PUBLISHED : Thursday, 15 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 15 October, 2009, 12:00am

Celebrate safely with adequate rest

The recent Mid-Autumn Festival was a perfect time to be with family and friends, and just relax. Sadly, one teenager was lost at sea during the holiday. His tragic death is a reminder of the importance of playing safe.

As teenagers, we feel we need to enjoy ourselves all the time. We think that sleeping is sometimes a waste of time, especially when we could be having fun instead. The boy who died spent Mid-Autumn Festival on the beach, then swam in the early morning.

But teenagers are not superheroes. We need rest.

A lack of sleep dulls our reflexes and ability to think straight.

We may not be able to make sensible decisions if we haven't had our eight hours.

If you are planning to stay up all night during a public holiday, you should take an afternoon nap. Then you can make up for some of the sleep you'll miss out that night.

Remember, a good night's sleep helps ensure a healthy mind and body.

Let's enjoy the festivals safely.

Annie Au, Leung Shek Chee College

School election a taste of real deal

Our school recently held the student union election for the new academic year. This year, there were two groups vying for the leadership. They were called Try-and-go and Change.

During the campaign week, both parties used innovative promotion tactics.

For example, they gave out well-designed leaflets and shouted their slogans every morning at the school's main gate. They also made useful accessories, such as mini-timetables, for students to stick on their lockers.

The school was decorated with creative, eye-catching posters. All these things helped create a wonderful atmosphere on campus.

In the past few years, I had been quite indifferent to these elections, and didn't vote since the policies were similar every year.

But this year I voted for one of the parties (I do not want to tell which one I voted for). I was encouraged by the exciting atmosphere and the hard work put in by the members.

On election day, my friends and I went to the school hall to vote. First, we had to register with our school ID card and then we were given a ballot paper.

Each of us went into a cubicle, marked our ballot paper and put it into the box.

During the whole process, nobody was able to interfere with what we were doing, so we could make our own choice. We were not influenced by others.

The school election was similar to the Legislative Council poll. It enabled students to experience a 'real' election and aroused awareness of their right to vote when they grow up.

In my opinion, no matter which party wins the election, it is the students who will ultimately benefit.

I hope to join the student union one day and serve my fellow schoolmates.

Karen Wong Ching-yee, Tsuen Wan Public Ho Chuen Yiu Memorial College

Prevent accidents at building sites

In light of the tragic industrial accident which occurred in the ICC building, I am writing to suggest how to prevent similar incidents in the future.

First, developers should inspect temporary support structures regularly.

Regular inspections can help detect faults in the structure. Good maintenance can greatly reduce the risk of an accident involving a platform.

Second, developers should ensure all of their workers properly buckle their safety straps before they get on the platform.

This can reduce the severity of injuries if not accidents.

My final suggestion is that developers state clearly how much weight the platform can hold to avoid overloading.

To prevent similar accidents from happening again, workers need better protection.

Liu Sui-yee, St Francis of Assisi's College