Principal’s Message – 25/1/2018

Good morning everyone,

The first term exam is over. I believe you should be able to find time to read some quality books and articles, participate in extra-curricular activities, external school competitions and community services. I’d like to recommend a movie ‘Wonder’ (奇蹟男孩) to you and your parents to watch. The film is based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER, which tells the incredibly inspiring and heartwarming story of August “Auggie” Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

Auggie has a rare medical facial deformity. Due to numerous surgeries, Auggie has been homeschooled by his mother, but as Auggie is approaching middle school age, his parents decide to enroll him in a mainstream school. Auggie meets both cruel bullies and good friends as he attends school for the first time.

The movie conveys clear positive messages of the importance of kindness, appreciation of what people are (rather than what they look like), a supportive family and true friendship, empathy and perseverance.

I highly recommend you see this film in your leisure time.

Next, I’d like to reiterate some important points about commitment mentioned by the Student Support Group in the last morning assembly. Commitment is important in our lives. Committing yourself to a task means that you are taking on responsibility and you will spend time on and put all your effort into it, so that you can do it well. Do you remember the three golden keys if you are committed to doing something? They are sacrifice, purpose and determination. I hope you can commit yourself to your learning as well as the posts held in your ECAs. You must manage your time well and avoid unnecessary things like browsing excessive electronic media, playing and chatting with mobile phones, and so on. Try to set a time limit for your tasks so that you will not idle away your time. Both quality and efficiency will be regarded as successful indicators in your work.

I’d like to share with you here a recent article “How to be a critical thinker” from Young Post. The author says anyone can think critically, at any time, and with any subject you come across. Here are some tips to get you started.

First, be curious. You have to know more about things around you. That might be the key motivator that gets you thinking more deeply about certain things. Curiosity will take you from, ‘oh, why is it like that?’ to ‘I want to find out more’.

Second, think things through. The point is thoroughness in thinking about an issue. Critical thinking isn’t about how fast you can process information, or how accurate it is, it is more about how much you have thought about an issue, and how many sides of the issue you have considered.

Third, keep strict standards. We should be very serious and treat pieces of evidence equally and fairly, no matter whether we agree or disagree. The entire argument and all of the evidence have to be consistent with each other. When we think critically, we have to accept the conclusion, even if that goes against what we originally believed.

Fourth, use common sense. Discernment, the ability to judge people and things well, is also useful. You can use your thinking and experience to tell the difference. Sometimes, the thing that seems odd about an argument doesn’t come from facts or knowledge, but rather plain, old-fashioned common sense.

Fifth, stay aware. Last but not least, it is observation; it is a combination of everything else on the above list.

So, I hope you can make use of the five tips to improve your critical thinking skills.

I’d like to announce two pieces of good news here.

First, 3B NG Kai Ling was awarded Certificate of Merit in Junior Section in the Hong Kong Island Outstanding Students Award Presentation Ceremony on 25th November, 2017.

Second, two of our students 6C LAU Lap Hei and 6A SZE Po Lung were selected as 2017-2018 Ten Eastern District Outstanding Youths. They will receive the awards in early March.

Congratulations! Thank you Mr. CHU for his guidance in these two events!

Lastly, I would like to promote a school event here. As you know, a stall will be put up at the lunar new year fair at Victoria Park by our BAFS and Econ students. Their stall no. is 63, near the Causeway MTR Exit E, and it will be open from 10th February to 15th February. Please do pay a visit to their stall and support them with your family.