Jun 24, 2018

SCHOOL PROFILE

Speech from Principal 2010-2011


A Salute to Mr. Liu Xiaobo

26th October 2010

Dear Father Fung, teachers and students,

In December, 2009, when every family in the world was celebrating Christmas, Mr. Liu Xioabo was put into jail by the Chinese Government for eleven years. He didn’t involve in any violent anti-government activities and had just wanted to put forward the progress of democracy of China by drafting the Article 08 with his friends in his study room.

Starting from the June-fourth Movement in 1989, Mr. Liu was arrested, excelled, imprisoned by the government for many times during the past twenty years. But these measures cannot stop him from continuing expressing his good wish for a democratic China. He continues to criticize the shortcomings of the government policies and the dark sides of the country. And the most important point is that he has consistently sustained his peaceful struggle for an improvement on the human rights in China and consistently expresses his wish for democracy in his writing. He fully understands that his power is so small when compared with the authority of the government. He is using his mantis-like arms, as a Chinese proverb says, to stop the big car wheel from moving forward. He continues his work without fear, even though he understands that he may be sentenced to death.

When Liu Xioabo has been staying in prison for nearly one year, he has been awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize for Peace for his lasting dedication to peaceful advocacy of human rights and democracy.

Bishop John Tong Hon said in the Sunday Examiner, Volume LXIV No. 44, “I believe this is an honour for us as Chinese people. He is worthy of our heartfelt congratulations, as are his family and friends,” He continued, “Now, that the premier, Wen jiabao, has stated that the wish of the Chinese people for democracy cannot be resisted, I hope that Liu Xiaobo and all those imprisoned for pursuing of democracy and religious freedom will be released soon, so that these people can make their contribution to the country, and the reputation of our nation will go up in the eyes of the world.”
The noble act of Liu Xiaobo makes me think of a famous Chinese official and poet of South Song Dynasty. He was Wen Tianxiang. When he was going to be executed, he left the world his famous Thirty-two Words. “孔曰成仁,孟曰取義,唯其義盡,所以仁至。讀聖賢書,所學何事?而今而後,庶幾無愧。” Its meaning is, Confucius taught us to sacrifice ourselves for benevolence, Mencius taught us to sacrifice ourselves for righteousness. When we cannot maintain benevolence and righteousness, we may have to sacrifice. We have studied the teachings of the virtuous sages, but what have we learnt from them? We have to act in such a way that we will not regret at the present moment and in the future. Through reading this Thirty-two Words, I can see the tough and bright image of Mr. Liu.
Dear boys, you have to study hard for your examinations, but at the same time, I suggest you read more Chinese classic books and poems, because they are the invaluable treasure of our Chinese ancestors. You can find lots of wisdoms which may help you understand how to lead a meaningful life. Besides studying, you have to learn how to perceive things in a critical way, discuss life issues with each other and develop positive life values. 
We may have a feeling that most Hong Kong people don’t like to discuss political issues. Sometimes we may have the misconception that the Hong Kongers are too money-minded and selfish. But, in fact, when it comes to justice or some major issues, we will surely stand out and voice our opinions so as not to disappoint our sages.
This year marked the 61st Anniversary of the People Republic of China. According to the history, Hong Kong people had contributed a lot of money to help solve the living problems of the Mainland people in the first thirty years of the Republic. In the second thirty years, Hong Kong people have contributed a lot of expertise and resources to help develop the economy of China. In the coming thirty years, I hope we can contribute ourselves in helping China to become a democratic and liberal country with justice and human rights.
In order to equip ourselves well, we have to practice democracy in our teaching and learning, in our school and in our families as well. We have to make use of the good conditions of Hong Kong, by walking our talk and help make Hong Kong a successful place with democracy and liberty. Then, Hong Kong may have the condition and chance to influence China to improve in these aspects and bring hope to the Mainland people. 
Dear boys, as I always say, one of the missions of KTMC is to nurture future leaders of Hong Kong. So, please always keep this mission in your mind and equip yourselves well to help build Hong Kong and China a better place for Chinese people to live in.

Lastly, may I wish that Mr. Liu Xiaobo and all those who have been imprisoned for pursuing democracy and freedom of religion will be released from the jail soon. Let’s pray and look forward to seeing Mr. Liu receive his Nobel Prize for Peace on the stage of Stockholm Concert Hall in Sweden.

That’s all for my sharing this morning. Thank you very much for your kind attention and may God bless you all.


為生病的同學祈禱

2010年10月6日

佛家以生老病死為人生四種最大的痛苦,稱為四苦諦。而佛家的修行方式的原理便是如何協助世人解除上述的痛苦。

年青人會認為自己青春無限,對生老病死的感受不深。但誰願意就這些問題去多思考一下,誰就有一定的得著。

死亡,對大家來說是很遙遠;但當日子到來,自然會有很多憂慮和恐懼。面對死亡,人不論貧富尊卑,也會感到乏力。但是單害怕,有用嗎?有方法可以轉危為機嗎?基督徒相信只要倚靠上主的安排,努力做好現世愛人的本份,便是一個回應生命的方式。我常以職業生命、工作生命為比喻,跟大家作說明。昨天在一個培訓新校長的活動,有一位已退休的資深校長分享說,因為平日訓練有素,把學校工作分配妥當,老師人人獨當一面,故臨退休前兩年,「不知幾安樂」。因此,校長除做好自己日常的本份工作外,還必須要完成培養接棒人的任務,才算圓滿。古人云,生存是為了死亡作準備,也有相近的啟示。因此,各位作為學生團體領袖的同學,也應學會這個道理,令自己所屬的團體,可以延續和發展。若將這個道理,擴大至應用在整個人生,也會合用。

高錕教授發明光纖,全面而徹底地改變現代人的生活,不論是在經濟、軍事、教育、交友……等層面;但縱使他是一位稀世的物理天才,但面對年老帶來的身體機能的衰退,也無能為力,使人惋惜。但只要我們能從他的經驗得到啟發,知道人可以工作的生命有限,那麼,如何善用時間以發出最大的光和熱,便至為重要。如以要應付公開考試為喻,備試的時日,屈指可數,正如〈學記〉所言,「時過而後學,則勤苦而難成」,因此,昨天黃老師跟大家分享善用時間的原則和方法,要掌握事情的緩急輕重,便有這個用意。

死和老,對大家真的尚很遙遠,惟獨病,則可能近在咫尺。一般的傷風感冒,當然可以視之為「小病是福」,但病魔的隨時猝然到訪,也會給我們來一個措手不及。

中五班有一位同學,暑假前得到一罕有的疾病,病情反覆,時重時輕,開學至今仍未能像大家一樣,享受校園的生活。同學患病雖然感到痛苦,但仍然態度樂觀,鬥志頑強,我相信,當同學病癒,經驗過幸福不是必然之後,他對人生和時間運用必會有一番深切的瞭解,生活的態度一定會更加積極。

各位同學,以上有關如何面對老、病、死的分析,雖然過於簡單,但對大家如何珍惜仍在自己手中的時間,努力當下,希望也會帶來一些啟發。

今天我誠意邀請大家為今天仍然受疾病困擾的同學祈禱,求天主賜予他們堅強的意志,戰勝疾病,早日康復,重返觀瑪的大家庭;並啟發各同學從中體驗生命的可貴,積極生活。本月是玫瑰月,讓我們用天主經、聖母經及聖三光榮經各一遍,向天主及聖母祈求。


Inauguration Ceremony of Student Council and Prefects

4th October, 2010

Good morning Father Fung, Teachers and Students,

First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Yeung Wai Tat, the Chairman of the Student Executive Council, though he is not here today as he is now studying in the CUHK admitted through the Early Admission Scheme, and Mr. Wong Hong Yuen, the Chairman of the Student Representative Council, and the committee members of both the SEC and SRC, and also Mr. Hui Chak Pan, the Head Prefect, and all the Prefects for their dedicated service to the school last year. I would also like to congratulate the new Head Prefect, Mr. Leung Wai Hong, and his partners for having obtained the trust and support from the teachers and students. I have confidence that the new Prefect Team will not only help maintain the good discipline of KTMC but also act as the role models of their fellow schoolmates. I would also like to congratulate the new Chairmen, Mr. Chan Lok Yiu, and his cabinet ‘Faith’, Mr. Kam Yu Fai, and his cabinet ‘Understanding’, for being elected as the Student Executive Council and Student Newspaper Editorial Board respectively of our school this academic year. I believe, under their leadership, the school lives of all Maryknollers will further be enriched.

During the past two years, I have clarified with you the true meaning of freedom. I wish all of you will still remember that freedom doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you like with no limits and the higher the standard of self-discipline of a person, the more the freedom he may deserve. I am sure, both you and your teachers are working very hard for achieving this goal.

Before the SEC election this year, the members of the candidate cabinet, Faith, came to see me and shared with me their annual plan of the coming school year. I appreciated very much their good attitude, concerted effort, thoughtful ideas and superb creativity. I supported most of their suggestions and proposals except one, i.e. they suggested having one student representative to sit in our staff meetings. I asked them about the rationale behind the suggestion. They told me that it could make the school policies more transparent and provide a chance for students to voice their opinions about school matters to the school authority.

I explained to them that I supported the idea of enhancing the transparency of the process of enacting school policies but inviting students to sit in our staff meetings might not be so appropriate. As you all know that, the stake-holders of a school include the sponsoring body, school managers, all staff members, alumni, parents and students. In other words, all our work is accountable to all stake-holders and the benefits of each party has to be taken into account. Let me take the hottest issue related to the Hong Kong secondary schools at the moment as an example, i.e. the re-structuring of class structure. Whether a school will change its class structure from five classes to four classes at each level will not be decided by the Principal alone, but by the consensus of all stake-holders. The process of consultation before making decision is a very long and complicated one and that’s the reason why it is not appropriate to invite students to attend the process of making school policies.

On the other hand, I have counter-suggested to the then candidate cabinet to organize some kind of open forum for all Maryknollers and school administrators to sit together and share their different perspectives on school matters. In the gathering, the school administrators can explain the rationales and constraints of all school policies and school development plans to the students. And at the same time, students can give feedback to the school from their points of view. With mutual understanding, good communication and shared belief, I am sure it can help further develop the freedom and democracy of KTMC.

When the said open forum is organized by the Student Union, I hope all of you will join this meaningful function and I am looking forward to hearing your voices for the constructive development of our school.

Boys, the progress of KTMC needs your contribution and support. Let’s work hand in hand with the SU and Prefects to bring ourselves a brighter future.

Thank you and God bless.


61週年國慶祈禱 

2010年9月30日

今天,很高興我們可以集合一起慶祝中華人民共和國建國六十一週年。

在過去的幾個星期,我們都很關心有關釣魚島的新聞。釣魚島自古以來就是中國神聖領土,屬台灣省管轄。在1971年6月17日美國跟日本簽署歸還沖繩協定,竟然將釣魚島等八個島嶼作為「琉球群島一部分」,一併交給日本,因而引起了世界各地華人團體紛紛組織保釣運動。這個爭論了接近半個世紀的問題,在香港也引發過很多次的保釣行動。遠在七十年代,很多香港大學生都因為參加保釣示威被警方鎮壓而為它流過血;最轟動的,要算是1996年9月26日,「全球華人保釣大聯盟」召集人、「保釣號」總指揮陳毓祥先生也是在釣魚島水域抗議日本侵犯中國領土時,不幸遇溺逝世,為保衛釣魚台獻出了寶貴生命,當時他只有四十六歲。

民間保釣的立場是如此鮮明,如此充滿激情,而中國政府的立場又是怎樣?回顧歷史,1978年10月25日,當時鄧小平先生以國務院副總理身份訪日,在同日本首相福田赳夫的會談中,他強調雙方在釣魚島問題上要以大局為重,認為,談不攏,避開比較明智。他說,我們這一代人智慧不夠,我們下一代人總比我們聰明,總會找到一個大家都能接受的好辦法來解決這個問題;又說,可考慮在不涉及領土主權情況下,共同開發釣魚島附近資源,提出中方願以「擱置爭議,共同開發」模式解決同周邊鄰國間領土和海洋權益爭端的立場。

「擱置爭議,共同開發」的基本含義是:第一,主權屬我;第二,對領土爭議,在不具備徹底解決的條件下,可以先不談主權歸屬,而把爭議擱置起來。擱置爭議,並不是要放棄主權,而是將爭議先放一放;第三,對有些有爭議的領土,進行共同開發;第四,共同開發的目的是,通過合作增進相互瞭解,為最終合理解決主權的歸屬創造條件。

從上述資料,可以看出全世界的華人多主張全力爭取釣魚島的主權,有人認為國家立場太軟弱,不肯跟日本人正面交鋒,等同賣國;也有人讚成不惜因此而發動戰爭。不知道同學們對此有何看法?

不過三十年前中國的國情,跟今天的中國國情很不同,無論是經濟、軍事、國際地位、兩岸關係等,今天的祖國跟三十年前比較,真的是不可同日而語,從中,我們也可以看見鄧小平先生當年提出的「我們這一代人智慧不夠,我們下一代人總比我們聰明,總會找到一個大家都能接受的好辦法來解決這個問題」的智慧所在。況且,釣魚島主權問題的複雜性在於,它不單是中國跟日本的領土紛爭問題,它也是中國跟美國等強國外交角力的戰場。今天,我們不知道事情的發展將會如何,而我們可以做的是,第一、關心;第二、加深認識;第三、獨立思考;第四、發表意見;第五、實際行動。 
此外,我們還可以肯定的是,國家愈富強,辦外交愈有力;而國家的發展,實在有賴今天的年輕人是否長進。縱使我們的國家今天還有很多有待改善的地方,但我們深信,只要你們──新一代接班人培育得好,只要你們有心有力,祖國的發展仍會是一面向好,欣欣向榮的。

現在讓我們一同誠心為國家和為自己祈禱,希望我們人人都有一份愛國愛民的心,共同為建設祖國而努力。亞孟。


成功沒有僥倖

2010年9月29日

一般「狀元」接受訪問,都說「只是上課認真聽書,跟著老師指示做功課,得閒參加課外活動便可」、「不用補習」等。但上述除了他們因為有自己的一套溫習方法,準備功夫已很周全,故無暇補習是頗真確之外,其他方法恐怕不大準確,兼有誤導之嫌。但可能唯有這樣說,才顯得出自己是高人一等,與眾不同,因為若果告訴人自己很勤力才取得好成績,便好像於形象有損。

上週五家教會選舉,特別請來幾位在會考取得優異成績的同學,跟家長們分享他們的溫習心得。昨天,謝老師綜合同學的心得,從分配時間、試前準備和應試技巧等角度,跟大家分享同學的成功之道,並告訴大家,知易行難,要有恆心和毅力,才能成事。

今天,我想跟大家分享那幾位同學的成功之道的一些細節,希望大家也會覺得會有參考價值:

  • 交替溫習,如做一段時間數學,便作一篇文,有類交替運用左右腦來學習;
  • 學會放鬆的方法,如坐得太久,便看看窗外的風景、作深呼吸、做一些伸展運動或打坐等;
  • 注意健康和有足夠休息,若精神不振,縱熟讀書本也沒有用;
  • 參加恆常的課外活動,如田徑訓練,可磨練鬥志,學會不怕吃苦,為邁向目標而努力;
  • 多做歷年考卷,不是鬥多,而是要有方法地做,例如:限時、分類、揣犘題型、掌握評分標準,令自己一望考試題目,便知老師想自己答些甚麼和給分點的分佈情況;
  • 不會死記公式,而是理解公式的引申過程,讓自己可以隨時把公式推衍出來;
  • 考試期間,一定要忘記已完成的考試科目的表現,不要牽掛,只放眼未考的科目;
  • 使學習成為自己的興趣、把學習融入自己的生活中;
  • 多接觸英語,看英文頻道,逼自己聽,不看中文字幕;留意人家運用英語的趣味;
  • 中一開始,預備小生字本,方便攜帶,可以隨時溫習;常常高聲朗讀課文;多查英文字典,瞭解生字的不同使用方法;多用英文去思考,減少解碼的過程……

 

而最令老師擊節嘆賞的,是其中一位同學說,他在應付會考的一年,用盡千方百計把自己的電腦鎖起,抗拒誘惑,以示決心。這一點,令到所有老師和家長也感到佩服。

各位同學,上述的方法,可能會因人因時因情況而有微調,但大原則不會相差很遠,而共通點則有一個,就是成功沒有僥倖,西諺云「天才就是長期的忍耐」,正是這個意思。今天,讓我們一同祈求天主,賜予我們每人這一分願意為自己擁有美好將來而現在吃苦的恆心和毅力,讓我們每一個人將來都可以為天主發熱、發光。亞孟。


堅持信念

2010年9月22日

首先,祝大家中秋節快樂。中秋,是中國人很重視的一個節日,因為它象徵一家團圓;若果只把它看成食月餅、玩燈籠的日子,便是把它看低了。正如聖誕節是慶祝耶穌降生的日子,而不只是開派對、送禮物的日子一樣。

忙碌的生活,令我們沒有時間靜下來,想一想自己每天所做的工作,哪些事項有意義,可以多做;哪些事項沒有意義,可以不做。

上周有一位去年中七現在讀大一的同學來探我,其間提及他初上大學,在生活上有點不適應,而他在大學跟其他觀瑪同學相遇時談起這番感受,他們也有同感。他問我究竟問題在哪?

我告訴他:「預╴鰿[喇!」他問我何出此言。我告訴他,觀瑪的校園生活,基本上跟二三十年前沒有太大分別,同學相親相愛,師生關係融洽,我們要求同學多做有意義的事,放棄做一些不好的事,很多同學都能做到,但這要求對一般時下的香港青少年來說,要做到這一步,已不容易。

比方說,上周有兩位低班同學在公車上行為不檢,被乘客來電投訴。於是屈老師在廣播發言時希望知情的同學或當事人告知學校究竟發生了什麼事。不出十分鐘,來自不同班別的訊息已傳達到學校,當事人和證人都一應俱全。當我問被欺凌的同學有何感想時,他說,我下車後,在反思我平日有些什麼地方表現得不好,惹得同學發怒,並表示自己日後會努力表現得好一點。接著我又問欺凌別人的同學有何感想,他說他本來覺得該同學很討厭,但在聽過同學在這時刻竟會對自己的言行作反思及思考改善的方法後,便覺得自己很小器、很魯葬,對自己的表現感到很後悔。我說,難得大家都願意跟別人分享自己的感受和努力改進,我希望欺凌者經這一事後,學會做弱小者身邊的天使,負責保護弱小者不再受到人家的欺負。

如果我將這些訓導經驗告訴我們的同行,他們要嘛十分羨慕,要嘛以為我在講大話。因為在一般學校,要處理一宗未有指明同學的校外違規行為的投訴,動輒也要花半天以上的時間明查暗訪,並且最終不一定能「破案」。

為什麼會這樣費時?因為學校教同學守信諾,社會則教人講大話掩飾自己的過失;學校教同學勇於承認過失並改過,社會則教人疑點歸於被告,「冇證冇據你唔好屈我」;學校教同學要與人分享自己的成就,協助人家成功,社會則教大家只要得到個人利益,別人的利益可以放在一旁。

中七同學覺得他的大學同學,有些很有進取心,但態度不友善,顯得自私;有些無所事事,終日坐在canteen 休閒度日;有些則一問起你的家境、學校,知道是來自屋╴h,便拂袖而去。

當然,上述資料很片面,而且當師兄跟同學接觸的機會多了,自然便會改善,無須小題大做。但我依然告訴他,學校是社會價值觀的最後一道防線,對福音的教訓,我們會堅守和執著。縱使,炒賣可以致富,但我們仍要教學生腳踏實地;縱使埋堆是商界的生存之道,我們仍教孩子要活出真我。況且,大家將來要做一個隨波逐流者很容易,但要做一個挽狂瀾於既倒者,則不是人人可以做到。我常說學校對大家有高期望,不單是指讀書,而是希望將來大家都是當價值觀被扭曲時,力挽狂瀾的支持者。

各位同學,人生要追求的物質生活,其實可以很底,因此,千萬不要為追求過量的物質享受而令自己終日勞勞碌碌,作為金錢的奴隸,忽略了自己的家人和朋友;而自己的骨氣,對正義的堅持,是可以跟自己廝守終身的無價寶。孔子曰:「求仁得仁,又何怨乎!」。因為我們所做的一切,都是願光榮歸於父、及子、及聖神,起初如何,今日亦然,直到永遠。亞孟。


偉大的母愛

2010年9月15日

上周,一位舊校家長給我寫了一封電郵,介紹我閱讀她為天道書樓寫的一段網誌。而這也鉤起了我的一些回憶……

四年前的暑假,有一位小學友校的校長打電話給我,問我可不可以破例收錄他學校的一位畢業生。那是一位來自單親家庭患有自閉症的同學,因為校長相信那位同學如果來了我的學校,一定可以得到良好的照顧,不會給人家欺負,有助他的成長。

我第二天約見了那一位同學和他的母親,陪同面試的,還有我的兩位副校長和負責融合教育的老師。當時,我們跟那位同學和他的母親談了很久,只覺得那男孩很聰明,常識也很豐富,對我們的提問應對如流,而他的母親為了全職照顧他,甘心放棄了自己的會計事業。

最後,我問那位同學覺得我們學校怎樣。你猜他怎樣回答?他說:「我睇你都幾醒目呀!」我告訴他我不是問他對我的看法,而是想不想來我校讀書。他說:「May be啦!」

之後,轉眼便跟他相處了兩年,接觸的機會很多。他是一位資優兒童,最擅長修改電腦遊戲程式,無師自通,也因此而考進了資優學院,接受培訓。他經常發脾氣、跟同學爭執,甚至打同學。他很壯健,但卻患有睡眠窒息症,經常失眠;又易頭暈和心律不正。有一段嚴峻的時間,試過要每十五分鐘度心跳一次,若發現心跳太慢,學校便要立刻呼叫救護車把他送院。

不要以為我們照顧他很辛苦,試想想,他的母親是如何把他撫養到今天十五、六歲的……

他的母親在網誌分享說:「兒子學習時間很漫長,舉個例子,教他吃一片西瓜,要用上五年時間。因為自閉症孩子吃東西的觀念很難轉變,吃雞扒飯就一味吃雞扒飯,想他轉豬排飯,要教很長的時間。他不吃生果、蔬菜,一吃便嘔吐。因為不吃蔬果不健康,所以我要教他吃。起初,先用大半年時間讓他嗅西瓜的味道;然後搾汁給他喝,要先隔渣,一點渣都不能有;飲了一年,再試飲有渣的(有時仍會作嘔);飲了三年,然後切細粒餵他;到他不再作嘔時,才正式給他吃一片西瓜,這樣,大概已花了五年的時間。」

她又說:「兩歲幾時證實他患病,三歲開始教他發脾氣時不要打人,教到現在,十幾年了;一天復一天,教了不下幾千次,他仍是會打人。不過,等到他今天開竅了,情況才有很大的改善。我有時勸家長:『不要教幾十次就放棄啊!』」

究竟是什麼原因促使這位母親鍥而不捨地撫養他的孩子呢?她說:「我無辦法長命過他,總有一日要離開他,若他連煮食、煲水都不會,將來怎麼辦?望著他燙衣服,我心卜卜跳,很害怕。不過,如我不放手,他沒經歷,怎能學會?雖然他未能把衣服燙到筆挺,最少他曉燙。有人說:『他做不如我做。』對啊!但你次次替他做,他永無學習機會。愈保護他,他跟世界愈脫節,便愈難生存。」

「教幾千次也要教,不要教幾十次就放棄」、「如我不放手,他沒經歷,怎能學會」、「愈保護他,他跟世界愈脫節,便愈難生存」,這些說話,真像是出自教育家口中的教育理論,而更難能可貴的,它們不是理論,而是實踐。

同學如果有興趣觀看家長分享的全文,請使用以下連結:http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/parentblog/article?mid=20175&prev=-1&next=20129

不知道同學聽罷這一位母親的分享,內心有何感受?這位同學有一位非常愛他的母親,又是資優生,但他患有自閉症,健康又不好,天主對他,究竟是祝福,抑或是懲罰呢?

一位朋友跟我分享說:「面對天災人禍出現時,我的愁苦發動;若這些是天父允許,我就默然不語。」是的,天父的安排,並非我們所能清楚瞭解,但當我們面對天災人禍時應該作出什麼回應,則是你跟我的智慧都能掌握的。

各位同學,希望你們都能牢牢保護著這一份天主賜予我們減低天災人禍的殺傷力的智慧,好好努力,不斷為身邊的人帶來更大的幸福。因為我們所做的一切,都是願光榮歸於父、及子、及聖神,起初如何,今日亦然,直到永遠。亞孟。


早 禱

2010年9月8日

信守承諾

本學年學校以「信」為校園生活主題,不知道大家就此作過什麼思考。

當我做童軍時,誓詞以「我願以信譽為誓」作開始。旅長修士給我們解釋說,信譽是我們最珍貴的東西,故以為誓言的保證。保持信譽,別人不可以相幫,只有自己才可以。一旦失去信譽,日後便很難補救。

現代年青人多「下巴輕輕」,隨便應承替別人做事,但又會隨時爽約,故有「放飛機」之潮語產生。不知道在座有多少位是「放飛機」的常客呢?

學生爽約之例,比比皆是,例如遲到、不帶書、不帶功課、不備課、不出席已報名的活動等。如果習以為常,除個人信用名譽掃地之外,也影響自己的前途。

每年暑假,校長的主要工作之一,是接見不同的學生,求學位、求升班、求轉科、求轉校等,真是早知如此,何必當初?此時此刻,同學們大都信誓旦旦,應承做這做那。但我常問他們:「你們失信在先,現在如何令人信服?」

最後,部分能經得起重重考驗,有重建信譽的勇氣的同學,學校或會給予他們最後一次機會;不能堅持接受考驗的,也只好請他們到外邊的世界去闖闖。我常說:「學校教不好的學生,惟有交給社會去教。」

老實說,對上述學生的承諾,我只是抱著半信半疑的態度,不過,學校是給人改過遷善機會的地方,只要學生肯保證會改過,我也樂意看見他們成功。

多年前,有一位學生來求我給他機會重讀中五,他說因為他平日只顧兼職賺錢,以致會考失手。我問他兼職賺了多少錢。他說尚餘三千元。我說:「如果你肯把三千元全數寄存在我處,明年只要你取得十四分或以上,便可以取回,你有這決心嗎?」他說願意一試。結果如何?最後,他以十六分成績單光榮地取回他的三千個大洋。

今年,我同樣要求一位同學交出他最心愛的玩具給我作保證,才可以繼續在觀瑪讀書,要成績達標才可以取回。他應承了。但到開課日,他沒有來見我。當時我很失望。但到了放學,同學來找我,說小息時因為不見我在校長室,故放學再來。當他從書包拿出他心愛的玩具時,我真的很高興,因為,我從同學充滿自信的面容上,看見他明天成功的曙光,亦期待同學本學年有脫胎換骨的表現。

各位同學,你願意每天在自己信譽的錢罌,放進一枚守信的硬幣嗎?你願意用自己信用,為師長們帶來努力工作的原動力嗎?讓我們一同祈求天父,賜給我們信守承諾的美德,利己利人。亞孟。


Words from the Principal

1-9-2010

Dear Fr. Li, teachers and boys,

 

Welcome back to school. I think all of you have made good use of the summer vacation to take a break, to up-grade yourselves and to prepare well for the new school year. The graduates of different years who got good results in the public examinations shared with us similar experience, that is, they made good use of the summer vacation to prepare for the public exam. I believe the F.7 students have followed suit.

Before delivering my speech today, I would like to extend our warmest welcome, on behalf of all the school members, to the following new members of KTMC:

  • Mr. Victor Christianopoulos from Australia, our new NET, teaching F.1 to F.4 oral English.
  • Mr. Liu Hok Him(廖學謙), teaching F.1 to F.4 Geography and F.4 Liberal Studies.
  • Mr. Lam Tsz Man(林子文), teaching F.2 and F.4 English and F.1 Ethics.
  • Mr. Chow Yuk Kwan(周玉?), teaching F.1 and F.2 Chinese History and F.1, F.5 and F.6 Ethics.
  • Mr. Ng Ho Nam(吳浩楠), teaching F.2, F.3 and F.4 English.
  • Mr. Yung Hap(翁俠), teaching F.1 and F.2 Mathematics and F.2 Junior Science.
  • Ms. Diana Gidwani, teaching F.1 and F.3 English.
  • Mr. Wong Kwok Wai(王國威), teaching F.3 Physics, F.1 Junior Science and F.1 Computer Literacy.
  • Ms. Lam Pui Wai, Pat(林沛慧), taking charge of the library and teaching F. and F.2 Civic Education.

I am sure everyone of you can learn a lot from the new teachers and I wish all of you will show your hospitality and assist the new teachers to accustom to the school lives of KTMC quickly.

The academic year of 2009-2010 marked the continuous success of KTMC. Not only because of quite a number of trophies and honours you got in different inter-school activities, but also good academic results that our F.7 and F.5 boys achieved in both the A-Level and School Certificate Examinations.

In the A-level Examination, the overall passing rate and credit rate are 96% and 40% respectively and it is nearly the highest credit rate in the recent years. The best performed student is Wan Wai Kit and his score is 3As1B. For the CE Exam, the F.5 boys have also done a very good job. The overall passing rate and credit rate of our school are 96% and 50% respectively. Nearly 70% of our F.5 boys get 14 points or above in their best six subjects. The overall CEE performance of 2010 is also the best in the recent years. Furthermore, five boys get 7As or above with the highest score of 10As. They are Chen Kin Lam, Kan Yuet Fan, Lam Yat Fai, Lee Chi Man and Chu Chi Ho. All of them are studying F.6 in our school and I hope they will share with you their methods of getting such remarkable results in public examinations. On behalf of the school, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all our hardworking teachers who have made a great effort and contributed so much time on nurturing our boys. May I invite all of you to give a great round of applause to our devoted teachers.

        Our 10As student, Chu Chi Ho, told the public during the interview with the press that the aim of his future career is to help the under-privileged improve their living. This saying deeply touched Mr. Tsang Tak Shing, Secretary of Home Affairs. He sent a card to the school and asked the school to forward it to Chu Chi Ho and encouraged him to realize his aspiration. Now, may I call upon Chu Chi Ho to come up to the stage to receive the card. Chu Chi Ho, please.

(Chu Chi Ho, Do you have anything you want to share with the teachers and fellow schoolmates at this moment? 
Thank you very much, Chu Chi Ho.)

This year, 2010-2011, is the second year of the implementation of the New Senior Secondary Education System. Dear Form Five boys, please always bear in mind the great achievements attained by your senior schoolmates and take them as your role models. I have told every current Maryknoller in the year book of 2009-2010 that our roles were not enjoying the harvest of the ancestors, but preparing a more stimulating environment conducive to all round development of the future generations of KTMC. So, as you know that the Form Five boys last year had left a record in the last Certificate of Education Examination, and I hope all of you will also work very hard and help establish a good start for KTMC in the first Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education, to be held in 2012.

I have always reminded you in the past two years, all of you are within the top 33% of the students of the same age. So, doubtless to say, getting credits, or you can re-name it as level 4, or above in the public examinations is surely within your competence. So, boys, please always bear in mind that the reputation of our school cannot only rely on the top boys of each form, but with the joint effort of each and everyone of you. If each of you do try your best, I am sure our school can achieve even greater heights in the coming years. What I told you is not a dream but the target of your senior schoolmates. On 4th August 2010, the day when the CEE results were released, I met some F.7 students in the corridor. I told them that about 70% of the F5 boys got 14 points or above in their best 6 subjects. Do you want to know what their response was? They said, “Dear Principal, the target of having 100% of KTMC boys getting 14 points or above is approaching near.” So boys, whether it is only a dream or an attainable goal, it all depends on the concerted efforts of ‘YOU’.

For the junior students, we will try our best to help you develop better studying habits and better acquiring skills so as to equip you well for the challenges lying ahead. I think most of you were shocked by the tragic incident happened in Philippines two weeks ago which led to the death of eight innocent Hong Kong citizens. Besides sadness and anger, most of the Hong Kong people were discussing on the wrong decisions and actions taken by the Filipino police. From this incident, we have learned that we are not prophets and we can’t tell what will happen in the future. What we can do is to get ourselves well-equipped and put what we have learned into practice to solve the unexpected problems that may arise. The process of equipping oneself may be harsh, but is necessary. Let me quote a real life example to illustrate what I am trying to say. Last year, I asked some F.7 boys about their views on our new homework collecting policy. They said that they didn’t like the policy at the beginning and finally agreed that it was a necessary requirement for students to keep their studies on the right track. They also confessed that if they had had the same requirement and training when they were in junior forms, they would have got even better academic results in the public examinations.

Dear boys, please be understood that reasonable requirements and liberty are not enemies but can co-exist. With reasonable training and proper development, you can surely deserve a sensible and liberal way of living in the future.

For success, I have also highlighted the importance of goal-setting to you before. I hope you still remember the SMART approach that I have mentioned, that is: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound. Last year, your academic and non-academic achievements have demonstrated that if the goals you set are ‘SMART’, the probabilities of realizing them are big and the rewards you get will be very encouraging.

        This year, the school would like to remind all KTMC boys to pay more attention to our School Motto, with the focus on ‘Trust’. With this in mind, the school has chosen ‘Let your “Yes” mean “Yes” and your “No” mean “No”.’ (Matthew 5:37) 「你們的話該當是:是就說是,非就說非。」(瑪 5:37)as the Theme of School Life of this year. In order to actualize the theme in daily practice, our school has designed a project entitled “My Promise” to help you set up your own goals and guide you to attain them. Your Homeroom Teachers will inform you the details and help you achieve your goals step by step throughout the school year.

        Dear boys, the road in front of us is long and winding, but I firmly believe, with the guidance of God and our concerted effort, all of us can further develop morally, physically and academically. May I wish you all another enjoyable and fruitful academic year.
        
May God bless you all. Thank you.