Celebrating the past, present and future of HKIS
Big hitter: Bob Christian Award
HKIS to the Sunshine State winner announced
We catch up with
Meet the Class of 2011
Rwanda: HKIS service shines
Homecoming 2012 dates revealed
Dear HKIS Alumni
David (D.J.) J. Condon Rohini Chotirmal
H KIS first opened the doors in Repulse
Bay to 630 multi-national, multi-faith A s excitement built up on the HKIS campus
at the end of the school year, I reflect back
Welcome! students in September 1967. Some of you are
no doubt part of that historic class. All of you
are part of the alumni family.
on my graduation 22 years ago!
Senior breakfast at the American Club, sign-
ing yearbooks in what is now the UP hallways,
My connection came a little bit later. In 1983, graduation T-shirts and plans of how we would
I arrived to spend a year at Chinese Univer- keep in touch since we didn’t have email, Face-
sity with the goal to improve my book, the internet or cell phones
Mandarin. Little did I know I back then. How things have
was embarking on a journey that changed...
would bring me back to Hong
Kong, and HKIS, 25-years later. With technology at its best, we
have more ways to communicate
The Class of 1983 was 77 seniors than we know how to keep up.
strong and the total student body And that includes the launch of
was 1,392. In the 28 intervening the new Alumni website earlier
years, 4,122 students graduated this spring. The HKIS Alumni
and many more thousands attended HKIS. office has been hard at work in revamping our
HKIS educated over 2,600 students from over site, so please take some time to look through
40 countries this past year, with 190 seniors it, read past issues of DragonTales, reconnect
graduating – two-and-a-half times as in 1983! with lost friends and maybe take a second or
During my three years at HKIS I have person- two to update your personal records.
ally had the privilege to witness 552 students As always, the HKIS community came to-
graduate and join the alumni family. gether in various fundraising efforts towards
This year, I had the happy pleasure of present- the Japanese Red Cross Society after the dev-
ing the Bob Christian Alumna of the Year astation of the Japanese earthquake and tsu-
Award to Leontine Chuang, Class of 1993. Le- nami earlier this year. With collection boxes
ontine attended HKIS from R2 through Grade in all four schools and the folding of hundreds
12 and, as you will learn on page 30, she truly of paper cranes in the classrooms, the com-
does exemplify HKIS’ Mission and SLRs. munity raise over HK$442,000, making HKIS
one of the biggest Hong Kong supporters of
Like Leontine, I encourage you to get with the the relief effort. Thank you to all alumni who
school. The alumni portal alumni.hkis.edu.hk donated.
is an incredible resource, and a great way to
reconnect with your fellow alumni. As we enjoy the summer break, our alumni
network will have grown with the graduation
This year marks my last as Head of School at
of the class of 2011. Not only do I welcome
HKIS. I feel deep pride in my connection with
the 190 graduates to our Alumni Association,
the school, its students and parents, and with
but I look forward to reading about your
you, my fellow alumni. I wish you much suc-
stories and experiences in upcoming issues of
cess and joy, and I urge you to reflect on the
impact that HKIS had on your life. I know it
has had a profound effect on mine. Stay connected and get involved!
Go Dragons! Cheers,
David J. Condon Rohini Chotirmal ’89
Head of School President, Alumni Association
Letters from our leaders 2 Alumni Challenge 24
n News from Head of School and n Meet four Alums meeting the challenge of
Alumni Association President coming back to HKIS
HKIS News 4 Reunion: Class of 2000 26
n All the latest happenings from, in, and around n Happy times in Hong Kong are reenacted in
the HKIS community Lan Kwai Fong
Alumni Challenge – Special 10 Reunion: News on coming
n We catch up with Emily Ma Richardson ’93
as she remembers her inspirational times at n Is there a reunion happening near you?
HKIS and the desire to give back to HKIS
Homecoming 2011 11 Au revoir, D.J. 29
n We salute our outgoing Head of School,
n Our winter warmer was one to remember – David J. Condon
who can you remember from this gathering
Bob Christian Award 30
Big hitters 14
n Please be upstanding as we introduce you to
n It’s full-circle for T.J Gavlik ’08 as he keeps on this year’s winner...
returning to HKIS
18 ClassNotes 33
New alumni website
n In Memoriam n Faculty Update
n We’ve created a special website, just for you n ClassNotes
– find out more, here
19 Annual Fund 41
n Do you want to give back to HKIS?
n Three decades, three lunches, many memories
Homecoming 2012 44
Class of 2011 22
n Do you have this marked in your diary yet?
n Meet the newest additions to the Alumni family
S u m m e r 2011
C e l e b r ati n g th e p a s t,
p re s e nt a n d f u tu re of H K I S
Editor DragonTales is a product of HKIS Alumni Board:
Jon Walsh the HKIS Advancement team:
President Get in touch!
Chief Advancement Officer Rohini Chotirmal ’89
Contributors Alumni matters
Erik Dierks Vice-President Contact Irene Loh via email@example.com
Irene Loh Alumni Coordinator Joyce Yin ’89
Emily Ma Richardson ’93 Irene Loh Stories or news for DragonTales
Jon Walsh Contact Jon Walsh via firstname.lastname@example.org
Administrative Assistant Lincoln Chan ’88
Thank you Prudence Ng Spencer Chiu ’93 Giving
The Gavlik family Communications and Justin Hardman ’99 Erik Dierks via email@example.com
Leontine Chuang ’93 Publications Manager Natasha Khan ’03
D. J. Condon Jon Walsh Kenneth Rohrs (faculty)
Development Coordinator E-Board member
Kathy Wong David Kohl (former faculty)
Keep in touch!
Design and print Advisors Follow us on Twitter via @HKIS
Impressions Design & Print Ltd. Robert Dorfman ’72
Kenneth Koo ’79
Alumni author finds illustrator
S ince Derek Kwik ’86 launched his motivational book, ‘Kwik
Fix’ in 2009, he has been considering his next publication,
which we can tell you will be a children’s book.
Derek, Isabel and some sketches by Isabel that are being prepared for
Derek takes up the story: “My children’s book project has been 18
months of researching children’s books, talking to parents and
pulling inspiration from my favorite childhood books: ‘The Ad-
ventures of Tintin’, ‘Le Petit Prince’ and ‘Where The Wild Things
Are’. Parallel to this, I have always wanted to find a meaningful
project for the Alumni to work with HKIS students.”
Derek decided to ‘draw’ on the talent at HKIS to look for a suit-
able illustrator for the book. After a tough selection process of
exceptionally gifted art students, Derek chose to work with Isabel
The book will be an adventure story, told through Isabel’s illustra-
tions depicting a boy, his dog and their journeys across the harsh
terrains of the desert, ocean, jungle and mountains.
“The book aims to inspire kids about exploration, the value of
friendship, caring for others and that there is only One Earth.
And, just like my last book, the proceeds will, go to my charity DragonTales will be sure to keep you updated on this exciting
of choice, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals collaboration and we’ll let you know as soon as the book is on
(SPCA),” adds Derek. the shelves.
HKIS Booster Club has a record year
I t was a vintage year for the HKIS Booster Club as they allocated
over HK$876,623 (US$112,650, GBP69,900) across the whole of
the school to support a wide range of school activities.
Lower and Upper Primary felt the benefit of the funding, too, with
Lower Primary receiving checks for the start up of their green
club and Upper Primary receiving enough money to buy 80 pairs
of in-line roller skates.
Funding requests from students and faculty were evaluated and
checks written to support extra-curricular activities, athletics and This is in addition to the great work the Booster Club does on a
service clubs as well as assisting with the establishment of new daily basis, keeping the sports events tasty with their oranges,
activity groups. popping hundreds of bags of popcorn on special occasions and
keeping the HKIS Dragon Shop at the center of the community.
The largest donations were to the High School Athletics depart-
ment for new electronic scoreboards, as well as weights and equip- Do you have any Booster Club memories? Get in touch and share
ment for the weights room. But it’s not all High School funding as your warm and fuzzy moments of yesteryear.
The colors of nations, celebrated at Lower Primary, Repulse Bay
International Day at Lower Primary
T he mix of nationalities at HKIS continues to evolve and with
it, the celebration of nations. Although HKIS may be teaching
an American-style education, around 45 per cent of the student
population originates from outside of the US. So when Lower
Primary celebrates International Day, you can be sure of a multi-
national display of color and culture.
Part of Global Arts Week, the day is celebrated mid-May each year
and provides a chance for students to dress up to represent their
nations and learn about cultures and countries.
One of the highlights of the day was the ‘African Drumming and
Dance Connection’, who bring together the rhythms of Senegal
to entertain and educate students. That said, they didn’t actually Other highlights included a troupe of Irish dancers and a delicate
come all the way from Africa for the event... they’re based on fan dance from the HKIS Korean community. Plans are already
Lamma Island, near Hong Kong. afoot to make it bigger and better for next year.
HKIS hits YouTube
W hen the team at Upper Primary wanted something special
to cap off their celebrations for Book Week 2011, a Flash-
Mob seemed like a novel choice. Little did they know it would
be such a huge success as everyone joined in to salute the joy of
reading. Their performance at Repulse Bay was captured on many
cameras and the edited video can be seen on the HKIS YouTube
channel: do take a look for yourself at www.youtube.com/HKISlive
Meanwhile, the image on the riright should give you an idea of
what you can expect...
Dancing to the delight of books
All-in for Japan
W hen an earthquake and tsunami struck Japan on March
11, the HKIS community was swift to respond and offer
support. After meeting with the HKIS Japanese community, the
school decided to channel efforts to supporting the Japanese Red
Cross Society (JRCS) which was swiftly on the ground in the hard-
est hit areas in the north of Japan.
As soon as the announcement was made to support JRCS, the Middle School students show their colors
whole of HKIS reacted as one, putting fundraising efforts into
overdrive. The school dressed in red and white for the day to All told, over HK$440,000 (US$56,500, GBP35,300) was raised,
show solidarity with Japan and, following a Japanese tradition, marking HKIS students, parents, faculty, staff and alumni as one
hundreds of paper cranes were folded and sent to Japan. Unique of the biggest givers in Hong Kong. Congratulations on generating
T-shirts were created and sold. such a huge amount of support for a very worthy cause.
All-off for St. Baldrick’s HKIS in the news
T he students, parents and faculty of HKIS made a ‘bald’
statement in March as they shaved their heads in the an-
nual St. Baldrick’s day celebration. Held on March 17, St. Pat-
I f you catch occasional copies of the South China Morning Post
you can’t have missed the coverage for HKIS early on in the
year. First, there was a photo and news on the students sacrificing
rick’s Day, the event saw 137 people sponsored to have their their hair for St. Baldrick’s and then a feature on the 2011 Interact
heads shaved with all the funds going to finding a cure for LEGACY fashion show, which raised money for SolarLEAP, the
children’s cancer. project run by former Bob Christian Alumni of the Year Award
winner and HKIS alum Charles Watson ’09. This was followed up
Parent Richard Kligler, who has been at the center of St. Bal- by a front
drick’s fundraising for some years, was as enthusiastic as ever page story in the
about the event: “We prefer to call it fun’raising!” before he SCMP Young Post
celebrated the grand total of HK$1,810,594 (US$233,000, featuring an inter-
GBP143,350) raised. view with Charles
and his ongoing
St. Baldrick’s is a global effort to focus fundraising on child- projects.
hood cancer – take a look at www.stbaldricks.org for more in-
formation. Mark March 2012 in your diary, there will certainly If you missed them,
be an event near you and all alums are welcome back to HKIS here are the snippets.
for the big shave.
The award winning
Pat Klekamp and Bill
Middle School Strings as their award winning event
ragonTales would like to congratu-
late two stellar members of the HKIS
family: High School Principal, Patricia Kle- Strings make prizes!
kamp and High School Religion teacher,
T he Middle School Advanced Strings
took 3rd place overall in the recent
National Festival Orchestra Competition.
Principal Klekamp was awarded the presti-
gious Paul Lange Award at the Association
of Lutheran Secondary Schools (ALSS) Taking place in Kansas City, Missouri, be-
conference, which took place in March. tween March 15-20 this year, the compe-
Originating in 1994, in honor of highly tition is hosted by the American Strings
respected educator Paul Lange, this award Teachers Association. As well as the high
“annually recognizes an administrator of placing, the Strings were also graded at
an ALSS school who has an exemplary ‘Excellent Level’.
commitment to the educational ministry
of Lutheran high schools.” Pat is the first In addition to the competition, students visited a factory to learn how string instru-
ever female recipient. ments are made, step by step. They also attended instrumental master classes, group
clinics and workshops hosted by well-known musical clinicians from around the
Congratulations to all who took part under the guidance of MS Strings Teacher,
Congratulations, Middle School Strings.
Pat is in good company with this award:
in the inaugural year the award was pre- Kevin Dunning back
sented to former HKIS Head of School, at HKIS
Bob Christian. Another previous win-
ner of the award is incoming Head of
School, Kevin Dunning. I ncoming Head of School, Kevin Dun-
ning, was in Hong Kong in late March
for a series of hand-over meetings and to
Bill Leese was recently selected as the spend time with the HKIS community.
Outstanding Secondary School Teacher He will return again in July to take up his
Pat Klekamp and Bill Leese receiving their
awards from Dr. Laabs, who presented it to of the Year by the Lutheran Education position and for a more detailed hand-
Pat on behalf of the ALSS while he was in Association (LEA). Another success for over with David J. Condon, who leaves
Hong Kong HKIS as Donna Koehneke also received HKIS over the summer to go to Kobe,
the award a couple of years ago. Japan. Both D.J. and Kevin will be APAC
Heads so will be in constant touch with
Bill collected his award from the LEA each other.
conference in Cincinnati, Ohio and re-
ceived a surprise visit from Dr Jonathan Do take time to read the farewell to D.J.
Laabs from the LES who presented the Condon on page 29.
award to Bill at a High School faculty
Congratulations to Pat and Bill for such
Changes within the Board of
I t’s been a busy time within the HKIS Board of Managers. Here’s
a quick summary of the changes:
Abbi DeLessio has moved from Vice-Chair to Chair, taking over
from Doug Werth who has moved to Lausanne, Switzerland.
Eugene Choung has taken on the role of Vice-Chair. Max Lum-
The Middle School band strikes up
mis retired from the Board in December 2010 after 5 years of
Middle School Band stars at
Sevens Also retired from the Board are John Ying and Yvette Fung with
a total of 14 years service between them.
F ast becoming a tradition, the Middle School Band ramped
up the festival atmosphere with some rousing tunes for the
visitors to the 2011 Hong Kong Sevens in Causeway Bay this
John and wife Lisa are parents of HKIS alumni Jay and Katie. John
served on the Board for nine years and was Chair of the Finance,
March. Investment and Finance & Facilities Committees.
Reeling off a wide range of tunes, the band played on and en- Yvette and husband Carl are parents of Camille, an HKIS alum-
joyed a crunching tournament, which saw New Zealand beat na. During Yvette’s served on the Committee on Trustees, Invest-
England in the final. ment, Legal Affairs and Finance Committees. Yvette completed
her Board service as chair of the Finance Committee.
Current Board member Jamie O’Donnell has become Chair of
the Finance Committee.
We are also pleased to pass on that Mary Lamb has joined the
Board. Along with husband David, Mary has three children: En-
eka (’10, now at Duke) Alicia (’13) and John (’15). Mary also takes
up the role of Chair of the Advancement Committee.
DragonTales thanks all Board members, past and present, for
their dedication to HKIS and for sharing their expertise for the
good of HKIS and the community it serves.
The current HKIS Board of Managers
2010-2011 Sports Results
HKIS sports teams had a vintage year, so in one bite-sized chunk, here are the results
as the athletes from across HKIS served up several large portions of competitive spirit,
measured aggression and fast-twitch skill. GO DRAGONS!
U14 Boys – 5th ISSFHK U14 Girls – 1st place ISSFHK
U14 Girls – 3rd ISSFHK U14 Boys – 3rd place ISSFHK
U16 Boys – 1st ISSFHK, 1st China Cup U16 Girls – 2nd ISSFHK, 1st China Cup
U16 Girls – 4th ISSFHK, 1st China Cup U16 Boys – 1st ISSFHK, 1st China Cup
U20 Boys – 3rd ISSFHK, 1st China Cup, 1st APAC U20 Girls – 2nd Women’s League, 1st China Cup, 3rd APAC
U20 Girls – 1st ISSFHK, 1st China Cup, 2nd APAC U20 Boys – 3rd ISSFHK, 5th HKSSF, 3rd, China Cup, 5th APAC
Varsity – 1st China Cup, 1st APAC, 1st HKIS Invitational Varsity – 2nd ISSFHK Boys League, 2nd China Cup, 1st APAC
JR Varsity – 1st China Cup, 1st HKIS Invitational JR Varsity – 1st ISSFHK, 1st China Cup
U14 Boys – 4th ISSFHK
U14 Boys – 1st ISSFHK
U14 Girls – 1st ISSFHK
U14 Girls – 1st ISSFHK
U16 Boys – 4th ISSFHK, 2nd China Cup
U16 Boys – 1st ISSFHK, 2nd China Cup
U16 Girls – 1st ISSFHK, 1st China Cup
U16 Girls – 1st ISSFHK, 2nd China Cup
U20 Boys – 1st ISSFHK, 1st China Cup
U20 Boys – 1st ISSFHK, 2nd China Cup, 2nd APAC
U20 Girls – 1st ISSFHK, 1st China Cup, Far East 5th
U20 Girls – 1st ISSFHK, 2nd China Cup, 2nd APAC
U14 Boys and Girls – 2nd place ISSFHK
U16 Boys – 3rd place ISSFHK U20 Boys – 3rd China Cup, Boys Singles – 3rd
U16 Girls – 2nd ISSFHK U20 Girls – 1st China Cup, Girls Singles – 2nd
U20 Boys and Girls – 1st place ISSFHK, 1st APAC, 3rd Asia
Pacific Meet Track and Field
U14 Boys – 2nd ISSFHK
Hockey U14 Girls – 2nd ISSFHK
Senior Team – 8th HKSSF, Tourn – B Squad – 4th U16 Boys – 1st ISSFHK
Junior Team – 7th U16 Girls – 1st ISSFHK
U20 Boys – 1st ISSFHK, 5th APAC
Netball U20 Girls – 1st ISSFHK, 2nd APAC
Senior Team – HKSSF 5th Girls 4 x 400m Relay
Junior Team – HKSSF 3rd
Alex Ott – 3,000m
Madeline Strandemo – 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m
A Grade Boys – 1st China Cup, 2nd APAC
A Grade Girls – 2nd China Cup, 2nd APAC Volleyball
B Grade Boys – 4th China Cup
B Grade Girls – 3rd China Cup U 14 Boys – 2nd ISSFHK
U14 Girls – 1st ISSFHK
U16 Boys – 1st ISSFHK, 4th China Cup
Key: APAC – Asia Pacific Activities Conference
U16 Girls – 1st ISSFHK, 1st China Cup
HKSSF – Hong Kong Schools Sports Federation
U20 Boys – 2nd ISSFHK, 4th China Cup, 5th APAC
ISSFHK – International Schools’ Sports Federation Hong Kong
U20 Girls – 1st ISSFHK, 2nd China Cup, 2nd APAC
Alumni Challenge Special
We caught up with
Emily Ma Richardson ’93
as she remembers her
times at HKIS, inspirational
service trips and how
an appreciation of Asian
culture brought her back to
M y closest friends are from HKIS.
Even though we went our separate
ways for college, we eventually reunited
to travel to Taipei, Singapore and Japan,
representing HKIS. I’m not sure how Ms.
Duncan-Laird continually summoned the
Hong Kong. Emily takes up – whether during my time in Washing- energy to motivate and manage us all, but
ton DC or New York. What amazes me she did, and we were the best hockey team
is now I’m back in Hong Kong, I’m closer in Hong Kong during that time. Being part
to them more than ever. It was December of a team was invaluable experience and
2010 when I married in London and was I this, coupled with having the opportunity
so touched by the number of HKIS friends to travel to far-flung destinations in Asia,
who flew from all corners of the world to instilled a sense of maturity, adventure
be by my side – a truly globetrotting group and camaraderie – strong foundations that
of friends! help me today.
I attended HKIS from the middle of Grade I enjoyed 12 years in the hotel industry
6 until graduation and I have fond memo- across the US and Asia, focusing on sales
ries of many teachers: Mr. Larkin, who I and marketing. In 2010 I decided it was
was fortunate enough to have for two years; time to leverage this experience and set
Mr. Ewing, who made reading the classics up my own company – Flaunt Boutique
so much more enjoyable; Mr. McCarthy, (www.flaunt.hk), an online destination for
whose classes involved being a former US luxurious and unique lingerie.
president for the day, and to Mr. Eichert,
(Left to right) Ingrid (Wong) Yates ’92, Liz
whose biology class involved dissecting I had always talked about having my own
(Longley) Komosa ’93, Michelle (Chang) Song
’93, Gene Song ’93, Emily Ma Richardson ’93, animals that frequently made appearances business and having returned to entrepre-
Kate (Marshall) Huntington ’93), Lisa Ting ’93, on top of the statue at the school entrance! neurial Hong Kong I decided the time was
Angela (Lee) Sullivan ’93, Tiffany Yip ’93. The teachers at HKIS had an amazing abil- right. Since moving back to Hong Kong six
ity to brighten up the most challenging of years ago, I have wanted to give back to
topics and went to extraordinary lengths to HKIS in some way, and now I know how I
engage students across a range of classes. can – I would love to mentor those who are
This dedication and encouragement gave interested in starting their own business
me such a solid background and prepared by sharing my challenges and successes.
me so well for college – it enabled me to Eventually I would love to offer summer
step up in the real world. internships opportunities for those inter-
ested in understanding the operations of
What I also enjoyed about HKIS was that an online retail store.
education stretched from the classroom to
Left to right) Angela (Lee) Sullivan ’93, Tiffany the great outdoors. What other school of- My years at HKIS gave me the confidence
Yip ’93, Emily Ma Richardson ’93, Liam fers such enriching experiences, from ski- that anything is possible. It was the amaz-
Richardson, Lisa Ting ’93, Kate (Marshall) ing in Japan to hiking and rafting in Nepal ing teachers, the multi-cultural students
Huntington ’93, Michelle (Chang) Song ’93,
Gene Song ’93 to meeting Mother Teresa in India? These and the abundance of activities available
trips sparked an interest in Asian studies that made me feel that my choices were
and prompted me to spend a college se- endless.
mester studying in India and Nepal and
eventually move back to Asia.
Get in touch
Alums can contact Emily via
I was a keen swimmer and member of the
field hockey team and was lucky enough
The annual HKIS out the Tai Tam site have been significant. In the Middle School Gym a competitive
Homecoming was a basketball match was underway between
The tours were followed by a barbeque alumni and the current team. The game
welcome way to warm lunch at the edge of the Tai Tam Sports was led by Jeremy Evans ’93, Humani-
up a winter day in Field, the all-weather FIFA-approved pitch ties teacher and current HKIS basketball
early January that was only completed in the last two coach.
years. Many faculty and staff members
O n Thursday, 6 January, 2011, we
welcomed back alumni for the annual
HKIS Homecoming. We were blessed with
joined the lunch and swapped HKIS stories
old and new. In the afternoon, alumni and
teachers gathered in the High School Plaza
Later in the evening a number of alums
joined a Happy Hour reception held at Red
Bar at the foot of the IFC building in Cen-
the return of around 70 former students, for a tent reunion. tral. Current and former faculty and staff
visiting the campus and reconnecting with also made the trip downtown to join in the
friends, former teachers and counselors The tradition of sport lives on in alumni fun. A few of them were the lucky ones to
and making new connections with current long after they have left HKIS and this year, win fabulous prizes from the lucky draw.
students. returning to their alma mater also brought
back the spirit of competition: alums put As the drinks flowed and the chat loosened
Following registration, alumni participated together a couple of teams to face the cur- up, memories started to return and stories
in campus tours provided by current high rent HKIS Girls’ and Boys’ rugby teams. of adventures past came to life. The eve-
school student ambassadors, where they Despite early flourishes from both the ning brought a warm end to a chilly day
reviewed new additions to HKIS built un- alumni girls and boys – and with compe- in Hong Kong and closed a memorable
der the school’s Master Facilities Plan. For tition and camaraderie that were at fever Homecoming for one more year. Turn to
some, it was the first time back to the cam- pitch – the current HKIS squads were able the back page of DragonTales to find out
pus – and Hong Kong – in many years and to catch and overtake both teams by the the the date of the next Homecoming. We
the changes that have taken place through- final whistle. hope you can join us!
Homecoming 2011 …at Tai Tam campus
Constance Chan (Chief
) and , rik Dierks
h School PE teacher Mathieu, Jessica Alex Peterson, Claire Emma eder ’87, E
onald (Hig Jordan – all fro Brian Schro t Officer)
Eric MacD n ’10 m Class of 2010 en
Jessica Jordan ’10, Dr. Rosann Kao (High ol Humanit (Top) Alan Beaufoy, Dr. Rosann Kao, (Bottom)
School Counselor) Bill Leese (High Scho ’10 John Wong ’72, Richard Wong ’71, Cynthia Wong
Rebecca Mak ’1 ’98, Luke
Humanities teac Marty Schmidt (High School cher Leung
nd Tim her), Andrew O Seth Ba ker ’91, Flet ol PE teacher)
r ’10 (High Scho
Rugby Girls on the field ng the curr Drew Mehrmann ’09
ns ’93, briefi
Jeremy Eva am during timeout
…at happy hour reception
Bill Stork, Joan – all from Lincoln Chan ’8
ne Lam ’08, Ke el Tan 8, Arthur Maitr
vin Lam ’02 e, Andre a Lee, Rach Winant ’10 e ’10, Destry
Class of 20
roeder ’87 s (Chief
Brian Sch ’79 , Erik Dierk
Jon Walsh (Communications & Publication is, Ken Koo
Kevin Manager), Alison Tong ’03 Mark Wall t Officer)
Casey Chan ’0 Jackson Hall ’0
Timothy Hui ’82 Koo ’08
d son Edward
Lisa Wallis Ken ’79 an
returns to HKIS
HKIS has always worked
hard to keep the Dragons T .J. Gavlik ’08 is currently studying at
University of North Florida (UNF),
majoring in sports management with a
It wasn’t all set, though. He was pretty
handy with a soccer ball, too, and he
couldn’t dedicate his time to two sports,
baseball team out in front. minor of business. But he has only one “I had to make a decision – I knew that
Here’s one guy who has thing on his mind at the moment and I couldn’t carry on with both so dropped
taken it a step further. that’s baseball. that [soccer] to concentrate on baseball.”
T. J. Gavlik ’08 returned
T.J. joined HKIS in grade 3 and became in- Not long after that decision it was time
to HKIS to share his story volved in the baseball Community League for the Christmas break and T.J. went to
and skills straight off. But his interest in sports was a winter baseball camp at Jacksonville
something that had been instilled in him University (JU) in Florida. Right there and
long before then and was guided to some then, JU spotted the potential and invited
pretty sensible decisions, “I come from him back for the summer baseball camp.
a pretty athletic family – my dad (Tim He didn’t need asking twice.
Gavlik, part of the HKIS faculty) used to
run cross-country. He first put a ball and Then, UNF spotted the potential, too.
a glove in my hands and it all started from Before you know it, T.J. was looking at two
there.” plum scholarships on the table to choose
It sounds like he was a natural from the
get go, “In some cases I was playing in the “Back at HKIS it was a strange time. The
grade 4 and grade 5 teams, even though I seniors were all focusing on their applica-
was still in grade 3!” adds T.J. tions for the different universities. At one
point we were given a number of one-hour crammed between late February and early Baseball only began at HKIS in 2005 and
sessions just to focus on apps and to help June. That’s four or five game a week with they had done pretty well. But when the
get them processed... but I didn’t need it as over half of them on the road, which brings 2008 team got together, it wasn’t exactly
I was already done. It was strange to see all its own fun. Most games involve a trip in ideal – two of the team were seniors, the
that craziness of my classmates working the team bus covering anything between rest, freshmen. The results were a surprise
through ten apps at a time and yet I was two and six hours on the road but there’s to everyone, but the team, “We couldn’t al-
taken care of”, remembers T.J. But he had one in particular that sticks in mind T.J. ways depend on the many seniors to guide
yet to choose his college. wasn’t looking forward to... Tennessee is us to victory. We had to depend on each
anything up to 12 hours away from UNF other and that is how we were able to be
“If I was to do it again I would probably and being a freshman brings a share of successful,” added T.J.
start looking a lot earlier for a place that hard work.
would take me for baseball. The aim has
to be to take a school that’s right for you – Tradition dictates that at the end of prac-
and with the right majors” he added. tice the freshmen stay behind and clean
up the field. The very same task awaits
Due to family commitments and location, after every bus journey, as the freshmen
UNF was chosen. “It was tough, and I felt make sure the bus is spic and span. With
bad as JU had discovered what I was ca- around 35 guys on the team, cleaning up a
pable of and had really helped me, but we two hour journey can be kinda light work.
had to go with UNF. After that, I spent the But after a 12 hour trip to Tennessee, you
summer with UNF and things developed can only begin to imagine what delights
further. await the cleaning crew.
At University North Florida, baseball prac- Looking back, maybe the writing was on
tice and training starts the in second week the wall – T.J. led the HKIS baseball team
of the university term. From there on, it’s to be APAC (Asia Pacific Activities Con-
full-on training until the season starts and ference) champions three years straight
when it does, there are 56 games to play. between 2006 and 2008. In his senior year,
It’s a tough schedule, with all those games he led the team to an 18-2 record year.
The 2008 Varsity Baseball team won 18 connect to the students and the school as a
games and lost only two. Of that, seven whole really knows what it’s doing”. It’s this
were home wins on the new Tai Tam field connection that has T.J., and many oth-
and the rest were racked up on the road ers, coming back time and time again to
as they were crowned champions of all be part of the HKIS community for many
three tournaments they went to: China years after they graduate. And, let’s be
Cup Shanghai (three wins, one loss), Brent honest, who wouldn’t want to keep com-
International (four wins, one loss) and Sin- ing back to Hong Kong?
gapore World Series (four wins).
One of the many things that sticks in T.J.’s
T.J.’s performance at HKIS - 43 runs, 35 mind about HKIS is the plethora of oppor-
hits, 13 home runs, 47 RBI and a whop- tunities the school afforded him – whether
ping .583 batting average - led to him be- playing trumpet as part of the band at the
ing named in the All-APAC team. Hong Kong Sevens tournament or taking
part in the interim trips to Japan, Thailand
So how is T.J. doing at UNF? Competition and New Zealand.
is tough and he didn’t start every game last
year – he admits that his performances T.J. is quietly optimistic about the future,
weren’t as strong as they could have been. but clearly realistic: “I want to see how far
However, an injury here and there to his I can make it – but that’s the same story for
teammates opened the door and he seized millions of kids playing baseball” he points
the opportunity to make a good impres- out. There is talk of being drafted into the
sion and rack up the numbers, making a big league, but T.J. was keeping coy, trying
lot of starts. The starting place is his to lose, not to get too far ahead of himself. “I’m going
which is where he wants to be. He’s pleased to take it year by year and see how it goes”.
that he’s improved a lot and is still looking
to get better. His record at UNF has seen And if it doesn’t work out? T.J. plans to
T.J. step up to meet the competition head- make use of his university schooling, maybe
on, achieving several multi-hit games in his looking to open up a dedicated athletics and
first year, playing in 32 games and making sports project that can help raise the profile
27 starts in 2009. of sports talent in the Hong Kong and Chi-
na areas. Majoring in Sports Management
In 2010, he started at second base early is helping him towards his goal. “It would
in April in the second game of a double- be great to see more and more sports people
header against East Tennessee State and from the area make it – ’round here we’re
went on to start every game for the rest just a little bit behind places like the US; it
of the season (29 games). A month later would be great to help raise it.”
he enjoyed a purple patch with a chunky
hitting streak, managing .400 (16-for-40) T.J. is already playing his part. Each sum-
with five doubles, nine runs scored and 11 mer, the HKIS all-weather field in Tai Tam
RBI. He ended up playing in 43 games and is the venue for a dedicated baseball camp
making 32 starts for the season. that passes on solid fundamentals. Now
in its third year, the event brings major
The 2011 season has been pretty spectacular, names over from the US for the three-day
too, with T.J. recording a .253 batting aver- camp. Former Major League Baseball play-
age, finishing the year 22-for-87 with 14 runs ers Desi Relaford, Gary Bennett, Charles
scored, three doubles, two triples, a home Gipson and Brian Tollberg come over to
run and nine runs batted in. He went that Hong Kong to take the lead. Right in the
step further and upped his average in Atlan- middle of the baseball camp is one T. J.
tic Sun Conference games, batting .324, go- Gavlik, passing on what he has learned,
ing 12-for-37 with five runs scored, a double, bringing his skills full-circle, straight back
a triple and a home run and eight RBI. to the heart of the HKIS and Hong Kong
community, putting a glove on the hand
Coming back to HKIS is always a good of local youngsters, just as Tim Gavlik did
thing for T.J. “The teachers know how to with his son back in grade 3.
Welcome to YOUR website
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a dedicated website? We’ve launched an all-new website with you in mind
T he Alumni team at HKIS is happy to announce the launch of
our brand new alumni website. The new site includes updated
info about current school news, alumni profiles, former faculty up-
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Association’ Alumni Relations
HKIS Decade Linco
8, Valerie S
ln Chan ’8 rdon ’84
Luncheons Pattie Boss
Eric Lee ’87, Ro
hini Balani Ch
Three days, three lunches and HKIS ’80s Decade Luncheon
thirty years between them. 12 January 2011
Decade Luncheons are a hit in
E arlier this year the HKIS Alumni Office and
Alumni Association organized three decade
luncheons for former HKIS’ers that graduated
in the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s. Three days, three
luncheons and a whole load of time to catch up.
All the luncheons were held at Isola Bar & Grill Wendy Hsu ’85, Soo Young Kim ’89
in Central Hong Kong and proved to be a big hit Janice Lee ’88,
Lincoln Chan ’8
with all that came along. 8
As ever at HKIS Alumni events, the Alumni of
various class years shared their HKIS history
and fun times recalling the happy days and fun
times. Can you spot your class mates?
Watch out for future activities organized by
HKIS and your Alumni Association and don’t
miss the next gathering! Check out the new
alumni website and watch your inbox for news.
n ’84, Rob Gvo
Pattie Boss 5
(Top) Eric Lee ’87,
Pattie Bossany Gordon ’84,
Valerie Smith Hinsley ’85,
Rob Gvozden ’87
(Bottom) Rohini Balani
Lincoln Chan ’88,
Wendy Hsu ’85,
Janice Lee ’88,
Soo Young Kim ’89
HKIS ’90s Decade
13 January 2011 Anthony Ng ’9 ’92, Em ily Ma
5, Shoumitro Go odorovich
swami ’93 Chantal Te 3
Fletcher Leung ’98, Jason Shum ’98
James Martin ’94, Erik Dierks, Chief
Linne Tsu ’96
do rovich ’95, Shoumitro Go
Milana Teo swami ’93, Jam
es Martin ’94
iu ’93, Ingrid
(Left) Justin Hardman ’99, Spencer Chiu ’93, Ingrid Wong ’92,
Chantal Teodorovich ’92, Emily Ma Richardson ’93, Milana Teodorovich ’95,
Linne Tsu ’96, Fletcher Leung ’98, Jason Shum ’98, Jenn Pratt ’98,
Maria Cheng ’96, Anthony Ng ’95, Shoumitro Goswami ’93, James Martin ’94
(Bottom) Saurabh Agarwal ’03,
Lai Bond Cheng ’03, Natasha Khan ’03,
John Wang ’03, Ashwin Makhija ’02,
Adnan Farooqi ’02, Erin Yeh ’03
(Top) Gary Yung ’03, Kelly Lo ’06,
Kingston Chu ’03
HKIS ’00s Decade
14 January 2011
Class of 200
an, John Wang – All
g, Natasha Kh
i Bond Chen
ja ’02, Adnan Fa
rooqi ’02, Erin
Yeh ’03 Kelly Lo ’06, Kingston Chu ’03
Class of 2011
Graduated on Friday, June 3, 2011
Alumni Association President, Rohini
Balani Chotirmal ’89, took on the role Pattie in the classroom with
Miriam her second grader
with a clear mission in mind – one she
calls the ‘Alumni Challenge’. We meet
some people that are taking it on. Pattie Bossany
Gordon ’84 on
We spoke with Rohini in the last issue of DragonTales and
she made her mission clear – to forge closer relationships
between HKIS alums and the school. She is hoping to
increase alumni participation in events in Hong Kong – I graduated from HKIS in 1984.
Here I am 27 years later – can’t
believe it’s been that long! – and
and around the world – and encourage more alumni to
I never imagined my kids would
give back to the school.
be attending the same school that
Hannah in Grade 4 and Miriam
I did. Or that Ken Rohrs is still in Grade 2 at Hannah’s string
And we’re not just talking about cash! Anything goes... teaching at the Middle School! concert
whether it be a quick email to ClassNotes to let your
friends know where you are and what you have been Throughout the years I’ve kept in touch and maintained the
doing, to helping nominate someone for the Bob strong friendships I made at HKIS. Back then, the school was
Christian Award or to organize a reunion. Meet four so much smaller and it’s been wonderful to reconnect with old
people who are helping to keep the ball rolling. and new alumni. It’s also great to see how many more things the
school has to offer since I was a student here.
As a parent, I’ve enjoyed volunteering in the classroom and serv-
ing on different committees for the school. Many alumni actu-
ally ‘find’ their way back to Hong Kong whether it be for family
reasons or jobs.
I’m proud to be a past and present member of the HKIS
I still keep in touch with quite a few of my classmates of ’82
Terence Anderson ’82 and even after all these years, we have remain strong friends.
HKIS left an indelible mark on me in so many ways. I have
two young daughters going there now, and I expect that they
Terence Anderson ’82 on staying will have the same if not better (this is before the Tai Tam
Campus opened) experience than I did. I am glad that I at-
connected tended and became one of the few in the shrinking world to
T his is my third time around in Hong Kong as my last
seven years have been spent in Vietnam. No matter, the
memories are all there although with age some of it is be-
do so. Experience, education, guidance, friendship all encap-
sulated into one.
coming more distorted and slightly more charitable of my DragonTales? I remember that our crest was a gent in armor
achievements at HKIS. holding a sword!
Joanne Lam ’08 on staying connected
I often show up at HKIS during my holidays and have teachers
ask me whether I’ve been in high school the last six years. That
could be attributed to my size or simply the fact that I’m there every
holiday I get to go back to Hong Kong. I stay connected with HKIS
because it has shaped who I am today. It is a community of fantastic
students, teachers and administrators of all nationalities.
I attend the alumni network activities as much as I can, including
Alumni Homecoming every year, and I stay connected with many
of the teachers and administrators and offer help as needed.
An important goal for myself is to keep a strong relationship with
those who contribute their time and effort to HKIS and let them
know their hard work has not gone to waste. Although I’m not cur-
rently living in Hong Kong, I’m always available through emails if
any current or prospective students have any questions or simply
want to make a new friend.
Joanne in Denmark earlier this year
Eric F. C. Lee ’87 on staying
I stay connected with HKIS as I feel I have
always been part of this happy family. My
son Byron is currently in 3rd Grade at HKIS –
he started attending in R1. The school has given
me many happy memories as a student and I
try to stay connected by attending gatherings
organized by the Alumni Association.
Eric with wife Judith and son Byron
Class of 2000
10-year What better time to celebrate 10 years since graduating from HKIS
reunion than the holiday period in Hong Kong?
T he Class of 2000 gathered in Hong Kong over the past New Year to celebrate 10 years since
their graduation from HKIS. No better time to meet up than on December 30, 2010 at the
Kiangsu Chekiang and Shanghai Residents Association Restaurant, for some great food and ten
years worth of chit-chat.
The reunion was a great success and saw over 60 alumni in attendance – some still based in
Hong Kong and other back in town for the holiday period. Alumni caught up with old friends
and managed to make some new ones – spouses and children! – over a lively dinner.
Next stop on the list was the delights of Lan Kwai Fong to revisit old times and great fun at Dags
and Al’s Diner!
Stan Wong, Jess Lee, Eddy Wu, Stephanie She Michael Wu, Jaime Chou, Fai Yeung Lai
Kevin Lui, Michael Au, Annie Yuen, Lydia Parnell, Shaw Ming Yang, Irene Tam, Howard Chau, Friend of Howard, Louisa
Charles Wan Louisa Marion, Natalie Jay Marion, Cedric Yu, Natasha Chang
Louisa Marion, Nicole Pang (L to R): Lia Wong, Dana Park, Tao Fei, Rosalia Brown Arora, Jennifer Lin,
Christina Chang, Candice Luk, Lydia Parnell,
Kim Reyes, Michael Drucks
Christina Chang Peng, Lia Wong, Tao Fei,
Candice Luk, Rosalia Brown Arora
Jason Young, Juliana Au Young, Isabelle Young Henry Wong, Cinci Leung, Angel Chang, Trisha Yeh Tsui, Edward Tsui Howard Chau, Garrick Wong
Cinci Leung, Youn Seoung Cho, Tracy Cheng, Felix Chow, Jess Lee, Eddy Wu
Jennifer Lin, Sanju Uttamchandani Thanks...
A big thank you to Gareth Kwok
and the reunion committee for
organizing a great event and
bringing together the Class of 2000.
Thanks also to Trisha Yeh ’00 for
keeping us up to date with news and
photos of a great evening.
Vanessa Chau, Natalie Jay, Ben Cheung, Nikko Ho, Justin Kwok Natasha Chang, Friend of Aron, Aron Butcher, Michelle Wong,
Reunions reunion reunion
coming up Class of 2001 Class of 1987
29/31 July 2011 2012
New York City Hong Kong and USA
The Class of 2001 will hold their 10- Attention Class of ‘87! Time to start
year reunion in New York City on the thinking about and planning the big
weekend of July 29-31, 2011. Our New 25th reunion. After some contacts
York City reunion in 2005 was a huge and discussions with classmates, it
success so let’s make this one even appears that there is enough inter-
bigger! Venues are to be decided. est to have two reunions, one in the
Please contact Lauren Tanner at for United States and another in Hong
information and updates. See you Kong. Exact dates and locations are
there! yet to be determined, but please send
Marc Suhr an email expressing your
Contact: Lauren Tanner ’01 laurentan- interest. Most likely, the reunions will
firstname.lastname@example.org be held during the summer of 2012,
given that most have kids in school.
Contact: Marc Suhr ’87 suhrfam@aol.
30-year fun and story swaps so think about coming
along and joining us.
really help us with the planning. Mark your
calendars and spread the word to any
class members not on the mailing list!
reunion Please let us know as soon as you can if
you plan on attending, even if you can’t For more, please check out the website:
Class of 1981 commit 100 per cent just yet, as this would http://hkis1981.weebly.com/
5/7 August 2011 If you have any thoughts, questions, comments or want to help, please contact your
Karen Staniek-Gerhardt email@example.com
“Has it really been 30 years?” Phyllis Makredes Afendoulis firstname.lastname@example.org
Freny Bunshah Jokhi email@example.com
Bunshah Jokhi has kindly agreed to let us Karen Karr Nimarota firstname.lastname@example.org
invade her hotel, the Wingate in Atlanta Leslie Arnold Atkinson email@example.com
(www.wingateatlanta.com) and we’re Anna Agell firstname.lastname@example.org
working on a schedule for the few days of Secret Agent Wombat Delapena email@example.com
HKIS has come to the end of an era –
David J. Condon has left the building.
We salute the Head of School who ushered
in the modern era of education to HKIS
H KIS can’t seem to let a month go by
without putting another mark in the
history books and June and July this year
into account the hundreds of other stu-
dents who have passed through the school
over the last three years; the teachers and
are no exception. 30th June marked the administrators who have been mentored
end of the three-year tenure of Head of and inspired by D.J. and the community
School David J. (D.J.) Condon. members who have worked with him to
support HKIS. Nor does it recognize the
D.J. joined HKIS as Associate Head of hundreds of other lives these people will
School in 2008, the role he held for his first touch as they proceed through their life’s
two years. In his final year, he served as journey. All of these people will, to some
Head of School. degree, be touched by HKIS and, by ex-
tension, will be impacted by the leadership
D.J.’s visionary leadership of HKIS and his that D.J. has provided as both Associate
passionate advocacy of its Mission and Head and Head of School. Your impact has
Student Learning Results were remark- been extensive D.J., a big pond with seem-
able. Board of Manager’s Chair Abbi De- ingly endless ripples.”
Lessio summed it up nicely at an event
marking D.J.’s departure: We said that June and July were historic
months, but have only mentioned June. So,
“It’s my honor and privilege to recognize July sees the start of a new era: HKIS under
and thank someone who exemplifies above the leadership of new Head of School,
and beyond the call of duty, the person Kevin M. Dunning. We’ll be meeting
who leads HKIS in advancing the mission him in more detail in the next issue of
and student learning results, our Head of DragonTales.
School, D.J. Condon.
Now, the limelight is fading on D.J. as he jets
It is hard for me to comprehend that D.J. off from Chek Lap Kok to be Headmaster
HKIS Heads of School has been at HKIS for only three years; I at Canadian Academy in Kobe, Japan. Our
have difficulty remembering a time when loss is their gain, but we wave off D.J. with
1966 – 1977 Robert E. Christian
he wasn’t here. In the three years since D.J. our hearty and healthy regards, knowing
1977 – 1996 David F. Rittmann
joined our learning community, over 500 that he has left an indelible mark on HKIS,
1996 – 1997 Earl J. Westrick
students have graduated from HKIS; over ushering in the modern era with the 1-to-
1997 – 2001 Charles W. Dull 500 young adults whose lives have been in- 1 laptop program and many initiatives to
2001 – 2004 William B. Wehrenberg fluenced and shaped by their experiences enhance the HKIS Mission and Student
2004 – 2005 James A. Handrich at HKIS and D.J.’s significant role in defin- Learning Results.
2005 – 2010 Richard W. Mueller ing those experiences.
2010 – 2011 David J. Condon Eventhough D.J. will be in Japan, it’s cer-
2011 – present Kevin M. Dunning That figure of 500 students doesn’t provide tainly not sayonara, but au revoir.
the whole picture however. It does not take
Each year we take time to reflect on the HKIS Mission
and Student Learning results and to see who has
been living out their true meaning. Nominated by you,
awarded by HKIS, our worthy recipient is...
of the Year Award
Leontine Chuang ’93
Words by Howard Tang ’94 and Jon Walsh
I t was a long, hard process for the judg-
ing panel, but it was worth it – it al-
ways is. Judging this award is one of the
written English to students from all over
the country, passing on many aspects of
most rewarding jobs of the year since it
shows that, long after many students have After a year, Leontine returned to study law
left HKIS, long after they have travelled, at Northwestern, also serving as Editor-in-
worked and experienced life in other parts Chief of the Northwestern Journal of Inter-
of the globe, HKIS alumni are continu- national Law and Business. Graduation in
ing to live the HKIS Mission and Student 2001 was followed by a move to New York
Learning Results (SLRs). Leontine Chuang where she began life as a corporate lawyer.
’93 is no exception. But her thoughts of service weren’t far be-
hind and soon she took time out of her hec-
Leontine graduated from HKIS having tic corporate schedule to act as a pro-bono
been with us since R2 and went on to major attorney for battered women in Family
Leontine with husband Simon, son Aidan and in Political Science and International Stud- Court and a pro-bono attorney for an asy-
daughter Simone ies at Northwestern University in Chicago. lum seeker from the Democratic Republic
of Congo (DRC). One of the highlights of
It was at Northwestern that Leontine be- her time in New York was helping her client
gan her involvement in politics and gov- from the DRC get refugee status in the US.
ernment affairs, first becoming active
within the student government and in her In 2004, continuing as a corporate lawyer
senior year, becoming president of the stu- for the same law firm, Leontine moved
dent government. One of the highlights of back to Hong Kong. After a year and a half,
her time there was meeting Diana, Prin- Leontine decided she could do more – ser-
cess of Wales in 1997, sadly only a short vice was calling in the most subtle of ways.
time before that fateful crash in a Paris It was while she was helping a friend look
road tunnel. for a new job that Leontine spotted the
United Nations High Commissioner for
Upon leaving Northwestern, Leontine Refugees (UNHCR) ad that would change
took up a post at Nankai University and her life. It offered the chance to use her
moved to Tianjin in China where she pro-bono experience for asylum applica-
learned Mandarin and taught oral and tions and to give something back.
At Hong Kong Disneyland with the families
of Teddy Fong ’92 and Tim Chen ’92
So, in 2005, Leontine started working for Leontine has also worked hard with her col- give someone a chance at a new life,” she
the UNHCR in their Hong Kong office, leagues to help ensure that asylum seekers says, “I find that very rewarding.”
serving as a Refugee Status Determination and refugees’ rights are protected in Hong
Assistant. The role required her to make Kong and their protection needs, whether She has made presentations to many law-
determinations about whether refugee material, physical or psychological are met. yers, government officers and police officers
applicants meet the UNHCR’s exacting in Hong Kong to educate them about the
criteria for refugee status. It’s not easy - hundreds of applications plight of refugees around the world and on
come through the office each year and yet our own doorstep in Hong Kong. And since
Leontine has interviewed hundreds of less than 10 per cent of them are approved. graduating from HKIS, Leontine has kept in
asylum seekers and heard countless hor- The decisions aren’t taken lightly. Each ap- contact with many alumni whom she knew
rific stories about persecutory experiences plicant has a story to tell, each has a unique at HKIS and returned to HKIS, attending
from refugees. By working with a team to situation – people don’t seek refugee status one of Marty Schmidt’s classes to explain
grant asylum seekers refugee status, she has because they’re having a good time, it’s be- what UNHCR does globally and in Hong
helped save lives and provide a chance for a cause they have nowhere else to turn. For Kong. On Service Day, 11 March, Leontine
life of freedom from fear and persecution. Leontine, there is optimism: “I am able to was invited to address Grade 6 students and
explain her work with UNHCR.
Leontine addressing HKIS students about Leontine has not just rested with helping
UNHCR’s work in Marty Schmidt’s class in refugees through UNHCR. It was during
May 2006 2010 that she took on the role as one of
the Governors of a charitable foundation
The UNHCR plaque outside of Leontine’s office
that provides donations to worthy causes vice to others and the importance of doing
across Hong Kong. No easy task with such our part to help protect the human rights
a demanding role and a busy family life, of others. All of which has many parallels
thanks to husband Simon, son Aidan and to the HKIS Mission: “Dedicating... our
daughter Simone. hearts to compassion and our lives to ser-
vice and global understanding”.
Through her work at the UNHCR, Leon-
tine has strived to help people understand No doubt, Leontine Chuang ’93 is your
the importance of having compassion for worthy recipient of the Bob Christian
the plight of others, the importance of ser- Alumna/Alumnus of the Year Award.
2008/09 David ’94 and Josh Begbie ’96
The Crossroads Foundation has not passed many people by. An educational and ser-
vice organization that has sprouted from its humble beginnings in 1995 to reach over
100 countries around the world. Its founders, brothers David and Josh Begbie, were
judged to have truly lived the HKIS Mission and SLRs and so were jointly awarded
the Bob Christian award in 2008.
What started as donations to a disaster in China has grown into a UN partnership
operation that has seen them link with NGOs the world over, linking supply with
demand, hence the name Crossroads. It has even generated an educational division
that includes a ‘refugee simulation, so people from all walks of life can experience the
processes that millions have to endure around the world. In 2009, the brothers were
invited to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, to give world leaders a
taste of refugee life through their educational program.
David and Josh were presented with the Bob Christian Award at the graduation
ceremony in June 2009.
What’s it all about?
The Award was established in 2006 to 2009/10 Ken Koo ’79 and Charles Watson ’09
recognize the tremendous service of Bob
Ken Koo ’79 and Charles Watson ’09 might have graduated 20 years apart, but as
Christian, the very first Head of School for
joint winners of the Bob Christian award they have fully embodied the true spirit of
HKIS. The aim is to give recognition to the
the HKIS Mission and SLRs. It was a golden year to have two alums who perfectly
Alumnus/Alumna who has made a strong,
exemplify the Mission and SLRs.
positive contribution to HKIS, our com-
munity and the wider community while Ken was selected for his dedication to supporting HKIS over a number of years. He
living our Mission Statement and SLRs. served as Alumni Association President for six years and, along with Desmond Chu
The selection criteria used is that candi- ’91, set-up the James A. Handrich Service Leadership Endowment, itself a project
dates: that continues to fertilize and grow the true meaning of the HKIS Mission and SRLs.
• Exemplify our Mission and Student Charles Watson won because he was a “role model in service leadership”. He spent
Learning Results his gap year in Nepal and Ghana working to bring wider information technology
and website access to education. His work involves bringing computers to schools
• Contribute to the HKIS community, the
and running them on solar power. He creates a local network within the classroom,
local community, or the broader com-
hooks it up to batteries and solar power and in under 40 minutes of arriving at a
school can have children looking at information on the internet. The computers are
made from locally sourced parts, so is something goes wrong, the children don’t have
The Award’s Selection Committee will
to wait weeks or months for something to be shipped.
meet to review and consider nominations
on their merits. Nominations are welcome The two winners don’t just have the Bob Christian Award in common – Ken was so im-
from everyone, however, be quick as nomi- pressed with Charles’ projects that he has helped to fund one of the projects in Nepal.
nations close on February 1, 2012.
Welcome to the latest updates of who’s been
where, for how long, when they were here and
how long they’ve been there! It’s a bumper issue
of ClassNotes this issue.
We’ve been contacted by lots of people and
we’d like to say a big thank you to all. If there
is someone in particular you’re trying to get in
touch with, let us know and we’ll try our best to
help establish and reignite those connections.
Don’t forget to check out the all-new HKIS
If you want to be included in ClassNotes and
let everyone know where you are and what
you’re doing, get in touch with Irene Loh via
You can find HKIS all over the internet:
FacebookSearch for the group ‘HKIS Alumni Association’
Alumni website http://alumni.hkis.edu.hk
Martha Jane McCaskill
M artha Jane McCaskill was recently honored fol-
lowing her death on October 16, 2010, as the
first librarian of the Hong Kong International School
with an engraved plaque, which will be prominently
displayed in a glass display case being constructed at
the entrance of the High School library. Born on Sep-
tember 16, 1930 in Paris, Texas, she received her De-
We are saddened to hear of the gree in Library Science from East Texas State Teachers
College in August 1950. Martha served as Librarian in
loss of HKIS’ first librarian since
the Bridgewater-Raritan, New Jersey School District,
the last issue of DragonTales. prior to moving to Hong Kong in 1965 when her hus-
Our thoughts go out to the family, band, Don was assigned to Hong Kong as one of four
friends and classmates of our employees from the IBM World Trade Headquarters
friend and early supporter in New York City to establish the IBM World Trade Martha Jane McCaskill pictured
South East Asia Regional Headquarters in Hong Kong. in October 2010
At that time, there was no international school in Hong Kong, and the
children of the few expatriates living there went to The Maryknoll Sisters
Missionary School on the island of Hong Kong or King George V School
In addition to loaning the school their initial set of World Book
Encyclopedias which she had shipped to Hong Kong along with other
personal items, Martha volunteered to order and catalogue all of the start
up school’s library books the ‘old fashioned way’ by hand printing all of
the index cards with titles and Dewey Decimal System codes, as well as
lettering the codes on each catalogued book. All three McCaskill children
attended HKIS. Their eldest daughter, Christy, still remembers going from
Maryknoll each day after school before HKIS opened to assist her mother
with this monumental undertaking and shelving the newly acquired
books. Christy was recognized not only as an outstanding student at HKIS
at the end of her Junior year before returning with the family to New York,
but also for assisting her mother with the establishment of the library.
Today, four HKIS campus libraries serve our students from state-of-the-
art technology literary centers with over 110,000 books from a humble
beginning made possible by Martha.
Following retirement from IBM in 1985, the McCaskills returned home to
Paris, Texas to live on Strawbaby Farm after living, working and traveling
around the world for 35 years. Martha McCaskill is buried in Evergreen
Cemetery in Paris, Texas and Don continues to reside at Strawbaby Farm.
This memorial for Mrs. McCaskill was donated by Joyce and Reid Samuel-
son. Joyce (Todd) Samuelson ’71 was a classmate of the McCaskill children
at HKIS and their families remain close friends.
The McCaskill family pictured in 1967. Left to
right: Martha, Dean, Christy, Don and Sally Martha is survived by her husband Donald McCaskill; daughters, Christy
(McCaskill) Wendell ’69 – class agent for the class of ’69 and Sally (Mc-
Caskill) Stein ’70; son, Dean Morgan McCaskill ’76.
Where are they now?
FORMER FACULTY UPDATE
Mrs. Nancy Kroonenberg
Birthday: June 20
Years at HKIS: 1977-1996
What did you teach? Middle School and High School French Teacher
Then High School Assistant Principal
Current location: Tokyo, Japan
What did you do after
For 15 years, I have been the High School
Assistant Principal at the American School
What are your fondest
memories of HKIS?
The people - loved the students and col-
leagues. Great memories of 3 summer trips
to France with students as well as various
Interim trips, especially to the Pattaya or-
phanage. Former students often remind
me of some fun French classes, especial-
ly when I shampooed my hair in class,
dressed in pajamas or sang - which I do
What are your fondest
memories of Hong Kong? Nancy with Pip Simpkin, former HKIS High School faculty member, in Tauranga New Zealand,
Everything - the pace, the people, the food,
the nightlife. ny Gordon ’84, Robin Tierney ’84, David In three words, describe HKIS:
Wu ’86, Gia Antonellis ’96, Eric Sun ’86, Terrific, Life-changing, Life-long friends
What is the one thing you Patricia Chen Sadayasu ’98, Terry and Bill
learned during your time at HKIS Anderson, Lisa Ahnert, Kevin Baker and How can people re-connect
that you still make use of today? family, Carol and Larry Eichert, Anne El- with you?
HKIS was such a formative part of my lis, Joanne Fallon, Karen Fish, Dean Fritts, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
educational career. There is not one thing George Coombs, Jim Handrich, Jenifer
which I can pinpoint, but to this day, I still Holcombe, Jane and Joel Klammer, Dave What’s next for you?
make reference to students and colleagues. Kohl, Sandy Krist, Susan Kuyper, Lesley We are still inveterate travelers. In recent
Lewis, Anna Maakestad, Eric MacDonald, years, our travels have taken us to Albania,
Have you been back to Hong Dan McCarthy, Shirley Miske, Gina Mal- Moldova, Montenegro, and Slovakia, just
Kong since leaving? tese Preciado, Ken and Karen Rohrs, Bob to mention several places on our long and
Almost every year. Scripko, Cyrus Shaoul, Rosalyn Shaoul, Pip lovely summer journeys. In a few years, it’s
Simpkin, Janet Taylor, Sarah Todd, Mike retirement. We’ve dreamt of Malta, Cy-
Who do you keep in touch with Wong-Russell and many more which I’ve prus, Portugal and France but will probably
from your time at the school? seen at the 40th reunion, on Facebook and end up in Amsterdam. Would love to have
Ken Koo ’79, Bill Bossany ’82, Pattie Bossa- email. visitors here or there.
FORMER FACULTY UPDATE
Mrs. Sarah Todd
Birthday: March 13
Years at HKIS: 1985 to 1992
What did you teach: US history, American Studies, World History,
Psychology, Sociology, Economics
Current location: St. Stephen’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas
What are your fondest
memories of HKIS?
Many including my years working as a
dean and social studies teacher. I felt I got
to know the students in many different
ways as we worked to change schedules,
talked about colleges and about curricu-
lum. Loved working with Jim Handrich
and the other deans.
What are your fondest
memories of Hong Kong?
Star Ferry, walking the Dragon’s Back with
the Baker family, early years with the high
school in Repulse Bay, tea at the Penin-
sula Hotel, Flagstaff House Museum of
Teaware, the Man Mo Temple, walking
on Hollywood Road, Honeychurch An-
tiques, trips to Macau, Lunar New Year
holiday, Mid-Autumn Festival and on and
on. Loved living in the neighborhoods of
Sarah Todd at her current school in Austin, Texas in March 2011
What is the one thing you
learned during your time at Who do you keep in touch with In three words, describe HKIS:
HKIS that you still make use of from your time at the school? Postive, Tolerant, Adaptable.
today? I keep in touch with many people including
I learned students are our greatest resource Anna and Tom Maakestad, Denise Carver, How can people re-connect
in schools. Scott Rhodewalt, Jack MacSlarrow, Nancy with you?
Kroonenberg, Janet Taylor, Doug Baker Email: email@example.com
Have you been back to Hong and Family, Lesley Lewis, Beth Smith
Kong since leaving? Nicholson, Jim Handrich and many for- What’s next for you?
I am there very often. HKIS staff and fac- mer students including Rob Gvozden ’87, I am the Director on the International
ulty helped me start another school in Henry Kim ’87, Molly Giss ’88, John Hyun Program at my school and I love it. I also
Tianjin, China with HKIS veterans Char- ’89, Bijoy Goswami ’91, Mark Abernathy teach world history. I do a good bit of travel
lene Schneiter, Jack MacSlarrow and Scott ’91, Seth Baker ’91, Darlene Lanham ’93, which is wonderful.
Rhodewalt. My husband continues to do Kemal Arsan ’93, Catherine ’89 and Chris
work at HKU so I am there twice a year Puranananda, Maija Muncy, Benjy Lee and
and often make it to HKIS to check on my quite a few others. I have been to quite a
beloved school. few reunions since I left including one in
Austin, Texas last summer.
Burke M. Wong ’73
ClassNotes I am currently the Force Counsel for Le-
gal and Treaty Affairs, Multinational
Force & Observers (MFO), the peace-
keeping force established pursuant to the
Camp David Accords. The MFO monitors
compliance with the Peace Treaty between
Egypt and Israel. I am stationed in the Si-
nai Peninsula and will be here until August
Me and my dog Asia (left) who was adopted
from the Humane Society a few years ago
hear from so many other HKIS alumni on
Facebook and Twitter via @Patrickgfl.
David Jones ’85
I attended HKIS from 1975-1977 – 2nd
and 3rd grades and 1980-1983 – from
7th to 10th grades as part of class of 1985.
I have so many great memories of HKIS
and Hong Kong. Even though I gradu-
ated from Seoul Foreign School in Korea
This is at a bunker located at memorial site at the Israeli/Syrian border in the Golan Heights
in 1985, I always considered Hong Kong
and HKIS home and I returned to Hong
1974 Kong for Christmas and summer vacation
my junior and senior year of high school
Patrick Gould ’74 to visit with friends of my class year James
firstname.lastname@example.org “B” Burnett, Mike Taylor, Chad Forrest and
I have been living in South Florida for over
20 years and am working in Real Estate re- I’ve since settled in Southern California,
lated businesses. where I attended UCLA for undergraduate
study and also UCLA’s Anderson School
Bud Skennion ’74 and I continue to make of Management - MBA. I now live in Re-
regular ‘investments’ on the horse races, dondo Beach with my wife (Debbie) and
and we think we are very close to winning twin daughters (Natalie and Kaela-Mae).
a race one day. What we need is the help I am currently the Director of Terminals
of our friend Walter Loh ’74 to help us pick Business Management for Los Angeles
the winners! International Airport and Ontario Inter-
national Airport where I manage the con-
I continue to enjoy my involvement with cessions and terminal leasing programs at
the Humane Society and other animal both airports. One perk is seeing Cathay
welfare organizations. It has been great to Pacific’s 777-300ER aircraft daily, which
routinely gives me pause to think fondly
of my many trips to/from on ‘home-leave’.
My father decided to run for the election
for the office of state Governorship in Ni- 1987
Through my work, I have reconnected with geria after leaving Hong Kong in December Bobby Kwan ’87
Chris Sinfield ’85 who works in the area 1976. I completed my secondary education email@example.com
and correspond periodically with Mike and university degree from the prestigious
Taylor, Chad Forrest, Helen Best ’86, Mark
Lutz, Valarie Smith, and Vanessa Orie.
Also, for the past two years, my family
Bayero University, Kano Nigeria, where I
graduated with a law degree. Although
I’m not a practicing lawyer, I have set up
I have recently joined Jaguar Land Rover
China in Shanghai as the Senior Man-
ager for Network Operations. This shall be
has met up with Lanchi Venator ’85 and a trading company, which I am the Chief my 11th year working in Shanghai already,
Stephanie Baum ’85 and their families in Executive Officer. time really flies.
San Diego – hopefully we’ve started an an-
nual tradition. Nigeria is a beautiful country, with huge
resources and with over 150 million peo-
Hopefully I will get a chance to return to ple. I live very close to Nigeria’s capital of Pinki Bengani-Praveena Baid
Hong Kong soon to show my family where Abuja, about 30 minutes drive. ’89
I grew up. firstname.lastname@example.org
I also have another title ‘Shettima of Keffi’
Mohammed A. Mohammed
which is a prestigious traditional title for a o, after Hong Kong, I shifted to In-
’85 Royal Prince of Keffi, Nigeria. The picture dia where I completed my graduation
email@example.com attached herewith with turban on my head in English Literature and French Minor.
is the usual attire of Shettima and Prince Have been married for almost 18yrs now;
I t is my pleasure to be connected to HKIS.
It is indeed a wonderful experience. I
attended HKIS in 1976, with my sister
in Nigeria. I hope you’ll like the pictures.
I’ll appreciate seeing any of the pictures
have two sons: Dhruv coming to 13 and
Divye almost 9 now. Am happily settled
in Singapore enjoying being a full time
Bilkisu and brother Idris. We were about I had with my grade 3 classmates at the mum. My parents left Hong Kong during
the only black Africans in the school. I was time. I’ll also be glad to reconnect with
in grade 3 at the time. any alumni that are in Nigeria. It is also
my hope, wish and plan to visit the school Pinki Bengani‑
soon. Baid ’89 with
Finally, I also congratulate the parents,
staff, faculty and students for keeping the
flag of HKIS flying.
1986 Pinki Bengani‑
Derek Kwik ’86 Baid ‘89 with
Mohammed A. children Dhruv
Mohammed ‘85 (left),
with turban (above),
the usual attire of
I n January 2011, Curt Jennewine visited
Hong Kong on a business trip. It has
been nearly 25 years since some of us has
Shettima and Prince in
Nigeria seen each other and the recounting of old
HKIS memories over a delicious Shang-
My experience in both Hong Kong and hainese dinner was fantastic.
HKIS at the time was fulfilling. My father
Hassan Mohammed was Nigeria’s Consul (Left to right) Victor Cheung ’86, Koh‑Ann Chu ’86, Amy Ng ’86, Curt Jennewine ’86, David Wu ’86,
General based in Hong Kong and we used Vanessa Chien ’85, Derek Kwik ’86
to live at the Repulse Bay Garden not too
far away from the school. It was a beautiful
experience when I think of the fantastic
student-student relationship and pupil-
teacher relationship, the tours, the sports
time, the choirs and personal relationships
with fellow classmates whom I cannot
Tracey with her sons
Bobby, Michael and Tyler
the handover that’s why I have not ended
up coming there but really look forward
to catching up with you guys some time!
Tracey Harris ’92
I t has been a long time since I sent in an
update. I have been living in Singapore
for the last 5 years with my husband Mark
Tracey and her duce music for film and sports, as well
and sons Tyler (9), Bobby (7) and Michael as sing professional background vocals
(3). I recently received my MBA from the (e.g. Coco Lee) here in Los Angeles. I’m
University of Chicago Booth School of also still working on an album of original
Business and am now taking a few months songs. Last year’s highlights include our
off to spend time with my family and travel many trips (New Orleans, Boston, San
before looking for a new job. Last year I Diego, San Francisco, and Las Vegas), get-
caught up with quite a few people from ting pregnant, as well as buying our dream
our class including Traci Tong, Art Ber- house! Meanwhile, with the January birth
man, Liz (McCauley) Collard, and two amazing, eye-opening experience! On the of our precious little daughter, Elliana,
classmates from way back in 6th grade, E way back, I got to show him around Hong 2011 is shaping up to be even more excit-
– Lynn Goh and Sanjay Natarajan. I also Kong for the first time. We paid a visit to ing. After 30 hours of labor, she came out
met up with Nanette Ruhter who teaches HKIS and ran into some of my teachers: with a full head of hair weighing 7 lbs 13oz.
at my sons’ school. I hope all of you are do- George Coombs, Marty Schmidt, Zella Parenthood has been humbling and tiring
ing well, and please do get in touch if you Talbot, Kent Ewing, Janet Taylor, and Sue so far, but also a joy and blessing that is
come to Singapore for any reason. Harvey. I continue to compose and pro- worth it all. Every new day with our baby
makes us more and more amazed and
grateful at God’s miraculous gift to us.
Christie Chong ’95 Susan Strebel ’95
C oming this August 2011, I will be
married for almost 4 years to the love
of my life, Albert Chong, whom I met in
I am currently in Brooklyn, New York
where I have been for the last five years.
I am the Director of Special Events for New
Los Angeles. In 2009, we went on a medi- York City Center, a performing arts center
cal missions trip where Albert got to per- in Manhattan featuring musical theater
form orthopedic surgeries in rural China Christie’s visit in 2009 pictured with George and dance. Our resident dance compa-
to help people with deformities. What an Coombs and Marty Schmidt nies include Alvin Ailey American Dance
Christie and her husband Albert Chon Christie with her 11 weeks old Christie’s visit in 2009 pictured with Zella Talbot and
daughter Elliana Kent Ewing
Theater, Paul Taylor Dance Company and been attending Emerson College after. I’m
American Ballet Theatre. I am engaged at the end of my second year in College
to my boyfriend of 13 years and we will studying Communication Studies. This
be married in July. He is the owner of past semester has been one of the best
Calexico, a brand of restaurants and street times and experiences of my life. I am at
carts in Brooklyn and New York City. Old Aldrinana’s parents and sister Robbieana ’05 a study abroad program in a small town
friends can email me. at the graduation ceremony in the Netherlands through my college.
I have been living in a 14th century me-
1997 2003 dieval castle (Kasteel Well) the last three
months, and have had the privilege to
Aldrinana Leung ’03 travel around Europe and the UK every
Gabriel Hung ’97 firstname.lastname@example.org
email@example.com single weekend. I will return to Boston in
September to begin my final two years of
G abriel left HKIS in 1994 and has
been back in Hong Kong since 1997.
I n December 2010, Aldrinana Leung
graduated from London School of Eco-
nomics (LSE) with a Masters Degree in
college. Time flies!
He studied medicine at the University of Government Development. Previous to
Hong Kong and worked as a psychiatrist her masters studies, she graduated from
in Hong Kong for 7 years, becoming a spe- Georgetown University with a Bachelor
cialist in 2009. He recently left his hospital of Arts Degree. She has worked with the
job and is now pursuing a new career as a Clinton Global Initiative three times.
trainee solicitor at an American law firm
in Hong Kong. Gabriel would love to catch
up with friends from his HKIS days. 2008
Joanne Lam ‘08
Catriona (McGregor) Fox ’97 JoLam@crossingcambodia.org
S ince I graduated HKIS in 2008, I have
volunteered as a 1st grade teacher as-
sistant in Cambodia for a year and have
Joanne Lam in the village of Well, province of
Limburg, Netherlands in January 2011
As we were going to press, we received the sad news
of the passing of David Smith ’77 on 2 June after a
sudden illness that lasted a little over a month. David
and his wife had just moved from Carrollton, Georgia,
to Montgomery, Alabama, so he could work full-time
with the Army National Guard.
He was a loving husband, father and dedicated solider.
Dave faithfully served his country as a Captain and
Airborne Ranger in the United States Army and
National Guard. He is survived by his wife, Marla Rea Smith; daughters, Sara
Christine Barker and Rachel Marie Smith.
The son of Lewis and Shirley Smith, David had three sisters, all of whom attended
HKIS; Karen Smith Moore ’73, Cathy Smith Caviness ’75 and Deborah Smith ’80.
Mongomery (Monty) Fox born on Memorial donations may be made to The Wounded Warriors Project or the
January 3, 2011 Red Cross:
Wounded Warriors Project: http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org/
M y husband Christopher and I wel-
comed Mongomery (Monty) Fox
into the world on 3 January 2011.
Red Cross: http://www.montgomeryarc.org/
Dedicating our minds to inquiry, our hearts to compassion,
and our lives to service and global understanding
An American-style education grounded in the Christian faith
and respecting the spiritual lives of all
Student Learning Results
Students will achieve their intellectual potential by striving for and
attaining the highest standards of academic excellence
Students will understand and respect Christianity and other religions
and will identify and develop their own spiritual identity
Students will demonstrate respectful and caring attitudes at school and
in the community, as well as the courage to stand up for what is right
The Mission and SLRs are the North Self-Motivated Learning
Star for HKIS, its staff, faculty and Students willingly apply a variety of learning and motivation strategies
students. We use these as our guide throughout their learning process
in everything we do, every day.
Contributing to Society
Hong Kong International School
1 Red Hill Road, Tai Tam Students will develop the skills they need to form genuine relationships
Hong Kong in our diverse society and to make contributions to our community
Students will gain an understanding of China and an appreciation of the
Destination: Hong Kong
6 January, 2012
Mark your diary, book your
flights, call your friends and
pack your old yearbook for a
very special gathering back at
Hong Kong International School.