Similar to today’s need, students in 1931 wished to have more space for exercise. In Tsoi’s future world of 1981, the College had both basketball and volleyball courts and “a meadow for lawn tennis.” On both sides of the courts, “School rooms” designed by the “best of Architects,” “all two stories high, each with a balcony”. There was a gymnasium with so many “instruments for physical exercise” that it looked like a “machinery factory”. In Tsoi’s fantasy world, there was a “very spacious hall containing about eight hundred seats. Here, the boys assemble every morning and have their daily service”. To cap his mental journey, Tsoi was happy to find an “indoor swimming pool for the boys to use.” In closing, he wrote, “What a good old school it is, with a history of over a hundred years.”
It was interesting to see how a student in 1931, went on his imaginary trip into the future to tell us his dream campus. Coincidentally some of the features described are what the School Enhancement Project is trying to achieve. It includes a new and grand looking entrance with additional space for different activities; an all-weather indoor swimming pool; the creation of more space for music and sports practice; a gymnasium with modern equipments etc. It will be a premise our fellow alumni from the past would be proud of.
The major highlights of the second phase are the construction of the Entrance and Indoor Swimming Pool. To take a conservative approach, finance has to be secured for this phase before construction will commence. It is a very challenging goal in today’s environment, yet I am optimistic that it can still be realised with our fellow alumni digging deeper into their pockets. Among the many classes who have made contributions to Campaign Two, classes 1972 and 1975 are pursuing collective goals for the project. I hope other classes can follow the same footsteps.
Apart from the capital fund for the project, an Annual Giving Campaign will begin soon. The objective is to provide financial support for specific needs of students. One more time, let me stress that no matter how large or small your donation is, it is a showing of your care for St. Paul’s.
To start the ball rolling, the Annual Giving Committee is organising an Aroma Stone DIY e-Workshop online on Dec 13, 2020. It will be an enjoyable family activity and an opportunity to give to the Foundation. For further details, please refer to the information in this Newsletter.
Ian Chan Yau Nam (’67)
St. Paul’s College Foundation