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:

「你所訂立的『大目標』是什麼?」這是我這陣子見到學生時常問的問題。他們回答我時,總是嘴角泛起笑容,眼睛閃爍著光芒,像是在憧憬著什麼似的,然後與我分享他們的計劃和想法。其實,我單看見他們雀躍萬分的表述,認真思考的神情,我已感到非常滿足了。這些畫面令我想起在TED Talk演講人中排名第一的肯.羅賓森爵士的著作《讓天賦發光》(Creative Schools)中提及有關教育一環:他認為教育應該授權給學生,讓他們發展個人的興趣和長處,不同學生應配以不同的學習節奏,這不正是配合了「長假期無功課──自主學習計劃」的設計理念嗎?

本校於上年度已在一至三年級進行了「長假期無功課──自主學習計劃」,並於十一月九日舉行過記者發佈會,當天有很多報章媒體進行採訪,有關的報導內容可參看學校網頁。此計劃的目的是藉著這十多天的假期提供「空間」予孩子,讓學生擁有「自我學習決定權」,讓他們可以計劃自己的假期,自訂學習目標,提升自主學習的能力、並從中學習如何善用時間及享受閒暇,建立良好的生活習慣。由於學生能按自己的能力、興趣來訂立學習目標,所以能有較強的學習動機;而從學生家長的分享中所見,家長認為子女透過此計劃,能學會如何分配時間和訂立學習目標,子女更是比以前有責任心,不用父母提醒便會自動自覺温習及做功課,令彼此的親子關係較以前好。

功課必須具有意義,否則學生會提不起學習興趣和動機。「興趣」和「好奇」都是幫助孩子自發去汲取知識的原動力,所以讓我們把這個假期「還給」小孩,使假期變成「新」的學習空間,讓學生學會規劃及主導自己的時間。本年度本校會把計劃推展至一至六年級,香港基督教服務處樂Teen會的社工們會蒞校舉行教師、學生工作坊及家長講座,我們期望透過此計劃,讓學生運用假期來累積生活智慧、掌握生活技能、實踐時間管理、計劃做自己喜愛及有價值的事情,助他們培養出主動、負責、自律、有目標、有計劃的做事態度,體驗自主學習的樂趣和意義。家長則可把握假期的時間跟子女進行親子活動或玩樂,促進溝通和建立良好的親子關係。

為使家長更能瞭解本校課程特色、教學模式及子女的學習情況,本校將於四月十六日(一)為二、五年級舉行家長觀課,安排開放第一節課堂及進行課後討論,希望家長積極參與,以了解孩子的在學表現。另外,本校將於四月二十五日至二十七日期間,為六年級舉行教育營,透過康體及歷奇活動來提昇學生的社交技巧和培養團隊合作精神。五年級則將於四月二十六日至二十七日,到國內中山進行同根同心活動,了解當地的歷史發展、風俗習慣及其文化特色。在此先感謝各負責老師的付出及家長的支持,希望活動能讓學生有多元化的學習體驗。

聖經説:「教養孩童,使他走當行的道,就是到老也不偏離。」(箴22:6),作為父母和師長,要因應每個小孩子不同的學習能力和興趣,令他們享受到學習的樂趣。無論學習的經歷是苦抑或樂,都是促進他們成長的重要元素。因此,不要吝嗇對孩子們的具體讚許和獎勵,因為只要我們肯定孩子的付出,就定能給予他們信心,使他們勇往直前。教育不能單打獨鬥,家校的互動、交流和合作對孩子的學習尤為重要,所以本校老師將於復活假期間為三年級學生進行家訪,與家長交流心得,了解子女的成長需要。最後,送上聖經的話作為彼此間的勉勵:「少年人會疲累困乏,青年人難免失足絆倒,但仰望耶和華的人必重新得力。他們會像鷹一樣振翅高飛。他們奔跑並不困乏,行走也不疲累。」(賽40:30-31)

敬祝各位身體健康!主恩常偕!

校長

謹啟

 2018年4月3日

 

3th April, 2018

 

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

“What goal have you set?” This is a question I often asked students recently. They always answer with a smile and bright eyes, as if they were longing for something. Then they shared their plans and ideas with me. In fact, I have been very satisfied when I saw how excited and serious the students are. These scenes remind me of a book by Sir Ken Robinson, the champion speaker of TED Talk, Creative Schools. In the session about education, Sir Ken Robinson suggested that education should give students authority to develop their personal interests and strengths and different students should be able to learn at different paces. I believe this in line with the rationale of the Homework-free Holiday Self-directed Learning Scheme.

Our school has implemented the Homework-free Holiday Self-directed Learning Scheme in primary one to three last year. In a press conference held on 9th November, 2017, a news media conducted interviews and some news reports have been uploaded on our school website. The objective of this scheme is to provide students with space and authority over their own learning. By planning for their holiday and setting their learning goals, students’ self-learning abilities can be enhanced. Also, they can learn to manage their time wisely, enjoy their leisure time and build good living habits. As students can set their goals according to their abilities and interests, they will have stronger learning motivation. Some parents have shared that their children have learnt to manage time and set learning goals through joining the scheme. Also, their children have become more responsible and they would do their homework and do revision without reminders. As a result, parent-child relationships have been improved as well.

Homework must be meaningful, otherwise students’ learning interests and motivation will not be aroused. Interest and curiosity are the driving forces that help children learn spontaneously. So let us give students back their holiday, make the holiday a new learning space, and let them learn to plan and spend their own time. This year, we will launch this scheme in primary one to six. Social workers from the Hong Kong Christian Service Happy Teens Club has visited our school to conduct workshops and seminars with teachers, students and parents. We do hope that students can use their holiday to learn more, master life skills, practice time management and plan to do valuable things and things they enjoy. Moreover, we want to help students set goals and plans, and develop the attitudes of being proactive, responsible and self-disciplined so that they can experience the fun and significance of self-directed learning. Parents can also utilize the time to arrange some activities with their children so as to improve communication and establish good relationships through this scheme.

To enable parents to have a better understanding of the school curriculum and their children's learning, P.2 and P.5 lesson observations will be arranged in the first lesson on 16th April (Monday). There will be a discussion after the lessons. We hope that parents will participate actively in this activity to better understand their children's learning performance. In addition, there will be an education camp for P.6 students from 25th to 27th April to enhance students’ social skills and foster team spirit through the camp. Meanwhile, from 26th to 27th April, we will conduct a Mainland Exchange Programme in Zhongshan to learn about the local history, customs and culture. I would like to thank all the teachers involved for their efforts and all parents’ support. We hope that the activities will enable students to have a diversified learning experience.

The Bible says: “Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it” (Proverbs 22:6). As parents and teachers, we have a responsibility to let our children discover the joy of learning according to their different learning abilities and interests. Regardless of whether the learning experience is difficult or easy, it is a crucial element to help them grow. Therefore, don't hesitate to give your specific praises and rewards to your children for their hard work. Then we will be able to give them confidence and help them move forward. Nurturing and educating children does not rely on a single party. The collaboration and the communication between parents and school are very important for children's learning. Therefore, P.3 home visits will be carried out during the Easter holiday so that teachers can communicate more with parents and understand more about the students’ needs. In the end, let me share a Bible scripture as an encouragement: “Even youths will become weak and tired, and young men will fall in exhaustion. But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint" (Isaiah 40:30-31).

May you be blessed with good health and may God’s grace always upon on you!

Sincerely

Chiu Kit Wa

Principal