Our school’s three-year development plan focuses on “establishing a positive campus”. By introducing the father of Positive Psychology, Dr. Martini Seligman's "Character Strength" to our students, we want to help them recognize and explore their own character strengths. As a result, their confidence and positive emotions can be enhanced. The first theme of this school year is “appreciation of beauty”. Through different sharing, students learn to appreciate the beauty of different things, and more importantly they learn to discover and admire the wonderful things around them.
Students, do you remember my sharing in the school hall? There is a P.6 student who goes to school by bus. Every time before he gets off the bus, he thanks the drivers politely in a clear and bright voice. Sometimes, the drivers replied “You’re welcome” but he couldn’t get any response sometimes. Nevertheless, he insists on saying thanks. When I saw this, I felt warm in my heart. A few words of gratitude can be powerful and it can bring people closer together and warm each other’s hearts. Just like the Bible says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in baskets of silver” (Proverbs 25:11). In real life, we may be easily influenced by negative emotions and say something which harms the mutual trust and relationship between each other. Let us express our appreciation for the people and things around us more often, and establish better interpersonal relationships through positive, appreciative and courteous attitudes.
School has been in session for two months and I believe that students have got used to school life and are engaging themselves in different learning activities. Now it is time to study and enjoy different activities. Our school has provided students with many opportunities to actively participate in a lot of activities. Students can join different activities and competitions and they can become class representatives, take up different duties in class or be school prefects. As a result, students can develop their strengths, cultivate their interests and confidence, as well as strengthen their sense of belonging.
In addition, students were able to join different events on Sports Day, including the track and field events and cheerleading. Through participating in different activities, our students can experience the sportsmanship and understand that winners are not only the athletes who win prizes, but also the participants who have tried their best. In the process, students learn to accept challenges, understand the importance of perseverance and doing their best, and establish positive attitudes towards life. P.1 to P.5 tests and P.6 exams are going to be held from 7th to 12th November. I hope that every student will hold the "persistence" and "doing the best" belief and show their strengths.
Finally, I would like to thank you so much for all your support to the school. Whether through Parents and Teachers Joining Hands gatherings, P.6 parents’ night, sports day or other activities, parents participate well and fully support us, which strongly shows the spirit and the effectiveness of parent-school cooperation. At the same time, we also want to show our gratitude and thank all the PTA committee members and parent volunteers who help and support the school activities, which give us strong resources to enable the school activities to be carried out smoothly. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). Let’s work together for our children! May our children be teachable, love knowledge and also grow in the love of the Lord.
Chiu Kit Wa