Enthusiasm is all that matters. In this year’s swimming gala, our prize winners have exerted all their might to finish the races in a variety of styles: free style, back stroke, front crawl and butterfly stroke. The competitors from six houses formed rays of twirls and swirls against the sapphire pool in the course of 25m, 50m and 100m events. It was the first whole-school event in 2016-17 hosted by Sports Society in collaboration with the six houses, Student Council, student officials, teacher officials, the Campus TV, the school photographer and IT Team, to name but a few.
The presence of Ms Ivy Tam and Ms Connie Lam has given enormous support to us. The Parent-Teacher Association vice-chairman and the Alumnae Association vice-chairman took turn to present medals to winners of inter-house relays in C, B, A and open grade. It was our pleasure to see parents and past students appear at the Victoria Park Swimming Pool.
One of the most vivacious guests was Miss Stephanie Au, Asian Games-cum-Olympic Games Hong Kong delegate, our alumna. Despite her eye-grabbing records and achievements, Miss Au remains easy-going and friendly. In her brief address to the schoolmates, she made a point that enthusiasm is what keeps her moving. She was most touched by the keen manners our cheering teams demonstrated throughout the event. The promising swimming elite is an inspiration in her own respect: she is open to possibility and challenge of all shapes and sizes.
It looks we are not short of auspicious youngsters. This year’s individual champions in C Grade are shared by Christy Ho and Cary Chan. Sammi Chong seized the title of individual championship in B Grade. The fierce competition in A Grade resulted in two champions: Kathy Wong and Yen Chow. The House of Pankhurst continued to excel in sports as B Grade House Champion. The House of Nightingale snatched A Grade House Championship. The C Grade House Championship, House Overall Championship and Cheering Competition prize all go to House of Keller. Congratulations!
Rev. John B. Kwan, P.P. of St Margaret’s Church conducted this year’s School re-opening mass at the college hall on 15 September. Speaking of the school theme, Curious Learner Life Explorer, Rev John poured out his personal experiences about the wonders of bones, joints and ligaments, the pleasant surprise of being greeted by glowing daises between the roadside crevices on a miserable day. His stories have inspired us to look out of the ordinary and dig deep into the know-how. On the notion of exploration, Father Kwan suggested engaging in new experiences and spending time on community service. He borrowed St Teresa of Calcutta’s example of giving up her familiar role as a head-teacher for the dying in Calcutta. Rev John assured us that as long as we reach out for new experience, we would be rewarded with ample opportunities, newfound ideas, fresh outlook of life and improved sensitivity.
The mass was of utmost importance in the spiritual sense. It was the feast day for Our Lady of Sorrows. This feast is dedicated to the spiritual martyrdom of Mary, Mother of God, and her compassion with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. We contemplated Mary's intense suffering during the passion and death of Christ. On this occasion, we witnessed the commission of Catholic Society executive committee members, ambassadors of the Gospel. In them we see humility in service and zeal for following Christ’s footsteps.
Before we embark on the journey of learning, teachers began by making a pledge to be examples to the students and serving the school in unity. Likewise, students promised everyone that they would be responsible for their studies and duties, taking after teachers’ fine examples as curious learners and life explorers.
This year’s head girl core team constitutes Faustina Wong, Jasmine Cheung, Una Lai, Stephy Lo and Bibiana Tsang. Faustina is appointed head girl of 2016-17. In her first speech to the school, she expressed her gratitude for her peers’ nomination and support, her teachers’ recognition, and the Principal’s trust and encouragement. In her account of how to fulfill the school theme, she appealed to everyone in the audience to reach different frontiers and explore the possibilities of learning more. As a role model of school service and motivated learner, the head girl also appealed to the schoolmates to set realistic achievable goals and serve the community with modesty.
Together with Faustina, leaders from different student bodies received their badges from the Principal, Vice-principal, Assistant Principal, and teacher advisers. The newly elected Student Council, Vivo, is led by Tiffany So and Charmaine Chan, who committed themselves to making 2016-17 a year of liveliness. Nicola Ng, head prefect, as well as Karen Choi and Natalie Ho will collaborate to lead the prefects’ board. The six house captains and their deputies will continue engaging house members in swimming gala, sports day, maths competition, football competition, art competition and cheering practices. Leaders of other student bodies will enrich Sacred Heartists’ school life in their own ways: heads and deputies of Guidance Sisters Team, Green Torch, I.T. Team, Careers Assistants, head librarian and deputy head librarian.
In the midst of quiet respect for the occasion, our students met new faces, including Sr Ursula, Miss Grace Au and Mr Wilfred Leung. Ms Jacqueline Au-yeung led the prayer preparing us for the school theme of this year, Curious Learner Life Explorer.
In the introduction to the theme, Sr Veronica took an interactive approach, posing questions and involving students in the audience. She made a point about sharpening our sensitivity to the events in our surroundings and being observant. She also expects Sacred Heartist to wonder why and appreciate beauty, not to mention being thirst for knowledge and engaged in learning opportunities of all shapes and sizes.
In unison we rounded off with the School Song in which teachers joined the Principal on stage to greet students and wish everyone a fresh start for another academic year.
Mr Mo from the Discipline Team gave us reminders on school rules, followed by Miss Florence Kwok, the Vice-principal, who informed us of Student Financial Assistance opportunities. The application procedures are laid down on the information page. Miss Clara Ho spoke on behalf of SAAT about the worth of co-curricular activities and exemption to one –student-one-post policy. The information is accessible at eClass.
Phoebe Chan and Vicky Or, the Head Girl Core Team members responsible for designing this year’s Student Companion, opened our eyes to the beauty of life and its possibilities to explore and to embrace Canossian spirit. The youths articulated the symbolic details in their unique publication: from choice of flower, to its association with the theme of the month, from the juxtaposition between the bleak and the bright side on a piece of torn wallpaper to the thrill of rolling over, from the vulnerability of a paper boat to the strength of legs of a dancing girl, from the frame of a gardenia painting to its splendours beyond the frame. This year’s cover is a silvery one, recreating a chance for us to see our reflection. There are four appreciation cards for us to exchange notes of gratitude, in addition to small tasks to complete between months.