The School was presented with the South China Morning Post Student of the Year – ‘Special Award for Most Nurturing Environment’ in recognition of the endeavour of our Principal, teachers and staff to nurture the spirit of charity in humility and involve Sacred Heartists in local and global community services.

The Award, offered by the South China Morning Post and sponsored by The Hong Kong Jockey Club, acknowledges a school that has provided the support and encouragement to help students with various talents unleash their potential and excel, paving the way to their further studies or careers and opening up new possibilities for young people about their future.

Our School was selected by the Award advisory board members as the winning school for our efforts in emphasising the virtue of charity in humility and encouraging students to understand how their development of talents, qualities and skills go hand in hand with the growth in the spirit of service. The service programmes in which students participate at school allow them to grow from participants to organisers of service projects; to take service for the needy from local to global contexts; and to make them see service as a lifelong commitment.

The Careers and Further Studies Team scheduled the first live-streamed Careers Expo on 6 March for all S5 students of our college. The online programme aimed to offer S5 students an opportunity to meet established professionals for consultation about preparations for the future. Sr Veronica, Miss Florence Kwok and Ms Lusan Hung, our keynote speaker inaugurated the opening ceremony. Our Principal made a point about equipping oneself with informed choices and cultivating qualities to respond to challenges.

This year, we were delighted to have thirteen esteemed alumni, who volunteered to share their workplace experiences after the keynote speech. They are Ms Susanna Chiu, Ms Lusan Hung, Ms Joanne Lau, Ms Michelle Wan, Ms Rita Ho, Ms Louisa Lee, Ms Judy Chung, Ms Josephine Tjia, Ms Betty Lau, Ms Angela Fung, Ms Mary Lau, Ms Sophie Lee and Ms Amy Siu. Each of them offered insights into their own specialised fields: from accounting, banking, corporate communications, dentistry, human resources, legal consultation, marketing, media, NGO management, speech therapy to university administration.

Among them, the keynote speaker, Ms Lusan Hung, Chairman, SHCCAA, was one of the few representatives of accomplished leaders in her own field. The director leads a financial and management consulting firm. In her keynote speech, Ms Hung expounded on the value of self-understanding, choices of employment and factors affecting where we should work. She underlined the importance of being reflective of our limitations in personality, being prepared for all kinds of restrictions when considering an overseas offer, being aware of the risks of different types of employment, and being realistic about our expectations. Above all, Ms Hung suggested that graduates need to nurture a sense of commitment to one’s obligation, be it a laborious undertaking in a school service project, a humble role in an eatery or a factory, or a humdrum assignment in an office.

On 22 December, we live-streamed our celebration via our electronic campus platform.  In the first part of the celebration, we listened to a captivating song, Linked with Adversity 《逆境相連》. According to Dr Anthony Cheng, the composer and Dr Vansie Kwok, the lyricist, the song is dedicated to everyone affected and suffered in the fight against COVID-19.

Miss Renie Sinn and the two guest speakers brought to mind the power of music and the passion to serve each other. We realised that love in action, be it a creative act of song production or a word of encouragement, is one of the best cures in the bleak circumstances.

In the second part, we read Apostle Paul’s teaching on love in 1 Corinthians: 13: 4-8, 13.  The theme of putting love in action is further made clear. We prayed for refreshing our mind with renewed joy and peace that no one but Jesus can give. We prayed for renewed faith that He never forsakes us. We prayed for bettering our relationship with God and others.

In the past few years, many Sacred Heartists continued committing themselves to visiting the elderly home and spending time listening to them. Some members of the religious groups scheduled regular tutorials to support the learning of children in the neighbourhood. Some S4 classes arranged crafts workshops to engage  the mentally-challenged. Some alumna came  up with the idea of producing mask folders and sent them to the community centre in Aberdeen. The snapshots of what our students have done in the past gave us a touch of warmth.  It is more than singalong, chatting or games.  The small acts of visit have sent a clear message that they are not forgotten.

In a sense, the pandemic has simplified our lives, turned our mind to ask what we really care about and how we could possibly share what we have.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13: 34-35

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all of you a peaceful Christmas and a happy 2021 filled with God's abundant blessings!

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