樂善堂余近卿中學

樂善堂余近卿中學

2014年11月5日 星期三

樂善堂余近卿中學校長劉振鴻:以《爭氣》為老師「打氣」




較早前有機會跟樂善堂余近卿中學老師觀賞電影《爭氣》,看罷深被打動。電影中那些真實且動人的故事,讓我更加肯定自己一直堅持的信念是對的。從事教育工作多年,我深信每個學生都是獨一無二的,只要給予機會和信任,他們必定可發熱發光。余近卿中學好唔好,正如電影中一群不被看好的學生,他們接受長達半年嚴謹且專業的音樂劇訓練,一起經歷一次生命蛻變的成長旅程,最終達成在舞台上光芒盡現的夢想。我們常常給家長問到,余近卿中學系band幾?我相信我深信不少老師在教育工作上都有目標和理想,只是在日常工作中,很容易令人迷失。

大家往往被排上倒海的文件及行政工作纏擾,很容易那份熱誠被冷卻,排山倒海的文件及忙於追趕進度,更讓各有心人身心俱疲。想到每天和我並肩作戰的老師,樂善堂余近卿中學的老師他們同樣在工作崗位上遇到許多挑戰,實在需要多點支持。就在開學前的老師發展日,我特別安排全校老師聯袂去看《爭氣》,希望以此喚醒每位老師當初投身教育工作時那顆灼熱的心,重燃大家心中那份被遺忘的熱情,更希望他們再次想起過去的教學生涯中,曾改變了不少年輕人的生命。

樂善堂余近卿中學陳曉瑩:從茶葉蛋看人生




小時候,媽媽經常弄茶葉蛋給我吃。可是,當我看到茶葉蛋上那些黑色的裂痕時,便會抱怨地說:「媽媽,你弄的那些茶葉蛋很髒!我不吃!」這時,媽媽便說:「你先嘗嘗吧!也許你會喜歡上茶葉蛋呢!」於是我不情願地吃了一口。吃第一口時,茶葉蛋的味道就好像苦瓜一樣苦澀,正當我打算把它吐出來時,我忽然嘗到一絲絲的甜味,甜得就像糖果般,不知不覺,我就把茶葉蛋吃光了。

樂善堂余近卿中學的老師經常跟我們說:每個人的人生都不完美的,就像滿布裂痕的茶葉蛋般會有缺口,但若不是因為茶葉蛋有缺口,香濃的調味和茶香就不能滲透其中,令茶葉蛋更香更入味,有些人遇到挫折時,就只懂怨天尤人,責怪這個不好,抱怨那個不是,總覺得老天不公平。

樂善堂余近卿中學:睹未圓湖「缺陷」 悟「完美」 非結果




小時候第一次坐火車,看到大學站的站名時,覑實感到奇怪,大學站外看不見一所學校,只看到一個長滿了大樹的山頭。如今,我有機會走出車站,往這翠綠的山上走,我看到的並不是一座普通的校舍,而是矗立在山中的香港中文大學。

我站在石梯上,看到遠處有一個湖,湖中的噴泉不斷湧出水柱,並發出沙沙的清脆聲音。未圓湖是遊覽中大一天後,仍令我歷歷在目、記憶猶新的景物。這是一幅自然的風景畫:石梯兩旁聳立覑兩棵榕樹,湖畔長滿小草,湖大多圓,大自然的油墨畫盡現眼前。站在湖的旁邊,令人心情舒暢。在石梯上遠望湖是圓形的,但是慢慢地走下去,圓形的未圓湖,一剎那間竟成了「缺陷」的湖。

2014年10月28日 星期二

余近卿中學立志做得更好




 海外交流學習可以廣闊視野,特別對高中生而言,更有機會定立志向,為將來擇業作準備。樂善堂余近卿中學於暑假期間便為同學舉辦了多個不同主題的遊學團,分別到韓國、美國及澳門交流。當中中五的同學則選擇到台灣參觀了國力成功大學、

義守大學和大葉大學等5所大學,為升學做準備。該校的王達才老師指出,學校每年均有學生到台灣不同高等學院升學,而升學輔導及擇業組亦會在校內舉辦升台的家長會。「家長們一般會比較擔心認受性問題,也會詢問余近卿中學老師當地生活和學習情況好唔好,以及工作前景等。

2014年10月27日 星期一

樂善堂余近卿中學:關懷非難事 只怕「有心人」




街上寒風刺骨,那滿臉滄桑的老人右手夾着一枝快燒盡的香煙。風吹進他那單薄的衣服,再刺入皮膚之中,慢慢透到骨子裡。老人忍不住抖了數下身子,寒風再襲,把香煙的那一點火滅了。

老人從容地站起來,到旁邊垃圾桶的煙灰缸中再找一根燒過的香煙,又點起火來。口裡邊吐出一團團煙霧,一邊輕拍自己的胸口,好不容易又過了數天,玉石市場比平時熱鬧得多

為未來的人生你去到幾盡?


 

每年的開學禮,身為校長的我,總會藉此機會勉勵同學一番。光陰匆匆,六年的中學生涯看似很長,其實轉眼就過,心底裏總希望學生都懂得珍惜寶貴的光陰。尤其每年看到一張又一張天真稚氣的新面孔,凝視他們細小的身影,我彷彿看到一個又一個無人可知的未來。的而且確,世上並沒有人能預測未來,但可以肯定的是,同學今天努力付出,打下穩固的基礎,將來的路必定走得輕省暢順得多。

 去年《狂舞派》這齣電影,女主角顏卓靈是位出色的女演員,當年的她也曾像今天在我眼前的學生般,坐席於某一中學裏,努力學習,為追求自己的夢和理想奮鬥。今天,我衷心希望台下每個學生好好把握學習的機會,為自己創造亮麗的將來。這齣電影打動我的還有一句對白:「為了跳舞,你可以去到幾盡?」我想同學好好想一想,「為了學業,你可以去到幾盡?」

2014年10月25日 星期六

樂善堂余近卿中學校長跟學生吃一頓加油午膳




現今的老師及家長經常慨嘆學生的學習動機低,各人都用盡方法鼓勵學生好好學習,但學生在最想在學校裏得到的是什麼呢?本校一直推行一個很好有趣的獎勵計劃,只要學生在課堂貨日常的服務表現良好。

學生可以得到一個獎勵貼紙,這個貼紙有點像超市或二十四小時連鎖店派發的印花,每年能夠獲得最多貼紙的數位同學,便可提出在學校能力範圍內能達到的個人願望。今年其中一位同學提出的願望是希望能與校長一起午膳,我中心暗想。

 
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秋雨,霏霏成傷

“天街小雨潤如酥,草色遙看近卻無。”春天的雨淅淅瀝瀝,虛無漂渺,很得人們的憐愛。夏天的雨傾盆而下,氣勢磅礴,電閃雷鳴,震懾大地,讓人感覺很是害怕。冬天的雨蕭蕭瑟瑟,讓人不寒而粟,如果再刮上凜冽的風,那就更夠人難受了。而今年秋天的雨則有些特別,它兼具了春雨的連綿,夏雨的磅礴,冬雨的蕭瑟。

office furniture在我的記憶中,從八月八日之後,幾乎每天都是陰雨天氣。儘管太陽照樣天天升起,可我們卻很難見到它的模樣,尤其是這兩天,這雨下得是令人心碎。九月十一日這一天,早上天空明淨,像是放晴的前兆,人們盼望著,盼望著……可不知是哪路神仙使的法,這天空就像是三五歲孩子的臉,說變就變。一會兒天空暗了下來,大有黑雲壓城的態勢,豆大的雨滴傾刻而下,這讓人們措不及防。這雨是一陣急促,一陣舒緩,大地就好像是它恣意表演的舞臺。中午時分,這雨怕是下累了,太陽閃亮登場。那陽光好像積蓄了太多的能量,一出來便異常火辣,曬得皮膚生痛。儘管如此,人們還是紛紛祈禱著能多晴上幾天了。可到了下午時段,這天氣又變了,那雨又無休無止的下了起來。晚上更是恣意倡狂,閃電接連不斷,在天空中織成了一張張巨大刺眼的網,雷聲震耳欲聾,感覺整余近卿中學座房子都在顫抖……整個夜裏,電閃雷鳴風雨交加,這讓人們很是懷疑:這還到底是不是秋天?

那天上午,我去到菜市場買菜。一位大伯擔的小菜甚是新鮮,付錢時,“三元一把。”說是一把確余近卿中學 好唔好實有些誇張,那不過就幾片葉子而已。“咋這麼貴?”我驚訝地問。大伯像是受了什麼刺激,一臉委屈地說:“這不貴呀!今天秋天雨水太多,地裏的蔬菜都淋死了,澇死了,種了幾發(次)就只收了這麼幾棵,這還不夠種子錢呢!”大伯喋喋不休地說著,全然不顧我的存在。我是來自農村,豈有不知種菜的道理?我只是沒有想到今年的秋雨給老百姓造成了這麼大的傷害。

property owner seek zoning approval

A quiet residential community in Valrico, Florida, is fed up with a helicopter taking off at all hours of the day – not from an airport, but from a neighbor’s front yard.
“The helicopter has been going on for about two or three weeks now. He’s been doing fly-over’s, buzzing the tree tops,” Michael Sullivan tells ABC Tampa affiliate WFTV.
“The convenience of having a helicopter is not worth the inconvenience it’s causing to all us neighbors,” Dan Ferguson tells WFTV.
Officials with the Florida Department of Transportation tell ABC News they have located the owner and have taken action. “We have prepared a cease and desist order,” Aviation Operations Administrator David Roberts said.
Officials declined to identify the person named on the cease and desist order.
The cease and desist order requires the owner of the property to seek zoning approval from the Hillsborough County Code Enforcement.
“We conducted inspection today. Unfortunately the helicopter was not on site so we weren’t able to view it,” Division Director John Blinck tells ABC News. “But, we did leave a notice at the residence. So this is going to be an ongoing investigation.”
Blinck says they plan on returning next week and interview residents.
The FAA told WFTV it has no private helicopter landing area registered to the address.
A landing pad on private property is required to be at least 500 feet from a dwelling or property zoned in a residential area, according to zoning records. It also requires special approval from the board of county commissioners.

desolate frozen region of eastern Siberia

Kolyma Highway, Siberia
Locals know the Kolyma Highway, or M56, as “Trassa” – simply “The Route” – because in this desolate, frozen region of eastern Siberia, it is the only main road.
Another nickname for the highway, “the road of bones”, speaks to its tragic history: it was built by the hundreds of thousands of political prisoners who were exiled to the region’s gulags under the Stalin regime from the 1930s to the 1950s. Thousands were shot for not working hard enough, while others died from the gulags’ brutal conditions. The cold was another killer: with temperatures recorded as low as some -70C, the Kolyma is located in the world’s coldest inhabited area. Many of the dead simply were buried beneath the road’s foundations.
After the road fell into disrepair for decades, actor Ewan McGregor and TV presenter Charlie Boorman took a motorcycle journey on it in 2004 for the TV show Long Way Round. Kolyma Highway was designated a federal road in 2008 and began to attract a band of particularly adventurous – and cold-loving – motorcycle enthusiasts. Today, the 2,031km route is still known as the “world’s coldest road”, said world traveller Filipp Peresadilo, with snow falling even in July and August. It also remains one of the most desolate, with few travellers knowing of the world’s most frozen road – or its tragic history.

Siberia’s Kolyma Highway. (Amos Chapple/Getty)
Related article: A train to nowhere in Siberia

Guoliang Tunnel, China
For decades, the tiny cliff top village of Guoliang, located in the Taihang Mountains of eastern China, was reachable only by climbing the mountain on foot. After the government refused to build a road, effectively leaving the village to become a ghost town, the locals decided to take matters into their own hands. From 1972 to 1977, they used explosives and shovels to dig their own 1.2km tunnel; some lost their lives in the process.
Dangerous to build, the route is also dangerous to drive. Perched on the top of a cliff and measuring a narrow 4m wide, the Guoliang Tunnel is particularly treacherous after rains, when it can become very slippery. Thirty “windows” in the stone face, meanwhile, give spine-tingling glimpses of the valley far below. “China is the place to visit if you’re looking for extreme roads,” said Quora contributor Lewis Shaw. “Just don’t look down!”
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the violent promised to sell into slavery

WASHINGTON – Disagreements over how big of a threat Nigeria’s Boko Haram extremists posed to the West delayed the group’s designation as a top global terrorist group for years, current and former officials told ABC News this week.

Boko Haram, a loose band of ultra-violent Islamists that kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last week who they have promised to sell into slavery, was formally designated a Foreign Terrorist Organization in November 2013, two years after some lawmakers and others inside U.S. counter-terrorism programs called for it to be taken more seriously, the officials said.

“At the time — and I still think it’s very true — we didn’t move on Boko Haram because we thought it would give them a recruitment boost,” former Obama administration Undersecretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson told ABC News on Thursday.

The disagreements within and between the Departments of State, Justice, Treasury and Defense stymied efforts by some, including the Special Operations community and U.S. Africa Command — the Pentagon’s combatant command for the continent — who wanted to target Boko Haram for surveillance, human intelligence penetration and possibly even lethal action just as they had other al Qaeda-aligned terrorists.

“Special Operations Command and others tried to elevate the status of Boko Haram to a Tier One Threat Group several times, only to be shot down by State,” said a senior official familiar with the policy debate.

why not all interns get paid

Should all interns get paid?

As we head from spring into summer, many college students are planning their vacations while those looking to get their first taste of the working world are likely hunting for internships.

It is estimated that U.S. companies hire about 1.5 million interns each year, half of them on anunpaid basis. Working for free might not be a big deal for some who are just grateful to have their foot in the door, but a class-action lawsuit led by interns who worked on the set of the 2010 film, Black Swan, could change that mindset and have far-reaching implications. The plaintiffs want back pay for their work and seek to bar the film’s producer, Fox Searchlight, from using unpaid interns in the future.

However the lawsuit goes, it could say a lot about how companies should value the work of interns and whether interns have a right to a paycheck like employees

It’s perfectly reasonable for interns to be paid. Stipends for living expenses are only fair, especially for young people from low-income households, who may not otherwise be able to afford an unpaid internship. Paying interns also helps employers draw better talent, such as atGoogle (GOOG), which actively recruits interns and pays them handsomely for working on substantive projects.

Nevertheless, it would be wrong to elevate the fight over intern pay to the level of seriousness accorded to the ongoing debate over raising the federal minimum wage. For the most part, internships are training wheels, and the rules applied to them shouldn’t be the same as a regular job. The decision to pay interns should really be at the discretion of employers — not a matter of law.

This is simply because there are many benefits to internships, regardless of whether it’s paid or not; and at times, interns get a lot more out of the internship than the companies they intern for. The biggest benefit is pure work experience. Interns often gain valuable insight into industries and careers that they’re looking to pursue. Few start at the top; most successful people work their way up from humble tasks.

Internships also teach work ethic, which young people don’t necessarily pick up in school. Lessons such as humility, the acceptance that no task is beneath one’s dignity, and recognition of the chain of command, are all important to learn before a young person is ready to enter a competitive workforce. True, some of those skills can also be acquired as a cashier at a fast-food restaurant but if a young person wants to become a fashion designer, for instance, work experience and a reference from a good fashion design house is a lot more relevant than one from McDonalds (MCD).

Another thing to consider: A simple tenet of the business world is that the more you get paid, the less runway you have to “learn” your job. Interns, especially unpaid ones, are rarely held to the same rigorous standards during the interview process or in the workplace as actual employees are. The expectations of interns in general are lower, and tolerance for mistakes is higher. That’s to the benefit of young people, who need time, training, and patience to reach the level of skill that businesses require.

During college I held three gigs: two unpaid internships at Wall Street brokerage houses, and a paid part-time job as a sales associate at a retail store. In my internships, I answered phones, fetched coffee, typed up letters, and many other things. Having three gigs was not easy, but the full load forced me to put my ego aside and learn to work. When I got to my first real job in investment banking and had to work long hours in a high-pressure environment, I was able to handle it. My banking internships may not have paid me, but they did provide me with useful training.

The danger with filing lawsuits to squash unpaid internships is that many companies, either due to budgetary constraints or simply as a philosophy, may curtail or even kill their internship programs in response.

And while businesses would certainly be worse off without interns, the reverse holds true as well. Without these programs, many young men and women would lose the chance to learn important lessons about work and life that could prepare them for the next step in their development. It is an essential part of our social contract that should be maintained.

Perhaps there is some middle ground to be found that benefits everyone?

OKLAHOMA MISSOURI LOUISIANA

An Associated Press survey of the nation’s 32 death penalty states found that the vast majority refuse to disclose the source of their execution drugs. Some states with laws shielding information about execution drugs and policies and the challenges to those laws:

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GEORGIA

Law: Shields the “identifying information of any person or entity who participates in or administers the execution of a death sentence and the identifying information of any person or entity that manufactures, supplies, compounds, or prescribes the drugs, medical supplies, or medical equipment utilized in the execution of a death sentence.”

Challenge: A state court last year stayed an execution after a death row inmate challenged the law. The case is pending before the state Supreme Court, which has effectively halted executions.

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LOUISIANA

Law: Identities of people “who participate or perform ancillary functions in an execution of the death sentence, either directly or indirectly, shall remain strictly confidential and the identities of those persons and information about those persons which could lead to the determination of the identities of those persons shall not be subject to public disclosure in any manner.”

Challenge: Louisiana’s attempts at secrecy are the subject of an ongoing federal lawsuit. A bill allowing the state to withhold the names of companies that make the drugs is making its way through the state Legislature.

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MISSOURI

Laws: Shield the “identities of members of the execution team, as defined in the execution protocol of the department of corrections.” Last year, the Missouri Department of Corrections amended its protocol to show that the execution team consists of “contracted medical personnel” and department employees. The phrasing allows the department to include the pharmacy that makes its execution drug as part of the team and not subject to public scrutiny.

Challenge: A lawsuit filed on behalf of 16 inmates claims Missouri’s refusal to name the drugmaker, even privately to attorneys, makes it impossible to know whether the drug is suitable for an execution, or whether its use could violate the constitutional guarantee against cruel and unusual punishment. Several states, including Missouri, use compounded execution drugs purchased from unnamed pharmacies. Courts so far have allowed most executions to move forward. Missouri has executed one death row inmate each month since November. Another Missouri inmate, Russell Bucklew, is scheduled for execution on May 21.

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OKLAHOMA

Law: Shields the “identity of all persons who participate in or administer the execution process and persons who supply the drugs, medical supplies or medical equipment for the execution. … The purchase of drugs, medical supplies or medical equipment necessary to carry out the execution shall not be subject to the provisions of The Oklahoma Central Purchasing Act.”

Mapplethorpe exhibit Line of beauty

Line of beauty

Formal censorship is largely a thing of the past in the Western world – so much so that the very rare occasions when works are censored, as at the Smithsonian in 2010, the outcry can last for months. Yet if formal censorship is no longer a threat in most western nations, informal censorship remains a risk, and it’s harder to combat because it’s harder to detect. One can fairly ask whether something of this nature might be going on in Paris at the moment, especially in the wake of recent political developments.vintage tube

While the cause of gay rights in the United States is advancing more quickly than ever, in 2013 France witnessed a virulent outpouring of homophobia, when a long parliamentary battle to legalise gay marriage saw an unexpected backlash. The Manif Pour Tous – or “protest for all”, a play on mariage pour tous, the French term for same-sex marriage – brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators into the streets, accusing the government of turning its back on their needs. This opposition played its part in last month’s landslide municipal elections, in which Francois Hollande’s Socialist Party lost record numbers of officials while the hard-right Front National multiplied its vote sixfold.

If that debate has any relevance to the Mapplethorpe exhibit, though, it has to be found at the margins. The art historian Elisabeth Lebovici, one of France’s most perceptive critics, recently called the Grand Palais’s Mapplethorpe retrospective “a cold shower on a post-electoral morning.” For her, the curators of the Grand Palais retrospective have shunted out the political force of Mapplethorpe’s work, and presented a Mapplethorpe fixated on “a line of beauty” – a phrase Lebovici cunningly borrows from the novelist Alan Hollinghurst, whose 2004 novel of the same name looked at homosexuality and aesthetics through the lens of Thatcherism and the British class system. Presenting Mapplethorpe as an image-maker obsessed with pure form, for whom a photo of a drooping calla lily and a flaccid penis are more alike than unalike, might be faithful to the artist’s intentions. But it also has the effect of divorcing Mapplethorpe’s art from the time in which it was created, to say nothing of our own time, in which debates about sexuality and representation are hardly settled.港台娛樂

There is nothing inherently wrong, in artistic terms, in presenting Mapplethorpe or any other controversial artist in a depoliticised, formalist framework. The question is: are museum directors and curators intentionally choosing such a framework over a more political one – or, more chillingly, is it their only option? Mapplethorpe himself preferred the mysteries of form to the push-and-pull of politics, and that’s fine. But curators have a responsibility to history as well as art, and the best exhibitions recognise that one never makes complete sense without the other.九成按揭