PUBLISHED : Sunday, 15 December, 2002, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 15 December, 2002, 12:00am

I am writing in response to a letter that appeared in this column on December 1. The writer falsely accused International Christian School of 'not encouraging community involvement nor the dramatic arts'.

I attend this school and am very involved in its Arts programme. We recently performed two plays at the Academy for Performing Arts, and prior to that we hosted an American Folk Song Concert for the Youth Arts Festival. Our school is one of the most involved in Hong Kong. In fact, on the Friday before last, our drama programme volunteered to perform at the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sarah Roe's School for children with severe learning disabilities. I would like to praise write@attitude's response to the writer, in which you encouraged the writer to make sure he or she had their facts straight, although I think it was rather unfortunate that this was not done before the contributor wrote in.

Timothy Loo

International Christian School

My mother reads my diary. A couple of weeks ago I bought a diary and kept it under the chest of drawers. It was a test for my parents. And they failed. I mentioned in the 'diary' what music CDs I wanted, what food I liked, and I made up some stories about school. But I never said a word about those things in person to them. Yet sooner or later they bought me CDs, food, and things I mentioned in the book. But I don't want to argue with them. I have stopped talking to them.


Write@ttitude: You are very honest and deserve our praise. Some children may have kept on writing to get what they wanted. However not talking to your parents will not improve the situation. They do not know what you are upset about. Maybe you can write another piece in the diary. Tell your parents that you know they are reading it, but you want them to respect your privacy. Explain to them that you understand their love for you and you are not shutting them out. Communication helps to build trust.