Joint School Meeting
The school term 2020-2021 started with great uncertainty with regards to organizing physical meetings with the Covid-19 pandemic in the community and the world. As a prelude to the meetings for the rest of the year, the 2020 Joint School Meeting was held on ZOOM! Incoming executive members of each Z Club and its teacher advisers met to get acquainted with each other and the Z Club Committee. Students were introduced to the Zonta structure, the biennium’s goals and the Z Club Committee’s year plans and Z Club Presidents shared what they accomplished the previous year.
The Installation Ceremony, which formally installs the incoming executive committee and inducts new members, took place virtually, on Saturday, 28 November 2020. This year the virtual installation, hosted by Hong Kong International School, only installed the officers who were then tasked to induct their new members on their own. In attendance were Zonta members, teacher advisers and the Z Clubs’ officers.
Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women Campaign
At the end of the Installation Ceremony, a group photo was taken with the host school’s design of a ‘Zonta Says No’ virtual background and participants wearing the ‘Zonta Says No’ mask to officially launch Zonta International’s ‘Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women’ Campaign. The photo was uploaded to the Club’s Instagram and Facebook as well as Zonta International’s ‘Zonta Says No’ website, and the District 17, Area 2 Facebook page.
To further advocate the campaign, the six Z Clubs and the Golden Z Club were invited to participate in the Club’s joint advocacy competition. The first part of the competition stipulated that the student club may submit a photograph of students wearing the Zonta Says No masks in a creative way that will convey the campaign message. Best photo was awarded to St. Stephen Girls’ College who won HK$500.
The second part of the competition stated that the Z Club may advocate the campaign in their schools and send the Z Club Committee a brief report on what they did. Good Hope School won the best advocacy prize of $1000.
In March or April each year, the Committee organizes a career event for the Z Clubs. The purpose of the events is to expose and support students on their researching and exploring careers in various industries/professions. In the past, career events included speakers from the Club’s Zontians who are leaders in their fields in areas such as accounting, government, entrepreneurship, and public relations. Behind-the scenes visits were also organized to the Hong Kong Airport, the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and to an e-commerce company.
This year, on 17 April 2021, the Career Forum was held on Zoom and featured Zontians Thelma Tong, Mary Cheung, Lui Tong and Joyce Tam who spoke on law, medicine, technology, and finance, respectively.