Don't underestimate value of friendship
People often tell you you're their friend. You hear that a lot from your peers, but quite often they don't really mean it.
Many people don't understand or appreciate the meaning and value of friendship. Once you lose a friend, it's hard to win them back. And friendship is not an easy task to handle. It takes a lot of patience, understanding, care and affection.
Building a friendship is a great way to help people mature. It teaches you to respect, understand, tolerate and communicate. If you think friendship is a small matter, think again. Start thanking your friends for what they're teaching you.
Coraliza Tuazon Saet, Delia Memorial School (Hip Wo)
Teach youngsters at an early age
I would like to share my opinions on the voluntary drug-testing scheme in schools.
First, I think it's hard to identify drug users because the test is voluntary. The government should conduct random tests. That way, users will be identified more easily and statistics will be more accurate.
I'm glad to hear that more teenagers have sought help since the testing scheme was announced. It shows youngsters understand the effects of using drugs and are trying to stop. Youth organisations should have more publicity so students know where to turn to for help. The government should provide funding to such organisations to help them deal with the extra workload.
But apart from the drug-testing scheme, I think education is essential. Youngsters need to be taught at an early age to stay away from drugs. Teaching them through dramas or competitions could be effective.
Karen Bonnie Sun, Our Lady of the Rosary College
Urgent need for schools to go green
It's important to take good care of our environment. We cannot wait any longer because the state of the environment is becoming worse. Education is a crucial factor in saving the environment.
A school is not only responsible for teaching students how to pass their exams with flying colours, but also to distinguish right from wrong - that includes protecting our earth.
It seems easy to say, yet many schools have difficulty adopting green policies. For example, schools will not stop giving out worksheets to their students.
Teachers produce too many documents and worksheets, and some of them do not throw waste paper into recycling bins.
One of the solutions is to use more electronic books and materials. Teachers could let their students submit their homework via e-mail. This way, schools would produce far less waste.
All in all, education is very important for environmental protection. Hong Kong schools should adopt more green policies. Let's create a better world together.
Malex Choi Ka-lok, Tang King Po School
Dressing to feel comfortable
There are many different kinds of clothes, and there are certain clothes for certain occasions.
Some people like wearing clothes which make them feel comfortable. Others wear clothes that look nice, but are not comfortable. Many teens wear clothes that are one size bigger.
Celebrities always need to dress up because they are constantly under the spotlight. They are always followed by paparazzi.
At home, most people wear comfortable clothes. I wear T-shirts and shorts.
Hong Kong students need to wear school uniform. It's a way to identify themselves.
I usually wear casual and comfortable clothes, but when I attend a wedding, I wear something formal. Clothes are an important reflection of identity and occasion.