The China Mail.
Hongkong, Thursday, February 12, 1925.
ST. JOSEPH'S COLLEGE.
DISTRIBUTION OF PRIZES.
The prizes won by the students of St. Joseph's College were distributed yesterday afternoon by H.E. the Governor, Sir Edward Stubbs, K.C.M.G., in the presence of a large gathering. His Excellency was attended by his Private Secretary, Mr. T.J.Gaisford-St Lawrence, and there were also present Mr. G.N.Orme, Director of Education, the Rev. Father G.W.Spada, Pro-Vicar Apostolic, and the Rev. Brother James, O.B.E., who is Visitor of the Christian Brothers Schools in the Far East and is just now passing through here on his way from Manila.
Advantage was taken by the pupils to entertain the visitors with instrumental and vocal numbers. The Rev. Father Riganti assisted at the piano, and conducted the College choir in a four part chorus. A dialogue from the "Tragedy of Catiline" (Croly) was one of the items in a well selected programme, and Master Edgar Mathias, in the role of Catiline, acted very well. The items were received with applause.
A year of marked progress was disclosed in the report read out by Rev. Bro. Aimar, which was as follows:-
I beg lo tender your Excellency our sincere thanks for the honour you are conferring on us today by presiding at this function, and on behalf of the staff and the students of the College, I bid your Excellency a cordial welcome.
The scholastic year 1924 was characterised by good health and steady work. The return of Bro. Aubert. Sub Director of the College, and of Bro. Paul who has again taken charge of the College Branch at Kowloon, has brought the staff up to the strength of previous years. The total number of pupils on roll, 621, was 25 more than in 1923.
With reference to the College Troop of Boy Scouts, the Scoutmaster, H.Braga, reports as follows:- December last saw the end of another successful year of scouting for the College Troop. We had our usual Summer and Winter camps, hikes and bathing excursions. Besides these, for the first time in the history of the local Boy Scout movement, the troop visited Macao during the Christmas holidays. The Hon. Mr. Montague Ede has very kindly consented to act as Troop President. The troop came in a good second in the Prince of Wales Banner competition. Second Wong Man-cheong from the College Troop represented Hongkong at the Imperial Jamboree held at Wembley.
The McGrath cups were competed for again last year. The patrol cup was won by the Curlews with 1729 points. The Hawks and the Eagles obtained 1705 and 1665 points respectively. Patrol leader T.Braga and Second T.Hamet, with 2016 points, tied for the first place in the competition for the best all round scout. Both their names will consequently be inscribed on the cup. Patrol leader D.Liu came next with 1970 points to his credit.