a year of ‘Maximization’
St. Joseph’s Anglo-Chinese School (hereafter ‘SJACS’) is the first institution where I serve as a school principal. During the past few months, I have encountered many changes that have enabled me to start a new living and working habit. Namely I learned how to drive last year, then with the blessing from God I finally got a driving license which I should have received 20 years ago! In order to further shorten the commuting time from home to work, I moved to the city area away from my old house in the New Territories that I had lived in since I was a kid. Having lived in the city for several months, I have begun to get used to the hustle and bustle lifestyle. Hence, I have MAXIMIZED my adaptability to a new working location owing to the changes brought by my new position.
It’s really my great pleasure to be the 5th Principal of SJACS and one of the members of our St. Joseph’s family. The modern, green and well-equipped school campus is the best ice-breaking talking point whenever I need to introduce myself to others about my new position. The harmonious, devoted and cooperative working environment with my colleagues comes second. This has undoubtedly provided me with happy and grateful working relationships in the school. Certainly, all you Josephians are another key component contributing to the development of SJACS in the future. Without the support from our Supervisor, Mr. Koo Yee Yin, Irving, our school managers, the PTA and Josephians Association, the picture of our family would not be as bright as it is now. I believe that with the input from stakeholders, our family will leap a step forward towards a brilliant future – therefore MAXIMIZING the hardware and software of the school to the fullest.
Despite all the ideals of our school, through my observation in the past few months, I think we still haven’t MAXIMIZED all our capacities – yet. For instance, the well-equipped study environment and other hardware belong to all Josephians, and thus we should try to MAXIMIZE the usage of those. Whenever you think there is the need to use the premises – ASK FOR IT! You should try to express your thoughts to your class teachers, or representatives of the Student Association and even your Principal – me! I treasure every moment with all Josephians so I try to MAXIMIZEevery opportunity in interacting with you at the school entrance every morning. I make use of the limited occasions talking to you in order to better familiarize myself with all Josephians. Through every interaction, though limited in nature, and probably by now I still can’t remember all your names, I can at least recognize all your faces in my mind.
In terms of the personal growth of Josephians, it is known to many that being smart, thoughtful, outreaching and independent are all the characteristics of Josephians. However, being the Principal, I still think you all can MAXIMIZE even more by recognizing and pushing your limits day by day. I believe in the saying, ‘the more effort you invest today, the higher the chance for a better harvest in the future’. Josephians, please start MAXIMIZING your abilities no matter how big the challenges are in front of you so that you all can live up to the school motto, ‘Ad Astra’, to excel.
Being part of the St. Joseph’s family, parents and alumni are two important and inseparable components contributing to and supporting the development of SJACS. This year, I have tried to MAXIMIZE the opportunities by participating in the programmes and activities held by the PTA and Josephians Association. In return, their support to the school is tremendous.
2014-2015 undoubtedly marks a challenging and fruitful year to me. I strongly believe that if every one of you can work together as a big team, the family of St. Joseph will have a better future.
Dear Josephians, it’s time to MAXIMIZE!