St. Paul's Co-educational College
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (July 2011)|
|St. Paul's Co-educational College
|St. Paul's Co-ed.
Faith, Hope and Love 信望愛
|33 MacDonnell Road
|Type||Grant, DSS, secondary, co-educational.|
|Established||1915 (as St. Paul's Girls' College)|
|Principal||Dr. Anissa Chan|
|Form 1 to Form 6
Hong Kong Alumni Website
St. Paul's Co-educational College (Traditional Chinese: 聖保羅男女中學), (often abbreviated as St. Paul's Co-ed., St. Paul's or SPCC) is located at 33 MacDonnell Road, Mid-levels, Hong Kong. The School was founded in 1915. It became the first school in Hong Kong to enforce uniform dress code. Until after World War II, it was a girls-only college.
It was the first school in Hong Kong to require students to wear uniforms in 1918. In 1942, St. Paul's Girls' College was closed down due to Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. In 1945, the school re-opened after Japan surrendered, merging with St. Paul's College to become the first co-educational college in Hong Kong. It was officially renamed "St. Paul's Co-educational College" in 1950 when St. Paul's Boys' College moved to Bonham Road. 
Since 2002, the College has been operated under the Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS). It was one of the first subsidized schools to join the scheme. It was authorised as an IB World School in 2011. School fees currently stand at HK$52,000 per annum for all F.1-3 students and F.4-6 students taking the local stream, and at HK$78,000 for F.4-6 students taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
SPCC is one of the most prestigious and rigorous secondary schools in Hong Kong SAR.
Situated in the Mid-levels, the school campus is naturally deprived of space. The school split into two sections after the moving of the affiliated primary school, taking up the space of the ex-Kennedy Road campus of the primary school. The original school building is called MacDonnell Road Campus (MR Campus), while the one at 26 Kennedy Road is named the Kennedy Road Campus (KR Campus).
MacDonnell Road Campus
The MR Campus consists of the main building and the Li Chong Yuet Ming Building (LCYM, or the East Wing). The main building consists of Dr Catherine Woo Wing (also known as the red brick building), Dr BM Kotewall Wing, the Annex building and the School Improvement Programme (SIP, or west wing) Building. It comprises currently 12 floors, including the roof structure, and two "underground" floors, which are only partially underground. Flooring system is based on the American style, which counts floors similarly to the Chinese style, to avoid confusion.
Dr Catherine Woo Wing was completed in 1927 and accorded Grade 2 historic building by Antiquities Advisory Board in 2010. It is socially, historically and architecturally significant. The building is a seven-storey red brick building of a C-shaped plan. Its design expresses features of Neo-Georgian style with adaptations to local climate. A redevelopment plan is underway to upgrade existing facilities. Alteration projects commenced in 2011, which includes refurbishment of all classrooms and special rooms, addition of a new library, green roof, music facilities, multipurpose rooms, staff rooms, and refurbishment of Sir Robert Kotewall Hall as well as existing sports facilities. At present, the construction works concerning the library, green roof, Sir Robert Kotewall Hall and sports facilities are yet to be completed.
The LCYM building is a new wing which has been built at the original St. Paul's Co-educational College Primary School (MacDonnell Road) site. The building was completed in 2011 and comprises 12 floors. It includes the indoor games hall (IGH), cafeteria, lecture theatre, laboratories, and other facilities. Levels 9 to 12 of the LCYM building houses the Chong Yau Pak Wan Residence Hall, which provides accommodation for foreign students and visitors as well as special student team training events and student preparing for final public exams.
Kennedy Road Campus
The KR Campus is the former school campus of St. Paul's Co-educational College Primary School (Kennedy Road). This temporary campus comprises 4 floors, including the roof structure. It was listed as a Grade 1 historic building by the Antiquities Advisory Board.
From 2006 to 2008, it was used as the junior primary campus when the two affiliated primary schools merged. Between 2008 and 2013, the campus housed F1 classes. It was planned to be returned to the Government in the school year 2013/2014, as the MR Campus renovation works should be completed by then. However, due to poor environmental conditions of higher levels of the MR Campus, F6 DSE classes were relocated to the KR Campus in late September 2013. Since March 2014, the KR Campus is closed and not used for teaching purposes as the 2014 cohort of F6 students leave.
Calder Path Annex
The Calder Path Annex is located in between the MR Campus and KR Campus. Currently, the College's swimming pool and a few classrooms are located there. The former main library (Calder Path library) was housed there from 2008 to 2012. Currently, some set-teaching lessons are conducted in the classrooms in the Calder Path Annex.
In 1918, the College was the first school in Hong Kong to require school uniforms. In summer, boys wear white shirts with deep-blue trousers, and girls wear blue Cheongsams; while in winter, boys wear white shirts and grey trousers with the red school tie, and girls wear deep-blue Cheongsams.
The college had an affiliated primary school: St. Paul's Co-educational College Primary School, once divided into two half-day schools: St. Paul's Co-educational (Kennedy Road) Primary School and St. Paul's Co-educational (Macdonnell Road) Primary School to cope with the demand for places, they resumed full-day education in 1999. In 2006, the two schools merged again, then the Primary School moved to the new campus in Wong Chuk Hang in 2008.
While the College is an English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) school, most of the primary school curriculum is taught in Cantonese, with some lessons being taught by native English teachers. From Primary 3 onwards, Chinese language is taught in Putonghua progressively. In Primary 6, all subjects (excluding Chinese language and arts subjects) are taught in English.
- Lawrence J. Lau - former Vice-Chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong; member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong
- Arthur Li - former Secretary for Education and Manpower of Hong Kong; former Vice-Chancellor of The Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Chung-Kwong Poon - former President of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University
- Roland T. Chin - Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Provost of the University of Hong Kong; Chair Professor of Computer Science; Chairman, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong
- Kenneth Young - Theoretical physicist; Professor of Physics and Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong
- Grace Wai-King Tang - former President of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine; former Dean of the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Medicine
- Shew-Ping Chow - Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice President of the University of Hong Kong; Chair Professor and Chief of Hand and Foot surgery, Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University of Hong Kong
- Daniel Tak-mao Chan - Chair Professor and Chief of Service, Department of Medicine, University of Hong Kong and Queen Mary Hospital
Public services / professionals
- Vivienne Poy - the first Senator of Canada of Asian descent; former Chancellor of the University of Toronto (the first of Chinese descent)
- Rebecca Chan - Decorated U.S. World War II veteran who served as a Nurse with the Flying Tigers (China), the U.S. Army (China) and the China National Aviation Corporation (China and India), with work including flying over the Hump (1942-1948); the first Head (Sister-Tutor-in-Charge) of the Nursing School of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Hong Kong, 1964-1975; 1933 graduate of St. Paul's Girls School (the forerunner of St. Paul's Coeducational College)
- Andrew Kwok-Nang Li - former Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal of Hong Kong; Also Vice Chairman of the School Council
- Audrey Eu - former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, party leader of the Hong Kong Civic Party, former Chairperson of the Hong Kong Bar Association
- Marvin Cheung Kin-tung - member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong, Chairman of the Council of the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Chairman of the Airport Authority Hong Kong
- Moses Cheng - Chairman of the Hong Kong Education Commission, former Chairman of the Council and Court of the Hong Kong Baptist University, former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
- Selina Chow - former member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and Legislative Council of Hong Kong
- Maria Wai-Chu Tam - former member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and Legislative Council of Hong Kong
- Eric Ka-Cheung Li - former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, former President of the Hong Kong Society of Accountants
- Herbert H K Tsoi - former President of the Law Society of Hong Kong
- Kin-Hung Lee - former Chairman of the Medical Council of Hong Kong; former President of the Hong Kong Medical Association
- David Ka-Yan Lee - pediatrician; former Hong Kong Medical Association Council Member
- Betty Tung Chiu Hung-ping - wife of former Hong Kong Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa
- Victor Li - Managing Director of Cheung Kong (Holdings) Limited; elder son of Li Ka-Shing
- Richard Li - Chairman of PCCW; younger son of Li Ka-Shing
- Ronnie Chan Chi-Chung - Chairman of Hang Lung Properties Limited
- Warren Lee - Artist, concert pianist; Music Director of St. Paul's Co-educational College
- Kai-Tai Chan - Hong Kong actor
- Danny Pak-Keung Chan - the late popular Hong Kong singer
- Michael Ching-Kit Kwan - Hong Kong singer
- Justin Lo - Hong Kong singer-songwriter
Exchange Programme Partners
- High School attached to Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
- Beijing No. 4 High School, Beijing, China
- Shanghai High School, Shanghai, China
- High School Affiliated to Fudan University, Shanghai, China
- Nankai High School, Tianjin, China
- Anania Shirakatsy Lyceum, Yerevan, Armenia
- CheongShim International Academy, Gyenggi-do, South Korea
- Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus (Toa Payoh), Singapore
- St. Joseph's Institution, Singapore
- School of the Arts, Singapore
- Lycée Saint-Vincent, Senlis, France
- Westville Boys' High School, Westville, South Africa
- Herschel Girls School, Cape Town, South Africa
- Presbyterian Ladies' College, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- St Andrew's Cathedral School, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
- Deerfield Academy, Massachusetts, USA
Student Science Conference Partners
- Hwa Chong Institution, Singapore
- Nankai High School, Tianjin, China
- Stella Matutina Girls’ High School Taichung, Taiwan
- The Hutchins School, Tasmania, Australia
Annual Summer Music Event
As a tradition since 1967, the music department organizes a Summer Concert every year. The concerts have only been suspended four times in history (1973, 2008, 2010 and 2011). The most recent Summer Concert was held on 3–4 July 2013, and took place at the HKAPA.
In 2008 and 2010, the concert was not held as the school choirs took part in the 5th and 6th World Choir Games in Graz, Austria and Shaoxing, China respectively. In 2011, the College celebrated its 95th anniversary and the Summer Concert was replaced by performances in the celebratory summer Bazaar in early July.
In 2006, the Summer Concert was held in the form of a variety show, named The Extravaganza, to celebrate the College's 90th anniversary. It took place in the AsiaWorld-Arena, and this act set a record of being the first school holding an event that involves all students, and the first school to use the AsiaWorld-Arena.
Clubs and societies
The club and society promotion which was an intriguing part of assembly yearly in Mr. Henry Poon's era no longer exists under Dr Anissa Chan. The promotion provided opportunities for student to have a chance to act, give presentation and promote the clubs during the assembly and it was part of the collective memories of the past SPCC. Still is the reminiscence of the alumni and some senior form students, the club and society promotion now survives only as a series of presentations by clubs and societies as well as the performances by the Music Department, including the choirs, school orchestra, strings orchestra, harmonica orchestra, wind band and pianist chamber.
- Education in Hong Kong
- St. Paul's Co-educational (Kennedy Road) Primary School
- St. Paul's Co-educational (Macdonnell Road) Primary School
- List of schools in Hong Kong
- According to the school website http://spcc.edu.hk/
- Rebecca Chan Chung, Deborah D.L. Chung and Cecilia Ng Wong, "Piloted to Serve", 2011.
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