13 December 2018

Dear Parents and Students,

The flashing lights on the street, Christmas trees, decorated buildings, Santa Claus, snowmen and angels everywhere, Christmas is coming! People are busy shopping, preparing for Christmas dinners, trips, parties and other activities to fill up the seasonal holiday. However, is Christmas just for enjoyment and entertainment? Has the true meaning of Christmas been forgotten? Is it just a season or does it have a reason?

The meaning of Christmas is to remember the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who saved us from our sins and sacrificed himself on the cross. Through this sacrifice, all those who believe in Him are able to receive salvation. The environment in which Jesus was born was violent and unstable, because at that time the Jews were ruled by the Roman Empire. The ruler Herod learned that the "King of the Jews" was about to be born and ordered the killing of all children under the age of two. At that time, Mary was pregnant from the Holy Spirit, and accompanied by her husband Joseph she gave birth to Jesus in a manger. When Jesus was born, the outsiders saw the environment as unsafe, but there was a voice from the heavens that the angels praised: "Glory to God in the highest place! Peace on earth to the people he delights!" Luke 2:14.

In today's society, people are always busy. Children are busy with their studies and activities, while adults are busy working. In addition, many lives are often filled with incompatibility or disharmony between people. This can lead to inner fatigue, which has a huge impact on motivation levels. With an uneasiness caused by desires, fickleness, pride and sin, with a lack of direction in life, and with the challenges that we face in today’s world, people always desire to have peace. However, they prefer to clog up their schedule for the Christmas holidays and use busyness to cover up their uneasiness. With that in mind: how can we find peace? What about Jesus? Did He live in a peaceful situation after birth? Of course not. Nonetheless, Jesus was born to be crucified on the cross. His actions and deeds show His humility, love, faithfulness and most importantly peace. Be shy in pride, be powerful in the face of oppression, show comfort in suffering and be joyful in hope. It is because Jesus came that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. With this in mind let’s ask ourselves this: have we put aside enough time to think of the meaning of the birth of Jesus in our busy lives? At Christmas we must praise the birth of Christ with gratitude and joy, and thank Him for giving us true peace.

Last Saturday, our S1 admission talk was successfully held. We would like to thank the thousands of guests who came to know more about Pooi To. Some parents were impressed by our emphasis in nurturing students with the Jesus Christ as a model in spiritual, moral, academic, social, aesthetic and physical development.

The school direction of the whole-person development is very much recognized. They especially appreciate our development of moral education based on God’s word. This is how we see education nowadays. If the function of school education is only the teaching of knowledge, this function will eventually be replaced by artificial intelligence. However, modern education is much more than this. The importance of an educator is to offer life education by teaching students about values and attitude, which cannot be replaced by artificial intelligence. Just as Jesus called Peter, who was fishing in the sea, and his brother Andrew, he said, "Come and follow me, I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19. In the same way, our mission is to be the fishermen of Pooi To girls and build their lives like Jesus Christ. Christmas reminds us that the birth of Jesus was to give us peace, and our souls must be returned to Him before they can truly enjoy that peace. I can't help picking up the hymn "Silent Night" :

Silent night, holy night
All is calm, all is bright
'Round yon virgin Mother and Child
Holy infant so tender and mild
Sleep in heavenly peace
Sleep in heavenly peace

Silent night, holy night!
Shepherds quake at the sight!
Glories stream from heaven afar;
Heavenly hosts sing Al-le-lu-ia!
Christ the Savior is born!
Christ the Savior is born!

Silent night, holy night
Son of God, oh, love's pure light
Radiant beams from Thy holy face
With the dawn of redeeming grace
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth
Jesus, Lord at Thy birth


Best regards,
Constance Cheung

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.”
(1 Timothy 4:12)