18 April 2020
Dear Parents and Students,
The last four months have passed uneasily.
The new coronavirus pandemic is spreading worldwide, countries all over the world are facing a medical crisis and citizens are suffering from different levels of physical and mental difficulties. As the global economic recession starts, the unemployment rate is sharply increasing. While some countries are starting a see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel, many are still walking in the dark. Leaders from each country must deal with the pandemic in their own way depending on their medical systems, culture, economy, scientific development, data analysis, medical inference, etc. Each of these factors contribute to decisions made and result in varying degrees of restrictions such as complete lockdowns, the closing of borders, 14 days self-quarantine for foreign visitors, home isolation, restrictions on social activities, and some countries even encouraging herd immunity by allowing a large number of citizens to be infected.
Reading my last parents’ letter two weeks ago, the number of infected people worldwide today has increased by 2.3 times (from around 600,000 on March 28 to not less than 2,000,000 today), and the cumulative number of deaths has also increased by 4.2 times (from March 28 about 25,000 cases rose to more than 130,000 today). Luckily, in Hong Kong, everyone has remained vigilant and continued to wear masks, wash hands and follow social distancing measures. Medical staff and other front-line workers continue to work, and as a result the number of infected cases in Hong Kong is under control, and the number of confirmed cases over the last 5 days have remained in single digits. We are really blessed. We need to keep up this spirit, and if we can, take care those people who are in need physically, mentally and financially. Our helping hands may enlighten others to overcome the hard times.
In times of disaster, we still believe that God is in charge. Just as the Bible says: "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." (James 1: 2-4) Suffering in itself is not definitely joyful, but Jesus Christ embarked on the path of suffering two thousand years ago, when He was crucified for our sins. In the past, Jesus Christ had a bitter cup. Today, he accompanies us through difficulties so that we can be strengthened to face each day with a positive attitude. The grace and love of Jesus Christ will always be with us. Remember, the pain we feel today is the strength we feel tomorrow. For every challenge encountered there is an opportunity for growth.
The HKDSE exams are scheduled to begin on April 24. I pray that God will keep the Hong Kong S6 students healthy, well prepared and give them peace so that they can experience the grace of God. May God protect the students and teachers from being infected by the virus in the examination venues, in order for students to be able to do their best to pursue their dreams.
S1 to S5 will resume online classes from April 20. Even though you still learn in different places now. We believe that we must meet and learn again in Pooi To campus. We are looking forward to normal school life soon. May peace be with you.