Good morning, Rev Chan, Rev Yu, students and teachers,
It seemed not so long ago have I delivered my school opening speech, and now, 10 months have passed by; it is already the school closing ceremony.
I am sure, through the past 10 months, you all have improved and become better in some ways. I hope you all have achieved the goals you had set for yourselves. If you haven’t, don’t fret. Keep on trying, work hard, and you will get there. I assure you.
Now, as the school year is coming to an end, it is time for us to reap what we have sown. Congratulations, award winners. In a minute’s time, you will come to stage to collect your awards. We are immensely proud of your achievements, no matter academic, sports, arts or community services. Let these awards be constant reminders to you: you can do it. Remember all the hard work and efforts you have put in? Put in the same, if not more, efforts on the next goal you wish to achieve. You can do it. Nothing is impossible.
For those who haven’t received any awards this year, your hard work will not be in vain. I remember at the start of the term, I have encouraged students to participate in more activities, and to extend beyond your limit. I’m glad to see that many of you have done it. If you have tried your best, and have become a better version of yourself than yesterday, I commend you. You have done a great job. Your effort and labor are the building blocks of your future success.
Next year will be an exciting year for STMC. First of all we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary! The theme of our celebration is “Believe, love and serve”. Different celebration activities will be held, and it is only with your participation that these activities are meaningful! Let’s celebrate together and work together for our 30th birthday.
Next year, we will also strengthen the Form Teacher’s Lesson. Facing the ever changing society where Christian and moral values are challenged, the school plays an increasingly important role in helping young people to establish a proper value system. My thanks go to my colleagues who have been working hard on the curriculum.
Next year, there will be a big change in the class scheduling. We will resume the Cycle System. We will have Day 1 to Day 6 in a teaching cycle. The purpose of introducing this change is to allow more teaching hours for different subjects. It may take you a little time to get used to the new system but I am sure you can settle in very soon.
Lastly, we are thankful for a wonderful and joyous school year. The long summer lies ahead of you. Do not just sit there and let the time tick on by. Do what you want to do. Try new things. Go outdoors and explore places you’ve never been to. Have fun with friends and family, and do something worthwhile. Youth is too precious thing to waste away. Seize the day.
Wishing all of you a happy summer! Thank you.