On 6 July, our S6 and F7 graduates received their certificates from Ms Barbara Mok, a distinguished alumna, Partner of Minter Ellison Lawyers, one of the leading law firms.
On this auspicious occasion, Ms Mok imparted on the subject of respect for differences. The established legal consultant took great lengths to refresh our memory of the atrocities humans have committed since early days of our history. She pointed out how essential it is to examine our intolerance and prejudice against people of different races, religions, health conditions, sexual inclinations, colours, age groups and political agenda. There is no excuse for us to commit even a hint of rudeness if we wish to recreate a city of acceptance.
The scholarship recipients and prize winners in the audience came up to the stage to receive their trophies and awards one-by-one, attracting snapshots from their parents and thrills from their friends. Everyone celebrated their zeal for developing their talents.
Among the distinguished guests who attended the event to share the joy with the achievers were Sr Agnes Law, our Supervisor, Ms Teresina Chan, the Chairman of Alumnae Association, Ms Amy Yuen, Chairlady of the Parent-Teacher Association, Mrs Connie Lau, School Manager, and Ms Ho Pui King, Senior School Development Officer from the Education Bureau. Mr Jens Rösler, Deputy Director Head of Language Department, Goethe Institut Hong Kong presented scholarships to three outstanding students doing German in school.
An the end, our School Dance Group and SHCC String Orchestra gave us a vibrant finale with colourful shades of pink and notes of music.
Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil. C.S.Lewis
On the Thanksgiving Mass, we gathered in the Hall to recall the blessings bestowed on us from God. S6 graduates took part in the last Eucharist at school in unity with teachers and other schoolmates.
Rev Andrew Fung, our Celebrant, shed light on our role as Christian: being the light and salt of the world with Jesus’ down-to-earth imagery for the fishermen, his disciples in Matthew 5:13-16.
He further elaborated on the significance of getting transformed in the mind by reflecting on God’s Word day by day: ‘Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is v-pills good and is pleasing to him and is perfect’. (Romans: 12:2). But for Rev Fung’s teaching, we would not have realised how easy it is for us to resort to the standards of our society and compromise with it.
After the Eucharist, our graduates offered a symbolic painting of a plane taking off against the silky blue sky. In return, Sr Veronica, our Principal, sent everyone a small key chain symbolic of keeping our hearts in Jesus and bearing in mind His redemptive love for us.
Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts. Proverbs 4:23
After the Mass, S6 students collaborated to express their gratitude cialis to their teachers and the school for giving them a wonderful time in the last six years in Sacred Heart.
On 8 May we hoisted the Canossian Missions flag and the College flag in commemoration of the zeal of St Magdalene of Canossa, the foundress of Canossian Daughters of Charity, who established the religious community in Verona in Italy on 8 May 1808.
The programme is a diverse one with a liturgical dance about the life of St Magdalene, whose spirit of charity and evangelisation has an impact on hundreds and thousands of street kids, be they girls or boys, the sick, the bed-ridden, the elderly and lay Canossians who pray, visit and devote themselves to making others’ lives a different one.
In addition to intercession for our spiritual growth and social needs, there were special quizzes between storytelling of the life of our Foundress. After that, there was a sharing from our guest, Sr Alice Leung on how she became a Canossian sister. In Sr Alice’s words, the relationship with GOD calls her into giving up herself and walking with Jesus in humility through charity.
This Thursday, the Catholic Society and teachers collaborated to prepare a special programme on Hope for us. It is a moving one with reflective Bible reading, dance, videos and a short speech of Rev. Franco Mella (PIME).
The programme first recaptured a scene of mockery with Jesus being dressed up in purple robe and a crown of thorns, being smitten on the head with a reed, spit upon, mocked, teased and at last, crucified. Dancers gave us a visual representation of how impossible we would become who we are without the strength from the Risen LORD, who overcame the haunt of rejection, denial, betrayal, abuse, curse, even to the point of death. With You Raise me Up as the background music, the dancers burst with hope for a new identity of confirmation. Each one stood up and stretched out and faced their life circumstances in resumed courage.
Rev. Franco Mella (PIME), our enthusiastic guest speaker, presented songs on doing justice to the deprived in society, namely the domestic helpers from overseas, the Mainland mothers and the deserted elderly in town.What are you going to celebrate Easter with? How much effort are you ready to pay to build a just, caring and peace-loving place? Let’s start with the neighbours on the streets and on public transport.