On 28st January 2019, Mr. Iu delivered us a simple message about doing good. He expressed that turning our students into merely law abiding citizens was not our goal in education. We expected more from Xaverians. We expected them to be a light in the society. Mr. Iu encouraged us to start with little good deeds out of kindness or out of a sense of responsibility. Those little good deeds by all Xaverians would combine and turn our school into a very different community that could spill positive impact to our society.
Let’s remember Mr. Iu’s message. ‘Doing No Bad’ is not enough, do good and make our Father in heaven proud.
On 21st January 2019, Mr. Shing delivered us a simple message about truth and honesty. Using the real-life story of an honest student he encountered. He illustrated to us how honesty could free us and bring us long-term success in spite of the short-term disadvantages.
Let’s remember Mr. Shing’s message. Don’t underestimate the destructive power of a simple lie. If you stay true to your conscience, you’ll be surprised by the rippling effect of a courageous act of honesty.
On 10th December 2018, Mr. Leung, our vice principal, gave us a message about freedom and discipline in phone usage at school. Using the British sci-fi TV series “Black Mirror’, Mr. Leung warned us the danger of addiction and corruption through undisciplined use of smartphones. He pointed out an important fact that our current mobile phone policy allowing students to bring smartphones to school could only be sustained though the trust by the school and the promise to self discipline by the students. It was a product of the consensus reached between the school administrators and the 3rd Student Union years ago. The policy has since become a symbol of the free spirit of St. Francis Xavier College. Sadly, according to Mr. Leung, the irresponsible phone usage by some students during school hours recently had forced the school to review the current mobile phone policy. He urged all students to be self disciplined in compliance with all the rules attached to the policy and not throw away this hard earned freedom easily.
Let’s take Mr. Leung’s message seriously and remember that liberty comes with a price. If we don’t behave and live up to the standards that warrant the trust from the school, perhaps we don’t deserve the freedom that so many schools have already taken away to enforce discipline.
On 12th November 2018, Mr. Iu shared with us an important message commonly ignored by many students. Referring to an old Chinese proverb saying “stealing a needle is the same as stealing a piece of gold”, Mr. Iu pointed out that minor misbehaviours could twist our very fabric of being and accumulated into bad characters, which could lead us to commit grave offence. He particularly warned us not to take a “just for fun” mentality when doing “small bad things”, especially in the mishandling of Smartphone usage at school. Let’s be mindful of the consequences and avoid making big and regrettable mistakes.
On 5th November 2018, Mr. Shing shared with us a beautiful message of love. By using Mother Theresa as an example, he illustrated that ‘love’, one of the 5 Core Catholic Values, was not only a noun but a verb manifested in acts of compassion, just like how Mother Theresa toiled for the dispossessed and bring love to the unloved. Mr. Shing also challenged us to demonstrate compassion in our own small acts of sympathy or kindness, like not laughing when your friend makes a mistake or passing a tissue paper when a classmate spills on his clothes. Let’s take Mr. Shing message seriously and fill our Xaverian community with love by small acts of compassion.