The test of time
Bad exam results don't necessarily mean failure.
Many students will be frustrated and feel that they are losers if they get bad results. But that's not exactly right.
Exams are a fundamental part of studying, with some people believing that bad results mean a person is stupid or lazy.
But this is wrong, as there are many elements that can affect your results, such as your mental condition, writing speed, carelessness and the environment.
Students' standards will be affected if they are nervous or can't write fast. I do not believe there is one standard method to prove people's ability because everyone is different and unique. You are successful only if you can contribute to society.
Einstein did not get good exam results when he was in primary school.
But he didn't give up studying and read a lot of books. Eventually he became a famous scientist, so bad exam results did not mean anything.
When you get bad exam results, don't give up. Think about what you have done and be more careful next time. But you should not just focus on exams but read more books and get more experience to broaden your horizons.
This will put you closer to success.
Lau Wan-ting, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College
I would like to express my view about the celebrity sex photos saga.
Gillian Chung said at a media conference that she had been silly and naive but had now grown up. Her singing partner, Charlene Choi, gave her full support.
Some people are sympathetic towards her while others are full of criticism. They wonder whether being 'innocent and silly' means she thinks she can act without considering the consequences. I think because she is a celebrity and the idol of many people, her 'innocence and silliness' can greatly affect her fans.
The episode should teach us that we should think twice before we act.
Leslie Ng Kei-wun, Heung To Secondary School
I was so sad when I heard about a nine-year-old girl who hanged herself at home after getting poor test results.
The girl was hard-working and cared about her exam results. She did well academically but thought that she did not do as well as before in a test, so she decided to end her life.
I was shocked since she was so young and I can't believe why she would do it. This case shows us that some Hong Kong children cannot bear failure and give up easily.
Parents should spend more time on their children and give them more support. If they pay more attention to them, there will be less tragedy. The government should give schools more assistance to organise events to reduce students' pressure.
Koel Leung Hiu-lam, China Holiness Church Living Spirit College
I'm writing in response to the letter by Jay Yam, headlined 'Be a champion in life'.
I agree with Jay because in a competition, there must be winners and losers. When we win, we should stay modest and open-minded. In order to progress, we should work harder. However, when we lose, we should not feel depressed. We must strive for the next competition.
If you have tried your best, what results you get are not important.
If you really want to be a winner, you must not give up. Everybody can be a champion.
Mon Yip Tsz-ching, Precious Blood Secondary School
A sound idea
Every day, we have to put up with a lot of noise - at markets, homes, restaurants and in the street.
Noise not only can harm your hearing but also cause deafness, increase your blood pressure and stress you out.
Apart from rules that can reduce noise on construction sites, individuals can do many things to cut noise. A simple way to start is to speak more softly.
Speaking too loud can harm the hearing of those who have to listen, it is annoying and can harm friendships.
Everyone should think about the feelings of others before making noise.
We did it!
Recently, my friends and I joined the 'I Can Fly' programme. We designed the project with the aim of teaching the children about aviation.
We met every week and had many problems to deal with. We argued, we quarrelled, we cried, we had a hard time.
I did not have much confidence we would be able to organise the project. But when it came to the big day, all the children were happy and got involved.
I hope they will remember this day, when some big brothers and sisters played games with them and taught them about aviation.
I will never forget that day when our goals came true.
Carmen Ho Ka-man, Leung Shek Chee College
Time for action
Action speaks louder than words - we always hear this sentence from teachers or parents.
Yet how do we live this out?
We might know what the problem is but not the solution. Or we may know what to do but lack the confidence to do it.
We have to learn to trust ourselves and give support and encouragement to others.
If we always let words speak louder than action, we will never succeed.
Even though a plan might be perfect, if we don't take action, it is useless.