HKAPA Annual Report 2008-2009 - page 83

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EXCEL
EXCEL (Extension and Continuing Education for Life) , a
self-funding activity centre of the Academy, was founded
in May 2001 to offer part time personal enrichment
courses to the general public of all age groups, as well
as in-service professional training to corporate clients,
government departments and courses designed for
persons with disabilities.
In 2008/2009, EXCEL continued to offer a diverse range
of courses across the arts spectrum while expanding into
exciting newareas. Courses offered for the first time include
Musical Theatre Dance & Singing, Musical Instrument
Beginners’ Group (Violin, Viola, Cello, Di-zi, Er-hu,
Trumpet, Singing), Big Band Music Ensemble, Let’s Speak
Up! Junior Mandarin Presentation Workshop, Dramatic
Story Presentation, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,
Young Ecologists at EXCEL Science Theatre, Voice Training
for School Teachers, Master for All Ceremonies, African
Drum and Dance, A Taste of Salsa, Guided Imagery and
Music Workshop, Fundamentals of Music Composition,
ABRSM Singing Examination, Contemporary Music
Composition Workshop, Exploring Contemporary Music:
An Appreciation Workshop
and
Event Management.
In
the period under review, EXCEL offered 340 courses
over three terms, including 13 at the Academy’s Béthanie
campus in Pokfulam, attracting a total of 6,367 students.
In the summer of 2008, EXCEL offered the ever-popular
Summer Musical School (SMS), attracting 180 students aged
between 9 and 21 to join a 3-week training programme
in music, dance and acting as well as various aspects of
technical arts. The SMS culminated in six performances of
the musical
Disney’s High School Musical
in the Academy
Drama Theatre, attended by over 2,400 audiencemembers.
In September 2008, EXCEL supported the Tin Shui Wai
YouthArts Festival organised by theHong Kong Federation
of Youth Groups. EXCEL also organised various outreach
programmes in the community, including an African
Drum and Dance course for the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs
Association, a series of Modern Dance courses for St
James’ Settlement, and Mask-Making, Costume Re-design,
Story Telling, and Percussion, Dance and Movement
courses for disabled persons through The Hong Kong
Jockey Club Arts for the Disabled Scheme.
InApril 2009, EXCEL partneredwith theHong KongDesign
Centre to offer EXCEL courses at HKDC’s InnoCentre
premises on Tat Chee Avenue, Kowloon Tong, providing
a convenient centre to residents in the area to engage in
life-long learning courses in the performing arts.
On 8 April 2009, EXCEL was presented one of the coveted
2009 Dance Awards for providing high quality life-long
learningperforming arts educationopportunities for people
of varied interests, ability, backgrounds and age groups.
Between 1 July 2008 and 30 June 2009, EXCEL employed 149
part time teachers, 31 teaching assistants, 17 accompanists,
one full time general manager, two programme executives,
one marketing executive, one accounting officer, one
programme assistant and one clerical assistant. Total
income from course fees was HK$11,415,873, compared
to HK$11,561,548 in 2007/08. Net surplus of the year was
HK$955,695 as compared to HK$854,600.72 in 2007/08.
A donation of HK$250,000 was given to the Academy
within this financial year.
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