Freedom is NOT Free of Responsibility

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.

Minor Misbehaviour and Serious Offences

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.

Show Love in an Act of Compassion

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.

Let It Be!

On 29th October 2018, Mr. Ching, our vice principal, shared with us a song that inspired him a lot. It was called “Let it be”, written and performed by Paul McCartney, as a member of the pop rock band Beatles in the 70’s. According to Mr. Ching, the message of “Let It Be” was not about giving up or taking up a nihilistic view towards the world. Instead, it was a call to let go of what was weighing us down and to take on a very positive outlook of life. It was meant to be a comfort to those who were facing hardship and defeats as there were ultimate meanings to them yet to be revealed. Mr. Ching used the song to encourage all who had disappoints in their performances in the recent athletic meets. Let’s take Mr. Ching’s message to our hearts and embrace our challenges with a smile because “there will be an answer, let it be!”

The Essence of Sportsmanship

Today Mr. Mario Leung shared with us a touching real-life story as dramatic as any youth manga. The Koshien Stadium, which embodies the pinnacle of Japanese high school baseball competition, recently staged a championship battle featuring the Kanaashi Agricultural High School Baseball Team. Mr. Leung described the team as a ragtag team of humble origin, yet they had an ambitious dream. Ultimately, they lost the game to the league giant, Osaka Toin High School, which was way above their league in every aspect. Yet, the Kanaashi Team won national respect in their final defeat, a result more triumphant than victory per se. Their story even moved the heaven to display a rainbow over the Koshien Stadium to congratulate their epic demonstration of sportsmanship. Mr. Leung used the story to encourage us to do our best in the coming Athletic Meet Day 2. He reminded us that there was something more transcendent and valuable in our epic struggles to overcome challenges than winning medals in competitions. Let’s put up a good show of sportsmanship in the coming Athletic Meet and show our proud spirits as the Xaverians.

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