CLACH (Chinese Language & Literature, Arts, Culture & History)
Engaging Students’ Interest in Chinese Language, Literature, Arts, Culture & History
Why is a programme on CLACH?
CLACH is a school-based programme that is a unique design to involve all students and staff as well as parents to learn more Chinese civilization. Creative Secondary School is a DSS school offering the best of Chinese and international education. Our Chinese Language subject is taught through the medium of Chinese (Putonghua and Cantonese) while other subjects are taught through the medium of English. We place emphasis on Chinese culture whilst respecting cultural of other countries. We believe that learning and experiencing the taste of Chinese culture will be beneficial to Hong Kong students’ development. To further promote the Chinese culture holistically to the whole school community, CSS will hold a series of activities in classroom and beyond. It will foster students’ understanding of Chinese cultural history and literature and raise their Chinese language proficiency through Chinese art and cultural heritages and innovations.
How to learn Chinese civilization through CLACH?
The range of learning activities that we should plan for will be multi-faceted, to take place through the formal timetabled curriculum as well as beyond, but they should have these common elements:
Knowing (認知) – gaining knowledge of the breadth and depth of the historical, and geographical context of Chinese cultural heritage.
Experiencing (體驗) – gaining exposures through related activities, events, visits to sites, museums and exhibitions and study trips, student exchanges, & community services etc.
Enthusing (激勵) – engaging our students through personal interests and pride , the rich historical and cultural heritage of China and of this region they live in, but also Hong Kong and China’s modernisation and engagement with the international community.
What is the CLACH Team?
The CLACH initiative is included in the school 3 years plan for 2020 – 2023, under the broad domain of teaching & learning as well as the student wellbeing. The CLACH Team is convened by the Director of Learning and the Deputy Hong Kong Curriculum Coordinator. It includes staff from Chinese, Arts, History and other subject departments. The school engaged a Senior Consultant, primarily to act as key adviser to the team. The CLACH team looks at CLACH across curriculum and community, offer workshops and other opportunities for CSS students, staff as well as parents and to become more aware of and be more engaged with different aspects of its work. The CLACH team would identify expected learning outcomes and method of measuring and reviewing success of the learning components.
Programmes & Activities
CLACH is intended to be embedded over the next 3 years through the school’s curriculum - themes within specific MYP unit plans in different MYP subjects, as well as inter-disciplinary learning experiences wherever appropriate. Likewise in the senior secondary years, CLACH is an inter-disciplinary dimension to be introduced into both the DSE and IBDP programmes at appropriate points e.g. Liberal Studies, TOK, Chinese, Arts or I&S-related courses of study, as well as CASOLE. CLACH is also an initiative to enrich the school’s Experiential Learning programme.
In the previous years, the school has already conducted a number of CLACH-related projects and activities, including:
Visits to places or events of Chinese cultural interest in Hong Kong itself – art galleries, performances, museums, special exhibitions, workshops, seminars etc
Annual celebrations of key festivals and events – Mid-Autumn Festival, Chinese New Year Festival & Dragon dance, Chinese performing arts items on Arts Shows etc
CCA activities – Chinese Calligraphy, Cantonese drama, Chinese Speech School Festival, debating, Battle of the Books, Chinese music, Chinese Ink Painting, Martial Arts, Taiji etc
Cultural excursions to China / Sister Schools Exchange Program – Hangzhou International Cultural Festival Trip, study trips to China, welcome HZGYS to visit HK etc
Academy of Chinese Studies “The Splendid Chinese Culture” (Chinese & English)
Partner Net “Destinations” (Chinese, English & other languages)