24 Nov 2023
The strength we need
In the blink of an eye, we have not yet held an athletic meet for three years. Junior form students may have never experienced the excitement of the YKN Athletic Meet, but senior form students have long been eagerly looking forward to this long-awaited big stage. Since September, many students have been actively preparing for the athletic meet to be held in October. From registration, training to competition, I have seen students participating in it with a serious attitude at every stage. Although not all the participating students can win the prizes, in addition to striving for personal honors, they are more concerned about the reputation of the class or club they represent, so they grit their teeth and try their best to complete the competition, hoping to win one and a half points for the class and club. This spirit is worth appreciating.
I still remember the unforgettable scene on the first day of the sports meeting. A student who was participating in the 4x400m relay race accidentally fell down during the race. He managed to get up to compete. Unfortunately, he fell again shortly after due to his physical strength being unable to bear the burden, and suffered multiple injuries on his body. As I watched, I felt anxious and wanted to help my student to go to the first aid station to treat the wound as soon as possible, but my student stood up with extremely tenacious fighting spirit and continued the game. His determined eyes seemed to tell his teammates present: "I will not give up just now." "Yes!" With a scarred body, he finally completed the event successfully. The moment he crossed the finish line, the audience gave him warm applause. What everyone paid attention to was no longer his ranking, but appreciation and praise for his "unyielding" sportsmanship.
There was a 3,000-metre open race scheduled for the afternoon of the second day. According to tradition, Form 6 students would participate in the "Happy Run" activity together in the first lap of the race. The purpose was to allow the whole class to participate together and stay in the race before graduation so as to make good memories. Before the race, some students from Form 6 invited me to compete together. Of course, I wanted to compete happily with everyone, but considering that I had an injury to my right knee, I was a little hesitant and worried, but the enthusiasm of my classmates made me put it aside. Worried, he finally agreed. The sun was shining brightly that day. In addition to Form 6 students, students from other forms and even teachers participated in the event, making the scene very lively. After starting the race, the students who were competing for results naturally accelerated their pace and quickly left. However, I slowly enjoyed the "Happy Run" with a group of Form 6 students. When I entered the third lap, I participated in the "Happy Run". The students who were running had slowly left the game. In the hot weather and the pain caused by my right knee, I had many excuses and reasons in my mind to try to convince myself to slow down or even give up the race! But I recalled the first day of the sports meeting. The "never give up" and "unyielding" spirit of that student gave me the incomparable will to persevere. Of course, I also wanted to thank the teachers and students who cheered me on along the way. I gritted my teeth and overcame the hot weather. Despite the pain caused by my knees, I finally finished the game successfully in about fifteen minutes, maintaining the expected goal.
In recent years, the Education Bureau has promoted values education, which includes ten fundamental values and attitudes. The spirit of "perseverance" among them deserves everyone's attention. Perseverance is not just about perseverance and doing repetitive things without fear of hard work; what supports it is the pursuit of self-goal setting, and it is also a commitment to one's own responsibilities. As society progresses, students need to have a strong spirit and attitude to cope with the impact of rapid social changes. When students face difficulties, they may also have the idea of giving up or escaping. At this time, please think back to your life goals and original intentions. I hope that students can pursue and achieve them with the perseverance in order to actualize their dreams and share them with everyone.
So Ka Leung