In the year 2018/2019, we have had an unprecedentedly long list of donors. This is what has made the first phase of the School Enhancement Project possible. With the generous grant of thirty million from our School Council and the matching fund of another thirty million from our alumnus, we have successfully raised sufficient funds to achieve the target of 90 million required for the first fund-raising campaign. The classrooms have received much more than just a cosmetic face-lift. We are provided with the much needed space for more effective teaching and learning facilities, allowing more interaction and flexibility in teaching methodologies.
It has been exciting to meet with our supportive alumni at the various events like the Kick-off Ceremony at Bishop’s House on Glenealy where the College began, the Winter Olympics, and Teachers’ Appreciation Dinner organized by the Alumni Association and the Donors’ Appreciation Dinner. We can expect another heart-warming gathering when we officially open the Donors’ Wall, which will be a new attraction for visitors to our College campus. The hundreds of names on the wall bear witness to the unity and strength of the St. Paul’s family.
I must congratulate the Chairman of the Fundraising Committee, Dr. Chan Yau Nam Ian, and his hard-working committee members. They have organized many sharing sessions with the alumni and class representatives and we have donations and pledges from more alumnus groups. We are thankful to the class representatives of the years of 62, 66, 67, 68, 72, 75/77, 91, 01(5F) and 6A/7A(85/86) for encouraging their peers to join hands in supporting the school. We are deeply touched to know that our alumni remember us fondly, and show their support by making appeals or sending in donations from any surplus in their group meetings, e.g. the Head Prefects Group, the Alumni Association, the SPC Doctors, the Interact Club (72-74), the Graduation Dinner Committee 17/18 and the Ontario Alumni Association of St. Paul’s College, to name but a few.
In honour of some of the major donors, the school will designate various rooms where plaques with the donor’s names will be placed. For the school year 2018-2019, we are grateful to Mr. Simon Cua Tin Yiu, Professor Freddie Fu Ho Keung, Mr. Tenny Doone, Dr. Fung Kai Bun, Dr. Chiu Wing and Class of 1967-68 for their generosity and we have the following rooms: Classroom 1A, Classroom 5F, Fitness Centre 1, Fitness Centre 2, Medical Service Room, Lab Preparation Room (3/F) and Classroom 1D, named after these alumnus/groups respectively. Dr. Ian Chan Yau Nam, the Chairman of our Fundraising Committee for the School Enhancement Project has made a donation but a room is yet to be selected for naming.
In our appeal to parents, I am pleased to report that we have experienced an increase in the participation rate in terms of the donations. We have a total of 452 parents from the College and 144 parents from the Primary School responding to our appeal. Since the official launch of the project, I have received a great deal of positive feedback. We are certainly touched by some of our alumni who have made repeated donations whenever there is an appeal sent out. Nevertheless, it is important that we do not stop here. We need your support to move onto the second fundraising campaign. The first section of the second phase will create a “new” entrance when we bring the main entrance from the Stewart Building to where it originally was in the 1950’s when we first moved into the Bonham Road Campus.
Our support for the Project came not only from the students but also from staff members. I am most happy to note that more than a dozen of our staff, some retired, some non-teaching, also showed their support by making personal donations. I salute them for their generosity.
While working full bore for the School Enhancement Project, the Foundation has not organized any fundraising activity of its own. I am once again touched by the generosity of our alumni who never forget us. I am most proud to report that we have received over one million dollars in donations towards our administration fund. We have been able to provide the College and the Primary School some of the funding for sports teams, equipment for the publicity team and College Improvement Awards.
At the start of the new school year, our first event will be the official opening of the Donors’ Wall. The hundreds of names on the wall bear witness to the unity and strength of the St. Paul’s family. It is these little blocks of unity and generosity that we make our mark in the history of the College and that of Hong Kong. The clusters of names from the same era should bring back fond memories of patrons’ youthful days. Let us move on to make things happen. Let us work together to bring us the campus of our dreams. We are not only adding to our hardware but we are also trying hard to bring improvements in the software as well. We need funding for overseas trips, sports training, science equipment and music development. In a few months we will be introduced to the new STEM Laboratory where students are given the space and equipment to venture into new areas of Science and Technology. The pursuit of excellence goes on.
Let me appeal to all members of the St. Paul’s family. Please be on the lookout for the coming fund-raising appeals and activities. We need everyone to help spread the news. Remember, WE ARE FAMILY, and families stick together in times of need!