11th November ( 4B Leung Bowie )

At the 11th minute of the 11th hour of the 11thday of the 11th Month of year 1918, gun fire, at last, stopped on the western front, the war to end all wars had ended, with the loss of 20,000,000 man in both combat in civilian lives.

Good morning, for almost a century, one thing was lost, of all the memories and tributes to war veterans and those who defended their country, one crew of men were forgotten. They resupplied the front, helped dig trenches, removed explosives, fixed mechanicals, they are the Chinese Labour Corps. Coming all the way from Tianjin to France, Chinese labourers were forcibly hired because of the lack of manpower across Europe, these Chinese labourers, numbering 140,000 on the western front and over 250,000 on the Russian front, provided background support to the Allies. These Chinese workers dug trenches. They repaired tanks in Normandy. They assembled shells for artillery. They transported munitions in Dannes. They unloaded supplies and war material in the port of Dunkirk. They ventured further afield, too. Graves in Basra, in southern Iraq, contain remains of hundreds of Chinese workers who died carrying water for British troops in an offensive against the Ottoman Empire. Over 20,000 died on the western front and many more left unknown in the flow of history. As the end of WW1 is approaching to its 100th anniversary, when countries are commemorating the loss of millions of lives, what are we paying tribute to these unknown heroes who dug trenches under heavy artillery and knowing that they are not going to be able to return home? These men risked their lives for one cause, to win the WAR, then what about you? What have you risked to achieve your goals, or have you just stepped down and given up? There’s no turning back on our lives, the extravaganza of how the Chinese labourers stayed and their morale was staggering. What they have contributed to the lives of many, compared to what we have yet to achieve is beyond comparison.

Leung Bowie 4B

Athletics Meet ( 5B 35 )

Good morning everyone! On the 6th October, the first day of the annual athletics meet took place.

First of all, I would like to express my deep appreciation and adoration to all the athletes, for their effort on the first day of sports day, also to those who stayed in their team house, cheering and supporting their house- athletes.

The Form 1 Cheering Team competition has always been our school’s tradition. In addition, to the cheering performance on the second day, their cheering performance really gives athletes the courage to continue their race even when they are feeling tired. Even giving them an applause is one of the best ways to encourage them!

Over my past 5 years at SFXC I have always been one of the participants in the sports day, what I like most is the relay race because during this race we can really show our teamwork. Relay races require all 4 people to work together and yet compete against others. If and when the first man falls behind [others], the subsequent runners need to give even more effort, this is how teamwork works. It’s not enough to rely on only one’s strength no matter how good it is; but really rely on the whole team. I believe people will not doubt those who gave their best at the athletics meet. On the second day athletes still continue to give their best.

What we learn is sportsmanship and throughout both sports day, the relationship and bond between friends and competitors becomes even closer and stronger. I do love sports day because it’s a game time for the participants and a competition among all students!

Thank you for listening.

By YAU Chun Wan 5B (35)

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