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Founder’s Day Kicks Off 80th Anniversary of Yew Chung    

September 21. 2012

Yew Chung is celebrating its 80th anniversary in the 2012/2013 academic year. On September 21, 2012, Yew Chung held its inaugural Founder’s Day to honour its founder, Madam Tsang Chor-hang, and to launch the 80th anniversary celebrations. Over 5,500 students and 1,500 staff members from all Yew Chung International School (YCIS) campuses across Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Qingdao in China, and Silicon Valley in the US gathered for a day of activities and special acknowledgements to recognise the milestone.

YCIS Hong Kong celebrated the first year of the Founder’s Day with sports opportunities that enhanced the school’s spirit at the Tseung Kwan O Sports Ground. Yew Chung’s alumni including Dr Tso Wung-wai, Mr Paul Chan, Mr Leung Tak-yan and Rev. Tsang Kwok-wai were present as guests of honour. Some of these guests are as old as 80 years old, which signified the 80 years of Yew Chung’s education.

During the launching ceremony, Director of YCIS Dr Betty Chan Po-king, herself a Yew Chung alumna and daughter of Madam Tsang, said the Founder’s Day is established to cherish the foundation laid by Madam Tsang for Yew Chung. “Hau Cheung Po Po [Madam Tsang] created Yew Chung 80 years ago with a sense of mission. She placed great importance on whole person education, insisted on education on fundamentals, and tried to send the most precious message to our children, so that they understand the fragility of human and the great love of God. She believed this is the best gift for children.” Dr Chan inherited her mother’s vision and expanded it from the 1980s into international education and eventually into the global education system Yew Chung has today.

The launching ceremony was followed by a walkathon in which Primary and Secondary students, parents, alumni and staff members enjoyed a relaxing afternoon in early autumn. Meanwhile, the ECE children had parent-child activities on the sports ground. Coming next was a soccer game between the students and the teachers. With the Boys A team capturing a 7-1 victory over the teachers’ team, the game brought an exciting end to the Founder’s Day celebration.

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