An admission seminar at an elite school in Wong Chuk Hang yesterday attracted about 2,000 parents eager to gain one of the school's 150 Primary One places for their children. A thousand parents crowded into the school hall at St Paul's Co-educational College Primary School, while others packed 21 classrooms, balconies and the canteen to watch the seminar broadcast on screens. Enrolment applications end on Friday and two rounds of interviews will be conducted from this month to November. Headmistress Lydia Lam Tuen-yee said the first round of interviews would take into account children's etiquette and communication skills. 'In the second round, we have to interview the parents as well to see whether they share our education mission,' she said. Opened last year, the HK$210 million school campus boasts an indoor gymnasium, swimming pool and a multimedia studio. Tuition fees are HK$60,000. So-called hereditary places (for the children of school administrators or alumni, or the siblings of current students at the school) are capped at 70 per cent. A minimum of 30 per cent of the places are allotted to outsiders who have no connection with the school. Shirley Lo, who attended the day with her five-year-old daughter, said she was worried the competition would be very intense. 'We don't have any connections with the school. I have also applied for two other direct-subsidy scheme schools and two private schools.' A Mrs Wong, who has a five-year-old son, said she had spent HK$1,000 on interview preparation classes in the summer holiday to boost his chances of getting a place at the school. 'I have also enrolled him in language and interest classes like piano,' she said. 'I really want him to study here as the well-appointed campus will be very good for my son's upbringing.' But Lam appealed to parents to give their children more leeway to develop their own interests. 'There's no need to force them to join extra-curricular activities,' she said. 'Otherwise, their creativity will be stifled. There were some children who recited answers at admission interviews last year. We just want them to be themselves and share their daily lives with us.' Diocesan Girls' Junior School will offer 108 primary one places, while Diocesan Boys' School will offer 150.