On 3-4 March, Wanderlust, a Student Council and PTA collaborated fun fair, offered our students an opportunity to engage into various types of creative, problem-solving projects. We are delighted to have representatives from PTA, AA and Sr Veronica to officiate at the opening ceremony. The campus was divided into atmosphere, ocean, jungle, desert and Antarctica and galaxy, zones connected to the idea of travelling space.
Similar to the previous year, our S2 classes arranged amusing games on cross-cultural customs and traditions and their innovations, including those of Italian, Belgian, Swedish, Finnish and Norwegian latest developments. Some science-oriented students investigated into the know-how making a robot perform interesting tasks, be it pinching balloons or moving around in a maze. It was an engaging event, drawing the audience’s attention to the possibility of putting simple make-shift electronic parts together and writing programmes that realise the dream of the project groups.
In the auditorium, our drama club produced their original English play, Up to the Ocean, a portrayal of human conditions in a dystopian setting. It features themes of alienation from nature, fears, thirst for the truth and beauty of humanity.
Apart from problem-solving, the fun fair releases space for talents to demonstrate their artistic talents, from hand paints, hip-hop, singing performance, as well as special guest of singing contest. A series of luck draws throughout the day has added to a festive atmosphere.
At the playground, the S3 social entrepreneurship project groups, SHE Challenge, introduced what social enterprising is and the uniqueness of their own products. The SHE Challenge is a meaningful project that allows students to be an agent of social change and raise funds and public awareness for local NGOs.
The Parent-Teacher Association, Alumnae Association, Student Council, various clubs and teams, uniform groups, teacher advisers, PTA and AA volunteers, janitor staff have collaborated and worked round-the-clock to make things happen. We are equally grateful for the school photographers who captured this special occasion for us. A big thank you for your commitments!
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.