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"The Spirit of Wah Yan" by Rev. Fr. R.W. Gallagher, S.J., first Jesuit Principal of Wah Yan, in The Star 1933 - the first issue:

The spirit of a school, like the spirit of a family or the spirit of a nation, is hard to analyse or to define. But school-spirit like patriotism or love of family, is a tremendous power. The boy who has the true Wah Yan Spirit:-
  • is proud of his school and of her past traditions. Does not engage in gossip or backbiting against the college or against his masters or companions.
  • appreciates the sacrifices his parents are making to give him a good education. Shows his appreciation and gratitude by steady work and by keeping his personal expenses as low as possible.
  • is polite. Always behaves as a gentleman.
  • is truthful and trustworthy. Any coward can tell lies, but it takes a man to tell the truth.
  • does not boast in victory; does not sulk in defeat. Is a good loser. Realizes that it is a far finer and a far harder thing to take a beating manfully than to conquer.
  • is clean of speech. Remember this: If a boy chooses to tell you dirty stories, it is because he thinks that you have a mind fit for sewage.
  • is always ready to help others. Is unselfish and considerate, prompt to give up his own wishes for others' convenience.
  • is not a coward before human respect. Will never offend God rather than his companions.
  • believes that "for a man to conquer himself is the first and best of all victories".


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