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PUBLISHED : Saturday, 24 June, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 24 June, 2006, 12:00am

A teacher's kindness

Today, I want to talk about my favourite teacher. She has short straight hair, is as beautiful as an angel and, most importantly, kind to everyone.

When I lost the keys to my school locker. I was too afraid to tell anyone and I was miserable. The next day, this teacher asked where my key was. I told her I lost it. She did not blame me and went with me to the office to apply for a duplicate. When the new key came, she told me to be careful with it. I was very grateful that she gave me a hand when I was so miserable. I love you, Ms Chao Chao.

Octo Chan Ho-sing

Methodist College

Mystic mirror

There are many mirrors in the world. However, I have an unusual one called the 'mind-reading mirror', which is an ancient tall mirror that appears to be covered in a thin layer of dust that never disappears no matter what you use to clean it.

I did not realise its worth until my mum pointed out that some people believe it can reflect one's thoughts. For example, if there is something you wish to do or you wish to acquire that object or goal will become visible in the mirror.

When I was a child, mum often took me to the mirror to check whether I was telling the truth or not. I hated the mirror a lot then, but I now have a different appreciation. One day the parents of my rich friend had to declare bankruptcy. The family sold everything they owned, but soon after her parents died in a car accident and she became an orphan. As it was Christmas, I wanted to cheer her up so I took her to the 'mind-reading mirror' to see what present she would like. I thought she would want new designer clothes, but I was wrong. I could see her in the mirror in a simple dress smiling with her family.

I realised many of us forget the most valuable part of our lives is the love from those who support and protect us - our family. People tend to forget how important family can be until they are no longer there. So we should cherish every moment we have with our loved ones and never have any regrets.

Rina Chong

S.K.H. Lam Kau Mow Secondary School

Cool to be a cat

Cats have been fascinating mankind throughout history and are one of the most popular pets in the world.

This is easy to understand because cats are beautiful and easy to care for. But some cats such as tigers, lions and leopards are excellent hunters, strong and agile. They have good eyesight and keen hearing. Cats are not only expert climbers and jumpers they are cute.

Iris Tse Sin-ting

Law Ting Pong Secondary School

Old beliefs don't fit

Some people still believe the status of women should be lower than that of men. In the past this would have been true, but not today. Studies shows the intelligence of both sexes is equal. In most societies, men and women enjoy equal opportunities in education and employment. Many women are in politics, such as Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. Undoubtedly, there are differences between men and women, but this should not affect equality.

Calvina Kwan

St Mary's Church College

Technology slaves

Humans were created by God, but are addicted to a human invention: technology. I strongly disagree that any such inventions are better than God's creation. Technology and robots work the way humans choose and demand.

Robots created in the 21st century may not be of any use in the 22nd century because theories will be more advanced and modern. How did people live without technology 100 years ago? Technology has become a drug, but humans have other goals in life.

In 100 years, if people invent something better, will it take over robots? Robots have a limited capacity of knowledge, so a child 20 years from now may know more. Let technology be a part of our lives, not take over it. Don't surrender to technology.

Bharisha Mirpuri

HKMA David Li Kwok Po College

Stop child labour

Many people may not realise child labour exists in Hong Kong. People may believe this is not their problem, but this attitude is wrong. Child labour may tarnish the city's image and bear huge costs on society.

After school, child labourers spend most of their time in repugnant work rather than having any leisure time or even adequate time for revision.

These child labourers may also be ridiculed at school and dismissed by classmates as inferior students. How can they perform well in these circumstances?

It's high time for the government to tackle this problem. It should subsidise families below the poverty line and offer work training for parents.

We should not turn a blind eye to of child labour.The social costs may increase on a dialy basis if we neglect the problem. The government should deal with the problem. A child has right to enjoy a childhood.

Cadmon Ng