School History

Road to Shine
  • 1911
  • 1911

    Mrs. Bigelow, from the United States, founded a school in Quanxi, Guangzhou, focusing on early childhood education.

  • 1921
  • 1921

    The Anglo-American Church bought a plot of land west of Guangzhou city, and built the primary school. The school began operating the next year.

  • 1932
  • 1932

    Principal LIU Fung Ling founded the private Heep Woh Girls’ Secondary School. The motto was ‘When you know the truth, the truth will set you free’.


  • 1937
  • 1937

    The Second Sino-Japanese War broke out. The school was moved to Macau the next year.

  • 1945
  • 1945

    The school returned to Guangzhou after the war.

  • 1947
  • 1947

    Principal LIU Fung Ling and Mrs. Schaefer rented No.22, Kent Road, Kowloon Tong for the primary school. The school was officially opened the next year.

  • 1956
  • 1956

    With the donation from the Presbyterian Church in the United States, the premises on Sai Yeung Choi Street was purchased. In the same year, the school succeeded in obtaining its premises on Prince Edward Road.

  • 1969
  • 1969

    The primary school switched to being government-subsidized. The plot in Tsz Wan Shan was obtained the same year, and Heep Woh College was built.

  • 1970
  • 1970

    Heep Woh College was established with its temporary campus at Heep Woh Primary School on Prince Edward Road. There were six classes in both F. 1 and F. 2. Reverend Bunton was the first supervisor. Mrs. YAU HO Yan Tak, Katherine, was the first principal.

  • 1971
  • 1971

    In January, the school was opened by the Hon. J. Canning, J.P., Director of Education; the school in Tsz Wan Shan officially started operating in September.

  • 1973
  • 1973

    Reverend WONG, Peter took after as the second supervisor.

  • 1974
  • 1974

    The number of classes increased to twenty-two.

  • 1975
  • 1975

    The Students’ Association was established.

  • 1984
  • 1984

    Reverend LEE Ching-Chee became the third supervisor; Mrs. KWOK LEUNG Kun Shing became the second principal.

  • 1985
  • 1985

    Reverend KWOK Nai Wang became the fourth supervisor.

  • 1986
  • 1986

    Celebration of 75th Anniversary

  • 1988
  • 1988

    Reverend YUNG Kok Kwong became the fifth supervisor.

  • 1991
  • 1991

    Celebration of 80th Anniversary

  • 1992
  • 1992

    Mr. SOO Yee Yau, Hudson became the third principal.

  • 1993
  • 1993

    • The Alumni Association was re-established.
    • The Parents-Teachers’ Association was established.

    • Reverend NG Chun Chi became the sixth supervisor.

  • 1994
  • 1994

    Ms. LAM Yee Wah, Evelyn became the fourth principal.

  • 1995
  • 1995

    Reverend WU Ping Kit became the seventh supervisor.

  • 1996
  • 1996
    • Celebration of 85th Anniversary
    • The theme ‘Develop full potential ability, maintain moral integrity and nurture good habits’ was adopted.
  • 1997
  • 1997

    Reverend LUK Fai became the eighth supervisor.

  • 1998
  • 1998

    The School Management Committee was formed with members including the supervisor, the school managers, the principal and the vice-principals, representatives from the teaching staff, a representative from the Hong Kong Council of The Church of Christ in China and, representatives from both parents and alumni.

  • 1999
  • 1999

    In accordance with the language policy standards set by the Education and Manpower Bureau, the school continued using English as a medium of instruction.

  • 2000
  • 2000

    Dr. CHEUNG WONG Wan Yiu, J.P. M.B.E. became the ninth supervisor.

  • 2001
  • 2001
    • School Improvement Project (SIP) started with our alumnus Dr. WONG Kwok Chun as the honorary consultant.

    • Establishment of Heep Woh Church in the school.
    • Celebration of 90th Anniversary
    • Theme of the year: Passion for Life, Passion for Learning.
  • 2003
  • 2003

    Dr. WONG Sing Wing, Dennis became the tenth supervisor.

  • 2004
  • 2004

    Visit by Chief Executive The Hon. Mr. TUNG Chee Hwa on 25th February. Mr. Tung visited classes and had a talk with the student leaders.

  • 2005
  • 2005
    • EMB External School Review on 9th, 16th – 21st March.
    • Theme of the year: ‘Flourish in Harmony; Stretch for Excellence’.
  • 2006
  • 2006
    • Celebration of 95th Anniversary.
    • The New Annex Dedication was officiated by Ms. TANG Chung Man Victoria, J.P., District Office, Wong Tai Sin District Office, Home Affairs Department and Rev. SO Shing Yit, Eric.
  • 2007
  • 2007

    Theme of the year: Strive for Excellence; Broaden our Horizons.

  • 2009
  • 2009
    • Mr. CHU Kai Wing became the fifth principal.
    • Prof. CHAN Ying Wing became the eleventh supervisor.

    • Theme of the year: Let our light shine.
  • 2010
  • 2010
    • Heep Woh College celebrated our 40th Anniversary. The Reunion Dinner, with more than 1200 alumni and friends participating, was held on campus. The Anniversary Year concluded with a musical “The Old School Tie” held at the ICQM.
  • 2011
  • 2011

    Heep Woh Centenary Banquet was held in Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre.

  • 2013
  • 2013
    • Our graduate, TSANG Yee Wai attained 5** in all seven subjects she sat for in the 2013 HKDSE.

    • CCC Heep Woh College was the first school in Asia awarded as one of the winners of the HK MAKE Award 2013 – 2015, the Asian MAKE Award 2014 and the Best Knowledge Culture Award (HK MAKE) 2014.

    • EDB External School Review on 18th, 20th to 22nd and 27th February.
    • Theme of the year: Renewing Our Mind; Soaring High Up in the Sky.
  • 2014
  • 2014
    • Three S6 students, MAK Kin Wing, LEUNG Ho Kwan and LAM Ka Chun, won a championship in the Open Category of World Robot Olympiad 2014 in Russia.

    • Naming ceremony of Function Hall as Mr. KWAN Man Biu Function Hall and Room 313 as Mrs. KWAN Yau Kam Luen Chinese Language & Chinese History Learning Centre.
  • 2015
  • 2015
    • Prof. SHUM Kwok Ying Daisy became the twelfth supervisor.
    • Theme of the year: Discern Truths & Excel in Diligence.
  • 2016
  • 2016

    Theme of the year: Love ourselves, Care about others.

  • 2017
  • 2017

    Theme of the year: Care about the needy, Achieve justice.

  • 2018
  • 2018

    Theme of the year: Transform our mindset; Stretch our potential.

  • 2020
  • 2020

    Celebration of HWC 50th Anniversary. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most celebratory events had to be either cancelled or postponed.

  • 2021
  • 2021

    Dr. KAO Yi Tsun Richard became the thirteenth supervisor.

    Theme of the year: Overcoming Adversity.


With God We Shine