Shatin Pui Ying College

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Coordinates: 22°23′21.4″N 114°11′40.1″E / 22.389278°N 114.194472°E / 22.389278; 114.194472

Shatin Pui Ying College
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View of the school
9 Fung Shun Street,
Wo Che Estate,
Shatin, NT, Hong Kong
Type Grammar, Secondary
Motto Faith, Hope, Love
Established 1978
School district Sha Tin
Principal Ms. Chan Lai Fan
Faculty around 70
Grades F1 to F6
Gender Co-educational
Enrollment around 1200
Colour(s) White and Green
Mascot Eagle
Affiliation Christian
Phone (852) 2691 7217

Shatin Pui Ying College (Chinese: 沙田培英中學), abbreviated as SPYC or PYC, is a Christian school that was established in 1978. Located in Hong Kong, SPYC is an English medium of instruction (EMI) secondary school fully subsidised by the government with 4 classes each for Forms 1 to 3, 5 classes each for Form 4 and 5, and 6 classes for Forms 6. The school icon is an eagle symbolizing courage and determination.

School history[edit]

Rev Henry Noyes, the school founder, was a minister of the U.S. Presbyterian Church. In 1879 he founded a beginners' school called An Hwoh School in Saki, Guangzhou, offering Mathematics and Science. With a lot of hard work, Pui Ying emerged and bloomed. A chain of schools was established in Guangzhou, Taishan, Jiangmen and Hong Kong.

In 1978, to celebrate the centennial, the Board of Directors established the 5th school; an Anglo-Chinese School named Pui Ying College, with Mr Wong Wai Wah as the Principal. In the first year, the school operated on the campus of Baptist Lui Ming Choi Secondary School at Lek Yuen Estate. In September 1979, the school could at last move into the 24-classroom premises in Wo Che Estate. The school library was open since September 1982.

In order to make it possible for all the Form 3 students to continue Form 4 in the school, the school altered the class structure to a symmetrical one. The Student Union was set up in September 1995 and Parent-Teacher Association in 1996. In 1996, Principal Wong retired and was succeeded by Vice Principal Ms Yau Oi Yuen. The mixed ability classes replaced the elite system in September, 1996. Ms Chan Lai Fan becomes the principal starting from the academic year 2015/16.

In September 2015, Principal Yau retired and was succeeded by Vice Principal Ms Chan Lai Fan. And Mr Chan Tak Nam succeeded as Vice Principal.

The library system was changed to use computer since September 2001. The new wing building of the school has been finished since July 2005. In the new wing, there are classrooms for higher forms classes, a new library, some special rooms and computer rooms.

Biliteracy and trilingualism[edit]


Exchange students from Italy, Brazil and Germany help to enhance student ability in English. To enhance students’ interest and ability in English, the school offers Script-writing Courses, English Tutorial Class, English Drama Competition, Form 1 Bridging Programme, Lyrics-writing Course, English Immersion Speech Competition, Interviewing Tourists, English Phonetics Class, English Enhancement Course, Summer English Class, Overseas Immersion Course, Summer English Camp for senior form students, Summer English Day Camp for junior form students, Intra-school and English Musicals.[1]


The Chinese Language teachers have written several teaching units for the new curriculum, which have been examined and commented on by educators from Shanghai. Various activities to upgrade students' Chinese standard are Extensive Reading Scheme, Creative Writing Class, Chinese Week, Prose Writing Class, Reading Club, Modern Poetry Writing Class, Verse-speaking Gathering, Story Writing Class, and Seminar on Reading, Seminar on Modern Poetry, Intra-school and Inter-school Chinese Debate Competitions and Report and Comment on Chinese 'Words of Wisdom'.


To arouse students' interest in Putonghua, the school offers Putonghua Day, Tongue-Twisters, Putonghua Class, Singing Contest, Putonghua Broadcast and Putonghua Corner. Students participate in inter-school seminars and competitions including Verse Speaking of Classical Poetry in Putonghua and Putonghua Speaking Competitions. To promote the Chinese culture, the school offers Visits to Chinese relic sites, Workshop on Chinese clipart, Chinese Tea Tao and Chinese Culture and General Studies Competition.

Academic achievements[edit]

All Form 1 newcomers from the own district are Band 1 students. 100% of the Form 3 students gain admission to Form 4 in the school. Students achieve good academic results in public examinations. The average passing percentage for the HKCEE and HKALE is above 90%. Most of the subjects have percentages in credits and distinctions well above the figures obtained by all HKCEE and HKALE candidates. The best individual result is 8As in 2004.

All Form 6 places in the school are filled by the Form 5 students, except the exchange students from other countries. Most of the Form 7 graduates gain university admission these years. The graduates perform well in universities with some being scholarship-holders.

According to the "Academic Value-added Indicator" results released by the EMB, the school has achieved positive added value in its best six subjects as the school as Chinese, English and Mathematics from 2000 to 2006. The added value is higher than the territory-wide average, and the average gained by similar intake schools and schools from the same district. Some subjects have reached the highest possible value-added limit.

Scholarships, Academic Awards, Flying Eagle Awards and Improvement Awards are given to students with outstanding academic achievements. The school sponsors students to take part in inter-school competition and Courses for Gifted Students offered by educational institutions, such as The Chinese University of Hong Kong and The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Tutorial classes have been launched to improve junior form students' proficiency in both English and Chinese languages as well as Mathematics. English Enhancement Courses are provided for students to enhance their English standard. The school sponsors students interested in Chinese writing to join workshops hosted by renowned writers.


English musicals[edit]

  • 1999-2001 The Comeback Kid
  • 2001-2003 Soul for Sale
  • 2003-2005 The Last Move
  • 2005-2007 The Lost Face
  • 2007-2009 Heart in Arms
  • 2009-2011 Project Messiah
  • 2011-2013 The Twelfth Night
  • 2013-2015 The Merchant of Venice
  • 2015-2016 TBA

Promoting a reading culture[edit]

A Reading Time for 20 minutes every day is designed to help students to cultivate a reading habit. The school organises Chinese and English Extensive Reading Schemes. A Reading Day is held by the school library for all students to read or to take part in activities related to reading.


The school offers activities to guide the students according to the Christian principles, such as Gospel Week, Gospel Camp Evangelical Team, Evangelical Broadcast, Bible Study Groups and Christian Fellowship.

School life[edit]

School songs[edit]

There is a school song with Chinese lyrics. Its melody is the same as the song O Christmas Tree and there are two paragraphs. There is also a school hymn with English lyrics. There are three paragraphs in this school hymn.

Sports days and swimming gala[edit]

There are 2 sports days every year. The sports days take places on the Yuen Wo Road Sports Ground. Besides the various types of sports competitions, there are competitions among the cheering teams. The swimming gala is held every year with the Pui Ying Secondary School. It takes place on the Hong Kong Island or Sha Tin District alternatively every two years.

External competitions[edit]

Students in the school take parts in many external competitions in many fields such as music, sports, debates, writings, mathematics and other academic competitions. One of the most notable competitions is the Hang Lung Mathematics Award. The school’s HLMA team got an Honourable Mention in 2004 [2] and a Special Commendation in 2006.[3]

School organisations[edit]

Student Union[edit]

The Student Union was established in November 1994. Its election activity is held in November every year. It helps the school setting new school rules and improves students’ lives. It organises activities such as blood donation days and ball game competitions.

School library[edit]

The school library has over 20000 books available to students. Every year there are about 100 school librarians. The book borrowing system was changed from man power only into computer system in 2001. The location of it was moved to the new wing building of the school in 2005. It organises Reading Day every year.

Notable alumni[edit]

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