Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Belilios Public School

Belilios Public School is the first government school for girls in Hong Kong, founded in 1890. It was the first bilingual school in Hong Kong.


In 1890, the Hong Kong Government set up the Central School for Girls at Old Bailey Street as the counterpart of Central School. With the education of their daughter in mind, Mr. E. R. Belilios, a Jewish philanthropist donated HK$ 25 000 for a new building for the Central School for Girls in 1893, at the old site of Central school , a 3-storeyed building was erected between Hollywood Road and Gough Street.

The school was re-named ''Belilios Public School'' in honour of Mr. Belilios. In 1946 after the , BPS moved to Hospital Road. In April 1965, the school moved again, to its present premises in Tin Hau Temple Road. To mark the occasion, a new school motto ''Climb High, See Wide'', a school song and a new school badge were created.

The founder

The Belilios family had escaped the Spanish Inquisition and settled in Greece. Some members changed the family name to "Belilos" to make it sound more Greek, others retained the original family name.

E.R. Belilios was a successful entrepreneur while in Greece who decided to settle in Hong Kong with his wife. Apparently, he became world famous, back then, because he loved camels and therefore decided to take along a camel to Hong Kong on the luxury liner. It made quite a stir among the world press.

In Hong Kong Belilios prospered. He also formed several trade organizations, and was one of the founders of what is today called the Hong Kong Chamber of Commerce. He helped form the Bank of Hong Kong.


BPS has been one of the most prestigious secondary schools in Hong Kong. While the students generally achieve a high academic performance, the school promotes also all-rounded development in different fields of arts, music and sports. Entrance hurdles are high and the school is reputed to have one of the toughest admission criteria in Hong Kong.

The following were achievements in year 2003/04 -

Performing arts

*The 55th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival: 17 Champions, 23 First runners-up in the English section; 28 Champions, 25 First runners-up in the Chinese section.

*One pupil was awarded the Champion in English in the Air 2003-2004

*In the 2004 Hong Kong Odyssey of the Mind Competition: Second runner-up, Best Creativity and Merit Prize.

*2004 Hong Kong Student Science Project Competition: two groups of pupils entered the final round and one of them obtained the Honourable Mention; one pupil won 2nd Prize in the Award Scheme for Tomorrow’s Scientists of the Nation.

*The 40th Schools Dance Festival: the Honour Award in the Chinese Dance Section.

*The 56th Schools Music Festival: 14 Champions, 19 First runners-up

*Two pupil won 2nd and merit prizes respectively in the Environmental Protection Essay Competition organized by the


*The school Athletics Team was promoted to Division Two in the 2004-2005 school year;

*The Basketball Team and the Badminton Team : First runner-up in Division One of Hong Kong Island.

*The Table Tennis Team : Second runner-up in Division One

*The Squash Team : Overall Champion; a member of the Squash Team received the Outstanding School Athlete Award 2003-2004 and was elected Outstanding Athlete in Squash in the BOCHK Bauhinia Bowl, and First runner-up in the “Student Sportsperson of the Year” organized by the South China Morning Post.

Notable alumni

* Denise Yue - Secretary for the Civil Service and former Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology

* - former member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and Legislative Council of Hong Kong

* - Former Actress

* Cecilia Wong- Distinguished writer and novelist

Ying Wa Girls' School

Ying Wa Girls' School is an secondary day school for girls in Central, Hong Kong. It is located at 76 Robinson Road, Central. Total enrolment currently stands at slightly under 1,200.


Ying Wa Girls' School was founded in 1900 by Helen Davies of the former London Missionary Society. It started off as a boarding school for girls and expanded to include a secondary section in 1915 and a two-year kindergarten in 1916. It ceased taking on boarders in 1940. In 1930, the first ever YWGS student was admitted into the University of Hong Kong.

In 1967, it became purely a secondary school. It is one of the 22 Grant Schools in Hong Kong. Since 1966, Ying Wa Girls' School has become one of the related schools of the Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China. It was also the first secondary school to have a student association in Hong Kong history. It is also the first organisation in Hong Kong to have the sponsored walk idea.

School Uniform

This is perhaps what makes Ying Wa most famous. It is light blue cheongsam, with silver school and house badges right under the hook of the collar.

Although many schools in Hong Kong with long tradition adopt cheongsam as school uniform for girls, that of Ying Wa should be the most beautiful of all, thanks to its unique design. It is hemmed with wide dark blue lines along the edge of bottom, sleeve and collar; and the stiff collar, a bit higher than others, is tailored to allow little slack between the collar ahd the neck of the students, when it is hooked up. The new students sometimes find the strangling feeling around their neck awkward especially when they look downward to read or write at the desk, yet once they get used to it, it becomes the most significant pride and icon of their blissful life in Ying Wa.

Class Structure and Curriculum

There are altogether 31 classes in the school.

Form 1: 5 classes

Form 2: 5 classes

Form 3: 5 classes

Form 4: 5 classes

Form 5: 5 classes

Form 6: 3 classes

Form 7: 3 classes

Secondary One to Three offer a broad general curriculum with a good balance among languages, arts, science, cultural and practical subjects as well as religious education and physical education.

In Secondary Four and Five, the classes are divided into two streams with three classes concentrating on arts and commercial subjects and two on science.

At the end of Secondary Five, students sit for the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination.

In Secondary Six and Seven, the broadened curriculum includes Use of English, Chinese Language and Culture and some Advanced Supplementary Level subjects, in addition to the Advanced Level subjects.

All students will take the Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination at the end of Secondary Seven for admission to tertiary institutes through the Joint University Programmes Admission System .

As an E.M.I. school, Ying Wa adopts English as the teaching medium in most subjects with the aim of achieving biliteracy and trilingualism with the inclusion of Putonghua.

Lessons are arranged on a 5-day week basis.

House System

There are five Houses, named after the five early principals of the school:






Admission to tertiary institutes and other courses 2005

Tertiary Institutes

*The University of Hong Kong

*The Chinese University of Hong Kong

*The H.K. University of Science and Technology

*The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

*The City University of Hong Kong

*The Hong Kong Baptist University

*The Lingnan University

*The Hong Kong Institute of Education

*Studying Abroad

*Repeat/Self Study/Employment

Total -> 84

True Light Middle School of Hong Kong

The True Light Middle School of Hong Kong is a Protestant secondary school located on the Hong Kong Island. In addition to secondary education, the school have a kindergarten section, a section, and a ''commerce and language'' section, all sharing the same address. The kindergarten and primary section are for both boys and girls.

True Light Girls' College

True Light Girls' College is a Christian girls' secondary school in Kowloon, Hong Kong. It was founded in 1973, to commemorate the centenary of the first True Light Middle School, which was founded in 1872 in Guangzhou by an American missionary, Ms Harriet Noyes. It is run by the Kowloon True Light Middle School Management Board with assistance of the Hong Kong Council of the Church of Christ in China.

The school is an aided EMI secondary school. There are 20 classrooms, 12 special rooms, a hall, a library, a covered playground, a canteen and two basketball courts. Since the school was built according to the standards 30 years ago, a lot of effort has been made to improve the basic facilities of the school premises to meet the needs of the fast changing society. A new annex will be completed in mid-2005.

Class Structure

There are 24 classes: 4 classes at each level from S1 to S5 and 2 classes each at S6 and S7.

Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School

Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School is a girl school in Kowloon of Hong Kong. It is a notable school in Sham Shui Po District. In 2004 The school was relocated to a new school building at Hing Wah Street West and Sham Mong Road in Cheung Sha Wan.

The school was growing out of a primary school Tack Ching School founded by Sisters of the Precious Blood in 1923 at Nam Cheong Street. It was later relocated to Un Chau Street in 1929. In 1929 the primary school expanded to secondary education and thus was renamed to ''Tack Ching Girls' Secondary School''. The school suspended its operation from 1941 and 1945 during the period of Japanese Occupation of Hong Kong. In 1945 the school resumed its operation and opened a branch in Wan Chai, which became Precious Blood Secondary School in 1946. In 1949 the school was moved into a new school building at Un Chau Street near the junction of Yen Chow Street and Castle Peak Road in Sham Shui Po with a grand opening by the then-Hong Kong Governor Alexander Grantham. After more than 50 years, the school was relocated again to the present site one the new reclamation of Cheung Sha Wan.

St. Teresa Secondary School

St. Teresa Secondary School

Motto''Age quod agis.''
: 慎思明辨
Religion affiliationRoman Catholic
Governing BodyCatholic Diocese of Hong Kong
Address 21 Sheung Shing Street, Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong
School website
School e-mail

St. Teresa Secondary School is a Roman Catholic secondary school in Ho Man Tin, Kowloon, Hong Kong. It is directly governed by the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong. The school's patroness is .

Class structure

There are seven classes in F.1, six classes in each form from F.2 to F.5, and two classes in F.6 and F.7.

All classes are named after Confucian or Christian virtues, which are: ''Love'' , '''' , ''Respect to elder brothers'', ''Loyalty'' , ''Honesty'' and ''Ritual'' . In F.6 and F.7, only ''Love'' and ''Filial Devotion'' is used.


The school's indirect predecessor is Precious Blood Golden Jubilee Secondary School, which was administered by the Sisters of the Precious Blood. In 1977, due to misusage of school funds and suspected corruption, some teachers contacted the ICAC and informed the students. It was followed by the 's take-over and suppression, a series of student protest and sit-ins, and eventually the closure of the school on 14 May 1978. St. Teresa Secondary School was opened on its former site, with the protestors initiated the secular Ng Yuk Secondary School.

St. Paul's Secondary School

St. Paul's Secondary School is a famous Catholic girls' secondary school in Ventris Road, , Hong Kong. it is a Catholic Grant-in-aid Anglo-Chinese Secondary Grammar School for girls.

Its former principal, Rev. Sr. Damian Lai, has retired in 2006. Her job was replaced by the vice-principal, Miss Deborah Wu.


St. Paul's Secondary School was founded in 1960 by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres as an extension of St. Paul's Convent School to meet the growing needs of science education of girls in Hong Kong.

It has been the forerunner of science education for girls in Hong Kong. It was one of the first girls' schools in Hong Kong to offer science and computer related subjects.

It offered Integrated Science in the late 60s, Computer Studies in the late 70s, Computer Literacy and Family Life Education in the early 80s and implemented IT in Education in the 90s. It was selected as one of the 10 pilot secondary schools in the IT in Education Pilot Scheme in 1998.


There are five classes in each of Form 1 to Form 5, and three classes in each of Form 6 and Form 7, constituting a total of 31 classes. Among the 10 classes in Form 4 and 5, 6 of them are arts classes and 4 of them are science classes. Half of the Form 1 students come from St. Paul's Primary Catholic School and the rest come from other primary schools. All Form 4 and Form 6 places are filled by its own qualified students.

A number of graduates continued their education at prestigious local and overseas universities, including the University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Oxford, Cambridge, London, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Associated School

Other sister schools:

*St. Paul's Convent School

*St. Paul's School