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Principal's Message

Speech Day 2020
30th June, 2021


Good evening, Dr. Yeung Ching Hei, Sr. Judith Alice Yuen, Sr. Lilly Duggimpudi, Sr. Magdalene Lam, Sr. Lucia Mak, Sr. Rosalia Kong, Mr. Aristide Pau, Mr. Harry Chung, Miss Frances Tong, Miss Chau Pik Chu, Miss Betty Yeung, Miss Josephine Chan, Miss Leslie Shiu, Miss Maria Chan, Mr. Dick Orh, honourable guests, parents, teachers, friends and Rosians.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our Speech Day 2020. The list of guests I name in my opening address looks long, but that does not include all yet. Please excuse me if I have not named you; and be assured that your presence and support mean a lot to our graduates, the school and each one of us. As an anti-epidemic measure, the audience in the School Hall this evening seems to be comparatively smaller than the ones in the past. But we have many parents joining us in the classrooms now and watching the live broadcast. This Speech Day was scheduled to be held on 3rd July 2020 and then postponed to 4th December 2020 and then needed to be further postponed to another unknown date because of the pandemic situation. Today is 30th June 2021. Finally, we are here. It is nearly one year later, but this is an important ceremony for our Form 6 graduates as it marks the end of one stage and is a significant milestone for every one of them.

This evening, we are very delighted to have Dr. Yeung Ching Hei, as our Guest-of-honour, to address this gathering and present certificates to our graduates. We are very much obliged for her love and support for our youngsters.

Dr. Yeung is also a Rosian. She graduated from our school in 1969 after Form 5 and continued her Forms 6 and 7 in another school since there were no matriculation classes at St. Rose at that time. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biology (major) and Chemistry (minor) at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in 1974. Four years later, in 1978, she attained her Master of Philosophy in Physiology at the University of Hong Kong. Two years later, in 1980, she received the Commonwealth Scholarship for her PhD. from the Department of Physiology & Biochemistry of the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. She is very knowledgeable and hard-working, and is a research scientist of various universities in different countries. Dr. Yeung is definitely a role model for the young Rosians. Dr. Yeung, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you, such an eminent past student, for honouring us with your presence today.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I should now like to talk about the performance of our graduates and current students. Last year, in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination 2020, our students continued our strong traditions of obtaining excellent results in the core subjects, especially in English Language, we had 31.6% of our students scoring Level 5 or above which is much much higher than the Hong Kong average of 10.2%. For another core subject, Liberal Studies, 27.4% of our students obtained Level 5 or above, again much higher than the Hong Kong average, which is only 7.1%. Out of 118 Form 6 graduates, 83 of them are now pursuing their degree programmes in local or overseas tertiary institutions, including 13 in the University of Hong Kong, 12 in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and 3 in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, which are world class institutions (2 in Law, 2 in Engineering, 1 in Architectural Studies and 1 in Chinese Medicine). Together with those studying sub-degree programmes, we have over 95% of Form 6 graduates studying post-secondary courses now.

Congratulations to ALL our Form 6 Graduates!

In the South China Morning Post Student of the Year Awards 2019-20, Scarlet Poon (Form 6A, Graduate of 2020) was selected as the 1st Runner-up in the Category of Linguist (English) and Athena Ho (Form 6A, Graduate of 2020) was selected as one of the Top 12 Finalists in the Category of Best Devotion to School.

Scarlet Poon (Form 6A, Graduate of 2020) was also one of the awardees of Hong Kong Scholarship for Excellence Scheme organised by the Education Bureau. This scholarship was launched in 2014 to support outstanding local students to pursue studies at world renowned universities outside Hong Kong. All awardees will receive a non-means-tested scholarship to cover their tuition fees. Scarlet Poon is now studying Bachelor of Laws in the London School of Economics and Political Science in the United Kingdom.

For the 16th Shatin Outstanding Students Selection, Scarlet Cheung (Form 2A), Hitomi Hirose (Form 2A), Lilo Zheng (Form 2A) and Annie Law (Form 3A) were selected as Outstanding Students (Junior Section).

For the Grantham Scholars of the Year, among the nominees from all the secondary schools in Hong Kong, there are only 24 recipients. We are very happy and proud to share the good news with you that ONE of our graduates obtained this award for 2019-2020. She is Rachel Fu (Graduate of 2019). It is very competitive, and our girls had received this honour in the last SIX consecutive years.

As for the achievements in extra-curricular activities, our girls continue to prove their talents in different areas. They achieved excellent results in inter-school competitions.

Here are some major team prizes. In the Hong Kong Youth Music Interflows 2019, our Chinese Orchestra won the Bronze Award and our Concert Band won the Silver Award.

For the Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation Inter-School Championships (Shatin - Sai Kung District), our school teams won many medals in 2019-2020 as well. For swimming, we won the Overall Second Runner-up in Grade C and the Overall Seventh Place in Grade A. For table tennis, we won the Fourth Place in Grade A.

In spite of the pandemic situation, we have students who have obtained many other team and individual awards, but time does not allow me to name each and every one of these girls. Congratulations to ALL the winners!

I must also thank our devoted teachers and supporting staff for the hard work they have done and continue to do. With their support and help, our Speech Day can run smoothly. Because of the pandemic situation, we have not involved the other students to stay in the evening to assist this ceremony except our MC today (Charlotte Wu from Form 5A). Let's give Charlotte, our teachers and supporting staff a big round of applause.

Above all, we need to thank our God for guarding St. Rose at all times. We should also thank the sisters, dedicated teachers and past students who help to establish our strong foundation. I also want to express my sincere gratitude to all the parents as your support definitely helps us to achieve these encouraging results.

Dear graduates, I hope you will continue to live with the motto of our school: "Through Charity to Truth". You find the life-long friendship and virtues in school. When we know how to show our gratitude to God, our society, our school, our families, and our teachers, we find the beauty in life. After graduation, I hope your will continue to thrive with love and to extend your love to others. St. Rose of Lima's College is a family full of love and care. "Once a Rosian, always a Rosian!"

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you, one and all, for being here today to celebrate the new journey with our graduates. May God bless you all. Thank you.

  
  

Speech Day 2021
2nd July, 2021

 

Good evening, Dr. Amy Chan, Sr. Judith Alice Yuen, Sr. Lilly Duggimpudi, Sr. Magdalene Lam, Mr. Aristide Pau, Mr. Harry Chung, Miss Frances Tong, Miss Chau Pik Chu, Miss Betty Yeung, Miss Josephine Chan, Miss Leslie Shiu, Miss Maria Chan, honourable guests, parents, teachers, friends and Rosians.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to our Speech Day 2021. The list of guests I name in my opening address looks long, but that does not include all yet. Please excuse me if I have not named you; and be assured that your presence and support mean a lot to our graduates, the school and each one of us. As an anti-epidemic measure, the audience in the School Hall this evening seems to be comparatively smaller than the ones in the past. But we have many parents joining us in the classrooms now and watching the live broadcast.

This evening, we are very delighted to have Dr. Amy Chan Kit Sze, the Associate Academic Vice President (Teaching and Learning Development) of Hong Kong Shue Yan University, as our Guest-of-honour. She is also the Associate Professor of Department of English Language and Literature, the Director of the Master of Arts Programme in Interdisciplinary Cultural Studies, and the Associate Director of the Technoscience Culture Research and Development Centre of Hong Kong Shue Yan University. Despite her busy schedule, Dr. Chan has accepted our invitation to be the Guest-of-honour to address this gathering and present certificates to our graduates. We are very much obliged for her dedication to education.

Dr. Amy Chan is also a Rosian. She joined St. Rose of Lima's as a kindergarten kid, went on to primary and secondary schools and left after completing Form 6 in 1987. At the Chinese University of Hong Kong, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in English, Master of Philosophy in Comparative Literature and Doctor of Philosophy in Intercultural Studies. Upon graduation, she got her first full-time teaching post at Hong Kong Shue Yan University, teaching English Literature and Cultural Studies. She also taught courses at The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Dr. Chan is also the President of our Past Students' Association (PSA). She has served in the Executive Committee of PSA for many years and took up the position of President since 2009; and she was also our IMC Alumni Manager in 2015-2019.

Dr. Chan, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to you, such an eminent past student, for honouring us with your presence today.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I should now like to talk about the performance of our graduates and current students. Last year, in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination 2020, our students continued our strong traditions of obtaining excellent results in the core subjects, especially in English Language, we had 36.8% of our students scoring Level 5 or above which is much much higher than the Hong Kong average of 9%. For another core subject, Liberal Studies, 21.8% of our students obtained Level 5 or above, again much higher than the Hong Kong average, which is only 7.2%. Out of 118 Form 6 graduates, 83 of them are now pursuing their degree programmes in local or overseas tertiary institutions, including 13 in the University of Hong Kong, 12 in the Chinese University of Hong Kong and 3 in the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, which are world class institutions (2 in Law, 2 in Engineering, 1 in Architectural Studies and 1 in Chinese Medicine). Together with those studying sub-degree programmes, we have over 95% of Form 6 graduates studying post-secondary courses now. Congratulations to ALL our Form 6 Graduates of last year!

Dear Form 6 students, very soon on 21st July, you will know your results in the HKDSE. Embrace whatever you achieve. You have tried your best and be confident that you can reap what you sow. We will stand by you to share your joy and tears.

For the Grantham Scholars of the Year, among the nominees from all the secondary schools in Hong Kong, there are only 24 recipients. We are very happy and proud to share the good news with you that ONE of our graduates obtained this award for 2019-2020. She is Rachel Fu (Graduate of 2019). It is very competitive, and our girls had received this honour in the last SIX consecutive years. Though the result of this year's Grantham Scholars of the Year is not released yet, our students' performance in various areas is highly commendable.

In this academic year, because of the pandemic situation, many activities and competitions are cancelled. Despite that, our students have outstanding achievements in different areas.

In the Hong Kong Outstanding Teens Election 2021 organised by the Hong Kong Playground Association, THREE of our students received the Outstanding Teens Awards 2021. They are Joyce Chan (Form 5A) in the Category of "Personal Achievement", Janie Chan (Form 4A) in the Category of "Social Participation", and Teresa Choi (Form 3B) in the Category of "Personal Endeavour".

Annie Law (Form 4E) obtained the Outstanding Student Award presented by Hong Kong Extra-curricular Activities Masters' Association. Francisca Chan (Form 3A) won the Gold Prize of Grade 6 Erhu in the Chinese Instrumental Contest 2020 organised by View Win International Music Exchange Association. Koyee Ko (Form 2B) was the First Runner-up in Hong Kong Open Table Tennis Champions (Womens' Group C) organised by Hong Kong Table Tennis Association. And Peony Hung (Form 3E) won the A.S. Watson Group Hong Kong Student Sports Awards presented by A.S. Watson Group.

We have students who have obtained many other awards, but time does not allow me to name each and every one of these girls. Congratulations to ALL the winners!

I must also thank our devoted teachers and supporting staff for the hard work they have done and continue to do. With their support and help, our Speech Day can run smoothly. Because of the pandemic situation, we have not involved the other students to stay in the evening to assist this ceremony except our MC today (Jodie Lau from Form 5A). Let's give Jodie, our teachers and supporting staff a big round of applause.

Above all, we need to thank our God for guarding St. Rose at all times. We should also thank the sisters, dedicated teachers and past students who help to establish our strong foundation. I also want to express my sincere gratitude to all the parents as your support definitely helps us to achieve these encouraging results.

Dear graduates, the pandemic affects every one of us in these two years. We do not know how long it will last, but we pray to God and trust Him that He will always protect us and guide us. Speech Day 2020 for last year's Form 6 graduates, which was originally scheduled to be held on 3rd July 2020, was held successfully on 30th June 2021, the day before yesterday. God proposes, Man disposes. With God's help and guidance and our perseverance, nothing is impossible. I hope you have this faith; and will continue to live with the motto of our school: "Through Charity to Truth". When we know how to show our gratitude to God, our society, our families, our school and our teachers, we find the beauty in life. Home Sweet Home. St. Rose of Lima's College always welcomes you back. As I had shared with you how Rosians show their strong sense of belonging to our school on your Graduation Dinner this Monday evening, we are always very happy to see you around with your other halves, children and grandchildren later in your lives. "Once a Rosian, always a Rosian!"

Ladies and gentlemen, thank you, one and all, for being here today to celebrate the new start of journey with our graduates. May God bless you all. Thank you.

   
   
   
   
   
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