It is my great honour to serve our alma mater as the Chairman of the St. Paul's College Alumni Association.
The 165th Anniversary Celebration Dinner was held on Sunday 11 December 2016 at the Grand Hall of HKCEC. We formed an Organising Committee, comprising 80 alumni volunteers, over a year ago to work on this grand Dinner and related creative projects. In 2016 we do not only celebrate the founding of St. Paul's College 165 years ago, but also the post-war restoration of our College on Bonham Road for 66 years.
Students, alumni and staff members of the College fought bravely during the war. Many did not live to see the post-war merger with our sister college that nearly put an end to St. Paul’s College as an independent institution.
The rebirth of the College as a boy’s school in 1950 was due in large part to the effort of a proud, strong and unified alumni community, which has continued to play a significant role in modern and contemporary Hong Kong.
On 25 September, the OC organised the first 10KM Sponsored Run to kick start our 165th anniversary celebration and to raise funds for St. Paul's College Foundation. I was among the 165 alumni and student runners. We started from Bishop House in Glenealy, Central, where our Alma Mater's first campus was situated since 1851, and ran to our present Bonham Road campus, then finished the journey at our new Primary School campus in Victoria Road.
It represented our past, present and future.
The day's event was captured on film and a MV was premiered on 8 November at UA Cinema in City Plaza. It was a stars studded event with many prominent alumni attended in raising profile for the College in media and its celebration events: Exhibition Day, the Concert, the grand Dinner and the Carnival (11.02.2017). At the same night, we launched our History Book -中國。香港。聖保羅 -- 165年的人與時代 , published by the Alumni Association. A series of news reports followed, again raising College’s profile and its heritage. It took 22 alumni editors in our History Team 7 years to complete this nearly 500 pages book with more than 200,000 words. What an achievement that was, particularly they are all volunteers who gave up their free time.
As part of the 165th celebration, the SPCAA Football Team invited three boys schools’ alumni teams for a friendly tournament on 20 November. Our College’s principal Mr Dennis Yuen presented the prizes.
On 6 December, our 80 men strong Alumni Choir participated in the St. Paul’s College 165th Anniversary Concert - “Celebrating Our Heritage”. It was a fantastic concert, with premiere of 3 pieces of original work commissioned by the College, including a musical Eastern Odyssey. It was a story of our past principal Bishop Joseph Hoare and prominent alum Yeung Ku-wan. The program notes state, “The self-sacrificing acts of Bishop Hoare and Yeung Ku-wan have truly manifested the 4 great core values of St. Paul’s College’s - Justice, Honour, Truth and Virtue.”
As the Chairman of the Alumni Association, I am leading an enthusiastic Committee who strived to organise new events for the alumni community. In the last term, we organised two Alumni Concerts for the Alumni Choir and the College, a Guangzhou cultural tour for families, a Christmas Ball, a film premiere and most of all, we helped organise two annual fund raising dinners for the College Foundation. These events were in addition to regular annual Spring Dinner, quarterly dinners, monthly drinks, golf, football and basketball tournaments, mentorship program with the College, interesting souvenir items. Once again, I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude to all the alumni who devoted their time and talents to make these events successful.
Looking forward, we will revamp our website shortly to give it a modern look, conduct members survey or call for expression of interest on various activities and organise them accordingly, put in place structures for different interest groups such as Alumni Choir, orchestra, football and sports, professional groups so that we can allocate manpower appropriately and better serve the alumni community. We will continue to support the College with our Education sub-committee think tank, gather alumni expertise in the College’s building plans.
Viva St. Paul's and it is the love of our Alma Mater that brings us together and we shall thrive in unity.
St. Paul's College Alumni Association