'Learn to live with pressure'
DEALING with pressure was one of the most important strategies one had to learn in order to survive in Hong Kong's competitive society, said Legislative Councillor Miriam Lau Kin-Yee.
The school hall of Nam Wah Catholic Secondary School was filled with excited Form Five and Seven students, who were anxiously waiting to receive their certificates at the school's recent speech day.
Guest speaker Ms Lau praised the students for their perseverance in pursuing their education.
''Students today not only have to face pressure from family, school and society, but most of all, from themselves,'' Ms Lau said.
''If one puts too much pressure on oneself, the result will not be a positive one. Acceptance of failure is one of the few good values that will enhance your future life.'' The councillor said graduating from secondary school was like turning a new page in one's life. ''Students will be facing new obstacles when entering the real world.'' In view of the recent rise in teenage suicides, Ms Lau said: ''Many young students enter society aiming higher than they can achieve.
''They are instead met by discouraging failures, but they do not realise it is through failure that we actually gain.
''Life is very precious and we only live once. It will be up to you to decide how you want to live it.'' Ms Lau said the society needed more responsible youths, which could be accomplished by educating the students.
Fifth formers Kwan Chung-hang and Wong Ka-mui are anxiously awaiting their HKCEE results.
''We have made plans to take up nursing just in case . . .'' the two girls told Young Post .
Lau Suk-yee, a Form Seven science student, hopes to study Biology if admitted into a tertiary institution. She hopes to be involved in environmental protection work.
''A lot of people may know about environmental protection, but not many are actually doing something about it,'' she said.
Besides having new things to look forward to, Suk-yee has a lot to think back on.
As the student thanked the school and the teachers, she said she would cherish her memories of secondary school life.
The graduation ceremony also included fourth former Yeung Tin-shing's winning debate speech which humorously combined Ms Lau's point of view and his own and a martial art performance.
by the school's martial arts group.