• Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

    The Diocesan Graduate Singers participated in this meaningful event again at All Saints' Cathedral on 15th December 2019. We shared through music the wonderful story of the birth of our Saviour Jesus Christ. 28 choir
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  • DOGA vs DGS End-of-Term Netball Match 2019

    The end-of-term netball matches between DOGA, the current school team and teachers have always been a traditional and popular annual event. On 20th December 2019, members from the DOGA Netball Team were extremely excited to
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  • Lok Fu Care Home Visit

    On 26th October 2019, more than 15 old girls representing the DOGA Community Service Sub-committee visited the Helping Hand Hong Kong Bank Foundation Lok Fu Care Home. Many also brought their husbands and children along
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  • DGS Alumnae Orchestra Summer Concert

    Under the baton of Ms. Synthia Ko, former DGS music teacher, the DGS Alumnae Orchestra held their summer concert on 13th July 2019. It was a great occasion for reminiscence, as different generations of musicians
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  • Finance Group Gathering June 2019

    DOGA Finance Career Interest Group held a networking event on 21st June 2019 at the heritage setting of LockCha Tea House in Hong Kong Park. Alumnae from across generations and a wide range of financial
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News Updates

  • 1 Suspension of DOGA Activities
  • 2 Condolences
  • 3 DOGA Mentoring Program 2020
  • 4 Congratulations to Mrs Stella Lau JP
  • 5 Events Calendar
  • Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, DOGA activities between February to April 2020 will be suspended.

     

     

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  • DOGA would like to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Ms MayLing Seen (Cheng), who taught Chinese at DGJS from 1950s to 1960s. As a devout Christian, Ms Seen is fondly remembered for not only imparting her knowledge of Chinese literature and history to her students, but also for her teaching of ethics.

    A memorial service will be held at 10 am on 16th December 2019 (Monday), at the Perth Chinese Christian Church at 146 Flamborough Street, Doubleview, Perth, Australia. Please contact DOGA if you are interested in making a donation in her memory to her church in lieu of flowers.

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  • The window of application for the fourteenth batch of DOGA Mentoring Program is now open! This is a twelve month program for the mentor and mentee to form into a mutually agreed learning partnership based on the career interests of the mentees, which could be face to face meetings, phone conversations, email correspondence or other communication via social network!
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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

    2020:
    February 8th – 14th Mentoring Programme Kick-off
    February 15 DOGA Interhouse Netball Competition
    March 7 Needle Felted Animals Workshop
    March 21 Tea Gathering with Former Teachers
    March Introduction of DOGA to S6 graduates
    DOGA Interhouse Basketball Tournament
    Social Sub-committee Event
    May 9 Art Club Mother's Day Event
    May DOGA Netball Team in Festival of Sports
    Social Sub-committee Event
    June 27 Art Club Summer Event
    June Community Chest Dumplings
    Annual General Meeting
    Finance Group Gathering
    Dr Symons Scholarship Selection
    S6 Graduation Dinner
    DGS' Career Fair

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One of the longest-serving male sports coaches at an all-girls school, Mr. K.L. Tang comes across as soft-spoken and friendly. Old girls say he is a man of few words. Those who have been taught and trained by him are thankful to him for influencing them, as evidenced by the recent retirement party in March hosted by old girls whom he has coached over 35 years. It was a memorable day for Mr. Tang, who had just led the DGS Athletics Team on an 11-year winning streak at the Division One Inter-School Athletics Competition following three days of track and field competitions at the Wan Chai Sports Ground.

                    
Division One Inter-School Athletics Competition 2017                                Retirement Party



“Top athletes must build the right foundation,” emphasised Mr. Tang during an interview with members of DOGA Editorial Sub-committee. “If the foundation is not good, you would fall eventually. You must be patient and not rush it. If you build upon an unsteady foundation, it gets harder to reach the top.” Mr. Tang’s own foundation in athletics was built early in life, during his primary and secondary school years, when he participated in sprinting, long jump, and throwing events. “There was no full-time coach in those days. The older athletes coached the younger ones.” He recalls going to weekly invitational athletic meets in the 1970s, with HK$5 of pocket money per day, less than half of which was used to buy lunch boxes. His proud achievements included defeating the Diocesan Boys’ School and Fung Kai Secondary School athletics teams, the latter of which won many meets but was always defeated by Mr. Tang’s relay team. He had also held the inter-school record for discus throwing.

 

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Mr Tang’s countless awards as an athlete and sportsman                                  As athletics coach at the 1986 Asian Games, Mr Tang
                                                                                                               helped to publicise for the 1988 Olympics



Mr. Tang spoke of two influential figures in his youth, both of whom inspired him to become a teacher and coach. The first was a teacher who tutored him one-on-one after school as he had to miss classes to attend athletic meets. “I was inspired by my teacher’s dedication to teaching, so I would always rush back for his tutorial.” Another was an athletics coach from another secondary school, whom he had met during one of the invitational meets and who eventually became his coach. “My coach was the one who inspired me to become one myself,” he said.

Why did he become a male coach at a girls’ school? After graduating from Grantham College of Education, Mr. Tang initially became a “coach of coaches”, teaching more than 120 P.E. teachers at Grantham, many of whom have since become coaches at other schools. “In those days, it was hard to find female coaches for throwing events, and that’s where I specialised. That’s why I was recruited by DGS,” he recalled.

 

Mr Tang led the HK team, including athletes and swimmers from DGS, to overseas competitions.


Mr. Tang played an instrumental role in developing more than 20 sports programs at DGS, the first of which was basketball in 1982. Over the years, he introduced other sports including cross country and volleyball. In recent years, he also added sports programs as diverse as dodgeball, indoor rowing, golf, archery, bowling, handball, and Dragon Boat racing. Some of these programs were started in the temporary campus in Shum Shui Po during the 1 Jordan Road campus renovation. “We had no space for sports, so indoor rowing and dodgeball were good choices.” He added that offering more diverse sports was a way to encourage more girls to participate.

Mr. Tang praises DGS girls both past and present as having very good team spirit and being well-behaved. He thinks the girls nowadays are multitalented and proactive in reaching out to teachers for guidance and assistance. Athletes are physically stronger and start training earlier, due in part to better nutrition and availability of sports venues. The athletics facilities at the newly renovated DGS campus also provide more resources for girls to engage in sports training.

 

                                                   
Mr Tang in GD bib at a Teachers vs Senior Prefects Friendly Netball Match in 1990s                        Coach in action


However, Mr. Tang thinks that the older generation of girls possessed a tougher mentality. “It may be that life is too smooth nowadays,” he reflected. “Setbacks and failures are necessary in training athletes’ mentality, so that they can overcome pressure and endure. Success does not come quickly. Building a solid foundation is key. My goal is to let athletes see their weakness, so that they know where to improve.”

He has a dual strategy for training athletes. Those who are used to winning need to compete in the big races first—ones that are more challenging to win. That way, they realise they are small fish in a big pond. When they feel challenged, they work harder. Those who lack confidence, on the other hand, need to compete in small races first, so they can slowly build up confidence.

When thinking of what he would miss most after leaving DGS, Mr. Tang’s immediate response was, “The students!” He treasures the special bond between the student and the teacher. Alongside parents, teachers play a vital role in the girls’ teenage years at DGS, helping them to develop their skills and discover their potential, as well as identify their strengths and weaknesses. He will miss the unique school environment at 1 Jordan Road, which provides a lot of resources, both for teaching and learning.

When asked about his two daughters, Mr. Tang spoke with a sparkle in his eyes, the way a proud father would. All three of his children, including his eldest son, now a college sophomore in the U.S., grew up as swimmers and athletes. In sharing about training his children, Mr. Tang offered more words of wisdom. “They have to like it themselves. Sports helps build confidence. You have to have expectations for yourself. No one can force you.” After he retires, he will of course continue to stay fit. “Nothing is more valuable than having a healthy and happy life!” Finally, for current and future DGS athletes, he has this piece of advice: 正選位置是自已争取,不是我给予妳的!