15 October 2021
Dear Parents and Students,
In just 6 days, despite coming and going in short periods, two different tropical cyclones meant the No. 8 typhoon signal was hoisted twice. Unfortunately, it is sad to hear that accidents occurred in both storms and people were killed. We should not underestimate the storm and pay careful attention to avoid any tragedies.
Typhoon "Lion Rock" formed on the morning of last Friday, October 8. The Hong Kong Observatory issued a black rainstorm warning from 11:45 to 12:45 before turning back to a red rainstorm warning. The hourly rainfall in many areas was estimated to exceed 70 mm. Under the red rainstorm, students continued in lesson until the normal dismissal time at 13:20. Each class returned to the classroom and waited patiently for our broadcasted arrangements. After waiting for 15 minutes, the rain had weakened. We announced for different levels of students to be dismissed at different times, leaving the school campus in an orderly and safe manner. Some students stayed in the canteen to study while waiting for their parents to pick them up. We thank all teachers, students and parents for their patience and cooperation. All students and staff could return home safely.
Due to the hoisting of the typhoon signal No. 8 on October 9, the Education Bureau announced that all day schools would be closed on that day. We decided to cancel the 28th Parent-Teacher Association Inauguration Ceremony in the afternoon, as well as the parent meeting, and changed it to October 16 at 2:30 through Zoom. The details have been reprinted in this letter. Please reserve time to attend.
After just two and a half days, another severe tropical storm "Kompasu" approached. The Observatory predicted the typhoon signal to T8 from 16:00 to 18:00 on October 12. The early warning announcement together with the class suspension announcement from the Education Bureau helped us to decide on an early dismissal at 13:00. Forms 5 and Form 6 originally resumed full-time classes this week, and classes for them were also suspended so that we had sufficient time to arrange for students to leave the school campus safely. Thank God for enabling the students and teachers to return home smoothly. I would like to give sincere gratitude to our teachers for ensuring all students to leave school and to our janitors for staying at the school, ensuring that the doors and windows were closed, and also tying up and putting away outdoor items so that the typhoon did not cause damage to school facilities.
Unforeseen circumstances will always be a part of life, whether it be the weather, the pandemic, the economy or any other difficulties we may face. Unpredictable obstacles can appear in our lives at any moment. In order to make sure we do not overlook them, we must always be vigilant and not short-sighted. We must stay alert for threats and opportunities in times of peace and prepare for the future.
The first uniform test week will be held from October 26 to 29. Students should prepare for the test and do their best. Parents are advised to urge their daughters to revise seriously at home.