School News and Event Highlights
Science Week (May 16-17, 2017)

Science Week was successfully held on 16th and 17th May, 2017. Various booths were set up in the Chemistry lab and the Physics lab on the first day. Students learnt about friction, angular momentum and chemical reactions through innovative and interesting set-ups. They also had the chance to experiment with electricity at the STEM counter set up by PolyU student volunteers. On the second day, a muscle-signal robotic car competition hosted by PolyU was held in LG2. Students cheered the teams on as they steered their cars to score the most points. The competition was intense and the students enjoyed themselves immensely.

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Joyful Fruit Day (May 11, 2017)

According to the World Health Organization, adequate fruit and vegetables intake regularly can reduce the risk of developing heart diseases, stroke and cancers. However, an earlier local survey showed that barely over half of primary school students had the habit of consuming enough fruit regularly. As such, the Department of Health organised the annual "Joyful Fruit Day" event to promote daily fruit eating habit at schools. The " Joyful Fruit Day" was successfully held in our school in May. On that day, fresh fruit such as mangoes, apples, organs, bananas and pears were distributed to students of all levels. The excitement and enjoyment exhibited by students when consuming the fruit was encouraging and we hope this positive response will continue to impact our youth and become an everyday routine that will benefit a lifetime.

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STEM Exposure Trip to Korea (April 19-23, 2017)

During the Easter holiday, 36 of our F.2 to F.5 students, together with 4 teachers, have joined a STEM exposure trip to Seoul from 19 to 23 April. They have experienced the latest technologies in Seoul and also explored Korean culture and development through visiting various museums and historical attractions. The visits to Samsung Innovation Museum (SIM), AmorePacific Beauty Products Factory and Digital Pavilion were eye-opening. Students have learnt more about the industrial and technological development in South Korea. Another highlight of the tour was the visit to KBS On. This has deepened students’ understanding about the broadcasting industry while experiencing first-hand the production process at one of the nation’s top broadcasting company. Two of our students took up the role of the news anchors at the News Experience Corner and performed impressively. Last but not the least, our students also enjoyed memorable moments wearing Hanbok, making Kimchi and appreciating the wonderful performance by the local students and teachers in Sindo High School during our visit.

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Easter Children Visiting (April 21, 2017)

The Community Youth Club and Social Service Group joint club children visiting service was held on 21st April, 2017 during Easter Holiday in the Methodist Church Epworth Village Community Center. Our 18 student volunteers spent a wonderful evening with the children, aged between 6 and 11 years old in the center. The first part of the service was to tutor the students and help them with their holiday homework. Volunteers communicated with the children enthusiastically and patiently. Then we played games and made mask art with the children. The energy level was high and the atmosphere was warm. At last, we distributed souvenirs together with drinks and snacks. It’s been a fruitful evening for all of us.

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PolyU STEM workshops (March to April, 2017)

S - Science

T - Technology

E - Engineering

M - Mathematics

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‘STEM’ - an acronym that refers to the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics collectively, has been a major area of focus to be promoted at schools ever since the 2015 Policy Address. It aims at fostering students’ innovative thinking and nurture young talents with a passion in science and technology who will help to enhance the international competitiveness of Hong Kong. With regard to this, our school co-organized a 3-day STEM workshop with the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) for 40 talented Form 1 and Form 2 students in March and April respectively, offering them an invaluable opportunity to explore cutting-edge technology through hands-on experience.

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The workshop quickly began with the welcome address by PolyU staff, followed by a campus tour, in which our students got the chance to visit various faculties and departments in PolyU. One of the highlights of the tour was the Biological Engineering Department, in which students watched video clips and real-life technical demonstrations on prosthetics, which was a large mechanical instrument. The video clip and demonstrations showed how a person who had his/ her limb amputated can be trained up to carry out daily activities with the use of prosthetics. This exposure and experience allowed students to see and explore modern biomedical technology for themselves.

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During the workshop, our students learnt basic science and computer knowledge, including the concepts of circuit, gear system, Arduino program and EMG waves. Afterwards, under the guidance and facilitation of PolyU students, they built their own muscle-signal controlled robotic car in the ‘Robotic Car Competition’ using a computer, a basic electronic kit and Arduino microcontroller kit by applying the skills they acquired previously. The competition was interesting, exciting and fun-filled as students were fully engaged in making use of what they learnt while competing against each other.

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All in all, our students benefitted a lot from the STEM workshop. Apart from gaining knowledge in various STEM areas, their horizons were also immensely broadened and they were greatly inspired to learn more about STEM education in the future.

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School Campus Health Ambassadors Programme (Red Cross) (March 24, 2017)

Booths were set up in the classroom to provide health information and body checks. The first one was a health check corner. Students were able to know more about their body conditions (e.g. BMI, blood pressure etc.). The second one was a Sports corner. Special prizes could be earned by students who successfully accomplished the required physical tasks (e.g. Speed Stairs). The third one was a lecture corner. Three display panels about healthy eating style, sleeping habits and pressure-dealing allowed students to find out more about their habits and make improvements on their lifestyles accordingly.

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Inter-house Dancing Competition (March 6, 2017)

The Inter-House Dance Competition was held on 6th March, 2017. The event was held at the LG2 playground. Ms. J. Ho and Ms. A. To were invited as judges. Many students came to show their support for their Houses and they’ve had a wonderful time. As the participants danced, audience cheered and sang along. After four rounds of hip-hop and jazz dances, St. Patrick House won the championship. The competition was well-organized and held successfully. We look forward to the next dance competition.

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F.4 LS Year Project (Feb to March, 2017)

In line with our school major concern on self-directed learning and e-learning, our Form 4 year project was conducted through a structured enquiry approach similar to the Independent Enquiry Study (SBA) of HKDSE Liberal Studies. Form 4 students are divided into groups and collect data from both primary sources and secondary sources. Through the guidelines given in the form of briefing sessions, worksheets, learning contracts and interviews with supervising teachers, students are assisted at various stages of their learning process to understand more on one of the five titles: the living condition of the poor, impact of gentrification on residents and retailers of West District after the construction of MTR, impact of filibustering and political parties on the governance of HKSAR government, development of agriculture in Hong Kong, achievement of sustainable development through sludge-treatment facility like T-park. We will celebrate the fruits of our work in May together with Dr. Sally Wan (Professor of Chinese University of Hong Kong), our Principal Mr. Kenneth Law and teachers of Academic team in May. This project has not just been a fruitful experience, but a fascinating one for our participants. The snapshots taken at the exposure trips speak for itself.

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Civic Education Programs (2nd Term) (Feb to March, 2017)

Civic Education Team strives to enhance students’ understanding on current affairs. In the second term, we organized city forums and talks on cyber bullying, underage drinking, expectation for our Chief Executive elect and intellectual property rights. Let’s have a look at some precious moments we share in these months.

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PTA Outing (February 18, 2017)

PTA organized an annual outing in February.  The aims of the activity are to strengthen the bonds and promote understanding between the school and parents.  The first destination of the journey is the “Lung Yeuk Tau Heritage Trail”.  The Trail is located at the northeast of Luen Wo Hui in Fanling, the New Territories. It provides an opportunity to learn about traditional life in the area of Lung Yeuk Tau and Fanling.  Many traditional Chinese buildings and structures have been preserved in their original state, thus demonstrating the history and life of early inhabitants in the New Territories. Our next stop is “Mr. Tsui’s Farm”.  Families can pick fresh produce such as strawberries, carrot, dates and different kinds of vegetables there. The final destination of our journey is the “Kam Tin Country Club” in Yuen Long.  Parents, students and teachers enjoy their barbecuing there with joy and fun.

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Form Three Choice of Subjects

The Form 3 Choice of Subjects (Stage 1) seminar was held on 4th March, 2017. Below are the PowerPoints of the ten DSE electives/course to be offered by the school.

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BAFS Biology Chemistry
Chinese History Economics Geography
History ICT M1
Physics    

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Form 5 Sports Day Camp (February 17, 2017)

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It was a beautiful day when we set off for Tai Tong Organic Eco Park. The Sports Day Camp is the highlight of the school year for Form 5 students. This year, we were particularly excited as we were going to ride a horse.

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Everyone was serious and attentive while listening to the instructor’s introduction of the habits and characteristics of the horses. It is, however, difficult to suppress our excitement as we finally got to experience a ride on the horse’s back. As the horse trotted and we started the stroll around the course, I imagined myself being a professional horse-rider galloping in the wilderness. Apart from the once-in-a-life-time experience of riding a horse, we were also fascinated by the opportunity to feed and interact with the horses in the stable.

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Form 4 Sports Day Camp (February 17, 2017)

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The Jockey Club Sai Kung Outdoor Training Camp was filled with liveliness and excitement as our Form Four students gathered for the Sports Day Camp. Split into groups, all students experienced a variety of physically-demanding outdoor activities, including archery, rock-climbing, abseiling and track-point hunting.

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Overwhelmed by the sense of accomplishment from their first attempt on archery, the girls displayed their full interest and attention in learning about shooting and experiencing it hand-on for the first time. Our skillful coaches guided us with care and humour, so our group of amateur archers could enjoy the fun of the sport! Abseiling was indeed the most challenging sports for most of the girls. Despite being terrified standing on a 5-storey high platform waiting to descend, we encouraged each other and cheered for each of our friends to soothe the slightly agitating atmosphere among us.

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The majority of track-point hunting involves running around the hills and grassy tracks to find clues for a sequence of numbers within the time limit. Under the scorching sun, the girls showed their amazing vitality and determination in solving every challenge while keeping the spirit up to finish the remaining journey. At the end of the day, the laughs and tears and even exhaustion itself were what really made this day remarkable and unforgettable!

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中文學會賀年週 (February 13-14, 2017)

為甚麼地庫二層傳來陣陣年糕的香氣呢?原來中文學會於二零一七年二月十三日及十四日一連兩日於地庫二層舉行賀年週。賀年週一向是中文學會的「重頭戲」,歷年吸引許多同學參與。

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本年賀年週共設有五個攤位遊戲──「求籤」、「猜燈謎」、「神話故事拼拼樂」、「寫揮春及后羿射日」。同學們均積極參與攤位遊戲,希望換取禮物。賀年週活動就在同學的歡聲笑語及陣陣食物的香氣中完滿結束。

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中文學會廣播劇比賽 (Novermber, 2016 - February, 2017)

於二零一六年十一月至二零一七年二月期間,中文學會舉辦了以中國神話故事為主題的廣播劇比賽,使擁有一把甜美聲線的同學可發揮所長,透過運用不同聲線的技巧演繹各個神話故事的人物。
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是次賽制頗為特別──先由三位評判李嘉雯老師、竺雪寅老師及余慧賢老師選出兩強,再由全校學生一人一票選出冠軍。

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究竟冠軍花落誰家呢?是次比賽冠軍由中五甲班余紀燁及中五丙班鄧婉恩同學奪得。她們僅以二人之力扮演故事中十五個角色,以普通話演繹《十二生肖的由來》,演繹得栩栩如生;亞軍則由中三甲班鄭可欣、林芯賢、譚雅妍、趙倩彤及陳珮嘉同學一起演繹《牛郎織女》的故事獲得。五位同學充滿感情的演繹讓眾師生再次被中國千年來可歌可泣的愛情故事感動;季軍則由演繹《青煙妖怪》的中三甲班鄺淩川、鄺淩山、中三乙班田子由及中三丁班梁安琪同學獲得。四位同學不僅以動人的聲線演繹一個姐弟情深的故事,更加入一些音樂效果,渲染故事情節氣氛,製作非常用心。

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Christmas Celebration (December 21, 2016)

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On 21st December, 2016, the annual Christmas Celebration organized by the Student Association, AIDOS has created a wonderful time for our fellow Franciscans.

 

There were three game sessions with four lucky draws this year. The first game was “Song Guessing”. Our schoolmates had to compete for marks by answering the names of songs mashed together. They enjoyed the game a lot and shown much enthusiasm.

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The second game was called “World Record”. Student representatives were sent to the stage to finish different interesting tasks. The most unforgettable moment of the game was when students had to say Merry Christmas with three marshmallows in their mouths. Their cute chubby faces had certainly amused many of us.

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“Finding Her” was our last game. Students had a great time looking for our teachers who were being hid among the crowd.

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We were glad to have Ms. R. Lee and Ms. L.Y. Cheung as our guests in the lucky draw session which involved four rounds.  Fourteen of them left received souvenirs from the Student Association and special gifts from Ms. Lee.

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All in all, our fellow Franciscans as well as the Student Association both had a great time celebrating the joyous festival with one another by engaging ourselves in such interesting games and sending out fabulous presents to spread the love and warmth to everyone. We would also like to thank our teacher advisors for giving us so much support and useful advice. Without their help, the event would not have been so successful. Last but not least, we hope all our schoolmates have enjoyed themselves and will continue to support AIDOS in the upcoming activities.

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Careers Talk (December 15, 2016)

We were honoured to have the Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Professor Joseph J.Y. Sung, as our guest speaker for the talk on "facing adversity and changes".

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Dr. Sung began with the sharing of his experience in handling the SARS outbreak in 2003, emphasizing that obstacles in life are inevitable and it all depends on how we deal with them. This has given him the opportunity to see how difficulties strengthen the solidarity of the people in Hong Kong. When people are united, nothing can stand in their way. This is why effective communication is of ultimate importance, especially in teamwork.

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Gratitude is another key to success. It is important to count our blessing and appreciate the small things in life when we feel despair in face of challenges. Dr. Sung also underscored the importance of upholding our integrity and modesty as leaders. Leaders, he stressed, should be prepared to make tough decisions and stand alone when facing criticisms. Besides, they have to look far and act fast. “Leaders are the first to see the need, envision the plan and take action. A good leader is always ready to walk the extra mile,” he said.

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It was a fruitful day for us. We have been enlightened by Dr. Sung’s sharing of his personal experience in overcoming challenges and qualities as a leader. We have learnt a great deal not just from the substantial content of Dr. Sung’s talk, but even more so from his charm and charismatic leadership.

 

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Fruit Fair (December 1, 2016)
In order to encourage students to eat more fruits and intake more fibres, a fruit fair was organized during lunch time in the LG covered playground. Various game counters were set up and students were each awarded a cup of fruit as prizes after playing the games. About 80 students participated in the activity and they all enjoyed the games and fresh fruits very much.

 

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Health Talk on Eye Protection (December 1, 2016)
In order to raise students’ awareness towards eye protection, two blind guest speakers from the Retina Hong Kong were invited to give a talk to our F.1 and 2 students on 1st December, 2016. One of the speakers was accompanied by a guide dog. In the talk, students were reminded to take a more serious care of their eyes and do eye exercise regularly. Besides, the ways blind people adapt to their daily life were also explained. Students were excited about seeing a lovely and obedient guide dog upclose. The talk in general was entertaining and educational.

 

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戲劇學會——莎士比亞工作坊

於2016年11月28日至11月30日,本校有幸邀請愛麗絲劇團的導莎士比亞工作坊經過三天的活動,同學更了解莎士比亞的生平、事蹟和他著名的作品——《暴風雨》。在扮演故事中的角色時,同學運用無窮無盡的創意,加插創新情節,讓人耳目一新。

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問: 工作坊中哪一件事讓你最深刻呢?
答: 我認為運用桌椅搭建其中一個劇中情節的場景的過程最深刻。這個活動令我明白只要運用想像力,如 把桌椅「變成」觀望台等,日常生活中簡單的擺設都能用作創造豐富的情境。
問: 你在莎士比亞的生平和劇作中有何得著?
答: 莎士比亞將一生奉獻給話劇創作和話劇演出,雖然在創作生涯中他遇到不同的挫折和瓶頸位,但依然努力不懈,最終寫下家傳戶曉的悲劇著作。從他身上,我學會只要堅持自己的夢想,不輕言放棄,成功就會來臨。
問: 如果來年會有相同類型的工作坊,你會否再次參加?
答: 會,因為工作坊讓我認識各種名人的事蹟,獲益良多。

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Swimming Gala (November 25, 2016)
The Annual Swimming Gala was successfully held at Victoria Park Swimming Pool on 25th November. It was a valuable opportunity for our diligent swimmers to stretch their potentials and demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship. We are honoured to have Ms. Janice, Poon Wan Yi, our school alumna, to be our guest of honour and take part in a friendly Inter-house freestyle relay with our swimmers. The day started with the salute by our school Principal Mr. Kenneth Law, and eight swimming team members. Our swimmers unleashed their full potential and put superb effort into the swimming gala. They displayed an insatiable hunger for victory. In the process, a number of swimmers were able to achieve their personal best times. After many hard-fought races, particularly in the relay events, St. Gabriel House won the Overall Champion of the Annual Swimming Gala. The contribution of our cheering girls should not be forgotten. They proudly chanted the house slogan and cheered for their swimmers passionately, fully reflecting their sense of commitment and energy. The champion of the cheering competition goes to St. Valentina House whose excellent performance has taken the event to its climax.

 

Congratulations to all winners and we would like to thank our teacher advisors, Ms. W. Tang and Ms P.H. Ho, and Hoi Tin Swimming Association for their advice and support.

 

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Leadership Training Camp (November 18, 2016)
The leadership training camp organized by the Student Association was successfully held on 18th and 19th November, 2016. Two warm-up games were held by the SA officers, followed by activities led by the campsite officials. The games were exciting and required collaboration among the participants in the accomplishment of a task. Through these games, trust and team spirit have been built up among the exco members of the clubs. It is believed that the leadership skills acquired in the camp will enable our student leaders to effectively lead our fellow students in the upcoming school activities.

 

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Inter-class Board Decoration Competition (November 17, 2016)
In front of the board at the back of the classroom gathered a bunch of students group of students with colour paper and staplers in their hands. There are paintbrushes, rolls of coloured paper, pieces of draft paper scattered on the desks. What’s happening? Yes! Everybody’s getting involved in the Inter-class board decoration competition.

 

Integrity, being the objective of the year, is the theme for the board decoration. This whole-school activity held every year by the Student Formation Team, aims at enhancing students’ understanding of the objective of the school.

 

On 17th November,2016, summer timetable was adopted, sparing an afternoon for students to decorate the board in their classroom together according to the draft they submitted to form teachers earlier that month. Under the rule that the English slogan “Integrity for life, live without strife” must be stated on the board, students flexed their creative muscles in the course of the activity. What if students could not finish their decoration before school ends? No worries! The deadline of the competition fell on 1st December, meaning that students could make use of their recess and lunchtime to finish off the decorations.

 

On the 2nd December, winning pieces are judged according to the following criteria: Relevance, display of a clear message, cleanliness, design, creativity and environmental friendliness. Two prizes are awarded in both the Junior (F.1-3) and Senior section (F.4-5), namely the Most Creative Award and the Most Outstanding Award.

 

The competition has provided our students with a valuable opportunity to establish a stronger rapport among classmates and develop a sense of belonging to their own class. The joyful moments of decorating the board collaboratively will be a precious piece of memory for every Franciscan.

 

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Campus Tour (October 29, 2016)
A campus tour was organized on 29th October, 2016 for 140 SFCS Primary 6 students and their parents. While walking around the campus, our guests had the chance to meet our student helpers and teachers-in-charge who were ready to guide and provide them with helpful information about the facilities and unique characteristics of the school. Primary students and parents have expressed particular interest in the special rooms and the magnificent roof garden.

 

The primary students were also seen participating actively in the treasure hunt while exploring about secondary school life. They left with hands full of fabulous prizes including a seedling and a pile of SA paper.

 

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School Major Concerns Information Day (October 11, 2016)
The School Major Concerns Information Day was held in the School Hall in the afternoon of 11 October 2016. Teachers and student representatives from various school teams introduced the 4 school major concerns 2016-2017 to all students through creative means such as drama, sharing and videos produced on their own. Our past students Cheri Au and Veronica Chan were invited to share their study skills and life planning experiences with their younger sisters.

 

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Civic Education Team Interactive Drama (October 7, 2016)
Each year, the Civic Education Team will select a main theme to enable our students to become responsible and informed citizens of our motherland and HKSAR. This year, we would like to enhance students' understanding of intellectual property rights. With the help of the Intellectual Property Department, an interactive drama was performed on October 7, 2016. A professional drama group introduced to us the meaning and importance of intellectual property rights in our society through an amusing robbery plot. Our students were invited to join their performance too. We had a great time of learning and playing. Let's have a look at some great moments of the drama.

 

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Installation of Prefects and Exco. Members (September 22, 2016)
Congratulations to the newly installed prefects, monitresses, exco members of the Student Association and Houses.

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School Official Opening Mass (September 15, 2016)
The School Official Opening Mass marked the beginning of the new academic year. The mass was celebrated by Fr. Philip Chan. We prayed for a fruitful year for all staff and students, and also the needs of the Church and the whole world. St. Francis’ is continued to undergo tremendous changes in the coming year as the redevelopment project is in its final stage. We pray for God’s guidance and blessings so that our school can overcome the obstacles. The mass ended solemnly with students singing “Bless this school” as the concluding hymn.

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House Election (September 15, 2016)
The event commenced with the presentation of the annual report and financial report of respective houses by the outgoing House Captains and Financial Secretaries, followed by the self introduction of the new house committee memebers. They all promised to strive their best to serve the house members and promote sportsmanship. Congratulations to all the new Exco. members of the four Houses!

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Form 6 Catholic Students' Retreat (September 10, 2016)
Businesses of life may sometimes take away the peace in our heart and distant us from God. To enable our Form 6 students to open their hearts to be loved and strengthened by our God in any circumstances, the Canossian Mission organized a retreat for all Form 6 students on September 10. On this special Saturday, we have understood more about the life and deeds of our Foundress, in an endeavor to follow her footsteps in making Jesus known and loved. Through Taize prayers, group activities and inspiring sharing by our alumni Annette Wong, we are reminded of the love and faith we share and the power of healing through God’s love even at difficult times. The inspiration we get from the day is beyond what words can describe. You will understand when you see the faces radiating with joy and shining with faith.

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Form 1 Orientation and Parents' Day (September 10, 2016)
We showed our warmest welcome to all the form one students and their parents on September 10. The programme commenced with the marvellous performances given by the School Western Symphony Orchestra and the Chinese Instrumental Orchestra. Our school prinicipal, Mr. Kenneth Law gave his welcoming speech and a brief report on the latest progress of the school redevelopment project. We were also glad to invite two form three students - Zen Kong and Zoe Kong to share their school life in St. Francis with the new form one students. Their fruitful sharing was helpful to the new students in setting their academic goals as well as making their choices on extra-curricular activities. The introduction in the school hall ended with the beautiful performance by the School Chinese Dance Team. The students and parents then met their class teachers in respective classrooms. We wish our form one students a fruitful and enjoyable school life in St. Francis!

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SA Election (September 8, 2016)
The election of the executive commitee of the Student Association was successfully held on September 8. After months of preparation, the two cabinets - Aidos and Unix challenged each other on the stage. Both cabinets had to answer questions prepared by the current SA exco and the floor. They also had to perform a short role play to promote a school function with limited preparation time. The 16 potential executive committee members demonstrated strong team spirit, confidence and dedication. Eventually, students showed their support to Aidos by voting. Aidos becomes the executive committee of the Student Association of the academic year 2016-17. Congratulations!

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