The Lunar New Year is coming and I would like to extend my New Year greetings to all of you. I wish all teachers, students, parents, and staff of Kei Tsz Primary School good health and may God’s grace be with you all! During the epidemic prevention and control period, we can make good use of electronic media such as video calls and messages with images to send our warmest greetings and blessings to our relatives and friends. What is your New Year’s resolution? Have you set new goals for yourself? Have you planned for your future? As the saying goes, “A year’s plan lies in spring and a lifetime’s plan lies in diligence.” If you want to achieve the goals you set, apart from being diligent, persistence and perseverance are also very important.
The coronavirus variants are raging around the world. The Education Bureau announced that all kindergartens and primary schools in Hong Kong should suspend face-to-face classes and switch to online classes to reduce the risk of infection among students. During this period, we should take epidemic prevention measures, avoid unnecessary gatherings, fight the epidemic together and pay attention to the latest information from the Education Bureau. A happy and effective lesson depends on the cooperation of all parties. Students should work hard during online lessons. They should wear neat school uniforms, sit in front of the camera, and pay attention to each class. In addition, students should strike a balance between work and rest and cultivate good living habits to have a healthy body. They should be reminded not to indulge in playing video games but make good use of their spare time to revise and read more books
Recently, the worldwide popularity of a Korean drama has continuously crossed borders, reaching new heights. The drama attracts viewers with several classic childhood games and simple geometric patterns with some bloody and violent scenes and the theme of exploring distorted human nature. The drama has been classified as 16+ because it contains “adult content”. Parents should pay more attention to the content to prevent your children from extreme violence, gore, profanity and scary scenes. Children may experience psychological distress, emotional instability, and aggressive behaviour after they watch such scenes and imitate them. There are also a lot of related clothing, accessories, masks, and electronic games showing the influential impact of the drama. As parents and teachers, we need to be sensitive in our daily life, reminding children that they should choose carefully what they watch and avoid watching inappropriate content. Let us protect our children from the indecent content.
Parents’ Day has been held for the first term. Parents, do you often focus on grades or marks only? If students have prepared well before the assessment and did their best during the test, parents should encourage and affirm them instead of blaming them after the test. If students perform satisfactorily, do not simply praise them by saying “You are very smart!” or “You are such a genius!”. You may try to affirm their effort specifically and make suggestions to improve their learning effectiveness. Let your children know that their effort is valued and striving for their best is more important than achieving full marks. Moreover, parents should let their children understand that encountering setbacks during learning is common. Knowing how to reflect upon their setbacks and turn them into a motivator is vital. The most precious thing for students in their learning journey is to be “willing to learn and dare to try”. Every child wants to be valued and affirmed. Therefore, praise and encouragement can effectively foster students’ learning and motivate them to improve.
In the new year, let’s continue to share and encourage each other, stay healthy and pray for our family and friends. May God’s blessings and love be with us. Finally, I would like to encourage our students with a Bible scripture, hoping everyone will continue to make progress in the new year, “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” (Numbers 6:24-26) May everyone rely on God’s grace and receive His blessing. On behalf of all teachers and staff, I wish you all the best of luck and a happy new year! May God bless you!
Chiu Kit Wa