Here at Sha Tin College, middle school students go above and beyond to make a difference in their community!
On the 23rd of March, the second “Above and Beyond” Awards Celebration was hosted; this time its aim was to “recognise students from Years 9-11 in their contribution for displaying social conscience”, and in turn, encourage other students to follow their exemplary behaviour. These students were nominated by staff and their peers for the extra effort they put into helping people in the Sha Tin community. The PTSA provided food for the celebration and funding for the prize of $500 towards a charity of the winner’s choice.
Mrs. May went through the nominees of all students and chose the top three students who were most deserving of recognition. The top prize of $500, which will be used as ‘seeding money’ for a special project, went to Jennifer Yu of 11G2; runner-up prizes were awarded to James Young of 11D1, and Cheriol Leung of 10P1.
Jennifer Yu receiving her award from Mrs May. Photo: Mr Siu
Mr. Aime Girimana, from Christian Action’s comprehensive service centre for refugees, was the guest speaker in the celebration. He gave a powerful speech regarding the importance of social conscience while heartening up the atmosphere: “You know what they say; ‘Treat the neighbour just like you want to be treated’.”
Sha Tin College has been building a strong connection with Christian Action, with the most notable recent project being the donation of approximately 100 shoe boxes each filled with Christmas gifts. They are always grateful for the much needed support from staff and students at Sha Tin College and we have more projects being designed, like an upcoming project to provide them with technology.
“It is meaningful to celebrate the achievements of people whom you don’t usually see at school!” James Young says, “I hope this reward will continue to run on, awarding students who have showed social conscience to the community.”
A huge congratulations to all the award winners and nominees for their outstanding demonstrations of social conscience!