PUBLISHED : Monday, 04 January, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 04 January, 2010, 12:00am

Why I want to be an exchange student

My school is taking part in an exchange programme with St Mark's School, and I really want to be one of the lucky students involved. Studying in an English school would offer me some valuable opportunities.

Firstly, it would be a good chance to practise my English speaking, listening and writing skills. Also, I could find out about the differences between Chinese and English teaching styles. This should definitely help me to study more effectively when I'm back in my own school.

Moreover, it would be great to learn about another school's culture, and then share this with my schoolmates afterwards.

And if the students from the English school and I actively share and communicate, I'm confident we'll get to know each other and become good friends.

Rosanna Chiu Tsz-yau, Pooi To Middle School

We don't need school exams

I think examinations are an unnecessary part of school life.

Many teachers say exams improve our knowledge and exercise our brains, but I think they make school more boring and less enjoyable.

I agree exams can check on our understanding of what we have learned, but I still hate them very, very much. You might think that because I hate exams, I have no intellectual curiosity. However, this isn't true. Hating exams is not the same as hating studying.

Exams can make someone with a big thirst for knowledge afraid of school education. In this case, they are having the opposite effect to the one intended.

Exams are not necessary. If we have an appetite for knowledge, we will want to learn - we don't need to be forced to.

It's hard to find happiness in something you're forced to do. The best things in the world are done by volunteers, because they are doing what they want to do.

Jasmine, True Light Middle School of Hong Kong

Loving parents are best drug deterrent

Even though the 'Don't Try Drugs' campaign is very popular, many teenagers are ignoring this advice.

Why? I think it's because teenagers are full of curiosity and they always want to try new things.

Some teenagers get into drugs through their friends. They meet together and want to have a happy time.

However, they mistakenly believe they will not become addicted.

The government is very worried about this problem. They carry out drug tests and issue strong warnings about the dangers of drugs. Schools also try to give students positive ideas.

However, I think it's parents who can have the biggest impact on teenagers' attitudes towards drugs. They can let their children know someone really loves them and is willing to listen to them.

Showing teenagers loving care is the best way to make sure they never want to experiment with drugs.

Monthy Man Yuen-king, The H. K. Sze Yap Commercial & Industrial Association Wong Tai Shan College

Joy of taking part in voluntary work

Some students switch on their computers as soon as they return home from school. Then they chat with their friends or play games online.

Excessive use of the computer can bring many harmful side-effects, including back problems, a sore elbow and short-sightedness.

I think students can use this time to do some worthwhile activities, such as voluntary work and exercise.

Some people believe community service is a waste of time because you are not properly rewarded for your hard work. I disagree. By taking part in voluntary work, you can make a lot of friends and gain valuable experience.

You can also make others happy and this in turn will bring you great joy.

Fion Lui




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