Among the sea of yellow and red Chinese decorations for the upcoming New Year, the bright green of Year 7 students’ plants radiated through. Before Christmas break, the Leisure and Cultural Services Department sent plants to Sha Tin College as part of their One Person, One Flower scheme. The students planted their seedlings in pots during science lessons, and over the next few weeks, were tasked with growing their own plants at home.
Y7 students also had the chance to decorate their plant pot with 紅包 (Red packets), to prepare them to gift to the elderly. Each pot was grown carefully by the students, and decorations stayed true to the theme of Chinese New Year. During Chinese class, students worked diligently on writing auspicious messages onto red paper, traditionally known as 揮春 (fai-chun), wishing all prosperity and good luck entering the new year. These messages included: “身體健康”(shen ti jian kang), be in good health; “心想事成” (xin xiang shi cheng)，hoping your dreams come true; “新年快樂” (xin nian kuai le)，or Happy New Year!
“I thought it was a very easy process; I had fun taking care of my very own plant!”, reflected Jeffrey Lung of 7G2.
The pots of flowers were eventually given to the Sin Tin Toa elderly as a gift for the New Year. Now the students eagerly await for the fun activities planned for the last day of term. Paired with the potted flowers and the students’ smiles, a scene of happiness and festivity emerges – as a heart shape too!
Andrian Chan 12D1, Serena Lung 12G1