The Head Girl Core Team, a student-elect and teacher-confirmed student body, is responsible for giving the school advice on school policies and measures.  This year, Yammy Yung has been appointed the Head Girl of the year.  In her speech, the versatile student leader expressed her gratitude for the recognition.  She put emphasis on the significance of joint effort. The Head Girl encouraged student leaders to take the initiative to implement the school theme, Learning with passion, Living with integrity. She further explicated growth in knowledge, maturity in moral values, development of talent and unleashing of one’s potential. In terms of integrity, Yammy related sound moral decisions with peer support.

On the auspicious occasion, we witnessed the installation of a number of student leaders: The Student Council-elect, Coalesce, the Head Prefect-elect and the deputies, the House Captains and their Deputies, the Head and the Deputies of Guidance Sisters, Career Prefects, Student Librarians, IT Prefects, Green Prefects, Ambassadors of Learning, Community Service Ambassadors, and class prefects.

The Visual Art Team, Art Club and school artists produced a video, which captured the process of making of a academic- year- theme-based backdrop for us. It has its inspiration from The Birth of Venus, a Sandro Botticelli masterpiece. The backdrop involved a multitude of thoughts, imagination, sketches, craftsmanship and labour. It is hoped that the project becomes a reminder for everyone that our College aims at grooming all-round youngsters who work with resilience.

‘Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.’

 

Vincent Van Gogh

To mark the commencement of this school year, Sr Ursula led an opening prayer offering ourselves in the care of God, the Creator and guidance. Sr Agnes, the School Superviser, greeted everyone with a blissful speech on gratitude, vitality of life and hope for another year of learning and growth.

Sr Veronica, the School Principal, introduced the new teachers, welcomed the S1 newcomers and everyone, as well as spoke of the school theme and major concerns. Shared the fundamentals of Catholic core values: life, family, love, truth, justice and Canossian humility, our College aims to achieve Learning with passion Living with integrity. In her welcome note to the audience, Sr Veronica put emphasis on the importance of formation of the heart.  She enunciated that it is important that we live what we proclaim, making an effort to respond to the challenges of the century with Catholic values, Canossian insights and readiness to connect with the world through sharing of our gifts and talents. The Principal added that it is necessary to find a purpose to learn, reflect on one’s learning and develop one’s sense of curiosity and perseverance during the pursuit. In terms of real integrity, Sr Veronica made a point that we have to reflect on events that we have been through and make better choices every now and then.

The Head Girl Core Group introduced thoughts of the designs of our Student Companion.  The designers aimed to invite schoolmates to establish healthy habits, deepen self-understanding and review one’s progress of work through the planner covers and activities. There is a full range of eye-opening landscapes, metaphoric images and thought-provoking ideas in the planner this year.

Followed the ceremony, two German language students introduced a new guest, PASCHi from Germany. It is part of a German-learning project, in which our school’s German language learners visit different classes with PASCHi and teach us some German phrases.

Miss Florence Kwok, the vice-principal, Miss Clara Ho and Mr Mo gave reminders and updates on scholarships, student assistance schemes, clubs and activities, timetable and discipline matters respectively. We sang our school song before the end of the official reopening ceremony.

It is never an easy task to be first-time students in a secondary school. One of the hurdles to leap over is for them to get used to the all-English environment and master new subjects. To ensure a smooth transition and enrich their summer holiday, we have tailor-made a summer bridging course to give our pre-S1 students a glimpse of secondary school life.

Throughout the ten-day programme, students had lessons on various subjects, allowing them to explore topics in Life and Society, Drama, Dance and many more. Not only did they get used to the new teaching style and the use of English in lessons, they also made friends with the new schoolmates. It took immense courage to free themselves out of their comfort zones and demonstrated enthusiasm inside and outside the classroom.

The drama performance surely marked a perfect end to the orientation. The students rewrote the ending of Hansel and Gretel with creativity and performed their own adaptation on stage. Each class showcased their talents in script-writing, props-making, acting and stage management. During the preparation, they learnt how to cooperate and communicate with one another. The experience also empowered them to take an initiative to find their own answers to questions, in addition to giving them a great sense of satisfaction and valuable friendship.

We wish our newcomers the best of luck in the future!

On 157th Prize-giving Day, we had Mrs. Connie Lau as our guest of honour. Mrs Lau is currently a fellow member in the Association of Chartered Accountants and the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She started her professional career with KPMG and later moved on to be the controller in a private group of companies. Mrs Lau also shows dedication to the nurturing of students. Apart from having served as the Vice-chairlady and subsequently Chairlady of the Parent-teacher Association, she has also been serving as our independent School Manager, offering advice and suggestions for the betterment of the school. Besides, she also serves as the secretary and executive committee member of LPD Educational Foundation Ltd, a charity organization that provides life education to students, supporting them in their learning and personal development.

Mrs Lau recalled her childhood struggles with a positive attitude. Despite earning her own living at a young age, Mrs Lau gave her best in every single assignment given to her. She worked her way up from the junior position, worked overtime, solved problems with her colleagues for the clients, observed ethics and maintained integrity, prepared for demanding professional examinations and lent a hand as far as she could. She is truly a role model of diligence, perseverance and positivity for us.

Apart from Mrs Lau, we had Sr Agnes, our School Supervisor, Sr Veronica, our Principal, Miss Florence Kwok and Ms Lam Mei Yee, our Vice-principals, Ms Priscilla Kwok, our Assistant Principal, Ms Fiona Chan, the Chairlady of the Alumnae Association and Mr Kelvin Lee, the Chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association to officiate at the ceremony. Parents of awardees and prize recipients also shared the joy and honour of their children’s accomplishments.

On this end-of-year occasion, the school would like to recognise the achievements of students in service, academic pursuit, speech, music and drama festivals, prizes from orienteering to tai chi, from design and calligraphy to creative use of technologies, from track events to field events, from swimming to diving, from creative writers to avid readers, from being Christian witnesses and uniform group members to committed office bearers who serve on different teams. We look forward to seeing more unique talents among our students.

Speech by Guest of Honour, Mrs Connie Lau.

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