2020 - 2021 Principal's Message

 

Having a Sense of Focus in Life Planning


Today, I would like to talk about our monthly theme ¡§Having a Sense of Focus in Life Planning¡¨. What is life planning? Life planning is a roadmap for your life that helps you prioritize what is important to you. You make decisions based on your priorities and move toward the life you want. As your life changes, your values and priorities may also change. Though there are different foci at different stages of your life, like planning for your academic studies, careers, families, relationships, wealth and so on, you are advised to have a clear focus at every stage of your life planning. At the schooling stage, you have to focus on your academic studies and link up the various paths of future study and employment. How can this be done?



Here, I would like to provide you three steps on what to focus on at this stage.
First, explore careers to decide the one you want.
Second, set short-term and long-term goals to work towards your career aspirations.
Third, acquire the knowledge or skills important for you to attain your goals.
Now, let me explain them in detail.

For the first step, you have to explore to find a career you want. Everyone has his / her own career aspiration at different stages. Take the example of our Head Girl, Phoebe Cheung. When she was small, she wanted to be a teacher, but now she has another career aspiration and this motivates her to pursue her dream. Everyone is unique and has a different career plan. Exploring careers enables you to know what your skills, values, and interests are. The better you know yourself, the easier it will be to decide on a career that is ideal for you.


As for the second step, you need to set short-term and long-term goals to work towards your career aspirations. A short-term goal is something you would like to achieve in the near future, such as setting study goals at the beginning of the academic year and accomplishing them within this school year. A long-term goal is something you want to do further in the future and requires your time as well as some planning. For example, if you would like to be a teacher in the future, you set long-term goals of entering related tertiary institutions and obtaining specific qualifications. Although all of your goals are important, it is impossible to work on all of them at once. You are reminded to prioritize your goals and decide what needs to be done first.

The last step is to acquire the knowledge or skills important for you to attain your goals. After you have set clear goals for yourself, you have to work on clear defined action plans which will guide you to the next step. At the same time, you have to track your progress, review and evaluate your action plans regularly so as to make changes accordingly.


Dear Holy Familians, your life is God¡¦s gift to you and it is priceless. You are blessed each day with this gift to make it meaningful with proper planning. Don¡¦t wait until you feel talented enough to accomplish your goals because by then it may be too late and you may regret for not planning way ahead. Now, let¡¦s pray to God for his blessings to guide us in our planning so that we can make the best of the life we¡¦ve been blessed with.


Setting and Accomplishing Goals


Today, I would like to talk about our monthly theme ¡§Setting and Accomplishing Goals¡¨. Since childhood, you have been reminded to set goals and develop this good habit at the beginning of each school year. Setting goals is important as it will give you a clear direction and focus, both of which are needed to take concrete actions. Moreover, it helps you organise your time so that you can make the most of it and accomplish the things you have set for yourself sooner.


Last two weeks, some teachers shared with you some methods for setting SMART goals. Now, I am going to shed some light on the SMART strategy by sharing some examples to deepen your understanding.

  • If you want to set specific goals, don¡¦t say ¡§I want to get better results in the English Listening Test,¡¨ but say ¡§I will watch the news on the English channel every night to enhance my listening skills in English.¡¨

  • To check whether you have achieved your goal, you need to assign it a measurable unit. So instead of saying ¡§My listening skills are better than what it was in the past,¡¨ it would be better to say ¡§Any improvement of listening skills will be measured by looking at the results of my English Listening Test.

  • Ensure your goal is achievable. So don¡¦t say ¡§I should get full marks in the English Listening Test.¡¨ Rather say ¡§I will get better marks in my English Listening Test compared with that of last year¡¦s.¡¨

  • To make your goal realistic, don¡¦t say ¡§I will watch at least two 120-minute English movies every day to improve my listening skill,¡¨ but say ¡§I will watch the 30-minutes news on the English channel every night to improve my listening skills.¡¨

  • Have a clear and defined timeline for your goals, so instead of saying ¡§I will raise my marks of the English Listening Test¡¨, it would be better if you say ¡§I will aim at getting higher marks in my English Listening Test by the end of this term.¡¨


Dear Holy Familians, you are advised to write down the goals you have set for yourself and the actions you plan to take to achieve these goals. All this planning will create pressure but in a positive way. When your goals are accomplished, you can look at this as a way of challenging yourself and seeing how far you can get when you set your next set of goals. In addition, you will feel proud of your work, your discipline and commitment to achieving your goals.


The most important factor in setting and accomplishing goals of course is to ask God for His guidance and blessings. His light will guide us to make the right decisions and take appropriate actions. Try your best and seek His help. When you leave everything in God¡¦s hand, you will see His hands in everything you do. Now, let¡¦s pray to God for His blessings and guidance in the new school year.

O Lord, be with me all through this school year to help me to live as I ought to live.
Be with me at my lessons, so that I may never give up any task no matter how hard and difficult it is, until I have mastered it, and so that I will not allow anything to beat me.
Be with me in my pleasure, so that I may never find pleasure in anything that I would afterwards regret, or in anything that I would not like you or my parents to see me do.
Be with me in my home, so that I may be kind and considerate and that I may try to make the work of others easier and not harder.
Help me to be the kind of girl you want me to be. This I ask for your love¡¦s sake. Amen.


Now let us sing the song ¡§God Will Make A Way¡¨ to start a new day and put our trust in our dear Lord.

God Will Make A Way by Don Moen

School Reopening

 

Welcome back! On the first day of the new school year, I call upon all of you to be united in love in our continuous commitment to enhancing ourselves. I hereby would like to convey my warmest gratitude to all teachers and staff for their unconditional contribution to the school during the summer holidays. In spite of the turbulent times, they have endeavoured to help prepare for the new academic year so that the learning and teaching continues smoothly even during the pandemic.

 

The theme for this year is ¡§Soaring with Aspirations¡¨ which encourages you to develop further in your academic pursuit, personal growth and life skills. Before explaining how you can apply this in all these areas, let me first define what it means.

Soaring with aspirations is a strong desire to achieve something high or great. It is an ongoing and lifelong process for personal fulfilment. Thus, for your personal growth, you have to gain experiences by enriching your life skills that enable you to work towards your goals and cope with everyday challenges. To do so successfully, you need to cultivate a positive mindset which is a crucial element of aspirations. Do you still remember this was the yearly theme last year? Cultivating a positive mindset allows you to learn to cope with negative emotions and experiences but with a positive attitude; cultivate, nurture and develop personal strengths and potential and bravely face the pressure and challenges in life. At the beginning of school year, you will be asked to take part in a character strength survey carried out by the Moral and National Education Team. You will then receive a profile of your own character strengths listing the top five and last five character strengths, enabling you to reflect on your profile. After reflection, you need to set goals to work on certain character strengths and foster your positive outlook of life. Now, I would like to introduce some life skills for you to develop.

 

1. Boost your self-management skills

Self-management helps you become a successful learner. It refers to strategies, techniques and approaches you use to direct your studies and personal goals effectively. To understand your own academic and career aspirations, you have to strengthen your self-management skills by developing the habit of setting goals and priorities, planning and managing your time, getting organized and conducting self-evaluation.

2. Reflect on core values of Catholic Education and the Canossian spirit

Through Religious Education, you are inculcated with the core values of Catholic education which are Truth, Justice, Love, Life and Family which you need to reflect on. For Truth and Justice, you need to enhance your ability to think from multiple perspectives and learn to use social media in a proper way as well as distinguish right from wrong. Love is the greatest of all virtues.

                                                               

 

Under the Canossian education, we learn from our Foundress, St. Magdalene of Canossa on how to love selflessly and offer our humble service to others. ¡§Those who love are never tired, since love knows no burden¡¨. With Love, we are driven to serve each other with humility and show concern for the needy. Life is a priceless gift from God and must be respected. Though we live in a diverse society with different backgrounds, we need to appreciate individual differences, show respect and embrace diversity. Family is the basic unit of society as well as the permanent support for life. As a big family in our school, we are united to maintain a harmonious and caring school culture as well as reinforce the mutual-trust and support among school members. To learn more about the Canossian spirit, you are advised to revisit the Profile of HFCC Graduates outlined in the Students¡¦ Handbook on p.11.

 

3. Widen your horizons through extended learning

In view of COVID-19 epidemic, you are required to study from home. This kind of virtual mode of learning empowers you to take greater ownership of your learning. With abundant internal and external resources, like e-books, learning materials uploaded on e-platforms and external online competitions, you have to take the initiative to step out of your comfort zone and widen your horizons through extended learning. The amount of knowledge you acquire depends on how much effort you put into your studies and your willingness to take initiatives. Your ceaseless enthusiasm does make learning matter!

 

Life does not always go as expected unless we take the initiative to try to make a difference. According to the Bible, Matthew Chapter 7, verse 7, it reads: ¡§Ask, and it shall be given to you. Seek, and you shall find. Knock, and it shall be opened to you.¡¨ Under God¡¦s guidance and blessings, you have to take the initiative to actualize your goals and make plans in accordance with God¡¦s will. ¡¨

       

 

 

Dear Holy Familians, look ahead as confident learners and strengthen your personal qualities to enrich your life skills. Be conscientious learners and build up the strength to excel your performance in your studies. Be caring learners and develop the Holy Familian spirit within yourselves to show your concern for the needs of others and the world at large. I believe by now you realize the importance of excelling in work with humility and allowing your aspirations take flight. Now, let us pray to God to bless us in this new academic year.

O Lord, we thank you for granting us the grace to begin a new school year. We know that you are knocking at our door. Grant us the desire to let you in to dwell within us, the will to allow us to take control of our life, and the determination to fend off any resistance within us that blocks your wind from blowing where you will. When we encounter obstacles, may you enlighten us, guide us, strengthen us, console us, tell us what to all you desire of us and to accept all that you permit to happen to us. Assist me in performing my duties that I may never be indifferent or careless but be always diligent, conscientious and disciplined. Guide me to cooperate with my teachers, to pay full attention in class, and to behave honourably in school as well as outside it. This I ask for your love¡¦s sake.
Amen.

 

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