The importance of co-operation
I once took part in an interclass drama competition that had to be presented in English. Preparing for this event made me appreciate the importance of co-operation. A show can never be staged by just one person. Even stand-up comics who perform alone still need help from lighting and sound technicians, make-up artists and others.
If we want to be successful, especially in projects and shows, we must learn to co-operate with others. We should not only think of ourselves, but try to put ourselves in their shoes. By communicating with others, we generate more ideas and express our feelings instead of keeping everything to ourselves. We should also give each other a helping hand before problems arise.
Even if we don't 'win' the competition, we still have gained much if we have learned the spirit of co-operation.
Is school the best place for lunch?
Some students like to go out for lunch and some of them eat at school. So which is better?
Probably the best thing about eating out is there is much greater choice, and meals can be quite cheap. It can also give students a break and some fresh air. They can relax after a morning's study and take their minds off difficult or boring lessons. Students also learn how to manage their pocket money and to think independently.
But there are downsides, too. Some parents worry that their children might run into trouble if they leave the school grounds during lunch. Students also cannot wander too far away, or they'll be late for class.
Besides, eateries are always busy during lunch hour so students have to wait in line and can hardly relax.
In contrast, students who eat at school usually have time for other activities, such as basketball or volleyball. For higher form students in particular, it's a good time to do revision or complete homework. If they have a problem with a lesson or assignment, they can discuss it with the teacher.
Eating at school can save time and money, and can be more healthy if you bring your lunch from home.
It's hard to say which is better. But I think we should give teenagers more freedom. They're the leaders of tomorrow, so let them think for themselves.
Rachel Ng, Carmel Secondary School
The mind is more potent than looks
I agree that being clever is more important and useful than being beautiful or handsome. In the long run, knowledge and intelligence determine your standing.
Clear goals, broad knowledge and diligence lead the way to success. No doubt, charm and good looks gain attention and give a good initial impression in the beginning. But no one gains lifetime fame or makes great achievements only on the basis of their appearance.
A person's physical beauty is like a mask. Youth fades with time and cannot be restored. In stark contrast, knowledge and wisdom can grow over the years. Beauty only benefits whoever possesses it, but wisdom can be a force for the good of humanity now and well into the future. Wisdom separates humans from animals. It is the greatest treasure God has given us.
Hui Chi-sing, Christian Alliance S.C. Chan Memorial College
Paying for modern life with our moods
According to a survey conducted by the Hong Kong Mood Disorder Centre at the Chinese University, common minor physical symptoms such as headache, joint pain, insomnia, fatigue and an upset stomach can be early signs of a mood disorder.
More than 80 per cent of respondents to the survey suffered at least three mood disorders at the same time they experienced such physical symptoms.
Emotional disorders seem to be a consequence of a hectic life. However, people tend to overlook this problem. No matter what role we play - as a boss or employee, parent or student - many of us feel we have too much to do and not enough time to do it. We work or study late, often on our days off, without taking time to rest physically and mentally. This can affect our mood, making us feel depressed, angry or hopeless.
Ignoring our moods is foolish. They not only affect our work, but our closest relationships.
Liu Wing-lam, SKH Li Fook Hing Secondary School