專業團隊.校長的話

循循善誘勉勵 孜孜不倦傳薪

親愛的家長:

「奔跑吧,孩子們!」這是我於旅行地點看到一大片清蔥的大草坪時心裡泛起的念頭。猶記得旅行當天,坐在樹下的我一面享受着天父所創造的自然美景,一面欣賞一幅幅温馨親密、樂也融融的畫面:天空中搖曳着色彩繽紛的大風箏,草地上綻放着眾人的笑臉,孩子們有的在踢足球,有的在吹肥皂泡,有的在經歷人生中第一次放風箏……這些歡樂温馨的景象深深打動了我,因為我見證着孩子們用童真的方式來親親大自然。感謝主!讓我們能在學校旅行日享受和煦的陽光。感謝各位家長的支持和合作!當天同學們都守時守規,井然有序,這不正是家校合作的甜美成果嗎?

   你們在小孩成長的過程中,有沒有常常為他們打點安排?有沒有把課程和活動安排得密密麻麻?有沒有體察到孩子愁眉苦臉的樣子和感到沉悶時的神情?其實,有不少研究指出,當孩子感到無聊時,往往是誘發他們內在潛能和創意的好時機。德國研究人員史提克(Rainer Strick)跟舒伯特(Elke Schubert)曾做過一項具啟發性的實驗:他們將幼稚園裏的玩具全數收起來,只留下桌椅,讓孩子長達三個月處於「沒有玩具」的環境,並觀察他們的行為會有甚麼變化。後來,有趣的現象發生了:實驗進行的第一天,孩子們感到百無聊賴,只能安靜地看看窗外的風景或是漫無目的地走動;第二天,孩子開始把桌子搭成秘密小基地;第三天,孩子們的笑聲回來了,他們已經可以自在地在桌子和椅子間玩起追逐遊戲!他們不但將遊戲模式演變成不同場景的角色扮演,更學會了合作及溝通技巧。

原來給予孩子適當的「空間」是非常重要的。「空間」能讓他們有機會靜下來想想自己最喜愛做的是什麼,這段空白時間讓他們自省和探索自我,發展自己的所愛所長。因此,身為父母,可以引導孩子善用「空間」來發揮創意、尋找自己熱愛的事物,最重要的是能學着自己掌握時間的運用。你們有沒有留意到本校視藝科所舉行的「藝術貓」活動?孩子憑藉白紙上的一條線,繪畫出一幅幅令人讚嘆的精彩作品,這項活動正正為孩子提供「空間」發揮想像和創意。

本校於四月份與基督教服務處樂Teen會合作進行了自主學習計劃,並已於十一月九日進行了新聞發佈會。當天,本校除了有兩位負責台上分享的學生家長外,還偕同七名校園小記者及基慈大使去參與是次活動,讓他們去觀摩及經歷不一樣的學習。本校安排校園小記者負責發問及拍攝工作,並透過是次的體驗作教材,讓學生留意到原來在進行發佈會的同時,內容已在媒體的即時新聞出現,可見記者的工作殊不簡單;此外,小記者亦可從不同報章的報導手法認識篩選資料的方法和取向。本校希望透過參與此計劃,提供「空間」予孩子,讓他們可以好好思考一下,該如何計劃及訂立自己感興趣的目標,無論在培養自我管理技巧方面,抑或在建立良好生活習慣上,都帶來很大的裨益。

  踏入十二月,相信大家都留意到校舍已掛上各式各樣的聖誕裝飾。在享受這個歡樂節日的同時,也讓我們認識聖誕節的真正意義。聖誕節是紀念耶穌基督降生的日子,聖經記載:「神愛世人,甚至將祂的獨生子(耶穌)賜給他們,叫一切信祂的不至滅亡,反得永生。」(約3:16)耶穌基督被釘死在十字架上,親身擔當了我們的罪,祂帶給我們重生的盼望,拯救我們脱離罪惡,使我們享受到神對我們的疼愛與悦納。聖誕節是一個表達「愛」與「付出」的節日,願我們效法基督,學習如何去關心他人,攜手見證基督的大愛。在十一月下旬始,同學可以將願望寫在「心」意卡上,「心」意卡將會掛在本校大堂的感恩聖誕樹上,讓我們齊來把「關心」和「愛心」傳遞給身邊的人。本校將於十二月二十日早上舉行聖誕崇拜暨聯歡會,讓同學們一起領受救主降臨的大喜訊息。最後,以聖經的話語為大家送上祝福:「但願使人有盼望的神,因信將諸般的喜樂平安,充滿你們的心,使你們藉著聖靈的能力,大有盼望。」(羅15:13)

校長

謹啟

 2017年12月1日

 

1st December, 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

"Keep running,kids!" This is what came into my mind when I saw a field during the school picnic. That day I sat under a tree, enjoying the natural scenery created by God and seeing a lot of smiley faces and warm family scenes. There were some big and colourful kites flying in the sky and everyone wore a smile on their face. Some students were playing football; some were blowing bubbles while some were flying kites for the first time. These scenes impressed me because I saw children got in touch with nature innocently. Thank the Lord for giving us warm weather on our school picnic day. Thanks for the support and cooperation of all parents. Students were punctual and well behaved, which is a result of good home and school cooperation.

Do you always make arrangements for your children? Have you arranged a lot of courses and activities for them? Have you noticed that they might be upset or bored? In fact, a number of studies point out that it is good timing to exploit children’s potential and creativity when they are bored. Two German researchers, Rainer Strick and Elke Schubert, did an inspiring experiment in which they took away all toys, leaving only desks and chairs in a kindergarten. They observed how children changed their behaviour when they were under a toy-free environment for three months. An interesting phenomenon occurred. On the first day of the experiment, the children were bored and they could only look at the scenery outside the windows quietly or wandered around the classroom. On the second day, the children used the desks to build a small secret base. On the third day, the children’s laughter could be heard again because they could chase one another between the desks and chairs. Apart from changing the mode of the game into role-playing, the children also acquired cooperation and communication skills.

Also, it is important to give children an appropriate amount of “space”. Space allows them to sit quietly and think about what they like to do most. Such spare time enables them to self-reflect, discover themselves and develop their interests and strengths. Therefore, parents should guide children to make good use of the space to unleash children’s creativity and explore what they like doing, and more importantly, to learn time management skills. Have you noticed the “Visual Art Cats” activity organized by our school? Students can draw a lot of wonderful pictures just from a simple line. The activity provides them with the space to imagine and create.

In April, our school conducted a self-learning programme in collaboration with the Hong Kong Christian Service Happy Teens Club and a press conference was held on 9th November. Apart from two of our students and parents who were responsible for the sharing, seven young campus reporters and Kei Tsz ambassadors also attended the event, which allowed them to have different learning experiences. Our campus reporters needed to ask questions and take photos at the conference. Through this learning experience, they could notice that while the press conference was still in progress, real-time news already appeared on the media. As a result, they could understand how challenging a reporter’s job is. Also, our campus reporters were able to learn that different newspapers may have different methods and orientation in screening information. It is hoped that we can give our children the space to think about how they can plan and set their own goals through participating in this programme. We believe that this programme is beneficial to helping our students develop self-management skills and build good habits.

As December is coming, you may find that there are a variety of Christmas decorations hanging up in our school. While we are celebrating the joyful festival, we need to understand the meaning of Christmas. Christmas commemorates the birth of Jesus Christ, as it is written, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son (Jesus Christ), that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). Jesus Christ was crucified for our sins on the cross, and took our sins so that we could be saved from them. Through this, we can enjoy God's love and grace. Christmas is an expression of love and giving. We would like to follow Jesus as we witness the love of Christ. I hope that we can learn from Jesus Christ and learn how to care for others. Starting from late November, students can write their wishes on a heart-shaped card which will be hung on the Christmas tree on LG2. Let’s care for others and share our love with people around us. In the morning on 20th December, the school will hold a Christmas worship so that students will receive the joyful message that the Lord has come. Finally, I would like to bless all of you with a Bible scripture, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13).

Sincerely

Chiu Kit Wa

Principal