One community, a world of difference

28 October 2016

It has been a busy week for me during the one-week mid-semester holiday. It was also a most fruitful week, as I met up to discuss collaboration possibilities with Huijia Private School, and also found out that our bunch of Junior School students who were there on an exchange programme shall get to perform at a major event before government officials!

The LTA, the government body in charge of deciding on zebra crossings and “School Zone” signs, have responded via the Neighbourhood Committee, that they are doing a feasibility study and looking into my requests safety measures for our school. Such measures are necessary, as I observed how some drivers (not many, thankfully) have a habit of just zooming through Hillside Drive. At our end, we just have to continue educating our students on road safety.

I have also gotten to know our Grade 11 students better, after subbing for Economics for the class this week. The IB system has prepared them well for knowledge in the modern world, as one of them challenged me on my point that direct taxes change the demand curve of households (which is correct, but not the total truth), and successfully researched and pointed out that they change the nature of the supply curve of companies as well. This is how education should be about – not passively absorbing what teachers have to teach, but actively seeking the truths themselves.

A meeting with my English-speaking parents from Grades 1 to 3 also brought up a lovely nugget of what made HWA a special school. Parents noted how our senior school youths actually played soccer and basketball with our junior school children, and sometimes even teaching them how to play better. I saw how the entire school practised for the mass dance segment of the International Day event this week, and was very heartened by how our older boys and girls actually paired up and laughed as they danced with their younger “siblings”.

The rain has just stopped and I see the sun outside my door. Now to get to making sure my speech for the International Day is done!

 

期中的一周假期,对于我来说是既忙碌又收获颇丰的一周。我与姐妹校北京私立汇佳学校会谈探讨了我们未来合作的远景,也获知我们学校在北京参加交流活动的学生,将会在一个盛大的活动中为政府高层做表演。​

今日我也收到道路交通管理局负责人行斑马线和学校道路指示负责人的回复,他们表示正通过邻里社区做深入的调查,研究我所提出多项针对校园周边道路安全措施的申请。我认为这些道路安全措施是非常重要的,因为我观察到有些司机(幸好是为数不多的)经常快速驶入Hillside Drive这条路。当然我们也会继续去教导我们的学生交通安全的相关知识。

同时,我也很高兴在代课经济学的课程中更加了解我们11年级的学生。上课中,其中一个学生跟我辩论了关于我所说的税收改变了家庭需求曲线(理论上正确,但非完全反映实际情况),他还成功的深入研究指出税收同时也改变了公司供应曲线。这种种都反映了国际文凭教育系统成功的训练学生建立起现代社会的知识认知系统。这才是教育的根本-学生不再只是一味的吸收老师所教导的,而是可以举一反三、主动积极的去寻找真理。

在和1-3年级家长(英文场)的早茶见面会中,家长们也分享了他们认为HWA与众不同的地方。家长们注意到初中和高中的学生会跟小学生们一起踢足球、打篮球。有些甚至还认真的教他们如何踢得更好、打得更棒。在本周国际日排舞的联系中,我也看到年长的大哥哥大姐姐们们一对对和小弟弟小妹妹们一起开心的跳着舞,这一幕真的让人倍感温馨。

雨停了,阳光又重新洒进我的门前。该是时候我去完成国际日的演讲稿了!

 

Michael Chan 曾俊成

Principal 校长

Hillside World Academy