Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Catching Up With Br Steve

As our Principal, Martin Chamberlain, has been making his way home from the warmth of the Northern Hemisphere he has taken the opportunity to visit with old boy and past staff member Br Steve Hogan. The following is a brief report.

It has been good to touch base with another Lasallian institution, this time in Hong Kong.  Brother Steve Hogan (FDMC Head Boy in 1979) has completed his first year as principal of prestigious La Salle College which is regarded by many as the  premier secondary school in all of Asia.  

With 1600 Chinese English speaking male students in 7 year levels, its graduates typically move on to Harvard, Oxford, Cambridge or other similar institutions, the majority of them having studied Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics.  Located in the centre of Kowloon where the slender high rise featured beyond the row of residential buildings in the photo, was recently constructed on a fairly small patch of land costing five billion NZ dollars, the athletics track in the foreground is the envy of all other schools and along with its swimming pool and many other amenities, the school seems like something out of a fairy story.  Brother Steve has many challenges which have to be tacked within a different cultural medium.  

Those who know him well however will be aware that he is a creative thinker and a legendary hard worker driven by a faith-filled ethos.  Although it is well established, the school's facilities are a little dated so with typical sacrifice, Steve is supervising work over his summer vacation to ensure a new air conditioning system, new entrance way, outdoor performance area and new administrative offices are all constructed.  Those changes will have a marked effect on returning students who have not seen much change for some time.  

Brother Steve has had great support from his new community of parents and they seem pleased to have some Kiwi educational ideas put to work for the benefit of their sons.

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