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42nd Speech Day

S.K.H. Lui Ming Choi Secondary School
42nd Speech Day
 
The forty-second Speech Day of S.K.H. Lui Ming Choi Secondary School was successfully held on 5th July, 2019 at the school hall, with the presence of Mr. Joseph Lu, Council Member & General Secretary, Lui Ming Choi Foundation. Other prominent guests included members of the Incorporated Management Committee and Representatives of the 159th Hong Kong Scout Group.
 
After the procession of the official party into the school hall, the ceremony began. Reverend Christine Ho, the School Chaplain, led the opening prayer, This was followed by welcome address delivered by the Supervisor and Chair of the Incorporated Management Committee, Dr. Jane Lee Ching Yee. The annual school report was then delivered by our Principal, Mrs. Julie Ma. She introduced the choice of a growth mindset which was about belief in students’ efforts, belief in teachers’ own potential and belief in even better things yet to happen to make LMC a school true to its name and motto. She then thanked teams of teachers and staff who had made possible the School’s 45th anniversary celebration activities. This year, teachers devoted time to meet, to discuss issues, evaluate operations, listen to each other, seek understanding and make decisions that would move the school forward. Application has been made to the Quality Education Fund with hopes of converting and renovating one of the computer rooms to build a STEM Laboratory. We have also planned to make better use of space in the school so that we could enable students to self-learn, relax and enjoy school life even more. This year was the first year of the new three-year School Development Plan. Two major concerns for school development were identified. The first one is to motivate students to self-learn and improve academic performance. The second one is to enhance students’ sense of responsibility and build the culture of appreciation in the school. Acceptance and self-esteem are closely connected to confidence and motivation. Students were required to set their personal best (PB) which could be one about attitude, effort, a learning habit or scores in a certain subject. A fact sheet was designed to help students work hard, work smart and set their own PB goal. This year, for staff development, teachers paid a visit to a local EMI school to learn more about values education, guidance, discipline and learning support. A Package Design Task Group was formed and several aspects school operations had been reviewed. They included the offer of subject choices as electives for students in the senior levels, how we group and stream students, ways to engage students in using free lessons wisely for self-study purpose and better coordination of after-school activities in the planning of learning cycles. The School is one of the Lui Ming Choi schools in Hong Kong. And being one of them, we are fortunate and successful in receiving funding from Lui Ming Choi Foundation to organize religious activities to spread Christian faith and enhance positive values in the students. Mrs. Ma praised the distinguished students and graduates who excelled in different areas, including sports, music, uniform groups, dance, drama, speech, debating, STEM, Mathematics, Chemistry, Information Technology, Visual Arts, media production and reading competitions. Students were also generous to engage in community services and student leaders offered their leadership to support fellow students at School. Mrs. Ma also congratulated all the graduates on the positive HKDSE results (2018). Among the 122 F.6 students, 95.1% of them received offers from various institutions. At last, Mrs. Ma requested all the graduates to make their being count and remember the fond LMC memories.
 
Afterwards, Mr. Joseph Lu, the Guest of Honour, gave us an inspiring speech which was a great enlightenment to the youth. He started with recounting his great-grandfather’s story in the Qing Dynasty. Mr. Lui was an orphan living in a very poor village. When he was young, he was the first one who confessed to be a Christian publicly in his hometown. Years later, life gradually improved his first child, Mr. Lui Ming Choi, also believed in God. And all of his children, including five boys and seven girls, were Christians. Mr. Lui Ming Choi was a very successful businessman. At an early age, he had already set up the Lui Ming Choi Foundation, aiming to create “Impact of life on lives”, spreading the Gospel, nurturing students’ moral, intellectual and spiritual skills and knowledge, and most importantly, receiving the gift of eternal life. Mr. Lu also mentioned the current issue of Hong Kong government’s proposition to change the Fugitive Offenders Ordinance, allowing Hong Kong suspects to be extradited to Mainland China where they would be tried in Court. He used the Bible (Micah 6:8) to analyze the present escalating situation. “He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” First, God has set criterion of social life for us. We need to do what is right and to act justly. Second, we need to understand the foundation of justice (eternal) and the situation of justice (variable). What Japan did in World War II is injustice. Therefore, when the Yasukuni Shrine was visited by Japanese leaders such as the former Prime Minister Junichro Koizumi, it provoked howls of protest across regions like China and South Korea. Third, to choose and love mercy does not mean amnesties can be given to alleged perpetrators of serious crimes. Humility in the Bible means we should listen attentively to views expressed and seek to build others up. Last but not least, we should walk humbly with God and walk our own path, including the decision of whether we will join procession to exercise our freedom of expression. Never walk someone else’s path just because you feel emotionally indebted to them.
This is the truth that we should pursue.
 
Speech Day reached its climax with the presentation of certificates, scholarships and prizes in academic and extra-curricular activities to both graduates and students with distinguished achievements. The vote of thanks was then delivered by our F.6 graduate, Wong Sing. The day was further embellished by the impressive handchime performance by our students. The singing of the school hymn marked the end of the ceremony.
 
It was an evening filled with reflections and joy for the graduates as they reunited with their teachers, classmates and friends.