踏入十二月，校舍已掛上各式各樣的聖誕裝飾。聖誕節是一個表達「愛」與「感恩」的節日，讓我們在享受節日歡樂的同時，也認識到聖誕節的真正意義。聖誕節是紀念耶穌基督的降生的日子：「神愛世人，甚至將祂的獨生子賜給他們，叫一切信祂的不至滅亡，反得永生。」（約3:16）。耶穌基督因為我們的罪而釘死在十字架上，親身擔當了我們的罪，祂帶給我們重生的盼望，拯救我們脱離罪惡，使我們可享受到神對我們的疼愛與悦納。願我們學習到如何去關心他人，不凡事計較，一同效法基督，攜手見證基督的大愛。本校將於十二月二十一日早上舉行聖誕節崇拜暨聯歡會，屆時同學們便可以一起領受救主降臨的大喜訊息。最後，以聖經的話語為大家送上祝福：「應當一無掛慮、只要凡事藉著禱吿、祈求、和感謝、將你們所要的吿訴 神。」(腓 4:6)
We thank Lord for giving us good weather on our school picnic day so we could enjoy the beauty of nature. The students were divided into three groups and I visited Lions Nature Education Centre with P.1 - P.2 students and their parents. Some students used some sticks and pebbles to write and make their own “time capsules”. They experienced nature and the greatness of God in the most innocent way. Students of other grades also behaved well and had a great time that day.
On the way back to school, a student gave me some jelly and I took this opportunity to conduct a small experiment –
I pretended that I didn’t know how to open the packaging and asked the students next to me for help. The students enthusiastically taught me how to tear open the package and squeeze the jelly out. In the conversation, I prompted them to use appropriate adjectives and related words to explain the procedures so as to enhance their speaking and problem-solving skills. With the students’ help, I finally ate the jelly successfully and they smiled joyfully. Being able to help the principal to solve a “big” problem was probably what made them satisfied. Sometimes, if we give our children less guidance and more space to think and act without our influence, we can empower them to explore and learn independently.
Our school has collaborated with the Hong Kong Christian Service Happy Teens Club in conducting the self-learning programme for two years and the second press conference was held on 28th November. Apart from the students and parents who were responsible for the sharing, eight young campus reporters also attended the event, which allowed them to gain a different learning experience. Our campus reporters needed to ask questions and take photos at the conference. Through this learning experience, they could see that while the press conference was still in progress, real-time news was already appearing 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. We hope 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 in helping our students develop self-management skills.
In recent years, Kei Tsz Primary School has used different modes of assessment, such as performance evaluation in Mathematics, Life-wide learning assessment, experiments in General Studies, etc. The purpose is to evaluate students’ learning outcomes through different forms of assessment. Meanwhile, our school has adopted the Assessment Quality-assurance Platform (AQP), which is an automated web-based system developed by the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority (HKEAA). AQP makes use of modern assessment technologies to analyze test items to adjust the learning and teaching accordingly and make ‘Assessment for Learning’ a real practice. This year, our school has been accredited with Quality Assessment Management Accreditation Scheme (QAMAS) certificate from the HKEAA, which recognizes our school with excellency in delivering high quality examinations and adopting good assessment practices. I would like to thank our teachers for their effort and their professionalism in teaching.
The 50th anniversary celebration of Kei Tsz Primary School will be held on 19th January, 2019 (Saturday) and the preparation of various panels is in full swing. Apart from pledging various school souvenirs and signing up for the ‘Poon Choi’ dinner, have you welcomed various celebration activities with a grateful heart? I would like to introduce two songs for the celebration here. The first one is called “Golden Jubilee Song”, which is the first prize of the parent-child songwriting competition. Another one is called “The Eternal Love of Kei Tsz”, which is the theme song of the 50th anniversary drama performance. Let us count on God’s grace and praise His love and power through the songs.
As December is coming, you may find that there are a variety of Christmas decorations hanging up in our school. Christmas is a festival celebrating love and gratitude. 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. We would like to follow Jesus as we witness His love for us. I hope that we can learn from Jesus Christ and learn how to care for others. In the morning on 21st 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: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done” (Philippians 4:6).
We hope that our children can grow joyfully in God’s love and truth.
Chiu Kit Wa