26 May 2017
Dear Parents and Students,
May 24th was always going to be an unforgettable day for our S6 graduates. We had planned to dismiss all other students at 1:00pm to begin the rehearsal for the evening’s graduation ceremony. However, in the course of the morning, amber, red and black rainstorm warning signals were hoisted in quick succession. A contingency meeting was held to tackle the logistics of keeping S1 – S5 students after school and still preparing for the evening’s event. We asked God for His mercy and love to calm the rainstorm and to give us wisdom to take the right decisions. God heard our prayer and answered it. Thanks be to God.
After the weather abated, the Graduation Ceremony was held successfully. We thank Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, the President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong for being our Guest of Honour. He presented certificates and prizes to graduates and gave us an inspiring speech. Professor Sung told our graduates to ask themselves three questions in life.
He told them to ask the first question when they are at 20, “How can I be a successful person in my career?”. He quoted from Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Inc., “The only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work, and the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” He encouraged them to find the work they love passionately and take enjoyment and satisfaction from it.
Then, to ask the second question when they are at 40, “How can I be a happy person?” In the pursuit of career and academic success, don’t forget the importance of family including parents, husbands and children, because your life is fulfilled by the family's love, sharing joy and soul. He recalled the pressure he faced during the SARS crisis, when God's word through his daughter gave him comfort. "If the human conscience is to live like God, to endure the pain of grievances, this is a favorite. If you are to be beaten and punished by sin, what can you boast of? But if you suffer by doing good and can be patient, this is a favorite of God." (1 Peter 2: 19-20). This is how important to have support from the family.
Finally, to ask the third question when they are at 60, “How can I live a life with integrity?” Professor Sung reminded students that people will easily commit sin when they have a comfortable and stable life. An example can be learnt from King David. According to the Bible, he committed adultery after he had a thousand victories. So he encouraged students to live with integrity. One day when they return to heaven and see God, they can proudly say to Him that they are good and faithful servants.
May these three questions be our graduates’ guiding questions in their lives and uphold our school motto of “Love, Integrity, Purity and Perseverance” to build their own path. The ceremony ended with a song “The Lord bless you and keep you” by the School Choir. May God make His face to shine upon them and be gracious unto them forever. Amen.