School founded and the opportunities seized (1977-1993)
In the mid-1970s, 9-year free education was implemented in Hong Kong. As a result, there was a high demand for secondary school places. Discussion between The Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong and the Education Department ensued and it was agreed that the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong would utilise the grounds of Shek Kip Mei Government Primary School on Nam Cheong Street and set up a co-educational grammar secondary school.
In September 1977, with Mr. Chu Fu Yau as the Principal, St. Francis of Assisi’s College was officially set up. There were four form one classes. As renovation work had not yet been completed, the school operated on the campus of Pak Tin Catholic Primary School. One month later, the school moved in and shared the premises with Shek Kip Mei Primary School. It was not until 1980 that the school took over the entire campus and the number of classes increased to twelve.
As the school gradually developed, the students achieved excellent academic results as well as achievements in sports, art and civil education. In 1990, due to the lack of campus space, the School Management Committee proposed to relocate the school to Fanling. With full support from the Catholic Diocese of Hong Kong, relocation work officially started.