School News
11 Oct 2018 - Hong Kong Schools Music Festival & Speech Festival 70th Anniversary Gala

At the heart of the aesthetic education in Good Hope School is our continuous effort to nurture music and speech talents. To this end students are given a rich diet of learning opportunities both inside and outside the classroom. Every year, many of our students benefit from the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival and Speech Festival. As these two prestigious Festivals are celebrating their 70th Anniversary, our students were invited to perform at the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival & Speech Festival 70th Anniversary Gala on 9th September 2018 at the Concert Hall of Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Representatives from our Choral Speaking Teams and School Choir took part in the English Drama Medley and Choir Performances. Zoe Lau (2C), Chloe Pang (6C) and Lynette Wong (6D) were selected to perform at the Grand Finale where they did a poem recitation.

Just like the Festivals, the evening was a wonderful learning opportunity for the participants, as well as a big treat for the audience. You can listen to the highlights of the evening at the following link:

https://70.hksmsa.org.hk/audio-programme.html












6 Oct 2018 - New S.1 Information Session

On 6 October 2018, keen parents and students who were interested to get more information about our school and learn how to apply for our S.1 places came to join our new S.1 Information Session.

Upon arrival, they were greeted by our friendly S.1 and S.2 Student Ambassadors. The Information Session started with presentations by Sister Pauline Yuen MIC (Supervisor), Mrs. Laura Green (Principal) and Ms. Helen Yu (Vice Principal, Academic Affairs). These focused on the mission and core values of Good Hope School, how the school nurtures students to be women leaders of tomorrow, as well as the curriculum and academic achievements of our students.

To ensure the participants had a better understanding of our school, a group of current S.1 students - together with two of our S.2 musicians, the Head Girl and Head Prefect - performed a role play showcasing their school lives and how the core values are instilled into the students through a variety of co-curricular activities and other learning experiences. Our Head Girl and Head Prefect also shared with the audience how the school has helped Good Hopers to unleash their potential to be leaders.

The Question-and-Answer Session began after Ms. Fiona Sze had explained the admission procedures to parents and students in detail. Our prospective Good Hopers were very eager to ask questions showing their interest in learning more about our school. The S.1 (2019-2020) application period is between 8 and 25 October 2018. We look forward to meeting our new Little Sisters in the coming September.














6 Oct 2018 - World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Hong Kong 2018

The newly-established Computing and Robotics Team is delighted to announce pleasing results at the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) Hong Kong 2018. The WRO is a global competition which requires participating teams to design, build and program robots to perform tasks within a time limit.

Bella Lee (5F) and Toby Chan (5F) were crowned Second Runner-up in the senior high category. In the junior high category, Kristen Chu (4D), Rachel Yip (4F) and Vivian Chan (4F) achieved the First-class Award, conferred to teams that rank within the top 30%. Congratulations to them all!




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5 Oct 2018 - Positive Education Sharing at GHS

On 5 October, 67 teachers from 35 local schools arrived at our school to attend a one-day sharing session cum workshop, jointly organized by Good Hope School, La Salle College and Wofoo Foundation. The primary aim was to share the development and implementation of Positive Education in both schools.

We were very honoured that our Principal, Mrs. Laura Green, and Chairperson of Wofoo Foundation, Dr. Joseph Lee, delivered the welcoming speeches. In the morning, three teachers from our Values Education Team (VET) talked about how the rationale of Positive Education is in line with the mission of our school, and how it is implemented through a whole-school approach. Students’ work and souvenirs were showcased to the guests during the break. They were really impressed with what we had done..

In the afternoon, the VET teachers hosted a workshop to share with our guests how to reinforce one of the character strengths – hope – through different activities, including video appreciation, choosing messages of hope and making the Jar of Hope. These functions also aimed to help the teachers relax. There was a lot of fun and laughter during the process. To end the workshop, the VET led the PET dance and everyone took part blissfully.








4 Oct 2018 - Month of Rosary Bible Service

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary, which in following our school’s tradition, is a time of earnest prayer to God and Mother Mary. The Rosary puts emphasis on the Word of God and allows us to understand the in-depth meanings therein, while at the same time gives us concentration and focus with our spiritual well-being. Students and staff participated in the Rosary wholeheartedly with optimism and reverence during the morning assembly in the covered playground. The Bible Service reminded us of Mary’s blessing, protection, and influence to us all. Let us follow the benevolent example of Mother Mary throughout the year.








27 Sep 2018 - International Night

Our International Festival (22nd to 29th September) culminated in the International Night on 27th September. Delegates from our sister schools from Shanghai and The Netherlands; our local sister school Tak Oi Secondary School; and La Salle College – our partnering school for the Netherlands exchange programme – gathered together in our school. Over some mouth-watering local Chinese dishes, the exchange buddies had the chance to reconnect with our visitors and guests. Highlights of the night were the lion dance show, staged by Good Hopers, and unique performances from each of the participating schools. It was a wonderful spectacle to see different cultures mingling and interacting – long may this international celebration continue!












26 Sep 2018 - Character Day

Bringing hope to ourselves and others is very important. Without hope, we will never be able to overcome anything in our lives. The theme for Character Day Hong Kong this year is Bring Hope. It is in line with the school theme of the previous year: Give Hope Through Kindness. To celebrate this special day, a video chosen from Let It Ripple Film Studio was shown during lunch in Our Lady’s Hall. The video explores the 3,000-year history of humans wrestling with the question of how to live life with meaning and purpose. Many students shared their thoughts after watching the video!












24 Sep 2018 - Happy International Week

Accompanied by their homestay buddies, 10 students from Sophianum (Gulpen, The Netherlands) and six from Shanghai Normal University High School (Shanghai, China) arrived at Good Hope School on the morning of 24 September, ready to start their one-week exchange programme.

On the 1st day, our friends from the Netherlands and Shanghai also joined the mid-Autumn Festival celebration with their buddies and their respective classmates during lunch. Our schoolmates shared mooncakes and other festive snacks with them.

During the week, our exchange students experienced local school life as well as joining company visits to Radio Television Hong Kong, South China Morning Post and Lee Kum Kee Hong Kong. At Lee Kum Kee, they took part in the Cooking Experience contest.

Students from both schools enjoyed the experience of making new friends and understanding more about the culture of our city.












23 Sep 2018 - Celebration of Success Concert

To showcase the outstanding accomplishments of Good Hope Musicians, the Celebration of Success concert proudly presented their finest performance yet to the Good Hope Family. Talented musicians from the Chinese Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and Symphony Orchestra gave us an in-depth knowledge of their tour experiences and success, but most importantly, they shared heartfelt music from beloved iconic works such as Pirates of the Caribbean, which left the audience in warm satisfaction and awe.

A big round of applause should go to all musicians for their dedication and hard work, in addition to those who ensured the smooth running of the concert. As the old saying goes, “nothing worth having comes easy”, hence we wish for the continuous strive of our musicians to exceed expectations and for greater success in all their future endeavors.














19 - 20 Sep 2018 - Central Board Platform 2018-2019

The election of the new Central Board has once again drawn to a delightful close. The 20 candidates, who respectively ran for positions in Activities, Administration, Promotion, and Religious Activities, were supported tremendously by waves of cheers and chants in the school hall. As the candidates stood with absolute confidence on stage, they took turns pledging their promises and expounding future plans to the school body.

Throughout the platform, candidates held their own and showcased a vast collection of strengths and talents through performing multiple challenging tasks. They all presented themselves to the audience as capable and strong aspiring leaders. Lastly, the Central Board Platform concluded with students and staff members casting their crucial votes in support of their ideal candidates.

We hope that the elected board members will continue to enrich student' school life with meaningful and fulfilling events, while at the same time bringing the Good Hope Family excitement and joy through all their efforts.














14 Sep 2018 – Club Promotion Day

The Good Hope club and team ExCo members gave their all while hosting the Club Promotion Day, which took place in the covered playground during lunch time joined by crowds of interested students. The venue was filled with curiosity and excitement as clubs were eagerly being promoted. Teachers also took part inviting passers-by to sign up. Halfway through the event, the Dance Club graced us with two energetic performances and was rewarded by the crowd with a thunderous round of applause. Everyone had a glimpse of the wealth of co-curricular activities the school has to offer, and many expressed great enthusiasm towards the clubs and teams they've joined. We hope that these precious opportunities will shine to their fullest by our schoolmates in the coming year.








7 Sep 2018 – Mass of the Holy Spirit

On the bright morning of 7th September, all students and staff gathered enthusiastically to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Father Efren Ojeda reminded us that no one is perfect and taught us at the same time to open up ourselves for what lies ahead. We hope that this inspiring mass not only can help students prepare for the upcoming challenges and difficulties, but also to avoid putting too much pressure on themselves, all the while trying to find joy through giving, which lives up to the school theme. The whole school body then took the opportunity to pray wholeheartedly for the success of the new school year.





3 Sep 2018 – Opening Assembly and Presentation of Amy Wong Awards

After a long summer holiday, the start of a new and refreshing school year has finally arrived. Students gathered together at the primary hall to attend the School Opening Assembly. All attendees, including the teachers and staff, prayed earnestly for a joyous and fruitful year.

The assembly commenced with Sister Pauline and Mrs. Green introducing the new teachers and the school theme for this year― “Find Joy through Giving”. Invitations were extended to help people in need in order to experience true happiness. Ms. Amy Wong, a past student of the school, then gave an inspiring speech reminding everyone that miracles can be sparked even from the ordinary. She also presented the Amy Wong High Achiever Award to Cheris Lee of 6F, who scored excellent results in the 2018 HKDSE, achieving seven 5**, as well as awarding Marina Chan of 6F the Most Improved Student award for her efforts. The Good Hope Family is proud of their remarkable achievements. We extend to them our heartiest congratulations and may we also see much success in all we do.







30 Aug 2018 – Creating a Flourishing School Environment through Positive Education

Supporting mental health and wellbeing is a key part of Positive Education, which is of the utmost importance to our school. A whole-day workshop about contextual wellbeing was therefore arranged for all teachers on 30 August, to facilitate the building of an equitable, inclusive and cohesive learning environment.

The workshop was conducted by Dr Helen Street, co-creator of the Positive Schools Initiative. Dr Street has extensively advocated youth mental health since 1999 and is the author of several books about mental health and wellbeing. The first part of the workshop introduced the idea of contextual wellbeing, supported by activities and discussions. Teachers were given an insight into the importance of social influence and context, intrinsic motivation and strengthening resilience.

After learning from the morning session, teachers were grouped together to share their ideas on how to create a healthy learning environment. Through Positive Education, we work towards the same goal of turning Good Hope into a model positive school and to support all Good Hopers to thrive.







26 Aug 2018 - Unleashing Leadership Potential via AdventureShip

Leadership comes from your actions, not your post or position. Being a leader requires training and experience for one to be fully prepared. To help with this, incoming student leaders from the Central Board, Prefect Board, Houses and Clubs joined a Leadership Training Camp (“AdventureShip”) from the 25 to 26 August, aiming to develop our students’ leadership skills and unleash them leadership potential.

Students took part in various survival-in-sea training exercises, like sea jumping, walking along a plank to touch a paper hanging over the water, climbing around the edge of the ship with nothing to hold but their friends’ hands, swimming to a beach as if they had to abandon the ship in an accident, watching over the security of the ship at night and many more. In addition, preparing meals for more than 40 people was not a simple task to them. All these activities required their perseverance, courage and most importantly their trust in and collaboration with others.

Following this experience, our student leaders are now prepared to take up the responsibilities of serving the school and helping one another in their teams. Long-lasting memories from the training were engraved on their hearts. The two-day experiences definitely help them to take up their roles at school, and beyond, in the future.











25 Aug 2018 - New S1 Parents' Day

The new school year is underway.  To help Secondary 1 students transition well to their new school life, the school invited all new parents to a Parents’ Day on 25 August.

The day started with a sharing by Mrs. Josephine Ling, founder of the non-profit organisation “Hong Kong Character City Movement”, which focuses on the importance of character formation and development. Her personal story was shared in the RTHK program "Stress between Parents and their Children" and she was recognised as one of the "Outstanding Parents in 2012".  During her talk, she gave some very practical and useful tips to the new group of parents about how to strengthen their children's character formation and resilience through effective communication. With the sharing over, parents were arranged into small groups to discuss the issues related to adapting to life at Good Hope and what the parents should do to help.

After the sharing and discussion in the morning session, parents met their daughters' Class Teachers and Foster Parents for the first time and learned more about the arrangements for the first month of school. At the end of the day, Catholic families gathered to gain an insight into the religious side of the school, from getting to know the Religious Education and Catholic teachers to learning about the religious activities held in school.









16 Aug 2018 - Bronze Award in 2018 China Girls’ Mathematical Olympiad

It is our great pleasure to inform you that Karina Chu of 6F (3rd from the left in the photo) was chosen to represent Hong Kong in the 2018 China Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (CGMO) held in Chengdu. The contest comprised 148 contestants from Hong Kong, Macau, Russia, Singapore and a number of different provinces in Mainland China. This year, the Hong Kong Team won a total of 3 Silver and 5 Bronze medals. Karina was awarded a Bronze medal. Please join us in congratulating Karina for her outstanding achievement at this event.







July 2018 - Chinese Orchestra Austria Slovakia Music Tour

In mid July, the Good Hope School Chinese Orchestra represented Hong Kong by performing at the Opening Ceremony of the Austrian-Chinese Profound Arts Festival (ACPAF). Following the Ceremony, the Orchestra was ratified as the first Chinese Orchestra ever to perform on the famous stage of the Größe Saal. Moreover, one of the Orchestra leaders, Michelle Lee, has been appointed as the 1st Austrian-Chinese Arts Ambassador in Hong Kong. She is to facilitate the ongoing arts, music and culture exchange between the two countries.

In addition to performances with Chinese instruments, the Orchestra also collaborated with professional musicians from Austria to perform fusion music together. A piece of Chinese dance music was played to impressive effect. Other than performing, the Orchestra members also conducted a workshop to introduce Chinese instruments to local musicians. After the workshop, some Austrian musicians were even able to perform a simple piece with the Chinese instruments. The students had achieved their aim of sharing their music culture with their new friends from Austria. The Festival was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!


















 

The 2nd 3D stop motion animation design competition


Best Shooting Award



EDB Business-School Partnership Programme


Outstanding Activities Report Award



2017 International Competitions and Assessments for Schools - Science in English


High Distinction
Distinction



4.23世界閱讀日創作比賽


初中組
優勝奬



《好書龍虎榜》書評寫作比賽


初中組
亞軍
優勝奬



The 12th Inter-Gavel Club and Youth Leadership Programme English Public Speaking Contest 2017


First Place



English Public Speaking Contest with C&MA Sun Kei Secondary School


First Place



Make Our Seas Come BLUE Eco-arts Parade


Group 3&4
Outstanding
Group 1&2
Honorary



Secondary School Distinguished Artwork Exhibition 2017




「環保愛家」環保家庭用品設計比賽


初中組
(冠軍)
(亞軍)
(季軍)
(優異獎)



「愛.無界限」四格漫畫創作比賽


冠軍



HKFYG Standard Chartered English Public Speaking Contest


Third Place Award



Hong Kong Flower Show 2017- Student drawing Competition


Second Runner Up



Pinkart Gallery – Students’ Visual Arts Drawing and Painting Competition 2017


Overall Champion



第六十八屆香港學校朗誦節


冠軍
亞軍
季軍



69th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival (English Speech)


First Place
Second Place
Third Place



黃大仙區議會Peace和平計填色比賽2017-2018公開組


優異獎



「綠色生活黃大仙.綠遊仙境」綠藝花盆設計比賽


最佳設計作品奬



18th International Meeting of Juvenile Art 2017


Second Place



The HKSAR Outstanding Students Selection


Top ten outstanding students



The 15th CILTHK Essay Competition


First runner up



Canon Photo Marathon 2017


Merit award



Media 21 Annual Campus Video Competition


Outstanding Drama Group



Healthy Comic Strip Contest 2016/17


Champion



International Junior Science Olympiad 2017 Hong Kong Screening


2nd Class Honour
3rd Class Honour



Xu Beihong Cup International Arts Competition 2017


First Class Award



黃大仙區環保圖案設計比賽


中學組優異獎



Hong Kong Girl Guides Association – Chief Commissioner’s Guide Award




HKSSF Table Tennis Competition (Division One) Girls A Grade


Third