Message from the Principal - April 2021

Dear parents of APSW,

May the grace and peace of the Lord Jesus be with you always!

As the Easter holiday approaches, children might tend to feel more relaxed. Yet Easter is not an ordinary holiday, but a time to commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, which represents rebirth and hope! We are redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ, our sins and transgressions are forgiven, and we are given a chance to live a new life, putting behind the past and looking forward to a bright future - that is the true meaning of Easter. This school year has been hugely affected by the pandemic, and we might feel discouraged. Fortunately,  the recent coronavirus situation continues to stabilise, so we hope to see the "rebirth" of normal life, learning and and doing various daily activities after the Easter holiday. Let us stay hopeful in this ever-changing time, facing the future boldly and positively.

April will arrive soon, which means two-third of the school year is alomst over. This year marks the last year of our 3-year school development plan of 2018-2021. Therefore, we have already started planning the next school development plan. In the coming three years, we will focus on two areas according to the characteristic of APSW children, their learning needs, our school culture and future development needs. First, we will promote STREAM education to encourage self-regulated learning, and to enhance students' logical thinking, innovation and problem-solving skills. Secondly, we will encourage students to explore life through hands-on experience. We will promote positive learning based on Christianity's core values, encouraging students to respect lives, care for the needy, and cherish lives. In addition, we will better our curriculum and policies to suit our students' learning needs. For this reason, we have distributed a parents' survey to inquire your thoughts on the school's development. You are cordially invited to provide generous feedback so that we can create an even better school together. We envision sharing with you the final development blueprint before the school year ends after collecting opinions from all stakeholders.

Last week, we made new learning arrangements after the Education Bureau announced the latest policies on the resumption of face-to-face classes in kindergartens, primary schools and secondary schools. We have devised a timetable according to the learning needs of students of different grades. We would like to thank you again for your understanding, trust and support towards the school. We truly understand the challenges and pressure that you and your children are facing during this time. We are most willing to provide support for families that need help; do reach out and contact us if you have any needs. May we work together and share each other's burdens during this difficult time.
Meanwhile, the school continues to improve our campus facilities to provide a comfortable learning environment for our children. That includes the renovation of washrooms on various floors. The renovation of washrooms on the G/F, 1/F and 2/F are almost completed. During the Easter break, washrooms on the 6/F will undergo a large-scale renovation: squat toilets will be replaced by seated toilets while pipes will be refurbished. We expect the project to be completed in early July. During the refurbishment, affected washrooms will be temporarily closed. Students on the 6/F would need to use the 5/F washrooms for the time being. Students have to be careful when going up and down the stairs. Later on, washrooms on other floors will also undergo enhancement projects. We hope that the condition of washrooms will be improved after the refurbishments.

Furthermore, a covered walkway will be constructed to connect the gate to the U/G hall during the Easter holiday, providing shelter from sunlight and rain. The project is targeted to be completed before the rainy season arrives for the convenience of children and parents. Additionally, we will carry out a replacement project for the desks and chairs in the coming three years. In the first stage, we will replace the desks and chairs for Primary 1 and 2 students at the end of this school year. We hope that this project can enhance students' learning experience at school.

As the Easter holiday is arriving, I hope that children can make the most out of it to learn and explore new things. Stay healthy and have a meaningful holiday!

Mr. Lee Tak Hang,
School principal

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