Rev. Father Joseph Chan of St. Thomas the Apostle Church officiated at this year’s Thanksgiving Mass on 29 June, the Feast Day of two Apostles, St Peter and St Paul.

In his sermon, Rev Father Chan gave a concise account of the resemblance of the two church pillars, one of the Jews and another of the Gentiles. As apostles, both of them were called in person by Christ, disillusioned in the face of illusions about their life goals, struggles through rebellion, betrayal, sufferings, transformations, renewal and ultimately sacrificed their own ambitions and lives for Christ.

St Peter and St Paul’s lives have as much relevance to the S6 graduates as to everyone in the congregation, according to Rev Father Joseph.  Provided that we are willing, learning takes place throughout our life, as youngsters, as children, as siblings, as kin, as adults, as colleagues, as leaders, as parents, as grandparents, to name but a few.

The more reflective we are about how much we have understood Christ, whether we are sensitive enough to hear His calling and whether we are submissive to His biddings, the more true love, joy and peace we shall feel in us.

At the offering, class representatives and teacher led us to pray for the Church, priests, leaders, teachers, S6 graduates and students. To express their gratitude, the representatives from S6 classes presented a stage, backstage team, lighting, actors, microphones and curtains, each of which is symbolic of significant moment of their lives in Sacred Heart, the cradle of their growth.

The S6 graduates received blessings in humility from Rev Father Chan. Sr Veronica, our Principal, gave each one a bracelet with a pendant of Sacred Heart of Jesus, wishing our graduates deepening experience in His love.

After the mass, the S6 classes took turn to present their vote of thanks to the untiring guidance from the school, the teachers since their junior years, the technicians, the janitor, the clerical staff and friends in the junior form schoolmates. Their programmes essentially blended in snapshots of school life that has left an imprint on them.

Rev. Father Philip Chan, celebrant of this year’s Foundress Day Mass, evoked in us a sense of gratitude with his rich allegory: ‘on your birthday, mother, I rejoice!’ In a crisp sermon, Rev Chan reminded us that but for St Magdalena of Canossa, we would not have an opportunity to be educated.  St Magdalena responded in humility to the calling to follow a new path: to let herself be loved by Jesus Crucified, to belong to Him alone, in order to serve exclusively those least cared for.

Such is the spirit of many a Canossian graduate, who continuously commit themselves to living the Christian faith, of witnessing charity, in all walks of life. According to Rev Father Philip, there is no better way to celebrate Foundress Day than living life to the full and contemplating the breadth and depth of love from Jesus Crucified (Isaiah 58: 6-11); (Hebrews 2:5-11). He says that our life of love resembles a babyish step but then the sacrifice will certainly yield more generosity in society. More and more people will follow suit and make the impoverished, the displaced, the disillusioned see and feel their worth and dignity.

In the Eucharistic Celebration, student and teacher representatives took turn to intercede for the church, the world, our city, families, teachers and students at school. We prayed that in His Grace, the leaders, the Church, families, teachers and students would have the afflicted on the mind and commit their entire life to volunteer work

“It was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us to stay overnight at Ocean Park. It was intriguing seeing flocks of fish and sharks of myriad of species gliding across the glass ceiling above. Joining the Ocean Park Learning camp allowed us to have hands-on experience of touching sea creatures and feeding them. It is a rare chance for us to learn about the ecosystem and marine life.”  (Cherry Sun 4F)

A group of twenty S4 & S5 Ambassadors of Learning attended an overnight camp at Ocean Park on 20-21 April. The camp introduced of knowledge in various fields. We learned about the study of marine life and the balance of the ecosystem.

Our most unforgettable experience was camping in the Grand Aquarium. It gave us a  chance to appreciate the wonderful ecosystem surrounding coral reefs. During the camp, we explored the Grand Aquarium inside out. We fed the fish as well as touch the starfish and sea cucumbers. Apart from that, we realised how hard the staff have worked to facilitate the operation of the aquarium. Most importantly, the camp gave us an insight into the importance of protecting the environment and the ecosystem. It raised our awareness towards our role to keep the ocean clean enough for the diverse species.

Co-organised by Parent-Teacher Association and the Student Council, Nebulosa, a student-led fun fair kicked off on 23 March for two days on the campus to raise funds for the S5 Extended Learning Week. In the opening speech, Sr Veronica, our Principal congratulated the students for their enthusiasm in sharing their talents and interests.

An incentive for the Student Council to collaborate with clubs and teams, as well as cultural and academic departments, the annual fun fair served as an open day to connect the public with our College, to reach out to past students, families of current students and friends of the College. For two consecutive days, students learnt to schedule their work, solve problems together and play host as they arranged a range of events and booths for visitors.

It was a red-letter day for our students to share their interests and unleash their potentials: on the ground floor, visitors packed the booths of JA Company, S1 puppet shows, S3’s Enterprise Challenge projects and photography society. There were regular dance and singing performances, and lucky draws. The Visual Arts Team and Art Club’s booths attracted children and parents to try their hands on henna designs and handicrafts. There were workshops on making badges, decorating bottles, and hand sculpture. In covered playground, you would not miss the freshly made snacks and aromatic drinks of home management and housecraft club and Parent-Teacher Association.

On the first floor, the S1 classrooms were turned into places of adventure of Zonta Z Club, Sports Society and Junior Police Call. The Organic Gardening Club ran its own cafeteria with their home-grown produce. In the hall, there was a robotics competition for S2 students to demonstrate their talents in coding and team work. There were two streams of S2 projects this year. One stream on robotics project provided S2 groups with two challenges to overcome: travelling maze and piercing balloons. Another stream on history gave students opportunities to create learning experiences for visitors to deepen their understanding of the ethnic minorities’ customs, religions and major monuments.

On the third floor, there were board games and quizzes to test visitors’ understanding about Chinese culture, first-aid knowledge, historical events, green matters, and eloquence in spoken English. On the fourth floor, visitors had a chance to learn more from Putonghua Club, Chinese Speech and Debating Society, Hong Kong Award for Young People and Girl Guides. This year’s drama performance in the auditorium addressed the value of co-curricular activities in school life.

But for the unyielding support of Parent-Teacher Association, Alumnae Association and advisers of the Student Council, Coalesce and advisers of teams and clubs, this year’s fund fair would not have been such a success.

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