[SCMP Archive] Roles are reversed at school
[First published on May 08, 1968] At the end of his first day as acting headmaster of the Hong Kong International School at Repulse Bay yesterday, 18-year-oId Peter Fishel said he did not want the job.
“I had no idea it was such hard work” he said, “I am exhausted, All of that running round to keep check on people has really worn me out.
“I always thought that a headmaster’s life would be a pretty easy one, but I have been so busy all day checking on teachers, students, hearing complaints and investigating them.
“I’m quite glad the day is finished,” he said.
Peter was one of 30 sixth form students at the school who took over its administration and staff positions yesterday – under staff supervision.
They taught classes, acted as school counselors, ran the canteen, the library and conducted the school choir.
Mr W. Mahlke, teacher and school spokesman, said the students did very well. He said they established an excellent rapport in classes between themselves and their pupils.
He said Peter Fishel assumed his headmasters position with authority and seemed to have good control of it.
Peter Is going to the United States later this year to study business management.