On 8th April 2019, Brother John asked each of us an important question, “Who is the master of your life?” He pointed out that though most people nowadays claimed that they were masters of their own lives but in reality, they were enslaved by something when God was not the master, and most likely by Satan. Explaining from his own personal experience, Brother John highlighted that we were not well-suited to be masters to make all important life decisions because we were ignorant and selfish. He urged us to submit our lives’ authority to the Lord, who is the all-knowing creator who loves us.
This is not an easy message to take in. Giving up authority sounds like a powerless act but think about it, Jesus has shown us that there was more power in submission to the highest power. Through his humble submission to His Father’s will, He accomplished the unimaginable and changed the history of the world.
On 1st April 2019, Mr. Shing gave us a simple yet profound message about family, which one of the 5 Catholic core values. The simple message was that ‘my family not only belongs to my parents but to me as well’. It sounds trivial but how many times have we placed responsibilities and even blames on our parents when we equally responsible? It is as if we have forgotten our roles as a family member when something bad happens in the family.
Let’s absorb Mr. Shing message to our hearts, put down own phones and spend some time with our family tonight. Remember that when bad things happen in the family, you can do something as well.
On 18th March 2019, Mr. Ching gave us a message about adopting a positive outlook to life. He used quotes from various celebrities or heroes to encourage us.
To those who felt disappointed about their failures and poor performances, Mr. Ching quoted NBA legend, Michael Jordan’s words, “I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
To those who constantly stayed in their comfort zone and saw no need to improve themselves, Mr. Ching quoted words from two brightest stars in the current world of soccer. Cristiano Ronaldo once said, “Talent without working hard is nothing.” Another star footballer, Lionel Messi, told the world, “The day you think there is no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player.”
To those who lost focus, Mr. Ching quoted from our famous alumnus and world-renowned martial artist, Bruce Lee, “I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
To those who thought they had lost the fight even at the starting line, Mr. Ching encouraged them with NBA star, LeBron James’ words, “My father wasn't around when I was a kid, and I used to always say, 'Why me? Why don't I have a father? Why isn't he around? Why did he leave my mother?' But as I got older I looked deeper and thought, 'I don't know what my father was going through, but if he was around all the time, would I be who I am today?' Or in legendary psychologist, Carl Jung’s words, “I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.”
Lastly, Mr. Ching used the founder of Marist Brother, St. Marcellin Champagnat’s Marist golden rule, to encourage all teachers who felt demotivated by students with low motivation, “To raise children properly, we must love them and love them equally.”
Let’s be encouraged by Mr. Ching’s message and the words of our heroes. Be positive and beat the inner pessimist!
On 4th March 2019, Mr. Leung gave us an interesting message about the journey of growth using the well-known Chinese novel, Journey to the West (西遊記). Mr. Leung explained that each character in the 4-man team represented an aspect of human nature. According to Mr. Leung’s interpretation, the righteous monk leader symbolized our moral conscience; the monkey king represented our hearts, full of potential yet untamed; Pigsy (豬八戒) symbolized human desires while Sandy (沙僧) represented our burden and past. Mr. Leung encouraged us to listen to our consciences, tame our hearts, control our desires and learn from our past, and to walk our journey of learning and growth just like the Journey to the West. We were encouraged to overcome lots of obstacles and to slay many monsters to attain the final goal, which could be the experience of the very journey itself, just as depicted in the ending of the novel.
Let’s absorb Mr. Leung’s encouragement. Whether we stumbled or were triumphant in the first term, the journey continues. So learn our lessons and keep moving forward.
Our Parents Day for 2018-2019 was successfully held on 24th February 2019. It was considered a nerve-breaking day for many of our students due to the anxiety their felt when their parents met their form teachers and received the report cards for their first term exam results. All turned out to be fine, there were surely lots of excitements and disappointments but they were all important parts of a learning process. Let’s hope that those with good results will be humble and keep up their good work. For the others, they should redouble their effort and learn from their mistakes.