It was our pleasure to have Ms Rose Lee JP, our guest of honour, Ms Fiona Chan, the Chairlady of our Alumnae Association, Mr Kelvin Lee, the Chairman of Parent-Teacher Association, Sr Virginia, our School Manager and Sr Agnes, our School Supervisor in attendance at our 157th Graduation Ceremony on 6 July.

In the Principal’s Report, Sr Veronica gave us a comprehensive review of how Sacred Heartists develop their curiosity, further explore life and deepen their understanding of core values of the school: charity, family, truth, justice and humility.

With the collaborative efforts of Life Education Team and Catholic Society, students have reflected on major issues, such as green life, poverty and justice and understand social issues from different perspectives. To engage students in exploring life further, the school have invited inspirational guest speakers who widened teenagers’ vision of life. The career expo and year-round job shadowing programmes, annual extended learning week in November and territory-wide STEM and ICT projects have offered students of different aspirations the opportunities to develop themselves. Our school is gearing up for a three-year development plan on eLearning with the installation of Wi-Fi facilities and staff training on use of eApps. It is hoped that these initiatives would empower students to become motivated and self-directed learners with an enquiry mind.

This year, we are delighted to have Ms Rose Lee JP, a distinguished alumna to address the school. Ms Lee has served on executive positions in the HSBC Group and Hang Seng Bank as Vice- Chairman and Chief Executive, as well as being Deputy Chairman and executive committee of The Community Chest, member of advisory committee for New College of The University of Hong Kong and that of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, to name but a few.

In her speech, Ms Lee offered insights into planning one’s pathway. She gave graduates five building blocks as suggestions: set a clear goal by knowing oneself and one’s strengths, set the highest standard of integrity, make decisions based on the good ethics instilled in Sacred Heartists, be enterprising as far as possible, maintain a global perspective and finally, develop interpersonal skills because the world is moving on with increasing collaboration between parties of different opinions. After all, Ms Lee urged us to think more than our professional interests but betterment of humanity conditions and well-being.

Faustina Wong, our Head Girl, gave a vote of thanks to the parents, Sr Agnes, Sr Veronica, and the teaching staff in the past six years for their efforts. She recalled educational experiences that balance formation of the heart with pursuit of academic and aesthetic excellence. She said that graduates have benefited from transformations through ample learning experiences that help them embrace diversity and international exposure.

On this occasion, we had a bittersweet moment of bidding Mrs Maureen Lai farewell. Mrs Lai has contributed tremendously to the education of Sacred Heartists as the head of the Chinese Language Department and that of teaching staff as head of Staff Development Team. We wished her all the best after retirement.

The SHCC String Orchestra and the Junior Choir presented us mesmerizing performances on stage. The first piece was a winning piece of this year’s competition. With the conductor Mr Joe Chan, the 31 members articulated an enchanting piece of Scandinavian musical style with dance movements and melodies. The Junior Choir, which has been involved in the celebration for the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the HKSAR and won many prizes in local and international contests, gave the graduates blessings through their choral singing.

Speech by Guest of Honour, Ms Rose Lee.

On 30 June, S6 graduates assembled at the College hall for a thanksgiving mass. At the Mass, the Vicar General of the Hong Kong Catholic Diocese, Rev Dominic Chan, reminded us that graduation is worth rejoicing. According to the Scripture read on this occasion, Genesis 17: 1, 9-10, 15-22, it is captured that Yahweh Himself took the initiative to establish a covenant with Abraham and his wife, Sarah. The gist of such a Bible reading is all about Yahweh’s initiative to bless His people. Likewise, a Sacred Heartist is essentially blessed having been nurtured in the big Canossian family. The fact that many of us have made friends with each other since kindergarten, primary school or secondary school is one of the gifts. Another gift comes from the influence the Canossian sisters and teachers have on us, through their words or deeds, one way or another. Besides this, graduates are instilled with Catholic core values, such as respect for life, calling to serve life, following Jesus, The Way, The Truth and The Life. Our lives are purpose-driven and God-given.

On the altar, the S6 graduates came up with a collage, with seed, seedlings, tree, woodpecker, land and sunbeam that form an agrarian theme of farming. To the graduates, their education here is certainly about sacrifices, care and labour.

Rev Dominic Chan blessed every graduate while Sr Veronica, the Principal presented each graduate with a gift. Homeroom teachers expressed their best wishes for them after that.

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Following the Mass, the witty graduates amused the audience with a series of videos, filled with adapted lyrics in lyrical or funky music. Teachers joined them on stage to give us an entertaining performance. The programme ended with a round of school song.

Notice to Graduates 2017

If you have any remaining deposits on your PPS accounts, we would appreciate it if you could submit your PPS balance refund application before 30 June 2017. You could either collect the money in person or donate it to the school’s ‘Fund for Student Development’.

Please download the PPS Balance Refund Application Form from the school website and return the completed form to the School Office by fax or via email.  After 30 June 2017, any unclaimed deposits will be allocated to the Fund for Student Development as donations.

Your cheque or donation receipt will be available at the School office for collection from 6 to 14 July 2017 (Monday to Friday, 0900-1730).

Thank you for your attention.

Between 2 and 8 May, we reserved a week to immerse ourselves in the vision and work of St Magdalena of Canossa, foundress of the Canossian Family of Daughters and Sons of Charity.  The Catholic Society arranged a series of thoughtful workshops and activities on making gifts for mothers and contemplating on the impact of a small act of kindness.

On the eighth, the feast day of St Magdalene, Sr Agnes, the School Supervisor, marked the beginning of the celebration with the theme of the year, Salt of the Earth  Light of the World.  She made it clear that it is a choice to be a changing agent.  She borrowed many examples in our daily life when a small act of kindness would warm a heart.  She cautioned us against leading a complacent life, that many inventors and social reformers were years ahead of their time in realising the importance of an idea.  St Magdalena of Canossa, likewise, was no exception to this. Her initiative to reach out for the stray kids despite her prestigious status and family reputation gave ‘spiritual life’ a different definition from that of similar convents and monasteries of her time.

In the afternoon, we had a mass celebrating the gift bestowed on us through St Magdalena and her charities. Rev. Father Philip Chan, the celebrant of the mass, threw a list of did-you-know questions at the audience. Did you know in which year St Magdalena was born and rest in peace? Did you know in which year she was canonized? Did you know which verses Pope John Paul II choose on October 2, 1988 for her canonization? Some of the answers were on the programme of the mass.

Rev. Father Chan called for our awareness of the spirit of sacrifice and devotion to serve the destitute within our reach.  He appealed to our keeping big hearts even after graduation.  In the end of the sermon, Rev. Father Philip bade us witness Jesus together with peace-loving nature and compassion.

The students responded in the mass with bottles of salt symbolising salt of the Earth and candles symbolising light of the world. We prayed in unison for the devastated in war-torn places and refugee camps, leaders who would restore dignity to their people with compassion and integrity, relief work and selfless workers who devote their lives for the victims, families in which members look after each other, the newly baptized who would pursue a spiritual life, teachers and students who seek the meaning of life and follow Jesus.


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