On 1 March, we had a special assembly at the hall on raising everyone’s awareness towards this year’s Lenten theme, merciful like our Father.

 

With the help of Ms Isabella Lee from Fullness Social Enterprises Society (FSES), we have realised that entrepreneurship with a mission can bring a ground-breaking change to our concepts about innovation, profit-making and involving people from all walks of life in generating business plans that sustain growth in our community.  We were told that social enterprise has become a keen idea among local enterprises. It has been involving the ethnic minority, the elderly, the housewives, the new immigrants, the farmers, the gardeners, the health-conscious, and the experienced finance managers and business management elites.

 

With the help of Young Leaders and Entrepreneurs Team, our S3 schoolmates have been engaged in a similar attempt to come up with business project that recreates their understanding of trade and management.

 

In this Lenten season, let us pause for a moment and reflect on our role in making our city an ethical one.

 
It is not how much we do, but how much love we put into what we do.  Mother Teresa.

At Christmas we commemorated the birth of Christ Jesus by reviewing the familiar Biblical accounts about Him.  Students brought us back to the Old Testament, where prophets announced that God had forgiven the sins of the chosen people despite their acts of worshipping idols. In the New Testament, the prophecy was actualised when His only son, Jesus Christ was sent to save us from our sins.

 

With the stories, we reflected on the message about God’s mercy. We were invited to forgive and let go of the grudges against people. We were asked to reflect on how profound such love God has bestowed on us, the condemned and considered us righteous.

 

On the theme of redemption from revenge and rage, we navigated into Ms. Pauline Sung’s special ministry in the previous years. Ms. Sung has been a volunteer in the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong Lay Provision Evangelical Organization. She has served in the Ma Hang Prison and Stanley Prison. In 2010, she joined the Creation and Rehabilitation Project. This project aims at allowing the inmates to participate in art and design to reflect on what they have done wrong and to face the future life in a positive way.

 

The Christmas celebration programme further deepened our understanding about forgiving. ‘Unforgiveness is like cancer,’ asserted Mrs. Johnson who lost her son in a gunshot.  After enduring years of torment, the grievous mother reached out to the convict and made friend with him. To our surprise, Mrs Johnson lived just next door to the young man. She has made herself a genuine neighbour of someone in desperate need of forgiveness. It has brought happiness, peace, hope and a better change. There are many ways for us to show mercy to people but there is no greater mercy than God’s pardoning and redemption. Christmas bears the significant message of forgiveness for peace and hope.

 

After the Celebration, our Student Council took over the stage and engaged us into interactive quizzes with teachers, including Ms Leung Hoi Yan, Miss Irene Yung, Miss Hung Ching Ying, Mr Thomas Hung, Mr Thomas Hung and Mr Joe Wong.

 

Sr Veronica, together with the Vice-Principals and Assistant Principal, gave out gifts for different classes.

 

After the Hall programme, classes gave parties and shared with each other the fun of the season.  Class representatives introduced to the adjudicators who visited the classes for the Christmas board competition.  It was followed by teacher-student friendly match in the playground.

A Global Awareness Week was jointly organised by the Ambassador of Learning and Gifted Education Team, the Third Language Team and six recipients of The Fung Scholarship for Global Exposure from 16 to 19 November 2015.

Out of gratitude for the generosity of the Fung Scholarship for Global Exposure the recipients paid it forward by organising various activities during the Week to involve the schoolmates in reaching out for a new language or a global issue.  An interclass quiz was conducted for all forms. The questions were derived from fun facts about different countries. Game booths were pitched on 17 and 19 November at the covered playground to test schoolmates’ knowledge about another culture. German, French, Spanish and Korean lessons were held during lunch on each day respectively. With the help of international guests, students were able to have a glimpse of how incredible speaking another language could be.

The highlight of the Week was the visit of our international guests. The guests, including German, Singaporean, Swedish, Thai, South Korean, Indian, Australian, Ugandan, Ukrainian, Mexican and Pakistani, conducted interactive lessons in the classrooms on gender roles, pop cultures, and stereotypes. One of the students reflected that it was really different to learn a topic from interactions with foreigners. The gender roles in some part of Europe are very different from what we accept in Hong Kong. I really enjoyed the chat with them about serious global matters.”  The Week was an eye-opening experience for Sacred Heartists to take a step forward to become global citizens!

On 22 September the Sacred Heart Canossian College Alumnae Association Education and Charitable Fund presented a fund-raising performance, held at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  Heartiest Movement 2015 marked 155 years of education at SHCC by showcasing  a variety of dances  and  featuring dancers from four to sixty years of age. The show’s success was a concerted effort of the school Dance Team, the Stage Management Team and many an alumna.

The two-hundred and seventy participating dancers included kindergarten and primary students, as well as past and present SHCC students. Some of the performers were founding members of the school Dance Club forty-seven years ago.  The vast repertoire included 18 sets featuring Chinese, Western, Korean, Japanese and modern dance numbers.

Members of the audience including Ms Elizabeth Law, Chairperson of SHCCAAECF; Ms Fiona Chan,  Chairperson of SHCCAA; and Sr Veronica Fok, our School Principal were captivated by the colourful visuals and vibrant movement of the dancers.  Also in attendance, and very much enjoying the show, were our guests of honour, Sr Marie Remedios, School Manager; and Sr Agnes Law, our School Supervisor.

The Heartiest Movement 2015 show was just the latest in a series of events that have taken place in the last ten months commemorating SHCC’s 155th Anniversary.   Others have included: The Heartslink Charity Walk in November, The School Fun Fair in March, The Anniversary Celebration Homecoming Concert in April, The Thanksgiving Mass in April, The Day of Gratitude in May and the School’s Fashion show in July.

Thanks to the Organising Committee and everyone who helped make Heartiest Movement 2015 such a great success! The funds raised will help to provide sponsorship and scholarships to support an all-round education for our present and future students.  BRAVO!

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