Students and teachers of Shung Tak Catholic English College honoured 50 years of academic excellence with a special Thanksgiving Jubilee festival last Saturday. Decorated in bright streamers and posters, the campus was virtually unrecognisable. The birthday celebrations kicked off in the morning with a Catholic blessing of the school's Heritage Room, performed by the vicar general of Hong Kong, Reverend Dominic Chan Chi-ming. Afterwards, the school honoured long-serving teachers. The longest-serving was Wong Cheong-mo, an English teacher who has taught at the school for 40 years. When he walked up to receive a service plaque, students in the audience cheered and gave him a standing ovation. Student groups also performed skits and music on stage to commemorate the special occasion. The event marked the first public performance of Shung Tak's a capella group. Guests were given a surprise treat at the end: a choral performance by the teachers. In the afternoon, guests were ushered outdoors, and students showcased their talents with a magic show, a fashion walk, balloon figure-making and chamber music. Classrooms were transformed into exhibitions showcasing artwork, cultural exchanges, and more. Students gave explanations of each display. Donna Atkins, a NET teacher at the school, estimated that 60 per cent of the student population had volunteered their efforts ahead of the event. 'The students have worked so hard for this, staying until late at night to make sure everything went smoothly. The school pride here is amazing.' At night, everyone celebrated over a Chinese pun choi (literally, 'big pot') - a traditional celebratory meal featuring a large bowl filled with cabbage, Chinese broccoli and sea food. Shung Tak Catholic English College has come a long way since it was founded in 1958 as a boys' morning school in Shui Bin Wai. It later expanded to a much larger campus in Hung Shui Kui. Despite tough competition, it remains one of the top English medium of instruction (EMI) schools in the territory.