The alumni of Chung Chi College, New Asia College and United College had already had the desire to establish schools and had undertaken some preparatory work for the establishment of schools long before the establishment of the Federation of Alumni Associations of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. On September 9, 1978, the Federation of Alumni Associations of The Chinese University of Hong Kong was formally established with the mission of “uniting alumni to promote school affairs; uniting forces to serve the community”.
On December 10, 1979, at the second joint meeting of the Federation’s Representative Council and Executive Committee, a motion was put forward for the establishment of a secondary school, which received enthusiastic responses from the participants. Subsequently, seven people, including Li Jinzhong (convenor), Hu Yaohui, Li Naiyuan, Wen Hanzhang, Mo Xiuxin, Zhang Jingwen, and Li Jinhang, were appointed to form an advisory committee for the establishment of an alumni association secondary school to solicit opinions from various parties and study the feasibility of establishing a secondary school. On March 17, 1980, the Advisory Committee submitted a report to the Federation’s Representative Council and pointed out that the school sponsoring organization must first register as a non-profit organization and then apply to the Education Department (now known as the Education Bureau) for the establishment of an aided secondary school, and that the sponsoring organization should pay for the equipment of the school building in the amount of approximately HK$1 million.
On May 5 of the same year, the Federation’s Representative Council and the fifty member alumni association supported the decision to organize a secondary school and approved the appointment of fifteen persons, including Lee Kim Chung (Chairman), Lee Yin (Secretary), Poon Siu Mong, Wan Hon Cheung, Hu Yiu Fai, Tsang Hoi Kau, Cheung Xuan Cheong, Yip Yu Kuan, Lee Nai Yuen, Mok Sau Hing, Wong Kam Chan, Lee Chun Hang, Cheung King Man, Ho Man Sum, Kwok Chun Yee, to organize the “Federation of Chinese University of Hong Kong Alumni Association Secondary School Limited” and asked Wong Kam Chan and Hu Yiu Fai to draft the Articles of Association. and Wu Yaohui to draft the articles of association. At that time, Mr. Tam, a distinguished member of the community, was willing to donate HKD 1 million to support the school. Due to the failure of the CUHK administration to cooperate with the registration of the Federation of Secondary Schools Limited with the Companies Registry in time, the registration of the Federation of Secondary Schools Limited had to be renamed, and as the Sino-British negotiation for the return of sovereignty to Hong Kong was at a critical moment, the donor’s wealth was damaged by the volatility of the stock market, and the donation had to be cancelled.
As the secondary school could not be established for the time being, the alumni who were enthusiastic about education suggested that an elementary school could be established first. To this end, The Chinese University of Hong Kong Alumni Association Federation Education Development Limited was formally established on September 17, 1982, and was subsequently approved by the Inland Revenue Department as a tax-exempt charitable organization. In April 1984, a letter was sent to the Education Department to apply for the operation of a school in the estate. On 27 July 1986, a letter was received from the Education Department deciding to allocate the new premises of the Ka Tin Court Primary School in Hin Keng Estate, Shatin to the Federation Education Development Limited. On December 2, 1986, a letter was sent to the Education Department by the Federation Education Development Limited to apply for the establishment of an aided secondary school in the estate. In December of the same year, Sir Murray Kwok Wai agreed to donate HK$500,000 in the name of the Wyler Foundation to sponsor the establishment of the secondary school. On 16 June 1987, a letter was sent to the Education Department to apply for the establishment of a non-profit-making kindergarten in Sha Tin.
In September 1987, the first school of the Federation was opened. Since Ka Tin Court was not yet occupied, there were only three classes of Primary One at the beginning. On November 27, 1989, the opening ceremony of the Federation School was officiated by Sir Lee Kwok Wai, Chairman of the Council of The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Mr. Lee Yue Ting, JP, Director of Education, who officiated at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on the opening day. Thanks to the efforts of CUHK alumni and the support of people from all walks of life. In early 1990, we received a letter from the Housing Department deciding to offer the premises of a large kindergarten in Kam Ying Court, Ma On Shan, to us for the establishment of a non-profit-making kindergarten.
On October 15 of the same year, we received a letter from the Education Department deciding to offer us the newest secondary school in Tin Shui Wai. To this end, the Federation of Education Development Ltd. appointed Zhang Xuanchang and Li Jinzhong to form the Board of Directors of the secondary school and on April 25, 1991, we recruited Zhang Mansun, a graduate of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, to be the principal. In September 1991, the secondary school and the kindergarten were opened at the same time. As the new school building in Tin Shui Wai was not yet completed, the secondary school was temporarily borrowed from the new school building of Yuen Long Ximen College of Excellence. The new school was completed in 1992, and classes were added every year. By September 1997, the school was already operating up to S.7 and had become a complete grammar school. In 1999, Mr. Cheung Man-sun, the principal of the school, retired and was replaced by Mr. Woody, an alumnus of CUHK. In 2020, Mr. Leung Kwok Ho, a CUHK alumnus, took over as the third principal.