Our College’s history embarked on the arrival of six pioneers from Venice, Italy in April 1860. Commissioned by Mother Grassi, these devoted Italian sisters overcame dangers on the sea, exhaustion of a 2-month voyage, homesickness, frailty and above all, culture shock and language barrier.
On 30 April 2015, Rev Father Timothy, together with Rev Father Alejandro and Rev Father Francis, conducted a Eucharistic Celebration at the College Hall. In the Mass that celebrates 155 years of reaching beyond, we praised God for given Sacred Heart Canossian College so many fruitful years. In hymns and prayers, we expressed our gratitude for His calling us to be His ambassadors of Love among our brothers and sisters. We also asked Him to continue His guidance in our Mission of Love. Our student representatives took turn to offer at the altar flowers with prayers written in class. The Hall was filled with respectable Canossian sisters, guests from the Alumnae Association, the Parent-Teacher Association, the IMC and composed students and teachers.
Following the Thanksgiving Mass, we proceeded to the balloon-tiered stage at the playground. Sr Agnes, our School Superviser, led the toast in the midst of thunderous applause from the audience, each waving one’s own castanets. Flocked with students, teachers and special guests in their smart attire, the playground was turned into an alfresco reception area, with colourful balloons, a decent anniversary birthday cake and sparkling drinks for the birthday garden party.
Sr Agnes aside, the ceremonial party constituted Sr Maria Hsu, our former principal, Sr Veronica, our current principal, Ms Catherine Wong, Mr Ignatius Chow, Mr David Hung, IMC managers, Ms Fiona Chan, Chairperson of our Alumnae Association and Ms Winnie Yu, Chairperson of the Parent-Teacher Association, the celebrants of the Thanksgiving Mass, as well as Miss Florence Kwok and Ms Lam Mei Yi, our Vice Principals and Ms Priscilla Kwok, our Assistant Principal.
On 8 May student representatives, the school choir, past students and former and current teachers and staff of Sacred Heart Canossian College assembled at Canossian Missions on Caine Road, attending the Canossian sisters’ evening prayers. In the chapel at Caine Road, the congregation said prayers of praise and thanksgiving, rejoicing the 155th years of God’s blessings on Canossian Missions and our School. During the prayer service, a past student shared stories about the impact of Canossian education and service on local families. The even songs and prayers engraved in congregation’s hearts the zeal in making Jesus known and loved, the dedication of each and every Canossian sister, and the humility of their untiring service in Hong Kong.
This year’s Easter Celebration underlines the importance of reflection about what it takes to transform our lives into one that is worthy of Christ’s unconditional love for us on the Cross.
On 31 March, the Catholic Formation Core Team first took us through the fine example of Betty Kwan, an awardee of Presidential Citizens Medal in 2010. Ms Kwan serves the homeless and the forgotten in her neighbourhood with free hot meals day after day. Her act of charity stemmed from her gratitude to those who had once served her hot meals when she was ravenous.
In another minute, we were enthralled by local stories about parents who never think of giving up teaching their children with difficulty in adjusting to society and expressing themselves. With an iron will to benefit their own children, these parents witness Jesus’ complete acceptance for humanity.
There were other moving videos that melted our hearts about Jesus’ calling for His own followers to watch and bear the Cross until He returns. After that, we spent time putting down what we would like to do in response to Jesus’ unreserved love. Then, students from 1E and 4D, together with Ms Priscilla Tang boldly shared with us their plans. Eventually, Sr Veronica, our Principal, invited a few more students and Mr Ignatius Chow to share their thoughts about how they repay Christ’s love on the Cross. We had special moment learning from each other.
The Easter Programme would not have been through without the guidance of Ms Maria Keung, Ms. Christine Ng, Mr. Ignatius Chow and Mr Anthony Mo. Credits must also go to The Backstage Team for their technical support.
Following the Easter Programme, we went on celebrating the achievements of Young Entrepreneurs in S3 who completed their fund-raising projects with anniversary souvenirs of their own designs. Many of these items were sold out at the Fun Fair and additional orders had to be placed. The proceeds will go to S5 Extended Learning Week funds. When prizes were given, the Hall was filled with sheer cheers and roars. Congratulations to you, S3 classes andS4 project leaders!
To commemorate our College’s 155th anniversary, Candentia, the Student Council co-organised Fiesta, a fun fair with the Parent-Teacher Association. On the auspicious occasion, the presence of our former principals, Sr Maria and Sr Bernadette, has added tremendous joy to us. It is our pleasure to have Ms Teresina Chan, Ex-officio member of AA, as well as Ms Fiona Chan and Ms Winnie Yu, Chairmen of AA and PTA respectively, with us at the opening ceremony.
Fiesta, meaning ‘celebration’ in Spanish, serves as a platform for Sacred Heartists from different generations to celebrate the school’s success in collaborative efforts. The fun-raising programme involved current students, teachers and parents in unleashing their potentials to recreate a thoughtful fair that accommodate guests with interests in puppet shows, drama, dance and singing performances, Chinese culture, European cultures, street food, molecular ice-cream, aromatic coffee and the like. Student Councillors' one-of-a-kind decor with chains of bubbly balloons dangling across the playground was breath-taking enough. Those visiting the stalls run by different clubs and teams in the covered playground and thematic games in the classroom would definitely tell you what a welcoming atmosphere there was in the air.
What’s more, visitors who wished to take home gorgeous anniversary keepsakes could shop around those two days for souvenirs of their own choices from booths run by the Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Team and the Student Council at the entrance. Or they could purchase a few photos from the entrance capturing unforgettable moments of the school life. The choices were exhaustive. The funds will ultimately be spending on S5 Extended Learning Week, a learning week for developing learner autonomy through exploration.
As in Sr Veronica’s prayer at the opening ceremony, we have to pay tribute to the Canossian sisters who responded to the calling for educating girls and went to great lengths to establish a school for girls who used to have no way for schooling. We are also in debt with all the dedicated alumnae, parents and friends for their unyielding support for Sacred Heart vision of education through prayers, sponsorships and voluntary service.
Seeing the importance of being global-minded, the Ambassador of Learning and Gifted Education Team organised Global Awareness Days. On 9 – 10 February, more than 200 Ambassadors of Learning and students nominated by the teachers attended the Global Awareness Day.
This programme aimed at nurturing future leaders’ cultural sensitivity. Students across the forms and classes attended different interactive workshops to explore and experience cultural diversity.Workshops included German Christmas Cooking, Capoeira, Creativity and intercultural stand-up comedy, Latin American music exploration, Singaporean culture, Hebrews and Singlish etc. Through these workshops, students got to know more about fascinating things: that “Singlish” is so different from English because it is a mixture of 7 kinds of language and dialect; Brazilians are died-hard supporters of Capoeira, a form of Brazilian martial art, and that Hong Kong-born Indians have hard times growing up in an unfriendly community.
This two-day programme not only provided students with the opportunities to interact with international guests, but also effectively raised their global awareness towards what makes a successful person. As one of the Ambassadors of Learning said, “It opened my eyes to the world and showed me the importance of intercultural competence. I never regret having attended this interesting programme”