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Belilios Public School
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51 Tin Hau Temple Road, North Point, Hong Kong
MottoClimb High See Wide
PrincipalMs Wong Fei
Number of students850 students
Colour(s)Green and orange    
Medium of instructionEnglish
Belilios Public School
Traditional Chinese庇理羅士女子中學
Simplified Chinese庇理罗士女子中学
Literal meaningBelilios Girls' Secondary School

Belilios Public School (Chinese: 庇理羅士女子中學, abbreviated as BPS) is the first government school for girls in Hong Kong, founded in 1890. It was also the first bilingual school in Hong Kong. It is in Tin Hau.


In 1890, the Hong Kong Government set up the Central School for Girls at Old Bailey Street[1] as the counterpart to the Central School (Queen's College, Hong Kong). Mr. Emanual R. Belilios, a Jewish philanthropist donated HK$ 25 000 for a new building for the Central School for Girls in 1893, at the old site of Central School where a three-storeyed building was erected between Hollywood Road and Gough Street.

The school was renamed Belilios Public School in honour of Mr. Belilios. In 1946 after the Second World War, BPS moved to Hospital Road. In April 1965, the school moved again, to its present premises in Tin Hau Temple Road. To mark the occasion, a new school motto (Climb High, See Wide), a school song and a new school badge were created.


Belilios Public School in 1897.
Belilios Public School in 1897.
Belilios Public School in 2005.
Belilios Public School in 2005.

The successful opium trader[2] Emanuel Raphael Belilios was born in Calcutta, India, on 14 November 1837. His father was Raphael Emanuel Belilios, member of a Jewish Venetian family. Emanuel married Simha Ezra in 1855, and in 1862 he settled in Hong Kong and engaged in trade. Belilios had a house in the mid-levels, and another on the Peak of Hong Kong Island. He kept a camel at his peak residence.[3]

In the 1870s, Belilios was chairman of the Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited.[4] In 1876, he became Chairman of the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation. Belilios died in London on 11 November 1905.

"Thirty years after he set foot on Hong Kong, he was appointed to the Legislative Council in recognition of his many contributions to Hong Kong society. However, Mr. Belilios was best remembered for being a great philanthropist. Before he made the $25,000 donation to enable our school to have a new 3-storeyed building, he had donated $5,000, one third of the total costs for setting up the Alice Memorial Hospital, which served as one of the major teaching hospitals for students of the Hong Kong College of Medicine for Chinese (which later became the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Hong Kong). With a view to promoting the welfare and education of Chinese girls who were driven to crimes and prostitution by poverty, Mr Belilios also made available the funding for establishing a probation home for girls. There was and is also an abundance of scholarships established with Mr Belilios' donations either during his lifetime or upon death. They have enabled needy students to pursue education at the universities".[5]

Class Structure

There are 24 classes; this includes 4 classes (B,P,S,H) each for F.1- F.6.


House Name Color
Yan House Blue
Yee House Yellow
Lai House Green
Chee House Red


BPS is one of the most prestigious secondary schools in Hong Kong. While its students generally achieve superb academic results, the school promotes also all-rounded development in different fields of arts, music and sports. Entrance hurdles are high and the school is reputed to have one of the toughest admission criteria in Hong Kong.

The following were its achievements in the year 2020/21 –

Student Honour List / Scholarship

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Faculty of Social Science Architectural Studies Head’s List (Service); Dean’s List

Admission Scholarships for Local Students; CW Chu Foundation Scholarship

Journalism and Communication Talent Development Scholarship

Global Communication Lanson Exchange Scholarships

Wu Yee Sun College -- Academic Excellence Scholarship; Social Services Award

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

School of Business and Management BBA(ACCT &IS) Dean’s List (2019-20 Spring)

BBA(FINA & IS) Academic Exchange – Queen’s University (2019-20 Spring)

BBA(GBUS & MARK) University Scholarship

BBA(IS & MARK) Dean’s List (2019-20 Spring)

BSc(QFIN) Dean’s List (2019-20 Fall);

Dean’s List (2019-20 Spring);

HSBC Hong Kong Scholarship;

The Joseph Lau Luen Hung Charitable Trust Scholarship

Business and Management Dean’s List (2019-20 Spring)

School of Engineering -- Dean's list Award 2019-20

Hong Kong Baptist University

Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in English Language and Literature Dean’s List (Semester 1)

Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons.) (Applied Economics Concentration) Dean’s List (Semester 1, 2)

Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons.) (Finance Concentration) Dean’s List (Semester 1);

President’s Honour Roll (Semester 2)

Bachelor of Chinese Medicine and Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Biomedical Science Dean’s List (Semester 1); President’s Honour Roll (Semester 2)

Bachelor of Communication (Hons.) in Film (Animation and Media Arts Concentration) Dean’s List (Semester 1)

Bachelor of Communication (Hons.) in Public Relations and Advertising (Organizational Communication Concentration) Dean’s List (Semester 2)

Bachelor of Social Work (Hons.) Dean’s List (Semester 1, 2)

The Hang Seng University of Hong Kong

Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) SPSS – Outstanding Performance Scholarship

Bachelor of Business Administration (Honours) in Management 2016/17 Entrance Scholarship (Scheme 2) – Sponsored by C H Chan Scholarship Fund

Academic Accomplishment Scholarship – Sponsored by C H Chan Scholarship Fund Bachelor of Journalism and Communication (Honours) SPSS – Talent Development Scholarship

Bachelor of Social Sciences (Honours) in Asian Studies Dean's Award – Sponsored by C H Chan Scholarship Fund

SPSS – Outstanding Performance Scholarship (2019/20) Bachelor of Translation with Business (Honours) Hui Hoy & Chow Sin Lan Charity Fund Limited

Computer and Business Translation Scholarship 2018/19 SPSS – Outstanding Performance Scholarship (2019/20)

The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Bachelor of Science in Radiography First Class Honours


Hong Kong Virtual University (Department of Computer Science and Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology) Chemists Online Self-study Award Scheme (COSAS) 2020 -- Diamond Award

Samsung Hong Kong Samsung Solve for Tomorrow 2020 -- Merit Award


St. John's Cathedral Life Enrichment Centre 2020 Creative Art Contest -- The Most Promising Creative Talent Award

Hong Kong International Youth Artists Society International Painting Competition 2020 - Children's Group -- Excellence, Most Creative Award


Society of Japanese Language Education Hong Kong 2019-20 Society of Japanese Language Education Hong Kong Scholarship for Senior Secondary Japanese Language Subject Students -- Certificate of Scholarship

Results of Public Examinations

Belilios Public School is one of the 38 schools that have ever produced top scorers in The Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE).

7 x 5** "Top Scorers" are described by media and HKEAA as candidates who obtained perfect scores of 5** in each of the four core subjects and three electives.[6]

8 x 5** "Super Top Scorers" are described by media and HKEAA as candidates who obtained seven Level 5** in each of the four core subjects and three electives, and an additional Level 5** in the Mathematics Extended (M1/M2) module.[7]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ Sweeting, A.E. (1990). Education in Hong Kong, Pre-1841 to 1941: Fact and Opinion. Hong Kong University Press. p. 214. ISBN 9789622092587.
  2. ^ Zhou, Xun (November 2016). "'Cosmopolitan from above': a Jewish experience in Hong Kong". European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire. 23 (5–6): 897–911. doi:10.1080/13507486.2016.1203879. ISSN 1350-7486. S2CID 152161621.
  3. ^ "Demise of Belilios Camel - China Mail p2 1897-07-24 Primary tabs". Gwulo.
  4. ^ "History 1871–1880" Archived 12 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine, Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Limited
  5. ^ Belilios Public School's official website.
  6. ^ Pang, Ben (11 July 2017). "2017 HKDSE results reveal six top scorers including one super top scorer". SCMP. Retrieved 1 December 2022.
  7. ^ Ho, Kelly (5 July 2019). "HKDSE 2019: there are 12 top scorers among this year's students, HKEAA announce". SCMP. Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Charles Frankland Moore Award 2017". BPS. 25 January 2018. Retrieved 1 December 2022.
  9. ^ "Sze Yik Yan". Bastille Post. 16 September 2017. Retrieved 16 September 2017.
  10. ^ Rebecca Chan Chung, Deborah Chung and Cecilia Ng Wong, "Piloted to Serve", 2012
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  12. ^ Hong Kong Performing Art Directory Categories/Xiqu Artist LAU Wai-Ming

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