Date: 10 July 2020
The eloquent speech was followed by a prize presentation, an important part of recognizing the graduates’ success in academic performance and personal development. The graduation speech was another highlight of the event. The Honour House Captain, Queenie Leung, shared some of the most touching moments in their school life, whilst the Vice-captain gave a vote of thanks to the school for all it had done for them. The delightful evening was topped off with the school song and hymns sung by the school choir, which inspired the graduates to live out the school motto: ‘Love, Integrity, Purity and Perseverance and live for the glory of God.
The graduation ceremony started with a song of praise and a prayer to the Lord. This special occasion was an incredible opportunity for our S6 girls to celebrate their hard work and achievements with teachers and family, and it was also a landmark in their academic life. After the Principal, Ms Constance Cheung, gave a report on school development, the Supervisor, Dr Eddie Ho, presented Service Awards and Lifetime Service Awards in recognition of the contribution from the teachers and staff who have been at the school for many years. This was followed by the speech from the Guest of Honour, Dr So Kwok-sang, the Secretary General of the Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority, who suggested the graduates be thankful for their teachers and parents’ continued effort and support in their studies and personal development. He also impressed on them the importance of upholding the value of ‘MIT’, an acronym for:
Momentum – accomplishing goals with a clear direction, ambition, undivided attention and increasing force as Paul said in the Bible ‘Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.’ (Philippians 3:13-14)
Initiative – adopting a positive attitude towards life and studies, and actively participating in learning activities that lead to high self-efficacy and fruitful outcomes
Integrity – living in the light and becoming a person who pleases the Lord are the code of conduct as the Bible says ‘so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, (Colossians 1:10) and ‘and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.’ (Colossians 1:12)
– pursuing honesty to build a noble character gives rise to good conduct, long-lasting happiness, great prestige and strong competitiveness
Time – cherishing time, managing time wisely, grasping opportunities and always being well-prepared are the keys to success as the Bible says, ‘Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.’ (Psalm 90:12)