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Queen's College
Chinese: 皇仁書院
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Location
Queen's College is located in Hong Kong Island
Queen's College
Queen's College
Queen's College is located in Hong Kong
Queen's College
Queen's College
Queen's College is located in China
Queen's College
Queen's College

Hong Kong
CoordinatesCoordinates: 22°16′51″N 114°11′30″E / 22.2809°N 114.1917°E / 22.2809; 114.1917
Information
TypePublic, single-sex
Motto"Labor Omnia Vincit" (Latin)

"勤有功" (Chinese)

"Labour conquers all" (English)
Established1862
PrincipalMs. Yvetta Ruth LEUNG
StaffAbout 60 staff
Number of studentsAbout 850 students
Color(s)Red
Medium of instructionEnglish, except Chinese Language, Chinese History and Mandarin, in which Chinese is the medium of instruction
Campus SizeApproximately 2.5 acres (16,766 m²)
School MagazineThe Yellow Dragon - First Published in June 1899. The first Anglo-Chinese school magazine in the world
Assistant PrincipalsMs. LING Yuen-ting, Mr. WONG Kwok-keung
Website
Queen's College, Hong Kong
Traditional Chinese皇仁書院
Simplified Chinese皇仁书院
Victoria College
Traditional Chinese皇后書院
The Government Central School
Traditional Chinese中央書院
Third alternative Chinese name
Traditional Chinese大書院
Queen's College campus

Queen's College (Chinese: 皇仁書院), initially named The Government Central School (大書院/ 中央書院) in 1862 and later renamed Victoria College (皇后書院) in 1889, is a selective sixth form college for boys with a secondary school attached. The first public secondary school founded in Hong Kong by the British colonial government, Queen's College obtained its present name in 1894 and is currently located at Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

Brief history[edit]

The history of the College can be traced back to the Chinese village schools that were believed to have existed prior to the founding of British Hong Kong as a colony in 1842.

In August 1847, the British colonial government decreed that grants would be given to existing Chinese village schools in Hong Kong. It appointed an Education Committee in November of that year to examine the state of Chinese schools in Victoria, Stanley and Aberdeen, the aim being to bring the schools under closer government supervision. Following its examinations, the Committee reported that 3 Chinese village schools, namely Taipingshan School (28 pupils), Chungwan School (18 pupils) and Sheungwan School (21 pupils) were operating actively within Victoria City under Chinese masters Mr. Chuy Shing-cheung, Mr. Leung Sing-Than and Mr. Mak Mai-chun, respectively. The books used in these schools included the Three Character Classics (三字經), and the Four Books and the Five Classics (四書五經).[1] This marked the beginning of the establishment of public education in Hong Kong. Subsequently, government intervention in the provision of education in Hong Kong increased, and in 1857, it established new schools, including West Point School, to meet the ever-increasing demand for education in the burgeoning entrepôt.

In 1860, the British sinologist Rev. Dr. James Legge proposed that the Board of Education establish a Central School that would amalgamate the 3 existing government sponsored and monitored Chinese schools (Taipingshan, Chungwan and Sheungwan) in Victoria City. Two years later, a Government Central School on Gough Street, Central, opened its doors to the public in 1862. Its first headmaster was Dr. Frederick Stewart, who was also appointed Inspector of Schools in the Colony. As Headmaster, he was responsible for the supervision of all schools in Hong Kong until March 1879, when the Government established a separate office for the Inspector; this later became the precursor to the Department of Education, which was then incorporated into the Education Bureau.

In its first five years, the school admitted only Chinese students as a matter of policy. In 1867, it began admitting students of other nationalities, such as British, Indian, Parsee, Japanese and Thai. While Chinese students had to enrol in English classes, students from other nationalities were not expected to study the Chinese classics.

Secular schooling sparked a great deal of controversy with the Hong Kong Governor and religious leaders. On many occasions, the Governor personally scrutinized and intervened in the operations of these schools. Later, the Government established a grant program that enabled religious schools to compete on par with the Central School for funding.

On 26 April 1884, a foundation stone was laid on Aberdeen Street for the school's new premises by Sir George Bowen, Governor from 1883 to 1887. Witnessing the ceremony was Sun Yat-sen, then a student at the school. On the Governor's recommendation, the school was to be renamed Victoria College following the completion of the new building.

Queen's College, a photograph from 1908

In 1889, construction of the school was completed at a cost of HKD250,000, making it one of the largest and most expensive buildings in Hong Kong at that time.

In 1894, the school was officially renamed Queen's College. Since the 1870s, the Government had wanted to expand the College to become a university; however, the idea was scrapped after the outbreak of the Russo-Japanese War in 1904. Fearing that the benefits it enjoyed in the Far-East could be jeopardized by Japan's growing influence in the region, the British colonial government decided that it was crucial to establish a university that could train graduates in war-related subjects, such as engineering and medicine. While Queen's College remained a secondary school, this eventually led to the establishment of the University of Hong Kong in 1910.

Following the Japanese invasion of Hong Kong in 1941, the school was forced to close, after which it was converted into a Field hospital. Immediately after the fall of Hong Kong, refugees stripped the buildings of their timber for fuel. During the Japanese occupation, the school site was used by Japanese Occupying Forces. As a result, the campus was destroyed during an Allied bombing attack near the end of the War (1944 or 1945). For a brief period after, its ruins were occupied by refugees following the Japanese surrender, and fire accidents were common. Beginning in 1948, the site was cleared to make way for the PMQ.

In 1947, the school re-opened in a temporary facility on Kennedy Road, sharing a campus with Clementi Secondary School.

In 1950, a new campus of Queen's College was built in Causeway Bay to accommodate the school's expansion. It moved to the present site on Causeway Road, opposite Victoria Park, on 22 September. That day, Sir Alexander Grantham, Governor of Hong Kong, announced the re-opening of Queen's College. Since then, the two-storey high building has served countless numbers of Q.C. students.

Until 1951, pupils typically entered Queen's College at Class 4 (equivalent to today's Form 3). In September 1951, two additional grades were created at the bottom end of the school, the lowest grade thus becoming Class 6 (Form 1 today). For a time, these changes in organization and other factors, resulting from the rapid growth of education, led to an uneven distribution of divisions. In 1950 for instance, there were ten divisions of Class 4. In 1951, four of these divisions were transferred to King's College (英皇書院). From 1955, undergraduates intending to focus on the Arts were transferred to King's College and later to Belilios Public School for their Advanced Level year. From 1962, an extra Upper Sixth Form was provided to arts students so that QC boys would no longer have to study at Belilios. Meanwhile, for a brief period, Belilios Girls were sent over to Queen's to study Science. Since then, Queen's College has remained a full-time Anglo-Chinese secondary school for boys.

Today, the school's original site on Gough Street is often cited in tours examining the legacy of Sun Yat-sen in Hong Kong.

School song[edit]

The melody of the school song of Queen's College was adapted from the school anthem of England's Harrow School, with lyrics provided by Mr. William Kay, formerly a long-serving vice principal at the school. Heep Yunn School, an all-girls school in Kowloon, also shares the same melody for their school song. This rendition of the Queen's College school song is arranged by Dr. Lau Kai-chi, Anthony (Music Panel Head at Queen's College 1994 - 2009).

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At Queen's College, school logos were only officially adopted after the Second World War. Prior to the War, the school, like other government departments, used the Royal Emblem as its logo. However, Queen's College's first school logo was designed as early as 1923 by Mr Ng Ping-un, Chief Chinese draftsman of the Architectural Office. The post-war school logo changed numerous times, all of them based on Ng's 1923 design. The school's current logo was adopted in 1997 after the Transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong.

Enrolment and medium of instruction[edit]

Queen's College currently has 24 classes, with 4 classes per form and approximately 860 students enrolled. Prior to the implementation of the 334 Scheme and Voluntary Optimization of Class Structure Scheme, the College housed 33 classes with approximately 1,200 students on roll, with 5 classes per form from Secondary One to Five, and 4 classes per form in Lower and Upper Sixth Forms. Secondary One students are allocated by the Secondary School Place Allocation System.

The medium of instruction is English (except Chinese Language, Chinese History, Mandarin and cultural subjects); however, teaching in Cantonese is not uncommon, and is usually at the discretion of individual teachers.

EDB Pre-S1[edit]

EDB Pre-S1
Queen's College King's College Territory-wide average
Chi Eng Math Chi Eng Math Chi Eng Math
2015 ≈2016 89.90 90.37 86.90 92.90 80.20 86.90 52.99 49.67 57.64
2014 ≈2015 83.50 87.70 88.20 85.90 80.60 88.20 52.99 49.67 57.64
2013 ≈2014 91.30 90.30 88.90 83.50 80.60 85.50 49.63 49.43 59.98
2012 ≈2013 88.90 88.60 88.10 82.80 78.40 78.40 49.63 49.43 59.98

Activities and achievements[edit]

All students are divided into eight School Houses, namely: Stewart, Wright, Dealy, Tanner, Crook, de Rome, Kay, and Williamson (which was at first called School House when the house system was introduced by then Headmaster Williamson). The School Houses compete in Athletic Meets, Swimming Gala and other inter-house competitions. School teams regularly participate and excel in inter-school competitions.

There are also 49 clubs grouped under Sports, Recreational, Religious, Social Services, and Academic (Science & Arts) areas. Most clubs hold events and functions for the participation of all students and many of them organize joint events with sister schools throughout every academic year. They also actively participate in annual school Open Days. Last but not least, school clubs co-ordinate with and contribute to many charitable activities.

Queen's College students are known for excelling in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE). Historically, more students at the school have received 10 A grades on the HKCEE (the highest grade possible on the HKCEE) than at any other secondary school in Hong Kong. Out of over 572 secondary schools in Hong Kong, fewer than 30 have ever produced these so-called "10A" students. In particular, between 1990 and 2006, 50 Queen's College students received 10 A's on the HKCEE. This number represents over 26% of the 10A scores received during this period.

The stellar academic performance of Queen's College students is reflected in its representation at many of the world's best universities. Many excellent Form 6 students continue their education at prestigious overseas institutions in the United States, the People's Republic of China and the United Kingdom, while most Form 7 graduates enroll in prestigious local universities such as the University of Hong Kong, the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Hong Kong Outstanding Students Awards[edit]

Queen's College students have won 21 of the past Hong Kong Outstanding Students Awards,[2] placing the school in 2nd place among all secondary schools in Hong Kong. Of the 45 winners and finalists, 21 have served on the Executive Committee of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students' Association (HKOSA)[3]

President[edit]

  • Chiang Mung (9th)
  • Tong Chi Keung (12th)
  • Edison Tam (24th)

Vice President[edit]

  • Alvin Kung (14th)

Internal Secretary[edit]

External Secretary[edit]

  • Herman Kwan (5th)
  • Herman Kwan (7th)
  • Vincent Chiu (20th)

Financial Secretary[edit]

  • Timonthy Leung (6th)
  • William Chan (11th)
  • Felix Tam (27th)

Public Relations Officer[edit]

  • Francis Chan (5th)

Social Services Officer[edit]

  • Alexander Lau (5th)
  • Jeffrey Cheung (17th)

Internal Relations Officer[edit]

  • Yau Shiu Bun (8th)

Administrative Officer[edit]

  • William Chan (4th)
  • Kevin Choi (6th)
  • Samuel Leung (9th)
  • Hui Ka Chun (12th)
  • Jeff Chan (22nd)

Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Outstanding Students Awards[edit]

Queen's College counts a total of seven winners and finalists of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Outstanding Students Awards from 2002 to 2017.[4]

Publications[edit]

A school magazine named The Yellow Dragon.

First published in June 1899, the Queen's College school magazine, The Yellow Dragon (《黃龍報》), is the world's oldest existing Anglo-Chinese school magazine. A priceless historical resource, it provides a window into the evolution of education in Hong Kong and on societal evolution in the Asia Pacific region. In 2005, the magazine published its 100th volume. The Chinese section of the edition featured a brief summary of the magazine's past 100 volumes (百期回望專輯), written by seven students to commemorate the special occasion.

Another regular publication is the school newspaper, The Courier (《文苑》), which has been published since 1968. Currently, 3 issues are produced each year, covering the school's major functions and featuring student contributions.

In commemoration of the school's 125th anniversary, the Queen's College Old Boys' Association published a limited-edition history of the school entitled Queen's College: Its History 1862-1987 in 1987. Its author, Gwyneth Stokes, whose husband John was the Principal of Queen's College from 1965 to 1970, spent 2 years researching the 494-page book in local archives and in the UK.

Scandals[edit]

Mr. Chiu Sin Hang, an assistant principal on probation, was involved in several scandals:

  • Pressing students to support the police in school magazine: The Queen's College Political Reform Concern Group revealed that assistant principal Chiu Sin Hang requested a change in topic to "police force" in the latest The Yellow Dragon at that time, in the hopes of supporting the local police force which has suffered a negative image in the Umbrella Movement. The Yellow Dragon later released a statement confirming the request from Chiu and stated that principal Ms. Li Sui-wah rejected said request. This event caused outrage not just between students and alumni as it inflected students' freedom in expression and created unnecessary burden on the students in charge.[5]
  • Failure to declare interests attained in beer-drinking contest: Assistant principal Chiu Sin Hang attended a dinner event held by the Queen's College Old Boys' Association in which he participated in a beer-drinking contest and prevailed. He was granted a travel coupon to Macau of around $5000 in value. Chiu did not declare the said prize to the Education Bureau, breaching the Civil Service Code and the Prevention of Bribery Ordinance. His act of participating in the beer-drinking contest and bingeing large amounts of alcohol in front of teachers, students and alumni in his position as not only an assistant principal in probation but also a teacher also sparked major criticism to his professionalism and competence.[6][7]

List of notable alumni[edit]

Politicians, judges, diplomats, and military staff[edit]

Dr. Sun Yat-sen

Medical doctors[edit]

  • Man-Kai Wan (尹文階)(1869-1927), one of the first Chinese doctors of Western medicine in Hong Kong and the inaugural Chairman of the Hong Kong Chinese Medical Association 香 港 中 華 醫 學 會 (1920-1922, forerunner of Hong Kong Medical Association)[8][9]
  • Ko Wing Man (高永文), former Secretary for Food and Health of the HKSAR Government (2012-2017)

Businessmen[edit]

Academics[edit]

  • Tony F. Chan (陳繁昌), Assistant Director, Directorate for Mathematics and Physical Sciences, National Science Foundation; Professor, Computational & Applied Math Group, Department of Mathematics, UCLA. President of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology since 1 September 2009.
  • Chan Wai Yee (陳偉儀), Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice President, Professor and Director of School of Biomedical Sciences, Master of CW Chu College, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Edward K.Y. Chen (陳坤耀), Vice-Chancellor of Lingnan University, Hong Kong.
  • Jack Cheng (鄭振耀) Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice-President, Professor of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Cheung Ng-sheung (張五常), well-known economist in Hong Kong, formerly Professor of Economics at the University of Hong Kong.
  • Cheung Yau-kai (張佑啟), Honorary Professor of Engineering and Special Adviser to the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Hong Kong; formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
  • Chiang Mung (蔣濛), John A. Edwardson Dean of the College of Engineering at Purdue University. Previously Arthur LeGrand Doty, Professor of Electrical Engineering, Princeton University. 2013 Alan T. Waterman Award recipient.
  • Fok Tai-fai (霍泰輝), Pro-Vice-Chancellor, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Kwan Pun-Fong, Vincent (關品方), Associate Director, HKU Zhejiang Institute of Research and Innovation, Hangzhou; Honorary Professor, The University of Hong Kong.
  • Kwan Tze-wan (關子尹), Emeritus Professor, former Head of Department, Department of Philosophy, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Lee Hau Leung (李效良) Thoma Professor of Operations, Information, and Technology, Stanford Graduate School of Business. Codirector of the Stanford Global Supply Chain Management Forum
  • Lee Hon-leung, Vincent (李漢良), Director of the School of Pharmacy, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Chi-Kwong Li, Ferguson Professor of Mathematics, The College of William and Mary
  • Chan Tsz Fung, Department of European Studies
  • Simon Shen (沈旭暉), international politics critic, Table-host of ROUNDTABLE, Adjunct Associate Professor, Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • So Yuen Tat (蘇源逹) Professor of Neurology & Neurological Sciences Stanford University, Department of Neurology.
  • Joseph Sung Jao-yiu (沈祖堯), one of the most significant figures in Hong Kong's fighting with the SARS in 2003. He was the Associate Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong. Vice-Chancellor and President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong (1 July 2010 to 31 December 2017).
  • Tse Lai-Sing, Francis (謝勵誠), Vice President, Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research; Adjunct Professor, Nankai University, Tianjin; Vice President & Chief Scientific Officer, Lab Testing Division, 上海药明康德新药开发有限公司.
  • Wang Chungyi (王寵益), Professor of Pathology at University of Hong Kong. He was admired for his devotion to the development of pathological research in Hong Kong. He died of tuberculosis, a disease that he had spent enormous effort to fight against.
  • Wang Wenshan (王文山), sociologist, anarchist, student leader at the Peking University during the May Fourth Movement 1919. He contacted the Chinese communists and once met Vladimir Lenin in Moscow.
  • Wong Kai-chi (黃繼持), writer, translator, literary critic of Chinese literature, former Head of Department, Department of Chinese Language and Literature, Chinese University of Hong Kong.
  • Wong Kwok-pun, Lawrence (黃國彬), Professor at the Department of Translation of Lingnan University in Hong Kong. His famous Chinese poem 'On Listening to Chan's Zither Performance' (translated from the Chinese title '聽陳蕾士的琴箏'), written in the 1980s, has been one of the prescribed texts of the Chinese Language syllabus of the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination from 1993 to 2006.
  • Yuen Kwok-yung (袁國勇), Henry Fok Professor in Infectious Diseases, Chair and Head of the Department of Microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong

Volunteerism Leader[edit]

  • Wilson Wan Sze Chung (溫思聰), recipient of the 5th Hong Kong Volunteer Award (第五屆香港傑出義工獎得主)[11]

List of Headmasters and Principals[edit]

  • Dr. Frederick Stewart (史安) (1862–1881)
  • Dr. G. H. Bateson Wright (黎璧臣) (1881–1909)
  • Mr. Thomas Kirkman Dealy, FRGS, FEIS, FCS, DRF (Paris) (狄吏) (1909–1918)
  • Mr. Bertram Tanner, ISO (丹雅) (1918–1925)
  • Mr. Alfred Herbert Crook, OBE, FRGS (祈祿) (1925–1930)
  • Mr. Francis Joseph de Rome, MBE (狄隆) (1930–1939)
  • Mr. M. G. O'Connor (Acting) (1939–1941)
  • Mr. L. G. Morgan (Acting) (1947)
  • Mr. J. J. Ferguson (Acting) (1947)
  • Mr. Harry Norman Williamson, OBE (威廉遜) (1947–1961)
  • Mr. Cheung King-pak (張經柏) (1961–1964)
  • Mr. Wong Yee-wa (Acting) (1964)
  • Mr. F. C. Gamble (金寶) (1964–1965)
  • Mr. John Stokes (司徒莊) (1965–1970)
  • Mr. Raymond Huang (黃勵文) (1970–1973)
  • Mr. William Cheng Hsü-ning (鄭旭寧) (1973–1976)
  • Mr. Timothy Yung (榮德淵) (1976–1982)
  • Mr. Chew Tung-sing (趙東成) (1982–1987)
  • Mr. Kong Shiu-chung (江紹忠) (1987–1994)
  • Mr. Lee Kar-hung (李家鴻) (1994–2000)
  • Ms. Kitty Cheung Lam Lai-king (張林麗琼) (2000–2003)
  • Mr. Vincent Li Lok-yin (李樂然) (2003–2013)
  • Ms. Li Sui-wah (李瑞華) (2013–2018)
  • Ms. Leung Yvetta Ruth (梁路德) (2018-)

List of Head Prefects[edit]

  • Leung Fok Tin (1911)
  • Tsang On Wing (1912)
  • Tang Shu Ham (1913)
  • C.O. Daneng (1914)
  • A.M. Abbas (1915)
  • S.D. Ismah (1916)
  • Leung Chuek Hin (1916)
  • Ng Ming (1917)
  • S.O. Snail (1918)
  • Tsoi Tse Shek (1919)
  • Wei Tat (1920)
  • Iu Tak Cheuk (1921)
  • Ho Tung Fan (1922)
  • Ching Ming Chow (1923)
  • Cheng Iu Man (1924)
  • Frank Grose (1925)
  • Hu Pak Mi (1926)
  • Cheung King Pak (1927)
  • Fung Tin Yau (1928)
  • Mok Ying Kee (1929)
  • V.V. Soonderam (1930)
  • Arch E Hunt (1931)
  • Hung Ng Chiu (1932)
  • Lai Kee Leung (1933)
  • Mok Kai Wing (1934)
  • S Lee (1935)
  • Lo Kan (1936)
  • Hung Shek Chiu (1937)
  • Au Hung Cho (1938)
  • Ng Shun Leung (1939)
  • Lam Sui Kwan (1940)
  • Wong Yue Shing (1941)
  • Tso Shiu Chiu (1953)
  • Tse Siu Man (1954)
  • Tong Tak Kim (1955)
  • Ko Shan Ling (1956)
  • Kwok Yau Yan (1957)
  • Leung Sung Shan (1958)
  • Lau Hon Shung (1959)
  • Lee Shew Lai (1960)
  • Yue Shu Hoi (1961)
  • Tam Lam Sang (1962)
  • Wong Chak Po (1963)
  • Chow Chee Cheung (1964)
  • Wong Sui Leung (1965)
  • Au Wai Hin (1966)
  • Fung Chuen Fai (1967)
  • Chu Kwong Yue (1968)
  • Poon Tek Cheung (1969)
  • Lee Shu Wing (1970)
  • Leung Chi Chiu (1971)
  • Chen Chung I (1972)
  • Chung Chi Wai (1973)
  • Li Tin Chiu (1974)
  • Ng Kwok Fan (1975)
  • Poon Chung Ho (1976)
  • Chan Che Tung (1977)
  • Tse Kin Wah (1978)
  • Tang Shu Wing (1979)
  • Yau Tsz Kok (1980)
  • Lee Kwok Lun (1981)
  • Yip Kam Keung (1982)
  • Wong Yan Lung (1981–82)
  • Salleh Siddique (1982–83)
  • Chan Ho Yin (1983–84)
  • Lee Kang Yin (1984–85)
  • Chan Tze Wang (1985–86)
  • Chow Wai Shum (1986–87)
  • Ma Yu Moon (1987–88)
  • Kan Kin Hong (1988–89)
  • Chang Chi Ho (1989–90)
  • Yip Kam Leung (1990–91)
  • Yip Wing Kong (1991–92)
  • Chung Chong Sun (1992–93)
  • Tsui Siu Kay Gordon (1993–94)
  • Chi Yuk Lun (1994–95)
  • Chiang Mung (1995–96)
  • Ko Cheuk Hin (1996–97)
  • Cheung Wan Chi (1997–98)
  • Tong Chi Keung (1998–99)
  • Lam Shi (1999-2000)
  • Lee Wing Cheong (2000–01)
  • Lee Chun Hong (2001–02)
  • Chiu Kwun Sau (2002–03)
  • Cheung Ming Fun (2003–04)
  • Cheung Yik Nang (2004–05)
  • Tse Cheuk Yin Andrew (2005–06)
  • Ko Wang Yui (2006–07)
  • Chia Chi Fung (2007–08)
  • Chan Tin Yau (2008–09)
  • Lee Tat Fung Billy (2009–10)
  • Ng Chi Ho Gary (2010–11)
  • Tse Tak Mong Desmond (2011–12)
  • Leung Ka Kei (2012–13)
  • Mak Li Shun (2013–14)
  • Hon Pun Yat (2014–15)
  • Choy Wai Chak (2015–16)
  • Yuen Wai Him (2016–17)
  • Lau Pok Wai (2017–18)
  • Ng Shing Him (2018–19)
  • Fung Wing Kan (2019–20)

Queen's College History Museum[edit]

History Museum Interior

History

The Queen's College History Gallery was established in 2013 to illustrate the history of the school and to serve as an archive for preserving and restoring school-related artifacts, documents and relevant publications. To give the 4000-piece strong collection and exhibition a more favourable environment, a new purpose-built museum converted from several classrooms was completed and opened on 23 January 2017. Renamed the Queen's College History Museum, it currently hosts a permanent exhibition entitled "From Gough Street to Causeway Road: Change and Continuity of Queen's College" curated by Old Boys Mr Joseph Yu (Honorary Curator), Mr John Kwok and Mr Justin Cheng (Honorary Assistant Curators). Mapping out the changes and continuities of curricula, education policies, student activities and traditions over a span of a century and a half, it also shows the College's contributions and relationships to the development of Hong Kong and China. Despite the ever-changing environment and the emergence of new challenges, the core values and spirit of Queen's College remain unchanged. To encourage the public to learn more about their school history, the museum currently operates a website and a Facebook page.

Curatorial Methodology

Most of the surviving materials and records were collected by institutions and University Archives in the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, as well as private collectors and Old Boys. The Internet presented both opportunities and challenges to the curators. Apart from being overwhelmed quantitatively by various materials previously not available to researchers, useful information is often fragmented and hidden deep inside these materials, which require specific historical knowledge and skills to detach them from their sources and connect them with the wider picture. As a result, materials and information previously unknown to the world were found and displayed, in the hope that visitors and researchers would benefit from a more holistic picture of the history of Queen's College, and its relation to the development of Hong Kong and Greater China. In terms of curating the exhibition, the curators have adopted both chronological and typological display methods, tailoring to the specific nature of our collection. Organizing the main exhibition in a chronological manner can effectively communicate in a simple and straightforward manner, allowing visitors from different walks of life to observe and fully appreciate the changes and continuities of school policies, curricula, student experiences and activities, and their relation to the broader socio-political development in Hong Kong and the World. The 8 typologically organised cases are aimed at showing visitors the 'evolution' and development of school-related items formerly used by students and staff from different eras, reflecting the response to changing demands across history. It is hoped that both displaying patterns will complement each other and inform visitors of a more holistic picture, thus reflecting the changes and continuities of Queen's College.

Old Boy Honorary Curators and Staff

  • Mr Joseph Gregory Sheung-yin YU (Honorary Curator)
  • Mr John Ho-yeung KWOK (Honorary Assistant Curator, Collection & Research)
  • Mr Justin Chun-yin CHENG (Honorary Assistant Curator, Education & Special Duty)
  • Dr Koon-wan HO (Honorary Adviser)
  • Dr Kin-chung LAM (Honorary Adviser)
  • Mr Chong-lap CHEUNG (Honorary Adviser)
  • Mr Wai-hung LUK (Old Boys' Association Representative)
  • Ms Yvetta Ruth LEUNG (School Representative)
  • Ms Yuen-ting LING (School Representative)
  • Mr Kwok-keung WONG (School Representative)

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