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OBOEDIENTIA ET PAX (OBEDIENCE AND PEACE)

 
 

Our school is a Catholic secondary school named after Saint Peter, the Apostle.

It is our wish that all staff and students would understand the spirit of the Gospel of Christ, follow the edifying example of St. Peter ---- to be zealous and upright, simple and generous, courageous enough to undergo self-renewal, willing to make commitments, always embracing hope ---- and put into practice the school motto of "submission to truth and upkeep of peace."

Following the educational ideals of the Catholic Church, we aim at the formation of the whole person. Apart from transmitting academic knowledge, we place emphasis on moulding the characters of our students, guiding them to develop themselves concurrently in body, mind and spirit, in interpersonal relationship and social responsibilities, so that each student will grow into a cultured person with a sense of commitment toward the community and the nation.

We endeavour to provide an ideal learning environment and a balanced education for our students. The philosophy of "moral, intellectual, physical, social and aesthetic education" forms the basis for curriculum design with a view to helping students to acquire multi-disciplinary knowledge and skills, as well as to develop their abilities of independent thinking and sound judgement. At the same time, we also encourage students to participate actively in extra-curricular activities, in order to develop their individual potential, as well as to foster a spirit of co-operation and service.

 

 

As early as the late 1950's, the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, having founded a new primary school in Aberdeen, was planning for an Anglo-Chinese secondary grammar school, the first of its kind for the local community. In the summer of 1965, the school, designed initially to admit boys only, was completed and named after Saint Peter, the patron saint of the parish. There were only 9 junior secondary classes at the beginning, but in two years the school was operating 15 classes, ranging from Form I to V. From 1972 onwards, the Diocese and the Management Committee of the school applied repeatedly to the Education Department for the much needed subsidies to build a new assembly hall and additional special rooms. Numerous insurmountable difficulties were encountered while awaiting approval. Consequently, the extension building project, which had been altered many times, was delayed for nearly two decades. Since 1976 the school has operated floating classes at the request of the government. As a result, the number of operating classes increased gradually from 15 to 18. After years of efforts, the school finally obtained approval to offer a hard-won A-level Science class in 1982, and an additional A-level Arts class in the following year. The number of operating classes thus reached 19 in 1984.

In 1987, the government eventually approved the extension building project and agreed to subsidize its cost. Apart from providing an assembly hall and other facilities, it would relocate the primary section to a new purpose-built primary school in Lei Tung Estate, Ap Lei Chau, and convert the vacated building into an annexe of the secondary school. When the site formation works were completed in 1989, the building works were again deferred because of an acute rise in the construction cost. The works resumed only in 1992 and were completed a year later. By September 1993, the number of operating classes reached 24, ranging from Form I to VII, including 4 classes in each level between Form I and V, and 2 each at Form VI and VII. The school has also begun to admit both boys and girls from September 1995 onwards, thus offering equal opportunity to pupils of the two co-educational primary schools affiliated to the parish. Moreover, since the completion of its extension, the school has been seeking vigorously to further upgrade its infrastructure, and has submitted plans to the government for its relocation to a new school site nearby.

 
 

The school comprises three buildings. In addition to the standard facilities of an aided secondary school, there are a multi-media learning centre, a preparation room for IT teaching material, a language room, a computer room and a multi-functional room. The hall and all rooms have been air-conditioned and installed with multi-media projection systems and network nodes. A wireless network system is also provided for the hall, covered playground, basketball court and podium.