03/ 2018
 

On 14 March 2018, the world renowned physicist Stephen Hawking passed away. He was well known for his ground-breaking work on black holes and relativity. He was also the author of several popular science books including ‘A Brief History of Time’.

At the age of 21, when Hawking was studying at the University of Cambridge, his condition deteriorated, even more and more obviously. He often fell down and his speech was slurred. He was then diagnosed as having ALS, a disease which prevents the signal from the brain from reaching the muscles. He would eventually not able to control his movement.  

Hawking told in his book, “Before my condition was diagnosed, I had been very bored with life. It seemed that nothing was worth doing.”  He recalled that he only spent one hour every day on his study. However, when he knew he could not live for many years, he did not surrender and give up on living. Instead he realized he might not have enough time to complete his PhD studies and started to pour himself into his works and research. Miraculously, Hawking did not pass away a few years later but survived until 2018, making his studies in black-hole and relativity known to the world and impacted the world of scientists.

Sometimes I hear my students say that life in the school is difficult and boring. They complain that teachers are giving them huge amount of assignment and they find themselves struggling in studies. I would not advise you here how you could improve your study. It is you who could and need to find the way out. There will be a way. We all have to learn to live and live to learn.

Stephen Hawking was found to have a disease which deprived him of the ability to speak and pinned him to a wheelchair at the golden time of his life. Yet he flew to the space. He studied the universe and explained the formation and activities of the universe, far away from the ground where he was destined to stay with a wheelchair. 

Recently I saw some youngsters playing basketball: They placed a rubbish bin under the basket and slammed dunk, just like the NBA players. This reminded me of my childhood when my peers and I also did the same, except that the type of rubbish bin has changed. We all wanted to be NBA players. None of my friends are able to become professional basketball players. All my friends are surviving well with humble meaningful life. I became a teacher and am now a Principal.

This also reminded me of an alumnus Brendon Chan who was a fan of aviation. He studied on his own lots of flight knowledge and dreamed to fly one day. He flew to the US and then Australia and learned to operate a plane. He is now the youngest pilot flying in Cathay Pacific.

Time and things change, but not the will, determination and dreams of human. We live our days which may be filled with lots of difficulties and frustrations. We may look down upon ourselves or be looked down. Yet these are not the boundaries for you.

Keep dreaming. Dreams are never limited by anything.
Dream big when you are small, and never stop.

 

Mr. Kwok Kim Fai
Principal
March, 2018


03/ 2018
 

I would like to share with you a moral lesson. A girl has taken part in the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival recently and she was the champion in piano solo.

Winning is a glory. I could feel the excitement and thrill in the eyes of this 6-year-old when the adjudicator announced that she’s the first. For a moment she was showered with congratulations, applause and appreciation.

After the entire competition, she and I had a very nice chat. I asked her if she thought she did a good job. She said yes. Then suddenly she asked if she could borrow my mobile phone. I asked why and she told she really wanted to make a call to her piano teacher and said ‘thank you’. I was touched upon this request.

For this 6-year-old girl has already learned the first and most probably the most important lesson in life. Gratitude and thankfulness. How many times did we forget being thankful to the ones who teach us, nurture us, groom us as what we are today in all these years? I was once a fresh teacher 15 years ago. Being a fresh graduate, I knew nothing about what teaching was all about. I still vividly remember how my supervisor guided me, gradually and finally shaping me as who I am today. How about you? Almost every Friday during the morning assembly after the school administrators’ speech, we have prize giving. The whole school shares the accomplishment and I believe prize winners all enjoy being recognized. How often do we express our appreciation and recognize the great work of teachers who work behind the scene? Students sometimes ask for celebration parties for their victory. Our students like pizzas but how many of you will take a piece and then give it to the teacher first? I don’t deny the joy and pride that prize winners well deserve but please do always remember those who assist and guide in the process. Yin Shui Si Yuan (飲水思源). Don't forget where your success comes from.

The chat between the little girl and I continued. I asked if she would like to continue learning how to play the piano. She said yes and I further reminded her of the hard times she had gone through. She had to reach Tseng Kwan O at 8:45 sharp in the morning even on Sundays and spent at least half an hour every day, practising the same song and there were a few occasions when she was severely scolded and criticized by her piano teacher. The little girl once said she hated piano. I told her that she would very likely go through the same tough process again if she chose to continue. Still, it was a definite ‘Yes’ from her.

 

At that moment, I know this little girl has learned another important lesson in life. Perseverance. In your learning journey, how many times have you thought about giving up? Mathematics is a too difficult subject for me. I get single-digit out of hundred since Form 1. Passing is just a dream. I’m not going to do anything about it as it’s going to be a complete waste of time and energy. Ask yourself again, is it the case? The learning process must be tough for the world has no free lunch. Xue hai wu ya ku zuo zhou (學海無涯苦作舟). There is no royal road to learning.

I hope you all can learn the same lesson as this little girl does.

Thank you.

Ms. CHIU Lai Nga, Kathy
Vice Principal
March, 2018



02/ 2018
 

We are about to farewell the Year of the Rooster and welcome the Year of the Dog. It’s actually a golden time for us to reflect and refresh. We had our Parents Day in the previous weekend. You should have received your report cards and met your class teachers together with your parents reviewing your achievements in the first term and areas for improvements.

I’m not sure how students nowadays see their Parents Day. But for me, when I was a secondary school student, I saw the Parents Day as if it was the End of the World. I still remember I could not sleep well the night before for I was so anxious about my results and how my class teachers commented on me in front of my parents. At that time, I did not bother to understand why I felt so but to look back, it might be probably the fact that I did care and I did have expectation on myself.

How about you?

How do you see your report card? A document full of numbers? A weapon for your parents to exercise further control or limitation over you? Just a piece of paper you are given every term? Or a set of objective data and evidence indicating the effort you made in the first term? I believe every student can and should make sense to the numbers on the report cards.

Here, I would like to introduce you a world icon. He was born in Hangzhou and started to learn English at a young age. He insisted on practising English every day by talking with English-speakers at Hangzhou International Hotel which took him 70 minute bike ride from his home. He offered the English-speaking tourists free tours around the city in order to improve his English, for 9 years. He then made pen pals with one of those foreigners, who nicknamed him ‘Jack’, because the foreigner found his Chinese name hard to pronounce. Jack struggled attending college. He failed the Chinese University Entrance Exams for 4 times and finally managed to attend Hangzhou Teacher’s Institute.

That was not the end. He suffered severe setback in his job hunting journey. He applied for 30 different jobs and was rejected by all. He tried KFC but among 24 people going for the job, 23 were accepted and he was the only one being rejected.

He is Jack Ma, Founder and Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group, a high-technology conglomerate. He is now one of China’s richest men, one of the wealthiest in Asia, one of the global icons in business and entrepreneurship and one of the world’s most influential businessmen. Last year, he was ranked the 2nd in Fortune’s ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’. With good English, he is often invited to lecture at world renowned universities such as Harvard.

Students, you may not be Jack Ma II but please be inspired and learn. Before the end of the Year of Rooster, take out your report card and look at the numbers again. I hope you can have another interpretation and thought.

Ms. CHIU Lai Nga, Kathy
Vice Principal
February, 2018



12/ 2017
 

Christmas is coming. It is a festival for us to express our love and care to others. It is also a golden opportunity for self-reflection about 2017 and a good planning for 2018. I want to share with you two short stories which may give you some ideas and initiatives for setting an appropriate target in the coming year.

The first story took place in a Junior School. The class teacher of this School asked her students to bring some potatoes to school. She said that each potato will be named the person whom the students dislike. The children then brought their well addressed potatoes. Some had two, some three and some five. The teacher said they had to carry these potatoes with them wherever they went for a week.

As the days passed, the children started to complain about the rotten smell of their potatoes. Some students complained that they were very heavy. One week later, the class teacher announced the completion of the task. She gave feedback to her students about their complaints.

The second story is about a little boy with bad temper. One day, his father gave him a bag of nails and a hammer. The father asked the son to hammer a nail into the wall every time he lost his temper. On the first day, the boy had driven 37 nails into the wall. As he found that it was easier to keep his temper than to hammer those nails into the wall, he started to control his anger. The number of nails hammered gradually dropped over the next few weeks.

Finally, the day came when the boy did not lose any temper. He was so happy to tell his father about it. After the sharing of his achievement, the father suggested him pulling a nail out of the wall on the day he was able to keep his temper. Day by day the young boy eventually removed all nails from the wall. He was even more excited this time to share his new achievement with his father. As expected, the father was extremely pleased. He congratulated his son and told him how much he was proud of his achievement. He then led his son to the wall and asked him to look at the holes made by the nails.

In these two stories, kids were assigned with challenging tasks which provided opportunities to express their negative emotion without making any impacts to others. Everyone knows that hate is a negative emotion, but still they are unable to let it go. What we do to express our feelings somehow will hurt others seriously. Being considerate is not only avoiding conflicts with others, but also making our life easier with less worry and anger.

Let’s go back to the class teacher and the father. See what message they respectively conveyed to the kids.

While the students were discussing the unpleasant smell and heavy weight of their potatoes, the teacher said, “This situation is very similar to what you carry in your heart when you dislike someone. This anger makes your heart unhealthy wherever you go. If you can’t bear the smell of rotten potatoes for a week, imagine the impact on your heart made by this anger throughout your life.”

The father said, “You have done well, my son. I am very proud of you for what you have achieved today! But look at the holes on the wall. They will remain here forever. The wall will never be the same. Similarly, when you show your anger, it will hurt others seriously just like the damage made by the nails on the wall. You can stab a man and withdraw the knife. It doesn’t matter how many times you say sorry. The wound still exists.”

Our heart is a beautiful garden that needs a regular clearing of unwanted weeds. Forgive those who do not behaved as your expectation, and forget any bad things. This makes room available for you to store good things. Try to set a good target for the new year, especially focusing on how to relieve your negative emotions without hurting others and yourself when you encounter adversity.

I wish everyone a fruitful year in 2018.      

Mr. MA Wing Hong
Vice Principal
December, 2017



12/ 2017
 

There are a lot of things going on in school every day. I would like to share a usual scene that I captured recently with you all.

At around 5, on the 1st floor podium, inside the French Room, Mr. Chan was having SBA with his F2 students. Miss Lam, our Chinese teacher, was having training sessions with students for their speech competitions. Along the corridor, at the far end outside the school library, Miss Chau, our LS teacher, was conducting a ‘mini teaching’ session with a small group of students; the next table, Mr. Tsoi, another LS teacher, was ‘tutoring’ a student; on the opposite side of the table, Miss Cheung, our History teacher, was doing the same. On the other side of the corridor, we had Mr. Hong, English teacher, giving advice to his students on verse speaking techniques. Next to him, about 1 feet away, Miss Iu, was commenting on maybe the IES of a F6 student. In the middle of the corridor, I saw Mr. Lau, our Biology teacher, talking to students. Not far away from him, Miss. Liu was talking to a boy, who was holding a piece of writing in his hand.

At the same time, behind the scene, what you and I might not be able to discover could be the fact that the teacher hadn’t taken her lunch yet and her stomach was rumbling for the whole afternoon. Another teacher who was occupied by you after school might have already missed her medical appointment.

I’m touched, deeply touched for I see our teachers’ professionalism, passion and devotion to their teaching; their love, care and patience to our students.

However, in the eyes of some, our teachers are ‘Kings and Queens of devils’, carrying the mission of bombarding you, pushing you to the verge of breakdown. Giving assignments to help you learn and correcting your wrongdoings become our ‘weapons’ to defeat you. You may think it is just a joke but it’s definitely a VERY bad joke being told on stage in reality. It’s actually not a joke, but disgrace, to those who think this way.

We, teachers in Ngan Po Ling College, do not see going to school every day as just reporting to work. We see the meaning of education and that’s why we are here. We all share the value and meaning in nurturing you, shaping you all into righteous, mature and kind youngsters. Therefore, please do not see us, your teachers, as devils or service providers which teachers will never be.

Students, see with your hearts, always. Thank you.

Ms. CHIU Lai Nga, Kathy
Vice Principal
December, 2017



11/ 2017
 

LOL is a popular online game which I played with my sons during the summer.
What is LOL? What does it stand for? I have four ideas.

1. Love of Life

Get passion and fondness for life. To lead a healthy life, be positive, treasure and develop the best of your life.
Love yourself. Be good to yourself. When you finish your tasks, reward yourself with an ice cream. You are the most adorable.
Strike a balance between work and play, learn methods to face challenges positively and treasure each second to develop the fullest of life.

2. Life of Love

Extend your love, let someone next to you feel good by showing your friendly expression, helping hand or respect. Love your teachers and parents at school and at home. Greet them. Take an active role in finishing your learning tasks in class and doing house chores at home. You empathy can someday make the world a better place.

3. Learn to Live

By 2020, 5 million jobs will disappear and 2 million new jobs will evolve. We must learn to live.
Grasp subject knowledge, and most importantly skills of learning. Do not just recite words, but understand them, apply them and create something new. Learn how to express your ideas and work with peers so that you can gather survival skills in this ever-changing world.

4.  Live to Learn

Learn not only knowledge but also skills at school. We see good habits in you and hope you would make them part of your life. Learn to read; keep reading. Learn how to search for useful information; keep searching. Be a life-long learner; never stop exploring things around us so that we can adapt to whatever changes which we may come across.  
LOL could be interpreted as Love of Life, Life of Love; Learn to Live, Live to Learn.
We are now in the second quarter of 2017-2018. Wish everyone a contented school life so far. Keep loving and learning, so that you could get yourself ready for any challenges ahead.

Mr. Kwok Kim Fai
Principal
November, 2017


11/ 2017
 

To live better, it is very important that we should make life easier. This is not a goal with a set end date, but an objective which can be constantly pursued. When you make life easier, you achieve more than you have planned. You can also reduce stress and avoid conflicts and hence, improve the relationship with others. Life is much like swimming. If you have good techniques, you can move forward easily with less effort. Otherwise, the water exerts more resistance on you and finally you consume great amount of energy but going nowhere. When you attempt to make life easy for yourself, a few simple changes to your mindset can help a lot.

First, you should get the focus of a task. A common error many make is that they get too many things accomplished. It is better to do fewer things but focus only on the most important areas. When you just concentrate on selected parts, you will reduce all unnecessary activities and get less distracted. You can try to use a timer to keep you focused for a fixed period of time. You will find that tasks can be completed within the time limit or even faster, and leaving more time for you to do the things you enjoy most.

Second, you should keep less. To be honest, try to ask yourself how much stuff that you have now is essential for you. Having items you don’t need or love actually is a waste of money, and creates complication and gets you off track. In addition, more possessions means more items to take care of or worry about. To reduce the pressure from keeping too much, you can pass them to someone who does require them. You will feel that life is easier and lighter only with items you really need and love.

Third, you should avoid worrying about matters that don’t really matter. If your life is full of struggle, it is likely that you are often annoyed by little things. When something is getting you down, try to think about if those minor things would become a big deal later on, and usually, the answer is NO. We should let go all those minor matters, take a breath, and follow the first strategy mentioned before – focus on what is important.

Fourth, you should be organized. Some people believe that being ordered will get them annoyed. However, the truth is that good organization is one of the timesaving ways which shortens the time to complete tasks so as to improve the quality of life. Reducing stress is also one of the benefits of being organized as you don’t need to worry about missing something important. Therefore, your life will become easier.

Fifth, you should make changes gradually. When we get frustrated with life, we at once tend to change everything. The changes might involve further complication or difficulty which deviate us from achieving the goal. Instead, you may work on one thing at a time, and then add something else gradually. Try to slowly work on every task that you have planned to make changes and be patience throughout the whole process.

Lastly, you should show compassion to others. Compassion is a key ingredient in developing mutual support. When you are compassionate to others, not only do they benefit but you also feel better about yourself as it reduces conflict and worry. Making thing simple is another way to enjoy the life. We humans tend to make things more complex than necessary. Simplicity is not about doing less only, but it is the way to eliminate unnecessary stuff so that you can spend more time on what is important to you. With simplicity, stress can be lessened eliminated and performance can be maximized.

Life should be full of happiness and fun. The more positive you are, the better your life will be. With positive attitude and less unnecessary worry, you will find every day a good day and will be energized for challenges ahead.

Mr. MA Wing Hong
Vice Principal
November, 2017

11/ 2017
 

In the previous week, I managed to walk to school, enjoying the refreshing autumn breeze and tranquil moments of the city. Along the way, I observed and I saw a lot.

I paid special attention to NPL students. Most of them were walking, at the same time, however, with their mobile phone in their hand, texting, talking, listening to music or even playing the installed games or apps. I did not stop those students but this scene has been in my mind for a whole week.

The first issue is safety. For this, I believe I need not explain and I would like to take this opportunity to make a very sincere appeal to the whole school. Please stop using your mobile phone when walking on streets. The second issue related to this is addiction. The power of electronic gadgets, smart phones, in particular, cannot be overlooked. Parents told us that at home, the situation spirals out of control. It always results in parent-child conflicts, deteriorating academic performance and gradually impeding the development of social and communication skills. Some students even told us that the smart phone is actually their lifeblood. Exercising control over the use of smart phone by parents or teachers is just like putting our kids to life sentence. Smart phone addiction is neither a teenage nor family problem, but a social one. It’s a very common scene to see passengers on the bus or MTR have their heads down to the tiny screen. Another sarcastic picture you can see at weekends in Chinese tea houses is that round the table, while family members are supposed to chill out and have a nice chat, they are having their eyes on and only on the smart phones, without uttering a word during the entire lunch or dinner with one and other.

I don’t deny the convenience or entertainment the smart phone can bring to us but the use of it has to be in moderation. I am also one of the users. Like all of you, I browse the Internet; I install apps; I have a Facebook account. The smart phone facilitates my work and enhances effective communication. The key is whether or not you are mature enough to exercise self-discipline, to set limits, to make proper judgment and to be determined and sometimes courageous enough to press the ‘off’ button at the right time.

Remember your smart phone is a man-made device which aims to make our life better, not the vice versa. You are the commander of your life, not your smart phone.

To control or to be controlled, again, the choice is yours.

Ms. CHIU Lai Nga, Kathy
Vice Principal
November, 2017



10/ 2017
 

In the 21st century, while people are paying great effort on making breakthrough in different kinds of research and study, we also care about grooming teenagers to be the future leaders as we believe that people make difference. Without leadership, it is no point in discussing the vision and direction. To summarize the common characters that good leaders have, we find that they generally have the following ten strengths.   

First, a leader should have courage. With the courage, his/ her virtue can be completely demonstrated so that everyone around him/ her can be positively influenced. When we are in difficult moment, we need a brave leader who can make decision and insist on his planning so that final destination can be reached.

Second, a leader should find the most effective way to communicate with people. A good communication channel actually helps the leader to understand his/ her partners and gives them timely and useful suggestions so that not only a mission can be completed but also everyone’s confidence as well as the sense of belonging can be strengthened. A complicated communication channel without a chance to have a face-to-face dialogue makes people lose their ways and directions.   

Third, a leader should be willing to take up more responsibility. In some countries, the chief engineer of a bridge building project will stand below the bridge once the project is completed to check if it is safe and in good condition. The action taken by the chief engineer definitely let everyone give him/her trust. The leader should also share the honor and achievement with others. More consideration for and support to people working around him/ her can make them try their best in their everyday work and show their potential.

Fourth, a leader should be humble. His/ Her superior position should not be the reason for his / her arrogance or even making no contribution. He/ She should take the lead to make the greatest contribution and take up the most challenging part of a task. His/ Her demonstration will definitely act as a good model for everyone to further improve in different aspects.

Fifth, a leader should possess the ability of self-understanding. Management is actually an understanding of people and an ability to make proper planning and judgment based on observation. If you can’t manage yourself properly, it seems that you may not be able to take care of a group of people and help them visualize their wishes. Self-understanding is not simply checking yourself against a checklist, it should be sharpening your EQ that every time you are ready to take others’ opinions for better outcomes.

 

Sixth, a leader should able to cater the needs of people. We are different, and we have our own strengths that let us shine in different areas. An organization survives because of the involvement and contribution by all people. To help bring out the potential of everyone, the leader should give tailor-made support to his/ her partners so that everybody can be provided with opportunity of playing a part.

Seventh, a leader should be enthusiastic about their work. Enthusiasm means a working attitude that easily influences others nearby. The more active the leader is, the more willing participants will be throughout the process.

Eighth, a leader should be able to assist team members in turning visions into reality. Simply showing direction of vision to others without concrete and explicit guidelines for them to follow may not help achieve any goals. He/ She should try to visualize the intended outcome and give suggestions to people in the same group so that everyone can understand more about the scenario and make a better planning.

Ninth, a leader should be honest. Imagine what a person tells is not in line with what he/ she does. People around him/ her actually cannot understand his/ her intention. Besides, being honest is a way to show the professionalism which can greatly affect the performance and the attitude of everyone.

Tenth, a leader should be approachable. To complete a mission, we need the collaboration among everybody involved, and inputs from different parties in different aspects, so that the bugs can be fixed and the plan for the mission be strengthened. Therefore, a leader should be firm, but at the same time, kind and open-minded against all challenges and different ideas from his/ her partners.   

Obviously, a person whether he/ she has potential to be a leader does not totally relate to how intelligent he/ she is. Instead, he/ she should be the one who has good mental development. Students, hopefully you can remind yourselves of the importance of building good characters under the busy academic curriculum.                       

Mr. MA Wing Hong
Vice Principal
October, 2017

10/ 2017
 

Love yourself. Be good to yourself. When you finish working on your tasks, or have endeavoured to the finishing line, reward yourself with an ice cream. You are the most adorable. Present yourself a decent image; spare some time to keep yourself looking good but simple.

That’s part of what I mentioned in the beginning of school year.

Steve Lo Chun Yin, the ultramarathon runner who came to our Student Leaders Inauguration Ceremony in late September, has recently sent me an invitation to a 10km run, which is too easy for him. Steve is inviting participants to run 10km by pushing disabled people in wheelchairs. He is now looking for physically challenged participants to share the experience in running in North Pole, and also looking for patrons to sponsor their run. He sold his car recently, why? Not because he is in debt. Yet, he is trying to cut his expenses for saving up for his voluntary work.

Why does Steve do all these? With his talent, I am sure he could earn a lot of money by spending time on running a business instead of running the ultramarathon. As explained by him, he could never earn the world. Instead, he would like to make more contribution when he is still young. He does not want to earn everything. On the contrary, he is spreading his love to the neighbour though he does not emphasize this.

Love your neighbour as yourself, as it is mentioned in the Bible.

Extend your love, let the one next to you feel good by receiving your friendly expression, helping hand or gesture of respect. Greet your parents, let them feel that you know they are there. When I bring my children to have dinner with my parents, I request them to hug their grandpa and grandma. They still do it by themselves even though one of them is now 19. I can still feel the warmth and satisfaction on the elderly’s faces when they are hugged.

Love your teachers in school and parents at home. Greet them. Take an active role by finishing your learning tasks in class, or give a helping hand by sharing the big pile of assignment in hand. A Form 6 student told me he was deeply pressed by his tight schedule of work in facing the public exam. I am glad that he was strong to face all these but i know that if his friends could give him a hug or pat on the shoulder, he would be even stronger and feel energized in overcoming difficult moments.

I am not aiming at becoming an ultramarathon runner but running a short distance often to keep myself fit for enjoying life. I am sure that I am trying to fill my life with love. I check my appearance early in the morning to ensure that I look good. I greet people I meet and smile at them. Just because I believe that little positive gestures in life could make a huge positive impact which I would never know.

You are adorable. Fill your life with actions that can make yourself and people around you feel happy and loved. Give a friendly smile, warm greeting, or a helping hand will make an enormous change some day.  Be positive, make a difference.

Mr. Kwok Kim Fai
Principal
October, 2017


10/ 2017
 

I would like to share my observation about some of our fellow schoolmates.

These days, I managed to visit some classes and I was impressed by teachers’ thoughtful planning of lessons and their passion in teaching. However, what I treasure the most about class observation is the chance to see how Nganpolingians learn. In one of the classes, the teacher instructed students to have discussion on a topic and students were then asked to share with the whole class their discussion outcome. You may guess this is just a common practice in most of the lessons. True, but the way students dealt with the task differed. I saw some groups eagerly keep sharing and exchanging ideas; while some just look at the printout given by the teacher without contributing much. There was one group with every member jotting notes during the discussion and when the discussion time was up, each of them was having a half-page self-jotted notes. In the presentation session, that group performed the best, naturally.

Another case was about the way Nganpolingians treat their assignments. Students of the same level usually work on the same topic for English compositions. I am glad to see the majority write as if they were professional authors, sitting quietly, brainstorming ideas, taking reference to the related reading materials, without being disturbed or disturbing their neighbors; whereas some kept on counting the number of words written and when they managed to meet the word limit, I could see a sign of relief on their face. Sadly, there were one or two being unable to finish the writing task within the given time and they simply didn’t hand in their work, until the teacher took notice of it.

Students, everything is about choices. When a piece of homework, classwork or any task is assigned, you can choose to do it, or not to do it; you can choose to do it simply for submission or you can choose to see it as an opportunity to learn. We all face thousands of choices every day. When buying snacks from the canteen during recess, you can choose to line up properly or to jump queue; you can choose to just pay and take your food or to say ‘thank you’ to the one who offers you services.

The 1st mid-term test is around the corner. How do you see the mid-term test? Do you see it as a torture or do you see it as a chance to evaluate what you have learnt in the first quarter? How are you going to spend the coming weekend? Are you going to stick to the pledge you have made at the beginning of the term? Or do you just see your pledge as an empty promise to yourself?

Pause. Think about what choice you will make.

I believe Nganpolingians are youngsters with wisdom who will make the right choice.

Ms. CHIU Lai Nga, Kathy
Vice Principal
October, 2017



09/ 2017
 

The suspension of sending recycled waste paper from Hong Kong to China has been a hot topic among different mass media over the past 2 weeks. Due to the tightened policy on the import of waste paper to China, the waste paper recycling business was affected for about a week. Nearly 20,000 tones recycled waste paper by the elderly was rejected by recycling companies. As a result, the public refuse collection points were full of waste paper which required extra manpower for handling. With the intervention of the SAR government, the problem was settled and the recycling business resumed AS normal finally. However, it is not the end of the issue. It reflects the immature mechanism of waste recycling in Hong Kong which is definitely one of the big challenges we are now facing.

Among 9,000 tones garbage produced every day, only 20% is recycled and the rest is discarded to three landfill sites. Unfortunately, the landfill sites will reach the ceiling of capacity by 2019, and there are no other effective alternatives to deal with the waste apart from landfill at this moment. If we take reference from other countries with good policy in garbage processing such as England and Taiwan, waste recycling is obviously the best solution among all possible methods.

In our city, recycling is not successful because of the insufficient support from the government. Without a well-planned policy and development, we remain in the stage of useful waste collection only. Further processing of recycled items which facilitate the progress of waste recycling has to rely on other countries. Therefore, the effectiveness of recycling in Hong Kong has been far below the international standard.

Another reason for ineffectiveness of recycling garbage is the lack of support from citizens, since the recycling of waste produced is not a mandatory policy in Hong Kong. With the hard work and persistence of our elderly, they take the active role in everyday useful waste collection although the return is just $50 each day. Besides, the complicated procedures for handling waste before recycling is an obstacle for the development of recycling. To make the waste fulfilling the criteria for recycling, all collected items should be cleaned and classified which are time consuming. Therefore, the motivation to recycle waste is relatively low among Hong Kong people.

Waste treatment is absolutely an urgent issue that our government has to deal with. According to the successful experiences in England and Taiwan, the following strategies may be a way out to better settle the issue of waste disposal.

First, we should develop our own industry with the reutilization of waste recycled so that the recycling scheme can be strengthened and less reliance would be placed on other countries.

Second, the government can further motivate the citizens to recycle their waste through redemption scheme. Participants can be rewarded for their effort such as enjoying discount in shops.

Third, levy scheme could be implemented for waste production in order to encourage a life-style of waste reduction. Besides, the scheme can be applied to manufacturers and retailers in order to reduce the unnecessary use of material in their products and packaging.

Lastly, there could be legislation for waste classification which facilitates the recycling processing.

Mr. MA Wing Hong
Vice Principal
September, 2017

09/ 2017
 

One cycle has passed and I hope everything and everyone are well settled.

Before I start my sharing, I have to take this opportunity to thank 4E students. I got insights for what I need to share from their reading journals.

According to the results of a survey conducted by the Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups, nearly 23% of the respondents reflected that they feel under great stress, mostly from academic studies and the symptoms shown include deteriorating moods, anxiety and insomnia. Students, are you one of the sufferers?

Form One students, you may feel uneasy fitting in the new environment as basically everything is just new to you. Form Three students, you are at a critical stage of your learning journey. You’ll have to handle a lot more subjects than you used to and at the end of this academic year, you’ll have to make one of the most important choices in your life. Form Four students, welcome, welcome to the battlefield of public examinations. You need to arm yourself with knowledge, skills, perseverance and a lot more to fight for a place in university in three years’ time. Need not mention Form Six students, the imminence of HKDSE and IB exams may have already made you suffocate.

However, the reality is stress is part of everyone’s life as long as you have hope and expectation on certain things. The key is whether or not you can manage it properly and turn stress into a driving force and motivation which lead you to future success. This is definitely not easy and requires a very high level of emotional intelligence. You have no way out but to face it, positively. Other than setting achievable goals and having good time management which have already been included in our life education curriculum, I would like to offer you a few interesting tips that you have never thought of as useful ways to handle stress.

I would like everyone to try out the followings together. Number one: Smile; Number two: Practise breathing slowly; Number three: Stand up and stretch; Four: Ask a friend for a hug.

There are actually some other ways, for example, taking a bubble bath, cooking a meal and eating it by candlelight, buying yourself a flower, throwing a paper airplane...For more information and ideas, simply google ‘100 ways to cope with stress’ and you will find some more amazing tips.

Let’s have a fresh start together and in this academic year, let’s define our accomplishment in terms of how much we can overcome rather than how much we can achieve.

Ms. CHIU Lai Nga, Kathy
Vice Principal
September, 2017



09/ 2017
 

A student told me about his first conversation with his parents when he returned home. “Did you finish your homework?” or “Did you pass the test today?”

His further response made me feel upset. “My parents love and care about my grades more than they love me.”

Failure is an unavoidable part of real life. It is a path for us to grow and become better. No one is perfect and a mistake is part of the process leading to success. We must let our children learn how to face failure.

A book quotes three elements about failure.

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.

A research at Stanford University (C. Dweck) studied the importance of challenges on children. Its finding shows that “Praising children for their intelligence can actually make them less likely to persist in the face of challenge. On the contrary, praising children for the effort they pay in the process can positively cultivate and enhance the quality of perseverance in challenges. ”

Parents often place heavy emphasis on getting good grades and would try to help our children avoid from making mistakes. We may praise them merely for their good performance and forget about the effort they pay. However, if we are trying to groom our children to be life-long learners, then we have to let them experience the taste of failure and reassure them by recognizing their effort in tackling their problems, regardless of the results.

Next time, we may try to say, “I see that you have revised for the test for two hours last night. How’s the test today? ” If they do not get good grades, do try “You have spent 2 hours for it. Check the mistakes again. Try to find out in what way you can improve next time.”

In this ever-changing world, it is more important to do things differently and to try new approaches than to get things done only. If our children are recognized for the effort they pay and accepted for their mistakes, they will be more willing to take different approaches to solve their problems in the future.

Mr. Kwok Kim Fai
Principal
September, 2017