Journey to the West, a Journey of Growth

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.

Parents Day 2018-2019

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.

“Doing No Bad” is not Doing Enough

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.

Truth and Honesty

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.

Don’t Let the Immature Impulses Spoil the Brotherhood

On 17th December 2018, Mr. Ching, our vice principal, gave us a message about brotherhood that countered any narratives excusing bullying on campus. Using the recent public sharing of our famous alumnus Stephen Chan (陳志雲), Mr. Ching highlighted that SFXC has always been a school of brotherhood and the inclusive culture here had long been established. Though bullying was not a widespread phenomenon in SFXC, Mr. Ching was highly critical of any minor forms of bullying, including repeated tricks and hurtful teasing that could place our fellow Xaverians under tremendous stress. He understood that most of our students didn’t engage in acts of bullying intentionally. They did what they did mostly out of impulses for fun rather than malevolent intents. Still, Mr. Ching urged us to control our actions. We were entitled to our own opinions towards others, but we should be mature enough to control ourselves not to act out thoughts that could harm others.

Mr. Ching concluded his message using Grace Vanderwaal’s award winning song ‘Clay’ to encourage anyone who felt hurt by bullying remarks and tricks. Let’s not give in to our immature impulses and carry on our long tradition of being a school of brotherhood.

“Clay” - by Grace Vanderwaal

You see a girl in the hallway
And then you whisper to your friend
"Who is she anyway?"
You forgot what she looks like in like a day
But your words don't hurt me
I will be OK
'Cause you don't hurt me

I won't mold to
Your silly words
I won't live inside your world
'Cause your punches and your names
All your jokes and stupid games
They don't work
No, they don't hurt
Watch them just go right through me
Because they mean nothing to me
I'm not clay

Try to change my shape
But, baby, I'm not clay
Sorry, not today
'Cause, baby, I'm not

Your silly words
I won't live inside your world
'Cause your punches and your names
All your jokes and stupid games
They don't work
No, they don't hurt
Watch them just go right through me
Because they mean nothing to me
I'm not clay

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