|Loss of a beloved former teacher and principal of QES - Mr. Terry Chamberlain
I first met Mr. Chamberlain in 1955 when he arrived in Hong Kong to join the staff of Queen Elizabeth School. Mr.
Cheong Wai Fung, the Principal of QES, asked me to meet him and to see that he settled down in the hotel to
which he had been allocated until he could find government quarters. In fact I did not need to do more than
welcome him as his elder brother, who worked in the PWD, was there to meet him. I invited him to my home with
his wife and children for lunch a few days later and thereafter we became good friends, a friendship which lasted
long after we had left Hong Kong.
Mr. Chamberlain soon proved to be an excellent teacher of Mathematics and a valuable colleague who
established friendly relationships with both students and colleagues. A keen hockey player and for many years a
stalwart of the Hong Kong hockey team, he introduced hockey to the school and soon recruited an enthusiastic
team of hockey players. He was not only a gifted teacher and sportsman but an outstanding educator, concerned
about the development of his students as people, not only as students who passed their examinations.
After a few years in QES Mr. Chamberlain was transferred to Northcote Traing College (later renamed College of
Education), but then in 1967 he returned to QES as Principal when I was transferred to be Principal of Northcote. I
was sad at leaving QES but was delighted that he was to take my place, knowing that the school was in good
I was disappointed when only three years later he was moved from QES to be the Principal of Sir Robert Black
College of Education, yet this had fruitful results for the Colleges. Thanks to our eagerness to co-operate and our
friendship with the Principal of Grantham College of Education, Mr. Kwok Wai Man, also a former teacher at QES,
we were able to introduce valuable improvements in the Colleges, particularly in the method of selecting
students. We now did this jointly instead of each College conducting its own separate selection procedure.
Moreover, in our meetings in the Education Department we were able to speak with one voice, having decided
beforehand on our policy.
After Mr. Chamberlain and later I retired we remained in close touch. He and his wife stayed with us in Vienna
and we with them in England and later, when he became ill, I was able to visit him a few times.
Mr. Chamberlain contributed much to education in Hong Kong and, through his personality, enriched the lives of
those who came in contact with him. I am grateful to have had the privilege of knowing him.
|We just learned of the sad news that our beloved former teacher and principal Mr. Terry Chamberlain passed
away on January 18, 2012. Mr. Chamberlain was well loved by his students and staff and as told by Dr. Hinton
(see below), he contributed much to the Hong Kong education system throughout his career. A note of
condolence has been sent to Mr. Chamberlain's family from QESOSA Ontario Chapter.
The following is a message from Dr. Hinton.