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PUBLISHED : Friday, 10 March, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 10 March, 2006, 12:00am

A very constructive way to punish

There are many ways to punish students but the method my English teacher, Ms Chao, uses is the most constructive. Other teachers punish us by asking us to copy out text but Ms Chao gets us to write compositions.

Every time we forget to take our textbooks to class, she gives us a choice.

We can either get a written warning in our handbook or write a composition. Nearly all of us choose the composition. Why? Because it's for own good.

It's good because it helps improve our English. We learn to organise our ideas and sentences. We also practise using the phrases and vocabulary we have learned in class. In fact, we learn more vocabulary because we look for new ways of expressing ourselves.

I think other teachers should follow suit. Although we are being punished, most students are willing to be punished in this way. We hate written warnings and we feel better when we can do something to make up for our mistakes.

Some students do not know what to write in this free composition. You can write about something that happened to you recently or what you think and feel about different things in your life. It is also a way of letting your teachers know more about you.

We all make mistakes but we don't usually mean to do wrong, and Ms Chao's method of punishment is ideal.

Wong Chun-man

Kwai Chung Methodist College

Don't forget to care for the elderly

There are many old people who live alone. Some are poor and have to collect tin cans and cardboard boxes to earn a livelihood.

We shouldn't forget the fact that when they were young they made valuable contributions to society.

Even though they are old and their health may not be good, they still have a role to play in society. They have many experiences to share with us and we can benefit by listening to them.

So, if your grandparents are still alive, don't forget to take better care of them.

Listen to them, learn from their experiences and respect them.

And don't forget that one day we will be old too.

Tang Kai-yin

Law Ting Pong Secondary School

Rebuilding a positive image for Disneyland

Lately, Hong Kong Disneyland has been getting a lot of negative publicity.

How can Disneyland rebuild a positive image? I have a few ideas.

Firstly, they can produce a leaflet explaining how they are going to improve their service and distribute this leaflet to travel agencies, especially those on the mainland.

Secondly, they can have special promotions. For example, if you go to Disneyland for your birthday, you can pay half-price or you can have a birthday party for free.

Thirdly, Disneyland could improve its information systems by, for instance, providing hourly updates at every MTR station and on Disneyland's website about how many visitors are currently in the theme park.

Then, visitors can decide whether to go to Disneyland that day.

Jackie Lee

Pooi To Middle School

The consequences of underage sex are sad

Even though they are under 16, some teenagers are already having sexual relationships. Perhaps they want an exciting experience or just to have fun, but have they thought about the consequences?

Although there are films and advertisements warning us about the possible consequences of underage sex, many young people don't listen and some young girls become pregnant.

Sadly some girls have abortions or give their babies up for adoption and sometimes you read in the newspaper about babies being abandoned.

We should have lessons at school not only to teach us about the law but also to teach us about the consequences of underage sex and how to have self-discipline so that such things don't happen to us.


The mango in me

Believe it or not, there are many similarities between me and a mango!

First of all, my surname is Wong. 'Wong' means yellow in Chinese and it matches the colour of a mango.

I am also quite tall and thin, like the oval shape of a mango.

Some mangoes are sweet and some are sour. Sometimes I feel happy that I have many friends and a good family but I also feel sad when I get low marks in tests or dictation. This is just like the taste of a mango - sweet means happy and sour means sad.

Mangoes can be used in many different ways, such as to make juice, fruit salad, pancakes and ice-cream. I too have many skills and uses. I am good at things like basketball, computers and cooking, and my exam and test results are not bad either.

So, you see, there's a lot of mango in me! What fruit are you?

Tony Wong

SKH Lam Kau Mow Secondary School