School has been in session for two months and I believe that students have got used to school life and are engaging themselves in different learning activities. P.1 to P.5 tests and P.6 exams are going to be held in early November and the order of the subjects will be Chinese, General Studies, English and Mathematics. When talking about tests and exams, will you immediately think of your children’s academic performance? Have you considered other growth factors in addition to academic results? In Paul Tough’s book Helping Children Succeed, he points out the importance of non-cognitive abilities, which includes perseverance, inquiry, self-awareness, self-control abilities, etc. These key elements shape children’s futures. Learning does not only take place in lessons, but occurs in every detail of life. Therefore, our school provides students with various learning experiences so that they can have a balanced development in a variety of aspects. For example, our school-based General Studies curriculum is developed based on such belief. Apart from written tests and exams, we have life-wide learning and experiment assessments. These assessments help enhance students’ inquiry spirit, cultivate their observation, problem-solving, communication and collaboration skills and equip them for challenges in the future.
On our Sports Day, each student takes a different role - some of them are athletes while others are members of the cheerleading team. Through participating in different activities, our students learn to accept challenges, understand the importance of perseverance and doing their best, and establish positive attitudes towards life. As the Bible says, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize” (1 Corinthians 9:24). I hope all of our students can try their best and enjoy the fun during the process of the competition and apply a similar spirit in life.
In the morning assembly, I shared about “self-improvement” and introduced four sportsmen who are not afraid of difficulties but have the courage to make breakthroughs and take on challenges. From these sportsmen’s achievements, we can learn that success requires persistence, perseverance and consistent practice. We should focus on children’s effort and enable them to understand that they need to compare with themselves instead of other people. Guiding children to recognize their progress can help them succeed.
In order to provide students with a wide variety of learning experiences, our school has arranged the Taiwan Ocarina Exchange Activity. Through the exchange activity, students learn to appreciate different ways of performance and have a better understanding of the local culture in Taiwan. Also, their communication skills, confidence and team spirit can be enhanced.
Finally, I would like to thank you so much for all your support to the school. Whether through Parents and Teachers Joining Hands gatherings, P.6 parents’ night, sports day or other activities, parents participate well and fully support us, which strongly shows the spirit and the effectiveness of parent-school cooperation. At the same time, we also want to show our gratitude and thank all the PTA committee members and parent volunteers who help and support the school activities, which give us strong resources to enable the school activities to be carried out smoothly. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Let’s work together for our children! If you love learning, you love the discipline that goes with it (Proverbs 12:1). May our children be teachable, love knowledge and also grow in the love of the Lord.
Chiu Kit Wa