On August 7, the long-awaited inter-house fashion show, kicked off in the college hall with a splendid Korean dance and cheers. This year’s adjudicator panel, proved to be a stunning team: Mr Lau, co-founder of a local model agency and experienced adjudicator of many international model competitions, Ms Lilith Zhang, an experienced model who has been to different international shows, Ms Fiona Chan, Lecturer at the Department of Design in the Caritas Bianchi College of Careers, and Ms Priscilla So, SHCC alumna and co-founder of a local brand ‘Sketch Around’, Miss Mavis Chan, an iconic alumna who works at 100most, and Mr Alex Fong, actor and youth ambassador.

The event was essentially an art project, in which 72 designers attended workshops on basics of fashion design, turning abstract themes into visual elements. By means of drafts and negotiations with experienced designer, our student designers, ranging from S2-6, came up with their unique designs, overcoming limitations of materials, such as, paper, aluminum foil, plastic, cardboard and wire. The designer from each house was responsible for generating a collection of apparel on a theme: temptation (House of Keller), Fairy Takes (House of Nightingale), Futuropia (House of Pankhurst), Darksiders (House of Teresa) and The Circus (House of Bronte).

With the support of Ms Priscilla Kwok, her Visual Art Team, Art Club, past students and Miss So, the houses have started the project-related workshops since March. This included brainstorming of designs, tailoring, experimenting of materials, modelling, and many details about clothing that brings a message.

Apart from catwalk and dance, the event served as a place for staging team work. Each house has to undertake the production of one’s own show, from sequence of models, to mark-up and hairdo, from stage light to background music, from production of own introductory video to photo-taking of models for a programme. It was truly inter-disciplinary and collaborative.

We are Sacred Heartists. We are Artists’ Our Hearts for Fashion project has made a loud and clear statement.

Shortly after the S1 Registration Day, our Summer Bridging Course began. Within a short period of 10 days, S1 students were able to get a glimpse of what’s in line for their future six years at Sacred Heart. The course aimed at allowing our newcomers to adapt to the new environment, get used to an English medium school and most importantly, gain new insights while having fun during the summer.

Lessons including Mathematics, Science, Life and Society gave students a taste of their upcoming S1 curriculum. Meanwhile, teachers of English led students to immerse into an English-speaking milieu. Beyond the classroom, they had a great time in PE, Dance, and Drama lessons, as well as  expressed their artistic talents in Music and Art lessons. To introduce all students to the rich history of Sacred Heart Canossian College, tutors took them on a school heritage tour during their school history lessons.

After 9 days of lessons, the inter-class drama performance marked an end to the entire course. Students brought out their wildest creativity in rewriting the ending to the Greek Mythology - A Little Errand Girl’s New Dress. Not only did they direct a full six-minute drama by themselves, but they also worked together seamlessly with their classmates in bringing the story to life. The drama was not only an occasion for learning but also helped students build bonds with others.

We hope our S1 students will seize every opportunity to learn and to live life to the fullest.

Celebrating the past with gratitude, embracing the future with hope, sharing our life in love

Sr Veronica, our School Principal, marked the opening of the Graduation Ceremony with a clear note to a strong values education, following the footsteps of our Foundress, St Magdalene of Canossa. Under the baton of a value-driven plan, 2018-2019 witnessed a range of initiatives: staff development sessions on promoting positive education and positive education in S1 classes, use of social media for parent education, service learning through S4 service day, SHCC Zonta Z Club service project, Heartslink community service and Heartslift music educational project with the primary school children and the elderly in the Southern District. S3 SHE project cultivating social enterprise and entrepreneurial spirit. This year also saw innovations in fostering higher order thinking skills, writer skills workshops, greater collaboration with local and national universities in Chinese Language, Integrated Science education and gifted education. In sports education, our school won the Most Progressive School Award, in STEM, we won the MTR STEM Challenge, in dance, our school team was invited by the Education Bureau to present Hong Kong to participate in the Sixth National Arts Showcase in Suzhou, to name but a few.

It was our pleasure to have The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma to address the graduates this year. In his address, the Chief Justice took us back to our city’s history of early education run by missionaries and churches for the less fortunate and the foreigners who spoke no Chinese. He commended missionaries’ passion to look after the less fortunate, run afternoon and evening classes, and focus on nurturing their graduates to become anthropologists. Despite disparity in backgrounds, religions, resources at hand, children and the young in our community used to receive education under the same roof. The Chief Justice Ma hails such as a sense of community that reveals mutual respect for the rights of others and truly makes Hong Kong our own.

On behalf of S6 graduates, Sonia Chow, our Head Girl, made a speech in response to The Chief Justice’s edification. She expressed that education in this school no different from an orienteering race where students navigate under the teachers’ guidance to explore new thresholds, try things out and develop their talents.

On this special occasion, our graduates and major scholarship awardees received their certificates from The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey Ma , Honourable Madam Justice Maria Yuen, our school alumna, Mr Yan Ming Leong, the Senior School Development Officer of the Education Bureau, Mrs Winnie Wong, Chairman of Z and Golden Z Clubs Committee, District 17, Zonta International, Miss Irene Sin, the Pasch-Coordinator of Goethe-Institute Hong Kong, Ms Lusan Hung, the Chairlady of our Alumnae Association, Mr. Stephen Lee, the Chairman of our Parent-Teacher Association and Sr Agnes Law, our School Supervisor.

To mark the closure of the ceremony, The SHCC Orchestra, recipient of Hong Kong Schools Music Festival many distinguished prizes, dedicated 迎春歌and I will sing you the stars on this auspicious occasion to the graduates and the guests. The songs embodied deep messages for the graduates that they would never be alone but what they have learnt from the School will continue to serve as North Star that guides them as they embark on their journey ahead.

Speech by Guest of Honour, The Honourable Chief Justice Geoffrey MA, GBM

In 159th Prize Presentation Ceremony, the presence of Dr Theresa Li, our guest of honour, Ms Lusan Hung, the Chairlady of our Alumnae Association, Mr Stephen Lee, the chairperson of our Parent-Teacher Association and Sr Agnes Law, our school supervisor have made a difference.

Dr Li possesses ample management experience both at the corporate and cluster levels. She is currently the Cluster Chief Executive in Hong Kong West Cluster and Hospital Chief Executive of Queen Mary Hospital and Tsan Yuk Hospital. Apart from her work as an anesthesiologist, Dr Li plays an active role in the healthcare and education sector. Dr Li is currently a member of the Medical Council and a member of the Education and Accreditation Committee of the Medical Council Hong Kong. Dr Li also serves as an examiner for Fellowship examination at the Hong Kong College of Anesthesiologists.

In her address, the distinguished alumna enriched our understanding of vision of a leader: make an effort to serve the community out of love, cherish the opportunities to learn, and confront the challenges with confidence. She said that Sacred Heartists, being blessed with Catholic core values, should adhere to one’s beliefs and persevere despite hardships.

Dr Li presented Dr Adeline Mah Prize and major scholarships, Mr Stephen Lee, the Chairperson of the Parent-Teacher Association presented The PTA Award for Academic Achievement in S1-3, S4-6 First in subject, and The PTA Award for Academic Improvement. Ms Lusan Hung, the Chairlady of our Alumnae Association presented Award for Spiritual Development and other prizes, Sr Agnes, our School Supervisor, Award for Good Conduct and external scholarships and awards, Sr Veronica, our School Principal, Award for House Service and other school service prizes, Miss Florence Kwok, our Vice Principal, presented prizes to achievers in Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival and external competitions, Ms Lam Mei Yi, our Vice Principal, presented A.S. Watson Gp HK Student Sports Award and other language arts and drama prizes. Ms Priscilla Kwok, our Assistant Principal, presented prizes in dance, music and visual arts and sports. The House Overall Champion was presented by Sr Agnes to Captain of House of Teresa.

Following the ceremony, the Student Council arranged a thoughtful farewell occasion for Ms Priscilla Kwok, our retiring Assistant Principal, and Ms Lam MY, our Vice Principal. The Student Council presented a surprise video especially for Ms Kwok and Ms Lam, capturing their affectionate moments in Sacred Heart. We are truly grateful for Ms Kwok and Ms Lam’s endeavours in Sacred Heart. We also bade farewell to Ms Fan Siu Ping, Ms Priscilla Tang and Miss Tammy Wong. Mr Stephen Lee, the Chairperson of Parent-Teacher Association, presented souvenirs for all leaving teachers as a token of appreciation. We wish them all the best.

Speech by Guest of Honour, Dr Theresa LI

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