3 February 2020

Dear Parents and Students,

Hong Kong has experienced a different Lunar New Year to that of other years. The new coronavirus has spread quickly. There is a serious shortage of protective materials, such as masks, disinfectant supplies and alcohol hand wipes. When difficulty comes, when we are helpless, we must learn to trust the Lord Jesus Christ and find peace in our hearts. The Bible says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33). When we have such confidence, we can be free from anxiety, restlessness, and other emotional troubles. If we do the will of the Lord and seek the peace that the Lord has given us, He will supply that peace in our daily lives. The Bible says, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew 6:34). In times of social difficulties, let us work together to find peace in our hearts and fight the epidemic.

Based on the latest developments of the epidemic, the Education Bureau announced that classes in Hong Kong schools may be resumed on March 2. However, further assessment is still needed. The Education Bureau also strongly urges students to avoid visiting affected areas to reduce the risk of infection. Parents should also arrange for children travelling abroad to return to Hong Kong as soon as possible. In addition, students should stay at homein order to avoid crowded places, and they should also pay close attention to their health and physical condition. If they are unwell, they should seek medical treatment as soon as possible and inform medical professionals of their recent travel records. Parents should suspend their children’s extracurricular activities (such as interest and tutorial classes) during the school suspension period, and they should not let them travel abroad.

In order to understand the current situation of each student, parents are kindly requested to fill out the overseas travel declaration form on or before February 5, in order to keep the school informed so that we can make the necessary arrangements. During the suspension period, the school campus will be kept open. We will increase the cleaning of the school campus and take precautionary measures. Staff will be on duty to take care of students who need to return to school. However, considering the health of the students and epidemic prevention, it is recommended that students stay at home. The safety of our students is our top concern.

The epidemic has brought us a number of challenges and has been a shock to all of us. Parents are urged to encourage their children to maintain a positive attitude. If your daughter has emotional problems, please contact the school so that we can provide timely support. In terms of study, we will distribute homework and study materials every Monday of the class suspension period so that students can continue their studies. For S6 students and parents, this suspension may affect the arrangements for diploma examinations and preparations for further studies. The school will closely monitor the announcements of relevant institutions such as the Education Bureau and the Evaluation Bureau to inform students of the latest developments. The school calendar information, new arrangement of S.6 Mock Exam, learning measures and teaching measures are attached. Please refer to the attachment for the study and homework materials for this week.

In difficult times, we must continue to pray for Hong Kong. May God's peace and comfort be given to us to lead Hong Kong through such difficulties. The Bible says: “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). We will hold fast and work together to overcome any difficulties with you.

May the Lord’s peace be with you,

Best regards,
Constance Cheung

Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
(Matthew 6:26)