St. Stephen's Girls' College

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St. Stephen's Girl's College
Chinese: 聖士提反女子中學
SSGC badge
2 Lyttelton Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong
School type Secondary Primary
Motto In Faith Go Forward
Chinese: 本信而進前
Established 1906
School district Central and Western District
President The Revd. KOON Ho Ming Peter Douglas
(Chairman & Supervisor)
Principal Ms. Maggie CHAU
Staff 89
Grades F.1 – F.6 (Equivalent of Grades 7–13)
Gender Female
Number of students approx 1100
Classes offered 30
Area approx 10,000 square feet

Royal Blue, Sky Blue, Red and Cobalt Blue

Newspaper "Vortex" Chinese: 漩思
Yearbook "News Echo" Chinese: 珏聲
Affiliation Hong Kong St. Stephen's Church

St Stephen's Girls' College (Chinese: 聖士提反女子中學), known as SSGC, is a Band 1 grant school in Hong Kong under the Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui (Anglican Church). Established in 1906, SSGC is a top girls' school and among one of the oldest schools in Hong Kong. It is managed by the St. Stephen's Girls' College School Council.

The school first opened in 1906. Originally on Caine Road, the school moved to its current location at Lyttelton Road, Mid-Levels, in 1923. SSGC counts 12 winners of the Hong Kong Outstanding Students Awards,[1] ranking 7th among all secondary schools in Hong Kong. The main building is listed as one of the declared monuments of Hong Kong.


In Faith Go Forward


St. Stephen's Girls' College is a Christian school whose primary aim is to provide good education in a Christian spirit. It strives to educate the 'whole person' by emphasising the moral, intellectual, physical, social, aesthetic, as well as spiritual development of every student. It aims to help students to achieve academic excellence, to develop their own potential, to become responsible citizens and future leaders, and to serve the community.

School hymn[edit]

We build our school on Thee, O Lord,
To Thee we bring our common need
The loving heart, the helpful word,
The tender thought, the kindly deed.
We work together in Thy sight,
We live together in Thy love:
Guide Thou our faltering steps aright,
And lift our thoughts to heaven above.
Hold Thou each hand to keep it just,
Touch Thou our lips and make them pure;
If Thou art with us, Lord, we must
Be faithful friends and comrades sure.
We change but Thou art still the same,
The same good Master, Teacher, Friend;
We change, but, Lord, we bear Thy Name,
To journey with it to the end.
Dear Lord we pray, Thy Spirit may
Be present in our school alway.

Class structure[edit]

Form 1 -6: 5 classes Total : 30 classes

Principals since 1906[edit]

  • Miss W.M. Carden (1865–1915)
  • Miss W. I. Griffin (1915–1924)
  • Miss E.M. Middleton-Smith (1924–1929)
  • Miss E.S. Atkins (1929–1949)
  • Miss K.D. Cherry (1949–1961)
  • Dr. K.E. Barker (1961–1991)
  • Mrs. K.C. Too (1992–2003)
  • The Reverend Mrs. Jenny Nam (2003–2011)
  • Mrs. Christine Shain (2011-2014)
  • Miss CHAU Wai-chu, Maggie (2014-)

Tree pruning controversy[edit]

It was reported in the South China Morning Post on 7 May 2011 that the school was charged a fine of $200,000 for pruning a candlenut tree in an "unprofessional" way on campus, violating some terms in the tenancy agreement. After clarifying the issue and providing evidence to relevant government departments, the school was given retrospective consent to the pruning procedure, subject to payment of an administrative fee of $43,000 and agreeing to undertake tree restoration measures.

Direct Subsidy Scheme controversy[edit]

The college planned to apply to join the Direct Subsidy Scheme(DSS) in the early 2013. The idea sparked controversy and anger from concerned parents and alumni. On July 7, 2013, over 150 people participated in a widely reported protest in the rain against the college's plan to join the Direct Subsidy Scheme. In total, the college council has held over 30 information meetings with alumni, parents and other stakeholders, yet there was no clear consensus. Eventually on 19 August 2013, the college decided to cease its application to join the DSS.

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 22°17′01″N 114°08′38″E / 22.28361°N 114.14389°E / 22.28361; 114.14389