On 28 February, Hong Kah Secondary School held its inaugural Cyber Fest at the Student Activity and Research Centre (STAR Centre). The STAR Centre is also the school’s designated E-Wellness Zone. In December 2011, the school commissioned the design of a wall art and eight table laminates with cyber wellness messages.
The cyber wellness messages which have been based on the school values Discipline, Learning and Care had been created by 5 students (Theophilus Sng, Brendan Andrew Hendricks, Sharafuddin Amin B Rosman and Sheela Paringit Madhiazhagan) who took part in PITCH’11, a marketing competition which required them to come up with a proposal to promote cyber wellness in the school. The cyber wellness messages serve as constant reminders to the Hong Kah lites to use the Internet responsibly.
On the day of the Cyber Fest which the PITCH’11 team collaborated with the Infocomm Club to organise, about 50 selected students (identified high-risk cyber addicts) from Secondary 2 played games that promoted the proper use of the Internet at five learning stations:
- Station Cyber Memory where students drew out words related to cyber wellness messages, passing the message down the row via drawings. At the end of the game, facilitators asked questions regarding their knowledge of those messages tested.
- Station The Maze where students walked through a maze. At turning points, facilitators asked cyber wellness questions which students had to answer correctly in order to be given the correct direction out of the maze.
- Station Twist Tac Toe where students attempted to form a connecting line by answering quiz questions on cyber wellness given by facilitators.
- Station Delta 7 where students played Delta 7, an online games designed using MissionMaker software. Students had to stay alive and answer cyber wellness related questions in order to score points.
- Station Keyboard Mania where students had to type out the messages in the fastest possible time from the Cyber wellness board by stepping on a giant keyboard on the floor.
The students participated enthusiastically and had great fun learning how to navigate safely in cyber space. In addition, the winners at the different learning stations won attractive prizes. After the Cyber Fest, the students who took part were full of praises for the entertaining ways used to educate them on cyber wellness.
As part of the 2012 Cyber Wellness Programme, Hong Kah Secondary School plans to organise a video contest asking participants to create video advertisements to promote cyber wellness in the school in Term 2.