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:     

家長們,你們每天早上會跟子女較勁和嘮叨嗎?最近,我讀了一本書名叫《10 Things Every Parent Needs To Know》,作者賈斯汀·庫爾森寫道:「每天早上督促六個孩子吃早餐、做便當、準時出門上學,是很繁重的工作。幸運的是,這不是我太太或是我的工作。這是孩子們自己的工作,而我們只是從旁指導。」書中提到庫爾森和太太有六個女兒,他們嘗試過不同方法來管理每天的早晨:吼叫、集貼紙換禮物……但全部都不管用,最後他們終於找到一套真正有用的方式──跟孩子一起做了「早晨事項清單」和創造了一份早餐菜單及午餐菜單,由孩子點餐,但爸爸媽媽不是廚師,孩子們要自己服務自己:自己點餐,自己做早餐,以此教導孩子基本的生活技能,用了這個方法後,他們的親子關係有了很大的改善,孩子們每天都帶着笑臉上學,你們知道箇中的奧妙嗎?

根據美國心理學教授愛德華·德希和理查德·萊恩的主張:「孩子必須要有自治權,才會快樂地和自動自覺地做每一件事情」,意指孩子需要有一種「我能做決定」的感覺。本校於五月下旬參與了「長假期無功課──自主學習計劃」的研討會,分享了有關計劃的成效,當中提到「自決理論」中的「自主能力」、「效能提升」和「情感連繫」都是助子女「正向成長」的關鍵;學校在為子女騰出空間的同時,他們可以在這些自由的空間中養成不同的學習或生活習慣,在自行規劃時間和活動的前題下培養怡然有序的生活習慣,體驗自主學習的樂趣,這不正正印證了「自由選擇」的果效嗎?而計劃亦反映出家校合作的重要性:當學校騰出空間讓孩子在家中自主實現所訂立之目標時,家長在當中見證子女的成長和學習效能,這些都是建基於家校之間的相互信賴及配合,才能展現出的美麗成果。

下學期考試將於六月六日至十一日進行,家長們想必也會為子女的學習而忙碌及操心,然而,在過程中,你們有否不知不覺將緊張的情緒加諸到子女身上?家長們應多用關懷及鼓勵的方式去指引子女,並多用讚美的説話幫子女建立自信,正如聖經所言:「只要​照​耶和華​的​意思​管教​他們​​,糾正​他們​的​思想​​,把​他們​撫養​成人​​。」(以弗所書​6:4)我相信只要我們從心出發,用愛作引導,子女定能明白父母、師長的用心,培養出積極正面的學習態度。此外,你們有聽過「二十一天效應」嗎?根據心理學的説法:如果要養成一個行為習慣,需要連續進行該行為達二十一天,我們何不鼓勵子女從今天起應用「二十一天效應」,建立良好的學習及生活習慣?

第二十三屆表揚教師計劃投票經已完成,本校得票率最高的教師分別是宗志深副校長及  羅錦輝副校長,在此恭賀兩位教師成功當選。本年度傑出學生選舉也已經有結果,當選學生分別為一愛班楊珀熙、二信班陳皓、三智班姚文卓、四愛班黃子桐、五望班陳皓峰及六信班郭加悦。在此恭賀獲選同學,亦感謝各位同學的積極參與,相信同學們在過程中能鍛煉自己和汲取了不同的經驗,冀盼同學們能繼續努力,更進一步。另外,本校將於六月二十二日(五)舉行「家長也敬師」活動及親子烹飪比賽,讓一眾家長及師生聚首一堂,歡聚時光。

父親節快到了,你們想到了用甚麼方法向父親致敬了嗎?不如動手做一張手工卡送給父親吧!你也可以擁抱一下父親,或者跟父親進行一些親子活動,創造美好的回憶。我相信無論是哪一種形式,父親都能領會你的心意,展現窩心的笑容。在感謝父親時,不要忘記感謝我們的天父,正如聖經所言:「父親怎樣憐恤他的兒女、耶和華也怎樣憐恤敬畏他的人。」(詩篇103:13)無論是當父親的,還是做兒女的,我們都應該全心全意,效法基督,攜手見證基督大愛。

校長          

謹啟

2018年6月5日

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Do you nag at your child every morning? Recently, I have read a book called 10 Things Every Parent Needs To Know in which the author, Justin Coulson, writes, “Getting breakfast ready and packing lunches for our six kids in time to get them all out the door to school in the morning sounds like a lot of hard work. Luckily, my wife, Kylie, and I don’t do it. The children do most of it while we guide and help where required.” The book mentions that Coulson and his wife have six daughters and they have tried different ways to make mornings more manageable, such as yelling and reward charts. However, none of the methods work. Finally, they found a truly useful way – to make a morning checklist for each child and to let children create their own breakfast menu and lunch menu the night before. Dad and Mum are not the cooks. The children need to serve themselves, from creating the menu to making breakfast. The aim of such method is to teach children life skills and Coulson found that the parent-child relationship had been greatly improved after using this method. The children would go to school with a smiling face every day. Do you know what the secrets are?

According to University of Rochester psychology professors Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, kids need autonomy to be motivated and happy. It means that children need to have a feeling that they can make their decisions. In late May, our school participated in the Homework-free Holiday Self-directed Learning Scheme seminar and shared the effectiveness of the scheme. Autonomy, competence, and relatedness in the Self-Determination Theory are the keys to facilitate children’s positive growth. While our school makes room for students, they cultivate different learning and living habits, plan their own time and activities and experience the joy of self-directed learning. Doesn’t this confirm the effectiveness of “free choices”? Also, the scheme reflects the importance of home-school cooperation – when the school makes room for students to set and achieve their goals at home, parents can witness their growth and learning effectiveness. These desired results require mutual trust and cooperation between school and home.

As the examinations are going to take place from 6th June to 11th June, I believe many parents are busy helping their children with revision. Will you be anxious and say something that makes your child stressed? Parents should be caring and encourage children with praise to help them build their confidence and enhance their abilities. Just like what the Bible says, “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6: 4). I believe that as long as we guide children with love, they can understand the good intentions of parents and teachers, and cultivate positive learning attitudes. Besides, have you heard of the Twenty-one Day Habit Formation Theory? According to some psychologists, it takes twenty-one days for people to form a new habit. Why don’t we encourage our children to use the theory to develop good learning and living habits?

The 23rd Teacher Commendation Scheme has concluded. Mr Chung Chi Sum, Samuel and Mr Lo Kam Fai, Amos have received the highest number of votes and I would like to congratulate them for being voted as Outstanding Teachers. In addition, the results of the Outstanding Students Awards are as follows: Yeung Pak Hei from 1 Love, Chan Ho from 2 Faith, Yiu Man Cheuk from 3 Wisdom, Wong Tsz Tung from 4 Love, Chan Ho Fung from 5 Hope and Kwok Ka Yuet from 6 Faith. We congratulate the elected students and would also like to thank the fellow students for their active participation. I believe that the students have had good experiences during the election and I hope that they can continue to work hard and make further progress. The Parents-Also-Appreciate-Teachers activity and cooking competition will be held on 22nd June (Friday). The event allows teachers, parents and students to have a great time together.

Father’s Day is coming soon. How can we thank our fathers? Let’s make a card for them or you can give them a hug or have some activities together so that you can create some happy memories. I believe that no matter which way you choose, your father will feel your love and smile from the heart. When you thank your father, don’t forget to be grateful to our heavenly Father. As the Bible says, “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13). We should follow Christ wholeheartedly whenever we are parents or daughters and sons.

Chiu Kit Wa

Principal