Sports cultivate our resilience to adversity and shape our minds to think in a positive light, according to Mr Wong Chun Yan, our guest of honour of this year’s annual swimming gala.

The event witnessed how the old hands at the game demonstrated their edge over the other not so experienced newcomers to the competition. There was a range of styles for keen swimmers to choose from: butterfly, breast stroke, free style and back stroke.  Among the events, the open grade relay and medley relay attracted some of the cream of different houses to flex their muscles. Their parents and coaches were out watching their all-out effort, slashing clean through the waters.

At the opening ceremony, Sr Agnes led the prayer and announced the official opening of the day’s programme.  Throughout the competitions, the six houses roared with all their might to cheer their own members, as well as impress the adjudicators for the best cheering team award.  Ms Elea Chan, from the Alumnae Association, Mr Kelvin Lee, the PTA Chairman and Sr Veronica took turn to present the trophies and medals to the winners. Mr Wong Chun Yan, a Hong Kong delegate of at Asian Championships and Fina World Championships, and a local athlete distinguished in breast stroke, presented prizes to inter-house winners before addressing the school.

After the fierce rounds of neck-and-neck competition, this year’s individual champions eventually emerged: Wong Po Yin, Chan Tsz Yin Cary and Chow Wing Yan Yen were crowned individual champions of C, B and A Grade respectively. House of Curie became this year’s C grade overall champion with their stunning results. To our amazement, House of Keller seized the titles of the overall championships of both B and A Grade. As if icing on the cake, House of Keller, who took down top prizes of two grades, turned out to be the best cheering team of the day as well. Who is there to get in the way? Good for you! House of Keller!

The certificates of HKDSE 2017 are available for collection at the school office during office hours from Monday to Friday.

Uncollected certificates of HKDSE 2016 have already been returned to HKEAA in October 2017.

On 10 October, Sacred Heartists spent a day at Wanchai Sportsground on various track and field events.  Athletes from six houses flexed their muscles to compete for the championship and runners-up.  There were a range of events: javelin throw, discus throw, shot put, long jump, high jump, races and relays. Ultimately, our C Grade and A Grade Individual Championships both come from House of Nightingale whereas B Grade Championship goes to House of Teresa. Individual prizes aside, Teresa, Bad Team and Bronte seized the titles of Teacher-Student 4X100m relay. House of Bronte was the House Overall Champion-cum-the best Cheering Team of the year.

The elites from SHCS and SHCSPS, our affiliated primary schools staged a fierce competition, primary-secondary student in 4X100m relay. When it came to Teachers 4X100m relay, there was a storm of thunderous cheers from the spectator stand for teachers of Captain Chi Fu Close and Wonder Mothers. The Student Council obstacle race drew as much audience’s attention with One Poke racing on a par with 閃避隊.

Sr Agnes, our School Supervisor and Sr Veronica officiated at the ceremony. Mrs Carrie Ng, PTA Representative, Ms Grace Fok, AA Representative, Mr Law Leong Tim, our guest of honour, and Sr Veronica presented the prizes for winners. The house captains, executive members and alumnae engaged their own house members in cheering the competitors on throughout the day .

It was our pleasure to have Mr Law Leong Tim, Hong Kong Men Triathlon Elite Athlete, address the school on the importance of helping the lesser ones with what he witnessed at Rio Olympics in 2016. Mr Law inspired us with an anecdote of Alistair Brownlee, who refused to push his limits before the finishing line, for the sake of encouraging his brother, Johny. He has set an example of lending a hand to support one’s rivals, even in a world-class competition. Mr Law made a note that personal glories were trivial when compared to the needs of the frail.

But for the efforts of Ms Ellen Chan, Mr Joe Wong and Miss Hilary Chan, as well as that of Sports Society, student officials, teacher officials, IT technicians and the janitors, the annual athletics meet would not be such a smooth one. Credits should also go to the Student Council, uniform groups, first-aid students, discipline team, campus TV and school photographers for making the event a safe and orderly one.

 

According to Catholic calendar, September is a month dedicated to Our Mother of Sorrows, who has a special place in St Magdalene of Canossa’s heart.  To our Foundress, Our Mother, who exemplified hope and love at the foot of the Cross when Jesus was crucified, is the real foundress of Canossian Daughters of Charity. That’s why our school reopening mass pays tribute to Mother Mary. On September 15, Reverend Father Paul Kam expounded on Mother Mary’s mentality. That her heart-breaking experience has nurtured love and mission to keep the Church in her care, in return, the Church adores and respects her long-suffering example.  Likewise, Mother Teresa, who could not stand seeing the plight of the dying in Calcutta, overtook the mission to give them home and restore their dignity through service. Both women have gone the extra mile for the traumatized out of their empathy for their suffering.

In the sermon, Rev Father Paul invited us to be contemplative and reflective learners. It is hoped that what we see and experience shall ultimately evoke compassion and sensitivity to our family members, neighbours, schoolmates and everyone that comes our way.

In the Mass, we witnessed the commission of Catholic Society executive members, who pledged to serve the school with humility, love and service. Followed their declaration of commitment to be witnesses, teachers and students expressed their readiness to fulfill learning with passion and living with integrity.

 

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Mother Teresa

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