The ‘Parents-Also-Appreciate-Teachers and Parent-Child Cooking Competition’ was successfully completed in late June. The event provided a good opportunity for parents, teachers and students to gather and enjoy a meal and we were highly enthusiastic in the event. I would like to express my gratitude to the PTA for coordinating the event and also to those parents and students who participated. All efforts are highly appreciated.
As the summer holiday is coming, various travel tips and posts have been shared on different social media platforms. You may have discussions among friends and relatives on the topics such as ‘where to travel’, ‘which hotel to stay in’ and ‘which kind of travelling style to choose – individual or travel agency’. Travelling seems to be a popular issue among family and friends. Are you going to travel with your children in this long holiday? Have you arranged plenty of activities and a heavy schedule for them? I have read a piece of article, I’m Teaching My Kids (and Myself) to Be Bored Again, on a foreign website lately. It is about an American father, Geoffrey Redick, who found that his three sons were bored. They had a lot of toys but they were still bored. The situation did not change even after they got new toys. Then, Redick tried a new method – he asked his sons to sit or lie on the sofa, close their eyes and try to relax so they could concentrate without any external interruptions. The father found that this method could make the parent-children relationship more intimate.
In fact, what children want can be simple. Visiting tourist attractions may not be the most memorable experience for them. Instead, precious moments spent with their parents, such as having hotpot, building sandcastles and looking at lights may be more unforgettable. Materialistic enjoyment may not be the most important thing to children. Having fun with parents and getting their support and encouragement is what they want. Then, how can we enable our students to make good use of their long holiday other than travelling? ‘My Summer Self-directed Learning Programme’, in which teachers have designed diversified topics for students to develop creativity and problem-solving skills, will be continued in this summer holiday. Information about leisure activities is also provided for parents’ reference. Through setting goals and formats in the programme, students can learn to plan for their own life and develop their self-learning and self-care attitudes. For example, parents can invite their children to arrange a family day trip together by asking them to search for relevant activities and attractions online and then plan the schedule. In this way, children are more involved in the family activities and at the same time they can apply what they have learnt in the daily life. Of course, cooking at home and family games would be other pleasant ways for children to learn how to get along with others.
P.6 students, you are going to graduate soon. In the past six years, you have grown up a lot. I believe that all of you have been well-equipped and ready to meet the new challenges in secondary school. Keep in mind that learning is a lifelong task and the primary school stage only provides you with comprehensive basic-competency training. We need to continue to learn so that we can improve ourselves and keep abreast with the advancement of society. I would like to share a Bible scripture here: ‘Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take’ (Proverbs 3:6). God will give grace to us as long as we continue to seek him.
Children are exposed to the wonders of natural science in their daily life. For example, how does sunlight make the temperature rise? How does a breeze drive a kite to take off? Even the movements of walking and opening doors involve scientific principles. In fact, science is everywhere and some common natural science phenomena may stimulate children to think and do things themselves. In this way, children’s interest in science can be cultivated and their problem-solving ability can be enhanced. As a result, STEM Day will be held on 4th July (Wednesday) and 11th July (Wednesday) to provide students with opportunities to do experiments and play some scientific games. Apart from cultivating students’ scientific inquiry spirit and enhancing their problem-solving skills, their communication and collaboration ability can be enhanced through group competitions.
This year, $310 was collected to pay for the air-conditioning fee for classrooms and special rooms, and the costs of replacement, repair and maintenance of air-conditioners. In order to provide students with a better learning environment, a number of large-scale maintenance and renovation projects will be carried out during the summer holiday. Please refer to the table below. Therefore, summer courses will be cancelled this year. You can spend more time chatting and playing with your children and create some wonderful memories. When students return to school in September, try to spot the differences and look for the changes in the campus.
Chiu Kit Wa