‘To cheer each other on’ is the phrase most experienced in November. The second of November, 2018 was the Joint-School Sports Day. However, typhoon signal number 3 was hoisted a day before. We have never had a typhoon in late autumn. All the kindergartens were suspended. If typhoon signal number 3 is hoisted, all the outdoor activities for the primary and secondary schools must be cancelled. All the teachers prepared a circular and activated the contingency plan for the parents and students to know what they could do if it was cancelled. Fortunately, typhoon signal 3 was down to 1 at midnight and it was completely cancelled in the morning. Thankfully, the weather was exactly suitable for the outdoor activities with a shower in the beginning, which stopped for the rest of the day and a bit of sunshine with a gentle breeze was replaced by. All the learning was moved from the school to the Ma On Shan Sport Ground. Students, parents and teachers became athletes to show their talent in sport. I was so happy to see students not showing their arrogance when they won and students not showing their desperation when they lost. Participation was the first priority and you could easily hear ‘students cheering each other on’ everywhere in the sport ground.
On the sixth of November, the first function called ‘High Tea with Principal’ was held. We are so happy that over 100 parents wanted to join this function but we could not facilitate so many parents. We made up our mind to give 2 seats for each class and hope this mechanism is more fair and covers more parents in different classes. In the beginning of the function, I shared the updated development of the school and the effectiveness of learning English. Parents were attentive to listen. Then the parents were divided in to six groups and an administrative member was assigned to each group. I walked around to join in their conversation and answered their questions. After this function, parents needed to fill in a questionnaire. All the collected data was so positive and parents stated that they wish the school can hold more functions like this to build a good communication between parents and school. When the function ended, the parents kept on ‘cheering me on’ and gave support. I was touched.
|From 8th to 13th November the first examinations were taken. This is the first time our school changed the dismissal time from 3:30 pm to 11:35 a.m. We were glad to see lots of parents coming to take their children back home with laughter. This also meant that the school could create more space for the teachers for marking the examination papers and planning the school promotion to make the school become more beautiful, especially the staircases. We hope more people can know that our school and the number of students will increase in the coming year and so forth. I have a practice that I stand outside the school gate to greet the parents and students when they come back to school. Recently, I ‘cheered on the students’ for the examination. Of course, our teachers to be ‘cheered on’, too.
Students need to have examinations to consolidate what they have learnt and show they can put it into practice. Being a new principal also has different methods to be assessed. Nowadays, being a principal is hard as there are a lot of procedures you have to go through. You have to take a course which is called ‘Principalship course for Aspiring Principals’. ‘Need Analysis for Aspiring Principals’ and ‘the professional development portfolio’ must be successful completed. If you are recruited by a school, you need to take another course called ‘Induction programme for Newly Appointed Principals (NAP)’ for 3 years. On 9th November, I left school to talk this course of NAP. Some parents and students met me and asked where I was going. I told them I have to attend the NAP. They ‘Cheered me on’ loudly. I am really touched and I will try my best to help the school develop.
On Wednesday, 21 st November, 2018, it was such an unforgettable and memorable day! Our English Choral Speaking Team (P.1 – P.3) won the first runner-up on the 70 th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival (2018). Students’ perseverance and teachers’ diligence should be praised. It is proved you will success if you do not give up easily and keep on working hard. Thank you for the dedication given by teachers and students. It is really an amazing result.
On 24th November was the Election of IMC Parent Manager and 20th of PTA chairman and members. Parents could vote in the morning from 9:00a.m. to 4:30 pm. Then the ballots were counted and the result was announced. Congratulation to the new Chairman and the members. They were ‘cheered on’. After the ceremony, parents, students, teachers and their relatives and friends were in the playground for the BBQ. I believe that it is a tradition for our school. It is meaningful. I wish this tradition can be kept and they should be maintained. Let’s cheer on LTY!
Chan Chun Wah, Fred