We are ever thankful to Bishop Valtorta for his dedication to serving as the first Bishop in Hong Kong, providing the local community with kindergarten, primary and secondary education. Since then, hundreds of Catholic schools have blossomed in the territory. I am so blessed to be one of the beneficiaries who graduated from one of those Catholic kindergartens, primary and secondary schools.
Thanks to Bishop Valtorta, different missionaries, such as St. Columbia Sisters, by which my mother school Leung Shek Chee College was established, came to Hong Kong to set up schools, hospitals and a range of social services.
In my seven-year secondary school life, following the spirit of St. Columbia Sisters to love God and Mankind, I was baptised as a Catholic. After graduating from the University of Hong Kong, I decided to become a teacher, devoting myself to learning the spirit of Christ. Then I obtained a Diploma in Education in the Chinese University of Hong Kong.
With the teaching qualification, I started my teaching career in St. Paul's School (Lam Tin) set up by St. Paul De Chartres Sisters before I took on the duty of Vice Principal there. Throughout the years, I finished a Diploma in Counselling and then a Master in Education, aiming to further equip my understanding of young people and teaching skills. Under God’s plan, after I had become School Principal in Tuen Mun Catholic Secondary School and served there for 8 years, I was transferred to Valtorta College to continue His work and spread His love.
Students at Valtorta College are called Valtortans – a very meaningful name which bears a resemblance to “those who always remember the Grace of God”. As Valtortans, we take pride in the five attributes as summarised in an acronym “H.E.A.R.T” – Hardworking, Excellent, Affectionate, Responsible and Thoughtful. We should be Hardworking to pursue Truth. We should strive for Excellency in our Life. We should Love each other Affectionately. We should undertake our Responsibilities for one another to fulfill the moral virtue of Justice. We should be Thoughtful in loving our Family. We hope our students will be guided to live up to the core values of our Catholic education and the motto of our school.
Bishop Valtorta had lived a life glorifying God, putting into practice the core values of the Catholic education. He hoped all people would love God and all Mankind. He treated all as his own family members and even offered all his belongings to help them. Throughout his life, he had strived to pursue truth and justice. I believe we all will remember Bishop Valtorta’s teachings - his passion for life, his devotion to pursuit of truth, his humbleness and his selfless contributions to society. They are exactly the spirit of Christ “Not to be served but to serve”.
"You love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another." (Jn 13：34)