The eventful performance was filled with folk music, staccato rhythm and stunning folk costumes and props, such as, umbrella, stool, clippers and clogs. S1 and S2 classes took turn to tell a story with slapstick, winks, gazes, and poise, engaging the audience in their imaginative world. At times, dancers couched and bent forward, at times, they had their hands wide open. We were fed with stunning spins, swings and witty use of space on the stage. In the open section, there were more sophisticated arrangements with stronger expressions of feelings.

The School Dance Team gave us a treat to a Russian Dance in which twenty enthusiastic dancers from senior forms dispelled bad luck with handkerchiefs. Another piece from the team was a traditional Korean Dance, in which spirited Korean girls expressed their hope for the future with twirls and traditional drum kits.

Sr Veronica, Ms Priscilla Kwok and Miss So, together with Miss Janet Wu, our Dance teacher, and Miss Tai, an experienced dancer and educator of Chinese dance presented prizes to winning classes from S1-2, winners of open section, designers of headpieces and backdrops, as well as student-choreographers from the School Dance Team after the stunning dance competition on 2 July.

It was our pleasure to hear advice from Miss Tai from Hong Kong Dance Company, a government-funded NGO, aiming to promote Chinese dance and nurture the young dancers. According to Miss Tai, it is imperative that dancers spend more time on research about the tradition of folk dance of their own choice. She considers it crucial for an artist to be sensitive to the stylistic features and to enhance rapport throughout a performance. Miss Tai is impressed with our student-choreographers’ competence to plan the movements of dancers on stage. She finds the headpieces and stagecraft gorgeous.

But for the untiring guidance from Miss Janet Wu and her Dance Team, the support from the School Backstage Team, the School photographers and Mrs Winnie Poon’s language support, this would not have been possible.

On 28 June, Rev. Dominic Chan Chi-ming, V.G. and the Parish Priest of the Hong Kong Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, conducted a thanksgiving mass for our S6 graduates. On The Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Rev Chan rekindled in us devotion to God and refreshed our mind about the care for the lost, the wounded and the sick. Through the three Bible readings in the mass, we were reminded that everyone is valued and prized. He asked us to nurture goodness and dispel depravity, as well as work for the well-being of others.

Rev Dominic blessed each of the S6 graduates while Sr Veronica presented each one with a keepsake.

This year, 2019, is a special one for Rev Dominic who celebrates his 40th anniversary as God’s servant through his ministry for the broken-hearted, especially the grief-stricken mothers who lost their fetuses. To share Rev Dominic’s joy, the chairperson of Catholic Society presented him three coasters with key qualities from the Bible, wishing his life overflown with faith, hope and love in God.

To express their gratitude, this year’s S6 graduates took turns to perform dances as they sang their hearts out through the lyrics. They produced thoughtful video clips capturing appreciative moments of school life and dedicated teachers who inspired them and walked with them.

 

In a recent MTR Corporation launched STEM competition, our school team impressed the adjudicators with their application of micro:bit knowledge in a smart parking device and was awarded the first prize. The top-notch team will set out on an excursion to London in June for exploring the city’s avant-garde smart public utilities. 

In a bid to combat illegal parking and facilitate parking payment procedures, our school team came up with a micro:bit with basic information of the vehicle, such as owner’s licence number, plate number and basic personal information. With this, warnings will be sent over to the phone of those who have parked their vehicles in the wrong place. This would hopefully discourage some people from parking in a reckless manner. The information would be sent over to the Police for issuing penalty bills and settling of the payments. The device collects real-time information about road situation for all road users. It saves drivers’ time with its automatic payment setup.

Congratulations to our S4 students and ICT teacher in charge of the project!

 

The theme of our Foundress Week this year is Celebrating our past with gratitude.  Students from the Catholic Formation Core Team marked the opening of the eventful week in the presence of Sr. Veronica, our Principal, Miss Florence Kwok and Ms MY Lam, our Vice-principal, Ms Priscilla Kwok, our Assistant Principal and representatives of religious groups.

The board decorated with figures of the Principal, Vice-principals, Assistant Principal and students was subsequently put at the kiosk for teachers and students to draw and stick their own figures on it.  This simple collaborative work, named We are Canossians, sent a clear message that we are connected to the same Canossian family.

To engage our schoolmates physically and spiritually in the theme, there were a series of thoughtful events during the Foundress Week: board displays of S1 OLE Activity: Our Foundress’ Act of Love, S4 Service Day snapshots and reflections, song dedication, Foundress Day celebration on 8 May and visits to Canossian sisters in the afternoon.

On 8 May, we gathered at the College Hall to commemorate our Canossian Feast Day. The celebration opened with a review of the missionary life of St Magdalene of Canossa, our Foundress, and the Canossian Sisters who established SHCC in 1860.

Sr Franca Bozzini, a Canossian missionary who served in Sacred Heart Canossian College in Macau for 17 years shared her uplifting experiences as a missionary. She clung to the Gospel as a means to find inner freedom and true love. She took on difficulties as challenges and opportunities to see God’s blessings. Sr Bozzini kept us entertained with her sense of humour and passion for life.

Followed the story about God’s blessings, we celebrated the Foundress Day with a Eucharistic mass. Rev Father Philip Chan conducted the thanksgiving mass with a parable on charity and small act of kindness. He appealed to us put into practice an act of forgiving someone who have wronged us.

In the mass, we contemplated on Jesus’ Words about humility and kindness. Our Secondary One students dedicated their hand-made collages about the charity of St Magdalene of Canossa as thanksgiving offerings on the altar.  Likewise, Secondary 4 schoolmates organised service in the spirit of St. Magdalene during the last few months. Sacred Heartists have been learning and living out the Canossian spirit of charity and humility in their own fashion.

We are told that we need not initiate a project to serve the one in need. Just start with small deeds of kindness, including helping an absent schoolmate to take note of the key points covered in the lessons and homework due dates.

Sr Veronica gave the audience a challenge to get prepared for one’s plan and have it shared with the whole school in the morning assembly the following week.

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