Diocesesan Girls' School has reaffirmed its links with its parent church in the celebrations for the centenary of St Andrew's Church. The school's choir and orchestra recently sounded out the praises for the church at a concert to mark its 100 years. 'We as a whole school - students and staff - feel blessed about the church's ministry with us,' said the school's principal, Stella Lau. The church was very much a part of school life, she said. The vicar or his colleagues led prayers at Friday assemblies. They also organised Bible study groups and retreats for girls from the elite school, which will become a fee-paying Direct Subsidy Scheme school in September. Religious education was also a core part of the curriculum, with each class having two periods of RE a week focusing on the Christian faith. 'As far as we are concerned we would prefer to concentrate on Christianity but when other religions come up we talk about them,' said Ms Lau. 'We would like to share our faith but we won't hard sell it. We don't push.' She insisted being Christian was not a requirement of its teachers. 'When we recruit teachers we never say they must be Christian. But we hope that people right for the post are,' she said. Paul Kenchington, vicar of St Andrew's, said: 'A number of girls choose to check out St Andrew's and a number of students and ex-students are members of our congregation.' He would like to see the church, a haven of tranquility on the busy Nathan Road, develop as an education centre. It could educate young people not only about the church and its history, but make the most of its other historical and natural resources. There is, for instance, a second world war bunker in the grounds and a green environment that attracts many birds. 'My particular vision would be to see large numbers of children coming to do projects connected to the history, spirituality, wildlife and the different cultures we represent,' he said. Barbara Chan So-han, a DGS old girl, said: 'DGS has always had a very strong Christian focus and we have had a connection with St Andrew's every since I remember. Because of that connection it gives focus in our lives. This is part of its ethos and culture.'