|Wah Yan College, Kowloon|
|School type||Grant-in-aid, Secondary school|
|Motto||In Hoc Signo Vinces (Latin)|
("In this sign you will conquer")
|Religious affiliation(s)||Roman Catholic (Jesuits)|
|Founder||Tsui Yan Sau Peter|
|Authority||Society of Jesus|
|Medium of instruction||English|
|President||Rev.Fr. Stephen S.Y. Chow,SJ (Supervisor)|
|Principal||Mr Chung Wai-leung, Warren|
|Grades||F.1 - F.6 (Formerly F.1 - F.7)|
|Campus size||41,000 m2 (440,000 sq ft)|
|Sports||Athletics, baseball, basketball, football, badminton, cross country, fencing, orienteering, swimming, table tennis, ice hockey, water polo, tennis|
|Sister school||Wah Yan College, Hong Kong|
|Wah Yan College, Kowloon|
Wah Yan College, Kowloon (WYK; Chinese: ; demonym: Wahyanite, pl.: Wahyanites) is a Roman Catholic secondary school for boys run by the Chinese Province of the Society of Jesus. Located at 56 Waterloo Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon, it is a grant-in-aid secondary school using English as the primary medium of instruction.
Established in 1924 by Mr. Peter Tsui Yan Sau (, 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 Wah Yan Colleges in Hong Kong and Kowloon, 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.
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 branch was opened on Austin Road 103 to cater 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 (), 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.
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 (), 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.
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 giftso 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.
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.
LEE Martin Chu-Ming, Senior Counsel
NEOH Anthony, Senior Counsel
HO Ambrose Pui-Him, Senior Counsel
LEONG Alan Kah-Kit, Senior Counsel
LEE Robert, Senior Counsel
Hui Martin, Senior Counsel