First of all, wishing all of you have a prosperous year with good health in the Year of the PIG. The first month of 2019 has just passed. It passed by just as fast as the previous four months. It was such a substantial month for us.
On 5th January, 2019, it was the first Saturday of the year. On that day, it rained in the morning. All the PE teachers and I were worried as it was the selection day for volleyball team members. Almost 70 students thronged to join. It was a boisterous crowd as their parents also stood there to watch for 2 hours. Fortunately, the rain stopped in the beginning of this activity. Thank you to all the janitors who came to help us clean the wet floor. All the PE teachers and volleyball coaches gave different physical tests to students within 2 hours and there was no break for them to take a rest. They completed all the tests happily without any complaints. Finally, we selected 2 teams of members for the higher and lower form of the boys’ volleyball team. I am sorry that the number of girls was not enough to set a team so we will try to set it up again later. Why does the school set up the volleyball team instead of others? When I was young, I was completely transformed to be a hardworking, positive and responsible student after participating with perseverance in the volleyball team. More importantly, I met a group of good teammates who always supported each other. Even now, we always keep in touch like a family. After graduation, I became the volleyball team coach for 5 years and we won the champion in Division 1. I hope I can bring this sport item to LTY and introduce to our students. I wish for us to get a good result in this sport and to earn a good reputation for our school.
11th – 12th January, 2019, it was Open Day. The school was open to let visitors know more about our school. We showed our students’ work from different subjects. This was a bit different than last year as students had to perform for 3 times to show what they learnt this year in their ECA classes. It provided more opportunities for our students to perform and it helped to build their confidence to perform in public. Also, we set up a new venue to let visitors play the items in physical fitness like hand grip test, sit-and-reach test and so on. They could have a general idea about their own body condition. I found out that lots of teachers and janitors have a good body condition as they did so well in the above test. I hope students, parents, teachers, janitors and other people understand their own body condition and plan to do some exercise to keep their own body fit.
In these 2 days, besides teachers being busy with work, the members of PTA were also busy making beautiful lanterns and Chinese Candy Boxes for charity. Some of the parents made these products until mid-night. Thank you so much for your enthusiasm to help those in needs. All the money will be donated to Hong Kong Society for the Protection of Children. On 25th January, 2019, our PTA held a class for making Chinese Pudding Cake. Lots of parents came to join and they made a carp-shaped Chinese Pudding Cake and it was amazing. When I tasted it, it was delicious and I made a joke with them that they bought it from the shop outside. Everyone laughed. They asked me to let them hold more interest classes for the parents to learn different techniques. Of course, I totally agreed. I really want to take this opportunity to show my gratitude to them for their zeal. I should work harder to keep on developing the school.
The school received the notification from the Department of Quality Assurance for Schools of EDB to have an External School Review in mid-February. There will be 5 people to come and visit us. They will do the lesson observation, check the documents, interview, observe the school premises and so on. Then they will write a report to the school to evaluate the domains of school management, learning and teaching, students’ performance and so forth. Of course, we have confidence to finish this ‘test’. Getting prepared is important for us now. Therefore, we have had meetings every single day after school for the preparation. Teachers have listened to the explanation from the principal. They will also read the relevant documents, have discussion, take records and prepare documents. They need to marks students’ examination papers and record the marks simultaneously. They are extremely busy. I hope all the students and parents can show your support and empathy to the teachers.
When we were all so busy with our work, our school ‘was invaded’. In the morning of 16th January, 2019, one of our parents found out that there was a ball-shaped bird’s nest built outside the window of our school on the sixth floor. She informed the teacher and the picture was shown to me. I was shocked as it was not a bird’s nest but it was a beehive. The bees which lived inside are called ‘Vespa Mandarinia’. This bee is lethal but the beehive is built like a maze. It is complicated with a beautiful pattern and organization. ‘Vespa Mandarinia’ is such an architect in nature. Of course, for our students’ safety, we called the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Fire Services Department to help. They spent about 20 minutes to demolish the beehive and the students could dismiss as usual. Thank you so much to the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department and the Fire Services Department for their enthusiasm for helping citizens.
Our basketball team has been established and they started practicing in January several times. They had their first Inter-school competition on 24th January, 2019. They scored 13 to 3 to win in the preliminary. They were so happy to go into the second round. However, they faced the seed team on 28th January, 2019. They could not move on to the second round. Therefore, they were so frustrated and I praised them they did a good job as they just had several practices and it was the first time to join the competition. They should practice more and get a good result next year. I really want to take this chance to thank Mr. Cheung Ka Chun for arranging and practicing with the students. Also, I appreciate the contribution that the students paid for. On the same day, our lower form students joined the 55th Schools Dance Festival. They won the first-runner up. Thank you so much for the hard-work from the children.
Before I became the Principal of LTY, the former Principal Mr. So helped us arrange a trip to Jiangmen San Wui on 30th -31st August, 2019. We mainly visited Kwai Fung Primary School. Two of our schools have been connected under the Sister School Scheme. We had several exchange activities before. For the further implementation of the exchange for this year, Principal Fung and his administration team had a meeting with us at our school on 27th January, 2019. We compromised a ‘win-win’ and fruitful plan for the coming exchange activity. After the meeting, we had a meal together to show our hospitality.
On 31st January, 2019, it was the Chinese Culture Day. All of us wore Chinese traditional costume back to school to join this special event. Game booths and classroom activities were arranged for students to play and learn. I love handwriting, so I went to the booth of writing spring couplet. I wish to encourage my students to write beautifully. Finally, I became Chinese calligrapher to write lots of spring couplets to the students, parents and teachers. Fortunately, my students wrote me some special spring couplets for encouragement, I was touched. It really made my day. Thank you so much. Some students had a chance to perform on stage. Some of the parents as volunteers prepared and cooked some Chinese Traditional food for us to taste. We could feel the atmosphere of Lunar New Year beforehand, how lucky we were! I wish students could learn more Chinese customs and allow such good customs to continue from generation to generation.
Last but not the least, I wish all of you to have a great year in Year of the Pig. Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Chan Chun Wah, Fred