• 13th Mentorship Program

    On 12th January 2019, the DOGA Membership Sub-committee hosted a kick-off session for the 13th Mentorship Program. Since the program launched over a decade ago, this year we received a record high number of responses
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  • DOGA vs DGS End-of-Term Netball Match

    The “last day of first term” marks a long tradition for the end-of-term netball match between DOGA and the DGS team, followed by a netball match between teachers and prefects. The DOGA vs DGS match
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  • Art Club Tea Cup Painting Workshop

    To welcome Chinese New Year and the spring season, the Art Club organised a Chinese Tea Cup Painting Workshop on 19th January 2019. Because of DGS campus renovations, the workshop was held at a cosy
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  • DOGA Graduate Singers Annual Concert

    The Diocesan Graduate Singers took the stage at the Chai Wan Y Theatre on 17th November 2018 to perform selections by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Richard Rodgers and Frederick Loewe. To highlight musical excerpts from Evita,
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News Updates

  • 1 Diocesan Graduate Singers - Open for Recruitment
  • 2 DOGA Inter-house Netball Tournament 2019
  • 3 Condolences
  • 4 Visit to Lok Sin Tong Nursing Home
  • 5 DOGA Social Kee Wah Baking Workshop
  • 6 Congratulations to Mrs Stella Lau JP
  • 7 Events Calendar
  • Diocesan Graduate Singers is open for recruitment! We welcome all alumnae with an interest in singing, whether serious vocalists, enthusiasts or amateurs. If you enjoy singing and can attend regular rehearsals on Friday evenings from 7:15pm – 8:45pm, you are welcome to join us!

    An audition will be held on Friday 15 March between 6:15pm – 7:15pm at DGJS Room 801. This audition allows us to know more about you as well as determining your voice part.If you are interested, please kindly fill in the attached google form https://goo.gl/forms/TNPwC2eoMxFIoIs82 by 28 Feb 2019. A confirmation email will be sent to you to confirm your audition time.

    Due to limited vacancies for recruitment and in case of over subscription, we will send you an email within a week after your audition to notify you of the results.

    For further enquiries, please email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you soon!

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  • The Annual DOGA Inter-house Netball Tournament 2019 will be held on 9th March 2019 (Saturday), 09:00-13:00 at the Indoor Gym (4/F of SIP Building). All DOGA members are welcome to join. Kindly contact your Netball House Reps listed below by 28th February 2019 for enrolment which is free of charge!

    You are also encouraged to come support your houses as spectators and cheering teams. Please contact your House Reps for registration and arrangement. We look forward to seeing you all at this fun and exciting annual event! Thank you.

    House Reps for registration:
    Gibbins – Gessy Li This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Hurrell – Rita Yeh This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Sawyer – Lee Cheuk Pui This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Skipton - Polly Yu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Symons - Myra Kong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    Overall arrangement – Nicky Wong This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / Anna Yu This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     

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  • It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our past DOGAL Honorary Treasurer, MAUREEN TIM CHUN SO (Class of 1968), on 24th January 2019. Maureen was the Honorary Treasurer of DOGAL and the Chair of the DOGAL Finance Sub-committee from 2002-2009.
    A memorial service will be held at 8pm on Wednesday 13th February 2019 at the 永寧堂, 2nd floor of Universal Funeral Parlour in Hung Hom; followed by a cremation ceremony the next day (14th February 2019) at 11:30am at the Diamond Hill Crematorium.

    DOGA would like to express our deepest condolences on the passing of Mrs. Elizabeth Lo Fong Sok Ki on the 25th December 2018 at the age of 82. Mrs. Lo was a long serving member of the School Council for 29 years from 1982 to 2011, a parent of alumna and a role model to many as a devout servant of Christ at St Andrew’s Church.

    Our heartfelt sympathies to the family of Mrs. Anita Yau Liang Man-Wai who passed away on the 18th October 2018. Mrs. Yau is fondly remembered as

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  • The Community Service Subcommittee is organising a visit to the Lok Sin Tong Hoi Wang Road Nursing Road (the “Nursing Home”), a residential care home for the elderly, in the morning of 23 February 2019, Saturday. We have arranged members of the Choir Subcommittee to sing songs to the elderly at the Nursing Home that morning and would like to invite any alumnae who are interested to join and serve in this upcoming event. In particular, we encourage members to bring along their children to such a meaningful event.

    Members interested in participating in the event please reply via the google form below before noon on 31 January 2019. There is only space for 10 members with their family (no domestic helpers please). First-come-first-served! Registration commences at 9:00 a.m. on 21 January 2019 (registrations earlier will be disregarded).

    Google Form: https://goo.gl/forms/2kx01dSJl527CMC63

    Details of the visit of the Nursing Home are as follows:

    Date: 23 February 2019, Saturday

    Time: 10:00 am to 11:00 a.m.

    Our Meeting Time: 2nd Floor of the Nursing Home at 9:30 a.m.

    Venue: Lok Sin Tong Hoi

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  • Due to the popular demand of the Kee Wah baking workshops last year, the Social Sub-committee has arranged another round of workshop to bake the all-time Hong Kong traditional style snacks - Chinese sweet crispies with cashew ”馬仔“ and animated cartoon looking milk tart and egg tart.

    Join us on 16th March 2019 (Saturday)at Kee Wah Studio Workshop, 2/F, 188 Queen’s Road East, Wanchai.


    Details of the event can be found here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1b0a-lZV9jWK2_f8C6isc3nQhmOXXWtWt

    · Registration opens: 9:00am on 24 January 2019 (Thursday)

    · Registration link for Workshop A: https://goo.gl/WZGRiy

    · Registration link for Workshop B: https://goo.gl/vVaJP3

    · First come first served.

    . For enquiries , please contact us at 2771 5881 or an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


    See you there!

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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

    2019:
    February 23 Community Service visit to Lok Sin Tong
    March 4 Introduction of DOGA to S6 Graduates
    March 9 DOGA Inter-house Netball Tournament
    March 16 Social Sub-committee Kee Wah Baking Workshop
    May 4 Art Club Mother's & Father's Day Event
    May DOGA Netball Team in Festival of Sports
    Social Sub-committee Event
    June 15 Dr Symons Scholarship Selection
    DOGA AGM
    June 29 DGS University Fair
    Art Club Summer Event
    June Visit to S6 Graduation Dinner
    Community Chest Dumplings Making
    DOGA Inter-house Basketball Competition
    July Support of S5 Job Shadowing Programme

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Dr. Catherine Joyce Symons

Dr. Symons in her office

The following is excerpted from 'A Tribute to Dr. C. J. Symons C.B.E., J.P. (14 March 1985)':


Dr. C.J. Symons was appointed headmistress in 1953, having served twice before as Acting Headmistress. She was the first local headmistress following a long line of expatriates including Miss Betty Gibbons, her predecessor.


The school has played such a major role in her life that to many of us the letters "DGS" and "CJ" have come to mean one and the same thing.


"CJ" stands, of course, for Catherine Joyce.


Born in Shanghai in 1918, Joyce Anderson (as she then was) came with her family to Hongkong in the early 1920s and was educated at the school she would later serve as headmistress.


Dr. Symons joined the staff in 1939 as a geography teacher after graduating from the University of Hongkong and rejoined it after the Japanese occupation in 1948 after returning from London with her husband, Dr. Robert Symons. She served twice as Acting Headmistress before being appointed as headmistress.


In the past three decades she has come to be regarded as one of Hongkong's most distinguished educationalists, doyenne of school heads, and much else.


A respected commentator on social and educational issues, Dr. Symons has served in the Urban, Legislative and Executive Councils under Sir David Trench and Sir Murray MacLehose.


She was the first woman appointed to the Executive Council.


In addition, Dr. Symons has served on many Government committees, including the Board of Education, the target committee of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, the Transport Advisory Committee and the University and Polytechnic Grants Committee.


In Dr. Symons' leadership, as an educationalist, there has always been a wholeness of approach. This is first to be seen in what she conceives of as the cultural heritage to be transmitted by the school.


Through the years, she has encouraged the girls to see themselves as part of a historical tradition beginning from "the gallant women since 1860".


She described in the following way the aim in the education of this select group:

"..... to give ..... some insight into the treasures of Western culture based on Christian/Classical Graeco Roman concepts, comparing and contrasting these with the traditions of Chinese civilization."


She had in mind particular qualities of an educated woman, of being ....." patient listeners, relaxed conversationalist, trenchant debaters, lucid speakers, convincing writers, and people who know themselves....."


The following events and changes took place in the school under the leadership of Dr. Symons :

 

1954 Upper Sixth opened with the introduction of a two-year Advanced Level course leading to matriculation to the University of Hong Kong.

 

1956 Physics and Chemistry were introduced into Forms V and VI, full Mathematics to Form I and General Science to Primary 5.

 

1959 The 1913 Hall was replaced by the Centenary Hall.

September : The Junior School became private.

September : The Senior School was re-organized, but only on the academic side. There were now three Form I's with the new third stream set aside for girls from all over Hong Kong who were sent to us by the Education Department upon their successful participation in the Joint Primary Six Examination.

September : Examination positions were dropped. Promotion was based on the assessment (with grace marks) of examinations term-work, with supplementary examinations for border-line cases. The aim was to encourage a girl to work more consistently at her own level with less exaggerated emphasis on marks and positions. Transfer from stream to stream would be made annually after the summer examinations.

A new Library was opened with a total of 2,200 books. (In 1977 there were 12,250 books).

With a new Gymnasium an expatriate teacher of Physical Education was appointed.

 

1960 The Governor Sir Robert Black and Lady Black, together with 3 past headmistresses Miss H.D. Sawyer, Miss A.W. Hurrell and Miss E.M. Gibbons were guests of honour at the Centenary Speech Day on 10th January.

 

1961 - 1967 Years of settling in, consolidating all the resources as a three-stream grammar school with two Upper Sixes and a Form VI General fot those leaving after a sixth year for studies abroad or vocational training in Hong Kong.

 

1965 May : The Parent Teacher Association under the chairmanship of Mr. K.C. Pang donated a large 25m swimming pool to the School.

 

1966 The Rt. Rev. Gilbert Baker became Chairman of the School Council.

 

1967 The riots in the summer months were difficult times. For the first time since the War there was no Bazaar, and permission was given to launch an Annual Appeal for educational necessities not covered by grant. These include library expenses, swimming pool expenses, orchestra expenses and the non-grant of major repairs and refurbishing.

Sex education was introduced and some form of political education was started in the senior forms.

The boarding school had to be partially closed.

 

1968 A very successful Chinese play made a handsome contribution of over $16,000 for the improvement of facilities in th Hall.

September : New liberal studies were planned for the sixth forms, and in the junior secondary forms of I, II and III core curricula were introduced with studies in Scripture, History and Literature focusing on Geography.

 

1973 In the Junior School examination positions were abolished.

With the introduction of reponsibility allowances for Senior Graduates and Senior Assistant Mistresses, Dr. Symons was able to diversify various chains of command and thus to decentralise the administration of the School.

The Boarding School was closed in July.

 

1974 After further correspondence with the Education Department, the School Council finally decided to rebuild the Junior School.

A twelve-classroom Junior School with two additional rooms (to be donated later by The Welfare League) was planned. The design of a school building of two floors was highly recommended in an architectural competition.

September : The Junior School building was demolished. The whole Junior School (Primary 3-6) came over to the Senior School for a year.

The old Hall, former dormitory renovated from the pre-war playshed was vastly improved in memory of the late Bishop R.O. Hall who had retired in 1966.

 

1975 January : Ngo Kee Co. was invited to build the Junior School in 150 days at an initial cost of about $1,419,257.76.

September : Mrs. Rachel Benton was appointed Headmistress of the Junior School. Mrs. Symons was invited to remain as Supervisor. The new Junior School building was occupied on the first day of term.

 

1976 September : A new Form I for girls sent by the Education Department for a three-year course was opened.

Lower secondary forms have been reorganised as mixed-ability forms.

 

1978 January : Sir Murray and Lady MacLehose headed a gathering of about a thousand guests to visit the School's Exhibition on the theme of "Change and Challenge", to celebrate the centenary of DGS as a grant school.


Dr. Symons retired in March 1985, marking the end of 32 years as head and the end of 60 years' association with the school which began with her entry into class nine.


Dr. Symons passed away peacefully at the age of 85 on 11 June 2004 in England.

 

Relaxing

A recent visit

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