Invitation to All Sacred Heartists

Dear Sacred Heartists,

We are inviting you to be part of our school’s 160th anniversary celebration in 2020.

A major celebration project is to enrich her documented history with recollections from her students.

Tentatively oral sharing sessions have been scheduled for Saturday afternoons as follows, decade by decade:

 

1960’s Saturday, 8 September 2018
1970’s Saturday, 13 October 2018
1980’s Saturday, 10 November 2018
1990’s Saturday, 8 December 2018
2000’s Saturday, 12 January 2019

 

Do join in at our Chi Fu campus (Time: 2.00pm, Venue: Activities Room). Or, write in with some memorable incidents or lessons if you prefer.

We look forward to welcoming you back!

 

Sr Veronica

Four of our school’s Ambassadors of Learning (AoLs), Sandy Liu, Zinnia Lo, Rachel Shieh and Sunnie Wong of S5C, received the Championship in the Youth Conference co-organised by Plan International Hong Kong and City University of Hong Kong named ‘Fight for Girl’s Justice’ in September 2018.

The subject discussed in this year’s conference was gender violence against girls in Ecuador. In preparing for their groups’ presentation, our AoLs conducted research and attended a UNESCO talk to enrich their knowledge of the inequality of gender, human rights and duty of a global citizen. At the conference, they role-played different stakeholders, like the victim, the victim's family, the government and also the non-governmental organisation in Ecuador.

As the future pillars of the world, the participants pledged to inspire more young people to speak up for the freedom of girls in oppressed countries, advocating the end of violence and the rights to receive education. The conference allowed local youngsters to realise the importance of equipping girls in impoverished countries with skills and support they need, so that they could become a powerful force for changes in their communities.

It is our pleasure to have Miss Mok Uen Ying, Juanita, a Wushu elite to be our guest of honour. Miss Mok rose to the challenge of international Wushu competition and became medalist of two major world-class Wushu events in August this year: one gold and one silver in FISU World University Wushu Championship, and then in few weeks’ time, another silver medal in 18th Asian Games. When the fledging elite addressed the school at the swimming gala, she made it clear that perseverance is the rule of thumb. In the face of challenges ahead, Juanita simply stood tall, knowing that she had to do her best. Neither did she let herself slack in the tough training routine immediately following FISU Wushu Championship, nor did she come up with an excuse not to learn new steps for Asian Games, as required by her coach. The petite Wushu master never compromises because she has an iron will.

Apart from Miss Juanita Mok, we were glad to have Ms Olivia Chan, our Alumnae Association ex-co member and Mr Kelvin Lee, Chairman of Parent-Teacher Association as well as Sr Veronica to present the prizes to distinguished swimmers. The individual champions of B and C Grades both came from House of Curie while Cheung Hoi Ching from House of Teresa was A Grade individual champion. House of Curie seized the championship of B Grade. House of Teresa, as house champion of both A and C Grades, naturally, became the house overall champion. House of Keller was the best cheering team of the day.

The swimming pools at Victoria Park were filled with old hands of breast stroke, freestyle, back stroke and butterfly, showing their fortitude and prowess. At the spectator stand, members of six houses roared their cheers all the way the athletes cut through the water as shafts. It was a remarkable occasion celebrating everyone’s gift and zeal for sports.

 

Father Matthew Chan officiated at this year’s School Reopening Mass.  In his sermon, the celebrant expounded on the positive impact of a warm, hopeful, hearty personal touch. To convince us, he told a story of a little boy who dispelled the distressed thought of a widow with cheerful greetings and a broad smile.  In the story, the small act of warmth eventually gave the downcast a gleam of hope for life. The central idea of the mass is about discerning what is good and do so for the good of others. During the offering, students presented at the altar our Student Companion and prayer book, symbolic of commitment to lead a positive student life in His guidance.

We witnessed the installation of committee members of Catholic Society in office. In unity, the ambassadors of Catholic faith pledged that they would make Jesus known with their example and activities promoting faith in God. Followed that, teachers and students committed ourselves to live up to the theme of the year, Celebrating the past with gratitude, Embracing the future with hope, Sharing our life in love. In the end, Father Chan assured us that as long as we live in gratitude and kindness to our neighbours, we shall not run short of God’s peace.


In the installation of student leaders in office, Sr Agnes, Sr Veronica, Miss Florence Kwok and Ms Lam Mei Yee took turn to present badges to Head Girl Core Group, Head Prefect and Deputy Head Prefects.  Then Ms Priscilla Kwok, together with Ms Yoshie Li, Ms Laura Lai and Mr David Hung presented badges to Audentia, our elected Student Council president, vice-president and heads of boards. After that, the advisers of six houses presented house flags and badges to their own House Captains and Deputy House Captains.

Sonia Chow, Head Girl of 2018-19, marked the commencement of academic year with her maiden speech on passing on the Sacred Heart heritage, that is, passion and compassion; charity and humility. The newly appointed Head Girl connected the past to the present with the important values shared by our six distinguished alumna. She encouraged us to embrace challenges with a positive mind and fill our lives with faith, hope and diligence. She furthered the benefit of student activities, through which participants would deepen their self-understanding and be able to practise how to serve the community and the needy in Sri Lanka and Cambodia with love.

Before the end of the ceremony, Sr Veronica involved us in expressing our gratitude for the effort of the janitor, clerical staff, student volunteers and teachers who lent a hand in restoring the campus in good shape.

 

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