One of the highlights of this year’ Christmas celebration was a mini-concert with Ricky Lam, the founder of Free up Music, a Catholic organization and his teammates, Andy Lai and Hilda Lai. When being asked about the mission of Free up, Ricky responded that it aims to nurture youths to be creative, disciplined and confident multi-media creators and singers. He believes that the youth is the key to a better society in the future. In the interview, Mr Ricky Lam shared with us his experience of responding to God’s invitation. Hilda and Andy, spoke of their search for identity and calling. Hilda and Andy’s acoustic interpretation of their own lyrics kindled a sense of hope and nostalgic mood among the audience. The lyrics helped us reach down to our inner state of life.

There was no lack of artistic images about the Nativity of Jesus: three students dramatized the episodes in the Bible in which Elizabeth received the angel’s good news about her conceiving a baby at a ripe age, as well as the news about Virgin Mary’s humble response to accept God’s plan to bear the Son of God.  Hope was conveyed through the two women’s expecting new lives and welcoming God’s plans that worked in a special way.

We chanted hymns, including Awaken, Come Alive, and listened to the Scriptures about the Gospel. The lyrics and the Word of God once again connected us to the hope that God has in store for whoever humbly turns to Jesus and welcomes the Messiah in their lives. Are you one of them?

After the message, the Student Council took us back to Mr Jackson Yau’s childhood friends, a guessing game that attracted applauses and laughters. Barely did we realise our teachers used to be that gregarious, youthful, vigorous, aristocratic, you name it!

Sr Veronica greeted us with a message on hope. We then finished the programme with jokes and good cheers.

On 8 November, our Activities Day, our S1 students reached out for a unique excursion into hospitality industry at a VTC institute in Pokfulam. The aim of the programme was to improve their understanding about hospitality industry. It was a collaborative initiative between Home Economics Department and the Careers and Further Studies Team. It began with a campus tour of Hotel and Tourism Institute and International Culinary Institute, followed by a two-hour workshop. The S1 students were put into two groups, each attending either a culinary or a dining etiquette workshop.

While some participants learnt about western dining etiquette and manners, others had culinary workshop on dim sum or pizza. Their homeroom teachers, homeroom partners, together with supporting teachers kept them company throughout the tour and workshops.

 

On October 18, we witnessed the emergence of individual champions, house champions, overall house champion and the best cheering team at Wanchai Sportsground. Miss Yu Wai Ting, our alumna and former Hong Kong National swimming team member, Ms Lusan Hung, SHCC AA Chairlady, Mr Stephen Lee, SHCC PTA Chairman, Sr Agnes, our School Superviser and Sr Veronica, our Principal, officiated at the sports event.

In her address to the school, Miss Yu gave us a fresh perspective on drudgery. She explained that boring and unpleasant work would not crush us if we accept it is an integral part of personal growth. As long as we set our mind on the process, we would be able to appreciate the wonder of a bad time.  On Miss Yu’s mind, what makes hardship meaningful is how determined we have become, after all.

On this auspicious occasion, our students and teachers unleashed their physical potential. Many teachers were involved in the relays, earning roars of cheers from the spectator’s stand. The sprinters dashed across the lanes in a matter of few minutes while the long distance athletes proved their tenacity. In the field events, we had students trying their hands in high jump, long jump, shot put, discus throw and javelin throw. A number of primary schools joined our invitation relays, created impressive records. Our S2 students gave us a treat to a delightful Chinese dance under the guidance of Miss Wu, our Dance Teacher.

Chong Wing (Teresa), Yeung Cheuk Ying (Keller), Ke Cheung Lam (Teresa), reaped the individual championships and brought glory to their own houses. House of Curie and House of Teresa took down the B Grade and C Grade house championship respectively. House of Keller was the best cheering team of the day. House of Brontë returned to be the A Grade house champion and house overall champion.

The annual athletics meet is essentially a time of celebrating collaborative effort and sportsmanship, if not physical prowess. A big thank you to our P. E. Department, Sports Society, six houses, advisers of uniform groups, student and teacher participants and volunteers.

Sports cultivate our resilience to adversity and shape our minds to think in a positive light, according to Mr Law Leong Tim, our guest of honour on this year’s annual swimming gala.

The event witnessed how the old hands at the game demonstrated their edge over the other not so experienced newcomers to the competition. There was a range of styles for keen swimmers to choose from: butterfly, breast stroke, free style and back stroke.  Among the events, the open grade relay and medley relay attracted some of the cream of different houses to flex their muscles. Their parents and coaches were out watching their all-out effort, slashing clean through the waters.

At the opening ceremony, Sr Veronica led the prayer and announced the official opening of the day’s programme.  Throughout the competitions, the six houses roared with all their might to cheer their own members, as well as impress the adjudicators for the best cheering team award. Ms Olivia Chan from the Alumnae Association, Mr Stephen Lee, the PTA Chairman and Sr Veronica took turns to present the trophies and medals to the winners. Mr Law Leong Tim, a high-performance triathlete competing in Asian and World races in the Elite category, presented prizes to inter-house winners before addressing the school.

After consecutive fierce competitions, we are delighted to find the best athletes in the water sports: Hannah Yeung, Wong Po Yin and Mark Wai Tung were crowned individual champions of C, B and A Grade respectively. House of Keller won the title of A Grade house championship. House of Curie took away the championship in B Grade and House of Pankhurst was the house champion in C Grade. Congrats to Keller, Curie and Pankhurst! As if icing on the cake, House of Pankurst, who took down top prize of C grade, turned out to be the House Overall Champion of the day as well. Congratulations to you, Pankhurst! House of Bronte seized the top prize of House Cheering Competition, Congrats on your accomplishment, Bronte.

 

 

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