PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 01 July, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 01 July, 2008, 12:00am

SBA provides learning boost

I have been doing a lot of projects related to the school-based assessment (SBA) syllabus.

It is very important for HKCEE candidates to participate in cultural activities and improve their public-speaking skills.

Some may say SBA projects are a waste of time, but I believe they give me an opportunity to learn more and build up confidence.

Besides conducting research on SBA-related topics and writing essays, I take part in group activities and make presentations. The projects have helped sharpen my language and organisation abilities.

I also learn a lot from preparation sessions arranged by my teachers.

Rather than having a single exam, I truly believe that the SBA is a rational, impartial way of assessing students' academic standards.

Joy Cheung, The Chinese Foundation Secondary School

Drive safely

I was injured in a traffic accident about two years ago when I was 15 years old.

The driver of the mini-bus in which I was travelling lost control of his vehicle and it crashed into a bus stop.

My right arm was fractured and I stayed in hospital for a week.

The driver visited me and apologised, saying he had been drinking a lot before he took the wheel. I could do nothing but forgive him.

Since the accident, I haven't been able to use my hand properly.

Human life is the most important thing in the world so it is the responsibility of all drivers to drive safely.

I hope there are no more traffic accidents in Hong Kong.

Chen Ka-man

Lasting fears

I think everyone is afraid of something. Even though I'm 16, I'm still afraid of bugs. Let me explain why.

Eight years ago, Typhoon York hit Hong Kong. There was a possibility the No 10 signal would be raised, so my mum collected me from school.

I was soaked from the rain so I took a hot bath. I got out, picked up my towel and started to dry off. But when I was drying my shoulders, I felt something on my right shoulder. I looked and saw a cockroach climbing up my neck. I shook it off and cried out for my mum. I don't remember what happened next.

Later I woke up. My mum told me that I had fainted with fear. She told me she had killed the cockroach.

Now, whenever I go to the bathroom, I look around everywhere and shake the towels to check for bugs.

Lee Ka-hon, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

The truth about technology

It is common for people to use modern technology such as mobile phones, PDAs, Windows Live Messenger and online chat rooms to communicate with friends.

These advances make our lives easier - you can shop, order food and send out party invitations online, without ever speaking to anyone or even leaving your desk.

These inventions also allow us to communicate with our friends at any time of the day, no matter where they are in the world.

But while these advances

in technology enhance communication, they weaken relationships. Emotions cannot realistically be represented by smileys and text talk.

If we do not physically see people, we can't really get to know them. Friends you make on the internet might not really be who they say they are.

What's more, there are some things about meeting in person that technology can never replace.

Technological advances may make life easier, but remember that the old-fashioned way is still important.

Po-chu, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Get over gambling

Gamblers are starting their habit at a younger age than before. This makes it even harder for them to quit, and less likely to want to accept help. Everyone needs hobbies, but we should choose healthy pastimes such as reading, team sports or playing and listening to music.

Many people gamble for relaxation. Watching a horse race or football match is exciting, and a good way to hang out with friends.

Young gamblers especially feel that, because they are young, they have a long life ahead of them to make their money back.

But earning money is hard work. And the whole point of gambling is that it is a game of chance - you might win, but you're more likely to lose your hard-earned money.

Gamblers need to realise they have an addiction and seek help. There are social workers who are specially trained to help them overcome their addiction.

It is also important to take up more healthy activities and work on building positive relationships with their friends and family.

All of us have problems in our lives. But if we share them with people who care, we won't have to resort to unhealthy habits.

Fiona Wong Hoi-yan, Our Lady of The Rosary College

Value other people

Do you think that the people around you are important as you are?

Of course they are. When we have difficulties, our friends and family are always there to help us. If we have done something bad, they will help us make matters right. They are really important to us.

So, from now on, try to be more considerate of other people in your life.

If you do not care for them, they may stop caring about you - a vicious circle of selfishness. Don't leave it too late or you'll have regrets. Value those who care for you!

Leung King-man, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College