February is the shortest month in the calendar. There are 28 days only this year. 12 days are holidays, leaving just 16 days. After deducting Saturdays and Sundays, there are only 12 days of school, which is the as the holidays. However, February, 2019 has been very special and cherished by all the teachers in LTY, as we all prepared face the External School Review, which has been conducted by the officers from Education Bureau (EDB). ‘Hope for the best and prepare for the worst’ was the proverb that guided all of us.
On 12th February, 2019, it was the Teacher Professional Development Day. It enhanced the awareness of New Education Trend. I was reminded about by a student. At recess, lots of students love coming to my Principal Room to play and talk to me. One day, a student from a higher form came and talked to me about his past. He used to study in a school but there was a teacher who was so strict and he scolded students fiercely. He was the discipline master at that school. Indeed, he was kind-hearted and loved students but he was so serious when the students made mistakes or were impolite to others. Unpredictably, this serious teacher was my classmate when we studied in Education College. He was my best friend as we spent a lot of time to do discussion about our studying or other issues in different aspects. After graduation, we were both busy with our careers and we reduced our meetings and even time to talk to each other. Finally, we lost contact. It did not mean we are not friends anymore. After the invitation for this seminar, he called me initially and we talked as before. On that day, we finally met. Mr. Chai showed his sense of humour and made lots of hilarious jokes to share about how to get on well with students with Special Educational Need (SEN). He shared all successes and failures with us. He sometimes made the teachers laugh happily but he also allowed time for teachers to stop for introspection. This seminar helped teachers learn more on how to deal with the SEN students with different perspectives. According to the results from the questionnaire, it reflected that all the teachers loved this seminar and they learned a lot. I hope we can have other opportunities to learn and share with each other in different domains in Education.
It was the Lunar New Year reunion gathering of Lung Kong World Federation School Limited on 22nd February, 2019. Besides the supervisor and IMC managers, there was the chairman, Mr. Cheung, and other guests. Lau Wong Fat Secondary School, Wong Yiu Nam Primary School, Chu Sui Lan Anglo-Chinese Kindergarten and our school, Lau Tak Yung Memorial Primary School joined this event and it was bustling with so many teachers. After the ceremony, the Lion Dance was performed by the students from the secondary school, which really created the festive atmosphere. Then teachers from different schools sang Lunar New Year songs to greet all of us. Of course, giving out the red packets from the chairman, directors and managers is a must. Everyone showed their happiness to receive the blessing and will have a stable and smooth Year of Pig.
In the mid-February, Quality Assurance Department from EDB started their supervision at our school. During those days, lesson observations, meetings and interviews were conducted with different kinds of stakeholders such as teachers, parents, students and IMC managers. All the officers from this department act like doctors to diagnose the outstanding areas or the areas we need to develop. All the teachers were very serious about facing this assessment. I really want to take this chance to show my gratitude to all the teachers in LTY. Let us fight for the future of the school with the students’ benefit as the first priority. There are some teachers who are on sick leave. I hope they get well soon.
Chan Chun Wah, Fred