19 May 2022

Dear Parents and Students,

As the sun shines on the lotus pond, and the soul seems to be washed by the water and nourished by the nectar. The fountain designed by Mr. Chan San-wing emits a beautiful gurgling sound, as if singing the joy of life and the light of love. When the students were in lesson, I sat by the lotus pond and listened carefully to the melodious chirping of the birds. During recess, the laughter of joyful students filled the campus, competing with that of the birds. The campus is still the same, however, once you get used to it you may not appreciate it or cherish it. It took three years of intermittent schooling to understand how precious it is. I hope that students will cherish every moment of their return to school, and enjoy interacting with others, objects and events on campus. I hope they enjoy every opportunity to learn and participate so that every bit of love, kindness and warmth nourishes the soul, and ignites others.

The S6 students have suffered the most over the pandemic because all three years of their senior secondary life, which covers the DSE syllabus, has been affected by class suspensions. We are grateful to see that they will all complete the DSE eventually. Even though they have passed through hard times, we believe that this can strengthen them to overcome challenges in the future. The Bible says, "Even in tribulation, we rejoice, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance produces experience, and experience produces hope, and hope does not lead to shame, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5. Their graduation ceremony will be held next Friday. The school has invited Mr. Wong Kam-sing, Secretary of the Environment Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, as the officiating guest. May God lead the whole programme so that they can enjoy an unforgettable night.

Yesterday, I was delighted to visit three lessons from three different levels, three different core subjects, and three different young teachers. Each lesson displayed its own style, with each teacher having their own enthusiasm and charisma. All classes are in good order, which also arouses students' interest in learning and thinking, and encourages enquiry and experience. This situation has not been seen due to the epidemic, and the memories of the past have come to our eyes again, which is really touching. In the afternoon, two Curriculum development officers of the Gifted Education Section of the Education Bureau visited the school to learn about the development of school-based gifted education. They also observed the EXCEL programme. They felt the same way and gave positive affirmation to the teacher and students' commitment to teaching and learning.

The school released the timetable and scope of next semester’s exams today, hoping that students will have enough time to prepare. This year's pandemic and the special holidays have caused the school calendar to change from time to time. Students must learn how to adjust their lifestyle and priorities in a timely manner, and plan ahead for everything in order to adapt to life in the new normal. As the Bible says, "Forgetting what is behind, and striving for what is ahead, press on toward the goal." Philippians 3:13-14.

Best regards,
Constance Cheung

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”
(James 1:2-4)