Dear Parents and students,

School has started for more than a month and I hope you are already enjoying the school life. May this school year be a fruitful one for you.

This year we have an exciting theme—The Secrets of Joy. I am sure you are eager to know what these secrets are. Perhaps I would like to start with what joy is not: joy is not in external things or circumstances, it is in us; it is not the pleasure that gives us fleeting momentary and instant gratification. It is not the happiness that gives us comfort, convenience, security and ease. That is sofa-happiness only, according to Pope Francis, and it will make us drowsy and lazy and eventually paralyze us.

Rather, joy is a state of Be-ing that powerfully affects the world around us; a state of an eagerness and enthusiasm for life and what is good. God loves us and have planted seeds of joy in our heart. We have to nurture these seeds and make them grow. How? The secrets of joy lie in being grateful persons, generous in sharing and serving as well as living life to the full, just as the great writer Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy said, “Joy can be real only if people look upon their life as a service, and have a definite object in life outside themselves and their personal happiness.”
 
In line with this theme, we will focus on helping our girls to be positive and grateful self-directed learners who are mindful of the needs of others. We will help them build on their strengths and broaden their global perspective. More importantly, we want our girls to know that real joy is not without struggle or pain but it defies them.

This summer, two big world events have taken place—the Olympic Game in Rio and the World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland. You must be proud to know that we have our big sister Hopers participating in these great events. Marathon Runner Christy Yiu, Hoper, finds joy in the austere training and competition. The 6 secondary girls participating in the World Youth Day were filled with joy despite the fatigue of walking many kilometers under the hot sun. Their dauntless spirit testifies that there is something more than comfort, and we will experience joy when that something is attained.

May the seed of joy in us grow and become a source of joy for others. Have a joy-filled year.

Sr. Pauline Yuen, MIC
Supervisor and Principal