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Night

文章日期:2009年8月28日

I have just finished another round of reading Night by Elie Wiesel. I was introduced to the book about 15 years ago, and have since read the book over and over again for at least a dozen times. The sufferings of the author as a 14-year-old boy in German concentration camps have never ceased to overwhelm me. For days after each reading, I would be haunted and dazed by the torments, pains, despair and grief of those children victims of the holocaust.

The fortune of today’s children is a wistful contrast; wistful because society often doubts if those lucky ones realize that they are indeed blessed with almost unlimited resources, and if they appreciate the blessings and utilize the resources at all.

In school, students are taught to treasure the opportunity of education; they are nurtured to set targets, maximize their potentials, and strive to arrive at their destinations.

Students can have very big ambitions, but their dreams will forever be dreams only if they are not provided with proper tools to work towards the goals. It is a school's mission to more than amply equip its students academically, spiritually, physically, character-wise, and in all other aspects of development.

A school should be a loving and caring home for its students, a home where everybody learns, stretches their wings and flies to their highest. In the course of development, students may come across hardships and difficulties, slight and formidable; but unlike a shunned and forlorn teenage Elie Wiesel battling those days of darkness 6 decades ago, our students in Hong Kong are soldiers well supported in every way to move forward boldly and confidently. Our children go forward in faith. All students must grow and glow.

Reviewed by Ms. Brenda Mau, Principal of St. Mark's School

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