HM : SPHS (9)

  • I use SPHS to stand for St. Paul’s High School, Rangoon.
  • It was the second school founded in Burma by the De La Salle Brothers.
    The other schools are :
    St. Patrick’s (in Moulmein),
    St. Peter’s (in Mandalay)
    St. Albert’s (in Maymyo)
    St. Joseph’s (in Loikaw)
    St. Columban’s (in Bhamo)
    De La Salle School [for the orphanage] (in Twante)
  • De La Salle Brothers is an Order in the Roman Catholic Church.
  • The Brothers take three Vows : Loyalty, Chasity and Celibacy.
    They help run the De La Salle Schools.
  • SPHS produced outstanding students.
    They were mostly Top in the Matriculation examination.
    An Honor Roll lists the names of the top students from 1951 – 1963.
  • SPHS was nationalized in 1964 – 65.
    It was renamed No. (6) Botathaung State High School.
  • The alumni are known as Old Paulians.
    Some are active in the Old Paulians’ Association (OPA).
  • I attended Private Primary Boundary Road School (PPBRS) from Infant (C) / Lower KG to 3rd Standard.
  • I transferred to SPHS where my elder brother was studying and was about to matriculate.
  • SPHS prefers students to join from KG, or transfer from affiliated Catholic schools.
    SPHS gives preference to applicants whose father, uncle(s) or brother(s) are Old Paulians.
  • SPHS has an unwritten rule for grooming students.
    Most transfer students (including Dr. Thane Oke Kyaw Myint and me) were placed in Section (D).
    They have to “prove their worth” before being placed in Section (A) in High School.

Brother Directors and Class Teachers

I studied at SPHS from 1956 to 1963.

I was in the Top Three for all the class examinations, but I only scored Seventh in the Matriculation. I was awarded Collegiate scholarship along with nine classmates.

  • Std IV D (1956 – 57)
    Brother Director : Hubert
    Class Teacher : Ms. A Benjamin
  • Std. V D (1957 – 58)
    Brother Director : Edmund
    Class Teacher : Mrs. Violet Boudville
  • Std. VI D (1958 – 59)
    Brother Director : ? (Peter)
    Class Teacher : U Pe Tin
  • Std. VII D (1959 – 60)
    Brother Director : ? (Peter)
    Class Teacher : U Nge
  • Std. VIII A (1960 – 61)
    Brother Director : ? (Felix)
    Class Teacher : Brother Anthony
  • Std. IX A (1961 – 62)
    Brother Director : ? (Felix)
    Class Teacher : Brother Xavier
  • Std. X A (1962 – 63)
    Brother Director : Hubert
    Class Teacher : Brother Austin
  • Brother Hubert was Director in 1956 – 57 (my first year)
    He moved to another De La Salle school in the following year
    He was back again as Director in 1962 – 63 (my last year)
  • Brother Edmund was Director in 1957 – 58.
    He was killed (knowingly or mistakenly) by Wilfred Boudville.
    The Brothers pardoned Wilfred Boudville.
  • Brother Felix and Brother Urban were Director and Sub-Director around 1960 – 62.
  • There may be more Directors (may be Brother Peter) in our days.
  • Brother Clementian retired as Brother Director
    (probably from St. Peter’s High School)
    He continued teaching Mathematics.
    He was our Mathematics teacher in Std, X A.

Class Teachers and Subject Teachers

The Class Teachers have administrative tasks (e.g. preparation of report cards). They also teach selected subjects.

  • Std. IV D : Ms. A Benjamin
    Taught all subjects except Burmese
  • Std. V D : Mrs. Violet Boudville
    Taught all subjects except Burmese
    U Pe Tin taught Burmese
  • Std. VI D : U Pe Tin
    Taught all subjects except English
    Ms. Hong Kong taught English
  • Std. VII D : U Nge
    Taught all subjects except English
    Ms. Hong Kong taught English
  • Std. VIII A : Brother Anthony
    Taught Mathematics
    Brother Xavier taught English
    There were other subject teachers
  • Std. IX A : Brother Xavier
    Taught English
    There were other subject teachers
  • Std X A : Brother Austin
    Taught English
    Also Librarian of SPHS Library
    There were other subject teachers

Subject Teachers

  • English
    Ms. Amelia Kyi (Miss Hong Kong) for Std. VI D and Std. VII D
    Brother Xavier for Std. VIII A and Std. IX A
    Brother Austin for Std. X A
    Relieving sayas : Mr. Lewis, Mr. Tims, Mr. Chapman
  • Burmese
    U Sein
    U Nyunt Maung
    Relieving sayas : U Kyaw Sein
  • Mathematics
    U Pe Tin in V D and VI D
    U Nge in VII D
    Brother Anthony in VIII A and IX A (?)
    Brother Clementian in X A
    Relieving sayas : U Johnny Myo, U Kyaw Khin, U M. Hla Min
  • Mr. Beatson
    Relieving sayas : U Hla Myint
  • Chemistry
    Mr. Cecil D’Cruz
    Lab : Brother Joseph
  • History & Geography
    U Htay Myint
    U Htwe
    Relieving : U Nyunt Maung


  • Some sayas taught at other schools.
    U Nyunt Maung taught at Sacred Heart High School (which is close to SPHS).
    U Htay Myint has his own Tuition classes named “Padetha”.
    U Kyaw Khin taught Mathematics for GCE classes.
  • Over the years, SPHS reassigned some sayas to teach higher classes and/or teach newer subjects.
  • Some sayas taught the same subject (e.g. English) for two sections and may be two standards.
  • Some sayas published books for use as supplementary texts.
    Saya G Chapman published notes for English texts.
    Saya U Htay Myint published notes for History.

Group photos of SPHS Sayas

  • The photos were taken at different times.
  • I do not know the names of several sayas and sayamas (especially those who did not teach us).
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The group picture shows several Brothers (including Brother Hubert, Brother Peter, Brother Gerald, Brother Felix, Brother Charles), Sayas (including U Sein, Ah Mann, Johnny Myo) and Sayamas (Amelia Kyi, Ms. Benjamin, Mrs. V Boudville).

Sayas who taught Std VIII and above

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  • Saya U Ba Yee (Burmese) did not teach us.
  • Saya U Sein (Burmese),
    Brother Austin (English and Class teacher for Std. X A),
    Brother Clementian (Mathematics),
    Saya Cecil D’Cruz (Chemistry) and
    Saya Beatson (Physics)
    were our main teachers for Std. X A.
  • Saya U Kyaw Khin (Mathematics),
    Saya Johnny Myo (Mathematics),
    Saya M. Hla Min (Mathematics and/or Physics),
    Saya U Hla Myint (Physics),
    Saya Lewis (English),
    Saya Tims (English)
    were the relieving teachers.
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  • Mr. C. D’Cruz (Chemistry)
    Taught us in X (A)
  • Mr. G. Chapman (English)
    Wrote Lecture Guides
  • U Htwe (Geography)
  • U Htay Myint (History)
    Had his private tuition school
    Wrote Lecture Guides
  • Brother Anthony (Class teacher for Std VIII A)
    Taught Mathematics
  • Saya Johnny Myo (Mathematics)
    Relieving teacher
  • U Nyunt Maung (Burmese)
    Also taught some other subjects (e.g. Geography)
  • U Kyaw Sein (Class teacher for Std. VII A)
    Brother-in-law : Saya Sein
  • Saya Beatson (Physics)
    Taught in X A

Sayas who taught Std VII

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  • Brother Henry Peter and U Tun Shein did not teach us.
  • Mr. Tims was a relieving teacher for our English classes. His son Lawrence Tims and his friends Myo Nyunt and Kyaw Win (Robin Ban, second in Burma in 1961) rowed for IM(1) are old crocodiles.
  • U Kyaw Sein, U Aye, U San Thein and U Kyaw Oo were class teachers of Std. VII (A), (B), (C) and (E).
  • U Nge was our class teacher in Std. VII(D).
    Had to be carried by his former students in an early Acarayi Pu Zaw Pwe that was held by the Old Paulian Association (with Patrons from the Class of 58 and most EC members from the Class of 63).
  • U Pe Tin was our Burmese teacher in Std. V (D) and our class teacher in Std. VI (D).
    In the picture, U Pe Tin had became a class teacher of Std. VII.


Other sayas (administrative & from “other sections”) include Saya U Ba Myaing (Registrar), Saya Si Bu (Physical Training), Brother Canice (who assigned me in IV Standard to help with the school library), Brother Gerald (Leader of SPHS Marching Band), Brother “Gya Bu” (who runs the SPHS Book shop), Saya U Kyaw Sein, Saya U San Thein, Saya U Aye, Saya Ah Man, Sayama Mrs. Thant Zin (mother of Norman), and Sayama Perera.

Some teachers who taught before our days include Saya Dawson (Burma Chess Champion, who opened his Tuition School), and Saya Illife (who taught Physics and wrote Notes for Physics and English).

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