Quan Cai (QC) (全才) means “development of the whole person” in Chinese. It stands at the heart of our Education Outside the Classroom curriculum (EOTC), and is the program for IB’s Creativity, Activity, and Service (CAS) at LPCUWC. It offers an eclectic selection of opportunities for our students.
The program consists of 4 components:
- Community Service – service projects to the Hong Kong and wider community
- Campus Service – experiences that support the running of the campus
- Creativity – experiences that are artistic or require creative thinking
- Activity – experiences focused on physical well being, sports & outdoor pursuits
Students show sustained commitment to their QCs throughout the year-long programme. Students choose a minimum of two experiences per year. In Year 2, they also have the opportunity to take up leadership positions in their QC experiences. The programme takes place in the afternoon and evening on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Weekends.
With 72 experiences offered in total, there is something for everyone. (List of QC activities)
- 19 sports experiences with 6 teams representing the College in Hong Kong events and 4 ‘outdoor pursuits’
- 6 environmentally focused experiences
- 18 experiences offer outreach/community support
- 20 experiences take place predominantly in the community (off campus)
- 40 experiences are affiliated or connected to groups, organizations or experts/instructors in the wider community
1. Sino-Japan Youth Conference (SJYC)
Sino-Japan Youth Conference (SJYC) is a seven-day conference held at LPCUWC. Founded by our alumni in 2009, it has since been passed on through the years.
It is a student-led initiative that brings together future young leaders from Japan, Mainland China and Hong Kong. The group hopes to prepare participants as future ambassadors who will promote peace between the regions. Through sessions on cultural stereotypes, media bias and sharing of personal histories, students will be able to gain a better understanding of Sino-Japanese relations as well as sharpen their critical thinking skills. They are guided to understand and accept their varying value systems and factors affecting perceptions. By the end of the week, participants emerge not only with greater knowledge of Sino-Japanese related issues, but also an understanding of other cultures, and life-long friendships.
Throughout the year, the group also organises day camps to offer students more condensed versions of the conference experience.
2. Initiative for Peace
Initiative for Peace (IFP) was founded on the fundamental belief that the world is interdependent and that conflict does not have to be destructive, if only we can approach them in a constructive manner. Trained in conflict management skills, the student-run initiative aims to promote peace by educate young people around the world in approaching conflict in pro-active and peaceful manners.
The group is impactful on three levels. Internationally, IFP holds a weeklong student peace conference on a regional issue of their choice. Previously, this has been held in Cebu to engage students from different sides of the Mindanao conflict in the Philippines. The group has also organised a conference on the Kashmir issue and a Diversity Youth Summit to address ethnic minority integration in Hong Kong. Within the city, IFP holds day camps to teach conflict management facilitation skills to local school students. IFP also has an active presence on campus and organises a school activity day every year to engage the community in the cause.
3. Global Issues Forum
Encorporated into the academic cycle, every eight days the community comes together at the hall for Global Issues Forum (GIF).
At GIF, the community discusses a variety of topics of political, environmental, social, economic, cultural and religious significance. These are put together by a team of student facilitators. However, the occassion also provides a platform for other QCs that hope to engage the community in their cause and cultural evening groups to shine light on an issue distinctive to their region.
Diversity really comes to life here. Students speak their minds, reflecting on the manifestation of the issue in their respective societies, quoting their own experiences. Ideas clash and blend. Every point on every spectrum can be found here. Political, cultural, philosophical differences are unleashed, together with the potential for innovative solutions and revelations offered by diversity.
GIF sessions often overrun, as do reflections. By the time students walk out of the hall, a conclusion may still be far from sight, but there is a greater understanding of the opposite perspectives, and surely – a continuation of the debate at the canteen table.
4. Coral Monitoring
Located next to Starfish Bay with views of the Tolo Harbour, LPCUWC offers a chance to explore and preserve the marine environment with the Coral Monitoring QC.
This Service focuses on monitoring the major coral communities at Hoi Ha Wan Marine Park as well as raising awareness within our own community and outside it about marine conservation. Students are trained as a diver and learn about marine systems as well as organism identification and survey techniques. They then go monitor the corals by using Reefcheck and Coralwatch protocols, and share the data with both of those organizations, as well as PADI Project Aware, WWF, and the Hong Kong Agricultural, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD).
5. Playback Theatre
Playback is a theatre form that celebrates the lives of the audience. The audience are invited to share their life stories and feelings with the Playback team who perform or 'play them back' using abstract improvisational movement and sound. Playback is therapeutic and celebratory for both performers and audience and demands a high degree of teamwork, trust, spontaneity and risk taking from the participants. Playback serves a wide range of audiences including physically and mentally challenged care centres, a refugee centre and a home for the aged as well as local schools.