Wah Yan College, Kowloon

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Wah Yan College, Kowloon

Hong Kong
Coordinates22°18′52″N 114°10′25″E / 22.314577°N 114.17351°E / 22.314577; 114.17351
School typeGrant-in-aid, Secondary school
In Hoc Signo Vinces
In this sign you will conquer
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic (Jesuits)
Established1 December 1924; 97 years ago (1924-12-01)
FounderTsui Yan Sau Peter
AuthoritySociety of Jesus
Medium of instructionEnglish
School codeWYK
PresidentRev.Fr. Stephen S.Y. Chow,SJ (Supervisor)
PrincipalMr Chung Wai-leung, Warren
GradesF.1 – F.6 (Formerly F.1 - F.7)
41,000 square metres (4.1 ha)
Colour(s) Green 
AlumniSee below
Sister schoolWah Yan College, Hong Kong
Wah Yan College, Kowloon
Traditional Chinese九龍華仁書院
Simplified Chinese九龙华仁书院

Wah Yan College, Kowloon (WYK; Chinese: 九龍華仁書院; demonym: Wahyanite, pl.: Wahyanites) is a Catholic secondary school for boys run by the Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus. It is located in Kowloon, Hong Kong and is a grant-in-aid secondary school using English as the primary medium of instruction. The total land area of its campus is among the largest for Hong Kong secondary schools.


Formative years[edit]

Established on 1 December 1924 as a branch of Wah Yan College, Hong Kong by Mr. Peter Tsui Yan Sau (徐仁壽, formerly a teacher at St. Joseph's College), Wah Yan College Kowloon is one of the oldest and most prestigious secondary schools in Hong Kong, and was the first English-speaking college to be administered by local Chinese. During the 1930s, Mr. Tsui, himself a devout Catholic, saw the need of the pupils for greater spiritual guidance, and decided to gradually hand over the administration to the incoming Jesuits who were looking to serve in some local educational establishments. Besides the two Wah Yan Colleges, the Jesuits also sought to form a Catholic University in Hong Kong. But with the University of Hong Kong already established in 1911, the Jesuit fathers turned to organizing a Catholic hostel for its male students, which became Ricci Hall of the University . Mr. Tsui left Hong Kong and became a successful rubber planter and hotelier in Kota Kinabalu, British North Borneo (now Sabah, Malaysia). He died in Hong Kong on 19 February 1981, at the age of ninety three.

Pre-war developments[edit]

Before the Second World War, the school was located on Portland Street and then moved to Nelson Street in 1928. Under the auspices of A. E. Wood, Secretary for Education, the school was added to the Grant List and hence under Government subsidies. A satellite campus was opened on Austin Road 103 to cater to students in senior year. The premises became Tak Sun Primary School after the war. A South China Morning Post article in 1928 reported WYK to be the largest school in Hong Kong with a student population of 500. Despite new facilities, however, seniors had to cross Victoria Harbour for laboratory lessons at the Wah Yan College, Hong Kong.

In 1941 when Hong Kong was attacked by the Japanese forces, the Jesuits of the College helped organise the evacuation of the Kowloon civilians to the Island as they closed down the school. During the occupation, the Japanese prohibited its resumption on political grounds. The Nelson Street campus was so thoroughly looted that Mr. Chow Ching-nam (周淸霖), then Principal, could only salvage a small portion of school registers and documents, and the students had to bring in their own chairs when the College reopened after the war.

Expansion and maturity[edit]

Around 1947, the school authorities began the search for a new campus as its enrolment further increased. A proposed acquisition of a site on Ho Man Tin Hill Road was turned down. After negotiations with the Government of Hong Kong, a piece of former paddy field was granted and it moved to the current premises on Waterloo Road in 1952. This portion of land was large by Hong Kong standards, making WYK one of the largest campus in the urban Hong Kong area. This precedent was soon followed in the case of land provision for the Hong Kong campus, where the plot granted by the Government was also of significant size. The present campus was opened by the then Governor Sir Alexander Grantham in 1953. In 2005 a new annex of WYK was opened providing new science labs, a music room, a computer-assisted learning (CAL) room, and a student activity room.

Mr. Laurence Tam (譚志成), an arts teacher during the late 1960s, pioneered a new Chinese ink painting movement which he integrated in his curriculum experimentally. He left the school to work as a curator at the Hong Kong Museum of Art in 1971.

The school hymn of Wah Yan College Kowloon is Our Captain and Our King. The origin of the hymn is unclear, but it is believed to have originated from Northern England back in the 18th century.[1]

Wah Yan College, Kowloon
Photo taken from the West Gate, showing the main building (left) with the new additions Law Ting Pong building (right)
Verse 1

Our Captain and our King,

We kneel in love before Thee.

Our hearts in tribute bring

Glad homage here to pay.

O do not Thou disdain

The gift so mean, so poor;

More precious far we fain

Would offer and more pure.


Our deep love, O Lord

Till this our life is o'er

Be Thine forever more,

be Thine forever more,

Yes, Thine forever more.

Verse 2

Grant us, we pray, Thy cause

To champion, though so lowly,

Nor ever fail nor pause,

When trials throng and press.

O God of battle, smite,

And nerve us for the fray;

O Prince of Peace, thy light

Can ev'ry toil repay.


Our deep love, O Lord

Till this our life is o'er

Be Thine forever more,

be Thine forever more,

Yes, Thine forever more.

Notable alumni[edit]

Current Legislative Council Members[edit]

  • TSE Paul (謝偉俊), member of the Legislative Council (Tourism Functional Constituency)
  • Ho Kai-ming (何啟明), member of the Legislative Council (Labour Functional Constituency)





Art and performance[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "WYHYMN". www.interlog.com. Retrieved 10 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Big shoes to fill for new club boss". Hong Kong Standard. 31 August 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2010.
  3. ^ "Science.ca : Tak Wah Mak".
  4. ^ "citzine.ca > Stuff > Cool Canadians > Tak Wah Mak". citzine.ca. Archived from the original on 28 June 2003.
  5. ^ "Medical Biophysics".
  6. ^ "Prof. Leung Tsang".
  7. ^ Northern Praying Mantis"
  8. ^ "History of the Archive".
  9. ^ "CHAN Ka-hei Lesley 陳家曦". Hong Kong Composers' Guild.

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