17 January 2023
Cherish the Present - Embrace the Future
Gratitude for Blessings
Buddhist Yip Kei Nam Memorial College has a history of 45 years since its establishment in 1978. However, as the epidemic is raging, should we organize the 45th anniversary celebration? During the difficult days of fighting the epidemic, the contacts between people have decreased, and the overall social atmosphere is also sluggish. Fortunately, the epidemic has recently slowed down, so I think it is a good time to gather together teachers, students, alumni and parents and let us review the development of YKN in the past 45 years. The 45th anniversary celebration is just a milestone for us to plan for the future together. In recent years, many new facilities have been added to the campus, including: renovating the library, building an additional theatre, Chinese Study Room, English Corner, and Mathematics Teaching Hub; optimizing the lobby on ground floor, setting up Student Achievement Display Wall, School History Gallery, Visual Art Gallery, Passing On, English Reading Corner, Orchid Pavilion and so on. Not only can these new settings optimize the campus environment, but they also improve the learning efficiency of students. The improvement and optimization project of the school depends on the generosity of all caring social leaders, parents and alumni so that YKN can welcome a fruitful future with a new look today. I really want to take the opportunity of the school celebration to let the students know that "happiness is not inevitable", learn the principle of being grateful for the blessings and cherish these hard-won learning resources.
Looking back at Past
Over the past 45 years, YKN has witnessed its growth, including the tireless teaching of teachers, the industrious classmates, and the ardent expectations and rapport of parents. I still remember YKN's 40th anniversary celebration activities in 2018. One of the most memorable activities was the whole school's "Jigsaw Puzzle". On that day, the whole school was mobilized, and the five characters of "YKN40" were collaged on the playground, clearly expressing a message: the school is a big family built by students, parents, teachers, alumni and staff, and all stakeholders are indispensable. The holding of the school celebration just reminds us that the steady development of the school is due to the credit of everyone who has contributed, and they are the people who have jointly laid the solid foundation of "YKN".
Looking to the Future
45 years is not a short period of time, but it is still "young" in terms of the school's development. In the days to come, the school will face many challenges, including changes in social demographics, learning models, social life, educational expectations, etc., so I firmly believe that the school sponsoring body and the IMC will be able to lead the school to overcome all difficulties and move forward on the basis of our existing foundation. Buddhist Yip Kei Nam Memorial College will surely achieve new heights in the future, providing high-quality education for the students in Kwai Tsing District, cultivating morality and talents, and helping them meet the challenges of the future.
I hope that everyone will take advantage of this rare moment of the 45th anniversary of the school, devote themselves wholeheartedly, and add charm to the school's celebration activities.
Mr. So Ka Leung