In a bid to involve the students and teachers in reducing, reusing and upcycling, the Low Carbon Week was launched between 5 and 9 October.

The Principal and Vice- principals were invited to mark the opening by putting plants on an upcycling terrarium, symbolic of our role in sustainable development for different species.  In the Low Carbon Week, The Green Torch committee came up with a series of interactive activities. There was a week-long quiz on a video that is accessible to everyone.  The video  documented the sticky problem of waste disposal in the midst of combat against the pandemic. A total of 50 best performed participants eventually received the prizes.   The S2 students joined an online talk that explores the connection between plastic consumption and climate change.  Those who are more into hands-on experience, would have joined an inter-class upcycling competition, which let them think out of the box how to turn disposable objects into useful items. On 9 October, we were invited to join No Air-Con Night 2020 at 7:00p.m. at home along with Green Sense, a local charity aiming to reinforce environmental consciousness in society.

Every year the Catholic Diocesan of Hong Kong designates the fourth Sunday of September as Education Day in order to reaffirm and enhance the importance of education, both for individuals and for society at large. On 27 September 2020, more than 120 family members and nearly 200 Catholic students attended the online reunion with Rev. Joseph Yim, Sr Veronica, Ms Jacqueline Au-yeung and Miss Martha Mok.

 

The online programme involved participants in contemplative prayer, icebreakers, commissioning and family photo selfie.  The highlight was Rev. Joseph Yim, our guest speaker’s sharing on the coming of Jesus. Unprecedented as it was, the programme refreshes our mind on the idea that a Christian family is a place where Jesus is the Head.. Rev. Yim further reiterates a major attribute of a Christian home: a place filled with charity and joy.

 

We began the day with a special prayer as we celebrated The Feast of  Our Lady of Sorrows. As Sacred Heartists, we were reminded to follow Mary’s good example to have faith in God especially in times of sorrow.

This year we witnessed the installation of student leaders in office via video broadcast online.
We started with the Head Girl Core Group which contributes to the continuous improvement and betterment of our school. The members of the Head Girl Core Group headed by Nicole Wong were introduced. Next was the introduction of Head Prefect and Deputy Head Prefects, followed by Eunoia, our elected Student Council president, vice-president and heads of boards. After that, we had the introduction of House Captains and Deputy House Captains from the six houses.

The highlight of the event was the maiden speech delivered by our Head Girl, Nicole Wong which marked the commencement of academic year. Inspired by the school theme this year –‘Celebrating the past with gratitude, Embracing the future with hope, Sharing our life in love’, the newly appointed Head Girl invited us to be more accustomed to the unexpected and overcome adversities with faith and endurance. To face the pandemic, students also needed to be more proactive by seeking diverse opportunities to unleash their potentials and be responsive to the needs of others in the community.

In the end, Sr Veronica reminded us that learning could actually take place everywhere. She encouraged us to live up to the school theme this year by treasuring what we have and sharing our life in love.

On 1 September, we arranged the reopening of the new academic year online through video broadcast. We celebrated the reopening of the new academic year with City of God, prayers and Bible readings.

After introducing the new staff, Sr Veronica, our Principal, gave a keynote address on the school theme, Celebrating the past with Gratitude, Embracing the future with Hope and sharing our life in Love. She started with a recap on why the past history of our 160 years of establishment is worthy of thanksgiving: a record of love and courage the Canossian Missionary demonstrated in time of prevalent destitution, wars and social unrest. Then our Principal moved on to the indelible endurance these Italian sisters exhibited as they aced the hard times, all for the love of local people and for God they served.

Sr Veronica further edified us to live up to the theme of gratitude, hope and love the way our former leaders exemplified. She made a note on cultivating ourselves to be autonomous life-long learners with prospects.

Student involvement is an integral part of our school development. There are several instances. In the first place, the 160th anniversary logo is the work of Calesta Ng, who won the 160th anniversary design competition last year. The second student contribution concerns the publication of our Student Companion. It is more than a schedule book. In their collaborative effort, our S6 Head Girl Core Group members designed the 2020-21 version upon our House System. The publication introduces our six houses as well as the qualities of imminent female leaders each house aspires to be develop: creativity in the Bronte sisters, intellectual competence in Marie Curie, perseverance in Helen Keller, altruism in Florence Nightingale, justice in Emmeline Pankhurst and compassion in Mother Teresa.

Miss Florence Kwok further updated us on 160th anniversary celebratory programmes, student welfare and scholarships. Mr David Hung gave a briefing on online learning and teaching. Mr Anthony Mo reminded us of matters related to schedule and rules. Ms April Cheung gave us advice on why and how to establish emotional connections. Miss Clara Ho explained club and student activities matters.

We marked the end of the online reopening ceremony with our School song- ‘In voices strong we sing together, united in the Sacred Heart…In friendship true, in mutual love, our common end let us attain; of Sacred Heart School worthy prove in all the trials, in every strain.’

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