Dr Kai, guests, parents, graduates, teachers and students,
On behalf of the staff and students in Po Leung Kuk Lee Shing Pik College, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all the guests and parents, and our gratitude to the guest of honour, Dr Alex Kai Sze Fai, Principal of Shun Tak Fraternal Association Yung Yau College, for attending our school’s Form 6 Graduation Ceremony 2015-2016.
Dear graduates, I sincerely hope that our school motto: Love, Respect, Diligence and Integrity will be the guide to your future life. I also hope that you will cultivate a sense of curiosity and keep an active mind to sustain interest and motivation in learning.
There are lots of amazing things in our world. Have you ever wondered why trees have leaves? How can birds fly? Why is the sky blue? Why does the sun rise and set? How did a battered China rise after the Cultural Revolution? What is the correlation between oil and stock prices? To understand what is behind every ‘amazing’ thing, you only have to observe, verify and think in multiple perspectives.
Curiosity and a thirst for knowledge are the key to learning. A strong sense of curiosity about things around us and the determination to figure things out spark our thirst for knowledge. This in turn will improve our interest and effectiveness in learning. Chinese Book of Rites, Liji, compares learning to striking a bell. Striking the bell lightly will make a soft ding but hitting the bell hard will produce a loud bang. By the same token, if we are not curious about things, we don’t learn much. If we have a strong sense of curiosity, we learn more things. After leaving school, whether you are studying or working, you should foster a sense of curiosity and continue to satisfy your thirst for knowledge.
Lastly, thanks again for attending the ceremony and I would also like to express our heartfelt thank to our guest of honour, Dr Kai for his presence. Under the leadership of Dr Kai, Shun Tak Fraternal Association Yung Yau College has gained strong reputation in the advocacy of science and technology education. Their project: ‘The polymerization of multipurpose porous membrane under microgravity’ was the champion in the Space Science Experiment Design Competition for Hong Kong Secondary School Students last year. This year, their students have been awarded a lot of prizes for their study and invention of ‘tree plasters’, ‘electrocardiography monitoring system, and ‘optical instrument – mould inhibitor’ in the Hong Kong Student Science Project Competition 2016. I am sure the inspiring sharing by Dr Kai will arouse your curiosity about things in our everyday life. Dear graduates, on the brink of a new chapter of your lives, I wish you further progress in the years to come. I also wish you all good health and happiness. Thank you.