In the mid-1970s, 9-year free education was implemented in Hong Kong. As a result, there was a high demand for secondary school places. Discussion between The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong and the Education Department ensued and it was agreed that the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong would utilise the grounds of Shek Kip Mei Government Primary School on Nam Cheong Street and set up a co-educational grammar secondary school.
In September 1977, with Mr. Chu Fu Yau as the Principal, St. Francis of Assisi’s College was officially set up. There were four form one classes. As renovation work had not yet been completed, the school operated on the campus of Pak Tin Catholic Primary School. One month later, the school moved in and shared the premises with Shek Kip Mei Primary School. It was not until 1980 that the school took over the entire campus and the number of classes increased to twelve.
As the school gradually developed, the students achieved excellent academic results as well as achievements in sports, art and civil education. In 1990, due to the lack of campus space, the School Management Committee proposed to relocate the school to Fanling. With full support from the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, relocation work officially started.
In the mid-1990s, the new towns in Hong Kong were developing rapidly. There was a growing demand for secondary school places in North District. After moving from an urban area to Fanling, St Francis of Assisi’s College began serving the district.
In September 1993, led by Principal Chu Fu Yau, classes in the new campus officially started. There were nine F.1 and six F.4 classes – fifteen classes in total. Vice-Principal Yung Ho Do stayed in Shek Kip Mei and became the Principal during the transition period. F.1 admission was then suspended and the number of classes in Shek Kip Mei decreased year by year. In 1997, the last batch of F.5 students graduated and this chapter finally came to an end.
The new school campus was built according to the latest models at that time, with excellent facilities. There were 26 classrooms, 15 special room, an assembly hall separated from the main building, a standard basketball court and a covered playground. Combining the finest traditions, the newest facilities and the variety of the school curriculum, our students are equipped with holistic education.
In 2000, Principal Chu Fu Yau was transferred to another school. Vice-Principal Mr. Yung Ho Do was appointed as the Acting Principal and was succeeded by Mr. Choy Ko Leung in 2001. Vice-Principal Mr. Yung Ho Do finished writing the school song in the same year, symbolising the new beginning of the school’s millennial decade.
Academically, our students achieved outstanding performance in public examinations. In order to provide sufficient space for co-curricular activities, the new wing was completed, adding a modern computer room, a dance studio, a Student Union room…etc. As for the curriculum development, teachers were given full support to prepare for the New Senior Secondary academic structure. Stepping into the millennium and following closely on the trends in education, a series of teachers’ professional development activities were organised to enhance their information technology literacy, which in turn enriched the interactive learning and teaching experiences in the lessons.
During the decade, the school experienced its 25th, 30th and 35th anniversaries. Through the celebrations, students, teachers, alumni and parents deepened their connections with the school’s vision and worked together to realise it. With the school’s mottos ‘cultivating virtues and advancing studies, respecting God and loving people, upholding peace, kindness and the Franciscan spirit’, concerted efforts were made to develop the school.
From decades of tradition, the school has aspired to serve the students in North District. Mr. Lau Man Kit and Dr. Yick Ho Kuen succeeded as the Principal in 2012 and 2017 respectively and we continue to realise the school’s mission.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the school, a series of celebration activities including Francesco English Musical, 40th Anniversary Mass, 40th Anniversary Dinner and the Catholic Pilgrimage to Assisi were held in 2016, allowing everyone to experience God’s blessing. With the Franciscan Spirit, caring for the poor, respecting God and loving people, the school continues to spread the good news of gospel.
From 2017, the school has been determined to promote Values Education, upholding and passing on the five core values in Catholic Education through creating a religious environment and cultivating an atmosphere for spiritual formation. Also, the school is keen on broadening learning experiences for students to explore potential and boost confidence, enabling them to fully utilise their talents.