The Spirit of Wah Yan
- Throughout the Decades

"The Spirit of Wah Yan" was written by Rev. Fr. R.W. Gallagher, S.J., the first Jesuit Principal of Wah Yan, and was published in the first edition of the school magazine "The Star" in 1933:

The spirit of a school, like the spirit of a family or the spirit of a nation, is hard to analyse or to define. But school-spirit like patriotism or love of family, is a tremendous power. The boy who has the true Wah Yan Spirit:-

  • is proud of his school and of her past traditions. Does not engage in gossip or backbiting against the college or against his masters or companions.


  • appreciates the sacrifices his parents are making to give him a good education. Shows his appreciation and gratitude by steady work and by keeping his personal expenses as low as possible.


  • is polite. Always behaves as a gentleman.


  • is truthful and trustworthy. Any coward can tell lies, but it takes a man to tell the truth.


  • does not boast in victory; does not sulk in defeat. Is a good loser. Realizes that it is a far finer and a far harder thing to take a beating manfully than to conquer.


  • is clean of speech. Remember this: If a boy chooses to tell you dirty stories, it is because he thinks that you have a mind fit for sewage.


  • is always ready to help others. Is unselfish and considerate, prompt to give up his own wishes for others' convenience.


  • is not a coward before human respect. Will never offend God rather than his companions.


  • believes that "for a man to conquer himself is the first and best of all victories".

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