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On 7th December, 22 Ambassadors of Learning (AOL) from S4 and S5 embarked on a journey of global experience with their trip to Crossroads Global Village in Tuen Mun.

The first session of this programme aimed to involving students in making paper bags out of newspaper and homemade glue.  Students had to earn enough from their own handiwork to pay for rent, and expenses on food, sanitation, medical and education. Those who failed ended up in the hands of a loan shark. This game threw the students into the hopelessness and intricacy of the poverty web.

Another highlight of this programme was having a taste of food of the slum. The students scooped watery food into their mouths with their bare hands. They became more familiar with what it is like to be the deprived.

The last session of the program was AIDS X-perience, which let students see the problems and effects of AIDS from four different people’s perspectives through listening to their stories.

The Global X-perience Day refreshed the AOLs’ understanding of thorny global issues, for example, the problems of poverty and AIDS. More importantly, it made the AOLs realise that everyone can do something to break the cycle of poverty.

For there will never be a time when there are no poor in the land; and so I give orders to you, Let your hand be open to your countrymen, to those who are poor and in need in your land.

Deuteronomy 15:11

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On 10 December Rev. Alex sent S4 classes to various parts of Hong Kong after prayer.  The theme of this year’s service project is respect and compassion.

In the previous months, students have gone through spiritual formation sessions, as well as workshops launched by Learning by Doing Centre on the essence of volunteering.

From scratch, each class formed their own executive committees with a view to set goal, formulate plan, brainstorm activities, source material essential for making the service groups happy. Some groups played hockey with the children, others took them around for Chinese tea, gave them a birthday party, helped them with their English, or making of Santa Claus hats.

The RME Department has taken pains to coordinate the annual project.  A number of local charities generously offered our students a chance to reach out to their members: Hong Kong Federation of the Blind, Neighbourhood Advice-Action Council, Hong Kong Rehabilitation A & E Association Ltd. and Salvation Army.

While our brief visit to them on Saturday could hardly change their life for the better, it was a valuable experience for our self-sufficient teenagers to interact with the less accessible at their tender age.

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted." Aesop

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Elite Mok, Fiona Yiu, Helen Yiu & Eunice Mok shared the top honour of individual championship in Grades A, B & C at Wan Chai Sportsground on 6 December.  Three new records were made: a Discus A Grade by Man Ka Yi in 6C, a Javelin B Grade by Ching Nok Yee from 3D, and a 4X400m B Grade by House of Keller.

Athletes from the six houses competed from morning till late afternoon in a range of track and field events: high jump, long jump, shot put, 100m hurdles, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1500m, relays and the like.

Miss Gigi Law Bik Chi, the first female soccer adjudicator in Hong Kong, spoke of the value of cultivating perseverance, courage to face setbacks, and determination at the prize-giving ceremony.  Mrs June Ching, Vice-chairman of PTA arrived at the sportsground early and witnessed how the six houses cheered for their teams and how athletes proved themselves on the track and field.  Ms Teresina Chan, Chairman of AA, Sr. Agnes, the College Supervisor, and Sr. Veronica, the Principal, presented the medals and cups to distinguished sportsmen of the day.

House of Pankhurst was crowned the overall house champion. In another eye-catching event, Teacher-student 4X100 m relay gave rise to equally incredible results.  Ms Zoe Chan’s team, Mr Tim Tsang & Mr Ted Chow’s team, together with Miss Laura Lai’s team won the laurel wreaths.

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The Student Librarian Association has created a unique opportunity for engaging youngsters in expressing their likes and dislikes at their fingertips, literally. The LIKE event, which kicked off last month, has made it possible for Sacred Heartists to browse through some recommended titles, mostly fiction for teenagers and click  their favourite ones.

At present, the most popular ones are Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, Danny Collins’ Vanished - The truth about the disappearance of Madelenie McCaan,  Anthony Horowwitz’s Ark Angell, as well as Alyson Noel’s Evermore.

For more details, please browse http://www.shcc.edu.hk/~library/activity.php

Let’s cast our votes.

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