2021 - 2022 Principal's Message

 

Building Good Work Habits




Today, I would like to talk about our monthly theme ¡§Building Good Work Habits¡¨. Why do we need good work habits? According to research, up to 40% of our daily lives is shaped by our habits. If we consistently maintain good work habits, we are much more likely to be happier, healthier, more productive and more creative. Today, I would like to introduce a very essential work habit that I believe you all are familiar with ¡V making an after-school timetable.


Here at school, you all follow a timetable, which ensures a fair of distribution of time allocated to different subjects. However, you also need to follow one after school, as it not only gives you an effective strategy to manage your time but also allows you to strike a balance between your studies and other activities. These could include developing your hobbies, exercising, eating, sleeping, hanging out with your family and friends as well as devoting your time to God. By making a timetable, you can be better prepared to achieve your goals as it enables you to visualize what you have got in your schedule for the day and across the week.



As a student, how can you make an effective timetable? Here, I would like to share with you three tips on how this can be achieved.

  1. Set and prioritize your goals.
  2. By setting your goals, you will have a clear focus of what you want to achieve and once that is done, prioritize them according to their importance. For instance, if you are taking a new subject like ¡¥Economics¡¦ and may not be very familiar with its concepts, you may need to allocate more time to this subject.



  3. Be consistent with your work habits and follow your schedule.
  4. The most effective way to create a study routine is to schedule in your revision at the same time every day. For instance, after completing your assignments, you could set aside 45 minutes of studying with a 15-minute break. Don¡¦t overload yourself. You will do better overall if you give yourself regular breaks from work. By following a schedule, you will soon get into the habit of building a consistent study routine.


  5. List deadlines and commitment.
  6. Before you begin filling out your timetable, it is essential that you write out a list of deadlines and important events you have coming up. This will enable you to schedule your revision at the most effective time and help you maintain other commitments. For example, if you have a Mathematics quiz coming up in two weeks and need to attend a family gathering at around the same time, you need to plan your schedule accordingly. You can allocate some time to work on 10 questions each day. With an organised work schedule, you can do both your revision and take out time for other activities. This will also reduce your stress and prevent last-minute panic.

 

You can make your timetable on a piece of paper or in digital format, such as a spreadsheet or an app on your phone. After making your timetable, do keep it in a place that you will see or access every day. It might take some time for you to really get used to using your timetable but keep at it. Once it is a part of your routine, you can then build good work habits. Not only will you enjoy your work, but you will also be a step closer to success.

So in the second month of the school year, I earnestly call upon each and every one of you here to exercise your self-discipline and being organized in achieving your goals. Now, let¡¦s pray to God to grant us the determination in scheduling our work and developing good work habits.



Conducting Evaluation and Setting New Targets


Today, I would like to talk about our monthly theme ¡§Conducting Evaluation and Setting New Targets¡¨.



Every year, we stress the importance of setting goals at the beginning of the school year. This year, while working on the monthly theme of September, I decided to add the words ¡§Conducting Evaluation¡¨. Can you guess the reason for this? Well, as you all know, no one is perfect and we have to constantly reflect on ourselves to make progress so that our life becomes more meaningful. So when should we start conducting evaluation and setting new targets? The answer is ¡§NOW¡¨. To make changes in our life, it is important that we act now before it is too late. This same thought can be applied to our yearly theme ¡§Treasuring our Life Lifting Up our Mind¡¨. If we put things off until a later time, we may not get another chance and will end up regretting our decision. For example, should we start doing our assignments now or wait until the last minute? Should we start doing revision now or wait until the day before the First Test? Should we start exercising regularly now or put it off until we can spare some time for it? Don¡¦t put aside your work as we do not know what tomorrow holds for us. Instead, work on your targets, evaluation and assignments starting from now. You can make use of your Students¡¦ Handbook to guide you to do so.

 



In this new academic year, the Holy Spirit will come to you whenever you take the time to follow God¡¦s way. There may be things that are difficult to stop, to start, to keep or to give up, but if there is a will for good deeds, God will always make the way for you. But the key to make things happen is to start them NOW. In the Bible, when Jesus asked Peter to follow him, his immediate response to God¡¦s calling was ¡¥NOW¡¦.

 



My dear girls, in this school year, I appeal to you to take a more proactive step in your learning and personal growth. Now is the time for renewal, to stop your wrong doings and to start your new commitments of self-enhancement for the goodness of your school, family and friends. Do also remember to live up to God¡¦s love and spirit by following His will. Now, let us pray to the Lord to strengthen our faith in Him and to guide us in setting our targets.




Living in Gratitude    Thanksgiving in Blossom


Our Educational Theme for 2021-2024 is ¡§Living in Gratitude, Thanksgiving in Blossom¡¨ with the main focus on ¡§Gratitude¡¨. Why is this quality so important? Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what we receive, enabling us to recognise and acknowledge all the things in our lives. In our busy lives, gratitude may not be something we are aware of consciously; however, if we remember and express it, gratitude can bring us immense happiness. Not only does it help us deal with adversity in a positive way, it also allows us to relish good experiences and strengthens our relationships with others. Apart from benefitting our psychological health, gratitude has a positive impact on our physical health.

There has been much research on the effects of gratitude and one such study was carried out by two psychologists in United States. In this study, they asked all participants to write a few sentences each week, focusing on particular topics. One group wrote about things they were grateful for that had occurred during the week. A second group wrote about daily irritations or things that had displeased them, and the third group wrote about events that had affected them with no emphasis on them being positive or negative. After 10 weeks, the first group who wrote about gratitude were more optimistic and felt better about their lives. Surprisingly, they also exercised more and had fewer visits to physicians than those who focused on sources of aggravation.



In the first year of the coming three years, we will learn to show gratitude by treasuring our life. In the second year, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary and exhibit gratefulness while in the third year, we will learn to express gratitude by humbling ourselves.



For this year, our theme is ¡§Treasuring our Life, Lifting Up our Mind¡¨. We have to thank God for giving us a chance to live in this beautiful world and thank our parents for giving birth to us. Life is limited and every moment in our life is precious. In your prayer book on p.20, prayer No. 18, For Good Use of Time, there is a sentence that echoes this thought. The sentence is ¡§Every hour that passes is an hour less in my life span, an hour closer to meeting You face to face¡¨. Whenever I read this sentence, I am reminded that life is short and I have to make the most of it. We are reminded to develop a positive attitude towards life.



Let us learn to be thankful for the difficult times which can train us to be more persevering and allow us to turn every adversity into an opportunity. There are many ways to do so. For example, if you get wrong answers in a test or exam, you could learn from them to prevent making the same mistakes again. Instead of giving up or escaping the reality, you can consider this as an opportunity to enhance your understanding of what you have been taught.



Later on, our Head Girl Core Group will be invited to share their views on the yearly theme with you. Followed by that, there will be another sharing by a group of students. Last year, eight senior students from our School¡¦s Media Team joined the Movement to Prevent Stroke Video Contest organised by the Division of Neurology of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The purpose of this contest was to encourage people to exercise regularly to prevent stroke and this was done through a creative workout video. I would like to invite them to convey a positive message about a healthy lifestyle and how it can lift up our mind. Regular exercise is associated with greater emotional wellbeing and makes one feel happier!



Dear Holy Familians, to live a fruitful life, a grateful heart is important. If we have a grateful heart, we can be aware of the good things that happen to us, and never take them for granted. I would like to end today¡¦s sharing with a quote from the bible. According to 1 Thessalonians, Chapter 5:16-18, it reads, ¡§Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.¡¨ Let¡¦s remind ourselves of this verse, focus on appreciation and always express gratitude so as to demonstrate to our dear Lord that we are doing His will. Thank you and may God bless you all.




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