The examinations are going to take place in June. I think many parents are busy helping their children with revision. Have you continually reminded your child to study hard for the exams? I believe that you all want your children to study hard so that they can choose a job which they love when they grow up and live a fruitful and happy life. But how can we let children to understand our kind attempts? I would like to recommend a book written by a famous Taiwanese writer, Lung Yingtai. The book is called Dear Andreas, which is a collection of letters and e-mails between the author and her son. The author writes, “Dear son, I remind you to study hard, not because I want you to compare with others, but I hope you will have the right to choose what you love. I hope you can choose to work meaningfully and have your own time, instead of being forced to make a living. When your job is meaningful to you, you will have a sense of achivement. When your job allows you to have your own time but does not deprive you from your life, you have dignity. A sense of achivement and diginity give you happiness.” Does this speech reflect what’s in your mind?
In the process of children's growth, parents accompany them and give them all their love so as to help them build their character, explore their potential and become unique individuals who are favoured by our Lord. However, children are someitmes, frustrated, especially when doing revision. They may lack confidence and perseverance. When they encounter difficulties, they may want to give up easily. How can parents help them? This question reminds me of a scene in a lately-released movie Dumbo, in which Dumbo only had the courage to fly when he was holding a magic feather. Eventaully, he found that courage came from belief and he could indeed fly up high even without the help of the feather. While Dumbo was learning to fly, the others gave him a lot of encouragement and support, which enabled him to take different challenges. Children need encouragment too. As long as parents follow the “Two More Two Less” principle - more encouragement and recognition but less blame and refusal, I believe that children can cultivate positive learning attitudes, build up their self-confidence and persue their dreams.
In addition to paying attention to students’ individual differences, our school also places great importance on cultivating students' moral character and whole-person development. We share moral stories in morning prayer, assembly, Life Education and Bible Studies lessons so as to help students build positive values. The outings and service learning activities also allow students to experience and broaden their horizons. Besides, we have organized fellowships and talks to ensure students can benefit. The significance of education is to ignite students' interest in learning, to let students love learning, and to have the ability to create a better future for themselves. We are convinced that every child is a gemstone, waiting to be polished and to shine.
Thanks to your support, the 24th Teacher Commendation Scheme has concluded. Miss Yip Ching Ching and Miss Martha Wong have received the highest number of votes and I would like to congratulate them for being voted as Outstanding Teachers. In addition, the interviews of the Outstanding Students Election will be conducted on 1st June (Saturday). The candidates can use this activity to help them improve. It is hoped that they will have good experiences during the election and continue to work hard and make further progress. Furthermore, our school is going to organize a wide variety of post-exam activities for students, including Reading Day, Maths Learning Day, excursions and other science activities so as to enrich students’ learning experiences, help them develop their interests and unleash their potentials. The Parents-Also-Appreciate-Teachers activity and cooking competition will be held on 21st June (Friday). The event allows teachers, parents and students to have a great time together.
Father’s Day is coming. How can we thank our fathers? Let’s make a card for them, give them a hug or have some activities together with them so that you can create some happy memories. I believe that no matter what you do, your father will feel your love and smile from the heart. As the Bible says, “Honour your father and mother. Then you will live long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you” (Exodus 20:12). When you thank your father, don’t forget to be grateful to our heavenly Father. We should follow Christ wholeheartedly whenever we are parents or daughters and sons.
Chiu Kit Wa