CATHOLIC NEWS OF THE WEEK . Sunday, 1 September 2019

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St. Clare’s School celebrates 85 years

Hong KOng (SE): St. Clare’s School, one of the oldest English medium Catholic schools in Hong Kong, marks its 85th anniversary this year. 

Founded in 1927 by the Missionary Sisters of Our Lady of the Angels from Canada, the vision of the school sponsoring body is for students, following the example of St. Clare, to embrace the virtues of simplicity and fraternity. Veritas Vincit was adopted as the school motto, meaning Truth Conquers. 

Taking Veritas Vencit (Truth conquers) as its motto, St. Clare’s opened its doors with only seven students on Nathan Road, Kowloon, as an English institute. Later, it moved to Homantin, then to Prospect Place, Pokfulam, where it began offering both secondary and primary education. 

In 1959, a new school building on Mount Davis Road, Kennedy Town, provided by the government allowed more students to be accommodated. 

Today, the primary section remains at Prospect Place, while the secondary section is at Mount Davis. 

Despite countless changes and challenges over the past 85 years, The school’s mission remains the same, to foster the all-round development of its students, extending their talents and potentials, nurturing young girls into mature young women who abide by the law and virtues of the Christian faith. 

Over the years, St. Clare’s has produced a large number of graduates who have contributed to all sectors of society including, Elsie Leung, the former justice secretary of Hong Kong; Vera Waters, managing director of Long Benefit Enterprises Ltd., the first woman to set up a beauty and charm school in Hong Kong and listed as one of the 100 outstanding women entrepreneurs of China; Frances Yip, prominent singer; Jean M Wong, founder of the Jean M. Wong School of Ballet; Lessie Wai, former director of the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department; and Susan Chan, who wrote the screenplay for the highly successful movie, A Simple Life, for which she was awarded Best Screenplay at the 31st Hong Kong Film Awards.

In celebration of the school’s 85th anniversary, a dinner was held on May 4 at the Grand Hall of the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre. The Past Students Association chairperson, Amelia Cheung, officiated at the gathering which also featured interviews with distinguished past students. Before dinner, the former bishop of Hong Kong, Joseph Cardinal Zen Ze-kiun, led a prayer and blessed all participants. 

Guests were entertained by a dazzling array of performances, including dances by primary and secondary students, a birthday cake presented by 85 kindergarten students and a medley sung by 85 past students. The highlight of the evening was a performance by Frances Yip. 

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