2022 - 2023 Principal's Message

 

Advent Liturgy 2022


Repent and be vigilant! We have entered the second week of Advent! Let us prepare our hearts to listen to God・s words and receive Him in our hearts. We emphasize on repentance and awakening this week.

 


For a repentant person, the greatest temptation is to sin again. The devil will never give up tempting a soul. Therefore, we have to be cautious and keep alert. One of the best ways to resist temptation and fight against the devil is to pray. Prayer is our strongest weapon against the devil and abstinence.




Prayer:


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

During this season of Advent, may all Holy Familans deepen the knowledge of Christmas, and pray for unity and harmony. May Jesus bring love and peace to our home and family. We also ask for His guidance to purify our minds and souls so that we can resist the temptation of the devil. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.




Preparing our Mind for the Jubilee Anniversary


Today, I would like to talk about our monthly theme :Preparing our Mind for the Jubilee Anniversary;.


Our school is entering its 50th year since its establishment on 26 September 1972. The 50th anniversary is a joyous time for Holy Familians. I believe that all of us are blessed and proud of being part of this big family to celebrate this special occasion. In these 50 years, Holy Familians have embraced challenges and laid down many milestones underpinning their drive for academic excellence and achievements in other learning experiences.




To prepare for the school・s 50th anniversary, a wide range of programmes were arranged last year. We received many good entries for the English Writing Competition and our anniversary publications in both English and Chinese. Your masterpieces showcased your passion for writing. Besides, on 12 August 2022, we attended the Thanksgiving Mass to show our gratitude to God for his blessings and guidance. This was followed by the 50th Anniversary Kick-off Ceremony in which STEM Prefects demonstrated their creativity in a video highlighting the anniversary theme.


 

 

This was followed by the blessing of our newly-renovated School Library by Rev. Benedict Lam. Our school library is equipped with modern facilities and provides an enjoyable reading environment for you all. Another renovation that will take place this year will be in Room 301. This will be renovated into an IT Innovation Lab to pave the way for nurturing students・ talents in technology. On 3 & 4 December, we will hold our Anniversary Open Days featuring AR, IT and STEM-based activities. We will also have games stalls, an array of students・ performances and a display of their good work.



To prepare for our Jubilee Anniversary, let・s learn from each other, be humble and united. The anniversary celebration is a collective effort of all our school members, illustrating our vision, dedication, gratitude, diligence and perseverance as well as faith in God, all which are instrumental in making our school shine. Let・s put our school motto :United in Love; into action to make the anniversary events successful and inspirational. Now, let・s pray to God to shower us with His blessings to make this a year to remember.




School Opening Ceremony 2022-2023


Good morning, Sr Magdalen, teachers and students. It is great to see you back at Holy Family. I would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you. In view of the pandemic, we have arranged for only the S1 and S2 students to join us in the Hall where social distancing is maintained. As for students of other forms, they are joining us live from their classrooms.


On this formal occasion, I would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our former School Supervisor, Sr Theresa, who has retired with effect from today. She was a committed and strong leader with clear vision, rendering her dedicated service to Holy Family for 20.5 years in support of school development and administration faithfully. Moreover, she followed in our Foundress・ footsteps to instill in us the love of Jesus, making Him known and loved, putting our school motto .United in Love・ into practice and steering Holy Family through many challenges. Her dedication to the school won much respect and admiration from all our school members. Nevertheless, her valuable advice and unconditional contribution to our school would forever remain in the hearts of all Holy Familians. Let・s wish her a blessed, happy and fruitful retirement. And I am hereby pleased to announce that Sr Magdalen Shiu has been appointed as our School Supervisor with effect from 1.9.2022. Please join me in welcoming Sr Magdalen.



Our theme for this academic year is :Embracing Love Exhibiting Gratefulness;. This is a very special year as we will be celebrating our 50th Anniversary. All these years, Holy Family has been greatly blessed by our dear Lord. With God・s grace, we have learned to stay united in love, which has not only made us grateful for what we have but also made us resilient when difficulties arise. With this spirit, we embrace challenges when facing unforeseeable events in life. Since the establishment of our school, we have witnessed remarkable development and growth in Holy Family as well as amazing performances and achievements of our students. In this joyous and memorable year, let us extend our heartiest gratitude to our dear Lord for His guidance and blessings as well as our Foundress and all stakeholders for their unconditional love and contribution.



Last year, in one sharing, I mentioned the need to be grateful. :To live a fruitful life, a grateful heart is important. If we have a grateful heart, we can be aware of the good things that happen to us, and never take them for granted.; When times are good, gratitude allows us to celebrate and magnify the goodness in our life. On the other hand, when times are bad, gratitude has the power to bring us hope and help us cope with difficulties. Showing gratitude indeed has a positive impact on us. This year, we have highlighted the Canossian Values Education, which can be found on p.10 of your Student Handbook. Through your education at Canossian schools, you are groomed to foster your positive values in three main areas, namely .Gratitude, Respect and Responsibility・, with the first being greatly emphasized.



Last year, you were encouraged to develop a grateful heart by writing some words of thanks in your Student Handbook. Did you try it? The gratitude diary shown on the screen here is the work of an S2 student last year. She expressed her thankfulness in this way: :Today is my sister・s birthday. I am grateful that I can see her happy face.; You can see how little things make her happy. Happiness is doubled when shared and appreciated. Like this student, let us take the time to appreciate the little things that make life truly worth living. This year, I have put a column titled :Gratitude Journal; in the Student Handbook. This can be found for every month in your Handbook and you are encouraged to express your thankfulness in this column. To assist you with your reflections, there are words below the column, which you can use in your writing. For instance, for the month of February 2023, the following words can be seen:


述鰯WA@D壱w坤悒A@啝柑勘座IYA[WMみ泥述婚據AKOPΑC

Besides writing a journal, you can also show your gratitude to your teachers by simply paying attention and being responsive during lessons. Later on, when you receive the Student Handbook, try to glance through the characters printed for the twelve months. I hope they inspire you in writing your reflections.



 

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, the school is going to hold the Open Days on 3 & 4 December. We are all looking forward to it as we can showcase our unity and love for Holy Family. To celebrate this special year, there will be a new ECA club introduced to you all which is called the .Nature Club・. The purpose of this club is to enable you to show gratitude for God・s gifts of nature. Some highlights of this club are


  • Sandpainting, which is the art of using natural resources for drawing and
  • Nature Exploration or Ecology Trip, through which you can achieve mindfulness

I hope you take the initiative in joining this new club.



Later on, our Head Girl Core Group will be invited to share their views on the yearly theme with you. This will be followed by another sharing of values education by two S3 students, Amorette Chung and Angel Woo of S3A. Last year, Amorette Chung received the Championship in a Slogan Design Competition on Positive Values organized by the Kowloon City District Civic Education Campaign Organizing Committee. I believe their sharing can encourage you to persevere when working towards your goals, allowing you to aim high and strive for the best.




I would like to end today・s sharing with a quote from the bible. According to Ephesians, Chapter 5 Verse 20, it reads, :Always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.; In other words, the more grateful we are, the more joyful we will be so as to discern God・s will in our life. May we always remind ourselves of this verse and express our gratitude to our Lord. I wish you all a blessed, healthy and fruitful new academic year. Thank you and may God bless you all.




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