leading our way...
has never been changed, that is, to promote Astronomy in Wah Yan. This
year is no exception. We, a group of boys who like to dream, have inherited
this task this year since the formation of the executive committee on
This year's Annual General Meeting has been a special one, for the amendment
of the constitution was passed at the meeting. After the reformation,
our society has been renamed to the "Astronomy Society". This symbolises
a new era in our society. Shortly after that, the membership cards were
released and the subscription of star maps was done respectively.
There was a partial lunar eclipse on Mid Autumn Festival night, 1997.
A talk was held in the Physics lecture room beforehand. Slides were
shown and the formation of the lunar eclipse was explained to our members.
That night, a team of ex-co members was sent to a place to do the observation
overnight. The sky, however, was so troubled that no matter how keen
we were, the only thing we could see was nothing other than clouds.
The failure of the lunar eclipse observation didn't hamper our determination.
A star observation night was conducted at Shek O before the Christmas
examination. The sky, once again, didn't seem to be co-operative with
our efforts, it was not clear enough after all. Yet, it was better than
that on Mid Autumn Festival night, at least we had the chance to admire
Orion, the most beautiful constellation in the night sky.
This year, we had the pleasure to be invited by Marymount Secondary
School to co-organize the Winter Star Observation Camp. Similar to ordinary
camps, mass games and talks were conducted in the camp. What made the
camp so unforgettable were the stars. The sky seemed to me that it had
finally been touched by our unrelenting perseverance. A multitude of
stars were sparkling in the endless night sky. We even had the luck
to see the fire meteor which is so rare. I dare say none of the participants
will ever be able to forget that night in their whole life.
The exhibition has been held in previous years and this year is no exception.
It was held in early March. A booth was set up in the corridor and the
exhibits ranged from books, telescopes, souvenirs to videos. Quiz papers
were distributed to all lower form schoolmates as a challenge. All of
a sudden, an astronomy atmosphere was brewing in Wah Yan.
As we all know, we can only see our milky way most clearly in the summer.
Thus we are going to organize a number of observations in the coming
vacation so as to fulfil the curiosity of our members.
Two of our ex-co members were elected as officials in the Hong Kong
Joint School Astronomical Society this year. Through this organization,
some of our members were provided with an opportunity to attend more
astronomy functions and to meet people outside our school.
The 1997-98 academic year has passed quickly. It is now time for us
to pass our mission to our successors. I believe they will do even better
than we did as they have shown enthusiastic participation, interest
and devotion this year. Above all, special thanks must be given to Stanislaus
Keung and those who have been supporting us invariably this year, without
which our dream could never come true.