PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 May, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 May, 2009, 12:00am

Apologies no excuse for bad behaviour

When we do something wrong, we are taught to say 'I'm sorry'. But sometimes we take advantage of those words. We do something that we know could be hurtful, but because we know we can apologise, we do it anyway.

People think that if they apologise, everything will be all right. They know that saying sorry will soothe anger and ease upset. But that doesn't mean we do not need to be careful.

Apologising does not change the fact that we've done something wrong. Don't use it as an excuse for bad behaviour. We should think about our actions more carefully so we don't need to apologise.

Rebecca Mok, Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School

Government arts scheme benefits all

The government scheme which offers students cheap or free tickets to shows is a great idea.

Many children from lower income families don't attend dance or music shows. Tickets are often expensive, so culture is not a priority. The scheme means they can learn about the arts.

The scheme also broadens their artistic horizons. They can learn about both western and Chinese forms of art. Tickets are available for all sorts of shows, from ballet and Chinese opera to theatre and acrobatics.

Although the scheme will cost the government money, the pros far outweigh the cons.

Cynthia Law, Yuen Long Merchants Association Secondary School

Work together for absolute success

I belong to an outstanding students' organisation. At one meeting, we played games to prove our organisation and communication skills. We were divided into groups.

Nobody in our group knew anyone else, so we had to work especially hard to communicate. But we set our minds to the challenge, and only failed in one task. Our group was the overall winner.

The meeting proved that teamwork is an extremely important factor for success.

We had to be willing to listen to other people's opinions and be willing to accept suggestions.

Even when an idea didn't work, we didn't blame the person who suggested it. Instead we encouraged them to come up with other ideas.

The games allowed us to develop as an individual and a member of a team. It made me realise that teamwork is power.

Chan Lok-sze, STFA Tam Pak Yu College

Students need an open mind

I am writing to express my opinion on liberal studies as part of the new 3-3-4 syllabus.

The aim of liberal studies is to help students apply what they learn in lessons to everyday life. In theory, students should do that anyway.

But in Hong Kong, most students treat knowledge as something needed just to pass exams. I don't think a school subject can make students apply what they know to their lives.

A better solution would be a change in students' attitudes. They should be encouraged to take more of an interest in the news and understand why they are being taught something.

What students need is an open mind.

Eunice Cheung, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College