1st February, 2018
Dear Parents/ Guardians,
Parents’ Day will be held on 6th February (Saturday) morning. Students’ academic reports will be distributed and parents will be able to meet teachers to know more about their children’s performance at school and exchange experiences in nurturing children. When getting the reports, do you only focus on the grades and neglect students’ hard work? We should appreciate children’s efforts, and encourage them to break through themselves and face challenges. We should help children understand their strengths and unleash their potential. If the results are not satisfactory, you can try to say some encouraging words such as ‘Don’t give up. Try again!’ or ‘I appreciate your hard work and I’m looking forward to seeing your progress.’
In fact, every child hopes to be valued and affirmed. Therefore, appreciation and encouragement can facilitate children's progress effectively. Specific and positive appreciation is the key to making progress. As long as your children are well-prepared before exams and try their best during exams, parents should recognise their effort and praise them instead of blaming them so as to reduce their frustration. If we can specifically recognise their dedication and hard work and give suggestions according to their weaknesses, we can help them improve their learning effectiveness. Also, parents ought to let their children understand that it is common to have frustrations during the learning process. The most important thing is to reflect on setbacks, improve weaknesses and strive for progress.
To enable parents to know more about our school curriculum, daily teaching and children’s learning progress, parent lesson observations for P.3 and P.6 will be held on 5th February (Monday). The first lessons of P.3 and P.6 classes will be open for observation and there will be a discussion session afterwards. We encourage parents to participate in this event in order to understand their child's performance in school. In addition, a study tour to Singapore for P.4 to P.6 students will be held from 6th to 9th February. By visiting various attractions, students are going to learn more about the development, history and culture of Singapore. Also, the study tour can help them improve their English, self-management skills and team spirit. Mr. Yim Kin Wah, Mr. Wong Ka Ki and Miss Tse Ka Ying will be the leading teachers of the tour. Thanks to the teachers and parents for providing opportunity and support for the students to enjoy a wide range of learning experiences through activities.
Chinese New Year is coming. Parents can take this opportunity to encourage your children to develop a good habit of doing exercise. Taking your children to a picnic or some fitness activities not only can help you maintain physical and mental fitness, but also strengthen parent-child relationships. Moreover, have you ever taken this opportunity to teach your children how to spend money wisely? When you take your children to buy New Year supplies and new clothes, you can guide them to think whether the things are what they “need” or “want” so as to help them develop good spending habits. During the Chinese New Year, learning how to use the lucky money that they received is a good lesson for children. Parents can teach their children how to make good use of their money and help them develop a saving habit. The Bible says, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). When our “giving” is beneficial to others, the joy that we have is beyond words. Therefore, we can encourage our children to allocate part of their money for donation so that they can turn their blessings into actions and help those in need.
Our school fund raising walk-a-thon and ministries activities for the 100th Anniversary of The Church of Christ in China will be held on 24th February (Saturday). The funds raised will be used for the following purposes: (1) to promote the ministries activities for the 100th Anniversary of The Church of Christ in China and (2) to improve our school’s teaching facilities. We plan to set up a reading corner on the fourth floor and use the funds to purchase a large amount of books so as to help students develop good reading habits. Also, we plan to set up a science corner on the ground floor. By placing some science-based and experimental devices such as distorting mirrors, we hope to enable our students to explore and enjoy science in a creative environment. I do hope parents can support and participate in this school event to experience the joyfulness of participating in the walk-a-thon and reunion in God’s grace!
Kei Tsz Primary School was founded in 1968. Soon, our school will celebrate the Golden Jubilee – its 50th anniversary. I would like to thank sincerely every parent for your support so that our children can learn and grow happily. In order to welcome the coming of the Golden Jubilee, our school will organise a number of related activities and competitions. We hope that all teachers, students and parents will actively participate in the events and share the joy of the celebration. Finally, may I bless you all with the words of God: “It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end” (Deuteronomy 11:12). May God’s love and peace be with you always!
Chiu Kit Wa