It is contradictory in December. Everyone is waiting for the Christmas and New Year holidays as they can take a rest and enjoy the family gathering. However, it is the last month of 2018. Do you still remember the promise you made in the beginning of the year? Can you achieve it? In 2019, do you have other new plan? Whatever it is, if you have time to do the introspection, face your own problems without giving up, it is the best attitude. You have to make your own decision without procrastination and you will not feel regret in your life. Like our choral speaking teams, after winning the first runner-up in the English team, our Putonghua team also won the first runner-up on the 70th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival. Our students just had 3 months to practice and they could perform so well and won lots of prizes, medals and trophies. It proofs that our students really have potential in different aspects. Thank you so much to the teachers who try their best to train and teach the students and let them show their talent in different stages.
Besides students, our teachers are also talented. Mr. Chung Sai Kit won the merit award in the 4th Commercial Press Teacher-students Pictorial Writing Competition. Our Vice Principal Ms. Ng Mei Wah and our teachers Ms. Lau Chui Yan and Ms. Ng Mei Ting were awarded as Outstanding Teacher Mentor Award. This award means that the teacher who can teach well and he/she can help the new teacher get familiar with the teaching duties and the teaching pedagogies.
It was the Parent Day on 8th December, 2018. It was such a precious opportunity for the class teacher(s) and the parents to talk face-to-face about the students. Class teachers(s) would have deeper understanding of the students at home and also the parents can know more about their child performance at school. It was a bit different this year as a book fair was held in the school hall. Parents and students were willing to stay at school longer to enjoy reading books. They were talking and sharing with those new books. Some of them were concentrated to read, what a nice and harmonious moment!
On 12th December, 2018 at the lunch recess, the lottery for the ‘Singapore study tour 2019’ was held because too many students wanted to participate. Finally, we drew 40 students to join and they were so happy. Those who cannot join, they did not show any disappointment but they had another expectation – which country we will go next year?
On 14th December, 2018, the principal and some teachers of Dà Jiāng Zhōng Xīn Primary School in China visited our school. They had school tour first. Then they observed the lessons and had a discussion afterwards. We had professional dialogues to discuss about different issues of education, from the lesson design to the teaching pedagogies, from the educational policy to the new trend of education, we talked a lot and our profession were enhanced. We became critical friends of educational field.
Christmas is such a meaningful festival for people to celebrate. Nowadays, people enjoy this festival by doing some relaxing activities such having gathering with family, preparing some gifts and Christmas cards to show their love and care to their friends, family and relatives. It is necessary to do so as it will make the world warmer with love and care. The school also grabbed this precious chance to design some interesting English activities to students to learn and put in practice in context. It was the first time to have the English theme day on 20th December, 2018. Students learned English through booth games, classroom activities, movie appreciation and others. Some students had a chance to perform singing, drama, choral speaking and so forth. It proved that our students got talent and they also love to learn English. On that day, there were over 100 kindergarten students and teachers to visit us with over 60 kindergarten parents. They were so excited and happy as they all had smiling face all the time. Also, some secondary students and teachers came to help us set a booth game to our students to learn English. The atmosphere on that day was boisterous and mirthful. The stage was moved to the playground and the joy and bliss could be spread to the community. It made all the citizens have a good impression to our school. I really want to show my gratitude to all the teachers who work so hard with their thoughtfulness to prepare such fantastic theme day to the students.
I have been working in LTY for 4 months. The first long holiday starts. In these four months, I really feel the support from the teachers and parents, the love and care from the students. Some students sometimes come to the Principal Room to talk to me and share the problems they encountered in learning English. It is pity that we cannot have too many students at the same time. For tackling this problem, I put a mailbox outside my room. Students can use another method to talk to me. I really have an expectation to receive students’ letters and I promise I will read it. If it is good, I will reply the letter, too. I wish all the students can enhance their Chinese and English standard through writing me letters. About the Christmas and New Year holiday and Lunar New Year holiday, I believe that I will stay at school and work in these holidays. Perhaps you may ask me why. Let me do the preparation first and I will tell all of you later. Last but not the least, wishing all of you have Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. More importantly, good health is a must. See you all of you in 2019!
Chan Chun Wah, Fred