“Have you achieved your goals yet?” This is a question I often ask students after the Easter holiday. They always answer me with their big smiles and bright eyes, and they can’t wait to share their plans and ideas with me. There are many different themes for students: sports, health, life skills, parent-child activities, self-care, etc. Students have set goals in different areas, and some of the big goals are even more interesting. For example, the goal of one of the children is to design clothes for her kittens and her parents have bought a sewing machine for her to learn how to sew the fabrics. Another child has set a goal to practice photography techniques and his parents posed as the models. Yet another child’s goal is to understand the structure of a motorcycle and the parents decided to build a three-dimensional motorcycle model with their child. Aren’t these sweet pictures of a family? It turns out that when we make room for children to set goals and manage their time, parents and children will realize that the process is more important than the results. Children can learn incredibly through experiences, regardless of the outcome. The more they experience, the more they can feel.According to a year-long study conducted by Harvard University, if children who love to do housework at home, they are employed at a ratio of 15:1 compared with children who dislike doing housework. The former’s income is 20% higher than the latter’s. At the same time, some experts point out that there is an inseparable relationship between doing housework and the development of children's motor skills, cognitive skills, and the development of a sense of responsibility. In addition, the Chinese Academy of Educational Sciences conducted a “Home Education Status Survey” for 20,000 parents and primary school students in China. It found that in those families where children are responsible for one or two items of housework, the percentage of the children achieving excellent results was 86.92%. As for those families that felt it is not necessary for children to do any housework, the percentage of the children achieving excellent results was 3.17%. With these results in mind, we should trust our children’s ability and give more opportunities to them – let them do it, do not do it for them. “When the adults take a step back, the children will move further.” This is the principle of raising children.The C.C.C. Joint-school Graduation Ceremony will be held on 8th May at the Queen Elisabeth Stadium in Wai Chai. Hailey Cheung Hei Lam from Class 6 Wisdom has won 3rd place in the Pamphlet Cover Design Competition of the joint school graduation ceremony. Her work was selected as the cover of an invitation card and the ceremony pamphlet. Let us send our congratulations to Hailey on this honor. In this year, our Visual Arts Subject has launched a creative project, “Art Cat”. Our students have shown high participation and great enthusiasm in this activity. Teachers display students’ work monthly in the covered playground. The students can exchange and share their creative ideas with others. Not only do they enhance their imagination and drawing skills, but also inspire their creative thinking through this project. To cultivate their interest in art, excellent pieces from previous months have been uploaded to the school website. Parents can access and appreciate their excellent work.The registration process for Outstanding Student Elections has been completed. The interview and voting process will be conducted in May. Please pay attention to the updates of the election. The purpose of the election is to encourage students who have demonstrated excellence in academics, services, conduct, and activities. Parents are encouraged to support and encourage their children to strive for better progress. “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 must respond to different learning abilities and interests of each child and let them enjoy the joy of learning. Regardless of the learning experience being difficult or easy, it is an important element to help them grow. Therefore, parents’ praises and rewards for their children are very essential because as long as we affirm children's efforts, we will be able to give them confidence and help them strive for their goals.
Mother's Day is coming. On this loving occasion, we can do some handicrafts, like making a card or some colourful paper flowers for our mums to show our greatest love and care. Our mums will be really delighted when they get our presents. Lastly, let me share a bible verse to you as an encouragement: “Children, always obey your parents, for this pleases the Lord” (Colossians 3:20)
May you be blessed with good health and may God’s grace always upon on you!
Chiu Kit Wa