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Supervisor’s Message: Start of School 2019 2019-09-06

Dear principal, teachers and students,

Welcome back to school, after what has been a very long and hot summer.

Welcome back to a school campus with many new installations. There are new lighting, ceiling and ventilation fans in the classrooms; there is a new digital infrastructure that provides for more efficient IT access and a public address system delivering clearer broadcasts; there are new toilets in block C; and a new visual arts room. I hope that you will find the improvements more conducive to your learning and personal growth.

To prepare you for the new school year, I would like to tell you a fable - the fable about the rabbit racing against the tortoise. Yes, you know it well since kindergarten; but please bear with me as there is more to the story than what you already knew.

What you knew is the rabbit lost the race because it didn’t take the race seriously. It was arrogant, took winning for granted. It nap in the race thinking that the tortoise would never be able to catch up. But the rabbit was wrong, the tortoise caught up while it rested. Moral of the story: the slow and steady will outdo those who are arrogant and not putting in effort.

This is only the first part of the fable. Shamed by the disgrace, the rabbit challenged the tortoise to race again. This time, the rabbit did its best. It zoomed ahead and won the race in a flash. The moral of the story is pretty straightforward – it pays off for one who makes the best use of one’s talents, be consistent and try one’s best.

It is not the end of the story yet. The tortoise doesn’t accept the defeat. It invited the rabbit to race again, on a new route. The rabbit, confident of its own ability, accepted without giving the idea any second thought. It was smooth sailing for the rabbit at the first stretch. It was way ahead of the tortoise, the end point was soon in sight. But to the rabbit’s dismay, right before the end point is a river. The rabbit can’t swim so all it can do is stay by the river bank and watch the tortoise slowly catching up, swam over the river and won the race. Moral of the story: know your strength and weaknesses, and make the best use of them. Be creative, design ways to circumvent hurdles. And don’t be blinded by one’s past glory, always be attentive and on the alert, plan ahead and anticipate challenges.

Well, it is still not the end of the story. The rabbit went home and did some soul searching. It is unhappy that it has to always compete with the tortoise, its best friend, with one of them having to lose and feel crushed. Thinking it over, the rabbit invited the tortoise to a final race. At the start of the race, the rabbit carried the tortoise on its back and the two of them buzzed down to the river bank in no time. They switched positions when crossing the river. The tortoise carried the rabbit and swam to the end point. The two of them won the race together, in record time. Moral of the story: collaborating with others will optimize synergized strengths with the outcome a win-win heartening and rewarding for all.

Dear students, I am telling you this fable so you can apply the morals in your new school year and in the years to come. They are sound principles for you to go by for building friendships, family bonding, and a better society. If you are like the rabbit, agile and talented, you may be able to attain many personal achievements and win many personal glories, but you will be lonely and unhappy if you have to deal with challenges alone, with no one to share your happiness or provide support for you to reach higher goals.

If you are like the tortoise, handicapped in some ways, don’t ever give up trying. You can win if you make the best use of your strengths, persevere and think out of the box to overcome obstacles.

In summary, putting aside reconcilable differences, helping each other to solve problems, maximize on applying synergized competencies to overcome individual inadequacies to achieve a common goal will result in a win-win that will make everyone happier, and the world a better place.

The morals are also applicable to resolving Hog Kong’s current impasse over the extradition bill amendment. If all of us is willing to take a step back to think, to find new ways to resolve differences, to see from and respect each other’s perspective, to make the best use of each other’s abilities, and try to find solutions instead of creating new problems, the impasse can be resolved very soon.

What has excited me most in this summer’s events? It is the answer gave by a 15/16 old boy when interviewed for his reflections after participating in the June 12 Legco siege. He said he will study harder “讀好d書” . I am amazed by his insightfulness after shedding sweat, tears and blood on that tormentous day. He is able to discern from the experience that physical force cannot solve society’s problems; that an impactful solution requires well thought out ideology, persuasive articulations, planning, organization, tactics, wisdom, and many other soft skills; that if he wants to be more influential and effective in shaping the future, he will have to equip himself with more knowledge and skills.

Dear students, the school will always guard and guide you. It will try its best to equip you with knowledge and skills and spiritual invigorations for your long journey ahead. But it is as important that you take control of your own destiny by taking the initiation to chart your pathway for self-development and educate your own self. To do such planning, my suggestion is to start with reading inspirational works to elevate your horizons and discover possibilities. I would like to recommend two books that will help you understand Hong Kong’s current predicament and what it takes to lead a purposeful life. I read them in secondary school and they are still influencing my thinking today.

The first book is “Nineteen Eighty-Four” written by George Orwell in 1949. It is a rare visionary work for its accurate prediction of the world that we live in today, post 1984. The book predicted the totalitarian, bureaucratic society, the omnipotent electronic age, and the propaganda war between superpowers as we are experiencing today. It painted a vivid picture of what it takes for a decent person to defend individuality and freedom under such tyranny. 1984 will give you a deeper understanding of, and be prepared to overcome, the adversities that we are facing now and those to come.

The second book is “Lord of the Flies”, a novel by Nobel Prize–winning author William Golding in 1954. The book describes the adventures of a group of boys stranded on an uninhabited island and their disastrous attempt to govern themselves. It helped me to appreciate and cope with the conflicting desires that exist within human beings: the desire to live orderly by rules, act peacefully, follow moral commands, and value the greater common good; against the desire to gratify one’s impulsive wishes, act violently to obtain supremacy over others, and enforce one’s will for one’s own selfish satisfaction. If we can reflect and learn from the story, we may be able to find better ways to solve the current deadlock in Hong Kong society.

The school library will be stocking up these two books, and they are readily available at public libraries too. Please do find time to read them if you want to be equipped to be a righteous person and to build a better Hong Kong.

Let us pray for each other at school that we would care and help each other to grow in knowledge and love. And let us pray for Hong Kong, that it will become a better place after the baptism of fire this summer.

God bless!

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