The latest surveillance data shows that HFMD activity is increasing in Hong Kong. Common symptoms of HFMD are fever, sore throat and skin rash over the hands and feet. To prevent outbreaks of such disease on the school campus, students who develop skin rash, fever, diarrhea or vomiting are strongly advised not to attend school and should seek medical advice.
In addition, they should

- observe strict hand hygiene, avoid touching the mouth, the nose or the eyes;

- wash hands frequently with liquid soap, especially before handling food or eating, after going to toilet, or when hands are dirtied;

- avoid sharing food and drinks;

- maintain good indoor ventilation in classroom.

The certificates of HKDSE examination 2016 are available for collection at the school office during office hours from Monday to Friday. Uncollected certificates of HKDSE examination 2015 have already been returned to HKEAA in October 2016.

Enthusiasm is all that matters. In this year’s swimming gala, our prize winners have exerted all their might to finish the races in a variety of styles: free style, back stroke, front crawl and butterfly stroke. The competitors from six houses formed rays of twirls and swirls against the sapphire pool in the course of 25m, 50m and 100m events. It was the first whole-school event in 2016-17 hosted by Sports Society in collaboration with the six houses, Student Council, student officials, teacher officials, the Campus TV, the school photographer and IT Team, to name but a few.

The presence of Ms Ivy Tam and Ms Connie Lam has given enormous support to us. The Parent-Teacher Association vice-chairman and the Alumnae Association vice-chairman took turn to present medals to winners of inter-house relays in C, B, A and open grade.  It was our pleasure to see parents and past students appear at the Victoria Park Swimming Pool.

One of the most vivacious guests was Miss Stephanie Au, Asian Games-cum-Olympic Games Hong Kong delegate, our alumna. Despite her eye-grabbing records and achievements, Miss Au remains easy-going and friendly. In her brief address to the schoolmates, she made a point that enthusiasm is what keeps her moving. She was most touched by the keen manners our cheering teams demonstrated throughout the event. The promising swimming elite is an inspiration in her own respect: she is open to possibility and challenge of all shapes and sizes.

It looks we are not short of auspicious youngsters. This year’s individual champions in C Grade are shared by Christy Ho and Cary Chan. Sammi Chong seized the title of individual championship in B Grade. The fierce competition in A Grade resulted in two champions: Kathy Wong and Yen Chow. The House of Pankhurst continued to excel in sports as B Grade House Champion. The House of Nightingale snatched A Grade House Championship. The C Grade House Championship, House Overall Championship and Cheering Competition prize all go to House of Keller. Congratulations!

 

Rev. John B. Kwan, P.P. of St Margaret’s Church conducted this year’s School re-opening mass at the college hall on 15 September. Speaking of the school theme, Curious Learner Life Explorer, Rev John poured out his personal experiences about the wonders of bones, joints and ligaments, the pleasant surprise of being greeted by glowing daises between the roadside crevices on a miserable day. His stories have inspired us to look out of the ordinary and dig deep into the know-how. On the notion of exploration, Father Kwan suggested engaging in new experiences and spending time on community service. He borrowed St Teresa of Calcutta’s example of giving up her familiar role as a head-teacher for the dying in Calcutta.  Rev John assured us that as long as we reach out for new experience, we would be rewarded with ample opportunities, newfound ideas, fresh outlook of life and improved sensitivity.

The mass was of utmost importance in the spiritual sense. It was the feast day for Our Lady of Sorrows. This feast is dedicated to the spiritual martyrdom of Mary, Mother of God, and her compassion with the sufferings of her Divine Son, Jesus. We contemplated Mary's intense suffering during the passion and death of Christ.  On this occasion, we witnessed the commission of Catholic Society executive committee members, ambassadors of the Gospel. In them we see humility in service and zeal for following Christ’s footsteps.

Before we embark on the journey of learning, teachers began by making a pledge to be examples to the students and serving the school in unity. Likewise, students promised everyone that they would be responsible for their studies and duties, taking after teachers’ fine examples as curious learners and life explorers. 

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