Welcoming the year 2023!
59 days into the year 2023 and a lot has already happened at the College. We kicked off 2023 in full force at the College: welcoming back students and staff who were finally able to travel outside of Hong Kong since the pandemic started, celebrating Lunar New Year, announced incoming principal, and having to prepare and run the continued anniversary celebrations together with the UWCHK, and many achievements attained by students in various activities in and outside the College.
It is with great pleasure for the College to announce the appointment of Dr Spencer A. Fowler as our Principal of the College as from 1 August 2023. Spencer is currently the Deputy Head and Vice President for Education and Learning in Pearson College.
The College community looks forward to welcoming Dr Spencer!
Read more about Spenser’s appointment here.
Education For Peace and Sustainability Exhibition 2023
Everyday we celebrate and remember that it has been 50 years of UWC Hong Kong sending students to overseas United World Colleges and 30 years of Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong in Hong Kong.
UWCHK and LPCUWC co-organized a public exhibition themed ‘Education For Peace and Sustainability Exhibition 2023’ - sharing the UWC’s mission of education for peace and sustainability in Central Market from 1 to 15 February 2023. This was part of the continued anniversary celebrations to showcase achievements from over the years.
We are thankful to everyone for joining us to celebrate these milestones and we hope to continue spreading the UWC movement of peace and a sustainable future in Hong Kong and beyond.
Below are ways to stay connected with the UWCHK and LPCUWC’s celebrations:
1. If you missed the Exhibition, you can now navigate and enjoy the exhibition in the comfort of your own space through our Virtual Exhibition.
2. You can visit our website for pictures and videos from the Fireside Chats.
3. We are in the news! Read about the Exhibition impacts covered in over 150 articles circulated online and in print.
4. Finally, don’t miss out on the upcoming Gala Dinner on Saturday 13 May. Limited tickets available.
Our hearts and prayers pour out to Turkey and Syria as they face the calamities of the devastating earthquake which has to date killed more than 45,000 people.
Our school community currently have students from both countries and we recognise the impact this situation has on their wellbeing.
A HUGE THANK YOU to the community, coming together to make a large collection for Türkiye with the guidance and help of Eren, 24’ (from Turkey/Germany) and amazing donation of blankets that Angela sourced. Thanks to the students who assisted collecting boxes and winter clothing, sorting, packing, sealing!
We were able to get the many filled boxes delivered, with Eren liaising with the Turkish deputy-consul-general and the load was taken by Turkish airlines.
The College-wide is currently running a fundraising campaign through the Amity Foundation for both Türkiye and Syria over the next few weeks and we would love your support, where every dollar you donate will be doubled by another donor up to HK$50 000!!
Special mention to students Eren & Hanan for their ongoing support, teacher Hayley for her support and our Chairman Anthony Tong for his guidance and expertise in humanitarian relief.
Peace COP Day
The College celebrated COP Day with the theme of the day “Peace Begins with Us”, the same as on UWC Day. Our Keynote speaker for this day was Jason Yip former humanitarian aid worker for International Committee of the Red Cross, conflict resolution and, latterly, social policy.
Thanks to the Peace Initiatives Committee who worked hard to prepare a variety of workshops that engaged students with this aspect of the UWC Mission, and all students and staff who participated on this day to make it a success.
LPCUWC students selected for The Earth Prize 2023 Scholar
Well done to a team of our students who were shortlisted from over 1000 schools across 116 countries, for The Earth Prize 2023 Scholar prize! The Earth Prize is a global $200,000 environmental sustainability reward for the teams whose projects have the most potential to address environmental issues.
Congratulations to Stephanie Kwok (leader), Nina Crofton, Emma Leschly, Mary Lemza, and Pedro Lemos for making the selection with their project focused on online Carbon Audit tool to help schools determine their starting point and areas of improvement.
“We hope to make school Carbon Audits accessible for students and teachers worldwide to learn, raise awareness, and join hands for a carbon-neutral, more sustainable future.” - Team
Though they are not among the Top 10 Finalists, the students remain positive to continue with their project.
“Regardless, as part of the sustainability committee, we look for different ways to accomplish the carbon audit to kickstart our community project. We will further develop our ideas in collaboration with stakeholders and reach out to other schools as our project develops. We are delighted and proud to be selected as one of the 37 fresh ideas of this year. We still do not believe that our team's idea was chosen from over 1000 schools across 116 countries and territories worldwide. It is amazing!”
About the Earth Prize:
The Earth Foundation was founded in 2020 in Geneva, Switzerland, to inspire, educate, mentor, and empower students, schools, researchers, and young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas to tackle environmental challenges.
Students participate at Microbiome Summit 2023
We applaud our students who proactively asked pertinent questions to the panelists and exhibitors at the Microbiome Summit 2023 with the theme of “Microbiome Science, Innovation and Technology: The Time Has Come.”
The event was held last Friday, 13 January 2023 organized by CU Medicine, Microbiota I-Center (MagIC), CU Medicine and HKSTP. It is crucial to see our students being involved in various talks and academic activities outside the College. Thanks to attending students, we applaud your representation at the Summit!
Students chair Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony 2023
On 17 January several students attended The UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day Ceremony 2023 which took place at the Asia Society Hong Kong. Two of our students, Bruce So and Yucheng Jin, were invited to chair the event alongside Mr Ronny Chan - joined by guest speaker Pinchas Gutter, a Holocaust Survivor.
What a wonderful opportunity, a great experience and an important learning platform full of reflections, as our students continue to learn how they can play a role and contribute to a peaceful future to help prevent past atrocities in the future.
Many thanks to Hayley for organising for students to participate in this event organised by the Hong Kong Holocaust and Tolerance Centre (HKHTC).
Students invited for high table dinner with former HK CE at HKU
On Saturday 4 February, six of our students, Chhoeng from Cambodia, Justin from Jamaica, Hanan from Syria, Mary from Ukraine, Nina from United Kingdom, and Tako from Georgia, were invited by the HKU Academy for the Talented as high school representatives to attend the high table dinner with the Hon CY Leung, GBM, GBS, JP organized by HKU’s University China Study Society. The evening was under the theme of “Hong Kong's role in China-meets-the-world cultural exchange and international cooperation”.
The students represented the College remarkably well and had the opportunity to address questions to the Former HK Chief Executive regarding HK’s “Superconnector” role in Education field especially in connecting local, mainland and international youths.
Block Reps Announced
Congratulations to the newly appointed Block Reps for school year 2023/24.
24 Hr Race Challenge
Nine students from LPC competed in the 24-hour relay race at Hong Kong International School with each runner completing at least 15-20km throughout the course of the day. Due to changes of the program, the students had to participate in a 12-hr Race and their combined total distance for the 12 hours was 183km!
Well done team and thanks for being such great ambassadors for LPC and teacher Carl Fowler for supporting the students.
The 9 students who participated are: Emma Tomlinson (leader), Mika Lau (leader), Taylor Wang, Asuka Hatano Bryan Chan, David Wong, Joy Chen, Saransh Sahoo & Quinton Leung.
The team also raised the 3rd highest fundraising amount ($15,000 hkd) and won the inaugural Hans Schrader award for Team Spirit – thanks to our supporters who came along to contribute towards this.
Intercultural Exchange with local school students
As face-to-face interactions become the norm once again, our youth outreach initiatives are connecting the College community with students of all ages.
In mid-January our Youth Plus Mission (YPM) group welcomed to campus 30-odd students and teachers from Kei Oi Primary School. It was an opportunity for YPM students to introduce LPC and UWC to a younger audience, all while providing opportunities for these children to develop their language capacity and broaden their horizons.
This interaction builds on the substantial efforts of the Giving Back UWC Group, formed by UWC alumni based in Hong Kong to offer support to school communities and families in need during the pandemic.
Special thanks to the following alumni volunteers for their time, patience and guidance offered to our staff and students towards this undertaking, Judy Lai ‘94, Rachel Fong ‘03, Amy Yung ‘03, Geoffrey Cheng ‘07 and Grace Huang ‘09.
For more details visit:
Giving Back website
The College welcomed Dr Tim Forman (LPCUWC 95), to share his perspective on sustainability and resilience in design, buildings and cities. This sharing was an incredible platform for our students to learn ways that they can help address global challenges that arise from unsustainable living.
Sustainability remains a core value of our mission as we continue to inspire, both the young and old to live sustainably – and in this case, the responsibility to ensure compatibility of our habitat, technology and the nature around.
Dr. Tim, Together with Li Po Chun alum Alex Bent, recently founded Undivided Ventures, which invests in start-up companies addressing global challenges through technology for buildings and cities.
LPCUWC Alumni Tracer
The College is further improving its Alumni Database in order to better communicate with and engage alumni like you, and develop activities and initiatives that are better suited to your interests. It is also eager to determine where our alumni are now and continue to explore ways of bringing us all together.
Please find time to fill out this "LPCUWC Alumni Tracer". This will take around 5 minutes.
Information shared here will be treated in strict confidence and in full observance of prevailing privacy laws in Hong Kong. The Development Office of the College is the custodian of information provided in this Tracer.
College Health Update
The College received the “School Vaccination Commendation Scheme” Gold Award, a recognition alongside other schools, to have reached 90% or above of students having received three doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
As a College community, we stand together with the Education Bureau (EDB) and Hong Kong community in fighting against the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.