Wah Yan College Hong Kong
Wah Yan College Hong Kong

School Development Project (SDP)

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SDP Report 2018

The last (86th) concluding meeting was held on 29 June 2018, and the report can be found here.

Also, please check out the follow video clips:

SDP Video
Words from Fr. Deignan

Photos and Videos of the New School Hall

Thanks to our colleagues, the photos and videos taken during the Blessing and Opening Ceremony of the New School Complex can be found from the follwing links:

Photo Gallery


New School Hall - scheduled for completion in early 2014
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Outstanding Funds: $10.92M (As Soon As Possible)

Ways to donate:

1. Wall of Stars: Nominate a star ($10,000)
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2. Naming Rights: Name a Room ($0.2M to $5M)
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Contact Dr. Ying Lun So at (852) 2572 2251 or email him at ylso@wahyan.edu.hk for further information.

Words from the Convener - 27 Jan 2014

Dear students, graduates, parents and friends of Wah Yan,

It is with deepest appreciation that we thank you for your staunch support to the continuous growth and development of Wah Yan College over so many years. Here I would like to update you on the progress of the School Development Project (SDP), with its inception in 2002.

The SDP was implemented in three phases. Phase I and II commenced in 2002, with the construction of a new teaching block (now known as Francis H.B.Wong Teaching Building) in the area covering the former upper car park and the old block consisting of the music room and the Fathers’ chapel. These two phases also included the conversion of outdated rooms such as staff rooms and the students’ library, and some other rooms in the teaching block and the Gordon Wu Building. The phase I and phase II development, which amounted to HKD45M with HKD39M subsidy from the government, was completed in 2005 and officially opened by Sir Donald Tsang in 2006. It provides 4000 square meters for new facilities, including a new staff room big enough to accommodate all teaching staff, a conference room, a music center, a student library, a computer-assisted learning center, a creative learning room, an integrated humanity center, some classrooms for small class teaching and function rooms for the social worker and psychologists.

Phase III of the School Development Project is the redevelopment of the school hall, which commenced in 2010. Currently, the construction is in its final stage and every attempt has been taken to minimize the disturbance to school life. According to the contract, the project should be completed by 14 December 2013, and then the school would invite the Building Department (BD) to conduct a site inspection before formally forwarding the application for the “Occupation Permit” (OP). However, due to the delay of the BD’s approval for some amended constructions, including the widening of the stairs of the Francis H.B.Wong Teaching Building, and the Fire Services Department’s approval for the fire system in the new school hall, the application for OP may have to be delayed until early-February 2014. Thus the earliest target date of using the new school hall would be early May or even late June, 2014.

In terms of financial situation, the total construction cost for the construction of the new school hall (i.e.Phase III) is HKD120 million, of which HKD79 million was settled in December 2013. The amount to be settled was reduced to HKD41 million. Moreover there was an income of HKD3.87 million through the fund-raising raffle ticket sale, and donations following the appeal letter sent in September 2013, netting a balance of HKD31 million by the end of December 2013. In addition, the WYOFF has promised to support the project with HKD 5 million. Thus HKD10 million is needed as the final settlement of the entire project cost, including HKD5 million reserved for maintenance.

You have helped raised over HKD117 million since 2002, of which about $7M was used for fund raising activities and to top-up phases I & II, leaving $110M for phase III redevelopment. With approximately HKD10 million needed to complete this crucial project, we humbly ask you to dig deep. We would like to assure you that each contribution, no matter how small or large, is received with our deepest gratitude. Your generosity has ensured the steady construction progress, and now anticipation is growing among all of us as the potential of such a building is being realized in terms of sports, artistic, and social development. This hall complex belongs to all in our Wah Yan community and it will be a focal point for our many gatherings and memories.

You can help achieve this final target through two channels. One channel is the “Wall of Stars”. For HKD10,000, you can create a permanent fixture which holds a memory of Wah Yan that you cherish. These ‘stars’ can be dedications to the clubs, teachers, friends, and school leaders who have shaped you. You might consider joining with some friends to acknowledge a teacher or teaming up with a few classmates to remember the unity of your class. You can decide what you wish to honor, and express it in the form of a ‘star’ that always has a place in the school to inspire others to shine. These star plates are an opportunity to turn your memories into something enduring and tangible as they will always be displayed in the school.

Another channel is the naming rights. There are a number of rooms in the new hall and the existing buildings. You are most welcome to be involved in the naming rights for these venues so that you or your family is forever a part of the school and its history.

Whatever you can give is gratefully received and will be directly used to achieve the vision of quality education espoused by the Jesuit Fathers and all in the Wah Yan community.

I am looking forward to the completion of the new school hall as it will provide a state-of-the-art environment for further learning and teaching in the future.

God Bless
George Tam
Convener of SDP & Assistant Supervisor


$1,500,000 Donation by Mr. Cheung Lap Kwun - 08 Jul 2014

Mr. Ng Hoi Luk, Class 1969 successfully invited a donor, Mr. Cheung Lap Kwun donated HK$1,500,000 to the School Development Project (SDP). To thank for the support of Mr. Cheung, the Roof Garden of New School Hall will be named under Mr. Cheung. The cheque presentation ceremony was held on 25th May 2014 at the Conference Room. (Group photo caption: L to R Mr. Ng Hoi Luk, Dr. So Ying Lun, Fr. Deignan, S.J., Mr. Cheung Lap Kwun, Mr. George Tam)

$500,000 Donation by Class of '63 - 06 Dec 2013

The Class of ‘63 recently donated HK$500,000 to School Development Project (SDP) at their 50th Anniversary Dinner held on 15th November 2013. (Group photo caption: L to R: Anthony Cham ‘63, Dr. Ying-lun So (Principal), Fr. Stephen Chow (Supervisor), Fong Hup ‘63, Anthony Fong ‘63 and Wilson Wong ‘63.)

Raffle 2013 Prize Presentation Ceremony- 28 Nov 2013

Thank you very much for the support from all of the Alumni and friends who purchased the raffle tickets. The prize presentation ceremony was held on Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013. Let's congratulate them and salute to their contribution.

Remarks: The last day of the prize collection is 23 Dec 2013. The uncollected prizes will be drawn again in the next fund raising event of SDP.

Report of Raffle

Site Visit - 20 Sep 2013

Members of the SDP Committee visited the construction site of the new school hall on 10 September 2013. Web Album



$500,000 Donation by Class of '82 - 18 Jan 2013
Organizers of the Class of 1982's 30th Anniversary Celebration Committee (R to L) Eric Fung, Chau Ka Lok, Anthony Cheung and Franklin Heng met with Mr. George Tam (Principal) on 18th January 2013 to make a $500,000 donation with naming rights of one of the three classrooms on top of the new school hall.


Contract Signing Ceremony - 18 Dec 2012
Mr. George Tam signed the main contract for the building of the new school hall on behalf of the School on 18th December 2012.



Naming Ceremony - 11 Nov 2010
The naming ceremony of the Francis H.B. Wong Teaching Building
黃學斌教學樓 was held at on Thursday, 11th November, 2010.
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School hall redevelopment to begin following
$40M donation by Dr. Patrick Wu
- 1 Nov 2010

Message from Rev. Fr. A. Deignan S.J.

We are so happy that the Wah Yan Hong Kong School Development Phase 3 Project can now take off and be realized.

You may remember that Phase 1 and 2 were completed a few years ago with the building of the new wing and the many improvements and alterations to the existing building. These were financed by the Government School Improvement Project with the extra help of donated funds. Phase 3, however, had to be delayed for two main reasons:

1. The slope on the Stubbs Road side of the school needed to be stabilized, before any building could be erected. Government agreed to do it but this meant quite some time was needed before it could be accomplished.

2. Perhaps more importantly, we did not have sufficient funds to build this self-financed Phase 3 which meant building a new multipurpose school hall with new facilities and extra classrooms. Up till recently we had a total of $52 million but the estimated cost would be around $87 million.

Now you see why we had to wait patiently to realize our dream and fulfill the expectations of the many very generous donors who had already very generously contributed to the project . At last we have :

Good News     Great News     Happy News

We can now begin. The slope has been stabilized and we have sufficient funds to start.

Patrick Wu has always been a very generous supporter of Wah Yan College. Recently he and his family Foundation, the "Wu Jieh Yee Foundation", has donated $40 million for the purpose of rebuilding the school hall and for its future maintenance. What a wonderful and generous donation, which now, in addition to the funds already contributed, allows us to go ahead with this very important development of the school.

We are very touched by the great generosity of Patrick Wu and his family Foundation members. The School Development Board, which Patrick has co-chaired, and its members, wish to express our sincere gratitude for this very generous donation.

On behalf of the Jesuit Fathers, past students, teachers, parents and students we can only say a "VERY SINCERE THANK YOU".

Now our dream of modernizing the school facilities and improving Wah Yan for the benefit of future generations of students can truly be realized. Patrick Wu and his family will always be remembered with gratitude in our prayers.

Fr. Alfred J. Deignan
Co-Chairman of School Development Board
1st November 2010


Wah Yan Dramatic Society to raise fund for SDP - 24 Apr 2009
The Wah Yan Dramatic Society will be putting on another performance of A Lizard is No Dragon in aid of the School Development Project of WYCHK.  This is one of the favourite performances of the Society which has been staged twice in Hong Kong and once in Vancouver in the recent past.  The performance will be held on 22 and 23 October at the Drama Theatre of the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts.  The Society is aiming to have more students and young members involved this time round so as to generate more interest in this art form in the younger generation."
Alfred Wu (’82) Project Manager


School Hall redevelopment option chosen - 9 Jan 2009
The School Management Committee made the decision on the school hall redevelopment site in a meeting on 15 Dec 2008. Option 1, the selected plan, is for rebuilding the school hall on its existing site. The new school hall is envisaged to be large enough to accommodate all the students in an assembly and the building is likely to be extended to cover part of the lawn in order to do so. More details will be announced in due course.

Wah Yan Dramatic Society raised $4 million - 7 Feb 2007
The Wah Yan Dramatic Society raised over $4 million for the SDP at their Cantonese Opera in English performance held in the Grand Theatre of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre on 7th February 2007 to celebrate their 60th Anniversary.

Official Opening Ceremony of SIP Annex - 21 Jan 2006
The opening of the new SIP Annex was officiated by Mr. Donald Tsang, Chief Executive of HKSAR on Saturday, 21st January, 2006. View pictures posted at the School's home page.

SIP Annex finally handed over to the College - 26 Aug 2005
On 19th August, 2005, the Annex was officially handed over to the Contractor and then to the Principal and Mr. Wong Yui Tak on behalf of the School. The ceremony was also graced by representatives from the Education and Manpower Bureau, the Architectural Services Department as well as the various consultants of the SIP.
The SIP is a wonderful result of tight cooperation amongst all friends of Wah Yan, especially the alumni, parents and students. Of course professional inputs from the staff and the Consultant Team were most invaluable. So good were they, we were in fact 13 days ahead of schedule in completion, a very rare happening for this kind of project development.
This also marks the completion of SDP Phase I & II, bringing Wah Yan into compliance with EMB’s Y2K Campus Standard. Now, let's work hand in hand (hyperlink to the 3 donation forms towards the end of that section) for the remaining Phase III, the redevelopment of the Hall, with preliminary ground-setting works already started with the assistance of our consultants.

Pictures of the new interior - 4 Jul 2005
Pictures of the interior of the new block have been posted at the school's home page.

A new outlook for Wah Yan College Hong Kong! - 22 Feb 2005

Exterior views of the newly completed SIP Annex (Phases 1 & 2 of the School Development Project) as seen from the ground floor (left picture) and roof top (right picture) of the AIA Building on Stubbs Road on 22nd February, 2005.

Pre-handover Meeting for Phases 1 & 2 - 14 Jan 2005

A Pre-handover Meeting was held at 11am this morning to let participants, including the Mr Eric Chan and Ms Carol Law of Education and Manpower Bureau, HKSAR Government, the contractors and our school officials, to see how the construction work is going on.

Topping Ceremony for Phases 1 & 2 - 24 Sep 2004
A topping ceremony was held this afternoon to commemorate the completion of the structural works of Phases 1 & 2 of the School Development Project. Rev. Fr. A.J. Deignan officiated at the simple but memorable ceremony with SDP patrons Mr. William Kwan and Mr. Hugo Hung, SDP board members including Mr. George Tam, Mr. Patrick Wu and Mr. Peter Tam, and representatives from the school staff, the PSA, the PTA, student bodies, the architects and the contractors. Click here to view PHOTO ALBUM.


The view from the 5th level - 01 Sep 2004
As the SIP Annex, phases 1 and 2 of the School Development Project, is nearing completion, Principal George Tam and Assistant Principal W.S. Lo inspected the building on 1st September, 2004. The following pictures reveal the breath-taking views from the 5th level:

SDP building model - 10 Jun 2004
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Stretch your muscles in warm up ! Walkathon 29th Feb. (Sun) - 11 Feb 2004
Come to walk with the boys and parents ! Refreshing air to wash the memos and e-mails off your mind. The SDP Walkathon is a re-run of what was canceled during the SARS school suspension.

Oldies Concert raised $2.6 Million - 17 Dec 2003
concert_17Dec03 The Oldies Concert, featuring Hacken Lee and organized by a group of old boys headed by Lawrence Tse Kam Ming ('69), successfully raised $2.6 Million for Wah Yan Hong Kong's SDP project. Involved over two hundred workers and attended by over 6,000, the event held at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre - Hall 3 on the 17th December 2003 was believed to be the best attended function in the history of Wah Yan. Click here for more photos

Phases 1 & 2 Contract Signing Ceremony - 27 Sep 2003
contract_signing_27Sep03 Fr. Deignan and Mr. Raymond Hung (representing the main contractors) signed on the dotted line at the SDP Phases 1 & 2 Contract Signing Ceremony held in the School Hall at 3:00 p.m. on 27th September 2003.
Principal Mr. George Tam gave a detailed account on the progress of the SDP and Hugo Hung, old boy and SDP Patron, made a moving speech to appeal to Wahyanites to donate. Mr. Hung sited convincing examples on how the 'Wah Yan Spirit' united old boys over the past decades and urged everyone to continue the fine tradition of 'Caring for Wah Yan'.... more

'Gold Donation' 10-year installment plan - 18 Jul 2003
pp_lunch_18July03 At the PSA Past Presidents bi-monthly luncheon held on Friday, 18th July 2003, Mr. William Kwan, Legal Advisor of the PSA and a Patron of the School Development Project (SDP), made an appeal to all for further donations and initiated a 'Gold Donation' 10-year installment plan to make payment easier. Full story


Project Commencement Ceremony - 25 May 2003
Men at work !.....plus 1 lady of course. Don't they all look good in hard hats rather than with face masks? Today in a fun filled atmosphere, the first piece of breaking, and thus commencement of construction for the SDP, took place. About 100 guests witnessed the ceremony and joined forces in wishing the best for the SDP. They all went home with a piece of small treasure - a piece of the roof slabs pasted on a piece of wood made from our old classroom desks.

$300,000 from Anonymous Donor - 28 Mar 2003
We are pleased to report that a $300,000 cheque was received from a generous donor on 28th March 2003. Wishing to remain anonymous, the donor also indicated that his intention was to donate another similar amount next year!

Dr. Patrick Wu '58 has made a generous $5M donation. Dr. Chung Ka Leung '70 and the Class of '75 have also made significant donations.



SDP Newsletters:

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- 2013 Mar - 2012 Feb - 2011 Jan - 2009 May - 2006 Dec
- 2006 Jan - 2005 Nov - 2004 Oct - 2004 Mar - 2003 Oct - 2003 Jul


About the SDP:

SDP Brochure (2003)
explains why we need to redevelop the school premises.

Message from the Patron
The Honourable
Donald Tsang GBM
Chief Executive of the HKSAR

Message from SDP Co-chairmen
Rev. Fr. A.J. Deignan S.J. 
Dr. Patrick P.K. Wu, J.P.


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