KGV History

By Laiw4
  • School Opened

    King George V School opened on Nathan Road, originally to favors the British people living in Kowloon.
  • School Destroyed

    The school was destroyed by a typhoon and was left unmoved for 6 years.
  • School Reopened as Kowloon Collage

    After the great typhoon, the school rebuilt 6 years later.
  • Bigger School

    By 1930, the number of students had grown to 300. The principle at that time, Mr Nightingale, asked for a bigger school. Mr Rowell, the designer designed that school.
  • New Campus

    The new campus has now been built on a new campus. It has also been renamed to Kowloon British School. The new school headmaster is named Reverend Upsdell. The school site then is still the same as now.
  • Start of WW2

    The Japanese army invaded China and many European women and children were evacuated from Shanghai to Hong Kong. They needed a place to stay in the summer and the school was used as a refugee camp.
  • Peel Block Completed

    Peel Block is created named after the governor Sir William Peel.
  • School Stoppd

    As world war II developed, the government started to worry about the safety of children and didn't allow them to attend.
  • Children and Women evacuation

    The government ordered the evacuation of European women and children from Hong Kong.
  • Pavilion

    Built in 1940, this block occupies the south-west corner of the school field. Prior to the reconstruction of the field, two classrooms were housed in this block, and storage shed and maintenance shed occupied the ground floor. The classrooms have now been converted into changing rooms. Although there is no conclusive evidence, it is believed by some students and teachers that the Pavilion was used as a torture chamber during World War II when the Japanese occupied the school.
  • Famous line on School Entrance

    "Never in the field of human conflict" – a reference to Winston Churchill's famous speech given to the British Parliament on 20 August 1940 – to remind future pupils of the value of peace. To this day the quote still remains at the Hall's main entrance.
  • School Reopened

    The school has reopened after WWII during the summer.
  • Change in School History

    The school started to allow children of all nationalities. This is when it truly became an International School.
  • Born of King George V School

    The school is now renamed to King George V School since the school is now not only British pupils. This is also when the foundation stone is laid of the peel block.
  • New block

    Situated on the south side of the campus, New Block, completed in 1964, is three stories tall is currently home to a range of classrooms, a computer help centre and a nurse room.
  • Swimming Pool

    Built in 1979 the school's swimming pool is located behind the Peel Block. It is a 25-metre swimming pool with six lanes, normally in operation from April to November. As well as for sports, it plays host to a variety of activities such as D-Day emulations by the history department and re-enactments of the Red Sea Crossing by the Religious Studies department.
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    KGV Joined the English School Foundation.

    Principal Angela Smith decided that KGV should join the English Schools Foundation, and by 1981, the transfer was fully complete.
  • Activities Centre

    Completed in 1983, the Activities Centre formerly consisted of two Drama Studios, Drama Office and P.E. changing rooms. The Activities Centre now houses one of three Art Studios on campus and three P.E. rooms.
  • Link Block

    Built in 1984, this five-storey building links the New Block, the Peel Block and the Activities Centre, with covered walkways on connecting floors. This building houses Design and Technology, Mathematics, English and Media classrooms, art studios, pastoral offices, and computer labs.
  • Jockey Club Sarah Roe School

    The Jockey Club Sarah Roe Centre (JCSRC) was built in 1986 with funds donated from the then Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club and named after Mrs. Sarah Roe, an occupational therapist, who was a founder of the Child Development Centre at the Matilda Hospital. It originally contained the Jockey Club Sarah Roe School on the ground floor.
  • Sarah Roe School/ Senior Student Centre/ Vertical Extension

    Completed in 1996. The Hong Kong Jockey Club Sarah Roe School (JCSRS) is housed on the KGV site, and occupies the first and parts of the second story of this building.
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    B Block

    Built in 1999, these ground-floor classrooms were meant as "temporary" classrooms, but as KGV grew, these classrooms became necessary and thus became a permanent fixture until in October 2014, when a planned piazza was going to be built where the B-block stood and now because of construction, the B-block has been demolished. Now, in place of the B-block is the quite newly opened Piazza.
  • Vertical Extension

    In 2001, a vertical extension to the building was completed. The fourth floor of this building provides ten more classrooms as well as one of the four computer labs in campus. The roof of the building has two tennis courts. These replaced the tennis courts which were previously on the ground floor before this building was erected.
  • Change to IB

    Starting from September 2007, KGV replaced the existing British A-Level Program with the International Baccalaureate, offering the Diploma Programme. All students have to complete the core syllabus, consisting of an Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge and Creativity, Action, Service. The school is the largest IB school in the world.
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    Winning of the 15s, 10s and 7s tournament

    In the 2007–2008 term, the A-grade rugby team won the 15s, 10s and 7s tournament; this had not been achieved before in the history of the school
  • Octopus System

    In September 2008, KGV introduced an Octopus smart-card registration system, replacing paper registration (attendance).
  • Wifi Installation

    During the summer of 2009, the school installed WiFi coverage over the entire school, making it possible to have high speed Internet connection throughout the site.
  • Winning the Bauhinia Bowl

    In 2009, the KGV won the Bauhinia Bowl, marking it as the best co-educational sporting school in Hong Kong for the academic year 2008–2009.
  • Other option of A Level

    From September 2011 the school replaced the A-Level Programme (which was an option for students who did not want to take IB) with the BTEC International Diploma – a vocational course.
  • Girls Lacrosse

    Girl's Lacrosse was introduced in 2011. It first started off as a small group of enthusiastic students but as time passed, more people were motivated to join as well.
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    A Grade Boys Basketball

    The season of 2011 – 2012, KGV A-grade boys basketball team had won the HKSSF Division 3 basketball championship, it was first time for KGV basketball to win a championship.
  • Most People Planking Simultaneously Guinness record

    This is the second world record broken by the school, the other being 'Most People Planking Simultaneously' with 1,549 students on 16 December 2011.
  • Girls Lacrosse

    n May 2012, the KGV Girls' Lacrosse Team joined the Hong Kong Lacrosse League, which was between 2 adult teams and HKIS.
  • Science Block

    Built in 2013 the Science Block is a five storey building built on the former Annex Block, besides the New Block. This building mainly houses science laboratories, but other facilities are also found on the block, the Guilford Lecture Theatre covers the ground level of the building. On the roof is a rooftop garden for students to use during break and lunchtimes. There is a link between the second floor Science Block that allows students to access the third floor of the New Block.
  • Performing Art Building

    Built in 2013, the Performing Arts Centre, is a five storey building built on the former canteen area and PTSA store, behind the Peel Block and beside the Swimming Pool. The building hosts a canteen, the Music Department, drama studios and changing rooms. Similar to the Science Block, the Performing Arts Centre also features a rooftop centre, the rooftop garden includes a small amphitheatre for any performing uses.
  • Field Reopened and Guinness record

    The field was reopened on 29 April 2014 after a HK$34 million renovation. On the opening day, 575 students broke the Guinness World Record of 'Most Participants in a Bleep Test', previously held by a college in Australia.
  • Field Rebuilt and World Record

    In 2014, the field was rebuilt and to celebrate, the school went for the world record of Most People Participating in the Multi-Stage Fitness Test.