St. Francis' Canossian College

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St. Francis' Canossian College
嘉諾撒聖方濟各書院
SFCC badge.jpg
Veritas in Charitate
Live by the Truth in Love
Location
9–13, Kennedy Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Information
Type Grant School
Established 7 May 1869
Principal Sr. Susanna Yu
Faculty 51
Grades Form 1–6
Enrollment 24 classes; 900 students
Language English
Color(s) Blue, White
Affiliation Canossian Daughters of Charity
Roman Catholic
Information +852 2527 1007
Campus area 6200m2
Website

St. Francis' Canossian College (abbr: SFCC; traditional Chinese: 嘉諾撒聖方濟各書院; demonym: Franciscan) was founded on 7 May 1869, and meanwhile the second school established by the Italian Canossian Daughters of Charity in Hong Kong. The wall painting of four Guardian Angels' playing instruments is the mascot of the school and a prominent landmark on Kennedy Road. The primary section is known as St. Francis' Canossian School, located on St. Francis Street and connected to the campus of the secondary section by a bridge.

Today, after the school has been established for more than one century, St. Francis' Canossian College, being one of the 22 earliest Grant Schools, is also a prestigious catholic girls' schools in both Wan Chai and Hong Kong.

School history[edit]

St. Francis' Canossian College

In 1860, a small group of Canossian Sisters left their native Italy and moved to Hong Kong for evangelism. In order to teach and care for the moral welfare of the many poor children who lived in Wan Chai, in 1869, Canossian Sisters took a house to provide proper education with an emphasis on moral growth and self-respect to the poor and needy, which was the beginning of today's St. Francis’ Canossian College. The Sisters did not only start a school, they also set up a hospital and an orphanage at the same address. After visiting the school, the Governor of Hong Kong was very impressed with the school's education, so he invited the school to join the “Grant-in-aid” Scheme. Although the school became a government establishment and one of the earliest Grant Schools in Hong Kong, the administration and management still belonged to Canossian Daughters of Charity.
The school closed in 1941 due to the Japanese Occupation, but the determination and passion of the Sisters did not waver. After the World War II ended in 1945, the school re-opened and was named "Sacred Heart Junior School" until 1953 when it was renamed as “St. Francis’ Canossian College.” As a result of increasing demand of school places, the school started an expansion project with two extensions completed in 1956 and 1958. In 1956, the school also established the first team of Red Cross Youth Unit, which became one of the most sizable uniform groups in Hong Kong.
In 1962, the school introduced Form Six classes and since then provided free education from Primary One to Form Six. The hall building opened in 1985, which consisted of a gymnasium, a library, a needlework room, a cookery room etc.
Eventually, only St. Francis’ Canossian College and St. Francis’ Canossian School remained standing on Kennedy Road while the other buildings were used as the convent for Canossian Sisters and Caritas Magdalene School for deaf-mute. In 2008, Caritas Magdalene School was redeveloped into the new school campus for the primary section, which was below the Kennedy Road campus.
St. Francis’ Canossian College’s redevelopment construction started in 2013 and was expected to complete in 2015. The area of the new school site would be 10,000m2.

Timeline[edit]

School building in 1869
School building in 1870
School building in 1958

19th Century[edit]

  • 1869-----School was founded on 7 May. In response to Catholic Diocese's request, on St. Francis Yard, Canossian Daughters of Charity started a school and took charge of the first Catholic hospital in Hong Kong, St. Francis' Hospital, which was once abandoned by Catholic Diocese.
  • 1870-----A piece of land was granted by the government to build the campus, where included a hospital, an orphanage and a school taught in Chinese, English and Portuguese.
  • 1876-----First graduation of Primary Six students.
  • 1881-----School joined the "Grant-in-aid" scheme. Among the existing Grant Schools, SFCC was the first girls' school in the program.

20th Century[edit]

  • 1920-1940-----School was known as St. Francis' School, a government-aided English school, which consisted of a kindergarten,a primary school and a junior secondary school. The co-educational primay section was named as "Holy Infant School" and divided into Chinese and English sections. Although the majority of students were girls, boys under 10 years old were accepted.
  • 1945-----School reopened after World War II and was named as "Sacred Heart Junior School."
  • 1952-----Visit of Governor Sir Alexander Grantham.
  • 1953-----School was renamed as "St. Francis' Canossian College."
  • 1956-----The East Wing (Phrase I Building for the Primary Section) was completed. The first team of Red Cross Youth Unit (Youth Unit One) in Hong Kong was formed on 5 November.
  • 1958-----Second phrase of the school building (Administration Block) was completed. First graduation of Form Five graduates.
  • 1960-----The Past Students' Association was established. Visit of Bishop Lorenzo Bianchi. With St. Francis' Hospital being moved to Old Peak Road, St. Francis' was further expanded.
  • 1962-----First year of Sixth Form Classes.
  • 1963-----The West Wing (Phrase III building for the Secondary Section) was completed. First batch of matriculants presented to University of Hong Kong.
  • 1970-----Fund-raising activities for the Hall building were launched.
  • 1975-----The Student Association was set up.
  • 1985-----School Hall building was completed.
  • 1986-----The Parent Teacher Association was set up.
  • 1994-----School celebrated its 125th anniversary with the motto "The World needs our Care."
  • 1998-----Conversion of the covered playground into a Multi-purpose unit.

21st Century[edit]

  • 2002-----Project Learning curriculum was implemented in junior classes.
  • 2004-----School celebrated its 135th anniversary with the motto "Our Dream is still Alive."
  • 2008-----The new campus of the primary section, which located on St. Francis' Street, was completed.
  • 2009-----School celebrated its 140th anniversary with the motto "Magdalene's Dream in Motion."
  • 2011-----Open Day for the new campus of the primary section. Michael Suen GBS CBE JP was the honourable guest of the opening ceremony.
  • 2012-----First Swimming Gala. Fund-raising campaign for the redevelopment of the secondary section, "Bring Back Our Angels", was launched.

List of principals[edit]

Period Name
1 1937-1945 Sister Angelica de Piazza, FdCC
(In the early years the principal of SHCC also took charge of St. Francis'.)
2 1945-1947 Sister Lina Riva, FdCC
3 1947-1948 Sister Valentina Pattano, FdCC
4 1948-1953 Sister Giannina Gilardi, FdCC
5 1953-1958 Sister Carlotta Abati, FdCC
6 1958-1965 Sister Nedda Buratti, FdCC
7 1965-1967 Sister Laura Piazzesi, FdCC
8 1967-1971 Sister Emma Cazzaniga, FdCC
9 1971-1974 Sister Miriam Tavecchio, FdCC
10 1974-1979 Sister Marie Remedios, FdCC
11 1979-1991 Sister Bernadette Au Yee Ting, FdCC
12 1991–present Sister Susanna Yu Ka Pik, FdCC

School Information[edit]

Principal and Supervisor[edit]

  • Current Principal: Sr. Susanna Yu
  • Current Supervisor: Sr. Theresa Chien
  • Current Vice Principals: Mr. Kenneth Law and Ms. Rebecca Lee

School Motto[edit]

Veritas in Charitate

  • English: "Live by the Truth in Love"
  • Chinese: "力行仁愛 實踐真理"

Admission[edit]

  • Sixty percent of the Form One students come from the feeder primary school, St. Francis' Canossian School. Around seventy percent of the Primary Six graduates are accepted into the secondary section. Other students are admitted through Hong Kong Secondary School Place Allocation system and discretionary places. The majority of admitted students belong to Band One, the top one-third of all students in Hong Kong.
  • Criteria for Secondary One Discretionary Places:
    • Stage 1: Assessment of applicants' performance in primary school (60%)
      • Selection criteria: academic performance – 30%, conduct – 20%, performance in extra-curricular activities, talents, skills, awards and services – 10%
    • Stage 2: Individual & Group Interview (40%)
      • Selection criteria: Power of expression in English and Chinese, logical thinking and interactive skills

Class Structure[edit]

There are 24 classes in total with 4 classes at each level, from Form One to Form Six (A,B,C,D).

School Facilities[edit]

All classrooms, special rooms and School Hall are air-conditioned and provided with Internet access. Each classroom is equipped with a TV set, a projector, a display screen and a video-cassette recorder. Special rooms include four computer rooms, Multimedia Learning Center, Independent Learning Center, Library, Laboratories, Needlework Room equipped with computer facilities.

School Uniform[edit]

School Uniform before 1950s

The school uniform of St. Francis’ Canossian College has the same design as the two other sister schools’, SHCC and SMCC, but they are differentiated by colors and school badges.

Regulations on school uniform and grooming are strictly enforced at all times with zero tolerance for any kind of extraordinariness. Unannounced uniform inspection will be conducted throughout the school year to ensure that, including, but not limited to, the length of the hem-line, the style of hair, ornaments, shoes, school bags and underwear comply with the school's guidelines.

Summer Uniform[edit]

White short sleeve dress with turn-down collar and pleated bottom, blue waist belt, blue skinny tie, white short socks and black leather shoes. Navy blue or black or white cardigan or sweater of simple style is allowed when necessary. White slip is compulsory to even out the high transparency of the white uniform dress. No other garment can be used as a substitute.

Winter Uniform[edit]

Navy blue jumper with pleated bottom, white long sleeve turn-down collar blouse, blue waist belt, blue skinny tie, navy blue short socks and black leather shoes. Navy blue or black cardigan or sweater of simple style is allowed when necessary.

School Tie[edit]

The school tie of junior forms and senior forms are different. Form One to Form Four students wear azure      plain skinny tie. Form Five to Form Six students wear cerulean      school badge patterned skinny tie.

Sports Uniform[edit]

Sports shirt corresponding to the color associated with the house and navy blue athletic shorts.

Hair style[edit]

Hair longer than shoulder length must be neatly tied up with dark blue or black ornaments. Masculine hairstyle and use of gel, hair spray, mousse or hair-coloring are forbidden.

Subjects Offered[edit]

Form One & Two[edit]

Besides Chinese Language, Putonghua and Chinese History, all subjects are taught in English.

  • Languages: Chinese Language, English Language, Putonghua
  • Mathematics: Mathematics
  • Science: Integrated Science
  • Technology Education: Information Technology, Home Economics
  • Personal, Social & Humanities Education: Integrated Humanities, Chinese History, Religious Studies
  • Arts Education: Visual Art, Music
  • Physical Education: Physical Education

Form Three[edit]

Besides Chinese Language, Putonghua and Chinese History, all subjects are taught in English.

  • Languages: Chinese Language, English Language, Putonghua
  • Mathematics: Mathematics
  • Science: Integrated Science
  • Technology Education: Information Technology, Home Economics
  • Personal, Social & Humanities Education: Economics & Public Affairs, Geography, History, Chinese History, Religious Studies
  • Arts Education: Visual Art, Music, Project Learning on Aesthetic Appreciation
  • Physical Education: Physical Education

Form Four – Six[edit]

Besides Chinese Language, Putonghua, Religious Studies and Chinese History, all subjects are taught in English.

  • Languages: Chinese Language, English Language
  • Mathematics: Mathematics
  • Liberal Studies: Liberal Studies
  • Science: Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • Technology Education: Information and Communications Technology
  • Business Education: Business, Accounting and Financial Studies
  • Personal, Social & Humanities Education: Economics, Geography, History, Chinese History, Religious Studies
  • Arts Education: Music
  • Physical Education: Physical Education

Subjects offered in each class:

  • A:Biology, Chemistry, one elective, four core subjects (Chinese, English, Mathematics and Liberal Studies)
  • B:Physics, Chemistry, one elective, four core subjects (Chinese, English, Mathematics and Liberal Studies)
  • C:Economics, Geography, one elective, four core subjects (Chinese, English, Mathematics and Liberal Studies)
  • D:Biology, Geography, one elective, four core subjects (Chinese, English, Mathematics and Liberal Studies)

Student Activities[edit]

Student Formation[edit]

  • Career's Guidance Team
  • Civic Education Team
  • Counselling Team
  • Discipline Team
  • I.T. Team
  • Religious Team
  • Sex and Health Education Team
  • Student Association(SA)
  • Student Librarian Union(SLU)

Extra Curricular Activities[edit]

The school has 4 houses, 20 clubs and interest groups, which are divided into 5 categories and managed by Student Association:

School Teams Service and Uniform Groups Interest Groups Religious Groups Academic Groups
Chinese/English Debating Team Community Youth Club (CYC) Art Club Legion of Mary Chinese Club
Junior/Senior Choir Girl Guides Association
(31st Island Company)
Debating Society Catholic Society Computer & Maths Union
Chinese/Western Instrumental Ensemble Red Cross Association
(Youth Unit 1)
Drama Club English Society
Swimming Team Social Service Group Games Club Science Union
Basketball Team Music Association Social Science Union
Athletics Team Photography Club
Dance Team Sports Union

Four Houses[edit]

Each student or teacher is randomly assigned to a house upon joining the school. Four houses will be competing in different inter-house contests throughout the school year. The house with the highest scores will be awarded the title "House of the Year."

  • St. Gabriel House (仁社)
    House Color: Red
  • St. Nicolaus House (愛社)
    House Color: Blue
  • St. Patrick House (忠社)
    House Color: Green
  • St. Valentina House (信社)
    House Color: Yellow

Publications[edit]

  • Bloom (School Newspaper)
  • 蕾報 (Chinese version of Bloom)
  • Yearbook

School Song[edit]

Verse 1:

Do you hear our joyful voices
Ringing sweetly through the skies?
Day by day our heart rejoices
As our thanks to heaven rise.
For our school instructs and leads us
On the way to virtue and love.

Refrain:

Live St. Francis! Live forever
In our mind and in our heart!
Bless our teachers and companions
Be the bond when we depart!
Live St. Francis! Live forever
In our mind and in our heart!
Bless our teachers and companions
Be the bond when we depart!

Verse 2:

Here we pray, we work together
For the love of God and men;
Here we study, here we gather
Here we play and here we gain.
And when troubles seem to double
To our school for peace we turn.
(Refrain)

Verse 3:

As the years fly off together
We, too, march on life's hard main,
But St. Francis' will forever
Live in mind and heart again;
To encourage, to uplift us
Till we reach our home above.
(Refrain)

Available on YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mflUwbcwI6o

Notable alumni[edit]

External links[edit]

Sister Schools in Hong Kong[edit]

Coordinates: 22°16′29″N 114°10′09″E / 22.27478°N 114.16913°E / 22.27478; 114.16913