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St. Louis School, Hong Kong

St. Louis School, Hong Kong
Chinese: 聖類斯中學
Badge of St. Louis School
Scientia et Pietas
("Knowledge and Piety")
Chinese: 學問與虔敬並重
179 Third Street
Sai Ying Pun
 Hong Kong
School type Grant-in-aid, Secondary school
Religious affiliation(s) Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s) St. Aloysius
Established 1927
Founded 1864 (as West Point Reformatory)
Founder Fathers of the Catholic Mission
Authority Salesians of Don Bosco
Chinese: 鮑思高慈幼會
President Fr. Simon Lam (Supervisor)
Principal Dr. Yip Wai Ming
Vice principal Mr. Fong Shun Man Simon,
Mr. Lo Chi Wing
Teaching staff 60
Grades S.1 - S.6
Gender Male
Enrolment 838
Medium of language English
Campus size 10,000 m²
Houses Rose, Tulip, Thistle, Shamrock, Lily
School colour(s) Red, blue, white
Song "All Hail, All Hail"
Publication Aloysians
Chinese: 博藝
Feeder schools St. Louis School (Primary Section)
Alumni See below
Scout Group 16th Hong Kong Group
St Louis School in Hong Kong
Vase of Champion

St. Louis School (Chinese: 聖類斯中學), located in Sai Ying Pun (historically West Point, Hong Kong) is a privately run, Catholic primary and (government-subsidized) secondary English grammar school.


  • About the institution 1
  • School badge and motto 2
  • History 3
  • Principals and Rectors 4
  • Fathers 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

About the institution

St. Louis School aims to "provide an education which embraces the joy of learning and stresses the spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical, communal and aesthetic development of students." The motto of the school is "Scientia et Pietas", which means "Knowledge and Piety".

The school is famed for its culture of "freedom and discipline". Students and members of staff enjoy an extent of freedom unseen in other schools in Hong Kong. As a result, its students develop a sense of responsibility, self-reliance and independence that makes them prominent in the community through their contribution and achievements.

There are currently about 800 secondary and 350 primary school students.

The school's sports facilities include a soccer-field (with a stand for about 1,300 pupils) a basketball court and a covered playground. The school's soccer playground is the largest among those of all the schools in West Point. The St. Louis school song "All Hail, All Hail" was written by Rev. Fr. Janssen in 1957.

School badge and motto

The St. Louis School badge embodies a profound philosophy though simple in design.[1] The white background symbolizes the purity and innocence of the students. The central red cross reminds students to adopt Jesus Christ as their mentor, and to possess love and compassion, a sense of self - sacrifice and universal service.

The letters 'S' and 'L' stand for SAINT LOUIS. The letters, in the book at the base of the cross signify the two Greek letters: A (Alpha) and W (Omega). They exhort students to pursue the truth consistently. The Latin words ' SCIENTIA ET PIETAS' at the base of the badge instruct students to pay equal emphasis to knowledge and piety.

It is promoted that all Aloysians should uphold and propagate the spirit the School Badge manifests, that is, to quest for knowledge, to nurture noble character and to contribute to society and country.


St. Louis School was founded in 1864 by the Fathers of the Catholic Mission. St. Aloysius was chosen as the Patron of the school. The School was initially known as the West Point Reformatory.[2] The Brothers of the Christian Schools (commonly known as the La Salle Brothers) succeeded the Fathers in the management of the school in 1875 and managed the school until 1893.

In 1921, Bishop Pozzoni, the Ordinary of Hong Kong, asked the Maryknoll Fathers to take over. Some of the boys were orphans while the remainder were remanded by the Hong Kong government, the government giving a small monthly grant for each student. The Maryknoll Fathers renamed the School as St. Louis Industrial School and equipped it with a printing press. The students became expert in this line and seven years later when the French Foreign Mission society started their celebrated polyglot press at Nazareth in Pokfulam, they took into their employ many of these boys. When Brother Albert Staubli arrived, he added manual training to its curriculum in the way of carpentering. The famous American Maryknoller, Fr James Edward Walsh, who was one of the first four American missioners to arrive in China and the last Westerner Missioner to be released by the Communist China in 1970, spent some time at the School too.[2]

Early in 1926 Maryknoll's Father Superior and one of cofounders, Fr. James Anthony Walsh, made a visitation of his fledgling mission fields in South China, and spent some weeks in Hong Kong before visiting Kongmoon (now called Jiangmen) and Kaying (in Meixian). In the course of his stay the position of the Industrial School was reviewed, and eventually it was handed back to the Diocese.[2] In 1927 the School was further given to the Salesian Fathers and has, since then, been run by them. The School was then transformed from a vocational school to a grammar school and became one of the best grammar schools in Hong Kong.

The primary section of St Louis School was particularly famous—in the 1970s and 1980s, she almost won all the inter-school quizzes competition organized by the television section of the Radio Hong Kong, a Hong Kong government broadcasting organization.

Principals and Rectors

  • 1927-1934: Fr. Vincenzo Bernardini; 1st Rector and Principal
  • 1934-1937: Fr. Teodor Wieczorek; 2nd Rector and Principal
  • 1937-1946: Fr. John Guarona; 3rd Rector and Principal
  • 1946-1949: Fr. Pietro Pomat; 4th Rector and Principal
  • 1949-1955: Fr. John Clifford; 5th Rector and Principal
  • 1955-1958: Fr. Bernard Tohill; 6th Rector and Principal
  • 1958-1964: Fr. Lam Yum-ching; 7th Rector and Principal
  • 1964-1970: Fr. John Foster; 8th Rector and Principal
  • 1970-1976: Fr. Alexander Smith; 9th Rector and Principal
  • 1976-1982: Fr. Julian Carpella; 10th Rector and Principal
  • 1982-1988: Fr. Aloysius Rubini; 1st Supervisor
  • 1982-1986: Fr. Patrick Deane; 11th Rector and Principal
  • 1988-1994: Fr. Clement Wong; 2nd Supervisor
  • 1986-2001: Fr. Simon Lam; 12th Principal; 3rd Supervisor 1994–present
  • 2001-2002: Fr. Joseph So; 13th Principal
  • 2002-2012: Fr. Peter Ng; 14th Principal
  • 2012–Present Dr. Yip Wai Ming Principal


  • Fr. Patrick Deane (田惠民 神父) 1926-2007
  • Fr. Bruno Gelosa (伊思高 神父) 1914-2005
  • Fr. William Joyce (曹文植 神父) 1918-2005
  • Fr. Julian Carpella (家思齊 神父) 1923-2006
  • Fr. Clement Wong (黃光照 神父)
  • Rev. Fr. Peter Ng (吳多祿 神父)
  • Fr. Simon Lam (林仲偉 神父)
  • Fr. A. Riemslag (林兆良 神父)
  • Fr. Anthony Bogadek (鮑嘉天 神父)
  • Fr. Michael McKenna (麥謹行 神父)
  • Bro. Edward Kowala (高懷黎 修士)
  • Fr. Timmermans (田永民神父)
  • Fr. Gallo (勞明德神父)
  • Fr. Nicosia (胡子義神父)
  • Fr. Cheng Hoi Hong (鄭海康神父)
  • Fr. Cheung Kam Hung (張錦鴻神父)
  • Fr. Lee Hoi Lung (李海龍神父)
  • Fr. Smith
  • 武幼安神父
  • Br. Thomas Cheung (張恩洪修士)
  • Br. Yau Chi Tak (邱志德修士)
  • Fr. Luk Tat Boon (陸達本神父)
  • Fr. Mathias Ling (林蔭清神父)
  • Fr. Pio Scilligo (石理覺神父)
  • Fr. Tohill (杜希賢神父)
  • Fr. Suppo (蘇冠明神父)

How to get there? MTR at HKU Station B2 exit


  1. ^ St. Louis School (2007). "School Badge". St. Louis School Official Website. St. Louis School. 
  2. ^ a b c Smith, Jim, Downs, William (1978), Maryknoll Hong Kong Chronicle 1918 - 1975 (Chronicle), Catholic foreign Mission Society of America 

External links

  • St. Louis School Official Website
  • St. Louis School (Primary) Official Website
  • St. Louis School Old Boys Association (Official Alumni Association)
  • Friends of St. Louis School (Community Portal)

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