9 September 2019
Time flies, and here comes our 40th school anniversary celebration of YKN. Throughout 40 years, we witness the school’s accomplishments with the joint efforts of students, parents and teachers. Since its establishment, YKN has nurtured a lot of elites in society serving the community. There are also many alumni passing on our school motto: ‘To Illumine Wisdom and Manifest Compassion’, giving back to society with the manner of improving oneself and benefiting others, and making contributions to the development of Hong Kong. Thus, as for the 40th school anniversary celebration, I would like to gather every guest, alumnus, teacher and student together to share with our school’s successes.
With ‘Heritage, Endeavour, Gratitude’ as the theme of school anniversary celebration, our school would like all students and teachers to pass on its traditions, making efforts to make progress in future. They should also feel grateful to and appreciate everyone around them. I vividly remember the launch ceremony at the beginning of September that all students and teachers formed the words ‘YKN40’ together in the sports ground. Such spectacular view clearly conveys a message: all foster the spirit of ‘YKN’ and build up a good campus together. To promote extensive reading, our school started the school anniversary walkathon on 26 January raising fund for the renovation of the library. A kick-off ceremony was conducted in the basketball court at 9 am that day. After a simple but grand ceremony, every class marched out of the school gate with teachers as led by guests, parents and alumni. They walked along Fung Shue Wo, Tsing Yi Road West, and then turned left to Ching Hong Road and returned to school. Though it took around one hour, all participants, young and old, acted as a team and successfully completed the activity of nearly one thousand people. It raised nearly one million dollars for improving the facilities and environment of the library, enhancing the learning effectiveness of students, which is worth rejoicing.
The school anniversary ceremony cum inauguration ceremonies of ‘School History Gallery’, ‘Visual Arts Gallery’ and ‘Passing On’ were officiated on 12 April. Our school was honoured to have Professor Lee Chack Fan, Director of the Jao Tsung-I Petite Ecole of University of Hong Kong, as the officiating guest, with Ven Kuan Yun, President of the Hong Kong Buddhist Association, Ven Sik Hin Hung, Supervisor, making the ceremonies dignified. On that day, all the seats at our school hall were filled with students, teachers and guests rejoicing to celebrate the ceremonies. One of the most unforgettable sessions was giving prizes for the 40th school anniversary celebration and the long-term services. When the master of ceremonies read aloud the names of our teachers, the audience burst into thunderous applause, and the scene was so touching that the efforts they had made were paid off. The final celebration event was a vegan banquet organized on 26th June evening. At that night, over 30 tables were reserved for more than 400 guests, alumni and parents. Apart from its spectacular view, there were a lot of varieties in the banquet program, including the inspiring speech by Ven Sik Hin Hung, singing performances by alumni, lucky draw and group photo taking of students and teachers. At the banquet, teachers and alumni reminisced about their school anecdotes together. All students and alumni took pride of being a YKN’s member in an affectionate atmosphere.
After a series of school anniversary celebration activities, the academic year 2019-2020 is the new start of the 3-year school development plan. Our school will regard students’ positive learning attitudes and value as the major concerns. Looking forward to entering the next chapter, I wish all students and teachers good health and happiness in life!
Mr. So Ka Leung