St. John’s College
Students’ Association, HKUSU
St. John's College, founded in 1912, was the first residential hall in HKU. Recently, St. John's College has undergone an intensive period of change in direction and culture while remaining true to its pursuit of excellence. St. John's College is an inclusive community for people to express their opinions, learn and grow to become a well-rounded individual. We strive to be open-minded and accepting towards everyone, forming long-lasting bonds and friendships in the community we call home. St. John's College is a place to pursue our passions, no matter in Sports, Cultural or Academics, encouraging the diversity of individual opinion, thought, talent and experiences for the pursuit of success. St. John's College is more than a residence, and it is the people who truly bring our community to life.
Sports contributed a significant part of hall life in St. John's College. St. John's College consists of 13 different sports teams participating in 26 inter-hall competitions. St. John's has been competing in the inter-hall men's sports competition for the prestigious trophy known as the "Malayan Cup", winning it on 19 occasions, most recently in 2017. From the 1960s onwards, St. Johns' College has also been massively successful competing in the inter-hall ladies’ competitions for the Olma Challenge Rose Bowl, winning the trophy 34 times.
During inter-hall competitions, St. Johnians show their perseverance, teamwork and passion towards the game. Chanting our unique cheers, St. Johnians unite as one and support each other all the time. Always committed to striving for the best, St. Johnians believe that sport games can teach us lifelong wisdom. Sweat and tears shed during practices and competitions will turn into unforgettable memories and form long lasting friendships.
體育在聖約翰學院的生活中有重要的角色。聖約翰學院由13個不同的運動隊伍組成，共參與26場舍際比賽。聖約翰一直在舍際男子體育比賽中爭奪享負盛名的“馬來人盃”，並獲得共19次冠軍。從1960年代起，聖約翰學院也在舍際女子比賽中取得巨大成就，共捧起34次象徵冠軍的 “奧米加玫瑰碗”（Olma Challenge Rose Bowl）。
Together with the lively history and tradition of St. John's College, cultural activities have played an important role in colouring a rich hall life in St. John's. The six cultural teams provide various opportunities for St. Johnians to indulge in the world of intellectual pursuit and further explore themselves. We treasure creating shared memorable experiences and pursuing search for both unending growth both individually and as a community. Thus far, we have achieved outstanding results in inter-hall cultural competitions in the past years.
Cultural Teams in St. John's:
Since the establishment of the first floor association in 1956, floors have been an essential part of St. John's College. Floor associations, representing all ten floors, play an important role in the connection between College, Students' Association and the students. Each floor has their own unique culture and ways to cultivate a sense of belonging and camaraderie.
In St. John's, we highly treasure the friendship among floor brothers and sisters. Over the decades, all ten floors have developed their unique floor cultures and traditions, which would be passed on throughout the years. The uniqueness of every floor allows for a sense of loyalty and identity to be built. It is common to find St. Johnians calling their fellow floormates "brothers" and "sisters". Being some of the closest people you meet every day, residents can always find support from their own floor. Furthermore, the "brotherhood" and "sisterhood" cultivated in St. John's are lifelong.
Tradition and Activities
In St. John's, we emphasize the idea of "unity in diversity". While we attempt to strengthen St. Johnians' bonding and their sense of belongingness towards St. John's, we also strive to preserve the uniqueness of every St. Johnian.
In particular, the regular organization of High Table Dinner differentiates ourselves from other residential halls. Unlike other residential halls, High Table Dinners are held every Monday at 7:00 pm in St. John's college to gather St. Johnians for a formal dinner. This will then be followed by High Table Talks that encourage St. Johnians to engage in deep discussions with speaker(s) of the talks. Round the Island is an annual fundraising event where participants run a total of 38 km around Hong Kong Island. This event also serves as a precious opportunity for St. Johnians and alumni to reunite.
In addition to these traditional activities, we also encourage St. Johnians to initiate activities to promote their values. Such activities, such as Cultural Festivals and Diwali Night, allow us to celebrate diversity and foster mutual understanding.
St. John's College values the potential of every individual St. Johnian, and through traditions and activities, we are able to come together as a community.
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