Prepare Today For The Unknowns Of Tomorrow
In the age of technological advancement, an ever growing number of people are becoming addicted to the online world and the countless smart devices that come along with it. Technology is a double-edged sword. It can not only lead us to a boundless virtual space, but also trap us in a bounded spiritual space.
The world has changed under the COVID-19 pandemic. Some lifestyles we once took for granted have become ever more precious. Some plans we once looked forward to have now been rendered impossible. The 21st century has been full of global uncertainties: diseases, natural disasters, wars, and famines. Society, the world, the political environment, and people’s hearts and minds have become ever more complicated. One can hardly catch up with the fast-paced changes in the world. Many experts have pointed out that 40% of jobs will soon be rendered redundant, completely replaced by robots. To survive and stand out in this generation, what kind of knowledge, skills, and attitudes are needed?
Education is the key to success. Comprehensive education facilitates the formation of a person’s character, learning ability, self-confidence, and values. The paradigm of teaching and learning is no longer bound by traditional spaces. It is no longer constrained by any geographical limit, culture, or race. Students should be more independent, active, and well versed in the pursuit of knowledge. Only by learning from daily application, demonstrating and discovering knowledge, communicating and cooperating with others, can we truly achieve success. If scholars copied information from the Internet or the work of others, we would have gradually lost the ability to think, synthesize, and innovate, and we would not be able to transform information into intrinsic knowledge. In the end, we would only become passive learners and lose the passion and desire to learn.
In the same way, teachers should keep pace with the times in this fast-changing era. Teachers should understand the diversity of students’ learning, and teach students in accordance with their aptitude in a student-oriented way. We must develop diverse teaching methods to cultivate students’ curiosity about life and things in this new world. Instead of merely teaching knowledge, what matters is the display of accountability and inheritance of experience and values. Educators should help students prepare to enter the next stage of life. They should encourage students to pursue higher, further, and broader life goals. Ultimately, they should help students to develop personal uniqueness, and become a person who dares to innovate while supporting society.
This pandemic has raised a number of life’s deepest questions to the surface. What is the core value of our lives? What attitudes do people need most? Many wise thinkers have said: the best way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate all your wisdom, enthusiasm and ability to do today’s work to perfection. This is the only way you can cope with the future. We did a good job today, probably because we did a lot of right things yesterday. We cannot be sloppy, even for seemingly trivial things. If we can do well every day, we will naturally be successful every day.
In the new academic year, the school will continue to promote positive, moral education. The school will continue to improve students’ biliteracy and trilingualism through reading and interdisciplinary learning. We will continue to help students set goals and develop career plans. I hope that all students will continue to cherish living in the moment and make the best preparations for their futures. I advise all of our students to:
Every morning is new, and no one knows what the future will hold. There are many uncertainties in the future, as well as infinite possibilities which are waiting to be discovered and explored. When we face the future, we must have visions and dreams in our hearts. Of course, it is inevitable that we will have worries and panic. Only if you dare to venture into the unknown can you discover more beauty and wonder. Everyone will play a different role in life. Try your best to find your role and cherish it. Be grateful for it and perform it with dedication. Through this, you will find comfort, live a meaningful life and achieve the best performance.
Message from the Principal
Ms. Lam Yuk Kei
Time is fleeting, and a new school year begins again! Last year was indeed rewarding. We successfully completed a range of different plans which were the result of concerted efforts from all teachers and students. Our school has made significant progress in many aspects. Nothing is more rewarding than to witness our students’ growth and the continual improvement of our teachers and staff members. We feel grateful for what we have achieved so far! However, the new school year means new changes and challenges for all of us. In many ways, this reminds me of the transformation of a silkworm.
Feeding on mulberry leaves, young silkworms grow fast. One amazing fact about this insect is that each silkworm multiplies its weight by about 9,000 times from the moment it is born up to the time it creates its own cocoon. Following its last shedding, its skin fades a yellowish colour. The worm spins itself into a silk cocoon before emerging as a moth. Once, as the story goes, a child tried to help a moth emerge out of its cocoon, saving it from its apparent torturous struggle. However, this denied the moth the opportunity to struggle and exercise its wings. Soon, the moth lost its original colour and ability to fly, and died. In God, no suffering is meaningless, and we can learn to appreciate all the miracles that arise from our struggles.
Life is never easy; we often encounter multiple humps and bumps along the way, and no one likes to bear despair and pain. These obstacles, however, can always create a positive impact on our characters – showing us our strengths and weaknesses, and telling us what we need and where to go. With faith in God, adversity can always be a catalyst for character building and aspiration.
We will launch a new, three-year School Development Plan this year. Our major concerns are:
It is our mission to provide quality, all-round education based on Christian principles. We strive to broaden our students’ horizons so that they can create their life map and be inspired to aim high. We believe that all students are able to unleash their full potential through trial, error, and hard work. We are also convinced that the strengths of our characters help us to weather the storms and turbulences of life, turning setbacks into future successes.
Therefore, we pledge to do our best to mould the young minds into grateful, responsible citizens with personal goals, humble hearts and a willingness to serve. I hope all of us are well-prepared to start afresh. Let us work hand-in-hand to make TKP an even better place for our students to learn and shine.
Message from the Principal
Ms. Lam Yuk Kei
“Spring is the best start to the year; morning is the best start to the day; diligence is the linchpin of one’s life.” This Chinese proverb reflects an attitude that is worth integrating into all aspects of our lives. Not only does it encourage us to seize the day and grasp opportunities, it also reflects the importance of planning. Whether it be planning for study, career, marriage, birth, or retirement, we are reminded that by planning early we ensure our ability to respond to changes in our lives. Planning for these important milestones is the best way in which we can prepare for whatever our lives may bring. Modern education emphasises the importance of goal-setting, and often reinforces the importance of career planning. If we can make the most of each day by managing our pursuits and motivating ourselves to improve with “diligence”, we can progress towards our goals, and live a beautiful and fulfilling life without regret.
In the eyes of a follower of Christ, this Chinese proverb can be considered on a higher, more spiritual, level – “Spring is the best start to the year; morning is the best start to the day; God is the linchpin of one’s life.” Everyone’s life is determined by God’s arrangements and good will. The question is, can we succeed in taking hold of the promises of God, discovering and treasuring our talents, continuing to nurture ourselves, and truly believing in goodness? To achieve these moral aspirations, it is vitally important to set learning and life goals that best suit ourselves as individuals. Only by working hard to add value to our own being, establishing regular habits and routines that further our development, participating in extracurricular activities and services in our community, and developing our potentials, can we live a life as beautiful as Lord Jesus.
The motto of our school is “Charity & Faithfulness”. Both are very profound values that guide us to be “Faithful to God and charitable to man”. Our school is devoted to instilling these principles in our students by placing them at the forefront of our daily lives. As we live by these values, we can continue to be polite, care for others’ needs, and sustain a habit of doing good deeds. What’s more, by committing ourselves to our further studies we can learn how to set and achieve personalised life goals, respect teachers with sincerity, and care for classmates. We can live by these values in our family lives, too. By being filial and helping with housework and household duties, we can express our care and respect for our loved ones. In a higher regard, living by these values gives us the means and courage to search for our true purposes in life. It allows us to pursue truth, goodness and beauty, and contribute to the success of our flourishing community. Indeed, these pursuits are mature in their nature, but are ones which we encourage our students to aspire to.
In the coming academic year, one of the school’s main concerns will be to promote student collaboration in order to fully engage with active learning. We believe that by nurturing effective collaborative skills we can instil loyalty and integrity into our students. Furthermore, it will provide fruitful opportunities to build, develop, and hone learning habits whilst maturing with peers. We trust that it may serve as a stepping stone for achieving students’ moral education goals.
“Without good character, education is only half done.”
Good grades alone do not guarantee absolute achievement; nor are they the solitary factor in finding true happiness. Nurturing personalities, values, and spirit is of equal importance. I sincerely hope that ‘TKPers’ can develop their own individual characters and continue to improve their own quality of life, as well as the lives of those around them. We should love ourselves through responsibility, attentiveness, and temperance; love our families and friends through filial piety, respect, and compassion; and love our neighbours through forgiveness, service, and patience. We should also be honest with sincerity, reflection, and boldness; have integrity with circumspection, trustworthiness, and justice; and be loyal with humility, obedience, and faith. I aspire for you to be the ‘clear spring’ in the torrent of society, and be beautiful witnesses of God.
Message from the Principal
Ms. Lam Yuk Kei
The commencement of the academic year 2016-2017 marks the 35th anniversary of S.K.H. Tsoi Kung Po Secondary School(SKHTKPSS). It all begins with the love of Jesus and the selfless contribution of the founders of establishing the school on the current site at Ho Man Tin. Together with the generous donation from Tsoi Kung Po’s family, the school is able to stand firm in the district of Ho Man Tin throughout the past 35 years, nurturing countless students.
With the guidance from God, it is such a blessing for me to join the big family of SKHTKPSS at this momentous occasion. Students of SKHTKPSS have been performing well in terms of academic learning and public exams, character building, self-learning, career development, self-improvement and all other realms under the guidance of previous principals. Our teachers and alumni also play a significant role in fostering the development of our students in different aspects and setting good examples and for students to follow. Without them, SKHTKPSS would not be able to continue to shine in the community, and I am really proud to be one of the members of SKHTKPSS.
As the old saying goes, “Every learner must be inspired by a teacher”. Teachers shoulder the responsibilities of “delivering, teaching and explaining”. Indeed, teaching with passion and becoming the role model of students are always the aspirations of teachers. By focusing on academic, personal and spiritual development, SKHTKPSS provides our students ample opportunitiesto be more concernabout our society, discover more about themselves, treasure life, develop good interpersonal skills and positive attributes through classroom learning and participating in various extra-curricular activities. With perseverance and courage, students would be able to cope with adversity and map out their own life plans to fully utilize their skills.
Looking into the future, SKHTKPSS would put more emphasis on languages, students’ learning efficiency and multilateral cultural exchange so as to equip our students with a globalized view of the world. By enhancing the collaboration between academic, character, social, religious and family education, SKHTKPSS will become a learning place with love and harmony. With the virtue of the school motto “Faithful to God, Charitable to Man” being upheld, our students will have a holistic development, both academically and non-academically. They will learn to be innovative, appreciative and self-reflecting, which are the core ingredients to living a more meaningful and fulfilling life.