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The Beginning

In 1967, the former Bishop of Hong Kong, Msgr. L. Bianchi invited the P.I.M.E. Sisters to start a Catholic secondary school for girls in Tsuen Wan. This invitation was then accepted and the first group of two sisters, Sr. Maddalena Pirodda and Sr. Theresa Pathickal, arrived in Hong Kong in September, 1968. In July the following year, the construction of the school building started.

Our school was named 'Pope Paul VI College' as the reigning Pope then was Pope Paul VI. Our school was also the first school sponsored by the P.I.M.E. Sisters in Hong Kong.

Pope Paul VI College opened its doors to the first group of students on 1st September, 1969 at the premises of Shek Lei Catholic Primary School which, at that time, was not operating the afternoon session. So our lessons were conducted only in the afternoon, and our classrooms occupied only one floor of the primary school building. Besides, our school started with 6 teachers and 220 students of form one only. The supervisor was Sr. Maddalena Pirodda and the Principal was Sr. Theresa Pathickal. At the time, no cultural or practical subjects were offered; moreover, the library and laboratories did not exist.

In August 1970, we were able to move to our own new school building. After settling down, our school began to develop from a humble beginning with 220 students and 6 teachers to the present when it is blooming with the energetic and happy faces of 58 teachers and more than eleven hundred young ladies.

 

 

Important Events

1969

 

In July, the construction of the school building started. 
In September, our school opened its doors to the first group of students at the premises of Shek Lei Catholic Primary School.
1970 In September, we moved to our new school building.

1971 On 24th May, the school was inaugurated by Mr. John Canning, Director of Education Department.

On 20th June, the school was blessed by Most Rev. Francis Hsu, Bishop of Hong Kong.

In October, the evening section of the school began for F.1-F.5 arts students.

1973 The 1st Sports Day was held.

The 1st Open Day was held.
1974 The first batch of F.5 students graduated.    
1975 A social worker from the Tsuen Wan Caritas began stationing in our school. 

In January, the 1st Speech Day was held.

In September, F.6 arts class was opened.

The Careers Section was established.

1976 In September, F.6 science class was opened. The Discipline Committee was set up
1977

The floating class system was introduced.

The school adopted a six-day cycle system.

The shrine 'Mother of the Saviour' was built at the school entrance.

The 'Student Representatives' was established.

1979 The 10th Anniversary Celebration and Open Day were held.
1980 Sr. Theresa was appointed as Supervisor of the school.

Sr. Ida Giacometti was appointed as Principal of the school.

Mr. C.K. Chan was appointed as Vice-Principal.

1981 The school organised its first parents'night.

1982 The Big Sister Scheme was set up.

'LINK', the school newspaper, was first published.

The evening section was closed. 

1976

In September, F.6 science class was opened.

The Discipline Committee was set up. 

1983 Remedial teaching was introduced to F.1 students.
1985 The School Counselling Team was set up.
1987 Two additional classrooms were built in the covered playground.
1989 Sr. Theresa left for Rome. Sr. Luigia was appointed as supervisor.

The 20th Anniversary Open Day was held.

The 20th Anniversary Scholarship Fund was set up.

The School Management Committee was open to non-P.I.M.E. members.

1990 Administrative work was computerized.

Sr. Ida, the school principal, was concurrently the school supervisor.

1992 Pope Paul VI College Alumnae Association was formally set up in June.
1993 Two additional classrooms were built in the covered playground.

The School Executive Consultative Committee was set up. 

1994 25th Anniversary Celebrations:Solemn Thanksgiving Mass in the Cathedral and Speech Day

The first Teacher's Handbook was compiled.

Miss C.W. Lam was appointed as Vice-Principal.

1995 Two more study rooms were opened for S.5, S.6 and S.7 students.
1996 The Staff Computer Room was opened.
1998 The school was placed on the 114 EMI schools list.

The Staff Development Committee, the School Homepage Committee, and the Language Across the Curriculum Committee were set up.

1999 The First Staff Development Day was held .

The 30th Anniversary Celebration and Open Day were held.

The website for the school homepage was set up.

The Parent-Teacher Association Preparatory Committee was set up.

2000 Sr. Ida Giacometti retired.

Mrs. K.C. Au was appointed Vice-Principal.

Mr. C.K. Chan was appointed Principal of the School.

The Parent-Teacher Association was set up.

The School Selection Board was set up.

The school brass band was set up.

2001 The Reading Promotion Committee and the Academic Committee were set up.

The Social Service Award was set up to put the school motto into practice.

The School Annex was opened in September.

The Students' Association was established to replace the Student Representatives.

2002 The Project-based Learning Committee was set up.

The Moral and Civic Education Committee was set up.

The 'One-pupil-one-service' Programme started.

The Multi-media Language Centre was established.

2003 Mr. C.K. Chan retired. Miss C.W. Lam was appointed Principal of the school.

Miss M.L. Cheung was appointed Vice-Principal.

The School Self-Evaluation Committee was set up.