This biannual competition has helped 41 young people with a heart for literature publish their first individual works.

About the SHKP Reading Club

The SHKP Reading Club was set up in late 2013 to consolidate SHKP’s reading-related initiatives and everyone is welcome to join for free.  The Club publishes the regular free ReadIt and Read Monthly magazines and organizes cultural events like seminars with leading speakers and guided cultural tours to inspire more people to enjoy reading and make it a habit.  Those interested can join at www.shkpreadingclub.com.