By Fung Yee Wang ('55)
Dear Old Boys,
This is to inform you that your Alma Mater has launched a school history project. The project was first conceived last summer when I returned to the school to search for materials on Rev. George She, Headmaster from 1955 to 1961.
In a meeting with Mr. Terence Chang, the current Headmaster, he asked me to consider mounting the project. I accepted the challenge and had a voluntary work group formed by the beginning of this year to do the research and writing. It comprised a retired professor of history (an expert in the field of history of education in HK) from CUHK who was the group leader, Dr. Tommy Lau (old boy of class 1963, formerly HK Government Record Service Director) and myself (old boy of class 1955).
Preliminary work had begun in April 2005, but unfortunately the leader had to resign for medical reasons in August. I then approached an equally esteemed retired professor from HKU to take her place. He had agreed to help, but again he was taken ill soon after his acceptance of our invitation. He too had to opt out. Now Tommy is the leader and I, the only other member of the group. We have a well-equipped office in the school and the support of three part-time research assistants.
The tentative title of the book is "To Lead and to Serve: History of the Diocesan Boys' School, 1869 - 2004" and the table of contents is as follows:
Part I: A Chronological View
1. The School in the Making: 1869 - 1918
2. Progress and Expansion: 1918 - 1941
3. Meeting the Challenges of the Time: 1941 - 1961
4. Striving for Excellence: 1961 - 1983
5. Continuity and Change: 1983 - 2000
6. A New Phase in Development: 2000 - 2004
Part II: Other Perspectives
7. The School Committee and Headmasters
8. Staffs and Students
9. The campus and School Life
10. Scholastic Activities
11. Extra-curricular Activities
12. The Alumni
Part III: Appendices
The manuscript (in Chinese) will be ready for the publisher by the end of August 2007 and will then be translated into English. It is planned that the Chinese version will be published in mid 2008 and the English version in late 2008 or early 2009, just in time for the 140th Anniversary.
I hope you will help us by (1) forwarding this letter to as many old boys as possible at your earliest convenience, and (2) responding to the following questionnaire (writing freely on a separate piece of paper if you like) on or before 31 December 2005.
Thanking you in anticipation of your assistance,
Fung Yee Wang ('55)
1 Nov 2005
1. Which year did you take your HKCEE?
2. When did you leave DBS?
3. What did you do after leaving DBS? Further your studies/Work?
4. What is your present educational/professional qualification?
5. If you have ever studied and/or worked outside HK, please describe.
6. What profession/trade are you presently engaged in?
7. Do you have any fond memories of your school days to share with others?
- About yourself
- About your schoolmates
- About your teachers
- About your Headmaster(s)
- About the non-teaching staff
- About the campus
- About school life
8. Other comments
9. Your name please (optional, but we would appreciate your putting down your name as this is a historical document)