The 156th Graduation Ceremony was a special occasion for celebrating what our College has undertaken in grooming young women according to Canossian spirit and Catholic values. On this occasion, we have the pleasure to have Madam Justice Maria Yuen, an eminent alumna who serves as Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal, to address the school.
Madam Justice Yuen was called to the Inner Temple Bar and the Hong Kong Bar in 1977, following her graduation from the University of Hong Kong and the College of Law in London in the 1970s. She was admitted as barrister in Victoria of Australia in 1982, and as barrister and solicitor in Singapore in 1990, appointed by the Hong Kong Judiciary as Judge of the Court of First Instance of the High Court in 1997.
Together with our distinguished Sacred Heart alumna, the ceremonial party constitutes Rev. Gabriel Altamirano, our parish priest, Ms. Emilie Tong, the Chief School Development Officer of the Education Bureau, Mr. Y.M. Leong, the Senior School Development Officer of the Education Bureau, Dr Ken Chow, our School Manager, Ms Fiona Chan, the Chairman of the our Alumnae Association, Ms Diana Fei, the Vice-Chairlady of our Parent Teacher Association, Sr Agnes, our School Supervisor, Sr Veronica, our Principal.
In her address to the school, Madam Justice Yuen conveys the importance of being impartial and disinterested as graduates embark on a new chapter of their life. The experienced Madam Justice of Appeal invites us to execute our reasoning, discern what is right and what is wrong with as much knowledge, rational thinking and empathy for each party as possible. She also advises us to put our conscience on guard. Finally, she asks graduates to treasure reunion with one another and nurture a lasting friendship.
Sr Veronica, our Principal, gave a comprehensive report on what the College has accomplished and overcome throughout the academic year. To name but a few, The Heartslink Community Project involving Sacred Heartists in catering for the needs of primary school students in the neighbourhood, an exchange programme between Singaporean educators and our RME Department, the Catholic Formation Core Team and the school pastoral care worker, the commitment of our S6 students in 67th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and our S3 students’ entrepreneur project that raise their awareness of social justice and social responsibility.
The ceremony has seen the commitment of motivated students. Miss Alice Yeung received The Grantham Scholar of the Year Award for her remarkable academic results in the HKDSE last year. Miss Connie Chan is St Magdalene of Canossa Scholar of the year for distinguished results in her studies since S4 and her commitment to serve the school and the community. Miss Vicky Or and Miss Connie Chan shared Sr Agnes Law Scholarship for Versatility and Integrity. Miss Katrina Shu was SHCC Student Scientist of the year. The Fung Scholarship for Global Exposure was awarded to Kelly Ching, Pansy Chung and Coby Ma.
The guests took turn to present scholarships and prizes to students who have committed themselves to fulfil their potential: scholarships for language, Chinese culture, use of information technology, sports, dance, music, outstanding leadership and contribution to music teams and many more.
Our school teams have made new records in many international competitions: Some Sacred Heartists were selected as HKSAR delegates to attend a national youth science contest, in which young scientists from different parts of China and overseas countries exchanged their innovative science projects. Our S6 student represented Hong Kong in the 67th Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), the world’s largest international pre-college science competition. Our school choir was awarded a gold medal in Second European Choir Games & Grand Prix of Nations in July, 2015. Being the Most Outstanding Secondary School Choir of the Year in the First Division in the 66th Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, our choir was invited by the Education Bureau to compete with other choirs at the national scale in Qingdao. Our choir finally returned with the First Class Award. There is no doubt that our students possess a wealth of talents to be unearthed.
On behalf of our S6 graduates, three members of the Head Girl Core Group presented Miss Peggy Leung, our retiring teacher, with a token of appreciation for her untiring effort in nurturing Sacred Heartists. There were three teachers who received their Long Service Award from our School Supervisor, Sr Agnes. They were Mrs Angela Chiu, Ms Susanna Chow and Ms Irene Law.
The evening was rounded off with an idyllic Korean dance, featuring a flock of youngsters lit upon their way with the help of their lanterns and the full moon.
It is our pleasure to have Rev Carlos Cheung, SDB, to conduct this year’s Thanksgiving Mass on June 30. The Mass has become a ritual of Sacred Heart Canossian College, in which our S6 students presented their offerings at the altar, symbolic of their humility for their achievements.
In his sermon, Rev Carlos shared with us his response to the calling as soon as he graduated from school. His example serves as a reminder that clarifying our life goals is essential for a fulfilling life. We have to examine our values, understand who we are and be ready to pay for the cost of achieving our goals.
The S6 graduates presented a cake with thoughtful words of gratitude for all that their homeroom teachers, fellow teachers, technical staff, clerical staff, janitor staff have done and above all, the immense opportunities the Principal, the Assistant Principal and Vice-Principals have given them throughout their years in Sacred Heart.
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This year’s Foundress Week embarked on 3 May till 6 May. Its theme is Reach out with care; love in action. In the opening ceremony, Sr Agnes, the School Supervisor, underscored the value of charity and humility as God’s servants. She inspired us that we should follow in the footsteps of our Foundress and Canossian sisters who serve the needy in society regardless of their backgrounds.
To engage students physically in the theme, the school has arranged a variety of events in the lunch hours. On Tuesday, there were mass games involving collaboration between teachers and students. On Wednesday, students found inspirations from Sr Lucia Cheung’s sharing about what it takes to be a genuine volunteer in out-reaching service. She advised the audience to be observant about one’s surroundings and thankful for God’s strength and courage during the course of service. On Thursday, Eunice Mok from 5D and Annie Lau from 3D shared their rewarding experiences and vision of community service. The two enthusiastic volunteers have found joy in giving: Eunice said that she would reserve Tuesday after school for meeting the mentally handicapped, who gave her a relaxing time. Annie is thinking of recruiting schoolmates to serve with her, teaching the elderly how to communicate with their children and grandchildren with the latest electronic devices. The S4 classes presented their reflections about their class-based service day on display boards at the entrance. We have learnt from their photos and messages the significance of reaching out.
On 6 May, the Catholic Formation Core Team invited Fr. John Kwan, Parish Priest of St. Margaret's Church, to officiate at a Thanksgiving Mass. In line with the theme of love in action, the student representatives led the congregation to reflect on important teachings from the Scriptures: Isaiah 58:6-11, Gospel of St. John 12:23-26 and St Paul’s Epistle to the Philippians 2:5-11.
Father Kwan appealed to our experiences of being loved and practising love. His sermon concerns a joyful reception of our schoolmates, school teachers and staff, family members and neighbours. As stewards of love, we have to furnish our lives with helpfulness, cheerfulness, forgiveness and an incentive to fulfill our responsibilities at school and spend time interacting with our parents and siblings.
Make your own the mind of Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, did not count equality with God something to be grasped. But he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, becoming as human beings are; and being in every way like a human being, he was humbler yet, even to accepting death, death on a cross. (Philippians 2:5-7)