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The 43rd Speech Day

Student Tang Ming Ho read the Bible passage
Dr Jane Lee Ching Yee, SSB Manager & Supervisor, gave a Speech of Welcome
Mrs. Julie Ma, the School Principal, delivered the Annual Report
The Rt Revd Andrew Chan, our Guest of Honour, addressed the audience
The Rt Revd Andrew Chan, our Guest of Honour, presented graduation certificates to Form 6 graduates
Mr. So Kai Ming, SSB Manager, presented prizes
Revd Christine Ho, SSB Manager, presented prizes
Mr. Lee Wan Tang, SSB Manager, presented prizes
Ms Ng Chung Yan, SSB Manager, presented prizes
Mr Chan Tsz Chung, SSB Manager, presented prizes
Mr Lam Chun Hei, Alternate SSB Manager, presented prizes
Mr. Yim Chun Ho, Alumni Manager, presented prizes
Dr. Jane Lee Ching Yee presented prizes
Li Wing Lam Form 6 graduate representative, gave a Vote of Thanks
Dr Jane Lee Ching Yee presented a souvenir to The Rt Revd Andrew Chan
A photo of the stage party
The forty-third Speech Day of S.K.H. Lui Ming Choi Secondary School was successfully held on 4th July, 2020 at the school hall, with the presence of The Rt Revd Andrew Chan, Bishop of the Diocese of Western Kowloon of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui. Other prominent guests included members of the Incorporated Management Committee.
After the procession of the official party into the school hall, the ceremony began. The School Chaplain, The Revd Christine Ho, led us an opening prayer, followed by the speech of welcome 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. To begin with, she mentioned that the campus of this school year has been painted with many beautiful moments in spite of the incident in our society and the COVID-19 pandemic. The beauty comprises conversations and collaboration inspired by patience, love and care in the LMC community. Compared to previous school years, there are more challenges but also opportunities for learning; interruption which demand new decision making but also invitation for creative response and adjustments of plans among teachers and staff. This year, both teachers and students have continued to work with the choice of Growth Mindset which is about beliefs in students’ efforts and potential. It is also about belief in even better things yet to happen to make LMC a school true to its motto (Leadership, Motivation & Caring). To meet the educational needs of students, works have been carried out in the current academic year. After a full-scale school building inspection, the major repairs, emergency repairs, minor internal conversion works and reorganization of rooms have been on schedule and they will be completed this summer. Renovation of the school hall and the new activity room (also known as St. Timothy’s Church) have also been undertaken to enhance school facilities which can have in positively impacting the performance of both students and staff. This year, teachers have spent much time having meetings to enhance communication and collaboration. They have made use of the opportunities to discuss issues, evaluate school operations, seek understanding and make decisions that can move the school forward and respond to student needs. Another noteworthy item is the whole school has continued to go green. Communication with parents is by means of eNotice while ePayment has also been on the way so that daily administrative work can be handled more efficiently. This is the second year of the 3-Year School Development Plan. The two major concerns are to motivate students to self-learn and improve academic performance; and to raise students’ sense of responsibility and cultivate appreciation in the school. We faced challenges during class suspension. Thanks to technology, IT experts and our team of teachers. Students were provided with learning materials through school website and e-learning platforms so that they could continue their studies at home, thereby achieving the objective of ‘suspending classes without suspending learning’. Their self-discipline, self-management and self-learning ability had been improved as a result of a lack of opportunity to come back to school. Their self-regulated ability was best boosted with the genuine need. Indeed, despite the pandemic and class suspension, students were provided with a range of programmes and activities from September to January and they performed exceptionally well. The first major concern of the School Development Plan is achieved. With regard to community service, our student leaders who offer their leadership to support fellow students at school have demonstrated a remarkable sense of responsibility. From offering a helping hand at the school to volunteering in large-scale activities, we hope to direct our students’ hearts and effort towards the community and to make a positive difference in the lives of people. They live out our school motto and the second major concern is also achieved. Schools are a place for students to learn to make choices. In recent years, we have encouraged students to set their own goals and achieve their personal best (PB). A fact sheet (Love My Child/Children) designed by our teachers was given to parents on Parents’ Day. Students are learning to become adults as they continue to move through cycles of their growth and development. In the process, they have the right to make mistakes and the responsibility to learn and improve. There is always time for a new PB and the search for excellence is a lifelong process. Mrs. Ma continued to summarize the academic achievements of the eighth cohort in public examinations. Among the 120 F.6 students in the 2018-2019 graduating class who sat the HKDSE, 97.5% received offers from various local and overseas tertiary institutions. She was proud of them for they had been able to improve upon themselves and meet their own PB. She thought it was important that every student in the School could recognize each one of us was unique and they had learnt to embrace diversity and surpass one’s own record. Mrs. Ma also urged all the graduates to dream big. “Be a light to ignite fire in people around you”. She also mentioned the foreword of our student newspaper, 「呂途」.  All graduates are almost done with their time here in LMC. The journey they have been through here could be with ups and downs. Six years have passed and they should set out for a new chapter with hope and confidence. It is hoped that when they look back, they will miss all the things they have done in this chapter of their life, the LMC journey. They have met some amazing people, done something very different which they are proud of when looking back.
The Rt Revd Andrew Chan, the Guest of Honour, gave us an inspiring speech which was a great enlightenment to our graduates. He mentioned that the current school year was not an easy one for all the Hong Kong people as the unstable situation made us feel hopeless and helpless. He then used Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr (American theologian) to analyze the present situation.
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference.”
There are three biblical truths we can apply to the Serenity Prayer. First of all, when life feels out of control, it is easy to try to control everything around us! Some of us do the opposite and just throw our hands up and give up on the situation or person. Whichever extreme we go to, serenity continues to move further from our life. Accepting and submitting to God’s control and plan for our life is the only way to find serenity in situations we cannot control or change. We may not always know God’s plan but we can let go of trying to orchestrate and manipulate events and people and let God work through us. God promises a supernatural peace when we bring our worries and concerns to Him in prayer. Second, the Holy Spirit is able to give us courage to follow and act upon God’s plan for our life. Instead of running away from what seems too difficult, we can call upon the power of God for courage to move forward into the full life He has planned for us. Third, wisdom is a gift that God promises to give to those who ask for it! We can make use of wisdom to differentiate what we can change and what we cannot. God will tell us, through his Word or answers in prayers, when to accept things and when to take courage to change them. He urged all graduates to develop these attitudes as they face their future.
Speech Day reached its climax with the presentation of certificates, scholarships and prizes in academic and extra-curricular activities to both graduates and distinguished students. The Vote of Thanks was delivered by our F.6 graduate, Li Wing Lam. On behalf of all the F.6 graduates, she expressed their gratitude to the school, parents, teachers and classmates for the time of learning and growth at LMC. 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.