Wah Yan College, Kowloon
|Wah Yan College, Kowloon
|56 Waterloo Road
Yau Ma Tei
|School type||Grant-in-aid, Secondary school|
|Motto||In Hoc Signo Vinces
("In this sign you shall conquer")
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic|
|Founder||Tsui Yan Sau Peter|
|Authority||Society of Jesus|
|President||Rev. Fr. Stephen S. Y. Chow, S.J. (Supervisor)|
|Principal||Mr Chung Wai-leung, Warren|
|Vice principal||Mr Keung Yiu Ming Stanislaus, Mr Wai Wing Yin Eric|
|Grades||F.1 – F.6 (Formerly F.1 - F.7)|
|Campus size||41,000 m²|
|Sports||Athletics, badminton, basketball, cross country, fencing, football, orienteering, swimming, table tennis, ice hockey, water polo, tennis|
|Brother school||Wah Yan College, Hong Kong|
Wah Yan College, Kowloon (WYK; Traditional Chinese: 九龍華仁書院; Jyutping: gau2 lung4 wa4 jan2 syu1 jyun2, Pinyin: Jǐulóng Huárén Shūyuàn; demonym: Wahyanite, pl.: Wahyanites) is an eminent Roman Catholic secondary school for boys run by the Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus. Located at 56 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, it is a grant-in-aid secondary school using English as the primary medium of instruction. It is often revered by the local community, together with its brother school Wah Yan College, Hong Kong, as one of the most elite and prestigious boys' schools in Hong Kong.
According to the school website, the school is aimed to give students opportunity to know Christ, to build a school/learning community in which everybody may respect and co-operate with each other, to encourage students to work for a just society, and to serve the needy. The main focus of the school's mission from 2009-2014 is to enhance the learning capacity of the students.
Established in 1924 by Mr. Peter Tsui Yan Sau (徐仁壽, formerly a teacher at St. Joseph's College), WYK is one of the oldest and most prestigious secondary schools in Hong Kong, and was the first English-speaking college to be administered by local Chinese. During the 1930s, Mr. Tsui, himself a devout Catholic, saw the need of the pupils for greater spiritual guidance, decided to gradually hand over the administration to the incoming Jesuits, while the latter was seeking to serve in some local education establishments. Besides the two Wah Yan Colleges in Hong Kong and Kowloon, the Jesuits also sought to form a Catholic University in Hong Kong. Yet with the University of Hong Kong already established in 1911, the Jesuit fathers turned to organise a Catholic hostel for its male students, which hostel was to become Ricci Hall of the University. Mr. Tsui left Hong Kong and became a successful rubber planter and hotelier in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah of the British Malaya. He died in Hong Kong on 19 February 1981, age ninety three.
Before the Second World War, the school was located on Portland Street and later moved to Nelson Street in 1928. Under the auspice of A. E. Wood, then Secretary for Education, the school was added to the Grant List, and was hence under Government subsidies. A branch was also opened on Austin Road to cater for students in senior years, the premises became the Tak Sun Primary School after the war. A South China Morning Post article in 1928 reported the WYK to be the biggest school in Hong Kong with a student population of 500. Despite new facilities, however, senior students were still required to cross the Victoria Harbour for laboratory lessons at the Wah Yan College, Hong Kong.
In 1941, Hong Kong was attacked by the Japanese forces, the Jesuit priests of the College helped organise the evacuation of the Kowloon civilians to the Island as they closed down the school. During the occupation, the Japanese prohibited its resumption on political grounds. The Nelson Street campus was so thoroughly looted that, Mr. Chow Ching-nam (周淸霖), then Principal, could only salvage a small portion of school registers and documentations, and the students had to bring in their own chairs when the College reopened after the war.
Expansion and maturity
Around 1947, the school authorities began the search for a new campus as its enrolment further increased. A proposed acquisition of a site on Ho Man Tin Hill Road was turned down. After negotiations with the Government of Hong Kong, a piece of former paddy field was granted and it moved to the current premises on Waterloo Road in 1952. This provision of land was large by Hong Kong standards, making WYK one of the largest campus in the urban Hong Kong area. This precedent was soon followed in the case of land provision for the Hong Kong campus, where the plot granted by the Government was also of significant size. The present campus was opened by the then Governor Sir Alexander Grantham in 1953. In 2005 a new annex of WYK was opened providing new science labs, a music room, a Computer Assisted Learning Room (commonly called CAL Room) and a student activity room.
Mr. Laurence Tam (譚志成), a former Arts teacher during the late 1960s, pioneered a new Chinese ink painting movement which he integrated in his curriculum experimentally. He left the school to work as a curator at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1971.
Our Captain and Our King
- LEE Martin Chu-ming (李柱銘), former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, representing the Hong Kong Island geographical constituency; former chairman of Hong Kong Democratic Party
- LEONG Alan Kah-kit (梁家傑), former chairman of Hong Kong Bar Association and a candidate of Hong Kong Chief Executive Election 2007
- TO James Kun-sun (涂謹申), member of the Legislative Council (Kowloon West)
- TSE Paul (謝偉俊), member of the Legislative Council (Tourism Functional Constituency)
- CHAN John Cho-chak (陳祖澤), former chairman of Hong Kong Jockey Club; former managing director of Kowloon Motor Bus (1933) Ltd
- NG Stephen Tin-hoi(吳天海), deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Wharf Holdings Limited (九龍倉集團有限公司); chairman, deputy chairman of Wheelock and Company Limited (會德豐有限公司)
- YING Michael Lee-Yuen (刑李源), former chairman of Esprit Holdings Limited.
- YUEN Tin-fan (袁天凡), former CEO of Hong Kong Stock Exchange
- MAK Tak Wah (class of 1962), scientist (discoverer of T cell receptors, a key component of the human immune system) ,,
- TSO Wung-Wai, an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, also an active politician in Hong Kong
- WONG John Y. (黃宇和), Emeritus Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia
Art and Performance
- CHAN Koon Chung (陳冠中), author of "The Fat Years (盛世)"
- TSANG Kenneth (曾江), actor in Hollywood productions such as Die Another Day
- Education in Hong Kong
- Wah Yan College, Hong Kong
- Wah Yan One Family Foundation
- List of secondary schools in Hong Kong
- List of buildings and structures in Hong Kong
- Society of Jesus
- Fo Pang
- "Big shoes to fill for new club boss". Hong Kong Standard. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
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