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La Vetrina, the Official Opening Ceremony of Charity Fung Auditorium cum Performance Showcase, brought home our generous benefactors, fundraisers, members of the School Development Project Committee, Canossian Sisters, Heads of Sacred Heart Canossian Schools and Sacred Heart Canossian Kindergarten, helpful alumnae, parents and many more distinguished guests.

Sr Marie Remedios, Chairperson of the School Development Project Committee, gave a heartfelt opening speech to extend our gratitude for the generosity of Dr Victor Fung, Dr William Fung and the Fung family, and many more benefactors of the 150th Anniversary Project.

Mr K M Wong, BBS, JP, Representative of the Fung family, Sr Cynthia, Sr Marie, Professor Rosie Young, Mrs Rose Chan, Sr Agnes and Sr Veronica officially opened our new auditorium with a simple act of adornment of a tree, symbolic of the fruit of Sacred Heart’s 150 years of dedication to education.

Sr. Cynthia Chen, the Provincial Superior of Canossian Missions, presented souvenirs to the project's Honourary Advisors, our School Development Project Committee members, representatives of Alumnae Association as well as those from Parent-Teacher Association.

On behalf of all students, Calysta Yan, our Head Girl, gave a vote of thanks, followed by a succession of one-of-a-kind aesthetic performances.

We had the pleasure of sharing the accomplishments of our students in arts and performing arts with the guests: 送嫁 (苗族), a group dance receiving the Highly Commended Awards in the 49th Schools Dance Festival; harp recital of Jacqueline Lo from S2F; Xiangsheng of Joelle Li and Jocunda Yung from S4; Antigone, a drama performance of S2 students; solo verse speaking in English by Joyce Yiu from S5; 游閑郎, a Korean dance; 綠野by Chinese Instrumental Ensemble; choral speaking on Dragon Boat Races by S1B; and A Cappella performance on Chili con carne by Senior Choir. The programmes aim to inform our guests of our commitment to develop aesthetics capacity.

One would not leave without a treat to the gorgeous pieces of paintings, sculpture and artwork in the playground completed by students in their Art lessons in recent years.

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To raise funds for next year’s S5 Extended Learning Week, our Student Council and the Parent-Teacher Association jointly coordinated this year’s Vintage, a student-led fun fair.

Ms Amy Yuen, Chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association, Ms Teresina Chan, Chairman of the Alumnae Association, Sr Veronica, the Principal, Miss Florence Kwok, the Vice-Principal, Ms Priscilla Kwok, Assistant Principal, Ms Yoshie Lee, Miss Mandy Cheung and Mr David Hung, Salvia’s advisers turned the time machine and kick-started the fair.  The visitors were first treated to a pleasant surprise, a parade of representatives from the Six Houses, clad in colourful clothing of the 70s.

On its 5th year, such a fun fair has become a tradition in Sacred Heart Canossian College.  The annual event involved the parents, past students, student volunteers from different classes, Houses, clubs, uniform groups, and teaching departments in giving visitors a good time.  Student bodies collaborated to run game booths: quizzes, matching, tongue twisters, jigsaw puzzles, hand- painting, card-making, photo-taking, sale of souvenirs, sugary and savoury snacks.  There were guest performances, live shows, dances, lucky draws, and dedication of songs through the PA system.

The orgnising committee of Vintage would like participants to undertake different duties, polish their leadership, reflect what they have learnt from the past, as well as think about what they would leave the next generation.

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Our Christmas Programme puts a note on our personal relationship with God, a subject that challenges our deep-seated taken-for-granted religious life.

Through Bible reading from the familiar Books of the Gospel on the birth of Christ the Messiah, hymns, video clips by the late Jacqueline Law, Nick Vujicic the man without limbs and the live sharing of Miss Susanne Ho, the Host of Call Me Gaga at RTHK, a dynamic Catholic Disc Jockey, teachers and students were engaged in a thorough reflection of how often we are in touch with the Messiah who was born for us 2012 years ago.

Faith, prayer and love are essential to life. So did John Pope II cling his entire life to ever since he answered the calling from God. The Pope was not alone – his fellow Polish countrymen and even a handful of Communist-appointed militants and a spy had their life changed completely in God through Pope John II’s unyielding intercessions for them. The film drenched us to the passion of a prayerful life.

Let us turn to Him this Christmas and spend time contemplating how close we are to Christ Jesus, as well as what this means to us today, tomorrow and in the whole future of our life.

But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Saviour has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”

Luke 2: 10-12

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The Most Improved Students from Secondary One to Six received their certificates from the Principal, Sr Veronica on 21 December at the College Hall.  The austere arrangement was made to express the School’s recognition of the consistent effort these awardees have made the previous year.  Congratulations to you!

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