St. Paul's Co-educational College

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St. Paul's Co-educational College 聖保羅男女中學
SPCC badge.jpg
St. Paul's Co-ed.
Faith, Hope and Love 信望愛
33 MacDonnell Road
Hong Kong
Type Grant, DSS, secondary, co-educational.
Established 1915 (as St. Paul's Girls' College)
Principal Dr. Anissa Chan
Enrollment approx. 1,200
Form 1 to Form 6
Hong Kong Alumni Website
MacDonnell Road Campus in 2007
Old Campus which has been demolished
Kennedy Road Campus
St. Paul's Co-Educational Primary School in MacDonnell Road in 2006

St. Paul's Co-educational College (Traditional Chinese: 聖保羅男女中學), (often abbreviated as St. Paul's Co-ed., St. Paul's or SPCC) is a highly prestigious and selective secondary school located at 33 MacDonnell Road, Mid-levels, Hong Kong. The school was founded in 1915. It became the first school in Hong Kong to enforce uniform dress code. Until after World War II, it was a girls-only college. It is under the Direct Subsidy Scheme.

Background information[edit]

The college was founded in 1915 as St. Paul's Girls' College by the Anglican church. The school's motto is Faith, Hope and Love, derived from the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13.

In 1942, St. Paul's Girls' College was closed down due to Japanese occupation of Hong Kong. In 1945, the school re-opened after Japan surrendered, merging with St. Paul's College to become the first co-educational college in Hong Kong. It was officially renamed "St. Paul's Co-educational College" in 1950 when St. Paul's Boys' College moved to Bonham Road. [1]

Since 2002, the College has been operated under the Direct Subsidy Scheme (DSS). It was one of the first subsidized schools to join the scheme. It is the only Round Square school in China,[2] and it was authorised as an IB World School in 2011.[2]

School fees currently stand at HK$52,000 per annum for all F.1-3 students and F.4-6 students taking the local stream, and at HK$78,000 for F.4-6 students taking the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).[1]


Located in the Mid-levels, the campus is deprived of space. The school split into two sections after the moving of the affiliated primary school, taking up the space of the ex-Kennedy Road campus of the primary school. The original school building is called MacDonnell Road Campus (MR Campus), while the one at 26 Kennedy Road is named the Kennedy Road Campus (KR Campus).

MacDonnell Road Campus[edit]

The MR Campus consists of the main building and the Li Chong Yuet Ming Building (LCYM, or the East Wing). The main building consists of Dr. Catherine Woo Wing (also known as the red brick building), Dr. BM Kotewall Wing, the Annex building and the School Improvement Programme (SIP, or west wing) Building. It comprises currently 12 floors, including the roof structure, and two "underground" floors, which are only partially underground. Flooring system is based on the American style, similar to the Chinese style, to avoid confusion.

Dr. Catherine Woo Wing was completed in 1927 and accorded Grade 2 historic building by Antiquities Advisory Board in 2010. It is socially, historically and architecturally significant. The building is a seven-storey red brick building of a C-shaped plan. Its design expresses features of Neo-Georgian style with adaptations to local climate. A redevelopment plan is underway to upgrade existing facilities. Alteration projects commenced in 2011, which includes addition of a new library, green roof, music facilities, multipurpose rooms and staff rooms, and refurbishment of all classrooms and special rooms, Sir Robert Kotewall Hall and existing sports facilities. At present, the construction works concerning the library, green roof, Sir Robert Kotewall Hall and sports facilities are yet to be completed.

The facilities on each floor of the MR campus are as follows: (2014-2015)

Level SIP Dr. B. M. Kotewall Building Dr. Catherine Woo Building
10/F Chapel -- --
9/F Special Room W901, W902, W903 -- --
8/F Special Room W801, W802, W803 -- --
7/F Special Room W701, W702, W703 SPCC Alumni Association Office --
6/F Computer Room Classrooms Green Roof
5/F Basketball Court, Male & Female Changing Room Classrooms Library
4/F -- Upper: Classrooms, Gallery Entrance
Lower: Classrooms, Special Room409、Hall Entrance
Staff Rooms A, B, C, Principal's office, Students' Affairs Office, Administration Office, Community Relations Office, Main entrance
3/F Hall Backstage Classrooms Staff Room D、Classroom、Geography Room, Social Workers' Room, Prefects Room, Red Square, Staff Common Room
2/F Campus TV Studio, Student Union, Storeroom Classrooms Staff Rooms E,F,G, Computer Room, Student support office, IT office, Experiential Learning Coordination Office
1/F -- Covered Playground, Tramway Path Entrance Music Rooms A,B,C, Special Rooms 101,107、Art Room
M/F -- Caretakers' Quarters, Storeroom Design & Technology Room, Female Changing Room, Gymnasium Mezzanine
G/F -- Dancing Room Gymnasium, Table Tennis Room

The LCYM building is a new wing which has been built at the original St. Paul's Co-educational College Primary School (MacDonnell Road) site. The building was completed in 2011 and comprises 12 floors. It includes the indoor games hall (IGH), cafeteria, lecture theatre, laboratories, and other facilities. Floors 9 to 12 houses the Chong Yau Pak Wan Residence Hall, which provides accommodation for foreign students and visitors as well as special student team training events and student preparing for final public exams.

Facilities of the LCYM building

9-12/F Dormitory
8/F Physics Laboratory 1,2 , Chemistry Laboratory 1,2 , Special Room E805
7/F Classrooms
6/F Classrooms
5/F Classrooms、Special Room E501
4/F Carpark, Accounts and Finance Office
3/F Integrated Science Laboratory 1,2, Biology Laboratory 1,2
2/F Classrooms
1/F Cafeteria, Lecture Theatre, Art Room
G/F Indoor Games Hall

Kennedy Road Campus[edit]

The KR Campus is the former school campus of St. Paul's Co-educational College Primary School (Kennedy Road). This temporary campus comprises 4 floors, including the roof structure. It was listed as a Grade 1 historic building by the Antiquities Advisory Board.

From 2006 to 2008, it was used as the junior primary campus when the two affiliated primary schools merged. Between 2008 and 2013, the campus housed F.1 classes. It was planned to be returned to the government in the school year 2013/2014, as the MR Campus renovation works should be completed by then. However, due to poor environmental conditions of higher levels of the MR Campus, F.6 DSE classes were relocated to the KR Campus in late September 2013. Since the 2014 cohort of F.6 students left in March 2014, the KR Campus is closed and not used for teaching purposes. It is now returned to the government.

Calder Path Annex[edit]

The Calder Path Annex is located in between the MR Campus and KR Campus. Currently, the College's swimming pool and a few classrooms are located there. The former main library (Calder Path library) was housed there from 2008 to 2012. Currently, some set-teaching lessons are conducted in the classrooms in the Calder Path Annex.


SPCC offers its introductory sequence of education for students in F.1-3, including subjects such as Chinese, English, Mathematics, Liberal Studies, Integrated Science, Chinese History, Geography, History, Music and Physical Education. Arts and Design & Technology are offered to F.1 students by Mr.Ng Yiu Kuen, while Aesthetic & Creativity Education is offered to F.2 students[3] F.3 students would then decide to enroll in either the local DSE curriculum or the IBDP Program with a preparatory year in F.4.[3] As of 2014, subject choices available to students taking the IB program include English A Literature, Chinese A Language and Literature, Spanish ab initio, History, Chemistry, ESS, Mathematics and Music.[3][4]

SPCC is known for its rigorous academics and excellent academic results. In 2014, 66% of students taking the DSE achieved level 5 or above in 5 or more of their subjects;[5] students taking the IB achieved an average score of 40 out of 45.[6]

Student Activities[edit]

One of the annual highlights of student activities is the Student Activities Week in November, during which students take part in service, experience and exploration programs, sometimes travelling out of Hong Kong.[7] A four-week program in Australia, known as Rites of Passage, is arranged for F.3 students in the summer.[8]

Clubs, Societies, Groups and Teams[edit]

The College has its annually elected Student Union, plus a Prefect Board.[9] Other student groups include Stage Management Team, The Scholars, St. John Ambulance, Girl Guides, and Scouts.[10] Dance teams, sports teams and other teams are also present.[10] SPCC also features many clubs and societies for students to lead or join.[10]

The club and society promotion which was an intriguing part of assembly yearly in Mr. Henry Poon's era has taken on a different form under Dr. Anissa Chan; it still involves an opportunity for students to act, give presentation and promote the clubs during the assembly. Clubs and societies also conduct other morning presentations when relevant.


SPCC has a prominent musical culture. Musical teams in SPCC include three choirs (including Treble Choir, Concert Choir and Senior Mixed Voice Choir), School Orchestra, String Orchestra, Wind Band, Harmonica Orchestra.

Annual Summer Music Event[edit]

As a tradition since 1967, the music department organizes a Summer Concert every year. The concerts have only been suspended four times in history (1973, 2008, 2010 and 2011). The most recent Summer Concert was held on 3–4 July 2014, and took place at the HKAPA.

In 2008 and 2010, the concert was not held as the school choirs took part in the 5th and 6th World Choir Games in Graz, Austria and Shaoxing, China respectively. In 2011, the College celebrated its 95th anniversary and the Summer Concert was replaced by performances in the celebratory summer Bazaar in early July.

In 2006, the Summer Concert was held in the form of a variety show, named The Extravaganza, to celebrate the College's 90th anniversary. It took place in the AsiaWorld-Arena, and this act set a record of being the first school holding an event that involves all students, and the first school to use the AsiaWorld-Arena.


In 1918, the College was the first school in Hong Kong to require school uniforms. In summer, boys wear white shirts with deep-blue trousers, and girls wear blue Cheongsams; in winter, boys wear white shirts and grey trousers with the red school tie, and girls wear deep-blue Cheongsams.

Primary school[edit]

The College has an affiliated primary school: St. Paul's Co-educational College Primary School, once divided into two half-day schools: St. Paul's Co-educational (Kennedy Road) Primary School and St. Paul's Co-educational (Macdonnell Road) Primary School to cope with the demand for places, they resumed full-day education in 1999. In 2006, the two schools merged again, then the Primary School moved to the new campus in Wong Chuk Hang in 2008.

While the College is an English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) school, most of the primary school curriculum is taught in Cantonese, with some lessons being taught by native English teachers. From Primary 3 onward, Chinese language is taught in Putonghua progressively. In Primary 6, all subjects (excluding Chinese language and arts subjects) are taught in English.[11]

Notable alumni[edit]


Public services / professionals[edit]

Priscilla Leung - Kowloon City District Councilor (Elected)




International liaison[edit]

Exchange Programme Partners

Student Science Conference Partners

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b According to the school website
  2. ^ a b "International Admissions". St. Paul's Co-educational College. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Subjects offered". St. Paul's Co-educational College. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "SPCC Application Form for IBDP 2014-2015". Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  5. ^ "Congratulations to our Form 6 graduates for their outstanding results in HKDSE Examination 2014". St. Paul's Co-educational College. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  6. ^ "Congratulations to our second IB cohort on their excellent results and university offers". St. Paul's Co-educational College. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  7. ^ "Student Activities Week". St. Co-educational College. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  8. ^ "Rites of Passage". St. Co-educational College. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  9. ^ "Student Organizations". St. Paul's Co-educational College. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "Extra-Curricular Activities". St. Paul's Co-educational College. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
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  12. ^ Rebecca Chan Chung, Deborah D.L. Chung and Cecilia Ng Wong, "Piloted to Serve", 2011.
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Coordinates: 22°16′33″N 114°09′30″E / 22.27583°N 114.15833°E / 22.27583; 114.15833