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:

  「2022到了,新年快樂!」又踏入新的一年了!同學們,你們有沒有為新一年訂下目標?例如培養良好生活習慣、用功讀書、孝順父母……要知道,訂下目標不是一件難事,最困難的是「實踐」和「持守」,當中最需要的是「毅力」和「堅持」。你有聽過「Grit」嗎?「Grit」在古英語中的原義是「沙礫」,即「沙堆中堅硬耐磨的顆粒」,其實,它亦可被譯為「堅毅」,意指「向著遠大的目標,堅持自己的信念,即使遇到失敗,依然能夠努力不懈地做下去」。簡單來説,當我們訂下目標後,就算遇到困境都不輕言放棄,要有決心和持之以恆地實踐目標,直到目標實現為止。

  美國賓夕法尼亞大學心理學教授Angela Duckworth一直致力研究性格與成功之間的關係,她對數以千計的高中生進行了調查,發現「堅毅」原來是最為可靠的、用以預示成功的指標。要知道「智商」是與生俱來的,而「堅毅」卻是可以培養的。如今的兒童生長於先進富足的社會中,相對過去的時代而言,他們於成長過程中會較少接觸到失敗。在步入社會以後,面對着充斥不同資訊的網絡時代、全球化的趨勢和各項競賽,孩子們由於缺乏成長時期的磨練,他們可能會不懂得如何面對失敗。因此,我們有必要從孩子的成長時期開始塑造他們「堅毅」的特質。

  本校所設計的「一生三體藝」專項課程,正與「Grit」的意義不謀而合。我們讓學生在體育、音樂及藝術三個範疇內選出有興趣的課程,並持久專注地學習所選定的專項直至小六畢業。這個安排背後的理念正是要鍛煉學生的毅力:無論是學好一種樂器抑或一種技能,都需要堅持和永不言棄才能成功。在每個專項的學習過程中,均需要克服障礙,培養發自內心的堅持、動力和自信。要知道「成果」並不是最重要,努力的「過程」才是重點;在反覆的練習和訓練中堅守信念是相當重要的,因為即便是滿有天份,亦需要透過不懈的訓練和努力,才能取得成就。現在由於半天上課,所以下午的專項訓練也只能暫緩進行,期待疫情快些受控,讓我們可以回復訓練,享受一起學習的樂趣。

  早前我獲新城電台邀請,連同一名基慈校友參與「未來梨想點」的訪問節目,分享校園點滴和成長經驗。在節目中不但分享了對夢想的追求、講述師長如何關顧和啟迪孩子培養正向和堅毅的態度,還分享了如何透過不同的校園活動和體驗來拓闊學生的眼界,啟發學生的各項能力;基慈校友也分享了自己的學習經歷及如何在受到啟發後在藝術領域開創一片天,詳情可參看節目片段。

  在十二月期間,我們進行了「幼小敬師活動」,感謝同學們的參與以及家長的支持。我們帶同學回到幼稚園母校,把同屬該幼稚園學生的合照製作成聖誕卡,附上聖誕祝福語和喜訊;同學也會向母校老師奉上親手製作的小手作,並且共同遊歷母校,回溯昔日在幼稚園留下的足跡,重温一幕幕寶貴的學習歷程,讓孩子們學會飲水思源,銘記母校的教導,培養一顆感恩的心。

  因應防疫措施的需要,本校家長日將分兩個時段進行,即一月二十一日的下午時段及一月二十二日的上午時段,以減低人流聚集,請家長及學生依編訂的時間準時出席,以減低人群聚集。六年級老師已於十二月中旬起為小六學生開展了陽光面談,讓家長對子女的學習情況有更深的了解,並討論子女升中選校及成長的需要,讓我們為孩子的成長共同努力,締造美好的將來!

  你們可曾在禱告中與神分享過困難或憂慮?我想在這裡跟大家分享一首旋律優美的詩歌   《使我作你和平之子》,這是一首改編自十三世紀聖徒聖法蘭西斯的禱吿詞。我們在禱吿中,往往會祈求父神照顧我們、幫助我們、安慰我們、成為我們的力量;但這首詩歌卻提醒我們:「哦,主啊!使我少為自己求,少求受安慰,但求安慰人」,我們在禱吿的時候,不再只為自己的事而祈求,反而是要「使我作你和平之子」,願大家都能效法主耶穌基督的仁愛和謙卑,成為那個可以照顧、幫助和安慰別人的人。

校長

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2022年1月3日

 

 

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Happy New Year! Students, have you set your resolutions for the new year? For example, cultivating healthy habits, studying hard and being obedient to your parents. Setting a new goal is not difficult. The most difficult part is to ‘take actions’ and ‘keep it up’ which requires ‘determination’ and ‘persistence’. Have you heard of the word ‘Grit’? It means 'dust' in Old English, which refers to ‘the hard and wear-resistant particles in the sand pile’. ‘Grit’ can also refer to ‘perseverance’, which means ‘when having an ambitious goal, persist with faith and keep striving to attain it in light of failure’. In other words, after we set our goals, we should not give up easily when encountering challenges but we should work hard consistently in accomplishing them with determination till reaching them.

Angela Duckworth, the Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, has devoted herself to studying the relationship between personality and success. She conducted a  research which involved thousands of high school students. It was found that ‘perseverance’ is the most reliable factor of predicting success. Intelligence quotient (IQ) is influenced heavily by genetic factors while ‘perseverance’ can be nurtured and cultivated. Nowadays, children are nourished in a well-developed society. Compared to the past, they are less exposed to challenges and failure as they grow up. When they start working, they will encounter various challenges in a rapid-changing world with massive information. Without sufficient training and practice, they may not know how to deal with failure. Therefore, we must cultivate the value of ‘perseverance’ in them since childhood.

Our school-based STARS programme echoes with the meaning of ‘Grit’. We enable students to choose their interested courses in three major areas - sports, music and art. Students will persist in learning their selected items until they graduate. The rationale of this programme is to build students’ persistence. Persistence and determination are the keys to success whenever students are learning a musical instrument or skill. Students need to overcome challenges, cultivate endurance, motivation and confidence in the programme. The outcome is not the most important, but the efforts and process are the most valued. Persisting with faith and repeated practice is equally vital. Even when students are talented, they need to apply themselves to countless practices until they succeed. Because of COVID-19, students have returned to school on a half-day basis. The STARS programme in the afternoon has been suspended. It is hoped that the pandemic will be over soon so that students can resume their training again.

I was invited by the Metro Broadcast to take part in a radio programme with an alumnus a month ago. We shared our school memories and personal experiences. In the radio programme, we shared how we have pursued our dreams and how our teachers care and inspire our students, as well as how they cultivate positive and persistent attitudes in them. We also talked about how students are exposed to a variety of learning experiences so as to broarden their horizons and unleash their potentials. Our alumnus shared her learning experiences in Kei Tsz and how they inspired her in the Art field. For further information, please watch the interview video.

In December, our school held a ‘Thank You, Teachers Campaign’ for kindergarten teachers who taught our students. Thanks for the students’ participation and your support. Our teachers brought students to visit their teachers in the kindergarten and gave them handmade Christmas cards and crafts. Our students revisited the campus and recalled their precious memories and happy learning experiences. Through the campaign, students learnt to be grateful.

Due to the preventive measures of COVID-19, Parents’ Day will be held in two sections. The first section will be held in the afternoon of 21st January and the second section will be in the morning of 22nd January. To reduce social contact, parents and students should attend on time. P.6 teachers have been meeting P.6 students and parents since mid December to get a thorough understanding of students’ learning needs, progress and selection of secondary schools. Let us work hard together for the growth of our students and help them create a bright future!

Have you attempted to share your worries or difficulties with the Lord in your prayers? I would like to share a hymn with a beautiful melody to you, ‘Make Me A Channel of Your Peace. It is adapted from the prayer of Saint Francis in the 13th century. When we pray, we usually wish the Lord to take care, help, comfort us and be our strength. However, the hymn reminds us, ‘Oh, Master grant that I may never seek. So much to be consoled as to console’. When we pray, we should not pray for our wishes, but also ‘make me a channel of your peace’. May everyone imitate the love and humility of God and become the one who can care for, help and comfort others.

Sincerely,

Chiu Kit Wa

Principal