“Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” — Albert Einstein.
Lo Song Ching, a Han Chiang High School student who graduated in 2015, returned to Han Chiang High School to revisit the place that shaped his road to success and to observe the learning process of Han Chiang students. Through perseverance and undeniable effort, Song Ching has achieved numerous remarkable accomplishments since graduating from Han Chiang High School. After graduating from Tsing Hua University in 2020, Song Ching decided to work in a glass museum where he will continue honing his artistic abilities by creating glass artefacts for the museum.
Words of gratitude
As a former member of the Arts and Crafts Society of Han Chiang High School, Song Ching claimed that the club taught him numerous drawing techniques. He expressed his gratitude to his art teacher, who recognised his potential and developed his art skills by teaching him several drawing and colouring techniques that have helped him to achieve his current success. Additionally, he conveyed his appreciation to his parents for their unwavering support throughout his life, and if it weren’t for them, he wouldn’t be who he is today.
Experiences and advice
Song Ching stated that adapting to a foreign educational environment is challenging, especially when he faces different teaching styles and methods compared to those in Malaysia. Despite these hurdles, Lo Song Ching shared his resilient approach, highlighting that he persevered and gradually adapted to the culture and lifestyle in China. Moreover, he claimed that students should follow their interests and dreams while selecting their ideal university. Students must consider their passion, and ensure that it aligns with the university they have in idea.
Besides that, Song Ching claimed that “Hard work and determination equals success. Nothing comes easy.” He advised Han Chiang students that it is crucial to cultivate a genuine interest in the subject they have chosen. This passion will serve as a driving force, keeping students motivated even in the absence of rewarding outcomes right away. Song Ching said that his secret to success is doing some extra exercises to deepen his understanding and reinforce what he has learned. He also mentioned that this also hones his art skills, preparing him for further challenges in future.
Furthermore, Song Ching reminded students that continuous studying for 24 hours is neither sustainable nor productive. While hard work is essential, he believes that students, must strike a balance and allocate time for relaxing too. However, he thinks that students should manage their time effectively and complete upcoming tasks before indulging in leisure activities.
Opportunities won’t come by every day, so making the most out of them is crucial. That’s what Low Kai Hen – a 2020 Han Chiang High School graduate did. He seized the golden opportunity, going abroad to pursue further education, leaving behind the comfortable life he had in his home.
About Kai Hen
Ka Hen graduated from Han Chiang High School in 2020, scoring a groundbreaking result of 7As in the unified examination. Therefore, he’s currently studying at the prestigious university of Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. He was given a scholarship from the Beijing Government for the first year, and scholarships from Tsinghua University for the other years.
When Kai Hen heard about the news of his entry into Tsinghua University, he was elated since it was his dream university. Moreover, Tsinghua University is one of the top universities in China, so he felt excited to develop his education there. However, he was nervous about facing an unknown life with a completely different lifestyle, especially in a foreign country. Therefore, feeling overwhelmed at first was inevitable. Occasionally, Kai Hen would get homesick, but he cooks and goes to Malaysian-style restaurants with his friends to reminisce about his home.
As for Kai Hen’s course, he decided to take up economics and finance since China is the world’s second-largest economy, and he believes that pursuing economics and finance could take advantage of that. Additionally, China is Malaysia’s largest trading partner, so he believes the course can show the best aspects of the relationship between the two countries. For his future, he would like to work at a company in China, in hopes of the company branching out in Malaysia, where he could be sent back there for work and development.
Life In China
Starting, China was very stressful for Kai Hen, as it was a new environment, and he needed to figure out what to do or where to go. Besides that, the cultural difference between China and Malaysia is drastic, so it was difficult for him to adapt. To cope with the stress, he usually plays various sports and travels to other cities to relax.
On one hand, high school education is more organised and strict, where students just stay in their designated classes, while teachers come in to teach, which makes it dead and unflexible. On the other hand, university classes are arranged freely and autonomously, as not only can the classes be chosen, but the timetable can also be decided by the students.
Secrets To Success
In his eyes, there are no secrets to success, as all it takes is hard work and determination. He managed to learn efficiently by actively listening to class, taking down notes, studying in advance, as well as seeking help from teachers. All this guarantees him to pass examinations with flying colours.
Kai Hen is extremely grateful for his loving parents, as they’ve never failed in caring and providing for him all these years, which brought him to where he is today. Other than that, he would like to thank Han Chiang High School for its quality education, and for giving him a recommendation letter to study at Tsinghua University.
Kai Hen advises Han Chiang High School students to constantly work hard to strive for greatness, pursuing their goals. They should show the best side of themselves, and use it to their advantage.
Kai Hen serves as a role model for all students to learn from. Students should be inspired by his determination and success, striving to be the best version of themselves.
“Music is an outburst of the soul.” ― Frederick Delius.
On the 27th of January 2024, Han Chiang High School’s Live Band held a Chinese New Year concert – “The Sound of Spring”, in the school’s Lim Lean Teng Hall, lasting from 7.30 pm until 9.30 pm. The concert even featured the Northern Jazz Unit and special guests, further enhancing the performances. The participants’ musical interests could have been piqued or founded through the concert, inspiring them to pursue the art of music. Besides that, the concert was a great form of entertainment, especially for the ticket prices, which included first class (RM30), and business class (RM20). The purpose of these funds was to purchase musical instruments for Live Band, further improving the quality of their future performances.
The opening ceremony began at 7.15 pm when the Han Chiang High School headmistress – Madam. Kung Bee Lee gave a speech, followed by a spectacular drum performance by the Han Chiang High School’s 24 Festive Drums Society, as appreciation to all the guests for participating. In her speech, she first welcomed all guests, wishing them a Happy New Year, then thanked all the performers who had put in their effort for the concert. She expressed her delight by honouring professional musicians and dancers who made the event more exceptional. Madam Kung Bee Lee further extended her thanks to the guests for their generous donations, which helped raise funds for the Live Band, and their support that strongly motivated the school to strive towards the mission of better development.
Around 7:30 pm, a brief introduction video about the Live Band Society was displayed, to deepen the guests’ knowledge about the society. Songs like “Wrecking Ball”, “Blank Space”, and “Shape of You” were first performed by Live Band members, who started the concert with a bang. Furthermore, the Beyond Band began their outstanding performance at 8:00 pm and ended at 8:20 pm. After a short intermission, a performance by the Northern Jazz Band was displayed followed by a traditional dance performance. Before the end of the concert, the Chinese New Year Band performed a special Chinese New Year Mashup Song that they specially prepared for the audience.
At last, the concert officially concluded at 9.30 pm with all performers expressing their gratitude with a goodbye message to the audience. The concert was a success, raising RM25,900 worth of funds for Live Band and serving as an unforgettable experience for all its guests, allowing them to take their minds off life’s stress and relax through the beauty of music.