125 years of care celebrated in kind

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 11 January, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 January, 1994, 12:00am

UNDER the proud motto: ''Veritas in Charitate'' (''Actuating Truth in Love''), St Francis' Canossian College stepped into its 125th year.

To celebrate the anniversary the school held a two-day open day and exhibition under the theme ''The World needs our Care''.

At the opening ceremony, Sister Dorothy Cheng, the Provincial Superior of The Canossians, described this year as a ''milestone'' for the school.

''We are ready to walk with the times,'' Sister Cheng said.

The school was founded on May 7, 1869, by the sisters of The Canossians.

It was then was not only a school for girls but also a shelter for the poor and homeless and a hospital for the sick.

Today the school has over 1800 primary and secondary students, much high-tech teaching equipment and offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities.

''We will also place more emphasis on art and culture, '' Sister Cheng added.

The school invited His Eminence, Cardinal John Baptist Wu, to officiate at a prayer service marking the school's 125 years.

The prayer service was followed by an address by Mr Dominic Wong, Director of Education who emphasised the importance of ''love, care and concern''.

Mr Wong praised the school, all its staff and students, for the love and dedication to society that they had shown over the years through their willingness to take part in numerous charitable works and community services.

''There are many unfortunate people in this world who need our help, we must all respond positively,'' said Mr Wong, adding that without such caring, no amount of education can be of meaning. .