St. Mary's Canossian College

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St. Mary's Canossian College (SMCC)
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162 Austin Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Type Grant, secondary
Motto Cor Unum et Via Una  (in Latin)
(One Heart and One Way)
Denomination Catholicism
Established 1900
School district Yau Tsim Mong
Chairperson Sr. Cynthia Chan
Principal Ms. Janet Wong
Forms Form 1 to Form 6
Gender Girls
Area Approx.10,000m2
The school building near Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui
St. Mary's Canossian College
Main Building of St. Mary's Canossian College

St. Mary's Canossian College (Chinese: 嘉諾撒聖瑪利書院;demonym: St. Marian) is a Catholic girls secondary school in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It was founded in 1900, and is situated at the junction of Austin Road and Chatham Road South. Other Catholic buildings, like the Rosary Church and the St. Mary's Canossian School, are adjacent to the school.

The school, known as St Mary's School in the past, was originally aimed at educating the Portuguese girls living in Kowloon, Hong Kong. This gradually changed, and as of now,[when?] 98% of the students are Hong Kong Chinese.

Students are taught by Sisters and experienced teachers.

One of the building in St. Mary’s Canossian College, St. Michael Building, ( which also named as Old building) was listed as Grade II historic buildings in Hong Kong in 1991. In 2010, the Main building and St. Michael Building were both confirmed to be Grade I historic buildings in Hong Kong.

School Sponsoring Body[edit]

The sisters of the Canossian Daughters of Charity established the school in 1900.

School history[edit]

St. Mary's Canossian College was founded in 1900 by the Institute of the Canossian Daughters of Charity, a Catholic religious institute founded by Magdalen of Canossa of the ancient noble family of Verona, Italy. Magdalen was canonised on 2 October 1988 for her sanctity and is honoured by the Church as St. Magdalen of Canossa.

The school started with only two classrooms for boys and girls in response to the need for a school in Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon. The small school admitted 30 pupils and was named St. Mary's School. The school developed rapidly as the population in Kowloon grew. In 1960 the enrolment was 2500 including the Primary Section. In the same year the Secondary Section was named "St. Mary's Canossian College", a grant-in-aid school for girls while the Primary Section was renamed "St. Mary's Canossian School".

School description[edit]

St. Mary's has a population of around 1400 students, from Form One to Form Six. When students reach F.4, they could choose between 3 arts classes with slightly different subjects and 3 science classes.

Most of St. Mary's students qualify for local universities, though a good number prefer to go abroad, mainly to UK, U.S.A., Canada and Australia, for further studies. St. Mary's Alumnae have been admitted to academic institutions such as Cambridge, Cornell, Columbia, Oxford, MIT, and Stanford. Most of them were or are scholarship holders, excelling in both curricular and extracurricular fields.

St. Mary's counts a total of 18 winners of the [Hong Kong Outstanding Students Awards],[1] ranking third among all secondary schools in Hong Kong.

The school continues to keep and preserve its monumental looks with its long spiral staircase in the entrance to the main building. New buildings are continued to be built for the school's facilities.

St. Mary's is also renowned for its drama productions- like the recent ones e.g. Choice, The Gift, Timeless, Persephone, Mrs. Baggins, PanDora, A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Other Side, The Disenchanted Fairy, Nefertiti and Psyche- where their drama teacher Mr. Geoff Oliver directs the play and writes the script while the students build the set, compose the songs, produce the props and help with the choreography.

Notable Alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Past Winners of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students Awards


Coordinates: 22°18′11″N 114°10′35″E / 22.30306°N 114.1763°E / 22.30306; 114.1763