Estantia, our out-going Student Council 13-14, has given the audience a succinct review of their last year’s undertakings: club promotion day, dress casual day, letter-writing memento, inter-class photo competition, funfair 2014, Sacred Heartist Got Talent, and joint-school leadership training summit in summer, to name but a few.

Candentia, our proposed Student Council, pledged that they would excel in blaze, an imagery of a phoenix, during their introduction to their voters on Monday.  There is a strong continuity between their proposed student events and those of last year. The keen members share the spirit of serving in humility and a capacity to lead with example.

Upon hearing the introduction, some students in the audience just couldn’t wait to express their concerns for budget control, use of Democracy Wall, as well as the allocation of activities between April and June.

Followed the forum, the Prefects’ Board took up the stage to present their 3 candidates for the prestigious posts of Head Prefect and Deputy Head Prefects. They are Phoebe Chan, Eunice Man and Eunice Ng. Time and time again the experienced prefects were well–prepared for concerns from the audience. They gave sound reasons for rules and practice. They also responded to the challenging questions from Ms Elizabeth Choy and student representative.

The election took place Wednesday in the Home period. We shall soon be informed of our next group of aspiring leaders.

Feeling nervous and excited at the same time, our pre-S1 students joined the Summer Bridging Course and savoured the first taste of being a student at Sacred Heart Canossian College.

In these ten days, they had basked in the fun of trying out different things: from Kung Fu to Drama and from Life and Society to Science. These lessons aimed to give them an introduction to different subjects and hopefully aroused their interest in learning. Besides lessons conducted by the tutors, they also had English lessons, which equipped them with the skills to learn different subjects in English.

The drama presentation was definitely the highlight of the course. Each class performed a revised short scene based on the story of the Little Red Riding Hood in our auditorium. They started from script-writing, props-making to rehearsing and acting. Through this experience, students learnt how to collaborate with each other and with tutors.

With brand new experiences and new faces met during the course of study, the students remarked that they had a lot of fun. Although the Bridging Course has come to an end, it is just the beginning of the challenging and exciting journey at Sacred Heart. Let us wish them a very fruitful school life here!

Ms Elaine Chow, an alumna and Chief Creative Officer of the Next Media Group, attended this year’s Prize-presentation Ceremony as our guest of honour. The celebrated media hotshot is known for her innovation and motivation to explore. She has ample experience in advertising and publicity, having worked in several leading advertising agencies in the field.  She was invited to speak in the prestigious TedxKowloon 2013, an established global conference with as many as 1700 talks on different subjects such as technology, entertainment and design.

To her mind, Steve Jobs has inspired the 21st Century people with his drive for perfection. Ms Chow shared with us Jobs’ much-quoted phrase, ‘stay hungry, stay foolish’, a catchphrase that Steve Jobs used to encourage the graduates of Stanford University in 2005 not to settle. Likewise, Ms Chow reminded Sacred Heartists of the importance of chasing their dreams and living life to the full.

The ceremony witnessed the zeal of many an achiever, be they top students of the class, leading students of the subject, prize-winners of different competitions and projects, students rendering service at school, or students with impressive spiritual development and reading incentive.

Besides Ms Chow, Sr Agnes Law, School Supervisor, Sr Veronica Fok, School Principal, Miss Florence Kwok, Vice-Principal as well as Ms Priscilla Kwok, Assistant Principal presented prizes to the outstanding students.

After the ceremony, the Student Council arranged a simple farewell session to express their appreciation of four leaving teachers, Ms Annie Cheung, Miss Ivy Lee, Ms Margaret Tsang and Ms Krissy Lam. Ms June Lau, the Vice- Chairlady of PTA, presented the teachers a token of thanks, followed by Peony Chiu, our Student Council President. We wish these teachers good health and happiness.

Speech by Guest of Honour, Ms Elaine Chow.

Ms Angela Lee, our guest of honour, Ms Fiona Chan, Chairlady of Alumnae Association, Ms Winnie Yu, Chairlady of the Parent-Teacher Association, Dr Agnes Lai, School Manager, Sr Agnes Law, School Supervisor, Sr Veronica Fok, School Principal, as well as Ms Cynthia Chan, Chief School Development Officer from the EDB officiated at this year’s Graduation Day, 2014.

Ms Angela Lee, one of the distinguished alumnae, was the first female international partner of the Hong Kong office of Baker & McKenzie.  She was appointed Justice of the Peace by the Chief Executive in 2003 and received a Bronze Bauhinia Star from the Hong Kong SAR Government in 2007. Ms Lee is also a China Appointed Attesting Officer and a Council Member of the Hong Kong Law Society.

In Ms Lee’s address to the graduates, she gave a forceful message on the importance of being sober about one’s shortcomings.  Speaking of the anxiety some graduates have about the release of DSE results, Ms Lee encouraged them with the fact that there are 365 times the idea, ‘Do not fear’, appears in the Holy Bible. In other words, God has promised us that He is with us and there is not the slightest reason why we should be anxious if we turn to Him.

On the auspicious occasion, Mr Jens Rösler, Deputy Director Head of Language Department, Goethe Institut Hong Kong, presented two scholarships to outstanding German learners of the year, offering them a trip to Korea to enhance their use of German.  The scholarships were among the many more prizes given in the evening.

Parents and guests also witnessed the achievements of our students in a wide range of inter-school and territory-wide competitions and projects.

Our Head Girl, May Zeng, gave a vote of thanks to the School and parents for nurturing them into young ladies with courage of a lion, perseverance of a camel and curiosity of a child.

Speech by Guest of Honour, Ms Angela Lee.

 

 

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