Gratitude is indeed a gift and a privilege. Have you ever thought of the fact that when you lament the lack of clothes you owned, some in developing countries may be suffering? To help our S6 Catholic students open up their hearts to love and be strengthened by God, the Canossian Mission organized a retreat for all Canossian S6 Catholic students on September 16. Fr. Joseph Yim‘s sharing aroused our attention of the hardships the impoverished faced around the globe, and has inspired us to take action to express gratitude for the gifts we received from God, like things we owned and education we are lucky enough to receive. We are also reminded not to take anything for granted and to always be ready to reach out to those in need of help.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Our House Election on September 15 was a great success. Outgoing house captains reported on last year's activities, and the new committee members introduced themselves to the school. They shared creative video clips displaying support from students and teachers, creating an exhilarating atmosphere filled with excitement. Students and teachers cheered passionately for their respective houses, fostering a sense of unity and school spirit. We congratulate the newly elected student leaders and pray for their wisdom as they serve as role models for fellow Franciscans. The event showcased the dedication and hard work of our school community, and we look forward to the positive impact our student leaders will make.
The election of the executive committee of the Student Association was successfully held on 15 September 2023 despite the delay due to inclement weather conditions in the previous week. After months of preparation and hard work, the proposed cabinet, Vestar, showcased their fruitful achievements on stage. They brilliantly answered questions prepared by the current SA exco members and went through a challenging game session. The audience was absolutely charmed by their eloquence and intelligence. Demonstrating strong team spirit and confidence, the new SA exco members are dedicated to serve their fellow Franciscans. According to the constitution, Vestar, being the only cabinet running for the election this academic year, automatically becomes the Student Association of the academic year 2023-24. Congratulations!
On September 15, all students and teachers celebrated the school's official opening mass and the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. The mass celebrant, Rev. Dominic Lui Chi Man, elaborated on the school's yearly theme of respect, reminding us to love God and His creation, including ourselves. He emphasized the importance of maintaining good health and unleashing our talents to the fullest. Lastly, he quoted Pope Francis's homily from World Youth Day, encouraging young people to shine, to listen, and to be unafraid.
The school-opening programme started with the National flag-raising ceremony for the whole school.
Our 5-day-Summer Bridging programme has been a great success. After years of influence due to the pandemic, our newly joined Franciscans are finally able to fully engage in the range of activities and courses tailor made for them.
The programme began with a morning prayer. Mr. Law, our principal, delivered a welcoming speech, followed by an introduction by our vice principal and a briefing by the discipline master. The eagerly anticipated moment arrived as the students met their form teachers for the first time.
We believe that whole-person development is of the utmost importance in secondary education. Following the taster programme of core subjects, our newcomers were accompanied by their form teachers in the values education home program led by Mr Remus Kwok from City University of Hong Kong. Student leaders from the Student Association, the four houses, sports team, music team, and the counseling team collaborated to organize engaging orientation programs. These initiatives aimed at familiarizing F1 newcomers with the school culture and provide them with a well-rounded introduction. The charming smile and enlivening enthusiasm have uplifted the spirit of students and teachers alike.
We extend a heartfelt welcome to our incoming Franciscans! May their school life be brimming with joy and accomplishments.
The Inter-class Civil Awareness Competition was successfully held on 17th May, 2023. Organized by the Civil Education Team, the competition aims at promoting civic education and raising awareness about civil issues among students. The competition was engaging, with our F3 and F4 class representatives showcasing their civic knowledge and understanding towards our community and country. The champion Class 3A, while the first runner-up and second runner-up went to Class 4C and Class 3C respectively. We congratulate all the participants for their excellent performance. We are proud to see our students demonstrating a strong sense of civic responsibility and engagement, to be a responsible and engaged citizen who can contribute positively to our society.
Class representatives from each F.5 classes were invited to share their outstanding creative designs, which serve as the post-tour reflection task of the CS mainland study tour. They were encouraged to express their feeling and reflection on their experiences of the tour. As a part of experiential learning, our students were glad to have the chance to share their insights in an artistic way. The six best designs generated from pubic election were awarded with different prizes. Moreover, we are pleased to have Ms. Lau, professional consultant from Hong Kong Education Bureau, to be our guest. She provided generous feedbacks for our students. Without her inspiration and dedication, the sharing session would not have been held such successfully. We sincerely hope that F.5 girls have grasped this precious opportunity to explore their talents yet enrich their understanding of traditional Chinese culture.
The Singing Contest held on 5th May, 2023 was a huge success. We are glad to have Ms Jiff Nagnouma Yuen, Mr P. Emond and Ms. T. Sau as our honorable judges.
As representatives of the civic education team, Red Cross members Yani Leung (5A), Elizabeth Lan (5B), Lo Ying Sum (5B), Jenny Law (4A), Jasmine Lo (4B), Cindy Sze (3A), Beatrice Wong (3D), Gigi Chan (2B), Sarah Tse (2B) and Cheyenne Wong (2B) participated in the “Golden Bauhinia National Flag Raising Ceremony 2023” held on 4th May 2023. This activity was organized by the Committee of Youth Activities in Hong Kong Limited, which aimed to celebrate and inherit the spirit of May Fourth Movement (1919), as May 4 this year marked the 102nd anniversary of the Movement in China. Our Red Cross members, as the first school to apply for the establishment of Youth Unit in Hong Kong (Youth Unit One), represents the Youth Red Cross to receive a certificate of appreciation from the organizer. We hope that this activity serves as a precious experience to our Red Cross Team, which encourages them to strive for success in the future.
Form 5 students participated in the Citizenship and Social Development (CS) mainland study tour in Guangzhou on 27th April 2023. Led by principal Mr. Law, nine CS teachers and Form teachers, the girls visited the Lai Wan Museum and Intangible Cultural Heritage Museum. As an integral part of the DSE CS curriculum, this tour serves as a precious opportunity for Form 5 girls to explore the traditional cultures of our country. It covers different traditional cultural elements including the visit to the Xiguan Folk Customs Museum of Liwan Museum (Guangzhou) and the Guangdong Province Intangible Cultural Heritage Conservation Exhibition Hall of Guangdong Cultural Centre.
At Liwan Museum (Guangzhou), exploration on a multitude of meaningful Chinese culture: the historical Chinese architecture of Xiguan House, beautiful glass windows, wooden doors, clothing of people and the contemporary image females in paintings, all of which reflected Chinese people’s lives, traditions and their social status in the past. This is followed by the visit to the Guangdong Cultural Centre, where students marvelled at the arts and performance arts of Chinese, for instance, Yue embroidery, Chinese lanterns, Cantonese opera, Lion dance, Dragon dance, Bird dance, and wedding and customs of minorities, to name but a few.
Among the aforementioned interesting exhibits, Yue embroidery is incontrovertibly one of the most eye-catching items. An embroidery depicting tulips in western style, together with bright threads with shining beads form a colourful picture. Bead embroidery is only one of the forms of Yue embroidery, other forms include “Ding Gum Sau”, woolen needlepoint tapestry and machine embroidery. It is renowned for its unique technique which makes use hair of humans or animals to form exceptionally smooth and even patterns.
Through appreciating an array of exhibits, F.5 girls have deepened their understanding of traditional Chinese culture, as well as the conservation of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage in China. This undoubtedly serves as a remarkable experience for them to enhance the sense of belonging to the cultural origin of motherland.
耶穌被釘在十字架上，死後被埋葬。有兩位門徒失望難過打算回家，離開耶路撒冷途經厄瑪烏的路上遇到復活後的耶穌，他們改變了——眼開了，心熱了，並找到了方向，看到了自己的價值。無論經歷什麼挫折，其他人怎樣看待自己，只要能堅守信仰，定能夠克服困難。雖然有時候我們會失望，甚至逃避，但只要我們願意用心去尋找耶穌基督，就會找到希望。門徒當天在厄瑪烏路上遇上耶穌基督，我們又能否在日常生活中發現耶穌呢？今日我校請來一位舊生 (Agatha Ng)和她的丈夫 (宇彤)作嘉賓，他們的人生路走來一點也不容易，但他們仍充滿喜樂，一步一步走向他們的夢想之路，因為他們看見了耶穌基督在他們生命中所做的事。希望同學今天能藉著二人的分享，都像厄瑪烏門徒一樣「眼開了，心熱了」。
Four civic leaders, including the chairlady Janis Sun (5C), program secretaries Vicky Yeung (5A), Bernice Lau (5B) and Yen Li (5C) participated in the “Meeting with the Financial Secretary 2023” held on 17th March 2023. This activity was organized by The Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups. Our civic leaders are glad to have the opportunity to interact with the Financial Secretary of Hong Kong, Mr. Chan Mo-po, Paul. Through communicating with Mr Chan, our civic leaders expressed their opinions to social development and exchange their views with the representatives from other schools. This event was surely a fruitful experience for all the participated civic leaders, we hope that they can sustain their passion and awareness to the social issues and their own community.
It is our honour to have Mr. Remus Kwok as our guest speaker for the home programme on Gratitude on Student Formation Day II. We learn to appreciate the beauty and blessings in our life – the unconditional love from our parents, friends and people at school. This time, we interviewed the school’s Guardian Angels - the janitors, clerical staff and IT technician – who have been supporting us wholeheartedly all the time.
In April 2022, ten Form two students joined the Formation of Heart, a joint-school service programme with Sacred Heart Canossian College and St. Mary's Canossian College. Through workshops and school-based service, participants strengthened their organisational skills and developed a deeper understanding of one's own strengths. In January 2023, these students held a tutorial session for the Form one girls to share their study tips on Life and Society and Integrated Science. The beautiful smiles on those form one girls’ faces were their greatest reward from the programme.
The event was held successfully on Saturday, 10 December 2022. We are grateful that students and parents from all across the territory, including our own primary school, have joined us for the admission talk and the campus tour. Our principal Mr. Law highlighted the school’s emphasis on the formation of the heart which centres upon Canossian values of charity and humility. Two of our 2022 graduates, one currently studying medicine and another to be studying dentistry abroad in January, shared about their secondary school life and how it has prepared them for future pursuits. Round the campus, our student leaders introduced to our guests the amazing learning spaces such as the amphitheater, the green corridor, library, Memory Gallery and more. All these resources and equipment aim at nurturing all-round students while building a solid academic foundation. The smiles and laughters of our energetic guests are the greatest reward to Franciscans. Thank you for coming!
The long-awaited Swimming Gala was successfully held at Victoria Park Swimming Pool on 9th December. Students participated actively and all swimmers tried their very best to earn points for their houses. The day was filled with students’ excitement and cheer. This year, we are very happy to have Ms Kelly Tai, our former swimming team captain, as our guest of honour. Ms Tai gave a very motivating speech to our students encouraging them to never lose their passion. St. Valentina House was the champion of the junior section and St. Nicolaus House was the champion for the senior section and the overall champion of the Swimming Gala. Congratulations to the winning houses and to all the winners of the gala. It was a memorable and delightful day for everyone. We hope to have more of such events in the future where students can shine and have fun.
Finally, after a long wait, our school could hold the annual Sports Day on 22nd November, at Aberdeen Sports Ground. It was a half day event. Students displayed their excitement by participating with much zest and enthusiasm in every event. The spirit of sportsmanship was at its full swing on the field with girls congratulating each other. We hope to have more of such events in the future where students can shine and have fun.
The Leadership Training Camp was successfully held on 19 November 2022 in Hong Kong PHAB Association Jockey Club PHAB Camp. The trainers introduced some exciting games to consolidate exco members’ leadership skills such as collaboratively managing several difficult movements, catching neighbour’s ball in a circle, etc. The club exco members were fully engaged in team building games and giving our best efforts in order to win. Yet, we earned not only points, but trust among team members. What a fruitful day!
As a part of the whole-school approach to values education, we engaged all teachers and students in an interactive online programme conducted by Mr. Remus Kwok from the City University of Hong Kong. While our guest speaker delivered the programme, Form teachers facilitated discussions in their respective classes and interacted with our guest speaker through the online chatroom. Students have gained a better understanding of themselves through completing a questionnaire on “Love language”. The meaningful noises and warm exchanges during the sharing sessions have built a stronger rapport among the class, marking the beginning of the “Secret Angels” activity which lasts for two weeks.
On 7 October and 21 October 2022, our F.3 students visited the Hong Kong Science Park. They got the chance to explore the technologies of autonomous vehicle, AI and smart retail. The visit to some booths was helpful in making them understand more about the application of innovative technologies in different industries. Dr. Crystal Fok, the Head of STP Platform at Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation (HKSTP) gave a talk to our students and introduced them to the innovation and technology ecosystem in Hong Kong and its future potential. CUHK Robotics Team, the winners of Robocon HK 2022, enlightened our students through their sharing on innovation and how new technologies are changing the world and our daily lives.
“We learnt a lot of interesting information about new technology such as how a self-driving shuttle makes use of sensors to detect people, objects, and vehicles on the road. We also visited some booths and learnt how to breed crabs in an efficient way by using robots. During the visit, we got to know about the Mini-Robocon competition for junior secondary students. My classmates and I decided to form a team to join the competition, which will be held in March 2023. We are excited to be given the opportunity to construct and control robots. All in all, the visit was a wonderful and unforgettable experience for us.”
Ariel Cheng F. 3A
“This time, the visit to the Science Park was a very different experience. I was amazed to see an autonomous self-driven bus. This is an exciting technology in which the bus operates without someone actively driving it. We understand how it functions on the road and how the sensors in the vehicle can sense obstacles on the roads including humans or little animals. It was fun because I experienced how our lifestyle is being changed by technological advancement. This visit has been a rewarding experience.”
Natalie So F. 3A
In celebration of the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the school held a flag-raising ceremony in the school hall during the morning assembly on 30 September, 2022. All teachers and students participated in the solemn ceremony. Two F.6 students shared with us facts and knowledge about our National Flag, National Emblem and National Anthem. Our principal, Mr. Law shared the great achievement of China on environmental protection in the recent years. Students’ sense of national identity and sense of belonging to our country was further strengthened.
On 19th September 2022, two officers from the Correctional Services Department (CSD) delivered a talk for the whole school on crime prevention. They introduced the role and duties of the CSD and shared some typical juvenile crimes, such as bullying, cyber bullying and drug trafficking. The students watched a short film related to the theme followed by a Q& A session based on the film. It was an interactive session between the students and the officers. The talk raised students’ awareness of various types of crimes and the consequences one would have to bear for their own actions. It was a thought-provoking session and gave students a deeper understanding of juvenile crimes.
Our busy schedule may sometimes take away the peace in our hearts and distance us from God. To help our S6 Catholic students to open their hearts to be loved and strengthened by God, the Canossian Mission organized a retreat for all Canossian S6 Catholic students on September 17. Sr. Veronica Fok and Sr. Agnes Law’s sharing enlightened us about the life and deeds of our Foundress in an endeavour to follow her footsteps in making Jesus known and loved. We are reminded to be grateful to God and to be always ready to reach out to others who are in need of help. “Your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
On a sunny morning of September 16, all students and teachers celebrated the official opening mass and the Feast Day of Pope St. Cornelius and St. Cyprian. Mass celebrant Rev. Aloysius Mak reminded us that God loves us so much that He sent His only Son to sacrifice for us. The whole school joined together to give thanks to God for His love and blessings and enable us to put our talents to good use as we abide to our school motto “Live by the Truth in Love”. In facing the challenges ahead, let us, “Be joyful always, pray at all times, be thankful in all circumstances.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
The election of the executive members was successfully held on September 16. The outgoing house captains of each house reported on the activities held in the last academic year. After a few weeks of preparation, the new committee members of each house introduced themselves to the whole school. Creative video clips showing support from students and teachers were shown by them. It was truly an exhilarating experience for all of them and the hall was filled with excitement with students and teachers cheering for their respective houses. May God grant the student leaders wisdom to serve as role models for our fellow Franciscans.
The election of the executive committee of the Student Association was successfully held on 8 September 2022. After months of preparation, the proposed cabinet, Urania, showcased their fruitful achievements on the stage. Having gone through a Q&A session prepared by the current SA exco and two challenging game sessions where they had to finish the predesigned tasks within a limited time, the potential executive committee displayed a strong team spirit, confidence and dedication to serve the fellow Franciscans. According to the constitution, Urania, being the only cabinet running for the election this academic year, automatically becomes the executive committee of the Student Association of the academic year 2022-23.
Congratulations to Urania!
Our two-day Summer Bridging programme has been a great success despite the disruption of typhoon.
The Extended Learning Week was successfully held in early August. Various activities were organised in different levels to broaden exposure and consolidate learning. These include workshops on careers guidance, counselling, and sex and health education. The outdoor adventures such as horse riding and sports training were equally well-received.
After a series of engaging warm-up activities, students were ready for outdoor adventures that aim at boosting team spirit and enhancing leadership skills. The end of this fruitful half-day programme marked the beginning of their way to becoming competent leaders.
Through engaging in meaningful and challenging tasks, we were enlightened. I am amazed by the power of perseverance and teamwork, and how fun can be derived from overcoming obstacles and solving problems together.
“Many hands make light work.” As companions, we achieve more.
Yuri Po 4B & Angela Lai 4D
The Christmas Celebration was successfully held on 21st December, 2021. This has been a day that Franciscans look forward to every year. The whole school gathered in the hall and enjoyed the Christmas vibes together with all teachers and schoolmates. A brand new event, the Christmas showcase, was organised this year, allowing students to unleash their hidden talents through performing with teachers on stage! An array of performances including dancing, singing and drama were staged. Festivity filled the hall as everyone cheered and applauded for the magnificent performances. We were amazed not only by the hidden talents of the performers, but the close bonding they had established. The lucky draw and the fascinating games prepared by the Student Association added lustre to the day. May these precious moments shared among Franciscans be our drive to work hard, live well and go far!
The training camp kicked off with Student Association leading participants to have some warm-up games. Then, the mentors introduced some exciting games to consolidate exco members’ leadership skills such as collaboratively managing several difficult movements, catching neighbour’s ball in a circle, etc. We were fully engaged in team building games and giving our best efforts in order to win. Yet, we earned not only points, but trust among team members. What a fruitful day!
This workshop aims at strengthening team leaders’ public speaking skills. We are glad to have Mr VivekMahbubani as our guest speaker. He illustrated ways to speak with a sense of humour and boosted our confidence through various activities such as observation and role plays. Near the end of the workshop, participants paired up to have a “sell-my-friend” exercise. Students were asked to present their partner’s interests and one hidden fact in a funny way. We have not just had lots of fun, but also become funnier speakers. His comedy tips has worked magic!
To celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the Flag Raising Ceremony was held on September 30, 2021. All teachers and students participated in the solemn ceremony. We gave our heartfelt gratitude to our fellowmen for the contribution and sacrifice they made in building up a strong China. Members of the Red Cross Association and Civic Leaders of senior forms served in the program with pride.
The election of the executive committee of the Student Association was successfully held on September 8. After months of preparation, the two cabinets - Soteria and Nova challenged each other on the stage. Both cabinets had to solve different tasks and answer questions prepared by the outgoing SA exco. The 16 potential executive committee members demonstrated strong team spirit, confidence and dedication. After a very close match and voting by students, Soteria emerged as the winner and becomes the executive committee of the Student Association of the academic year 2021-2022. Congratulations!
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