Congratulations to Prof Rosie Young, the recipient of this year’s Grand Bauhinia Medal for her life-long, and highly significant contributions to public health service and to educational reforms in Hong Kong. Prof Young is an exemplary Sacred Heartist.

In her address on this auspicious occasion, Prof Young borrowed Thomas More’s vision of education: to create virtuous persons and citizens, as they are responsible for attaining a flourishing human community. Known for her passion for improving healthcare and education opportunities for the haves and the have-nots, Prof Young urges the graduates to pursue higher goals of making advances in science, engineering and technology possible, for our neighbouring countries are getting ahead of us in the realm of science and technology developments. Having said so, she cautions that advances alone is not enough. The eminent professor advised the graduates to remember that the excellent moral education they have received from Sacred Heart Canossian College will guide them wherever they go. She added that there are ample opportunities to improve themselves academically or in other areas if they look for them.

In response to the advice, Yammy Yung, our Head Girl, expressed her gratitude on behalf of this year’s graduates. She recalled the ample opportunities of applying knowledge and skills through projects, school activities, international competitions, overseas service trips, talks given by distinguished humanity advocates, support from Sr Agnes, Sr Veronica, the vice-principals, the assistant principal, dedicated teachers, technicians and the janitor, love from parents, not to mention recognition from donors, patrons and friends of the College. Yammy found companions in the six years of education in Sacred Heart especially precious to them. All these have prepared them for being young women of integrity and versatility with some global awareness.

This year’s ceremonial party constitutes Prof Rosie Young, who addressed the audience, Ms Lusan Hung, the Chairlady of our Alumnae Association, Ms Carrie Chan, and the Vice-Chairlady of our Parent-Teacher Association, Father Flavien, Sr Agnes and Sr Veronica. The College hall was filled with parents who shared the joy of scholarship recipients and accomplished talents.

Our school has joined a German language programme "Schools: Partner for the Future" since 2009. Scholarships are granted by Goethe Institut Hong Kong to the outstanding students for a 3-week course in Germany and a standard course for teenagers at the Goethe-Institut Hong Kong. Ms Simone Voigt, the Deputy Director, Head of Language Department of Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, presented the awards to two outstanding German class students.

Followed the presentation of certificates and prizes, there was a Korean dance that celebrated the vitality of youth. The SHCC School Dance Team gave a splendid performance in the midst of clapper beats. The long dresses twirled in the wind while the young faces glowed on stage with light feet.

The School Choir dedicated a D.E. Wagner’s song, And wherever you go, to wish the graduates all the best in their endeavours. The evening was drawn to a close in the lyrical song and then a solemn school song.

Speech by Guest of Honour, Professor Rosie Young GBM JP

To recognise the achievements of our students and inspire others to excel, our college reserves the last school day for a student achievement prize-giving ceremony. Mr Kelvin Lee, the Chairperson of PTA, Ms Lusan Hung, the Chairlady of our Alumnae Association, Sr Agnes, Sr veronica, Ms Lam Mei Yi, Miss Florence Kwok and Ms Priscilla Kwok presented prizes to students with distinguished performance.

On this special occasion, Sr Agnes, our School Superviser, addressed the school with the theme of this year, Learning with Passion ; Living with Integrity.  On the notion of passion for learning, Sr Agnes reminds us that the passion is not just about a spark but a quest for knowledge and a drive to grow. She encourages us to nurture a genuine sense of curiosity, an open mind to new experiences, a readiness to undertake discovery and an ambition not to conform but to develop what is yet untapped. On another notion of integrity, our School Superviser underlines the importance of telling the truth and let every area of our life be governed by the Truth. She explains that integrity is about consistency: whether our private life is consistent with our public life. She enlightens us that humility allows us to face who we really are and gives us courage to admit our problems and learn from our mistakes. To be a person of integrity is further about inter-personal relationships: whether we treat people with equity. 

On this prize-giving ceremony, we have a total of 600 prizes to be presented to our students. There are a good range of honours: scholarships, awards for academic achievements, character development, school services, external scholarships and awards, trophies for good performance in language arts and drama, dance, music, visual art, sports, STEM, and business and entrepreneurship. Hopefully, these tangible awards will serve as an expression of approval and motivate more students to follow suit. 

The approach of this year’s inter-house drama competition is short story adaptation. Our six houses adapted their own plays from six short stories, namely, Anton Chekhov’s The Bet, Guy de Maupassant’s The Necklace, Leo Tolstoy’s Three questions, Katherine Mansfield’s The Garden Party, Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery and O Henry’s The Gift of the Magi. Most of them were set in the Great Depression (1930s) in the States with concern for humanity.

Our adjudicators, Ms Carson, a frontline actress and drama teacher, Mr Lau, a drama educator, were impressed by our schoolmates’ involvement in producing a play in merely few weeks, their attempts in script-writing and directing their peers for a stage performance. There was no doubt that the success was sheer team work. The collaborative effort between the backstage, set and props team and the actors was remarkable.

Ms Carson and Mr Lau decided the winning teams according to their effectiveness in directing, acting, stage effect and teamwork. Members of House of Keller, House of Curie, House of Teresa, House of Nightingale, House of Pankhurst and House of Bronte unleashed their potential in stage production during the course of preparation. The project gave them an opportunity to interpret a literary text, write their own scripts, do their own casting, form their own backstage teams, set and props teams and direct their own plays.

Ultimately, the best directing award and the best team work award both went to Pankhurst, the best stage effect went to Curie, the best actresses came from the strict landlady of Bronte, the soul-searching king from Teresa, in addition to the conceited   mother from Nightingale. There were two second runners-up: House of Pankhurst with The Lottery and House of Curie with The Necklace. House of Teresa became the champion of this year’s inter-house drama competition with their adaptation from a renowned Russian writer, Tolstoy’s Three Questions, a short story released in 1885 that offers profound insights into what men live by.

Congratulations to the six houses, Miss Clara Ho, Miss Linda Yip, the school Backstage Team, the Campus TV, the school photographers for making this event a fruitful one.

On 3 July, S1 and S2 put on carefully choreographed Chinese dances with the guidance of S3 experienced dance club members. The audience was fed with colourful shades of movements and captivating costumes. Part of competition was about headwear designs, and video production about behind-the-scene process. This way, students of different talents would be able to play a part in the class-based activity.

In the Open section, many senior forms students collaborated to express their messages through sophisticated physical movements and insightful use of space and stage.

This year, it is our pleasure to have Ms Luk Yan Mei, our alumna, our teacher, accomplished dancer and adjudicator of Hong Kong Schools Dance Festival. The inter-class dance competition aims at far more than expressions of beauty with aesthetic skills. According to Ms Luk, it is essentially an invitation for us to deepen our understanding of Chinese livelihood yet to be unearthed in the vast landscape with people of different religions, customs, languages and trades.

In the prize-giving part, Ms Luk, Sr Veronica, Ms Priscilla Kwok, Miss So Wing See and Miss Janet Wu presented prizes to winning classes and outstanding groups from the open section. Apart from Chinese dances marvelling at beauty of nature, some competing pieces had ecstasy about rainfall, blissful gatherings, fighting for shoes, or struggles for independence as their themes.

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