Belilios Public School
|Belilios Public School|
Climb High See Wide
|51 Tin Hau Temple Road, Hong Kong|
|Principal||Mrs Ng Chan Suk Yee|
|Number of students||1000 students|
|Colour(s)||Green and orange|
|Medium of instruction||English|
Belilios Public School (Chinese: 庇理羅士女子中學, abbreviated as BPS) is the first government school for girls in Hong Kong, founded in 1890. It was also the first bilingual school in Hong Kong.
In 1890, the Hong Kong Government set up the Central School for Girls at Old Bailey Street as the counterpart to the Central School (Queen's College, Hong Kong). Mr. E. R. Belilios, a Jewish philanthropist donated HK$ 25 000 for a new building for the Central School for Girls in 1893, at the old site of Central School where a three-storeyed building was erected between Hollywood Road and Gough Street.
The school was renamed Belilios Public School in honour of Mr. Belilios. In 1946 after the Second World War, BPS moved to Hospital Road. In April 1965, the school moved again, to its present premises in Tin Hau Temple Road. To mark the occasion, a new school motto Climb High, See Wide, a school song and a new school badge were created.
Successful opium trader Emanuel Raphael Belilios was born in Calcutta, India, on 14 November 1837. His father was Raphael Emanuel Belilios, member of a Jewish Venetian family. Emanuel married Simha Ezra in 1855, and in 1862 he settled in Hong Kong and engaged in trade. Belilios had a house in the mid-levels, and another on the Peak of Hong Kong Island. He kept a camel at his peak residence.
In the 1870s, Belilios was chairman of the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited. In 1876, he became Chairman of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. Belilios died in London on 11 November 1905.
“Thirty years after he set foot on Hong Kong, he was appointed to the Legislative Council in recognition of his many contributions to Hong Kong society. However, Mr. Belilios was best remembered for being a great philanthropist. Before he made the $25,000 donation to enable our school to have a new 3-storeyed building, he had donated $5,000, one third of the total costs for setting up the Alice Memorial Hospital, which served as one of the major teaching hospitals for students of the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese (which later became the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong). With a view to promoting the welfare and education of Chinese girls who were driven to crimes and prostitution by poverty, Mr Belilios also made available the funding for establishing a probation home for girls. There was and is also an abundance of scholarships established with Mr Belilios' donations either during his lifetime or upon death. They have enabled needy students to pursue education at the universities.”
There are 26 classes, 4 classes for F.1- F.4 and 5 classes for F.5-F.6.
BPS is one of the most prestigious secondary schools in Hong Kong. While the students generally achieve a high academic performance, the school promotes also all-rounded development in different fields of arts, music and sports. Entrance hurdles are high and the school is reputed to have one of the toughest admission criteria in Hong Kong.
The following were achievements in year 2003/04 –
- The 55th Hong Kong Schools Speech Festival: 17 Champions, 23 First runners-up in the English section; 28 Champions, 25 First runners-up in the Chinese section.
- One pupil was awarded the Champion in English in the Air 2003–2004 (Lizzie McGuire)
- In the 2004 Hong Kong Odyssey of the Mind Competition: Second runner-up, Best Creativity and Merit Prize.
- 2004 Hong Kong Student Science Project Competition: two groups of pupils entered the final round and one of them obtained the Honourable Mention; one pupil won 2nd Prize in the Award Scheme for Tomorrow’s Scientists of the Nation.
- The 40th Schools Dance Festival: the Honour Award in the Chinese Dance Section.
- The 56th Schools Music Festival: 14 Champions, 19 First runners-up
- Two pupil won 2nd and merit prizes respectively in the Environmental Protection Essay Competition organized by the International Lions Club
- The school Athletics Team was promoted to Division Two in the 2004–2005 school year;
- The Basketball Team and the Badminton Team : First runner-up in Division One of Hong Kong Island.
- The Table Tennis Team : Second runner-up in Division One
- The Squash Team : Overall Champion; a member of the Squash Team received the Outstanding School Athlete Award 2003–2004 and was elected Outstanding Athlete in Squash in the BOCHK Bauhinia Bowl, and First runner-up in the “Student Sportsperson of the Year” organized by the South China Morning Post.
- Lee Sun Chau (周理信, 1890–1979) – One of the first female Chinese doctors of Western medicine in China.
- Tak-Hing Sin (單德馨) – The first Executive Secretary (Director) of the Hong Kong Young Women’s Christian Association (classmate of Lee-Sun Chau 周理信)
- Denise Yue – Former Secretary for the Civil Service and former Permanent Secretary for Commerce, Industry and Technology (Commerce and Industry)
- Nellie Fong – Former member of the Executive Council of Hong Kong and Legislative Council of Hong Kong
- Professor Icy Lee - Professor, Chair of Department of Curriculum and Instruction, CUHK
- Canny Leung (梁芷珊) – Entrepreneur, author, lyricist and screenwriter
- Money Lo (盧敏儀) – Practising barrister and former actress
- Lana Wong (黃夏蕙) – Actress
- Hilary Tsui (徐濠縈) – Actress
- Charmaine Li (李思欣) - Actress
- Eric So (蘇文極) - Isabella Chau's classmate
- "登高見博" the noble scholar's rule
- Shines in the crest and spirit of our school
- Climb High See Wide, the hope the will the pride
- of girls of Belilios through the generations
- High'r ever high'r, we year by precious year
- Climb learning's peaks for vision wide and clear
- On wisdom's wings aloft and soaring free
- Find understanding, truth and harmony
- Exalt our school, enriched by history
- her treasures learning and humanity
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- Belilios Public School Official Website
- Belilios Old Girls Association
- Belilios Old Girls Foundation
- The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited: History
- Royal Asiatic Society Hong Kong Branch Newsletter, December 2004