PUBLISHED : Monday, 25 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 25 June, 2007, 12:00am


A high percentage of our school's graduates go to Canada for further study. Canada has two official languages, English and French, and Quebec is a French-speaking province. The school teaches French from Grade 5 to 12.

Last month French teacher Elizabeth Lum organised a 'Celebration of French Culture' to coincide with Le French May.

On June 1, Grade 6 students proudly presented an exhibition about France and French culture. It was their fourth annual French May display. The students spent two months researching a variety of topics.

All presentations were made in French. Topics ranged from fashion to food. Parents and guests learnt fascinating facts about French culture and enjoyed a variety of French food, from French cheeses, truffles, wine and bread to creme puffs, eclairs and cakes.

Themes included haute couture (high French fashion), l'histoire (French history), Impressionism (the art movement of French origin) and French perfumes.

Miniatures of famous French monuments, such as the Louvre and La Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower), made by the students were also on display.

Students, teachers, parents and visitors all had a marvellous time exploring French culture. Vivian Uhlir


On June 1, our school held a symbolic candle-light ceremony to mark the graduation of Form Five and Seven students. Junior students took up positions, each holding a lit candle. The tiny flames combined to form a pattern that showed the school initials 'CNEC', a cross and the numerals '06-07'. It was an amazing sight. In the background, students sang the song Pass It On.

The ceremony symbolised the passing on of the light of learning from the graduates to the next generation. The flame of learning will continue to burn and illuminate our lives.

Amy Chung


Three students from our school - Lam Yat-fung, 15, Chan Chun-tung, 15, and Chan Ching, 17 - did Hong Kong proud at an international drawing contest, known as The Small Montmartre of Bitola, Macedonia. Yat-fung beat competitors from dozens of countries to win the grand prize.

This is the 26th year of the competition, which attracts talents from around the world.

It was not easy to enter this art event. In the first round, 16 artworks were selected from 16,500 entries sent in by 500 art schools in 27 countries.

Our own Chan Ching and Leung Hoi-ki, 14, won 'golden palettes' in the first round, while the school won 'Best School' and 'Best Tutors' awards. This success gave us the chance to send three students as Hong Kong representatives at the seven-day event held in Macedonia.

In the second round, Yat-fung beat more than 100 competitors with four paintings, depicting the landscape and architecture of Macedonia. His outstanding work won him the competition's highest honour.

In the 'Art Happening' section, Chan Ching won the Best Collection Award with artwork on the theme of the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Our students' award-winning works will be displayed in a world exhibition tour and also included in the permanent collection of the National Museum of Macedonia.

Chan Wai-ping, principal