Reported by Nancy K. Tang (65FA)
We arrived at Heathrow early in the morning of April 17th, 2008 after an all-nighter over the Atlantic. The drive to Chesterfield, a mere
three and a half hours, was not without incidents, but we arrived safely at 10 Ridd Way just short before 1:00 p.m. Arthur was already
waiting by the large front window in his dining room, wondering whether he should start lunch without us!
We were happy to see he was in good spirit. Shortly after, the three of us were having lunch at one of his favourite restaurants by the
lake, within walking distance from his home, enjoying a rare afternoon of warm sun in England. His wound from the second operation in
January was almost healed and he only used the cane as a precaution when he went out. After lunch, we had a leisure walk around the
little lake, greeted by a few neighbours walking their dogs and a couple of water fowls swimming peacefully by. It was comforting to
know that Arthur was feeling his strength coming back to him.
Later at home, we gave Arthur his Birthday presents and also a gift from Susan Wong (FA61). He read with muse and affection the
Birthday card from the FA65 graduates in Toronto, Ontario. He excitedly told me how surprised he was to receive emails and greetings
from students around the globe throughout the week.
He had a tentative plan for the next day. After his hospital visit in the morning, we would visit the countryside and small towns nearby.
Then we would meet his daughter and son-in-law for dinner at a restaurant midway between Arthur’s home and theirs.
Arthur woke us up at eight (Please don’t be alarmed, after being with us in Toronto a few times, Arthur knows we are late sleepers. As
long as he knows where the juice, cereal, bread, butter, jam and toaster are, he is good at taking care of himself in the morning until I get
up and make the coffee! ) and he already had set the breakfast table – juice poured, croissants being warmed in the oven, and coffee
ready. To show my appreciation and partly cover my embarrassment, but truly from the bottom of my heart, I flew to his side and gave
him a big hug and yelled, “Happy Birthday!”
We opted to drive him to the hospital rather than letting him drive himself while we waited at home. Actually I delegated the driving to
James as I can only handle an automatic! Honestly, after being the navigator during our stay, I wonder how many tense moments James
had actually given Arthur with his driving! The fact was, it was quite a challenge for James to drive a standard transmission car after forty
years, and on the ‘wrong’ side of the road, not to mention the various sizes of the numerous roundabouts, if you know what I mean… For
the next couple of days, while sitting at the back seat, I heard many times Arthur spoke with his usual gentle voice, “Take a right turn here
but keep left!” or “ It’s best to stay on this side of the road!”
At the hospital, the doctor gave Arthur a clean bill of health after a short visit. His infection was all gone, but Arthur preferred to have his
dry bandage on just to protect his ankle for a little longer. That we totally agreed.
So with the three lighter hearts, we made our ways to the Peak District National Park, to test once again, James’ driving skill on windy
and winding roads. We were up at Stanton-on-the-hill through steep and curved one-lane served as two-lane roads, passing through
farms and acres of rolling hills and tranquil dales, a real English countryside reminding us of some British movies, like “Sense and
sensibility” or “Little women”. We had lunch at another Arthur’s favourite place, the Lathkil Hotel. Our table by the window overlooked the
valley below. There were endless green pasture with stoned walls (My 2007 trip-mates to Kentucky, USA: remember our trip there and
Cecilia Chu, our FA65 friend, told us about the walls created by the skilled stonemason from Ireland?) with lots of pheasants running
around. There were also horses, all covered with blankets and sheep, round and plump as the shearing season had not begun.
After treating Arthur to his Birthday lunch, we stopped by Bakewell and bought a Bakewell pudding, recommended by Helen Cheng
(FA66) as a must-try! This ‘pudding’ is definitely a pie - with crust and filling! Had the Brits got confused all that time and call it a
The ‘Birthday Boy’ treated us to a wonderful Italian dinner in Matlock Bath where we met Hedy Ann and Bob for the first time. He was
very jubilant that day, counting the number of telephone calls he had been receiving from old students. He chatted with Savio Lee (FA64)
in California in the morning. At home after dinner, with a broad smile on his face, he told us by the phone message from Mi Ki Kan
(FA57) in Toronto, he listened to Susan Kan’s angelic voice singing Happy Birthday to him!
The previous day, we had a very lovely tour of the Chatsworth, the Stately home of the Duke of Devonshire. We felt it was only right for us
to offer our help to Arthur with his packing since our visit had kept him busy for many days. On this rainy Sunday, Arthur finally gave in
and let us helped him with some packing. Having stayed in this ‘little bungalow’ for eighteen years and with so many books, gifts and
memorandum collected through the years, it was not easy for him to downsize to a one bedroom apartment. James went up to the attic
to sort out the last bits of stashed away and we made room in his garage for future storing. Then we sorted out a few boxes for Hedy
Ann to pick up in the afternoon for her future garage sale.
Visit to Woodland Padlocks in Wolverhampton
When Arthur suggested that we could visit the Woodland Padlocks on the last day of our visit, we gladly complied. Arthur’s future home
is in a retirement complex run by the Quakers. The Padlock Flats is in a very nice and serene surrounding in the town of Wolverhampton,
about 2 hours’ drive away. We met with the very friendly staff and even visited the home of one of his soon-to-be new neighbours. It was
good to know he will be joining the weekly gathering of German speaking group and he will be among some theatre loving neighbours.
Later in the afternoon, after shopped and bought the two major appliances, stove/oven and freezer/fridge, Arthur is another step closer
to begin his new life in the new home, in a new town, meeting and making new friends.
It was not easy to say good-bye but we were delighted to spend his 88th Birthday with him. We also know that we will meet again soon,
if not in Hong Kong by November, then in Canada which he plans to visit after his Hong Kong trip, maybe in 2009!
Arthur, we cannot wait to see you again! Have an exceptionally happy year of being 88 years young!
*I have been feeling kind of awkward to call Dr. Hinton by his first name even for the last several years he has repeatedly insisted that we
should. I made a conscience effort after I learnt this common practice of addressing everyone by their given names in senior complex
has its benefits.
Check out the photo gallery for James and Nancy's visit to Mr. Hinton here!
Mi Ki and Susan Kan was our gracious host who took a bunch of QES schoolmates and Dr. Hinton to their beautiful
home for a "warm up" Welcome Party. Then they had a dinner gathering at a Mississauga restaurant and everybody
had a great time. You can view some of the Welcome Party pictures here.
|while vacationing with
FA66 group at the Inn of
the Sea Resort, Nanaimo
|James HK and Nancy
Tang arrived to join them
|Dr. Hinton's favourite
bench by the water's edge
|Only meal time would get
|So much choices, even for
|And Elisha likes eggs!
|And...there is food on the
|Dr. Hinton: I hope you are
not going to finish
everything on the table!
|Elisha has to hide outside
to enjoy his steamed crab!
|A rare picture of busybee
leader Kinsley Lo!
|Canoe trip at Sai Kung
Camp? Re-living a dream
of years gone by!
|Happy campers on waters
|Need a flashlight!
|This is how we did the
action to this song in the
good old days!
|And I can do this!
|After a while, the sun finally
rises at 5:20 a.m.
|Dr. Hinton took a break
from eating and smiles at
|Another break from eating
to take a picture of other
|Davideo with his catch of
|My dinner...best to steam,
|A strange find while
|Snack time - LB's home
made sweet dumplings
|Picnic at Gold Stream Park
|Yummy! Sweet dumplings
are almost ready...
|Quiet and peaceful...
|And then, dinner time!!!
|Camp fire is burning,
camp fire is burning, draw
nearer, draw nearer...
|Dr. Hinton, remember
|Waiting for mashmellows...
|A stroll in the Beacon Park,
|For once, Dr. Hinton is not
the subject of our shoot
|Both Kinsley and his better
half, Terry, deserves a
|What a model!
|Look, he's here!
|I want to be in the picture
|Two long time friends
sharing a joyous moment!
|What's so interesting?
|I've got to take this shot!
|Smile, Patrick and Julie!
|Wow, he is so friendly!
|After the double expresso
at the Marina Cafe, a walk
down the pier to enjoy the
|Spring is here!
|My favourite teacher!
|Gone with the wind?
|Nothing much, just a
typical B.C. scenery...
|From Sea to Sky!
|The FA66 group in front of
Empress Hotel, Victoria
|Capturing the sunset in
|What a beautiful sunset!
|River with Miranda Leung,
Dr. M.C. Poon (Calgary)
|Richmond Olympic Oval
already in service
|Inside the Olympic Oval,
most likely won't be here
next year (2010)
|While Mary Chiu has an
|Jackie Chiu hard at work
(with Moo-moo apron, no
|Tracking Dr. Hinton: Vancouver
Click on the thumbnail to see the full-sized picture.
|Over 100 people attended
the BBQ event!
|Dr. Hinton chit chatting
with old boys and girls. He
looks as young as ever!
|Good time are enjoyed by
|James So pays us a rare
|Picture with Dr. Hinton
|Another group shot
|The QESOSA Ontario 20th
|Dr. Hinton with some
|Cake cutting ceremony
In conjunction with our 20th Anniversary celebration, we are also raising funds for the QESOSA Ontario
Embrace Quality Education by making a donation with the pledge form (download from here).
QESOSA Ontario has been contributing to a scholarship fund for QESOSA Primary and Secondary
Schools since 1999. We want this legacy to continue and you can help make history by making a
donation to the QESOSA Ontario scholarship fund. Please see the pledge form for details.
Please support this meaningful cause!
|Support QESOSA Ontario to Embrace Quality Education!
|First 20th Anniversary Celebration Event - Welcome Party for Dr. Hinton
|Second 20th Anniversary Celebration Event - Joint-School BBQ at Milliken Park
|Dr. Hinton with Mi Ki and
Susan, Nancy and Barbara
|Mi Ki's beautiful home
|Dr. Hinton with George
and Winnie Wong, with Mi
Ki on the right
|Dr. Hinton shares a good
laugh with Woo Ming Ko
|Group shot No. 1
|Group shot No. 2
|Third 20th Anniversary Celebration Event - Exploring Ontario (Trip to Camp Stellar)
|The dock of Camp Stellar.
|Winnie & Nancy trying out
the paddle boat...Oops,
forgot to put on the life
jackets! Bad move!
|George is trying hard to
hook the worm....
|We're back... but no catch!
|The dining room
|Dr. Hinton relaxing in the
sun porch with Winnie
|and of course James.
|Bye bye! It has been a
|In front of Camp Stella with
|With a book in hand, bright
sun, warm breeze and lots
of laughter around....he's
|Getting to know you...
Dr. Hinton chats with Julie
|The Grand Finale - 20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner
|Some sing-alongs for
|and of course James.
|The QESOSA Ontario mix
choir performs a Tribute
Song "To Sir With Love" to
all our teachers
|To our health!
|Dr. Hinton is busy signing
his autograph for his book
"Only A Teacher"
|Lee Yun Gun (64) came all
the way from LA to join!
Picture taken with
classmate Jennifer Ma
|James H.K. Tang, also
Our MC of the night -
founding President of
|When old friends meet -
it's the happiest moment!
Dr. Hinton greets long time
friend Erika Whitney
|Dr. Hinton, accompanied
give toast to each and
|Dr. Hinton is happy to
meet so many of his
|Our President Barbara
Yang welcomes everybody
|their skills in ballroom
dancing to raise money for
our scholarship fund
|Cindy Cheng (from NY),
Linda Lee (Toronto), Irene
Yip (Calgary) and Tilda Hui
(Toronto) are all from 68FA
|Toronto Elton John?
George Wong shows his
|Connie Lee won the first
prize but donates it back to
the scholarship fund, in
the true spirit of QES!
|Everybody was trying to
hang on as long as
possible to not to let the
|Lee Yun Gun shares a
laugh with Dr. Hinton
|George Wong, Mary Chiu,
Dr. Hinton, Winnie Wong
and Julie Look (left to right)
|Our "seniors" old students
pose with our teachers
I was greatly honoured by the warmth of the welcome I received at the 20th anniversary
celebrations of the Ontario Chapter of the OSA. It gives me great joy to know that so many of you have
happy memories of your years at QES and that the education you received there, the wider education
and not just the academic learning, has stood you in good stead in subsequent years. I am very happy
also to see that many of the friendships made at school have lasted over the decades.
Education should aim at the development of the individual morally, emotionally, intellectually,
spiritually and in other ways, i.e. at the full development of the individual as a member of society, and
many of us teachers tried in our various ways to be true to this ideal Friendship contributes to this
development and so good friends are very important in our lives. The older I get the more I appreciate
the friends I have had and the friends, many of them from QES, who I still have and who contribute
more than they realise to the continuing development of my life and understanding.
To conclude this short homily I would like to emphasise that my years in QES formed an important
part of my own education for, while trying to help in your education, I was myself being educated by your
successes and failures, your behaviour, your ideas and activities. I owe you my thanks.
Hot off the Press! Greetings from Dr. Hinton!
Read more feedbacks and comments from participants of our 20th Anniversary events here.
|QES 55th Anniversary Celebration 2009!
(View Picture Galleries here)
|The magic of 55 – a brief account of how QES celebrates as it reaches fifty-five years
It is not quite right to say QES’s 55th birthday came with a big bang because the fun began from October and after
wonderful fun festivities throughout the whole weekend of December 12 and 13, ended with one magical evening affair.
Much to my regret, I missed the Speech Day and presentation ceremony on December 11 when many were to be
recognized, including the major sponsors of the Education Fund. The QESOSA Ontario is one of the proud Bronze
sponsors of the fund in support of the OSA Hong Kong for a broader scope and higher level in the education of future
generations. Dr. Arthur Hinton, the keynote speaker, thrilled everyone by keeping his promise made at the Golden Jubilee,
that in five years if he is still in good health, he would come back to QES and meet the students again.
The Homecoming Day cum Annual Open Day on Sunday, December 14, was such a gorgeous day with bright sunshine
and warm breeze. Posted on boards at the school entrance were loads of congratulatory notes and letters. The four
house flags together with the colourful event banner and the brilliantly designed QES’s 55th logo adorned the stage set up
in front of the football field. This early morning official ceremony also marked the official opening of the school’s newly
turfed football field. For the ribbon cutting, QES Principal, Mr. K. K. Tong invited a few distinguished guests including Dr.
Arthur Hinton (former Principal), Dr. Wai Ki Tong (Chief Patron of QESOSA for QES 55th Anniversary Celebration), Mr.
Alain Lo, (Chairman of QES Parents-Teachers’ Association), and Mr. Henry Tong (Chairman of QESOSA Hong Kong).
After the ceremony, while a friendly football match was taking place on the lush green grass of the field, refreshments
made by students were being served at the covered playground and all kinds of booths set up on the basketball field were
ready to receive guests. Besides the PTA stall, there were FA69’s own stall and too many booths of clubs, societies, and
special interests to count. Special recognition was given to the FA 1969 as the main driving force behind the celebration
event. Many of the FA69 Graduates took pictures in front of their booth with their very own tee shirts and wearing a proud
smile all morning long.
The 55th Birthday Banquet at Laguna Palace Restaurant was such an overwhelming night. There were bus-loads after
bus-loads of dinner guests being transported from the school to the restaurant. A hundred banquet tables occupied the
entire floor of the building and there were people everywhere. There was always a jubilant crowd in the front hall for group
photos and another large lineup by the stage to take class pictures. Time flew by as students meeting students, students
greeting teachers, and teachers being recognized and served; friendship rekindled, old times reminisced, childhood jokes
and stories told and re-told. Under the blinding flashes of many cameras, hearty laughter here and there and glasses
clinking everywhere -- who cares about what is being served on the dining table!!!
The stage was a busy place too with the evening’s three emcees, speeches and musical performances. And who could
forget the lucky draw prizes! There were numerous happy faces, particularly those many who received lucky money as the
draw prize. Our generous OSA Chairman, Mr. Henry Tong, having presented the top prize of $5,000 to the lucky winner,
donated another top cash prize of $5,500 – to commemorate QES’s 55 years! This could be the highlight of the evening;
or maybe it should be when all the teachers from the 55 years who were at the banquet gathered on stage for a group
photo? To me, the teachers are our most valued “prize” in our life!
Thank you, teachers. Thank you, QES!
Reported by Nancy Tang (Leung Kit-Sze) FA65
|Dr. Hinton speaks at the QES
Following picture at left: Dr. Hinton at the QESOSA Ontario dinner celebration for his 90th Birthday in Toronto.(Use the links below
these two pictures to see more photos from our collections)
Picture at right:
Dr. Hinton spontaneity is adorable. Picture taken at the joint function in Vancouver
|Dr. Hinton has completed his North American trip for
a joint function to celebrate his 90th Birthday by 3
QESOSA Chapters gathering at Toronto hosted by
QESOSA Ontario. The two events have been
enjoyed by almost 200 guests and alumni, coming
from all around the world! And we are happy to know
that our beloved principal is still full of energy and wit.
During the two events, we have produced a special
slide show "Only a Teacher?" to salute Dr. Hinton.
You may watch it by clicking the picture on the left.
You may be asked to install a special plugin called
Photodex Presenter if you don't have it already in
your computer. Photodex is a reputable company
which specializes in slide show software so there is
no concern for security or legitimacy. When you see
the picture on the left (the main menu) simple press
the SPACE BAR to start the show. Pressing SPACE
BAR again pauses it. ESC gets you out of the show.
Make sure you turn on your speakers and watch the
show with the background music!
The slide show include many rare pictures of Dr.
Hinton, thanks to contributors from all over the world.
It was a global team effort. Enjoy!
|"Only a Teacher?" Slide Show Main Menu
(SPACE BAR to PLAY and PAUSE. ESC to stop the show)
Warning: Large file (Hi Speed Internet connection recommended)
|To see more pictures from the QESOSA Ontario dinner celebration, please
To see pictures from the QESOSA Ontario Welcome Party for Dr. Hinton click
|To see pictures from the Vancouver joint function,
please click here. More pictures in here and here.
| Two Memorable Gatherings with Dr. Hinton in Toronto James YC Chan (FA56)
Dr. Hinton, who turned 90 in April 2010, visited Toronto from June 18 to 25 after attending his 90th birthday dinner in
Vancouver on June 12. Over 100 guests including teachers, students and friends from different parts of the world attended this
memorable event which was jointly organized by Miranda Leung Yeung (BC), Peter Tin Yau Poon (USA) and Nancy Tang
Welcoming in the Birthday King Arthur
On June 19, the Ontario Chapter held a welcome party for Dr. Hinton which was attended by more than 40 people, including
former teacher Mrs. Ko and Dr. Hinton’s friends Erika Whitney, Prof. Bernard Luk and his wife Fatima. The guests enjoyed a
delicious buffet lunch and a sweet soup prepared by Lee Shiu-Ki (FA58), who is known for his fine culinary skills.
During lunch, Nancy (FA65) and James HK Tang (FA61) shared some photos taken at the Vancouver dinner in a slide show.
The board of directors then presented two birthday cakes which were cut by Dr. Hinton. After the birthday song, Dr. Hinton
gave a short speech of thanks and everyone was amused by his good sense of humour. The choir group led by George Wong
(FA65) sang “To Sir With Love” again after their well received performance at the 20th anniversary dinner last year. This was
followed by a duet of “Stand By Me” by George and Barbara Yang (FA78). During the interlude of the song, Nancy and James
HK Tang joined in and danced a few rumba steps. The song kicked off a popular karaoke session of western and Chinese folk
songs. To promote wellness to members and guests, our head scout James YC Chan (FA56) gave a demonstration of Tai Chi
and led the audience to practise some warm up exercise. All present enjoyed the reunion and were well entertained.
A Dinner of Appreciation
On June 24, a dinner with Dr. Hinton was held at an upscale Chinese restaurant in Richmond Hill. The 70 attendees included
former teachers Mrs. Ko and Mrs. Lena Wong with her husband Dr. Denis Wong, our joint-school friends from BPS, KC and
QC, old students and friends.
The board of directors presented a Chinese scroll as a souvenir to Dr. Hinton. The couplet on the scroll: “春風化雨, 碩德耆
年” was chosen by Lee Shiu-Ki and written by master calligrapher Mr. Chu Ching-Hing. Roland Pong (FA62) provided a poetic
translation: has come to attain.”
The dinner program was started with a congratulatory speech by Barbara Yang, president of the Ontario Chapter. This was
followed by a surprise solo performance of “The Greatest Love Of All” by Susan Kan, wife of Mi Ki Kan (FA57). Jerry Liu
(FA68) then presented a slide show entitled “Only A Teacher?”, which profiled Dr. Hinton from 1920 to the present. It was a
touching moment when the audience joined in and sang “Good Luck, Good Health, God Bless You” at the end of the
presentation. The board then presented a PAL version DVD of the slide show to Dr. Hinton, along with the Ontario Chapter’s
20th anniversary photo CD “Looking Back 20 Years”.
Near the end of the dinner, Nancy Tang thanked those who donated towards Dr. Hinton’s 90th Birthday Scholarship Fund and
reported that the proceeds amounted to over HK$70,000. A photo session concluded the memorable gathering filled with the
warmth of friendship and appreciation.
We all wish Dr. Hinton good health and happiness in the years to come and look forward to celebrating his centenary birthday