• Flower Pots Decoration Workshop

    The DOGA Art Club hosted a morning and an afternoon flower pot decoration workshop on Jun 24. We were amazed by the creativity everyone demonstrated in decorating a set of large and small terracotta pots
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  • Macaron Baking Workshop (8 July, 2017)

    The macaron baking workshop was held on 8th July at The Mixing Bowl. It was a cozy fun-filled afternoon with 17 participants including some mothers and daughters behind the baking counter. They had a great
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  • Netball Festival 2017

    On September 16th, the DOGA Netball Team participated in the Celebrations of the 20th Anniversary Establishment of the HKSAR - Netball Festival 2017 organised by the Hong Kong Netball Association. Despite the strong sun and a
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  • Membership Sub-Committee Interest Group Networking Events

    DOGA Legal Group held its inaugural networking event on 24th June. It was an occasion where alumnae working in different legal professions from the class of 1981 to 2016 had the unique opportunity to get
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  • Mother’s and Father’s Day Calligraphy Workshop

    On 13th May, the DOGA Art Club hosted Mother’s and Father’s Day calligraphy workshops featuring Kaye Shu from K’s Calligraphy 舒法. The two sessions attracted 62 alumnae and their families to attend. The morning session
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News Updates

  • 1 DOGA Art Club: Urban Sketching on 3 March
  • 2 Chinese Bakery on 10 March
  • 3 Congratulations to Mrs Stella Lau JP
  • 4 Events Calendar
  • Urban Sketching is an act of drawing while on location to document the world around you. The Urban Sketching community has skyrocketed in popularity in the past 10 years with sketchcrawls happening all over the world.

    The Art club will be organizing the very first sketchcrawl in our familiar 1 Jordan Road campus. Please come and join the fun and take this opportunity to capture the school campus with your own sketches.

    For details please refer to the link below:
    http://www.doga.org.hk/images/attachment/events/2018/art_club_event_mar2018.jpg

    Date: 3 March 2018 (Saturday)
    Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
    Cost: HK$50 for DOGA member or each of her immediate family
    HK$80 for non-DOGA member or each of her immediate family member
    Venue: DOGA room


    Registration will start at 9:00am on 11 February 2018 (Sunday)
    . DOGA membership number is required to qualify for the member price. Priority will be given to members. Spaces are limited and first come first serve, maximum of 30 participants only, so remember to sign up. See you there!

    Kindly follow below link to register: https://goo.gl/forms/Xl51kKkozZBB6bUN2

    Some reminders for the event:
    1. Each person can register for

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  • Welcome to the Year of the Dog! Are you still indulging in the mood of Chinese New Year with various kinds of traditional food? Want to try baking your own "Lo Por cake 老婆餅" and egg tart to cheer your family?

    The Social Committee has kindly arranged a baking workshop with a veteran Chinese Bakery Kee Wah in Hong Kong on March 10th. Two different workshops have been arranged for your choice. You could choose to bring your kid to join for the egg tart session in the afternoon.

    Date: 10 March 2018 (Saturday)
    Time:

    Workshop A: 10:00am - 12:30 pm; baking of Lo Por cake (for adult only);

    Workshop B: 3:30pm - 6:00pm; baking of egg tart (for adult / adult with a child under 12)

    Place: Kee Wah Studio Workshop, 2/F, 188 Queen's Road East, Wanchai, HK

    Cost: Workshop A: HK$300; Workshop B: HK$300 or HK$380 (with a child under 12)

    Language: Cantonese


    For registration of the workshop, please download the form and read the details from
    http://www.doga.org.hk/images/attachment/events/2018/circular031018.pdf

    As seats are limted, please act now to secure your registration. See you

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  • DOGA would like to extend our warmest congratulations to our alumna and DGS headmistress, Mrs Stella Lau JP, on her award of the Silver Bauhinia Star (SBS) from the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region. The Silver Bauhinia Star is awarded to persons who have taken a leading part in public affairs and/or voluntary work over a long period of time. Mrs Lau is awarded the SBS for her distinguished public service, and in particular, her valuable contribution towards the promotion of interests and well-being of women in Hong Kong.

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  • Upcoming Events

    2018:
    March 3 DOGA Art Club: Urban Sketching
    March 5 Introduction of DOGA to S6 graduates
    March 10 Chinese Bakery
    March 24 Class Rep & New Members Tea Gathering
    March DOGA Netball League
    April 21 Support of DGS Career Fair
    April Inter-school Alumnae Badminton Competition
    May 5 Art Club Mother's & Father's Day Event
    May DOGA Netball Team in Festival of Sports
    Community Chest Dumplings-Making Workshop
    Social Sub-committee event
    June 16 Dr. Symons Scholarship Selection
    June DOGA AGM
    Finance Group drinks
    Visit to S6 Graduation Dinner
    July 5 Art Club Summer Event
    July Support of S5 Job Shadowing Programme
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One Family Unbroken - Across Three Generations

II. The Tans

 


 

"Call me Mabel," was the greeting from this frail 95-year "old girl". After shaking hands with us, this sprightly lady with immaculate black hair immediately put us at ease with her twinkling eyes and sincere interjection of "DGS is SUCH a good school!!" With her 2 daughters, Hester, Eva and granddaughter Andrea by her side, she warmly chatted with us about what DGS meant for this family of 3 generations of old girls.

Coming to Hong Kong from Singapore in 1929 with her family, Mabel and her elder sister, Eileen, enjoyed their days in DGS, where there were about 13 to 14 girls in each class, and subjects were less multifarious. In one class lower than Mabel, was a very pretty girl, Joyce Anderson (later Symons)!

A certificate dated January 1934 testifying that Mabel passed the Senior Local Examination of the University of Hong Kong in 5 subjects.

 

"All my memories of DGS are happy ones. I truly enjoyed my years there. I learnt a lot from DGS which has stood me in good stead in my later years. That is why I sent all my 3 daughters (Hester, Winnie and Eva) to DGS, so that they could receive the best education available in Hong Kong. I was even more delighted when my granddaughter Andrea (Winnie's daughter) went to DGS". Asked about her fondest memory of DGS, Mabel responded immediately, "School Bazaar!". She enjoyed it as a school girl, and later, as a member of the PTA, in manning, and making merchandise for the stalls.


Months before the annual Bazaar, Mabel and others would be busy creating crochet pieces like the one she is holding up.

 

Hester and Eva testified to the steadfast friendships between Mabel and her DGS friends. Monthly lunch at the "Café de Chine" was sacrosanct for their mother, and in the later years when their father suffered a stroke, those dates with "the girls" were to provide Mabel much needed support and solace.

Apart from reminiscing about the happy times at DGS, these 3 generations of DGS girls also tried to encapsulate what made DGS education so special.


Eva explains: “The invaluable thing was instilling in us, a sense of values. Right versus wrong, fairness versus unfairness, commitment versus laxity. We grew up believing that with discipline and drive, we could achieve virtually everything that we put our hearts to.”

 

The Tan girls nodded in agreement as Eva explained how she recognized these qualities in many other old girls she encountered later on in life, no matter which year they came from.

"Yes" interjected Hester. “Like my mom said, the school was strict, in particular Ms. Sawyer, but never, never unfair! That is so important.”

 

Maybe it was upholding this sense of fair play which turned all 3 Tan girls to a career in law.

Hester and Eva recalled the big tree at the main entrance, the school bell, morning assembly and the panic of piano accompaniment for hymn singing. Soon, their memories strayed to the green KG wooden hut, with the potty housed in a small outer house, which could be visited only by those young students who had mastered the difference between "May I " and "Can I" go to the toilet! Lunch was brought to School by an amah in a Chinese "lunch box" 3 stacks high. Many other girls took lunch in School, and there was always good company and joyous sharing of jokes and stories of what happened in the day. Hester and Eva, and their middle sister, Winnie enjoyed School in the main, but also received their fair share of "can do better" comments in their reports. Despite this, their academic achievements included class promotion by skipping one year through sheer brilliance, and then less successfully, staying back another year later.

Hester took up undergraduate Sociology and Psychology, and then Graduate Diploma in Education in Hong Kong University. Ms Abdullah, the Maths teacher, who wrote in her report "Hester is not going anywhere", would have been pleasantly surprised when the same student at the age of 40 qualified as a lawyer entirely through self learning at home. And why?" I just knew that I could do it if I tried. I wanted to prove it to myself".


Today, Hester keeps in close touch with her classmates, including Mrs. Elim (Pong) Lau. Their regular class outings include trips in Hangzhou, Chiangmai, San Francisco, Yunnan, and of course, back to School for celebration of their 50th anniversary. Picture: Hester, first on right, with her classmates enjoying a launch picnic.

 

Eva attended DGS for her entire 15 years (including 2 years in KG). "It's the only school I know, so every good and every bad quality I have must have come from DGS!"

Leaving DGS, Eva read law at the Inns of Court in UK, where she qualified as a Barrister. Her colourful career of 34 years saw her qualifying as a Barrister additionally in the US, Singapore and Taiwan, where she ultimately settled down practicing first from her own law firm, then as in-house lawyer, and as adviser to the government in Taiwan. She now teaches law at 2 Taiwan universities. Whereas she came 38th in her class in Chinese, today, she has 4 law books written by her - all in Chinese!


L: Eva’s law book on Intellectual Property

R: brochure on the "Taipei Story House", a small museum sponsored by Eva for reviving the indigenous culture of Taiwan people.

 

As Music Prefect, Eva's best memories of DGS was that of making music: Music Festival, mixed choir with DBS, and of course, the grandeur of singing Te Deum at St. John's Cathedral. Continuing her hobby in music, Eva recently published in Taiwan a CD of her musical performances. Eva's cultural interest has prompted her to sponsor the "Taipei Story House", a project to revive the culture of the indigenous people in Taiwan. "DGS gave us such a well-rounded general education in preparation for life. Many times when attending a concert, a banquet or even visiting a castle, things that we had been taught in School would float back to mind. We were never mere academics. Our education had really enriched our lives!"

Asked about how she managed to achieve so much and in so many jurisdictions, Eva puts it down to "drive". "DGS girls have drive. Drive is not the same as ambition. We never compete against others. It is accepting, respecting and loving oneself, and reaching one's full potential. It is self- sufficiency. I've relied so much on this spirit which has sustained me through so much in life."

Eva was reunited with her Class of '64 during their 40th anniversary celebration. Her encounter deepened her appreciation for DGS.

DGS girls are always well-groomed ---- not necessarily with physical beauty, but with a grace and inner beauty that reflects how a woman sees herself. I'm grateful for the School’s tradition of allowing girls in the senior forms to wear French heels - small things like these helped us to embrace womanhood gracefully - no need for face lifts!”


A clipping from SCMP dated November 22, 1979 reporting on the high quality of DGS' choir. Andrea was a member of this choir.

 

Young Andrea attended DGS at the insistence of her mother Winnie, and encouragement of Grandma Mabel. After primary 5, Andrea left for boarding school in the UK. She stayed on to read law, and returned to Hong Kong to do post-graduate law studies at Hong Kong University and went on to qualify as a solicitor. When her first child arrived, she ceased professional practice to take care of the younger generation which has now grown to a population of 2.

Despite her short stint at DGS, Andrea was touched when one day in a crowded lift in Central, another young lady entered, and within 30 seconds, managed to call out Andrea's maiden name in full! Similarly, at another banquet, another classmate had no difficulty in picking Andrea out amongst the crowd. It was as if those years apart had never severed the emotional tie and friendship built up in the old school yard between these young students. Andrea now enjoys regular get-togethers with her fellow classmates, reminiscing about their teachers and experiences such as the Music Festival, whilst exchanging insights on latest career and domestic developments. But, like the other alumnae in her family, it is being able to grow together in the sisterhood that comes from one family unbroken of old girls, that she will cherish most.

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