Diocesan Girls' School

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Diocesan Girls' School
Chinese: 拔萃女書院
Diocesan Girls' School School Crest.jpg
Diocesan Girls' School crest
1 Jordan Road, Kowloon,
Hong Kong
Type DSS, Grant School, primary, secondary
Motto Daily Giving Service
Denomination Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican Episcopalian)
Established 1860
School district King's Park
Headmistress Mrs. Stella Lau, JP
Grades P1S6
Gender Girls
Campus size 28,336m2
Colour(s) Persian blue

Diocesan Girls' School, one of the oldest girls' schools in Hong Kong, was founded in 1860 by the Anglican (Episcopalian) Church to provide an all-round secondary education for girls in Hong Kong. Commonly known as DGS, the school is governed by the Council of the Diocesan Girls' School, a group of administrators who ensure that the school is well-managed and adheres to DGS's School Mission. Having run as a grant-aided school since it was founded, the school commenced operation in the DSS mode starting with Secondary One classes in September 2005. It uses English as the medium of instruction, and has always been ranked as one of the top secondary schools in Hong Kong, with students known to be high achievers in academics, music and sports etc. DGS accounts for a total of 43 winners of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students Awards, ranking first among all the secondary schools in Hong Kong, and outnumbering the combined number of winners of the next two schools. The school is also a member of the G20 Schools group. It has a "feeder" primary school known as Diocesan Girls' Junior School ("DGJS"), which is currently lead by Ms Annie Lee.

Diocesan Boys' School is a sister school of Diocesan Girls' School. The schools have a close relationship, and are collectively referred to as the Diocesan Family.



DGS was originally named Diocesan Native Female Training School in 1860, when it was founded at Bonham Road and Eastern Street[citation needed] in Hong Kong Island. The school set up by the wife of Bishop Smith. He was the First Bishop of Victoria sent by[citation needed] the Society for the Promotion of Female Education in the East, a sub-society of the London Missionary Society. At first, it admitted only girls. In 1866 it was renamed Diocesan Female School. Because of financial problems the school had to restrict its services solely to orphans and destitute Hongkongese girls in 1869.[citation needed] Later,[when?] it became the Diocesan Home and Orphanage and accepted boys as well.

The school[which?] first received government financial assistance in 1878 and was placed under the grant-in-aid scheme, officially establishing itself as a girls' school.[citation needed] The boys would continue their education at the newly founded Diocesan Boys' School.[citation needed]

In 1913, the school finally moved to its present site in 1 Jordan Road, Kowloon, formerly a rice paddy field. In the 1920s, the school motto, Daily Giving Service, was adopted. During the Japanese occupation in the Second World War, the school was taken over as headquarters of the Japanese gendarmerie until it was re-opened in September 1945 by Ms. Gibbins, then headmistress, who was interned at Stanley camp during the occupation. Immediately upon her release, Gibbins hurried back to reclaim the school premises despite difficulty in crossing the harbour, thus saving the building from being looted.[citation needed]

Post war[edit]

In the 1950s, with the closure of the adjacent town-gas depot, the School was able to expand. The old Edwardian edifice was pulled down, and three school blocks were constructed to accommodate the enlarged student body. The school embarked on a large scale school expansion project, and two extension blocks were opened respectively in 1993 and 1996. A new phase of expansion had been completed and was opened officially on 12 January 2007.

In 2005, DGS joined the Direct Subsidy Scheme, so as to enhance the facilities to meet the demand of increased number of classes. In site redevelopment has been chosen against the use of a new site provided by the Education Bureau, based on costs considerations. The new school was designed by an award-winning architect,[who?] and the preliminary designs was reviewed and polished by a group of alumni. A fund-raising campaign was launched in 2008 for the redevelopment of the old school campus, which targets on HKD 380 million. In 2009, the classes in DGS were temporarily relocated to 101 Castle Peak Road, Sham Shui Po, whereas DGJS was moved to Tseung Kwan O, as the reconstruction begins. In September 2011, the school returned to 1 Jordan Road upon completion of the new campus.


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