The Catholic Formation Core Team prepared a thoughtful programme on 22 December, 2017 in the college hall. This year’s theme is Thy Will be Done. The Team hoped to bring out a message that to love our neighbours is as easy as to share what we have with those in need.

Through prayers, drama and carols, students and teachers were engaged in contemplative rounds of deep thoughts about the meaning of Christ’s birth to us, the redeemed. In the context of Christmas, Miss Clara Ho and Virginia Uhi of S5E directed a play, Stone Soup story, to set the tone of sharing.

Ms Catherine Chan, our guest speaker, brought us her personal story and insights into what we can do for the city’s urban poor. Unlike many community service projects, Ms Chan and her fellow volunteers’ small matches project, aims to give warmth, smiles, and restore the dignity of the least noticeable in our very neighbourhood.  Ms Chan’s sharing started with pictures and figures about the fact that we have long forgotten a large population of aging scavengers in our neighbourhood. Day in day out, the elderly cardboard collectors live on whatever they can have access to in the dump, or earn a living by waddling two MTR stations away for cardboard worthy of as little as $0.5 per kg. Ms Chan sent us a loud and clear challenge to take a close look at who they are, get to know them one-by-one, answer their needs in a personal way, give them exactly what each of them needs: be it a cutter, a pair of fitting shoes, painkillers, a pair of labour gloves, a hat or hand cream. She also invited us to talk to them, lend a hand whenever possible, or give them a cheerful smile. Above all, Ms Chan has raised our awareness to do whatever we can for those in difficult conditions.

Followed the Catholic Formation Core Team’s programme, the Student Council continued the message of using our resources to do magic and cheer people up. The Student Councillors showed us a video clip on where our schoolmates’ boxes of love have gone and how surprised children in the East Asian villages have shown seeing the unexpected boxes for them. Two class representatives then shared the difficulties of collecting toothbrushes and daily necessities for their children in mind. They appreciated the cooperation and generosity of their classmates in making it happen.

After the sharing, the Student Council arranged a game session, in which class representatives from S1-6 involved their homeroom teachers in making guesses about Mr Wilfred Leung, Miss Maria Lam, Miss Stephanie Chan and Mr Joe Wong’s stories. Sr Veronica, Miss Florence Kwok, Ms Lam Mei Yee, and Ms Priscilla Kwok presented chocolates for all classes as Christmas gifts. Sr Veronica also gave a quiz on major ideas about Christ’s birth, and presented prizes for the winners.

In the end, the Principal, the Vice-principals and Assistant Principal, teachers, Student Council members and the organizing committee of the day’s programme sang we wish you a merry Christmas before the class party. Teacher adjudicators visited different classes and picked the most impressive designs for Christmas board decorations. There was a friendly match between the teachers and students in the playground after the class party. The campus was filled with colourful Christmas decorations, from snowflakes to stained glass.

But for the efforts of the Student Council, the backstage team, the school artists and art club members, the janitors and the Catholic Formation Core Team, our Christmas celebration would not have been such a meaningful one.

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.

 

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