The Catholic Formation Core Team prepared a thoughtful programme on 22 December, 2017 in the college hall. This year’s theme is Thy Will be Done. The Team hoped to bring out a message that to love our neighbours is as easy as to share what we have with those in need.
Through prayers, drama and carols, students and teachers were engaged in contemplative rounds of deep thoughts about the meaning of Christ’s birth to us, the redeemed. In the context of Christmas, Miss Clara Ho and Virginia Uhi of S5E directed a play, Stone Soup story, to set the tone of sharing.
Ms Catherine Chan, our guest speaker, brought us her personal story and insights into what we can do for the city’s urban poor. Unlike many community service projects, Ms Chan and her fellow volunteers’ small matches project, aims to give warmth, smiles, and restore the dignity of the least noticeable in our very neighbourhood. Ms Chan’s sharing started with pictures and figures about the fact that we have long forgotten a large population of aging scavengers in our neighbourhood. Day in day out, the elderly cardboard collectors live on whatever they can have access to in the dump, or earn a living by waddling two MTR stations away for cardboard worthy of as little as $0.5 per kg. Ms Chan sent us a loud and clear challenge to take a close look at who they are, get to know them one-by-one, answer their needs in a personal way, give them exactly what each of them needs: be it a cutter, a pair of fitting shoes, painkillers, a pair of labour gloves, a hat or hand cream. She also invited us to talk to them, lend a hand whenever possible, or give them a cheerful smile. Above all, Ms Chan has raised our awareness to do whatever we can for those in difficult conditions.
Followed the Catholic Formation Core Team’s programme, the Student Council continued the message of using our resources to do magic and cheer people up. The Student Councillors showed us a video clip on where our schoolmates’ boxes of love have gone and how surprised children in the East Asian villages have shown seeing the unexpected boxes for them. Two class representatives then shared the difficulties of collecting toothbrushes and daily necessities for their children in mind. They appreciated the cooperation and generosity of their classmates in making it happen.
After the sharing, the Student Council arranged a game session, in which class representatives from S1-6 involved their homeroom teachers in making guesses about Mr Wilfred Leung, Miss Maria Lam, Miss Stephanie Chan and Mr Joe Wong’s stories. Sr Veronica, Miss Florence Kwok, Ms Lam Mei Yee, and Ms Priscilla Kwok presented chocolates for all classes as Christmas gifts. Sr Veronica also gave a quiz on major ideas about Christ’s birth, and presented prizes for the winners.
In the end, the Principal, the Vice-principals and Assistant Principal, teachers, Student Council members and the organizing committee of the day’s programme sang we wish you a merry Christmas before the class party. Teacher adjudicators visited different classes and picked the most impressive designs for Christmas board decorations. There was a friendly match between the teachers and students in the playground after the class party. The campus was filled with colourful Christmas decorations, from snowflakes to stained glass.
But for the efforts of the Student Council, the backstage team, the school artists and art club members, the janitors and the Catholic Formation Core Team, our Christmas celebration would not have been such a meaningful one.