On 6 July, 2015, students and teachers launched an unforgettable fashion show as a tribute to our 155thanniversary. Some ambled along the catwalk, looking intensely in the direction of the adjudicators or the audience, others paraded through the long narrow stage in one of a kind bonnet or helmet, glistering ear-rings, studs or boots. With long strides, the first-time models captivated everyone’s attention with their clanking accessories, flying robes, stiletto heels, pointed shoes, whimsical makeup and above all, professional confidence.
Under the guidance of Ms Priscilla Kwok, the art club, school artists, house captains and executive committees collaborated to design, experiment, draft, make and try on different materials that would make it possible for models to carry their thematic designs on stage. The teams worked round-the-clock, attended workshops on dress-making, modelling and makeup, just to offer the audience with a brand new experience of art and design. Apart from the six houses, alumnae joined hands to present their own designs. Even the adjudicators were thrilled by the standards demonstrated by the models and producers behind the scene.
It was our pleasure to have Mr. Alex Fong Lik Sun, Mr. Paul Lau, co-founder and General Manager of Primo Model, Ms. Tanya Chan, our alumna and the Vice-president of the Civic Party, Ms. Priscilla So, our alumna and co-founder of a local fashion brand, Sketch Around, Ms. Fiona Chan, Lecturer of the Department of Design in Caritas Bianchi College of Careers, Ms. Simple Li, an experienced model of many international model competitions, and Sr Veronica, the Principal to present the prizes to the winners: the best designers, the best models, the house with the best performance and the grand prize.
The finale in the evening was a surprise: a band appeared on stage during the grand finale, bringing funky music in staccato notes and strong beats. The evening drew to a close when everyone in the hall sang the school song in a high-spirted fashion. It was a moving moment when everyone engaged in the project shared a part in expressing their appreciation of each other.
In great pleasure and pride, our Senior Choir would like to share with you the joy of reaping a gold medal in Second European Choir Games & Grand Prix of Nations 2015 with 91 points!
The event was held from 5 to 12 July in Magdeburg, Germany, in which choirs from 30 nations gathered to share their music in a week of workshops, concerts and competitions. Being the only representative of Hong Kong, 44 members from the Senior Choir demonstrated their diversity and zeal for music with 5 pieces of different styles and genres in the category of Youth Choirs.
Involving in such a thrilling international competition was not only a golden opportunity for the Choir to enrich its knowledge about singing techniques, it was also a chance for the musicians to explore different cultures, lifestyles and languages, as well as cultivate friendship with choristers all over the globe.
The rewarding event was wrapped up with a parade and public performances in the city centre, where all participating choirs took turns singing at designated locations for shoppers and visitors to enjoy.
The end is always the beginning of new quests ahead. Without any doubt, our choir will surely continue to strive for excellence in the future!
Ms Josephine Tjia, our School Manager since 2012, a distinguished scholar and alumna, addressed the audience at our End-of-year Prize-giving Ceremony. After receiving a scholarship to study in the United World College, Ms Tjia continued to pursue her further studies in King's College London, and obtained her LLB and LLM. Being a member of the English Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, she is actively engaged in public service. To name but a few, Ms Tijia is a consultant to several government bodies on legal matters, as well as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law of University of Hong Kong.
On the following day of Malala Day, July 12, Ms Tijia reminded our students that each of them had received the grand prize, the opportunity to receive full, free and adequate education. In the face of an era when 64% of illiterate adults are women, Sacred Heartists truly have enough to be grateful for. Ms Tijia further imparted on the fact that students should take on the perspective to transform the world and make it their ambition to contribute to the well-being of the world population.
The ceremony aims to express the College’s recognition of student efforts and talents. Students who have earned awards in various fields, performed well in their studies, or devoted themselves to school service this year received their prizes from our special guests: Sr Agnes Law, School Supervisor, Sr Veronica Fok, School Principal, Miss Florence Kwok and Ms Lam Mei Yi, Vice-principals, and Ms Priscilla Kwok, Assistant Principal. Many a parent shared the joy of the hard-earned titles.
After the ceremony, we had a spell of sadness at the farewell session for some leaving teachers. On behalf of all students, the Student Council presented them gifts as a token of thanks for their guidance. We wish them every success in their future endeavours.
On 8 July, our College celebrated the graduation of our S6 students and achievements of students with distinguished performance. It was our pleasure to have Ms Elizabeth Law MH JP, an alumna, to be our guest of honour. Ms Law, a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award offered by McGill University, is devoted to different social sectors. To name but a few, she is the Founding President of Association of Women Accountants (Hong Kong) Limited, member of the Governing Committee of Beat Drugs Fund Association, Honorary Treasurer of Hong Kong Council of Social Service as well as appointed member of the Equal Opportunities Commission.
In her address to the graduates, Ms Law entrusted them with lofty goals in an acronym, IPACS for inter-personal skills, prayerful, analytical, critical and sharing. Ms Law reminded us that no man is an island; hence getting on well with each other is vital. She is especially concerned that our graduates embrace worthy values and live up to Canossian Spirit in their future endeavours.
The auspicious occasion also saw the accomplishments of scholars, athletes, choirs, dancers, artists, writers, German learners, teams, clubs and individuals who unleashed their potentials in different fields. Each achiever took turns receiving one’s award from our special guests attending the evening ceremony: Sr Agnes Law, our School Supervisor, Ms Fiona Chan, Chairlady of our Alumnae Association, Mr Alain Chan, Chairman of our Parent-Teacher Association, Mrs Connie Lau, our School Manager, as well as Ms Annie Lau, Senior School Development Officer of Education Bureau.
Sr Veronica gave a comprehensive report about what we have completed in 2014-15. The anniversary year is another fruitful year with abundant blessings from our LORD and concerted efforts of alumnae, parents, teachers, coaches, tutors and technicians.
The College Choir gave us a treat with If music be the food of love, a melodious piece that celebrates the enchantment of music. Before the graduates took over the Hall with their parents and friends for photo-taking, the principal, vice-principals, assistant principal and homeroom teachers officiated a cake-cutting ceremony, which was greeted with rapturous applause.