18 November 2021

Dear Parents and Students,

The world has undergone rapid changes in recent years. The Internet and artificial intelligence have accelerated the flow of information. It has become popular for students to acquire knowledge and master skills online. Frankly speaking, students are better than adults at taking in certain types of knowledge. In addition, the emergence of platform-based businesses and group networks allows both parties of supply and demand to easily and directly facilitate the transaction of goods or services, which facilitates the rapid spread of information from key opinion leaders (KOL). This is greatly changing the ecological environment of the whole world.

Since the beginning of school year, we have been delighted to see students enjoying campus life, laughing, enjoying themselves, and engaging in learning activities. We are also amazed to see that students have stronger self-learning skills and creative exploration potential. On the other hand, we are worried that students have lost some of their collaboration skills, time management skills, concentration and perseverance from studying at home for a long time. If they return to school life and fail to adapt to the pace of teaching and assessment requirements, pressure can slowly build up. If the feeling of pressure cannot be addressed, the situation can become serious. Therefore, parents should pay attention to how their daughter is dealing with learning. Communicate with her more and be considerate. You should care for her needs and emotions, and find suitable support so that your daughter can gradually adapt to school life.

In addition, we are also worried that because of the pandemic, students have become addicted to the Internet and the world surrounding the Internet, which can weaken their social skills, communication skills and the ability to express themselves. On top of that, formal education, together with nurturing students' moral values, helps them to build positive values and care for others. However, the shortening of moral education to half-day lessons hinders the normal development of students' physical and mental development. When exposed to improper and inaccurate messages, violence or illegal activities, they may be led astray. Moreover, students’ moral values are unclear and vague as their ability to distinguish right from wrong is inadequate due to their age. It can be difficult for them to filter some of the false information that can be found online. Although it is said that the rumors stop at the wise, when the rumors are spreading thousands of miles away, most adults will choose to believe them, let alone immature teenagers. The role of parents is particularly important in this generation. More care and understanding of their daughter is needed. Only with supervision and guidance to your children can help them grow mentally and healthily over this time period.

Everyone needs to cultivate knowledge, a positive attitude and positive values, and they need to keep up to date with the development of the times in order to keep up with the needs of the times. Therefore, the concept lifelong learning is becoming increasingly important. Parents and the school can work together to create a caring and positive attitude towards their daughters. The Bible says: "Whenever there is discipline, I don’t feel happy at the time. But I feel sad, but later it bears the fruit of peace for the person who has been trained, which is righteousness."(Hebrews 12:11) Let’s nurture our girls to look at things from multiple perspectives and enhance their critical thinking skills in order to understand the world and create a better future for their daughters.

Best regards,
Constance Cheung

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
(Psalm 23:4)