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.