History & Development
The historical background and important events of
St. Bonaventure Catholic Primary School
Rev. Tchang Tsun-hsien and several warm-hearted Catholic followers first constructed some simple classrooms near Lake Ducklings at Mo Fan Village in Kowloon Tong, intended to provide education to the refugee children who lived in squatter areas such as Wang Tau Hom.
In Autumn that year, literacy courses were offered. Evening religious courses were also set up to spread the Gospel of our Savior to the villagers.
Rev. Tchang Tsun-hsien ran a two-classroom school, with two morning and two afternoon classes. The school was formally registered in the Education Department as ‘Kowloon Tong Mo Fan Village Catholic School'.
Kowloon Tong Mo Fan Village Catholic School (Premises at Mo Fan Village) 1959-1960
Father Tchang and a number of warm-hearted Catholic followers made use of the construction materials left after stone house demolitions to build more classrooms to allow children coming from different areas to apply for a place in the school.
Typhoon "Vann" attacked Hong Kong. The four buildings of the school blew down, leaving behind only the strong stone walls. Fortunately, Brother Henry Pang, the then Headmaster of La Salle Primary School let the school use the classrooms in their school premises to carry on teaching the pupils. Two months later, thanks to the donations of some warm-hearted Catholic followers abroad and in Hong Kong, not only could the premises be re-built, several more buildings could also be constructed. What followed were the establishment of the children's musical instrument courses, the school band and the football team. The remarkable academic achievements and the balanced development of the five aspects of education of the pupils have attracted more and more learners to come to the school.
Education was extended to the secondary level. Facilities including a laboratory, table-tennis room and canteen were built. In addition, an artificial rock on which the statue of St. Joseph was put respectfully was constructed.
At the beginning of the year, the Education Department offered the primary school a new location in Tsz Wan Shan. Meanwhile, the new premises at the present address of St. Bonaventure College were also built for the secondary school. Since the move, the school was re-named as "St. Bonaventure School" and was subsidized by the government.
New students were recruited in July. As there were numerous applications, a total of 34 classes including P.1-6, morning and afternoon classes were opened in September. The number of classes was extended to 38 the following year and 48 the third year.
St. Bonaventure School (Tsz Wan Shan Premises) 1966-1991
There were totally 48 classes in the morning and the afternoon sessions.
Father Cheung, the school-founder supervisor died of illness on 21st June in Shaanxi.
The "Rev. Tchang Scholarship" was established to award teachers who strived to further their study. Remedial classes were set up. A moral education period and a library period were included in the weekly timetable.
Putonghua lessons were offered. The Parent-teacher Association was founded with over 500 members.
The School moved to the premises in Fung Tak Estate in Diamond Hill and was re-named as "St. Bonaventure Catholic Primary School".
St. Bonaventure Catholic Primary School (The present premises in Diamond Hill) 1991-present
The school was turned into a whole-day school, with a total of 30 classes from P.1 to P.6.
The Alumni Association was established. The establishment ceremony and the general meeting thereof were held.
The extension of the school premises was completed, providing the teachers and students a better environment to teach and learn.
The religious corner called ‘The Fountain of Promise" was built for honouring Holy Mary, Mother of God. Since then, it has become a place where our students often pray and build up their spiritual strength.
Our school celebrated the 40th Anniversary of its establishment. A grand performance function was held to raise fund for re-construction of some collapsible school buildings in the mountain areas in Mainland China.
One of the classes of P.1 was turned into an EMI one, with Mathematics and General Studies taught in the medium of English. The aim was to provide an opportunity of English immersion and thus maximum second language exposure for some of our students.
To match up with the e-learning scheme, P.1 classrooms were converted into electronic cones.
To celebrate its 25th Anniversary, the Parent-Teacher Association had an annual meeting named ‘Flying Over Silver Jubilee'. Our school celebrated its 45th anniversary with the Alumni Day.
1st Swimming Gala
Build Up Green Campus Lives In Green Wall
50th School Anniversary
Opening of Play Room and Reading Zone