C.C.C. Kei Tsz Primary School
2016-2017 April Newsletter
5th April, 2016
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
When I look at the picture and I think deeply behind the message: If we only use a single standard or method to assure or nurture our children, we will ignore their different talents and abilities that our heavenly father gave everyone. In fact, our school has been sticking to this belief that every child is unique, so we have designed a wide range of curriculum for children to explore their own interests and to develop their own strengths. With the rapid growth of IT development, how will our society change? What will our children look like in a few years? What challenges will they face? Recently, I have read a letter to parents from a Singaporean principal just before the exams. One of the paragraphs particularly impressed me: "If your child does get top marks, that’s great! But if he or she doesn’t, please don’t take away their self-confidence and dignity from them. Tell them it’s ok, it’s just an exam. They are cut out for much bigger things in life. Tell them, no matter what they score, you love them and will not judge them. Please do this, and when you do, watch your children conquer the world. One exam or a low mark won’t take away their dreams and talent."
It is true that the child's achievements should not be only measured by "scores". Each child has different strengths, so we should not use grades or scores to determine their achievements. Dr. Stephen R. Covey, an American educator, has listed seven factors of success in his book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The first three habits are “individual qualities” and the last four are “external factors”. The personal qualities include engaging actively, persistence and first priority. Therefore, it is important for children to have self-confidence, be target-oriented and have self-control. All these qualities have to be cultivated from the time they are young. Therefore, we should not be too concerned about the performance of children in their examinations, but should think about how to effectively learn and develop children's self-identity, enthusiasm and self-control and other personal qualities.
We are committed to promoting the STARS curriculum, to help train children’s perseverance and self-confidence and to enhance their personal qualities. We allow students to select an activity of their interest in the three areas: sports, music and art. They need to spend around five years learning in their own selected areas until they finish their primary study. The rationale behind this arrangement is to enable students to be more perseverant and ambitious. Whether it is to learn a musical instrument or a skill, they need perseverance to be successful. In their learning process, we apply learning objectives that train
students to have inner insistence and self-confidence. We believe that the process is more important
than the results and students can learn how to be persistent and be successful through practices.
In fact, learning does not only occur inside the classrooms and homework is not the only way to help students consolidate what they have learnt. Therefore, we will work with the Hong Kong Christian Service Happy Teens Club to implement the Self-directed Learning Programme in Primary 1 to 3. The programme aims at teaching students to set up their learning objectives and learn to plan their own learning during this Easter holiday. We hope that students can make good use of their holiday through this programme. Students are able to learn to plan how to have better time management, how to master their life skills, and how to plan to do their favourite and valuable things. The programme also aims to educate students to show their initiative and responsibility, self-discipline, targeted, planned attitude to work, to experience the fun and the meaning of self-learning. Parents can make good use of their holiday to play and communicate effectively with their children. The briefing session of the programme will be held on 10th April (Monday) during the Parents and Teachers Joining Hands Session and we welcome all parents to participate.
Easter is coming and it reminds us that Jesus was crucified, died and was buried and then resurrected to heaven more than two thousand years ago. This shows us God's mercy and it gives us hope so we can have peace and joy. In this festive season, an evangelical rally called "Change! Change! Change! A Brand New Me" will be held on 1st April (Saturday) at our school by the Methodist Missionary Mission. We sincerely invite parents to bring your family members, friends and even your neighbours to participate in this gospel event. Our Easter worship will be held on 11th April (Tuesday) and a P.4 gospel camp will be held from 11th to 12th April (Tuesday & Wednesday). These activities give us a chance to self-reflect, understand the gospel and have faith in Jesus so as to live a rich life. Last but not least, let me share some scripture with you: "For we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and your love for all of God’s people, which come from your confident hope of what God has reserved for you in heaven. You have had this expectation ever since you first heard the truth of the Good News” (Colossians 1: 4-5).
May the children grow joyfully in God's grace and his truth!
Chiu Kit Wa