from the Supervisor
全球兒童高峰會在一九九○年度的年會上就有這樣的一句話作為會議的焦點：「為兒童締造一個美好的將來是世人最崇高的使命。」(There can be no task nobler than giving every child a better future.) 這句話帶有普世的價值，無論大家因着文化、風俗、宗教，或社會經濟實力上的差異，都有着同一的目標，把教育視為兒童成長的必需品。
No one country in the world will treat with indifference of children education, and no parents, whether they are poor or rich, will care less about the personal growth of their children. All want to give their children the best education.
The Children Summit convened by the United Nations in 1990 holds this motto: “There can be no task nobler than giving every child a better future.” This strongly reminds us that no matter we are divided by culture, religion, or socio-economic strength, we do have one commonality which calls us to treat the personal growth of children as a necessity.
Doing education is never an easy job. But the Greek philosopher Aristotle said, “The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.” Certainly, it takes time to see the fruits grown to maturity. How about this Indian proverb: “Learning acquired in youth is an inscription on stone.” We can read, we can write, we can mark, and we can use, all are fruits of our hardship that we had endured when we were young. However, Chilean poet Gabriela Mistral wants to tell us: “Many things we need can wait, the child cannot … To him we cannot say tomorrow. His name is today.” Education is about today, and therefore education is so important that we cannot wait. Fifty-five years ago, when North Point was about to develop, St. Peter’s Church Kindergarten was already there to begin the mission of educating the children. It was same to St. Peter’s Church Kindergarten (Stanley) when people began to move in the Ma Hang Estate in Stanley.
We are concerned with the personal growth of every child, not that we see only its importance, but we see also the need of keeping pace with the development of the society and of the world. Children are our future, and their health in body and soul cannot be given by way of the worship of book-learning. When parents are so concentrating on equipping their children for tomorrow, at times they forget their children’s need of today. It is the word “Today” only be found in the children’s dictionary. Their immediate feelings are their most impressive responses to their surroundings, and they will carry these feelings with them throughout their journey of life. If we are worried only with the success or failure of their future, John Lubbock, who was a British politician and natural scientist in the 19th century, may the answer for us, which said, “A wise system of education will at least teach us how little man yet knows, how much he has still to learn.” We may also seek wisdom from the Arabians whose proverbs said, “The way you are fashioned in your growth, you’ll grow to be in your old age.” What you are today will certainly shape what you will be tomorrow. The happiest years your children be given today, the most nourished life they will grasp in their future.
It is what the mission of St. Peter’s Church Kindergarten on children education is about. We want our children to own their happy learning that nourishes their earliest years. We uphold the Christian faith and value that each one of them is imprinted with the image of God in the creation. Their faces tell us many stories, stories full of happy smiles, stories with bitter tears, and stories with terrible fears, all truly show us one fact: our children are not machinery, they are of flesh and blood.
For the past 55 years in North Point and 25 years in Stanley, our two St. Peter’s Church Kindergartens have been upholding the mission of educating our children. We are with the children. We walk with them, hoping to see them grow happily, letting them find their way of life. We believe that by daily watering, these seeds of life will one day grow into maturity with abundance of fruits.