St. Francis Xavier’s College

St. Francis Xavier’s College (SFXC; Chinese: 聖芳濟書院 or 聖芳濟 in short) is a Catholicsecondary school for boys, located in Tai Kok Tsui, Yau Tsim Mong District,[1] Kowloon, Hong Kong. The school in Kowloon was founded in 1955, having moved from Shanghai, China. Except for lessons in foreign languages and Chinese, most lessons are taught in English.

This article is about a school in Kowloon, Hong Kong. For other schools with similar names, see List of schools named after Francis Xavier.
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Catholic, secondary school in Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong
St. Francis Xavier’s College

45 Sycamore Street

Type Catholic, Secondary
Motto Latin: Suaviter in Modo; Fortiter in Re
(Gentle In Manner; Resolute In Action)
Religious affiliation(s) Catholic
Established 9 December 1955; 66 years ago (1955-12-09)
Principal Mr. Iu Kwong Chi
Faculty 51
Gender Boys School
Enrollment 700
Language English, Chinese
St. Francis Xaviers College
Traditional Chinese 聖芳濟書院
Simplified Chinese 圣芳济书院
Standard Mandarin
Hanyu Pinyin Shèng Fāngjì Shūyuàn
Yue: Cantonese
Jyutping sing3 fong1 zai3 syu1 jyun6*2
The relationship between SFXC and Marist Brothers

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The school was founded by Jesuit Fathers in Shanghai in 1874, later in 1893 Marist Brothers were invited to teach in the college and took over full responsibility of it in 1895. Due to the religion policies of the Communist China, the Brothers were forced to leave Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong in 1949. The college was rebuilt and classes were resumed in Tai Kok Tsui at the junction of Maple Street and Sycamore Street (K.I.L. 6421) on 9 December 1955 and named St. Francis Xavier’s College to emphasize the direct link with St. Francis Xavier’s College, Shanghai.[2]

The new wing

This school has over 700 students, more than 50 local teachers and one foreign teacher. The present Principal is Mr. Iu Kwong Chi who was appointed in 2013.

Students usually call themselves Xaverians.

The school motto is “Gentle in Manner, Resolute in Action”. (Latin: Suaviter in modo Fortiter in re; 溫良剛毅)

This school is one of the three in Hong Kong that allows students to wear different coloured sports shoes to school, which is its characteristic. There are only ten school regulations, and they mostly cover actions to be taken when regulations are broken.

Students usually offer a short prayer before classes or in morning assemblies with ‘Our Father‘, and will usually end the prayer with:

Lead: Saint Marcellin Champagnat,
Answer: Pray for us;
Lead: Saint Francis Xavier,
Answer: Pray for us.

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