3 March 2022
Dear Parents and Students,
After the Chinese New Year, the fifth wave of the pandemic in Hong Kong has been severe, and the number of confirmed cases has increased exponentially. From February to March 2, the number of confirmed cases per day has surged from 130 to more than 50,000, making public hospitals, community services, and resources face a lot of pressure and challenges. I would like to thank our country for sending so much support to Hong Kong to help us fight the epidemic. Most importantly, we must be united to fight this together.
Once the Education Bureau suspended face-to-face classes and in-school activities from S1 to S5 as early as January 24, the school changed to ZOOM classes immediately. At first, when the students returned to online classes, they did not adapt and concentrate well. However, I have been delighted to see the improvement of the students after a month of training. In God’s eye, everyone can be a blessing to others, don’t underestimate what you do, especially in this difficult environment. If you put out less negativity and more positivity, it is like a breath of fresh air to others. If you send others sincere comfort and appreciation, it may make people be strengthened again and help them see the light at the end of the tunnel. Remember, don't underestimate what you can do for Hong Kong. With a little more care and positivity, we will be rid of the dark clouds above us.
Every time when I think of the S6 students this year, I feel sorry for them. From the time when they faced social movements in S4, followed by the COVID-19 pandemic that has so far lasted for more than two years, the three years of their senior secondary life has been mostly online learning. After finishing their mock exams and paper checking, our Pooi To sisters have to say goodbye. Many thanks to the Student Union for preparing a heartfelt farewell to the S6 sisters in the last assembly on February 21 to express their support and blessings to all S6 sisters. May God bless the S6 students to prepare well for the public examination and do their best. May these 6 years of experience strengthen them to face future challenges with determination and a positive attitude, and live a colorful and abundant life.
The current infection of COVID-19 is more severe and is beyond what we can manage. Therefore, the school can only provide limited services, hoping to ensure that teachers and students can work with a safe and healthy environment. From February 20, staff and students must complete a negative rapid test to enter the school premises until further notice.
In addition, in response to the Education Bureau’s announcement on February 28 that schools will start the “Special Vacation” earlier, schools have attached revised school calendar including the following key points:
- The school's "Special Vacation" is from March 16 to April 19, and the " Summer Vacation" is from August 3 to August 31.
- Tutorial classes and school team practice during the " Summer Vacation" for S1 to S5 will continue to be conducted online during the "Special Vacation".
- Due to maintaining 190 school days to ensure sufficient teaching time, the original Easter holiday has been adjusted.
- The school may lend the school premises as a testing center during the "Special Summer Vacation". The government will take over the relevant venues and be responsible for the cleaning of the venues. The school will also be cleaned and disinfected afterwards.
- From April 22 to 28, the school will lend the school premises as the examination venue for the core subjects of the HKDSE. Zoom lessons will be conducted for S1 to S5.
- May 27 is the graduation ceremony of S6. The guest of honour is Mr. Wong Kam-sing GBS, JP, the Secretary for the Environment will officiate the ceremony.
As Bible says, "But those who wait on the Lord will regain their strength; they will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not be weary, and they will walk and not faint" Isaiah 40:31. Let’s wait patiently for the will of the Lord to lead Hong Kong.