Mr Tang was the Art teacher at La Salle for a long tenure and I especially remember him as we used to live in the same building in Kwun Tong. If memory serves me right, he had two sons studying at our school as well. He had a cream coloured Volkswagon Beetle and we sometimes used to get a ride to school with him. He was a gifted artist and I think he specialised in water colours. I distinctly remember him showing me how to paint a rose in one of our art lessons. He seemed a very gentle and quiet man and it would be nice to hear more from alumni about Mr Tang.
Brother Patrick Tierney was born on 4th December 1942 in Ireland into a family of 7 sons and 5 daughters. He studied in a primary school run by the Christian Brothers at his hometown. When he was asked why he joined the Order, Brother Patrick joked. “In the early 1950’s, life was tough and there were few exercises. All the boys craved above all was the opportunities to play soccer. But the only people that possessed footballs were the Brothers! I was also attracted perhaps by the fact that I thought the Brothers got better food than I.” The fact was his eldest brother has become a Christian Brother already. When a Brother recruiter asked for volunteers to join the Order, he simply put up his hand. A visit to his parents was made by the Brother, their consent and his fate was sealed. He joined the Order in 1955. He studied in the formation centres of Brothers and then finished his O and A levels in England. Afterwards, he entered the Teacher Training College in Manchester. In 1964, Brother Patrick, together with Brother Thomas Favier, were posted to Hong Kong. He was the Principal of St. Joseph’s College, Hong Kong from 1974 to 1986. In 1998, Brother Patrick became the Ninth Principal of La Salle College. In the same year, La Salle College was recognized as one of the 114 schools that were qualified to continue the use of English as the medium of instruction (EMI). Dennis C.Y. Ho (2002) of the UK Chapter, LSCOBA shared with us: “In my final two years at La Salle College, Brother Patrick became the principal as well as the supervisor. He was a friendly leader but also a busy man. He chaired the Third Asia Pacific Lasallian Educator’s Congress (APLEC) held in Hong Kong in 1998. He wrote many Catholic articles. He introduced “Day by Day” extracts from the writings of St. John Baptist de La Salle to our classes. It contains spiritual formation, classroom behaviour, stories of saints, biblical quotes, etc. It was a pity that I never had the opportunity of being taught by any Christian Brothers.” In 1999, Brother Patrick set up the Information Technology Management Team. The LAN of ED3 and Multi-media Learning Centre were completed in 2002. Brother Patrick was a devoted educator who had no hesitation to speak up on controversial issues. In 1999, he coordinated a joint submission by all Hong Kong Lasallian schools on the proposed reforms to the Education Commission. Before the turn of the millennium, Brother Patrick organized a Millennium Photo Taking on 21st December 1999. A total of 690 students stood on the school field and formed the characters of LSC 2000. The year 2000 was fruitful. Brother Patrick led the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the coming of Christian Brothers to Hong Kong and 100th Anniversary of the Canonization of St. John Baptist de La Salle and the 50th Anniversary of Declaration of St. John Baptist de La Salle as the “Patron of all Teachers”. On 17th April 2000, the Jubilee Feast Day was held on our school field with Rev. Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun S.D.B. as the guest of honour. Our boys shone in the HKCEE 2000. They scored a record of 477 A’s. Brother Patrick launched the redevelopment of our primary school in July 2000. The new school building possesses a large auditorium, a gymnasium, a 25-M indoor swimming pool and a football field. Brother Patrick is well known for his patience and acceptance of diversity. He dislikes noise, bad manners and argument of a protracted or bitter nature. He loves all kinds of sports In his spare time, he would coach our boys in the field. He is present in many interschool competitions cheering for our boys. Upon his retirement as the principal, he concentrates on preserving our heritage. He has written articles about Lasallian Schools. He has a large collection of photos of our buildings, Christian Brothers and teachers. Brother Patrick spent hours helping the Editorial Team in preparing this publication and shared his own collections of photographs and articles. The Editorial Team is deeply in debt to his kindness. Courtsey of http://www.lasalle.org.hk
Brother Patrick Toner was born on 22nd September 1892 in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. He joined the Christian Brothers at a very early age. He volunteered for the missions to the Far East and spent most of his life in Rangoon and Hong Kong. In Burma, Brother Patrick proved himself as a brilliant teacher and organizer. He brought St. Paul’s Rangoon to a very high scholastic standard.” At the end of the Pacific War, Brother Patrick was posted to La Salle College. He served as the Principal from 1947 to 1956. Life in the post-war era was difficult. Resources were scarce. To worsen the situation, the British government turned La Salle College into the 33rd General Hospital for the army in the summer of 1949. The school was moved to the temporary site in Perth Street, Homantin. Despite such setbacks, Brother Patrick braved all these difficulties. With great zeal and spirit, he raised the school to a very high standard in terms of intellectual activity, discipline and prestige. Brother Patrick also devoted much effort in the promotion of religious life at school and in the community. Brother Patrick is remembered as a man of great intelligence, a first class teacher and a strict but fair disciplinarian. He frequently took up classes from teachers on sick leave. Be it science, mathematics or arts, he would proceed smoothly. Brother Patrick appreciated nothing but the best from teachers and students. He conducted classroom inspection daily and carried out teacher evaluation himself. Mr. Henry Lau (1940) said, “He was the most dedicated and diligently devoted Principal I have worked for. Very learned, and always happy to share with us his bountiful knowledge.” Brother Patrick was a cat-lover and he moved like one. People seldom noticed his sudden presence in classes. Teachers and students were on alert all the time! Brother Patrick left La Salle College in 1956 for Europe. He died in Belfast in September 1968.
L.K. Wong 2007-11-13 15:15:49
As the introductory passage above indicated, Bro Patrick was a disciplinarian. He promoted a serious, but calm, atmosphere for scholarship which was beneficial to all. I came into his office one day after school term had started, a total stranger to the English alphabet. My uncle had brought me after learning that I was still being schooled in the old Chinese classics. There I stood, listening to their brief conversation and, after my uncle had left, being led by Bro Patrick to the lowest form. That was our first encounter. The second time I was less fortunate. We had, as our form-master, a Miss Chin, a teacher in mathematics for the matric classes. She was the only female teacher in the entire school and wore fashionable cheungsam. One day, some rascal dropped blue ink on her back, which led to three of the boys in our class being picked out for punishment, presumably on account of the colour of ink we were using. I was one of the unlucky ones. The other two, as I remember, were Poon King Chung and Hui Koon Mun, the famous actor. All of us got caned by Bro Patrick in his office. The third time, I got lucky. Bro Patrick, as usual, was checking class discipline not from the corridor on the right, but from the windows looking out to the grass. The class might have been conducted by Mr. Yuen, our second form master after Miss Chin. This time, Bro Patrick ordered the whole class, with a few exceptions, to stay behind after school. I was one of the exceptions. In later years, when I read up on de La Salle’s philosophy of education, I found Bro Patrick putting it in practice. He accepted any young lad that came his way, rich or poor, well-bred or undisciplined. La Salle would offer them the best resources available for advancement in knowledge and character. In the few years he was with us as Principal, we never heard any speeches from him; he educated us simply by walking the corridors.
A former senior government Official, Mr Peter Tsao passed away in 6 June 2005, in Thailand. Peter Kwang Yung Tsao CBE (Chinese: 曹廣榮) was a career civil servant of Hong Kong Tsao was Secretary for Administrative Services and Information (行政司) and Secretary for Home Affairs (政務司) of colonial Hong Kong Government from 1985 to 1991. He was the first ethnic Chinese person to be in a secretary-level position during colonial administration. He was described as “Bad Boy Tsao” in headlines in 1986 when he was posted to Brussels as representative for Hong Kong trade relations with the European Union.
1933 – born in Shanghai
1950 – emigrated to Hong Kong, educated at La Salle College and St. Joseph’s College
1955 – worked at Royal Observatory as computing officer (grade III), later worked as hygiene officer and assistant trade officer at the government
1979 – Director of Trade, Industry and Customs
1981 – Director of Industry
1983 – Director of Information Services
1986 – Representative to Brussels
1986 – Secretary for Administrative Services and Information
1989 – CBE
1990 – Secretary for Home Affairs – ranking fourth in the colonial hierarchy
1991 – Retired
2005 – died in Thailand
Clement Chan (87) 2005-08-13 15:50:23
Received from the respectable Peter Leung (52),the Honourary President of LSOBA, Toronto, Canada.The details is as follows: Tsao Kwang Yung, Peter applied and was admitted to matriculation class, Lower six, in 1954-55. He was in Brother Hugues Class. stayed there for about two to three months. His father was a high ranked Health Officer. Knowing that there was a vacancy in the Department, he told his son to quit studying and join Government service. The rest is history. Peter Tsao had a brother who also studied in La Salle.
Clement Chan (87) 2005-08-02 13:07:49
SJCOBA says the late Mr. Tsao graduated from Class of 1954 of SJC.
Robert Yuen (71) shared the following message on 2 June 2001 I learn with great regret from Mr. Kenneth Yu, a former teacher of lsc and an old boy that Mr. Robert Tsui has passed away recently of an heart attack. Robert was the Head Prefect of the School in the early ’70s and was a staunch supporter of the functions of the Old Boy Association. May his kind soul rest in peace.