3rd Annual Speech Day of Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College was
held on 2nd June 2006. Our guests of honour that night included,
Dr. Donna Chu, Mr. Albert K W Ngan, a member of the Po Leung Kuk
Board of Directors and Ms. Grace Wu, the Chief Executive Officer
of Po Leung Kuk’s Senior Management.
Dr Chu graduated from the Chinese University of Hong Kong with
a degree in Social Science (Journalism and Communication). She
furthered her studies in England at the University of Sussex.
She obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Hong Kong for her
thesis on the relationship between campus culture and media culture.
Dr. Chu is currently the General Education Officer at the University
of Hong Kong and is also a lecturer at Lingnan College’s Department
of Cultural Studies and at the School of Journalism and Communication
of the Chinese University.
Before the official opening ceremony, parents and students were
treated to a film show composed of various amusing and happy photos
of the graduates and their teachers. Then our marching band grandly
entered the hall with our guests. After standing to attention
to the national anthem and a live performance of our school song,
Mr. Ngan gave a welcoming speech. Then our Form 5 and 7 graduates
were given their well-earned graduation certificates. Our guests
later presented various scholarships, extra-curricular and academic
awards to the graduates.
When all the awards and certificates had been given out, we were
treated to an inspirational speech by our honorable guest, Dr
Chu, who related the speech Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple Computer,
gave to the graduates of Stanford University. In his speech, Mr.
Jobs had talked about how he had dropped out of university because
he thought that college was not going to help figure out what
he wanted to do in life. After he dropped out he secretly attended
the course he was truly interested in – calligraphy, which seems
impractical then but which later made the first Macintosh computer
possible as Mr. Jobs incorporated his knowledge of typography
into its design to create the first computer with multiple typefaces.
Dr. Chu then talked about her own experiences with students at
the University of Hong Kong and how many of the students she knew
had no real idea what they wanted to do when they graduated and
that many of them were studying subjects that were practical but
not something that they really enjoyed. Dr. Chu stressed it was
important to ‘follow your heart’ and not be afraid of taking risks
as what might seem useless today might greatly benefit us later
on, just as it did with Mr. Jobs. It was important, to quote Mr.
Jobs, to “stay hungry, stay foolish’.
After Dr. Chu’s motivational speech, it was time for the graduates
to present the souvenirs they had prepared to our principal. Leung
Lap Yin of 5S3 sang a heartfelt rendition of the winning song
of the Inter-school ‘Old Song, New Lyrics’ competition. However
the most touching part of the entire ceremony was the farewell
speech given by Yu Chung Man of 7C and Katherine Hsuan of 7S.
Many audience members were teary-eyed towards the end and both
Chung Man and Katherine could hardly hold back their own tears.
All the graduates were then given carnations and asked to give
them to anyone they would like to thank. Parents and teachers
joyously received these flowers of gratitude. When it was time
to sing the school song once more before the end of the ceremony,
teachers and students alike sang proudly and with renewed hope
for the future.
Kwok Kim Fai, Miss Luk Ka Yan, Mr Chan Ping Wing