Bishop Paschang Catholic School

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Bishop Paschang Catholic School
School Badge of Bishop Paschang Catholic School
Location
No. 6 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
Coordinates 22°19′43″N 114°12′29″E / 22.32861°N 114.20806°E / 22.32861; 114.20806Coordinates: 22°19′43″N 114°12′29″E / 22.32861°N 114.20806°E / 22.32861; 114.20806
Information
Type Hong Kong SAR aided school
Chinese medium of instruction
Motto

Patience, Justice, Diligence, and Thriftiness.[1]

(traditional Chinese (HK))仁義勤儉
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Established 1969
President Rev. Fr. Anthony Vincent Brennan
Principal Miss CHAN Mei Hing
Faculty about 50 teachers
Enrollment about 800 pupils
Affiliation Maryknoll Fathers
Website
Outlook of Bishop Paschang Catholic School in Kowloon Bay
Ms HO Ka Lai, siblings and alumni
Ms Myolie Wu and her P6 class master Mr Poon Wai Ki

Bishop Paschang Catholic School (Chinese: 天主教柏德學校) is a government-aided,[2] whole day[3]Roman Catholic coeducational primary school located in Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong.

The school is in Primary One Admission Net 46 of Kwun Tong.[1] With the exception of English and Mandarin lessons, the school employs Cantonese as the main medium of instruction, in line with the prevailing education policy set by the Hong Kong government. This school is generally considered as the best primary school in the area of Kowloon Bay and Ngau Tau Kok. [4] The sponsoring body is the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America, commonly known as the Maryknoll Fathers.[5]

History[edit]

The school was founded by the Maryknoll Fathers in 1969.[6] The Bishop Walsh School was founded by the Maryknoll Fathers in Hong Kong in 1963. When Bishop Paschang Memorial School was set up in 1969, some senior staff were transferred from Bishop Walsh School. Mr Peter Chan Kai Yin, the husband of Ms Melissa Yeung Yuen Man, the second headmistress of Bishop Paschang Memorial School, was the headmaster of Bishop Walsh School before he retired. During the recruitment of headmaster of Bishop Paschang Catholic School in 2009, Mr Peter Chan Kai Yin was on the selection board.

Timeline[edit]

  • 1969 founded – Bishop Paschang Catholic School was formerly known as the "Bishop Paschang Memorial School", originally located in Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate. It was founded by Rev Fr. John M Mcloughlin MM. Initially, there was one morning section and onea evening section. Fr. Mcloughlin named the school after Maryknoller Bishop Adolph John Paschang.[7]
  • 1971 – First Primary 6 graduation of the morning section
  • 1972 – First Primary 6 graduation of the evening section
  • 1975 – First batch of pupils who studied from P1 up to P6 graduated in 1975
  • 1979 – 10th anniversary
  • 1999 – Parents-Teachers Association founded
  • 2002 – Morning section of Bishop Paschang Memorial School moved to the campus in Kowloon Bay,[8] became a full day school[9] and was renamed Bishop Paschang Catholic School. New campus was situated in a school village next to Richland Gardens, opposite to Kai Yip Estate, of Y2K design by the Architectural Services Department of HKSAR government.[10] PM section of Bishop Paschang Memorial School stayed in Ngau Tau Kok but became a full day school.
  • 2003SARS outbreak in Amoy Gardens, Ngau Tau Kok.
  • 2006Incorporated Management Committee founded according to the Section 40BU of the Education Ordinance
  • 2007 – Alumni Association founded
  • 2008 – All remaining classes of Bishop Paschang Memorial School were relocated to Bishop Paschang Catholic School in Kowloon Bay. A 39th anniversary special memorial booklet commemorated this event.[11] The campus in Ngau Tau Kok was returned to the HKSAR government and was subsequently demolished together with the rest of the Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate. The migration was complete. The newer campus was opened to the public on 8 March and 20 July 2008. Lower Ngau Tau Kok Estate was the last of its kind of resettlement estate built by the Hong Kong Government. Its demolition aroused lots of nostalgia[12]

Description[edit]

Bishop Paschang Catholic School is a government aided school, started to adopt small class teaching.[13] Starting from 2010, the School enrolled five primary one classes, totalling 125 pupils each year. Most pupils are from neighbourhood families. As of 2011 enrolment had reached about 800 pupils. Graduates became doctors, lawyers, accountants, pharmacists, professors, principals, teachers, professional athletes, actors, administrative officers and engineers.

Fr Anthony Vincent Brenann MM picked up the role of Supervisor in 2004. The School employed an expert in curriculum design, Chan Mei Hing, in 2009 to succeed the retiring headmaster, Au Wing Cheung. Besides the supervisor and the headmistress, the Incorporated Management Committee (2010–2012) consists of Rev Fr. Thomas Anthony Peyton, Joseph Lai, Lee Ping Hing, Au Wing Cheung, Martin Lai, Rosa Chan, Priscilla Ko, Stefy Wong, Yip Miu Yee and K.F. Chan.[14]

Mission[edit]

The school was founded on the Maryknoll spirit to serve those in need, and to preach the good news of Jesus.[15] The school places high importance.

Supervisors[edit]

  • Rev. Fr. John M. Mcloughlin, M.M. (1969–1980)[16]
  • Rev. Fr. Peter Alphonsus Reilly, M.M. (1980–1994)[17]
  • Rev. Fr. Howard D. Trube, M.M. (1994–1995)[18]
  • Rev. Fr. Thomas Anthony Peyton, M.M. (1995–2004)[19]
  • Rev. Fr. Anthony Vincent Brennan, M.M. (2004 – now)[19]

Headmasters[edit]

Headmasters of Bishop Paschang Memorial School AM Section in Ngau Tau Kok

  • Mr Chan Man Wai (1969–1984)
  • Ms Yeung Yuen Man (1984–1992)
  • Mr Leung Kwok Hung (1992–2001)
  • Mr Lee Ping Hing (2001–2002)

AM section moved to Kowloon Bay in 2002 and became a full day school.

Headmasters of Bishop Paschang Memorial School PM Section in Ngau Tau Kok

  • Mr Lau Neng Chung (1969–1976)
  • Mr Lee Tai Chung (1976–1991)
  • Mr Leung Kwok Hung (1991–1992)
  • Mr Sun Leung Shek (1992–1996)
  • Mr Lee Ping Hing (1996–2001)
  • Mr Au Wing Cheung (2001–2002)

PM section of Bishop Paschang Memorial School became full day school in 2002.

Headmasters of Bishop Paschang Memorial School Full Day School in Ngau Tau Kok

  • Mr Au Wing Cheung (2002–2006)
  • Ms Au Suk Yan (2006–2008)

Full day school of Bishop Paschang Memorial School was merged with Bishop Paschang Catholic School in Kowloon Bay in 2008.

Headmasters of Bishop Paschang Catholic School in Kowloon Bay

  • Mr Lee Ping Hing (2002–2006)
  • Mr Au Wing Cheung (2006–2009)
  • Ms Chan Mei Hing (2009 – )
A view of the Kowloon Bay campus
A view inside Bishop Paschang Catholic School

The school places high importance on moral education and participated in the "Marathon 101 Education Program".[20] In 2009, they invited the blind marathon winner Henry Wanyoike and his leading runner Joseph Kibunja to the school to share with pupils their labour.

Curriculum[edit]

The School places priority on both Chinese and English learning. The school promotes English reading throughout, aiming at improving language skills. The school participated in the SCOLAR English Language Camp for Primary 4 Students in 2002.[21][22] The school uses "Putonghua" (Mandarin) in all Chinese lessons from P1 to P3.

Facilities[edit]

The campus in Kowloon Bay is of Year 2000 design by the Architectural Services Department of the Hong Kong SAR government, the current standard design for school buildings.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The school has various extra-curricular activities. The Bishop Paschang Catholic School Alumni Association awards an "A life body skill" scholarship to those pupils with outstanding performance in sports and arts.

Supporting bodies[edit]

Bishop Paschang Catholic School Parent-Teacher Association was founded in 1999. Bishop Paschang Catholic School Alumni Association was founded in 2007. Through the years the alumni association accepted graduates of all years from both Ngau Tau Kok and Kowloon Bay campus.[23] These two supporting bodies help the school in organising activities and award scholarships.[24]

School Song[edit]

The founding headmaster, Chan Man Wai, invited Taiwaneesee classical music composer, Huang You Di, to compose the school song. Lyrics were written by Lee Shi Shou, the father of the second headmaster of Bishop Paschang Memorial School PM section.[25][26]

The pair also composed the school song of Bishop Walsh Memorial School.[27]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Ms HO Ka Lai – former Hong Kong Fencing Team member
  • Mr Poon Man Tik – former Hong Kong soccer team member
  • Mr POON Man Chun – younger brother of Poon Man Tik, also a former Hong Kong soccer team member
  • Ms Myolie Wu – Hong Kong TV actor
  • Ms Wai Sze Sarah Lee MH,[28] – Hong Kong cycling team member (2010 Guangzhou Asia Games Gold Medalist)[29]

Old pictures[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Committee on Home-school co-operation". Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "List subsidized primary schools 2010/11 from the Education Bureau web site" (PDF). Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  3. ^ "Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong". Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Book of School". Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "The Maryknoll Family from the Catholic Dictionary". Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Committee on Home-school co-operation" (PDF). Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  7. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))"瑪利諾神父創會百周年紀念特約專輯2". 明報 E2 版. 21 April 2011. 
  8. ^ "New Schools to be completed in 2002 from the Education Bureau web site". Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  9. ^ "Recommendation for primary school allocation indicating that Bishop Paschang Catholic School would be converted into a full day school in 2002 from the Education Bureau web site" (PDF). Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  10. ^ "Committee on Home-School Cooperation Primary School Overview". Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  11. ^ Bishop Paschang Memorial School 39th anniversary memorial publication. Hong Kong: Bishop Paschang Memorial School. 2008. 
  12. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))回憶.情 在牛頭角下邨的共同歲月. 香港聖公會福利協會. 2009. ISBN 978-962-7967-28-6. 
  13. ^ "List of schools taking forward Small Class Teaching (SCT) in the 2010/11 schoolyear 2010/11 from the Education Bureau web site" (PDF). Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  14. ^ "Hong Kong Education Bureau web site". Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  15. ^ "Bishop Paschang Catholic School official web page". Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  16. ^ "Deceased clergy and Religious Brothers Death of Father John Mcloughlin, M.M. R.I.P.". Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  17. ^ "Father Peter Alphonsus Reilly, M. M. 1912 – 1994 R.I.P.". Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "Father Howard D. Trube, M.M. 1913–1995 R.I.P.". Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  19. ^ a b "Christ the Worker Parish". Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  20. ^ "Marathon 101 Education Program official web page". Retrieved 24 April 2011. 
  21. ^ "Standing Committee on Language Education and Research report from the Education Bureau web site" (PDF). Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  22. ^ "English Language Camp Activities for Primary 4 Students A Resource Package from the Education Bureau web site". Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  23. ^ "Bulletin Board of Bishop Paschang Catholic School Alumni Association". Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  24. ^ (traditional Chinese (HK))"星島特刊". 星島日報. 21 April 2011. 
  25. ^ Bishop Paschang Catholic School 40th anniversary memorial publication. Hong Kong: Bishop Paschang Catholic School. 2009. 
  26. ^ "Bishop Paschang Catholic School school song". Retrieved 16 May 2011. 
  27. ^ "Bishop Walsh Primary School official web page". Retrieved 2 May 2011. 
  28. ^ "2011 Honours List". Press Releases. Government of Hong Kong. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 10 August 2012. 
  29. ^ "The SUN Post". Retrieved 16 June 2011. 

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