Principal’s Message – 1/6/2017

Good morning everyone,

Due to the tight schedule of school affairs and the fund-raising programme this year, I’m afraid that I can only find time to meet the SA representatives, instead of meeting students from different levels. If any one of you would like to make suggestions about school facilities and policies, you are welcome to send an e-mail to me at any time. My email address is principal@hkcwcc.edu.hk.

The second term assessment week test results have been displayed in the covered playground. On the whole, the test results of S2 and S4 were satisfactory while those of S1, S3 and S5 were not up to the standard. It showed that most of you were not working hard enough. Do try your very best to strive for better performance and aim at getting more credit results in the coming examination!

Recently I read two articles from the South China Morning Post and I’d like to share with you here.

The first article is about a former secondary school teacher Ms. Ada Tsang who reached the summit of Mount Everest on 21st May 2017. It’s a record of being the first Hong Kong woman to conquer the highest peak in the world. She had experienced a 7-year journey of hardships and training before she achieved success. Her former students recalled how she had inspired them to chase after their dreams, to achieve lifelong goals and not to give up so easily. I’d like you to learn from Ms. Tsang’s story – do work hard with perseverance once you set a goal.

Another article is about the downside of social media. It was published in the Young Post, with the headline, ‘Not everyone is enjoying the happy moments in Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat. For many users, these apps only bring stress and sadness.’ The reporter talked to Dr. Christian Chan, the psychology professor of the University of Hong Kong, to find out why social media can be a bad thing for many people. Dr. Chan said there are three main reasons for that.

First, social media is a window to the rest of the world. This window can cause ‘Fomo – the fear of missing out’. That’s the feeling of anxiety we get when something fun is happening and we are not there to enjoy it. This can add to our feelings of dissatisfaction. We tend to do passive browsing when we feel bored or a bit down. But seeing pictures or videos that suggest that other people are having a great time while we are feeling the exact opposite, can make us feel worse about our own lives.

The second reason is many people are drawn to make social comparisons and may have wrong perceptions.

One study concluded that students who used Facebook felt that other people’s lives were happier, and this made them think life was unfair.

The Professor said, “If there is a discrepancy between your ideal life and what you actually experience, it can lead to depression. If your life frequently does not measure up to your expectations, you may feel depressed!”

But often it’s a case of “the grass is always greener on the other side”, because the perceptions we have of other people simply aren’t true. People work to enhance and uphold an “image” of themselves online, putting a positive filter on everything they post.

The last reason is the constant quest for likes.

Platforms on social media have some form of a “like” button. This can create a breeding ground for judgment, as well as a hunger for approval and intense pressure to get as many likes as we can.

Do you obsessively check your likes for self-validation? It’s important to remember that likes don’t rule you, nor do they determine your self-worth. Positive feedback may boost your self-esteem, but it can also do the opposite.

The professor recommends that you try taking a break from social media, stop checking Facebook constantly, and start living a real life.

If you feel bored and unhappy, try to talk with your parents, teachers or a person you trust, instead of bingeing on the fabricated reality you see on your screen.

That’s what I’d like to share with you this morning.

Thank you.