This year’s Global Awareness Week, organised by the Ambassador of Learning and Gifted Education Team, lasted from 6 February to 10 February. It was an activity-packed week of awareness-raising games, photo-shooting event, music broadcast, dodgeball competition and global village. Our overseas guests also joined us in the classrooms. Through the class time, students were able to have close contact with guests who speak another language. It was a lot of fun listening to ethnic stories and core values, gender roles, simple greetings used in India, Germany, Australia, Somalia, Singapore, Japan, the States and more.
At lunch, the game booth in the playground allowed students to identify faces, customs, signs and important festivals associated with an ethnic group. Our guests put on hilarious faces in front of their own photo booths, inviting students to share a snapshot with them. Some students listened to Singaporean, Korean, and American songs broadcast from World Radio. The nerve-wracking dodgeball competition on Thursday between our school team and guest team attracted a big audience. Everyone was absorbed in the event. On the last day the playground was turned into a global village with colourful snacks such as, Malaysian chips and red bean cakes. It was a special day in which some Korean students spent a day with our S5 classmates to have a taste of local school life.
There is no doubt that ethnic stories, ethnic food, ethnic costumes, pop music and ball games offer a natural opportunity for strangers to break the ice and mix. The Global Awareness Week fosters an interest in new faces and facilitate communication through personal experiences. Each ethnic group is unique in its own way, thus deserves much respect and learning from each other.
On 7 December, Mr Clifford A. Hart, former Consul General of the US to Hong Kong and Macau, met our S4 to S6 students in the morning assembly. The talk concerns qualities teenagers should possess in the ever-changing 21st Century. In view of the challenges ahead, Mr Clifford speaks of the value of embracing diversity and practising respect for each other. It is the second talk our College arranged in collaboration with Women's Foundation, a non-profit organisation dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls in Hong Kong.
In response to floor questions, the experienced diplomat encouraged the audience to focus locally as far as public affairs is concerned. He maintains a high regard for contribution of the past generations and states that men have a unique part to play in empowering women. He encourages the teenagers to get the broadest education possible and rise to the challenge with measured response and respect. As regards poverty in local scene, the former Consul General finds it necessary to empower the non-Chinese community and offer sufficient education for children from ethnic groups. He also mentions the value of charity at personal level: that charity starts at home.
On 21 December, we commemorated the birth of Christ Jesus in an assembly in the hall. The theme is Today a light will shine upon us, for the LORD is born to us. The programme started with a narrative taken from Luke 2: 4-8 on the nativity scenes: the manager, terror-stricken shepherds in the field, baby Jesus, Mother Mary and Joseph, the heralds of angels at the sky. Meanwhile, frustrated teenagers expressed their stress with studies, loneliness, and helplessness about the divided society and Syrian civil war. There is a plea for some light of hope. In a dance, angels declares a good news that brings hope to everyone who follow the Light.
Ms Catherine Yan, a devoted member of Faith and Light, introduced the mission and work of a special ministry for the intellectually-challenged. Through Ms Yan’s story, we realised how we could recognise the gifts of those with different intelligence and bring joy to them and their parents through listening to the parents’ personal struggles and reaching out to the much neglected group in our neighbourhood. Throughout the years, this small community has witnessed the love of Christ through arranging pilgrimages to chapels and churches overseas, bringing the children and their parents to the mass and sharing Eucharistic mass.
Perhaps we could reflect on our way of celebrating this season and make a difference: being a present, being a Christmas light to each other, hugging our families and friends, as well as casting our cares to Jesus, the Light.
Followed the programme, the Student Council arranged a series of interactive games, Christmas challenge. Then Sr Veronica, Miss Florence Kwok, Ms Priscilla Kwok and Ms Lam Mei Yi, greeted everyone and passed on the blessings through giving treats to every class and leading the whole school to sing Christmas songs.
The board decoration adjudication started at 10:30, during which students and teachers had class parties. We had a wonderful time meeting past students and graduates who returned to see their teachers and old friends.
The campus looked anew with thoughtful décor and ornaments of birds, bells and many familiar Christmas motifs. But for the efforts of the school artists, art team members, past students, we would not have such a mesmerising campus.
On 17 November we had our second sports event, the annual athletics meet, at Wanchai Sports Ground. It was a great time for being engaged in races, field events and the cheering part of our own houses. The Sports Society has recruited many keen student officials. The six houses have spent time making thoughtful arrangements for the cheering pomp. With all their might, house captains and committee members roared slogans and beat recyclable bottles and mooncake tin boxes to make their own chants for the athletes.
The occasion was witnessed by special guests from PTA, AA as well as School Supervisor, School Principal, and many parents and past students on the spectator stand. Ms Ivy Tam, our PTA representative, Ms Stephanie Ho, our AA representative, Sr Veronica, Mr Yeung Ka Wai, our guest of honour, presented the winning houses and overall individual champions with trophies and medals.
We were taken by surprise by the sprinters from Sacred Heart Canossian School, as well as those from the private section in the primary-secondary school student relay. A group of our past A-Team members joined the teachers in the teacher-student 4x100m relay. Ms Paula Kong, Mr Jackson Yau, Mr Harry Wong and Mr Ben Tam also showed their true colours in the relay.
Mr Yeung Ka Wai, our guest of honour, addressed the school with a forceful note. The established rowing athlete has had ample experience in Asian rowing cup since 2012 but then started his speech with a humble beginning about a little boy who was drafted to a rowing training team to improve his figure. In a genuine manner, Mr Yeung speaks of the value of finding one’s dream and being committed to it.
Some of our athletes certainly have realised their dreams on this occasion. Fanny Lam of House of Keller and Hilary Chung from Nightingale shared the honour of C Grade Individual Championship. Rachel Chong is this year’s B Grade Individual Champion. Tammy Luk is A Grade Individual Champion. The House of Curie is the Champion in both C Grade and A Grade. House of Nightingale came first in B Grade with her smart athletes. House of Bronte returned to become House Overall Champion and Cheering Team winner, in addition to C Grade House Champion.