PUBLISHED : Friday, 05 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 05 September, 2008, 12:00am

Stage shows can build up confidence

Taking part in drama productions can help students build up their confidence and communication skills.

No matter whether they are singing, dancing or just acting out a scene, they need to be at their best in front of the audience.

Some students may feel nervous during a public performance, but they should realise practice makes perfect.

Schools provide many opportunities for students to hone their skills and become the stars of the stage.

For example, there are class presentations, singing contests and musicals where they can show off their talents.

Students need to be well-prepared for a public performance. Hard work is the key to success.

If they put in the effort, they wouldn't suffer from stage fright as they would be familiar with their tasks.

Stage shows bring unforgettable memories to the students and the training can help them face the future with confidence.

Deland Ng, SKH Li Fook Hing Secondary School

Learn from past, plan for the future

It's important for us to learn from the past.

Otherwise, we could make the same mistakes and not improve at school or at work.

Planning for the future is also crucial. Without goals, we cannot motivate ourselves and life can become dull and meaningless.

We should envisage the future we want, set up the goals we want to achieve, and make plans in order to achieve those targets. Then we have to act on them.

If we learn from the past and plan for the future, there's no reason why we can't succeed.

Cheung Pui-yee

Work hard for a better life

I believe knowledge can change our lives. Your parents may say: 'You should study hard. Otherwise, you won't be able to find a good job.'

A lot of people are unemployed because they lack knowledge. Nowadays, many bosses prefer to hire people who speak several languages.

These employees can help expand their company's business in this globalised world.

Without adequate knowledge, you will earn much less than your educated counterparts.

Also, your children will be at a disadvantage because they cannot learn much from you.

So we should work hard for a better life in the future.

Carrie Yuen Cheuk-ying

Students show they are a class act

Many students don't like school because of the stress caused by the endless homework, revision and tests. But I enjoyed working with my teachers and classmates in 3D.

We played an active role in almost every school event, including the anniversary celebration, English Fortnight, Fun Fair and Parents' Day.

We were enthusiastic and never grumbled about our work.

There were no cliques in our class and we got along well with each other.

All the teachers loved us, although we were a little bit noisy sometimes. They were ready to lend us a helping hand at any time.

I think I was extremely lucky to have studied in 3D with my marvellous classmates and teachers.

Cherry Wong

Positive mind helps cope with setbacks

You can make your own luck - if you have the right attitude.

I used to be pessimistic but I have changed since I began going to church.

We can look at setbacks in a positive way. We must not assume we will be lucky forever.

When something bad happens, we find it difficult to cope with the challenge because we are not prepared for it. We need to realise we could have good luck or bad luck. We should be ready for both.

We can develop a positive mindset by getting rid of negative emotions, such as anger, jealousy and hatred, and taking part in meaningful voluntary activities.

Please bear in mind: 'Fortune always stands on your side.'

Crystal Yip

Job more important than money

Many Hong Kong secondary school students are becoming money-conscious, according to a recent newspaper report.

If you just want to get a job that pays more money, you may not do your best. This is because your focus is not on the work, but on the money.

Also, a lot of people will think you are greedy. Moreover, you won't be happy.

I would like to be an English teacher when I grow up. I have chosen this career because I really like English and working with children.

I would love to play or sing with them. If I were a teacher, I would spend most of my time with children.

I don't think a teacher can earn a lot of money. However, I will not give up my dream because I love that job.

When I was a child, I asked my father which career I should pursue.

He said he wanted me to be the fastest runner in the world. I asked him why. He said I would be famous and I could earn a lot of money.

When I was 10 years old, I told my father I could not be the fastest runner in the world because I was not good at sports. Then he said he would like me to be the chief executive officer of a company.

I think I am much more suitable to be a teacher. However, I must study hard so I can realise my dream.

Money is not everything.

Mandy Leung Hiu-tung, King Ling College