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The school opened in January 1940 in the building previously used by Bournemouth School, which had been built in 1901. The school took its name from the site's address along Portchester Road and has always been a boys-only school. This section should be expanded significantly. Here I can only provide an insight into this from personal experience. I attended this school from 1951 - 1956. At this time it was already a secondary modern school - or perhaps a technical school. It had an unusual (unique?) capability in that it filtered off boys who had 'just failed' the 11 plus exam and provided them with a route to their taking "O" level GCE exams. This qualification was otherwise only available at grammar schools. As a result of providing this facility the headmaster was awarded a significant honor - I think the OBE though it may have been the MBE. The school would later move to the present site along Harewood Avenue at Littledown in 1975 next to the sister school, Avonbourne, although the Portchester Road building was also used until 1989. During the time after the school moved to Littledown, pupils attended both schools on alternate days until the "old school" at Portchester Road closed. Fenwick Court is now on the site and is named after D.r Fenwick, who was the first headmaster of Bournemouth School. The school changed its name from Portchester School to Harewood College in 2012. Additions have been added to the college in the following years and it now shares a sports hall, the Roy Moore Sports Hall, with Avonbourne that was built in 2012. Also recently, student Tom Clark became a Guinness world record holder for rowing. The 2012 World Junior and Cadet Kurash Championship was held at Harewood College's Roy Moore Sports Hall, of which a student from the school itself won a second place award. Harewood College, alongside other schools from the Avonbourne Trust, were acquired by United Learning in July 2019, with the 2 lower schools being re-branded as Avonbourne Boys' Academy (previously Harewood College) and Avonbourne Girls' Academy (previously Avonbourne School). This change also affected Avonbourne Sixth Form, which was re-branded as United Sixth Form for the start of the 2019-2020 academic year.

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In 1954, the Sisters of the Announcers of the Lord, following the fervent and enthusiastic preaching of St Theresa, formally began their missionary activities in Cheung Sha Wan. Under the leadership of the late Salesian Priest Reverend Father Joseph Cucchiara, the services provided by the Sisters were broadened. On 25 July 1956, which was the feast day of St. Jacob, the Sisters were granted permission by the late Bishop of Hong Kong, His Excellency Bishop Bianchi, to establish a school in Hong Kong. The word 'Tak' was derived from the Chinese name of St. Theresa to denote the Sisters' desire to teach youngsters to follow the good example of St. Theresa, so that they would become good children of the Lord and fine citizens of society. The word 'Nga' was taken from the Chinese name of St. Jacob because the Sisters wanted to commemorate the spirit of St. Jacob. These were the origins of the name of our school 'Tak Nga'. The founder of our school, the late Reverend Father Joseph Cucchiara, was determined to surmount all difficulties in establishing the school. On 15 November 1958, a parcel of Crown land of 13755 square feet on Tat Chee Avenue in Yau Yat Chuen was granted by the Hong Kong Government to build Tak Nga Primary School. The construction of Tak Nga was started on 25 February 1960. In order to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the martyrdom of Bishop Versiglia, Founder of the Congregation of Sisters 'Announcers of the Lord', the school was named 'Bishop Versiglia Tak Nga School'. The construction of the school building was almost finished in September 1960 when three classrooms were generously offered by the parish priest of St. Teresa's Parish for the school's temporary use. Tak Nga was moved to the new school building on 20 February 1961 when the construction was completed. Mr. Corkburn, Assistant Director of Education, and Mrs. Corkburn were the guests of honour in our opening ceremony in September 1961, which signified the beginning of Tak Nga's contribution to the education in Hong Kong. In its early years, Tak Nga only ran a primary section. Thanks to the insight of Father Joseph Cucchiara, who showed concern about the further education of Tak Nga's pupils, the building of the secondary section of Tak Nga was then planned. Permission was granted by the Director of Education to build a secondary section on 1 May 1962. Lessons in the secondary section started in the same year. On 9 March 1963, the government granted a site of 19410 square feet adjacent to the primary section for the building of our secondary section, which was completed in 1964 and was blessed by His Excellency II Nuncio monsigneur Caprio on 3 November in the same year. On 11 January 1965, all students started to have their lessons in the new building of the secondary section, and Bishop Bianchi officially blessed the school during a Thanksgiving mass on 3 July 1965. Tak Nga Secondary School first ran both a Chinese middle school and an English Secondary Section to suit the students' needs. Later in 1976, the English Secondary Section increased her capacity while the Chinese middle school places were reduced due to the changing needs of society and the desires of parents. In the autumn of 1980, Tak Nga became entirely an English Secondary School.

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