校長的話 Principal’s words

     

保馬的教育理念

 

正向學習型的教師團隊

學校發展及學生成長的關鍵在於教師專業能量。保馬教師團隊具備「成長型思維」 (Growth mindset),深信學生的智能及能力是可以發展的。教師不僅熟悉課程,了解教育趨勢,亦樂於嘗試不同的教學策略,促進學生有效學習。而且,保馬教師了解學生成長的需要及特性,以言教指導、身教示範,更以愛心耐性培育學生,達致全人成長。教師擁抱挑戰,熱愛學習,在教育專業上終身學習,積極建立專業學習社群。

 

培養學生 —— 成長型思維的終身學習者

透過常規課堂,教師讓學生體驗學習的樂趣、學科與生活的關聯,以及欣賞學科之美。保馬教師更舉辦多元化的聯課、跨學科活動及世界教室交流體驗,讓學生跳出課室及課時的框框,主動探索知識。因應學科特性、課題內容、學生的性質及學習風格,教師運用多元化而有效的教學策略,照顧學生的學習多樣性。同時,保馬教師能運用「有效讚賞」(Process Praise),肯定學生過程中付出的努力,以及善用有效策略的能力,同時教導學生視失敗為成功的步驟,尋求及掌握改善策略,讓每個學生都能擁抱挑戰,自我超越,終身學習;讓每個課堂成為一段段充滿互動交流、共慶成果、共同建構知識的時光。

 

培育學生 —— 成長型思維的領袖         優秀少年「B.E.S.T. TEEN

我們堅信「優秀」與「平庸」之別,全繫於人是否具備「成長型思維」,追求卓越所重視的是過程中一點一滴的進步,而不在於與人比拼競逐。學校透過多元化的活動及有系統的領袖培訓,讓學生訂立具挑戰的目標,掌握有效策略,積極練習。教師亦通過解說,給予準確回饋,讓學生從失敗中總結經驗,恆毅前行,以達致「自我超越」(Transcendence),成為優秀少年「B.E.S.T. TEEN」。保馬致力發展成為正向校園,讓師生邁向豐盛人生,攜手尋找幸福。「幸福」由五條重要支柱組成,包括正向情緒、全情投入、正向人際關係、意義和成就感,簡稱P.E.R.M.A.。學校致力從政策、教職員專業發展、家長教育、教師語言、校園環境及設施、課程及活動中推動正向教育,凝聚力量,締造正向校園。

 

 

Poma's philosophy

 

A teaching team committed to positive learning

The key to school development and student growth lies in the professional capacity of teachers. Poma's teaching team possesses a "growth mindset" and is convinced that students' intelligence and abilities can be developed. Teachers are not only familiar with the curriculum and the educational trends, but also willing to try different teaching strategies to promote effective learning. Moreover, Poma teachers understand the needs and characteristics of students' growth. Through acting as role models, our teachers cultivate students with love and patience to promote whole-person development. We embrace challenges, endeavour to pursue lifelong learning in the teaching profession, and build professional learning communities enthusiastically.

 

Guiding students to become lifelong learners with growth mindset

Through regular lessons, our teachers let students experience the joy of learning, comprehend the connection between their learning and real life, and gain inspiration from various subjects. Furthermore, our teachers hold a variety of co-curricular and cross-curricular activities, as well as global classroom exchanges, allowing students to actively explore knowledge outside their classrooms. To match the characteristics of the subjects and the learning styles of our students, our teachers design tailor-made, diversified and effective teaching strategies to cater for learners' diversity. In addition to effective strategies, our teachers utilize "process praise" to recognize the valuable efforts of students. We teach students to regard failure as a step to achieve success, seek and master improvement strategies. Students are encouraged to embrace challenges for self-transcendence and lifelong learning. Each lesson is filled with interactive communication, collaborative knowledge acquisition and achievement celebration.

 

Fostering students to become "B.E.S.T. TEEN" leaders with growth mindset

We firmly believe that the difference between "excellence" and "mediocrity" is based on whether people have a "growth mindset". The pursuit of excellence should focus on the progress made during the process, rather than competing with others. Through a variety of activities and systematic leadership training, our school allows students to set challenging goals, master effective strategies and practice them actively. Apart from giving explanation and constructive feedback, our teachers guide students to gain experience from their failure to achieve "transcendence" and become the "B.E.S.T. TEEN". Poma strives to incorporate positive education into the curriculum, empowering teachers and students to work together to build the path to a flourishing life. A flourishing life comprises five important elements, including Positive emotions, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment, shortened as P.E.R.M.A.. Our school is committed to creating a positive campus through school policies, professional staff development, parent education, medium of instruction, campus environment, facilities, courses and activities.

 


你認為:「一個人的智力、能力或素質是否可以改變?」

 

年少的我,不擅辭令,更不擅溝通。還記得第一次踏上講台時,我是如何顫慄,誠惶誠恐;與人相處時,我是如何羞澀,沉默寡言。直至我當上學長領袖,嘗試協助中一同學適應校園生活,後來更有幸投身自己熱愛的教育行業,漸漸要應付自己最不擅長的領域──「溝通」,一浪又一浪的挑戰催迫自己蛻變。我從不擅辭令,到嘗試溝通,變得擅於表達,其實也是一個學習旅程。蛻變的首要秘訣是你必須相信「人的能力是可以改變的」,接著尋覓學習的對象及有效的方法,全情投入,把握機會演練。記得我每一次上台演說或致辭前,也會花大量時間搜集資料及閱讀書籍,並以腦圖整理要點,進而綵排演練,務求讓聽眾從中得到啟迪。一次又一次的演說經歷不僅讓我體會到「台上一分鐘,台下十年功」的道理,也讓我堅信「有效的努力比天賦更為重要」。誠如美國心理學家Robert Sternberg指出,一個人能否獲得領域專長,當中主要的因素「不是擁有某種固有能力,而是有目的地努力」。偶爾,我的演說也會強差人意,但我不會視之為失敗,反倒是一個學習的機會,激發自己檢討修正,成就下一次更出色的演說。以上所述其實是一種稱為「成長心態」(Growth Mindset)的思維模式,對人的成長極為重要,亦正是保馬將會推動的「正向教育」的核心思維。

 

親愛的保馬人,我們是如何釐訂「優秀」,是以學生組別,第一組別勝於第二組別?是以班別,甲班勝於丙班?還是以個人的努力或進步作為基準?讓我們牢記,無論是學生組別、班別、分數或等級,都只能告訴你目前的能力水準,但永遠不能告訴你將來可以發展到什麼境界,提升到甚麼層次。當你下一次面對學業或比賽失敗時,不要視之為一種失敗宿命,更不要視之為一種失敗身份,認為自身永遠不能成功。庸才與天才,平凡與超凡,分別全繫於你是否具有「成長心態」──「相信一個人的智力、能力或素質是可以改變的」。讓我們總結失敗經驗,抖擻精神,請教領域的專家──老師、教練、導師等,尋找有效的方法或技巧,投入時間,以「一萬小時定律」讓門外漢成為領域精英的模範,堅持不懈。

 

 

新一學年,願每個保馬人給自己一個目標,涉獵一項自己認為不擅長的領域,以「成長心態」的思維模式,尋求突破,追求卓越,成為保馬的「優秀少年」(B.E.S.T. TEEN)

  

  

Do you think a person's intelligence, abilities or qualities can be changed?

 

When I was a teenager, I was not an eloquent speaker with good communication skills. I remember my first time setting foot on the podium, I was trembling with fear. I was shy and reserved when I interacted with others. Later I became the head of the peer counsellors assisting F.1 students to adapt to their new campus life. When I could luckily join my favourite education profession, I gradually got involved in my unaccustomed field of communication. A wave of challenges urged me to reform. Although I did not excel at speaking, I tried to polish my communication skills and has become an articulate speaker. This is in fact a learning journey. The primary secret of the transformation is you must believe that 'human abilities can be changed.' Seek a learning target and adopt effective methods. Grasp every opportunity to practise enthusiastically. Every time I make a public speech, I spend a lot of time to collect information and read books, organising the main points in mind-maps and rehearsing my speech. I hope my audience can get inspiration from my speech. My public speaking experience let me realize the truth that one minute of brilliant performance on the stage comes from ten years of hard work off the stage. Besides, it makes me firmly believe that 'effective hard work is more important than talent.' As the American psychologist Robert Sternberg points out, the crucial factor of whether a person can gain expertise in a field depends not on his intrinsic ability, but his intentional hard work and dedication. My speech may occasionally be far from satisfactory. Anyway, I do not view it as a failure. Instead, I think it is a learning opportunity to motivate me to review and improve, pathing the way for future better performances. The above notion is actually a kind of thinking mode called "growth mentality", which is extremely essential to the growth of human beings. This is indeed the core thinking of 'positive education' that PoMa will promote.

 

Dear Poma students, how do you define what is 'outstanding'? Are Band 1 students better than Band 2 students? Is class A better than class D? Or should we use personal effort or progress as the standard? Keep in mind that banding, classes, scores or grades can only show you your current level of competence. It can never determine your future potential development and what achievement you can attain. When you face failure in your future studies or competitions, never regard your failure as a fate or a label, thinking that you can never succeed. The difference between an ordinary mediocrity and an extraordinary genius is tied to the possession of the 'growth mindset' – believing that a person's intelligence, abilities and qualities can be changed. Let us gain invaluable experience from our failure and agitate our spirits. Consult experts like teachers, coaches and mentors to look for effective methods or techniques. If we invest our time and adhere to the 10,000-hour rule persistently, even a layman can become the elite role model of his domain.

 

 

I wish every PoMa student can set a target in the new academic year and get involved in an unfamiliar field. Keep the 'growth mindset' as our thinking mode and seek breakthroughs. Pursue excellence and become PoMa's B.E.S.T. TEEN.

  


 

保良局學校的校訓是「愛、敬、勤、誠」,這數種美德正是「仁者」需要具備的素質,包括關顧愛護、恭敬謙讓、勤勉機敏和真誠信實12。前任校長張慧賢女士對你們這屆畢業生充滿期望,特意為級社冠名,亦是首屆獲冠名的級社,名為「仁愛」(Benevolence)。她期望「仁愛社」能發揮「推己及人」的精神,愛惜自己的天賦潛能,盡力發揮;同時,同儕之間,也以禮相待,互相扶持,守望相助;把仁愛推廣開去,令學校、社會成為一個有情有愛、守禮重人的世界。

  我們可能有感:「要成為仁愛之士,猶如聖人,我豈能輕易做到呢?」 最近趁年假,閱畢徐宏義及羅曼如合著的《未來最好的學校》,當中提及到學生的人格特質,其中有數項與仁愛相關,或可解答心中的疑難。我同意要發揮仁愛精神,不能一蹴而就,而是要按部就班,經後天悉心培養,日子有功下,才能成為以仁愛為懷的保馬人。

  我認為仁愛的基本步,就是平日待人接物時,多關顧別人的感受(Consideration = Concern for others)。我們可從生活細節著手,如在公眾地方盡量將談話的聲浪減低、依序排隊、準時出席活動、開關門戶時盡量輕聲、還原使用過的地方等等。此外,我們在日常言談間或網絡世界上的遣詞用字,切忌嘲諷、漫罵、侮辱或欺凌別人,應多顧及別人的感受,減少對他人的傷害。簡言之:「勿以惡小而為之」。

  第二步,我們是否具有同情心(Sympathy)?我們生活在資訊快速及氾濫的年代中,良心如同被熱鐵烙慣了一般,加上現世代,人總是慣了以自我為中心,對周遭的人、事、物缺乏了一份敏銳而細膩的心靈感應。能夠為一隻被虐待的犬隻而難過;為一個車禍身故的家庭支柱而傷痛;能夠為天災喪失家園及生命的市民而悲慟,是一種學習,更是一種修養。我們可以通過細味一部電影(推介《禮儀師之奏鳴曲》註3)、閱讀一本好書(推介《人生不設限》4)、聆聽動人的故事5,觸動我們靈魂的深處,喚醒我們沉睡中的心靈。要達到仁愛,又豈能只停留於同情心?所以我們也要培養同理心 Empathy)

  今年我新任校長,工作上既要面對校內師生,亦要處理校外事務;有的能掌控,有的不能,甚至失控;有的耳熟能詳,有的從未涉足過;有時充滿滿足感,有時啞子吃黃蓮。幸有同道中人或知音人明白箇中感受,雖沒能為我即時解困,但卻陪伴我度過一個又一個的難關!在我面對人生不同的患難困境時,慶幸有生命天使,能感同身受,積極聆聽我的苦況,與同心同感的人同哭,潤澤了我苦澀的心靈。最近,我也輔導了一名校長「新丁」,助他度過工作情緒的崩堤,見他能再次自信滿滿地投入工作,我真的喜上眉梢!

  最後,終於回到我們的主題──仁愛(Benevolence),也是你們的社名。仁愛就是不能只停留於感同身受,而是身體力行,救別人於水火之中。我自幼皮膚粗糙,小三時,班主任發現我的情況,為我塗上一層又層的潤膚膏,我還記得那牌子是 Nivea 呢,當時我感動不已!中一時,校長知悉我家境貧困,遭逢刧難,送上二千元支票,以解我家燃眉之急,雖然最後因難為情而謝絕了校長的好意,但那心頭的暖意助我捱過了那段艱難日子!中四時,前任班主任見我臉部暗瘡紅腫,特意買來一盅熱騰騰的龜苓膏,我感動得淚流披面!工作上,我得到很多前輩的提醒、鼓勵、包容、體諒和愛護。故我立志將這份愛延續承傳下去,盡力守護保馬學生,為有需要的人伸出援手。如你在保馬六年,也嘗過別人對你的愛心關懷,緊記讓這份仁愛精神承傳下去!

  親愛的保馬人,離別再即,縱有不捨,也不忘叮囑:你們要遠行,走自己的路,為自己的夢想打拼,但莫忘本著仁愛為懷的心腸,享受被愛,同時學習去愛人,關懷身邊人,服務社群,貢獻社會!

註:

1. 樊遲問仁。子曰:「愛人」。 (《論語‧顏淵》)

2. 子張問仁於孔子。孔子曰:「能行五者於天下為仁矣。」「請問之。」曰:「恭、寬、信、敏、惠。恭則不侮,寬則得眾,信則人任焉,敏則有功,惠則足以使人。」 (《論語‧陽貨》 ) 孔子的意思是:「恭敬、寬厚、誠信、勤敏、施惠。恭敬謙讓就不致遭受侮辱,寬厚包容就會得到眾人的擁護,真誠信實就能得到別人的信任,勤勉機敏就能做事顯出成效,施惠於人才好推動別人。」

3. 電影推介 –《禮儀師之奏鳴曲》

4. 好書推介 –《人生不設限》

5. 河南鄭州馮瑩的故事

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  今年是特別的一年,我從敬愛的張慧賢校長手上接捧,擔任保良局馬錦明中學(簡稱保馬)的第四任校長,我既驚且喜。驚,固然是因為校長一職任重道遠,無論外在環境如何變遷,校長仍要堅守不可動搖的理念 — 凡事以學生的需要為大前題,帶領教職員團隊履行學校的使命,責任殊不簡單。喜,正如我在校長面試期間的一席話:「當保良局考慮委任我為保馬校長,將保馬託付於我時,其實不僅僅交給我一人,而是託付予我一眾的教職員、家長、校友及學生,讓我們一同奮鬥,共建保馬,讓保馬從優良躍升至卓越(From good to great)」。我甫自香港中文大學畢業,就投身教育,在保馬培育學生是我第一份工作,轉瞬已廿載。在這片地方,有著一份濃得化不開的情 ── 師生情、家校情、戰友情(保馬教職員)。未來,我與大家仍情繫保馬,並肩而行,共建保馬。想起,也喜上眉梢!

  每年在北區中學聯展,我經常與家長探討何謂「好學校」。能收到「好學生」,教出「好學生」,就是「好學校」嗎?還是能把學生「教好」,讓學生躍進騰飛,才稱得上是「好學校」?我相信一所「好學校」的關鍵在於有「好老師」。保馬老師是學生全人成長的培育者,既是生命旅途的同伴,也是領袖培育的教練,更是生涯規劃的嚮導。保馬老師是學生有效學習的促進者,致力提升學生的學習興趣、自信及自主,攜手成為終身學習者。保馬老師是教育專業的終身學習者,持續進修,追求卓越。有如此的「好老師」,保馬便是「好學校」。

  在保馬,老師既欣賞「好學生」,但更重視力求進步、追求卓越的學生。因為決定學生的成就,不是純粹能力,而是盡力與堅毅的態度。老師會為學生的學習成果而高興,但更為學生的奮鬥歷程而歡呼。因為奮鬥歷程才能真正塑造學生的品德與素質。在保馬,老師深信每個學生都具備天賦,因此竭力為學生提供多元化的學習機會,讓他們從中尋找熱情所在,發現天賦,繼而展開逐夢之旅。有如此的「好學生」,保馬便能成為真正的「好學校」。

  相信未來在保馬教職員、家長、校友及學生的大力支持下,保馬會變得更好、更強、更卓越!學生能蛻變成為終身學習者,亦成為真正的保馬領袖。

   

Be a Lifelong Learner, Be a POMA Leader!

    

This has been a very important and special year for me. It is with great enthusiasm that I succeed Principal Cheung as the fourth Principal of Po Leung Kuk Ma Kam Ming College (POMA). I have taken a new and vibrant initiative to meet the challenge of achieving school growth. Our teachers and I, being the administrators, are on the bottom supporting the entire school community with the students being the most important and largest group on top. It is very important that we educators tailor to the needs of students rather than those of the school with the intention of helping students to maximize their learning outcomes. This is the fundamental principle of education that I am determined to keep a tight hold on, regardless of environmental changes. When I am appointed to be the principal of POMA, I am facing a battle that should never be fought alone. Our teachers, supporting staff, alumni, and students together with parents will accompany me on my journey to turning POMA from a good school to a great one. After my graduation from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, I entered the field of education. I have spent twenty years of my professional life in the POMA family. We have established close family-school partnerships wherein teachers and families cooperate, coordinate, and collaborate to enhance learning opportunities, educational progress and success for students.

 

At annual school promotional events, the hottest topic stimulating discussion between parents and the school is: What makes a good school? I think it is wrong about equating ‘good intake’ with ‘good school’. I believe a good school is one which helps students to unlock their potential and nurture their talents. And the key to this is ‘devoted educators’. We are lucky that POMA has a team of teachers who have great patience and passion devoting to education. It is the belief of our school that both formal curriculum and co-curricular education contribute to the overall quality of our students. Thus, our emphasis is on students’ all-round education and whole-person development. Our team is comprised of professionals who are not only a friend and a mentor to guide students along the way to adulthood but also an effective personal trainer to discover and nurture hidden talents in students. Our teachers serve as role models of lifelong learners who are committed to maintaining professional excellence. With such ‘devoted educators’, our students display stronger interest, greater confidence and more active engagement in their learning. POMA is definitely moving in the right direction of becoming a ‘great school’.

 

Teachers at POMA do credit students with good performance. Yet, students gain a deeper appreciation for their steady progress and pursuit of excellence. “Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds”. We believe that every student at POMA has the potential to become a POMA leader. We, therefore, make every effort to provide students with ample opportunities to arouse their passion for continuous learning and growing, through which they can recognize their potential and realize their dream. With such ‘potential students’, we are now within sight of our goal – to be a ‘great school’.

 

 

With the strong support from our teachers, parents, alumni and students, POMA – being a great school will certainly nurture a host of future leaders!

 

Be a Lifelong Learner, Be a POMA Leader!

   

 

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