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Have you ever wondered why a large number of schools in Hong Kong are run by churches? For instance, the building of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui Archives, which housed St. Paul’s College formerly, was built over 170 years ago in the Tudor Revival Style. Do you know what memories can be found in this architectural building as one of the earliest Western education spaces in Hong Kong? Interestingly, in the beginning, the school only boasted one teacher and nine students in total. We can also trace the origin of the school’s motto "To love our neighbors as ourselves” to the time of World War II, when the headmaster even served as a major and fought alongside the students.
Queen's College has an even more dramatic history which is marked by episodes of wars, relocations and renaming from The Government Central School to Victoria College. Established by the Scottish missionary Rev. Dr. James Legge as the first central government school, the entire school building was destroyed during the war and later relocated to its current address in Causeway Bay as “Queen’s College”. Through the two ancient British cannons dating from the 19th century in the campus, we seem to be able to glimpse at the past and present of this Western educational architecture.
Click on the link below to enjoy this video produced by Jockey Club “How Memory Sticks” Arts Education Programme”: “Series on the Memory of Educational Space: Memory of Western Educational Spaces in Hong Kong” (in Cantonese):
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