07/2017
 

Speech from Consultant Principal at the Closing Ceremony on 14 July 2017                                  

Good afternoon, Parents, Teachers and Students,
Today I would like to share the history of PLK Ngan Po Ling College which is indeed a story of ‘dare to dream’ and the realization of ‘I can do it’ spirit.  PLK Ngan Po Ling College was born in 2003, in the year of SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) when all Hong Kong people were having difficult time. I remember we conducted all interviews with teachers and F.1 students with face masks.

In the year of 2003, we were one of the senior secondary schools helping The Hong Kong SAR Government to resolve the problem of insufficient senior school places. We took in Form 4 students who could not be promoted to F.4 in their original schools. They belonged to “The bottom ten” from CMI schools with very low academic standard and learning motivation. Their average marks were around 30. When I walked around the school, it was a common scene to see students sleep in lessons.  The extreme cases were students combing their hair or playing with toys on the ground or chess at the back of the classrooms. 

At the same time, we were lucky to be allowed to take in F.1 students, which we felt was the future of the school. We made policies to operate Junior Forms completely in EMI and took in 10% non-Chinese students to cultivate good English Language environment. The ‘One School, Two Systems’ policy was introduced in Ngan Po Ling College in our initial years with senior secondary in CMI while junior secondary in EMI. Just after two years, we were bold enough to operate F.6 and F.7 with intakes among surplus students from EMI schools after their HKCE examination.

Students in these three sections had different uniforms, different school hours, assembly time, ECA classes and even Sports Days.

Despite the complications in operation, we had our vision to pursue. We have been truthfully implementing whole person education. First, to groom students to form solid academic foundation for further studies. Second, to help students command good language proficiency. Third, to bring out students’ potential via very diversified ECA with professional coaches. Fourth, to form good conduct, virtues and sense of morality among our students.  

It has been a blessing to our school and our students. Our dedicated teachers never give up students from our initial years until the very present moment.  We have been helping students get value added in different perspectives.

Students in our initial cohorts who could not be promoted in their own school cried in tears in their graduation ceremony as they were not given up by teachers and they found their value and future in Ngan Po Ling College.

We have very good teacher-student relationship and strong sense of belonging among our students.  During our Open Day, we are happy to see large batch of students bringing back their university academic gowns to take photos with teachers and students on the school campus.

We have set our priority in striving very hard to help our students get good academic achievements for a better future. Up to now, more than 90% of our graduates get into local and overseas universities with their HKDSE results.

Throughout all these fourteen years, Ngan Po Ling College has made very impressive achievements.   We are well recognized by parents, professional external reviewers of the Education Bureau and members in the education circle.

Our new born baby, the IB World School (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme) also fares very impressively. Just a week ago we were overwhelmed to learn that our vision has again turned into reality that 100% of our 1st cohort graduates got good IBDP exam scores to enter local and world renowned universities.

On the other hand, we can proudly tell the public that we groom all rounders and whole persons. We won in diversified external competitions in music, sports and arts. We have the best handbell and handchimes teams in Hong Kong, we have reaped nine Championships in Po Leung Kuk Affiliated Secondary Schools Joint-school Swimming Gala. 

Our Underwater Robotic Team represented Hong Kong twice to compete in international finals in the U.S.A.

Our Chemistry Research Teams have been well recognized and made presentations worldwide such as in Honolulu, U.S.A., New Zealand and Shanghai.

In recent years, our World Scholars have won Hong Kong rounds, entered the Asian competitions and were shortlisted for the world tournaments at Yale University.

Ngan Po Ling College Debate Teams have been finalists to compete with very famous EMI schools in Hong Kong.

Our eloquent representatives made presentations in Model United Nations in Taiwan, ASEAN Summit in Singapore and Forums in different corners of the world.

Our English Musical Team and Choral Speaking Teams etc. are all laureates in different dimensions.

All these go beyond my initial vision when I took up the helm of Ngan Po Ling College.

These fourteen years have been the most wonderful, exciting and rewarding years in my 41-year career in the education circle.

Thanks have to be given to parents for all your support all through these years. Deep gratitude is also given to our School Supervisor Madam Ngan Po Ling for her care and love to our school. My immense appreciation must be given to my wonderful team of teachers and colleagues for their professional guidance to students, their hard work and dedication. They are the most important school resources. Without them, we cannot make miracles in such school history.

I wish Ngan Po Ling College further achievements, further summits and breakthrough in the years to come.  I wish all members of Ngan Po Ling College happy and harmonious school life, good health and a very happy summer vacation.

Dr. Hong Lo Chi Chun
Consultant Principal
July , 2017



06/2017
 

On 1st June, when our students were having their revision holiday, more than 80 teachers and supporting staff of PLK Ngan Po Ling College conducted a staff development programme at Shenzhen Senior High School, which is one of the four prestigious secondary schools in Shenzhen.  It was indeed eye-opening for us all and we got to know the strength and determination of our motherland in grooming quality human resources to meet the demand of her speedy economic and social development.

Upon entering the school, we were stunned by the university-like campus.  The school has a floor area of 70,000 square metres, ten times of Ngan Po Ling College, embellished with contemporary designs, accommodating a 400-m race track, an indoor sports centre, blocks of special rooms, dancing rooms, orchestra and choir practice rooms.  The science laboratory block was equipped with a renewable energy laboratory, a 3D printing room, an environmental engineering laboratory, an unmanned aerial vehicle laboratory, a lighting and LED laboratory and a lot more.

All 2,000 students they take in belong to the top 2% in Shenzhen and they are all scholarship receivers and need not pay school fees.  With the 0.5 billion annual subvention from the Government, the school can afford to recruit quality teachers and trainers, send teachers overseas for master programmes, invite university professors to provide advanced training to students.

Among the 2,000 students, 200 are in the international section taking AP or IB programmes.  All get multiple offers from world class renowned universities.  The majority of them have made pledges to come back to China to grasp all those career opportunities in times of speedy economic development.  Other students in the mainstream are mostly entrants to key universities on the mainland. 

What impressed our teachers most was the students’ conscientiousness in lesson preparation, attentiveness in lessons and their sophisticated responses given to teachers.  Their calibre and active learning attitude foretell they will be excellent students in universities and quality future leaders of the country.

The school has only 20 years’ history.  Yet, their speed in development, their determination and momentum in bringing students to see the world and to meet future challenges and accomplishing the mission to provide quality human resources were indeed stunningly impressive to all visitors.

With the commencement of Belt and Road Initiatives, China will further develop in an unprecedented pace, economically and politically.

Parallel to their vision, policies are seen to be very forward moving and ambitious.  The human resources are equipped with 21st century knowledge, skills, mentality, value judgement, aesthetics and cultural quality.  Hong Kong young people need to work very hard to sharpen their edges to embrace the vigorous competition in the coming decades.

Dr. Hong Lo Chi Chun
Consultant Principal
June , 2017



05/ 2017
 

Recently, a case of organ donation grabbed headlines of the local media.

Ms. Cheng, an ordinary local young adult donated two-third of her liver to Ms. Tang, again, an ordinary middle-aged lady who suffered from organ failure. However, Cheng’s donation did not lead to Ms. Tang’s instant recovery. Seven days later, Ms. Tang needed a second liver transplant, this time from a deceased donor and now she finally shows signs of recovery.

When being asked whether the first organ transplant was a failure, Ms. Cheng said that her liver extended Ms. Tang’s life for seven days, allowing the patient to wait for another donation, so it was never a failure. It is indeed very true that even though the liver donated the first time by Ms. Cheng could not function well in Ms. Tang’s body, the patient’s life has been extended and then came the second chance of survival.

Students, the impact of this act of kindness and selflessness on us and on the society should never be overlooked. We are not talking about donating your red packets to charities, but about giving part of your important organ to a stranger, someone you have never met. To me, Ms. Cheng’s sacrifice deserves my greatest respect. The psychological struggle inside her upon making such a difficult decision is beyond our imagination. When crowning the donor with thankfulness and appreciation, there is a need for us to reflect or redefine what charity is all about. As the old saying goes, ‘Charity Begins at Home’. Our little good deeds to others will lead to huge impact on our society. Simple acts such as giving seats to the needy on the bus and keeping the lift door open for the elderly seem trivial but if everyone in our society has a giving heart, Hong Kong will become a city of hope, a city of kindness and a city of generosity.

Not only did Ms. Cheng give Ms. Tang a second life, she successfully aroused deep sympathy among Hong Kong people, reminding us of the importance of organ donation in our society and giving the government room for reviewing and amending the current policy concerning organ donation. Our government will soon launch a public consultation on whether to grant discretion in allowing people aged under eighteen to be living donors. I believe it’s a good start, benefitting more and more people in the future.

Students, please do not underestimate the power you have and the impact you can create with your simple good deeds. While donating an organ is something glamorous, your smile may have already changed one’s life, giving people a ray of hope.

Let’s join hands and make our city a better place for everyone!

Ms. CHIU Lai Nga, Kathy
Acting Vice Principal
May, 2017



02/ 2017
 

At the beginning of the second term and the new Year of Rooster, I would like to wish you all a good start. Rooster, among the twelve zodiac years of the lunar calendar, is the only bird among the twelve animals. Rooster is interpreted differently because of its characters. I would like to share its 3 characters starting with the letter P.
Punctuality is a common one. In the early morning, a rooster crows with spirit to break the dawn. It crows every day at the moment before dawn regardless weather conditions. In ancient times without an alarm clock, roosters served as good way to wake people up punctually. Therefore, roosters are regarded reliable and a more trusted animal. Punctuality earns trustworthiness. If you could submit your homework on time more often, I am sure your teacher will put more trust in you.
The second and third P: Persistence and Perseverance. A rooster, by its habit, crows every day, regardless of weather conditions, whether it is cold or warm.  It is important to persist with a task that is small yet important. For example, if someone wants to join a marathon, continuous regular training is a must to keep the body under good condition for a long run. At the same time, if a runner does not run for longer distance or take more demanding training, he/ she would only stay at certain level without better performance.
Many of you should have known Jack Ma, Ma Yun, founder of the largest China-based company Alibaba. When I visited the headquarter of Alibaba in Hangzhou last December, I did not have a chance to meet him. Yet, I was really impressed by some of his history. I was impressed not only by the concept and operation of the company in connecting the world via the Internet, but also what Jack Ma has experienced in his young age and the early years of his business.
He failed his entrance exam at junior secondary school and university. He scored 1 out of 120 in Mathematics. He repeated taking the exam. At his third attempt, he scored 79. He applied for different faculties, yet no offer was given according to his choice. At the end, he was admitted to the faculty of English Language because there were not sufficient applicants for this faculty.
When he was ready to start working, he sent out more than 30 applications. Yet, he got no reply from any companies. He applied for a post of policeman with 3 other applicants who were employed, but he was rejected for the reason of "not good enough". He also applied for a post in KFC, the fried chicken fast food restaurant chain. Out of the 24 applicants, 23 were accepted but he was the only one being rejected, because he was not good-looking and was too short. He then sharpened his English language by offering free tour to foreign travelers and finally got a job offer in teaching English language. This is just part of his story. What are the qualities of Jack Ma which have helped him succeed?
Punctuality, Persistence and Perseverance. The three Ps from the Year of Rooster -
To be punctual, you gain trust from others.
To persist, keep on doing and practicing to make a better you.
To persevere, never give up when you can't succeed at the first time.
In the beginning of the 2nd term, I hope all of you will reflect and set good new targets. No matter which position you are in now, in your study or ECA; whether you have achieved your goals or not, do not give up. Find ways to be a better you.
I would like to share a quote from Jack Ma. Persist, there will be opportunity.  Giving up is the biggest failure.

Mr. Kwok Kim Fai
Acting Principal
February, 2017



01/2017
 

It is indeed the honour of Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College to co-organize with Hong Kong Chess Federation to launch the Caissa Hong Kong National Junior 2017. I am very happy to see such large batch of enthusiastic chess players, striving for their best with perseverance in chess game in time of i-gadget generation, when many young people are indulging in playing iGames.

Since my childhood, I have been engaging in chess games. I enjoyed the time playing Chinese chess with my father during his precious leisure time amid his very long-hour work as an aircraft engineer. Whether I lost or I won, I enjoyed the process, which was memorable moment in my fond memory.

Now, with my husband, playing Chinese chess and weiqi which we have learned in recent years has become our well-loved activities during weekends or the time when we are on holiday, not being in a big group.

Chess playing with my father and my husband has given me some insight. The quiet interaction with each other can miraculously enhance relationship, for during the process of chess playing, you are not just thinking about your own steps, and how you are going to move. What you need to do is to anticipate how your counterpart intends to do and how you need to react. Besides, you need to look at things holistically, not just focus on one spot or one point but looking at the whole scenario.

In addition, good chess players must be very calm, composed, patient, persevering, self-controlled and have good concentration. Most importantly, chess players know how to face adversity. In face of failure and losing games, you still need to be persistent and self-motivated to continue to strive. Even if you fail in the end, you have to fail gracefully. All these are good elements of emotional intelligence, which Daniel Goleman, father of EQ, believes are factors that contribute to life success. More and more people believe that IQ can contribute only 20% to life success, and the rest 80% comprise various kinds of emotional competencies and interpersonal skills like I have just mentioned.

With these elements in character, you can have healthy body, physical well-being, better state of mind, better emotional situation, more prone to have good academic results, successful career and happy life. Thus, keeping up such wonderful chess playing activity can polish up your skills and at the same time make you grow healthy mentally and emotionally. These must be doing you life-long good.

Finally, I must convey my appreciation to participants and contestants for your wonderful performance. My congratulations to the winners and wish you further accomplishments to bring pride to yourself, your family, to your school and to Hong Kong. My salute also goes to the organizing parties for launching such meaningful activities to young people. I wish everybody good health and a very happy year of the rooster.

Dr. Hong Lo Chi Chun
Consultant Principal
January , 2017



12/ 2016
 

We make mistakes. It happens.
You may fail to submit assignment on time because you leave your workbook in your locker. We fail in quizzes, tests and examination because we are not prepared or the papers are too difficult. When we fail to meet those requirements in studies, we feel bad.

I had a chat with a student about his family. I asked, “What is the first conversation between you and your parents when you return home?” --- “Did you finish your homework?”
What is the second conversation?--- “Did you pass the test today?”
His further remark made me feel very upset. “My parents love and care about my grades more than they love me.”
Do you share similar experience? I hope not.

Failure is part of our life. It is reality and unavoidable. It is a path for us to grow and become better. Nobody is perfect and making mistakes is the process to success.

To take failure as a lesson to learn, I learn from a book that there are three elements:
1:Keep trying. When you learn from failure you learn not to give up!  
2: Not to compare with other people. If you learn not to compare you can learn how to be happy with who you are.
3: Forgive yourself if you fail.

Keep Trying: If you fail at something, don’t be too scared to try again, and try harder. Practise for more times or change your ways to do it. I learn many examples of brave students whose names never appear in the result ranking list outside General Office. Wing, a girl in my Biology class, had always failed in quizzes and tests. She told me that she could not understand the concepts in Biology even many explanations from different perspectives were given. She always took retests/re-quizzes. In the end she got two to three times quiz materials more than others. She did not give up. She was very good at drawing. She requested that if she passed the examination, she could apply for a self-study place for Visual Arts public examination. She worked very hard to her best. She finally passed and was able to take an extra public examination in Visual Arts. She passed with good grade. Now several years later, she is moving on to a Master’s Degree programme in fashion design, step by step. I feel so proud of her not because she is studying in higher programme but her spirit which encourages us so much. Her story truly coincided with Winston Churchill’s quote “Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”

Diligence and persistence towards your goal is always a good guide when your fail.
I have been working with the afterschool homework and study class in recent years. In the class, I also met many brave young masters who showed me courage to accept failure and take the challenge to fight patiently. They would come to the class on time, focus on the homework and then finish some extra exercise. I see that they make progress quietly and smoothly. I see their humble hearts in not avoiding mistakes and paving their way for better performance.

How not to compare with other people? I appreciate the effort made by students who have achieved high grade with their names appear in the ranking chart. However, I would also not compare their performance with those who are in the homework class. I hope each of you would also not compare your performance with other students. Instead, learn from other the ways others achieve their goals. Look into your own result and set new goal for improvement. Compare YOUR performance between YESTERDAY and TODAY, not with other students’ performance. Set small achievable targets for yourself. That is to make yourself learn more than yesterday, then you would be happy to make another progress.   

Learn to Forgive YOURSELF: When you fail or feel like a failure, you need to learn how to forgive yourself themselves. Some students find wrong ways to tackle failure by not forgiving themselves, but to some extremes by cutting themselves, some by making wrong decisions to take drugs to avoid, and some may even turn to threaten their life. If we fail, we need to admit that it is just a part of life and forgive ourselves, give ourselves another chance and get ready for changes. If your parents again asked the question “Did you pass the test today?”, I am sure that they are more concerned about how you handle the ups and downs in school. If I were your parent, I would be more than happy to hear from you saying boldly “I will try harder next time.” 

Nobel Peace Prize Winner and South Africa Human Right Leader Nelson Mandela had a quote: “After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.”

Performance in studies is just part of our training in confronting failure. When you lose, review your work, try another time or find new ways. Most important of all, academic study is just only one of many challenges among your path of growth. Don’t forget that you can swim, run, dance, sing, draw or speak very well.

Trust yourself, let failure come into our life. When it comes, keep trying. Do not compare with others, and forgive yourself.

Mr. Kwok Kim Fai
Acting Principal
December, 2016



12/ 2016
 

I would like to share with you all two pieces of news that I read in December. Both are very relevant to you, as students and to me, as a teacher.

The first one is about the elevating results of Hong Kong students in international Mathematics and Science assessment. Around 600,000 Primary Four and Secondary Two students from 57 countries took part in it. Hong Kong students moved up to the second place in Primary Mathematics and in science, our result jumped to the fifth place from the ninth. For Secondary Two students, their results in Mathematics remained unchanged while in Science, we edged up to the sixth place from the eighth place.

However, behind the happy and satisfying news that I have just shared, what is shocking and saddening is Hong Kong students, amid the pleasing results, are found less passionate and less confident in learning both Science and Mathematics. According to the same study, only 25% of our kids are confident and passionate about learning these two subjects, compared with an international average of 40%

Honestly, the elevating academic results and the contrasting figures of how much students love these two subjects are illogical, at least to me. How can you not like something but end up doing it so well? It just violates my logic. You can ask teachers around you. You can ask Mr. Chan, our Physics expert, whether or not he likes Physics; or ask our Mathematics genius Mr. Ma if he loves Mathematics; or Mr. Tsang if he is in love with Economics. When I am in confusion, searching for an answer and hoping to find out a convincing explanation, I’m lucky enough to have read another article which seems to clear my doubts.

It is an article written by the Dean of Science of the University of Hong Kong and published in SCMP. He acknowledged and recognized the academic achievements of Hong Kong students but at the same time pinpointed the weaknesses of students or to be more exact, loopholes of our education system. We see learning as something unrelated to the real world. We fail to relate subjects we are learning to nature, to our environment and to our everyday lives. We care about marks but we do not care about the purpose of learning; we care about results but we do not care about things happening around us. If we are in this state of mind, I dearly hope that we can altogether reflect upon what we are doing, for two reasons. One, everyone is born curious. Look at the five or six-year-olds; they are observant and ask lots of questions about nearly everything around them. When my daughter sees my tummy get bigger and bigger these days, she once asked me why and I told her that it’s because the baby inside is growing. Then she further asked me, ‘Mommy, really? I don’t see her mouth. Does she eat and how can she eat?’ As a mother, I always tell my daughter that if she wants to grow taller, she has to eat more. From this, we can see kids have the ability to get further quest and query based on prior knowledge and information because they are curious.

Students, where has your curiosity gone?

The second reason for reflection is that yes, being result-oriented is nothing wrong and in a sense it can be a very good motivation to strive for academic excellence, but have you realized that learning or studying without making connection to the real world can never lead you to this end goal? In your words, academic excellence means a 5**, but to get a 5**, you should go beyond memorizing textbook content and theories or concepts and drilling on past papers; instead, you should be able to demonstrate your ability to think, to analyze, to create, to come up with solutions to real world problems, to apply knowledge to totally new situations and to see how different subjects are intertwined and relevant to each other. And, all these depend on how passionate you are in learning.

Students, let’s rekindle the fire of curiosity and passion in learning together!

Ms. CHIU Lai Nga, Kathy
Acting Vice Principal
December, 2016



11/2016
 

Recently, I have read an article, sharing the ways to become happy teenagers. Teenage years are said to be challenging. Some psychologists describe the period as a stage of storm, with hormones raging, with desires for independence and identity. It is also a developmental stage for ego forming, longing for a good self, recognition and self-fulfilling accomplishments. It is also undoubtedly a time of stress for teenagers who need to cope with multi-expectation from family, schools and personal careers aspiration. The struggle during adolescence is assimilated to a butterfly breaking out from a cocoon to fly high.  

The challenge of teenage years is not only on young people, but also on their family members and parents. On our Parents Day, I was overwhelmed with sympathy and empathy when desperate parents share their difficulty in getting along with their teenage children. They are at a loss in knowing how to relate with their beloved sons and daughters. Some shared that when some of these princes and princesses go home, they sulk and quietly lock up themselves in their own bedrooms.  Some of our parents are ignored by their teenage children at home. 

For many teenagers, friends seem to be more important. After school or during holiday, teenagers may hang out with friends.  Their activities or hobbies seem to be out of their parents’ scope. When parents ask more about their activities, they may feel annoyed. Parents feel even hurt when their children describe or criticize their way of thinking as outdated, not matching well enough with the trend of their generation and not having ability to give them good advice.

However, researches show that young people who have regular meals with family members and always sit around a table with their parents are happy, more resilient and have better social skills.  This is because they learn to listen and to talk about controversial subjects without getting angry.

Happiness consultants advise that it is wise to mark special occasions like festivals and birthday of family members and also to stay at home to keep the feeling of being part of the family. It is a crucial way to develop happy life. Findings show that when people, both adults and teens, are asked to list the top ten happiest moments, they always mentioned that sharing experiences with loved ones are happy time in life, not products or consumer items.

Besides, communication forges bonds and connection. Talking about all kinds of things with parents, not just about school and behavior, are happy memorable moments life long.    

I remember Mr Wong shared with us a few years ago about 24 contemporary ways to show our filial piety. The advice echoes what experts have shared. To show our filial piety, you need not lie on the ice to catch fish for your parents like the ancient Chinese did, or you need not warm your parents’ beds. What you need to do are simple means to get together. Turn off your mobile and have a good meal with your parents, give your parents a call when you are away, take a walk with your parents or simply accompany your parents to watch television. Of course you can overwhelm your parents with a birthday party for your mum. These are the things you always do with your friends.

Please start from today and be happy together with your parents. You will have more fond memories with them when they are away from you.

Dr. Hong Lo Chi Chun
Consultant Principal
November, 2016



11/ 2016
 

Recently, issues in HK legislative council have been brought to international media like the BBC news. No one would think the Hong Kong Legco would fall into chaos which could be paralysed by such dramatized acts among the elected members. I wonder if the voters expected all these when they voted for them. Things around us can be so unpredictable.

Reality can be so unpredictable, and things happen so unexpectedly often.
If time, space, people, or environment changes, opportunity may slip away.

You may have the regret of something or happening because we do not have timely response before they are gone. For example, you may tell your parents about your regret for not preparing for the mid-term test well, and not spending your time well. And in the coming exam, it is not difficult to repeat the same explanation again. However, you are young and a big spender of youth and time. You can be carefree.

I would like to share a story here. It is a story which I always remember:
It was 10 years ago, when I taught F.4 Biology in NPL. There was a girl student in my class who always came to the school early. She was also the first person to join the morning run of the Athletics Team. She was a member of Athletics, Swimming and Volleyball Teams. You could always feel the sunshine from her tanned skin, her loud cheering in games and her great smile when you saw her.
She was always an active participant in my Biology class with a lot of questions. However, she was absent occasionally and it became more frequent.

Later she applied for one-year leave. A few months later, she came back with sunken eyes, skinny chins, hands and feet. She was so slim that she was only skin and bones. When we talked, we put our ears close to her face to hear her voice.

After some times, she came in a wheelchair. Then we no longer saw her at school.
She made a card on which she wrote: Now that if I could live with the last few breaths, I shall try my best to take a deeper breath and strive for one more minute.
She passed away.

In the previous assembly, teachers shared with us the metaphor of half-filled water in a glass. When we have a half glass of water, do we feel the satisfaction and do we enjoy it with whole heart? When you have busy parents who cannot accompany you all the time, do you express your love when they are around? What if they could no longer be with you one day, suddenly?

Some people always expressed that they are not given the right opportunity to perform. Then I asked if they did strive hard for more with the limited resources. The girl wrote that she would rather breathe deeper for another minute to survive. Would we do so?

If we treasure and appreciate, we regret less.
If we have strived hard for dreams, we regret not.

If you share these two ideas, what could you do? Start small, express your care to someone you appreciate. Have a pat on his/ her shoulder or a warm hug with him/ her. Tell your parents how you appreciate their effort. Besides letting your parents know how you perform, let them know that you love them. Do not wait until the next day, do it now.

For those who still think that you are not given the right moment and condition to perform better, please consider taking one more little step, e.g. spending 10 minutes as regular practice on your weaker subject.

If we treasure and appreciate, we regret less.
If we have strived hard for dreams, we regret not.

Opportunity slips away.

Mr. Kwok Kim Fai
Acting Principal
November, 2016



11/ 2016
 

The world big news in the second week of November must be the US Presidential Election, Donald Trump VS Hillary Clinton. In the end, Donald Trump won. From that moment onwards, the spotlights are on him, the winner.

But today, I would like to talk about the one who didn’t win, Hillary Clinton. Yesterday, I read her concession speech and I was deeply touched.

In her speech, she thanked her supporters and expressed her disappointment for not winning but at the same time, she congratulated Trump and asked her supporters to be open-minded and give him a chance to lead the country. She then moved on to showing respect to her country, asking her supporters to fulfil their responsibility as citizens, joining hands to continue to make the country a better, stronger and fairer place to live. She also expressed her gratitude to different parties which offered her unfailing support, her partners, Barack and Michelle Obama, her family, the volunteers and the donors. She didn’t forget offering her words of encouragement to her young supporters and ended her speech with God’s blessings. I highly recommend senior form students to use the speech as your reading journal or listening journal assignment for the weekend.

Students, winning is always good; being crowned with glory is always an enjoyment and pride; being showered with words of compliments and appreciation is always a pleasure. The losers are always forgotten. They are forgotten, suddenly becoming invisible, hiding in darkness. But students, it’s always the losers who need to redouble their effort and courage to face and overcome failures and setbacks. To heal the wounds of failure and to move on could be the toughest task in life.

We had our Parents Day on 5 November. Students received their mid-term test report cards. May the results be good or bad, the most important thing is to accept the present reality and learn from mistakes and failures, then move on! We will have the first exam in two months’ time. Set an achievable target, work to the best of your ability and let your potentials shine!

I would like to share with you all some insightful quotes from Clinton’s concession speech. She told us, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future…I have spent my entire adult life fighting for what I believe in. I’ve had successes and I’ve had setbacks…You will have successes and setbacks, too…This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what’s right is worth it.’

Let’s learn together from the losers.

Ms. CHIU Lai Nga, Kathy
Acting Vice Principal
November, 2016



10/2016
 

It was an ambitious project that China proposed in 2013: forming a network that would link nations across Asia to the Middle East, Europe and Africa. This long-term plan, called the Belt and Road initiative, channels the spirit of the influential Silk Road of ancient times. Where merchants of different cultures and languages once converged by caravan in important trade centres on the dusty desert roads. The initiative’s promise of transport routes and cross-border cooperation will build closer economic, political, cultural and social connections between nations.

The Belt and Road initiative comprises two geographic routes: the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt, which heads west from China through Central Asia to Europe; and the sea-based 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which connects Southeast Asia, South Asia, the Middle East, East Africa and the Mediterranean.

The initiative champions five key areas of connectivity: policy coordination, connectivity of facilities, unimpeded trade, financial integration and people-to-people bonds.

With these objectives at the heart of the Belt and Road initiative, Hong Kong is perfectly placed to play a central role.
Hong Kong holds a unique position as a super-connector between China and other economies along the Belt and Road.
The city is one of the world’s biggest financial centres, with well-established expertise in the realms of finance, trade, shipping, logistics and professional and legal services.  It also acts as a chief knowledge officer for businesses which want to understand China better.

At the same time, Hong Kong is the gateway for mainland Chinese companies to go global. Hong Kong service providers have vast experience in international investment, cross-border trade, renminbi bond issuance and asset and risk management services.

These skills and this experience also make Hong Kong the ideal fundraising hub and financing platform for working along the Belt and Road.

Connectivity is one of the key pillars to the Belt and Road initiative – and Hong Kong has the expertise, infrastructure, experience and freedom to meet any business needs.

The city has long been an international trading centre, serving as the gateway connecting mainland China with the rest of the world, using its container shipping port and airport – both among the world’s busiest – to help move goods between hundreds of destinations. Today, it handles some 20 per cent of mainland China’s international trade.  Hong Kong has been ranked the world’s freest economy for 22 consecutive years by the Heritage Foundation.  Businesses have been attracted to its strong rule of law, low tax rates and world-class communications and logistics infrastructure.

Companies around the world have already recognized these advantages.  Hong Kong is home to more than 7,900 overseas and mainland Chinese enterprises. With all the most valuable services available to businesses, Hong Kong is a one-stop hub, and this will only become more apparent as the Belt and Road initiative connects more people and companies across borders.

Source: Association with Invest HK

Dr. Hong Lo Chi Chun
Consultant Principal
October, 2016



10/ 2016
 

The 1st midterm test was just over. It is the opportunity for us to review and evaluate the effectiveness of learning in the first quarter.

Previously, when I chatted with my wife and told her that I was thinking about the topic of my speech in Friday assembly, she asked me a question. “Do you know which two substances are the most difficult to be linked together?” I tried to think about the answer in a scientific way. Of course, the answer was not related to some chemical elements. She finally told me, “They are knowledge and practice.” So, I would like to share with you all about “The unity of knowledge and practice (知行合一)”.

I browsed the Internet and searched for the information about the unity of knowledge and practice. It is described as “Knowledge is the motivation of our practice/ action, and with the action, it will lead us to the way to get new knowledge, and it forms a loop”.

In the Student Leaders Inauguration Ceremony in October, our Guest of Honor Mr. Kenneth Chu shared with us how he made planning and equipped himself when he was young in order to be a person with great achievement.

He grew up in a family with good family background. His father is a successful businessman in making artificial flowers. However, he never took his background as an excuse of not working hard and being taking care by his family. On the contrary, he worked in a construction site and did hard jobs in order to earn for a living, instead of simply asking for financial support from his family when he studied in Toronto. After his graduation from the university, he worked in different departments of his father’s company. He worked in each department for several months and started from the junior work rather than taking up top administrative post. As he explained in the ceremony, he would like to further strengthen his foundation by getting a taste in different aspects in the company, and this was the key element for him to enrich himself with the essential components to be a well-known businessman in the world.

His story is a good example to show us the importance of making a good planning with follow-up action.

Have you ever experienced that your planning and action do not well match? How many plans that you made can be finally achieved? Here is my opinion about the mismatch of our planning and implementation.
1.         The planning is not achievable. Target is set with very high requirement.
2.         The planning is not specific. We just have a simple idea of our planning without     concrete substance. Besides, we may not have any alternatives if we encounter problem.
3.         Poor time management. Usually, our planning is made too late and the duration      for implementation is too short. Furthermore, we may not fully utilize our time.

After understanding the problem of planning and implementation, how can we make a good planning? Firstly, we should regularly review and revise the content of our planning. Don’t expect that no adjustment is needed throughout implementation. Minor changes should be made according to the progress of action. Secondly, we have to prioritize every piece of item taking its complexity and importance into consideration.


Lastly, how we can effectively turn our planning into reality. My computer programming teacher told me that it is important to apply the “break down algorithm” in order to complete a bulky programme. We should break down our planning into several small-scale parts and work on them one by one. Moreover, we should start from small and easy tasks which can give us satisfaction and motivation to further proceed.

Students, humans learn from mistakes. Don’t give up easily. Try to make a good planning and realize your dream with the above-mentioned points. 

Mr. MA Wing Hong
Acting Vice Principal
October, 2016



09/ 2016
 

It is never doubted that we parents are significant others of our children. Many parents must have had very happy time with their children when they were babies and primary school students. They were angels, listening to parents, being helpful and happily accompanying parents in their growth process.

However, when they enter secondary school, our beloved children would stay more distant to us. They stay at school for longer time. Before we can recognize the change, friends have become more important than family members. They make friends and form their social circle. After school or during holiday, they may hang out with friends, sometimes more enthusiastically than having family gathering, leaving us behind to wait for them anxiously at home. Their activities or hobbies seem to be out of parents’ scope. When we ask more about their activities, they may feel annoyed and tell us that even if they tell us, we may not know. We feel hurt when our children describe or criticize our way of thinking as outdated, not matching well enough with the trend of their generation and to give them advice.

All these scenarios have placed us in anxiety, elevating our sense of insecurity, especially, when their academic report cards show us that they are lagging behind. We might start to worry about whether our children have made good friends, whether they are diligent enough, whether they have managed their time wisely and made good plans to study well, to cultivate a good career path for their future ……

In two recent workshops for teachers and parents, a very quality speaker Mr Rex Wu reminded us that adolescence is a period of being rebellious, like a butterfly breaking out from a cocoon. They are eager to establish their identity. They challenge authority, forming their ego and good self, longing for recognition and self-fulfilling accomplishments.

With such concepts in mind, good relationship with our adolescent children can only be achieved when we can make ourselves their friends and companions, accompanying them to go through this period of struggle with changes in physical outlook, emotional dilemma, and psychological breakthrough.  Parents are friends of our secondary school children providing not only cosy family environment, good food and good accommodation. We are also friends to spend leisurely time together, going shopping, watching movies and playing sports. We are also companions, quietly reading or studying on our own when they are working hard on their assignment and revision instead of watching TV in the sitting room.  We are their buddies whom they can turn to when they need advice and moral support, but not just ATM for drawing money. All relationships need nurturing from very young age, but, I believe, can be started or redeveloped in secondary school before they grow further into adults in universities.

My deep gratitude must be expressed to our Parent Teacher Association. Thanks for your perpetual hard work and thoughtful planning in organizing diversified and quality activities. They are not only bridges between home and school but also passionate connection among parents and children. We look forward to further continuous collaboration among teachers, parents and school administrators for opinions and advice on school policies, as well as wonderful and heartwarming events and activities in our Nganpolingian big family.

Dr. Hong Lo Chi Chun
Consultant Principal
September, 2016



09/ 2016
 

The G20 summit took place in Hangzhou between 4 and 5 September 2016.

As shared by our students in the morning assemblies, the summit in Hangzhou is the 11th edition of the Group of 20 (G20) summit of the world’s major advanced and emerging economies. The G20 members represented around 90% of global GDP, 80% of global trade and two-thirds of the world’s population. This year China held the rotating Presidency of the G20.

Hangzhou, Capital of several ancient Chinese dynasties, is famous for her magnificent West Lake and Chinese style landscape. She is also being shaped up to be a technology hub.

The Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba was founded in a small lakeside apartment in Hangzhou in 1999 and its headquarter is still located in the city. If you pay at Taobao online shop, the online transaction is done at Hangzhou. The city is strategically chosen as the hosting city to signal China’s aspiration to transform itself from a manufacturing nation to an innovative and technological consumer-driven economy.

Among the complicated issues inside or outside the agenda of G20, I would like to discuss briefly about the environmental and economic issues. First, about our environment, when China and the United States, who contribute 28% and 16% of carbon dioxide emission to global warming gases respectively, ratified the Paris agreement on cutting carbon dioxide emission at the summit, other countries are anticipated to follow suit. It is expected that further concrete actions could help improve the climate change problem. However, my question, which may also be the question of many critics, is: will the Chinese and US government realize their pledges?

For economic issues, the G20 leaders warned that global economic growth was weaker than anticipated, and that monetary policy alone could not create balanced growth.

Christine Lagarde, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), concluded G20 with:
“with the backdrop of major economic and technological shifts,  growth has been too low for too long--and which has benefitted too few.”

“that growth must be more widely shared. countries should deploy proven tools to reduce excessive inequality and raise economic prospects, particularly for low-income groups and workers affected by rapid technological change--for example, through skills training and investments in education and health.”

When we zoom in the questions to Hong Kong context, what are the environmental and economic issues here in Hong Kong?

The government has announced its waste reduction framework in 1998 to reduce waste production. After almost 20 years, overloading landfills is still an unsettled threat. Not to mention the recycling industry and other sustainable development aspects in balancing development and protection of treasured natural resources.

Economic growth has been the main objective of development in different places around the globe. When we consider the Hong Kong context, have we ever thought of the benefits of the unprivileged who comprises the majority of population at times of poor economy? When the announced unemployment rate remains at around 3.3% for 6 years, do we care about the salary increment and quality of living of the low-income families? If investment in education is an exit for reducing excessive inequality affected by technological change, it is expected that the HKSAR government should consider raising the proportion of education expenses, from 4-5% of GDP to a higher level comparable to other developed countries. 

In school commencement, I explained to you that Nganpolingians should be academically sound with learning skills that help pursue knowledge not only for entrance to universities but also through their life journey. In addition, education should bring students lifelong experience which allows them to thrive with happiness, empathy, courage and virtues. Why? It is because all students should become independent, confident and responsible individuals who can judge and act righteously.

We are not alone. Our learning not only brings us to higher educational qualification or better living quality, but allows us to see a wider world and understand more with our heart, with empathy. On top of this, we could be responsible, judicious and righteous.

Let’s expand our vision to see our community, nation and world. Stretch our arms to act to make it a better place to live in.

Mr. Kwok Kim Fai
Acting Principal
September, 2016



09/ 2016
 

Flashing back my memories to 2003, the school commencement ceremony on 1st September officially marked the opening of Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College and the beginning of my adventurous teaching journey in this school.

As a novice at that time, everything was new, exciting yet challenging. Being the class teacher of a Form One class, I experienced the purity and innocence of students, young minds full of energy, curiosity and ‘weird’ ideas. I still remembered some wrote me letters, sharing with me their family issues and problems with their peers and I did give them advice and feedback. What I treasured the most was not only the mutual understanding between me and my students, but also the trust that I earned from them. Another important part of this journey was teaching. It was a tough exploration especially in the beginning years. What would be the best teaching mode for my students? How to maintain decent class discipline with interactive learning tasks taking place? What could be done to ensure what students learned was up to their ability and capacity?

Thirteen years have passed and all these seem to have an answer.

Learning is not about what the teacher teaches in classrooms. Learning is EVERYWHERE! Mastering the knowledge in textbooks and grasping the concepts that teachers introduce in class are something basic. To nurture our students to be advanced learners in this day and age, we need to instill a mindset into students that they must themselves play a proactive role in the process of knowledge acquisition. Doing proper pre-lesson preparation can double the learning outcome. From looking for answers of the guiding questions given by teachers from textbooks to playing a part in knowledge construction by doing mini research, our students can make significant contribution to their own learning as well as quality classroom teaching. Meaningful learning needs spark, stimulation and insights; with mere teachers’ effort, what can be achieved is limited in this regard. However, with students’ active contribution and participation before class and during class, what they can learn is of no boundary and usually out of our expectation.

Students’ talents are yet to be fully unleashed. Intellectually they mature at different stages and they grow with different pace. We, teaching professionals, are then always at the crossroads. Should we focus more on those who academically grow faster? Or should we pause until everyone in the class catches up? This is an unresolved dilemma that every teacher faces. To give students the best, suitable to individual needs, teachers start working on differentiation in recent years. We give different pre-lesson preparation tasks to students of different learning pace; we adopt differentiated classroom strategies to ensure that everyone is learning effectively; we even assign homework and design assessment tasks of various levels of difficulty to students of different learning needs. With all these measures, we hope to develop students’ potentials to the fullest.

There is still so much to discover and to explore in my adventurous teaching journey and such journey never ends because I believe, the best is yet to come.

Ms. CHIU Lai Nga, Kathy
Acting Vice Principal
September, 2016



09/ 2016
 

I started my teaching career in Ngan Po Ling College in 2003, and I was a Mathematics teaching assistant when I joined this school.

In the first few years, without much background of professional training, my teaching effectiveness was not up to standard. With the support from our founding school principal, Dr Hong, together with the experience I gained in my daily teaching, I finally found my way to be a qualified teacher.

With more experience and insight in education, I started to take part in academic related administrative work, such as curriculum design, examination logistics and Form 1 admission. All these duties widened my horizons about the operation of a school and also gave me an opportunity to get a more in-depth understanding of education.

This year, I am honoured to be promoted as Vice Principal of Ngan Po Ling College, taking charge of the “Student Development” stream. It is indeed a tremendous change in my job nature as previously I was mainly engaged in academic aspects.

To take care of student development, my key duty is to supervise and monitor the daily operation of Discipline Committee, Guidance Committee, ECA Committee and Student Affairs Committee. Besides, I have to coordinate with the committee heads to work out plans and implement our set policies which echo our school’s major concerns this year.

To be honest, things in student development are new to me even though I have been working in Ngan Po Ling College for 13 years. It is really challenging to switch from the field of curriculum development to pastoral care. In light of my new mission, I have taken new initiatives in my work. I attend most of the committee meetings in our stream and take part in our daily operations such as lunch delivery in the tuck shop, ECA enrolment process, review of class pledges and junior form foot drill passing out ceremony.  All these experiences not only help me understand more about our students’ school life and daily routine, but also enrich my non-academic insight that a school administrator should have.

One of our goals this year is to help students enhance their self-management skills. Nganpolingians generally have talent and potential to excel in academic areas. However, just like many other teenagers in Hong Kong, they need more exposure to the concept of self-management, with elements such as time management, self-discipline, target setting and resistance to temptation. There will be workshops organised by the Guidance Committee stressing the importance and introducing ways of developing self-management skills. Besides, our mentorship programme for students will be implemented in which each class teacher will closely take care of half of the class. Furthermore, policies of ECA Committee are well set in order to help students strike a good balance between study and extracurricular activities. Hopefully with the ingredient of self-management integrated in our school curriculum, our students could be better nurtured to be independent, capable and responsible young adults making contribution to the society.

Mr. MA Wing Hong
Acting Vice Principal
September, 2016