In great pleasure and pride, our Senior Choir would like to share with you the joy of reaping a gold medal in Second European Choir Games & Grand Prix of Nations 2015 with 91 points!

The event was held from 5 to 12 July in Magdeburg, Germany, in which choirs from 30 nations gathered to share their music in a week of workshops, concerts and competitions. Being the only representative of Hong Kong, 44 members from the Senior Choir demonstrated their diversity and zeal for music with 5 pieces of different styles and genres in the category of Youth Choirs.

Involving in such a thrilling international competition was not only a golden opportunity for the Choir to enrich its knowledge about singing techniques, it was also a chance for the musicians to explore different cultures, lifestyles and languages, as well as cultivate friendship with choristers all over the globe.

The rewarding event was wrapped up with a parade and public performances in the city centre, where all participating choirs took turns singing at designated locations for shoppers and visitors to enjoy.

The end is always the beginning of new quests ahead. Without any doubt, our choir will surely continue to strive for excellence in the future!


Ms Josephine Tjia, our School Manager since 2012, a distinguished scholar and alumna, addressed the audience at our End-of-year Prize-giving Ceremony. After receiving a scholarship to study in the United World College, Ms Tjia continued to pursue her further studies in King's College London, and obtained her LLB and LLM. Being a member of the English Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators, she is actively engaged in public service. To name but a few, Ms Tijia is a consultant to several government bodies on legal matters, as well as a lecturer in the Faculty of Law of University of Hong Kong.

On the following day of Malala Day, July 12, Ms Tijia reminded our students that each of them had received the grand prize, the opportunity to receive full, free and adequate education. In the face of an era when 64% of illiterate adults are women, Sacred Heartists truly have enough to be grateful for. Ms Tijia further imparted on the fact that students should take on the perspective to transform the world and make it their ambition to contribute to the well-being of the world population.

The ceremony aims to express the College’s recognition of student efforts and talents. Students who have earned awards in various fields, performed well in their studies, or devoted themselves to school service this year received their prizes from our special guests: Sr Agnes Law, School Supervisor, Sr Veronica Fok, School Principal, Miss Florence Kwok and Ms Lam Mei Yi, Vice-principals, and Ms Priscilla Kwok, Assistant Principal. Many a parent shared the joy of the hard-earned titles.

After the ceremony, we had a spell of sadness at the farewell session for some leaving teachers. On behalf of all students, the Student Council presented them gifts as a token of thanks for their guidance. We wish them every success in their future endeavours.

On 8 July, our College celebrated the graduation of our S6 students and achievements of students with distinguished performance. It was our pleasure to have Ms Elizabeth Law MH JP, an alumna, to be our guest of honour. Ms Law, a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award offered by McGill University, is devoted to different social sectors. To name but a few, she is the Founding President of Association of Women Accountants (Hong Kong) Limited, member of the Governing Committee of Beat Drugs Fund Association, Honorary Treasurer of Hong Kong Council of Social Service as well as appointed member of the Equal Opportunities Commission.

In her address to the graduates, Ms Law entrusted them with lofty goals in an acronym, IPACS for inter-personal skills, prayerful, analytical, critical and sharing. Ms Law reminded us that no man is an island; hence getting on well with each other is vital. She is especially concerned that our graduates embrace worthy values and live up to Canossian Spirit in their future endeavours.

The auspicious occasion also saw the accomplishments of scholars, athletes, choirs, dancers, artists, writers, German learners, teams, clubs and individuals who unleashed their potentials in different fields.  Each achiever took turns receiving one’s award from our special guests attending the evening ceremony: Sr Agnes Law, our School Supervisor, Ms Fiona Chan, Chairlady of our Alumnae Association, Mr Alain Chan, Chairman of our Parent-Teacher Association, Mrs Connie Lau, our School Manager, as well as Ms Annie Lau, Senior School Development Officer of Education Bureau.

Sr Veronica gave a comprehensive report about what we have completed in 2014-15. The anniversary year is another fruitful year with abundant blessings from our LORD and concerted efforts of alumnae, parents, teachers, coaches, tutors and technicians.

The College Choir gave us a treat with If music be the food of love, a melodious piece that celebrates the enchantment of music. Before the graduates took over the Hall with their parents and friends for photo-taking, the principal, vice-principals, assistant principal and homeroom teachers officiated a cake-cutting ceremony, which was greeted with rapturous applause. 

 

Our College’s history embarked on the arrival of six pioneers from Venice, Italy in April 1860.  Commissioned by Mother Grassi, these devoted Italian sisters overcame dangers on the sea, exhaustion of a 2-month voyage, homesickness, frailty and above all, culture shock and language barrier.

On 30 April 2015, Rev Father Timothy, together with Rev Father Alejandro and Rev Father Francis, conducted a Eucharistic Celebration at the College Hall. In the Mass that celebrates 155 years of reaching beyond, we praised God for given Sacred Heart Canossian College so many fruitful years. In hymns and prayers, we expressed our gratitude for His calling us to be His ambassadors of Love among our brothers and sisters.  We also asked Him to continue His guidance in our Mission of Love.  Our student representatives took turn to offer at the altar flowers with prayers written in class. The Hall was filled with respectable Canossian sisters, guests from the Alumnae Association, the Parent-Teacher Association, the IMC and composed students and teachers.

Following the Thanksgiving Mass, we proceeded to the balloon-tiered stage at the playground. Sr Agnes, our School Superviser, led the toast in the midst of thunderous applause from the audience, each waving one’s own castanets.  Flocked with students, teachers and special guests in their smart attire, the playground was turned into an alfresco reception area, with colourful balloons, a decent anniversary birthday cake and sparkling drinks for the birthday garden party.

Sr Agnes aside, the ceremonial party constituted Sr Maria Hsu, our former principal, Sr Veronica, our current principal, Ms Catherine Wong, Mr Ignatius Chow, Mr David Hung, IMC managers, Ms Fiona Chan, Chairperson of our Alumnae Association and Ms Winnie Yu, Chairperson of the Parent-Teacher Association, the celebrants of the Thanksgiving Mass, as well as Miss Florence Kwok and Ms Lam Mei Yi, our Vice Principals and Ms Priscilla Kwok, our Assistant Principal.

On 8 May student representatives, the school choir, past students and former and current teachers and staff of Sacred Heart Canossian College assembled at Canossian Missions on Caine Road, attending the Canossian sisters’ evening prayers.   In the chapel at Caine Road, the congregation said prayers of praise and thanksgiving, rejoicing the 155th years of God’s blessings on Canossian Missions and our School.  During the prayer service, a past student shared stories about the impact of Canossian education and service on local families.  The even songs and prayers engraved in congregation’s hearts the zeal in making Jesus known and loved, the dedication of each and every Canossian sister, and the humility of their untiring service in Hong Kong.

 

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