Mr. Peter Tsui Yan Sau
(1889 - 1981)
|Wah Yan College was founded on the second floor of No. 60
Hollywood Road on 16th December by Mr. Tsui Yan Sau. There were 4 students on the first
||In order to accomodate the newcomers, Mr. Tsui rented the
second floor of No. 54A, Peel Street and two more teachers, Mr. Shak Cheong On and Mr. Foo
Shiu Hong, were engaged in March. The third floor of No. 60, Hollywood Road was secured
and Mrs. Hoyune, the first woman teacher, joined the teaching staff.
On the re-opening
of the school in August, No. 54A, Peel Street was vacated in favour of more spacious
premises at No. 33, Mosque Junction. Mr. Lo Kwing, Mr. Lau Lap and Mr. Cheong Man Fai were
||The school moved to new premises at 2, Robinson Road with 300 students.
||Wah Yan became a Grant-in-Aid school on 1st October. Mr. Lim
Hoy Lan joined the staff.
||Owing to the increase in applications for admission a branch
school was opened in Portland Street, Yaumati on the Kowloon side of Hong Kong.
||Mr. Lim Hoy Lan was asked to take over the Headmastership from 1st
||The first Irish Jesuit father, Rev. Fr. John Neary, started
to work in Wah Yan as a teacher of Religious Knowledge.
The hostel in Wah Yan was
opened on 5th September with Mr. Wong Tuen Po as its first Warden.
||The Kowloon branch school moved to Nelson Street.
first time in the history of the college, the number of boys on roll reaches the total of
800 - the biggest number in any school in the colony then.
Fr. Gallagher, S.J.
|The College was transferred to the care of the Society of Jesus on 22nd
December. The late Fr. R. W. Gallagher, S.J. was the first Rector. In the records of the
Jesuit Order, the school was given a new name : College of Christ the King.
||The school magazine, "The Star" (Vol. 1), was first
||The "House system" was introduced in order to
extend the benefits of games and athletics to every boy in the school.
||The Wah Yan Past Student Association (taking the place of the
former "Old Boys' Union") was set up and the first President was Mr. Ko Fook
||Under Fr. Donnelly's inspiration, Class 2 (Form V) began a
Free Night School for the poor children of the neighbourhood which continued until the
outbreak of the Pacific War.
||The hostel in Wah Yan was closed down.
||A branch for Senior students was opened on 8th September in
Austin Road. while Junior Classes continued in Nelson Street, under Mr. Lim Hoy Lan.
Austin Road had a short life as it closed on 9th December, the day after the Japanese
During the War, the basement in Wah Yan has been turned into Red Cross
Station. School was closed. The whole terrace beyond the college in Robinson Road burned
to the ground. Fr. Gallagher and Fr. McAsey were interned.
||Wah Yan College reopened on 8th September. Later in the year
a Chinese stream (Wah Yan Middle School) was added.
||In March the organisation of the Wah Yan Dramatic Society
commenced. The first production was "The Thrice Promised Bride", performed in
the French Convent Theatre. The Society was formally established in 1947.
Septermber the school at Nelson Street reopened, with 560 pupils on the roll. The Kowloon
Branch washanded over to the Jesuit Fathers from Mr. Lim Hoy Lan. Fr. Grogan was appointed
as superior and was assisted by Fr. Kelly.
Fr. Howatson began the Wah Yan Poor Boys' Club on 15th November, with 19 boys. With the
help of Mr. Joseph Cheung he collected from the lanes and side-walks of the city an army
of shoe-shine boys.
||The Night School was started on 17th February.
||An afternoon school opened under the leadership of Fr.
Maguire, with more than 700 boys enrolled. The school time for the afternoon school was
from 2:00 p.m. to 7:10 p.m. On 10th October the site for the new College in Waterloo Road
||The Chinese Section of the school was closed down.
||The classes were renamed. Class One was renamed as Form 6 and
Class 6 was renamed as Form 1. Class 7 and 8 were renamed as Primary 6 and Primary 5
||The Governor, Sir Alexander Grantham, opened Wah Yan College,
Kowloon, 56 Waterloo Road, on 12th December. The Afternoon School in Wah Yan College, Hong
||The contract for the site formation at Mount Parish was
signed on 16th September.
||On 7th October the foundation stone of Wah Yan College,
Queen's Road East was blessed and laid.
||Formal opening of Wah Yan College, 281 Queen's Road East, was
performed on 27th Septermber by His Excellency the Governer, Sir Alexander Grantham.
The Form 6 classes were divided into two streams, the Science Stream and the Arts Stream.
||Our basketball and football teams made a trip to Taiwan.
||Fr. Ryan, S.J. received the Hon. Degree of Doctor of Letters
from the Governor. The school newspaper, "Starlet", was born. Chon Chi Yu set
the record of 9 distinctions and 1 credit in the H.K.C.E.E.
||Monthly assembly was introduced as a regular event in school.
The Student Association of Wah Yan College was formed.
||Two teachers, Mr. Raymond Yu and Mr. Chau Sui Hay, were
appointed to become the first ever Assistant Principals of Wah Yan.
||The taking over of "Pun U Primary School" by the
Jesuits. It was named as "Pun U Wah Yan Primary School".
||Opening of the Ma Ying Library after the renovation work
sponsored by Mr. Ma Ying.
||The students grasped the championship of the Inter-school
Chinese Debate Contest.
||Economics was introduced in Form 4.
||Robert Wong Tuen Po who joined Wah Yan in 1922 and was in
charge of the hostel in Wah Yan until it was closed down, died. He was a Link-Man at the
change of management to the Jesuit Fathers. He was the man with the Wah Yan Afternoon
School until his retirement in 1961.
One extra Form 1 class was added to meet the need
of the expansion of secondary education.
||Founder of Wah Yan, Mr. Peter Tsui Yan Sau, died on 19 February.
||The students grasped both the championships of the
Interschool Chinese Debate Contest and the Interschool English Debate Contest. The Wah Yan
English Evening School was closed.
||Mr. Raymond Yu left Wah Yan after a service of 24 years for
Canada and Mr. Cheung Man Sun took his place as one of the Assistant Principals.
Yan College proceeded into the computer age. The computer group was set up and the Report
Cards, H.K.C.E.E. results and the school magazine were processed with the help of the
computer. The models of microcomputer used by the school were Apple II and Laser.
||The Streaming to Arts and Science was started in Form 4 and
the Form 4 classes were renamed as 4S1, 4S2, 4S3, 4A1 and 4A2. Computer Studies was introduced
in Form 4.
||The new annex, Gordan Wu Hall, was officially opened on 12th
Lo Chun Kai set the record of 10 distinctions in H.K.C.E.E.
||The students got championships of two inter-school Chinese
The first WYPSA international conference was held.
||Wah Yan celebrated its 70th Anniversary with an enrolment of
||Two new Assistant Principals, Mr. George Tam and Mr. P. T.
Chan were appointed.
The counselling Room which is located at the ground floor of the
new annex was opened.
||On 8th May, there was a severe landslide at the junction
between Kennedy Road Queen's Road East, taking the life of a driver passing by together
with his car, owing to heavy rainfall. The back door and the stairs were closed where the
basement was evacuated. The Scouts Room, Table Tennis Gym were relocated to the vacant
space under the junior lab. The Laboratory wing was sinking owing to the mud slip and
there were cracks all over the playground. The well-known 'crack' in the Classroom wing
was worsening. Stainless steel plates were used to cover it up.
Wah Yan got three
"10 A's" in H.K.C.E.E.
A new subject, Principle of Accountancy, was introduced in Form 4 and Form 6.
The new geography room was opened. New audio-visual equipment was installed to
facilitate the teaching of the subject.
||Six classrooms were demolished due to the effect of the
An additional Science Lower 6 class was opened.
The opening ceremony of the 75th
Anniversary was held on 21st of December and the Wah Yan Archive was also officially
The 75th Anniversary Redevelopment Campaign took place.
||Wah Yan celebrates its 75th Anniversary with an enrolment of
Computer Literacy was introduced in Form 1.
The Wah Yan College Home Page on the World
Wide Web was first prepared by Dr. Ashley Cheng.