To recognise the achievements of our students and inspire others to excel, our college reserves the last school day for a student achievement prize-giving ceremony. Mr Kelvin Lee, the Chairperson of PTA, Ms Lusan Hung, the Chairlady of our Alumnae Association, Sr Agnes, Sr veronica, Ms Lam Mei Yi, Miss Florence Kwok and Ms Priscilla Kwok presented prizes to students with distinguished performance.

On this special occasion, Sr Agnes, our School Superviser, addressed the school with the theme of this year, Learning with Passion ; Living with Integrity.  On the notion of passion for learning, Sr Agnes reminds us that the passion is not just about a spark but a quest for knowledge and a drive to grow. She encourages us to nurture a genuine sense of curiosity, an open mind to new experiences, a readiness to undertake discovery and an ambition not to conform but to develop what is yet untapped. On another notion of integrity, our School Superviser underlines the importance of telling the truth and let every area of our life be governed by the Truth. She explains that integrity is about consistency: whether our private life is consistent with our public life. She enlightens us that humility allows us to face who we really are and gives us courage to admit our problems and learn from our mistakes. To be a person of integrity is further about inter-personal relationships: whether we treat people with equity. 

On this prize-giving ceremony, we have a total of 600 prizes to be presented to our students. There are a good range of honours: scholarships, awards for academic achievements, character development, school services, external scholarships and awards, trophies for good performance in language arts and drama, dance, music, visual art, sports, STEM, and business and entrepreneurship. Hopefully, these tangible awards will serve as an expression of approval and motivate more students to follow suit. 

The approach of this year’s inter-house drama competition is short story adaptation. Our six houses adapted their own plays from six short stories, namely, Anton Chekhov’s The Bet, Guy de Maupassant’s The Necklace, Leo Tolstoy’s Three questions, Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party, Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and O Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. Most of them were set in the Great Depression (1930s) in the States with concern for humanity.

Our adjudicators, Ms Carson, a frontline actress and drama teacher, Mr Lau, a drama educator, were impressed by our schoolmates’ involvement in producing a play in merely few weeks, their attempts in script-writing and directing their peers for a stage performance. There was no doubt that the success was sheer team work. The collaborative effort between the backstage, set and props team and the actors was remarkable.

Ms Carson and Mr Lau decided the winning teams according to their effectiveness in directing, acting, stage effect and teamwork. Members of House of Keller, House of Curie, House of Teresa, House of Nightingale, House of Pankhurst and House of Bronte unleashed their potential in stage production during the course of preparation. The project gave them an opportunity to interpret a literary text, write their own scripts, do their own casting, form their own backstage teams, set and props teams and direct their own plays.

Ultimately, the best directing award and the best team work award both went to Pankhurst, the best stage effect went to Curie, the best actresses came from the strict landlady of Bronte, the soul-searching king from Teresa, in addition to the conceited   mother from Nightingale. There were two second runners-up: House of Pankhurst with The Lottery and House of Curie with The Necklace. House of Teresa became the champion of this year’s inter-house drama competition with their adaptation from a renowned Russian writer, Tolstoy’s Three Questions, a short story released in 1885 that offers profound insights into what men live by.

Congratulations to the six houses, Miss Clara Ho, Miss Linda Yip, the school Backstage Team, the Campus TV, the school photographers for making this event a fruitful one.

On 3 July, S1 and S2 put on carefully choreographed Chinese dances with the guidance of S3 experienced dance club members. The audience was fed with colourful shades of movements and captivating costumes. Part of competition was about headwear designs, and video production about behind-the-scene process. This way, students of different talents would be able to play a part in the class-based activity.

In the Open section, many senior forms students collaborated to express their messages through sophisticated physical movements and insightful use of space and stage.

This year, it is our pleasure to have Ms Luk Yan Mei, our alumna, our teacher, accomplished dancer and adjudicator of Hong Kong Schools Dance Festival. The inter-class dance competition aims at far more than expressions of beauty with aesthetic skills. According to Ms Luk, it is essentially an invitation for us to deepen our understanding of Chinese livelihood yet to be unearthed in the vast landscape with people of different religions, customs, languages and trades.

In the prize-giving part, Ms Luk, Sr Veronica, Ms Priscilla Kwok, Miss So Wing See and Miss Janet Wu presented prizes to winning classes and outstanding groups from the open section. Apart from Chinese dances marvelling at beauty of nature, some competing pieces had ecstasy about rainfall, blissful gatherings, fighting for shoes, or struggles for independence as their themes.

The Chinese Language Speech Festival is an eye-opener with idiomatic use of Chinese Language and solid tie to backgrounds of Chinese diplomatic relations in ancient China. The shrewd deployment of rhetoric skills in thawing tension, restoring one’ prowess, playing with one’s pride and fears enriched our understanding of heroic stories set in the Warring States period (476–221 BC). Excerpts from works of Lu Xun, a famous Chinese writer, shed light on absurdity of livelihood and hypocrisy of the landlords and fallacy of an abused servant. Another reading from Lung Ying-tai’s Mu Song, engaged us in the intriguing moments and grief of letting go one’s child and one’s quiet, long-suffering father. The drama of Three Kingdoms gave us an unsettling mood and revealed to us cheats and disguises were not uncommon in ancient times. The S3 took us to the neglected parts of Hong Kong with its videos and selected readings about local places, namely, Kennedy Town and Aberdeen, which have equally lost their uniqueness through the torrents of time. The selected readings depicted the squalid conditions of Hong Kong in the past, the hardships shared by most people, the toughness shared by women and men of little education and the simplicity of finding joy in small things. The S4 Chinese Literature class went exploring the history and development of Pokfulam Village, our neighbourhood, and gave an amusing account about neighbourliness. The Chinese Culture Club took students to Jao Tsung-I Academy. The visit enriched participants’ understanding about Han language, cultural development, calligraphy, use of strokes and brushes in handwriting and Chinese paper cut.

Class 1F enthralled the audience with their voice, pitch, pause and intonation as they told the Greek mythology about Orpheus and Eurydice. One of the winners of S2 storytelling competition told a story about how a girl rescued her stranded mother and drunken father from a raging fire, despite their abusive treatment. Another S2 winner called her coach the person she admired most. Her narrative drew us into her first-person reflection about the impact of a caring, friendly and sensitive coach on the young mind. The beauty of mentorship was made clear with her precision in language and fluency. The winner of S4 inter-class speech contest sustained our attention on relationships with her intriguing account of why she enjoys reading Harry Potter. Class 1F staged their winning piece in this year’s the Hong Kong Schools Speech festival with a poem addressing the rage and grief of the oppressed in the ancient China. Likewise, an S4 student presented an excerpt from the opening of George Orwell’s Animal Farm. The audience would clearly hear the frustrations the demoralised animals felt. Class 2D changed the mood while chanting in unison a Shakespearean piece with their mystic voice and skillful use of intonation.

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