情繫怡中 - 第30期

怡人學養,文德顯彰

羅偉文校長

 

最近校園內的早會講台背後掛起了一幅新的橫額,上面寫著「怡人學養,文德顯彰」,這正好代表了我對「怡中人」的期望:我希望每個在怡中畢業的同學都能夠成為一個有學養、有品格的人。而學校未來三年發展計劃中的兩大關注項目──提升學習風氣、加強生命教育,也正好回應了這個期望。

 

要提升學校的學習風氣,不單是老師的責任,還需要同學的參與。老師透過推動課程發展、提升教學質素等策略,製造了環境的因素,同學則透過建立良好的學習習慣和認真的學習態度,讓學習產生果效。我所指的並不單是課堂的學習,還包括其他的學習經歷。我相信每個人都有不同的長處和學習需要,有些人在學術上的表現比較突出,有些人比較擅長於體育或藝術,有些人有著某些學習上的障礙,有些人則在某方面有著超卓的潛能。無論如何,同學只要好好認識自己的長處和限制,勇敢地克服困難,把握每個學習機會,投入參與,一定能夠讓自己的能力得以提升,才幹得以發揮。因此,營建良好學習風氣的成效並不是有多少位同學可以進入大學等數字反映出來,而是在於同學是否樂意、努力和持續地學習,他們最終可找到一條可發展的路。要達到這個目標,同學不能單靠自己的力量,更重要是透過信仰讓我們從嶄新的角度(即上帝的角度而非人的角度)去認識自己的價值,謙卑尋找上帝在自己身上獨特的心意,從而懂得訂立自己的人生目標,才能有力量去改變陋習,認真求學。我相信學養並非擁有豐富學科知識者的專利,同學如能倚靠上帝在某方面好好發展自己,也能成為一個有學養的「怡中人」。

 

至於生命教育方面,怡中向來都是以聖經的真理作為培育學生的基礎,除了老師直接教導外,同學亦可以在學校不同的場景中認識基督教的價值觀,知道甚麼是合乎上帝心意的品格。當現實中我們面對種種的道德問題時,往往會發現「知易行難」的情況。因此,我相信同學的生命能否被造物主所「轉化」是生命教育成敗的關鍵。聖經說:「若有人在基督裡,他就是新造的人,舊事已過,都變成新的了。」(哥林多後書5:17)我期望每一位同學都能在中學階段及早認識主耶穌基督,得著生命的轉化,成為新造的人,有能力去改善自己。我建議同學可以立志每天早點起床,早點回到學校,並加入我們其中一位老師的靈修小組,讓聖經的說話真正影響自己。我相信同學也可以經歷一個「全新的我」。

 

最後,我希望同學在每次集會時可以抬頭望望台上這八個大字,提醒自己要靠著上帝的恩典,追求成為一個有學養、有品格的「怡中人」。

 

 

 

 

 

Inspiring learning, Cultivating character

By Mr. Law Wai Man, Principal

 

Recently, a new banner has been hung up at the morning assembly playground, which reads “Inspiring learning, Cultivating character”. It precisely echoes my expectation for “E Wunians” – I hope that all graduates would be scholarly and with character. The expectation is responded by two major concerns in the school’s development plan for the next three years – improving the learning atmosphere and strengthening life education.

 

Improving the learning atmosphere of the school is not only the responsibility of the teacher, but also relies on the participation of students. Through the strategies of promoting curriculum development and enhancing the quality of teaching, teachers create an environment facilitating teaching and learning. Meanwhile, learning effectiveness is enhanced with students’ good learning habits and serious learning attitudes. All these do not confine to classroom learning, but also other learning experiences. I believe that everyone has different strengths and learning needs. Some people have outstanding academic performance while some people are better at sports or art; some people are facing learning obstacles whereas some people possess unprecedented potentials. Anyhow, as long as students understand their strengths and limitations, bravely overcome their difficulties, grasp each learning opportunity and participate actively, they will be able to bring out their innate qualities and talents. Therefore, the effectiveness of building a good learning atmosphere should not be measured by the university entrance rate but students’ willingness and persistence to work hard. Eventually, they can find their own path of growth and development. Depending on students’ own strength is not sufficient to achieve this goal. More importantly, religion lets them know their value from a new perspective (from God’s point of view rather than human perspective). They should find God’s unique mindfulness humbly so as to understand their life goals. This way, they will be empowered to get rid of bad habits and strive for success. I believe that scholarly is not an adjective merely for academic scholars. If a student can rely on God to develop in a specific way, he will be a scholarly “E wunian”.

 

As for life education, E Wun always follows the truth of the Bible as the basis for cultivating students. Apart from the lesson time, students get to know Christian values in different school events. They truly understand the morals in accordance to God’s will. To be frank, encountering various moral issues in reality, we often come to an easier-said-than-done situation. Thus, I believe that the key factor of successful life education is determined by whether a student’s life can be “transformed” by the Creator. The Bible says “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) I hope that every student could grasp the chance to know Jesus Christ in secondary school, experience the transformation of life and become new individuals. They will, therefore, have the power to transcend themselves. Moreover, I suggest that students get up and go back to school early every day to join the morning devotion with our teachers. Let the Bible make a difference in their lives. I believe that students would come upon the “new version of me” soon.

 

 

Finally, I hope that during morning assembly, the words on the banner keep reminding students to depend on the grace of God to pursue model E Wunians with learning and character.