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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 These two phases also included the conversion of outdated rooms such as staff rooms and the students’ library, and some other rooms in the teaching block and the Gordon Wu Building.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.
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
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
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)
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
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.
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
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
Please click the following thumbnails
to view larger photos:
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 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 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 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
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!
Wu '58 has made a generous $5M donation. Dr. Chung Ka Leung '70
and the Class of '75 have also made significant donations.