St. Paul's Co-educational College

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St. Paul's Co-educational College


SPCC badge.jpg
St. Paul's Co-ed.
Faith, Hope and Love 信望愛
33 MacDonnell Road
Hong Kong

Type Grant, DSS, secondary, co-educational.
Established 1915 (as St. Paul's Girls' College)
Principal Dr. Anissa Chan
Enrollment approx. 1,200
Form 1 to Form 6
Hong Kong Alumni Website
MacDonnell Road Campus in 2007
Old Campus which has been demolished
Kennedy Road Campus
St. Paul's Co-Educational Primary School in MacDonnell Road in 2006

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.

Background information[edit]

The college as founded in 1915 as St. Paul's Girls' College by the Anglican church. The school's motto is Faith, Hope and Love, derived from the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13.

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. [1]

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).[1]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Primary school[edit]

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.[2]

Notable alumni[edit]


Public services / professionals



International liaison[edit]

Exchange Programme Partners

Student Science Conference Partners

Annual Summer Music Event[edit]

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[edit]

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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b According to the school website
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  3. ^ Rebecca Chan Chung, Deborah D.L. Chung and Cecilia Ng Wong, "Piloted to Serve", 2011.
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Coordinates: 22°16′33″N 114°09′30″E / 22.27583°N 114.15833°E / 22.27583; 114.15833