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
September, 2017