Say “No” to Bullying

This morning, Vice Principal Mr. Leung shared with us a children’s book, called “I Dissent”, written by Debbie Levy. It is a book about the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second female Justice (judge of the Supreme Court of United States) in the U.S. history. Using approachable language and storytelling techniques, the author introduces to readers the life story of Justice Ginsburg, the iconic fighter for gender equality in the States. Mr. Leung used Ginsburg’s daring endeavours of fighting social injustices against overwhelming odds for people with little power to inspire us, to stand up against bullying, both for ourselves and for those who were powerless to resist. Absolute social justice is difficult to achieve, but as a Catholic school which upholds “Justice” as one of the five core values, we should strife hard to maintain a bullying-free school community. Should we see any bullying taking place physically, verbally and even in the cyber world, we should stand up and say “No, I dissent!”

Speak Politely

This morning, Mr. Pong shared with us the poem “Words Once Spoken” by Jessie Campbell. Using the poem, Mr. Pong brought out three messages why we shouldn’t use foul languages so casually. One, it reveals one’s poor personal qualities. Two, it may unintentionally hurt the listeners. And three, once they are spoken, foul languages can’t be taken back. The damage is done and we spread bad influence to others and back onto ourselves. So let’s heed Mr. Pong’s words and remember our school motto, “Gentle in Manner”. It is easy to excuse ourselves thinking that using foul languages casually is common for teens nowadays but as students of SFXC, such reckless use of words is actually very out of character for Xaverians.

Overcome Laziness

Using a funny story about how the devils devising a plan to conquer the world through spreading laziness, Mr. Iu gave us a serious message today warning us the destructiveness of protracted laziness. He provided two tips in overcoming our lazy devils: 1) being aware and taking action against voices that lure us to relax; and 2) breaking up daunting tasks into manageable steps. As we are passing the half term mark, we shouldn’t let Mr. Iu’s message fall on deaf ears. Let’s do what Xaverians do best, be resolute in our studies.

Don’t Worry

Brother John gave us a comforting morning message today about letting go of our worries. We are indeed living in a world full of worries and uncertainties. But Brother John reminded us that something were certain. We can be sure that God’s unfailing love for us will not change because of the shifting circumstances. His infinite wisdom and power will always come through and lift us out of our valleys of trouble. So let us put our treasures in heaven and our trust in Jesus so that we can live a life not beat up by worries.

Filial Piety

Today, Mr. Shing shared with us a message on filial piety. It was a social concept very fundamental to any Chinese society. But Mr. Shing pointed out that we were losing this traditional spirit just by not doing some trivial things in our daily lives. Using easy to understand, contemporary life examples, Mr. Shing reminded to honor our parents and treat them well by simply doing mundane things, such as answering to their questions promptly and listening to what they have to say patiently. Mr. Shing made a good point. We Chinese are often characterized by our loyalty to our family and parents. Maybe as students, we have not yet come at the point where we need to take care of our parents, but we can definitely practice filial piety in our daily life by doing the “trivial things” mentioned by Mr. Shing

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