St. Stephen's Girls' College
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|St. Stephen's Girl's College
|2 Lyttelton Road, Mid-Levels, Hong Kong|
|School type||Secondary Primary|
|Motto||In Faith Go Forward
|School district||Central and Western District|
|President||The Revd. KOON Ho Ming Peter Douglas
(Chairman & Supervisor)
|Principal||Ms. Maggie CHAU|
|Grades||F.1 – F.6 (Equivalent of Grades 7–13)|
|Number of students||approx 1100|
|Area||approx 10,000 square feet|
|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, 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.
- 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.
Form 1 -6: 5 classes Total : 30 classes
Principals since 1906
- 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
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
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.
- Rita Fan Hsu Lai-tai, President of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, 1997–2008, member of the council for Hong Kong Island.
- Winnie Yu, Director of the Commercial Radio.
- Sandra Ng, film actress, 18th Hong Kong Film Awards and 40th Golden Horse Film Festival and Awards Best Actress, TV and radio programme host.
- Susie Wong, famous Commercial Radio and Cook show host
- Elvina Kong, TVB actress
- Liz Kong, singer and actress
- Regina Ip, Former Secretary for Security, member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, 2008–present, New People's Party Chairperson
- Dr. Ellen Li Tso Sau Kwan M.B.E. O.B.E. C.B.E., first female member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong, designer of SSGC's school uniform
- Dr. Rosanna Wong Yick Ming, former member of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong
- Mrs. Annie Tse Yau On Yee, Chairlady and CEO of Tse Sui Luen Jewellery (International) Limited
- Mrs. Christina Lee Look Ngan-kwan, Television Broadcasts LimitedNon-executive director
- Professor Angelina Yuen-Tsang Woon Ki, Vice President (Institutional Advancement and Partnership) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU)
- Doris Kwan, New People's Party Executive Committee
- Petrina Wong, former Hong Kong Cable Television Limited news presenter and reporter, now the senior broadcasting affairs officer of the Office of the Communications Authority
- Josephine Ng, DJ of Commercial Radio Hong Kong (CR2 FM 90.3)
- Lam Wing Sum, novelist
- Connie Lee, TVB news presenter
- Rachel Kar, singer and songwriter
- Stella Chow, singer and songwriter, winner of 22nd CASH Song Writers Quest
- Emily Pak, ballet dancer
- Bonita Y. Lei (黎怡), author
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