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。
1st December, 2017
"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).
Chiu Kit Wa