The Graduation Ceremony was held on 31 October 2020 in our College Hall where we celebrated the achievements of our S6 students in 2019-20. In compliance with the social distancing policy, we scheduled two sessions of ceremony for our six S6 classes. In each session, three classes of graduates received their certificates on the stage, with one parent or family member seated in the Hall and the other one seated in the classroom to watch the live broadcast of the event.

It was our pleasure to have the presence of Sr Agnes, School Supervisor, Sr Veronica, Principal, Miss Florence Kwok, Vice-principal, Mr Ignatius Chow, Assistant Principal, S6 homeroom teachers, together with teachers and parents to witness the achievements of our graduates.

On this special occasion, Sr Veronica encouraged our graduates with six words: ‘Gratitude’, ‘Humility’ and ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus’. She reminded the graduates to be grateful and cherish their family members, teachers, classmates and people around them. The Principal further bade the graduates be humble and open to different opportunities. Last, she advised our graduates to form a habit of anchoring to Jesus and find secrets of a fulfilling life. She concluded with our favourite slogan: ‘Once a Sacred Heartist, Forever a Sacred Heartist!’

In her address to the graduates, Sr Agnes Law urged them to create a compassionate future for the local community and other nations with their intelligence, moral values and conscience to make discerning decisions. In order to do so, they should be on guard against negative emotions, learn from the mistakes and success of the past, embrace modern technologies and knowledge and respect the rights and benefits of others. Sr Agnes appreciated the graduates’ effort in making the establishment of the Women's Centre in Cambodia possible. She reminded the graduates to follow Jesus’ unconditional love by loving our enemies and serving the poor.

Monique Lee from the Head Girl Core Group of 2019-20 gave a vote of thanks. She extended her gratitude on behalf of the graduates for Sacred Heart education which nurtures them into women of versatility, integrity and charity in humility. In particular, Monique highlighted the school theme, Celebrating the Past with Gratitude, Embracing the Future with Hope and Sharing our Life in Love. She gave credits to a myriad of student activities in the Sacred Heart education they have received in the past years. Monique appealed to the graduates to uphold the characteristics of Sacred Heart and pass on the tradition from the past students who had laid the foundation.

After the ceremony, the graduates were given a flower prepared by the Alumnae Association as a souvenir. They took photos with their beloved parents, family members, teachers and schoolmates on the gracefully-decorated campus.

 

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.

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