The mother FUNG TONG SHIN-YEE has spent the better part of her life at St Stephen's Girls' College, where her daughters are now students. The biology teacher started working there after leaving the University of Hong Kong in the early 1980s. It was a short break from her time spent there as a student from Primary Four on. 'The school has looked after me a lot, when I was a student and when I was beginning to work and I'm really thankful for that,' she said. The school's staff and reputation prompted Mrs Fung to enrol her two daughters, now aged 14 and 12. 'A lot of [students'] mothers went here. We enjoyed our life here as students and felt our girls should also have a chance to do this.' Mrs Fung remembers most fondly school bazaars, annual picnics and walks through the school's garden with views of mountains and the harbour. She said her teachers encouraged students to take part in extra-curricular activities, community work and to examine the Christian faith in addition to academic studies, a philosophy the school still follows. She has little desire to leave what has become her second home. 'If I had the chance to go somewhere different, I would still want to come back, better equipped to share my experiences with my students.' The daughter For ANGELA FUNG SEE-WAI, St Stephen's Girls' College is a rare place where a student will think nothing of carrying 10 take-away lunches to her busy - and hungry - friends. The 14-year-old says her school is friendlier than others she has visited. 'I really like my school. It's really special compared to other schools. It's a fun school and we do fun activities.' As an example, Angela cited a class visit to Tsui Sing Lau Pagoda in Tin Shui Wai, Hong Kong's only surviving ancient pagoda, where she and her classmates tucked into a traditional meal. This summer she and her fellow choristers were introduced to the singing styles of other countries at the World Children's Choir Festival in Hong Kong. From choir to badminton to the school's senior orchestra, Angela, who is also captain of her Form Three class, balances an array of activities between studies. But it is the teachers who impress her most. As a new Primary Two student, Angela had difficulty learning Chinese and had to attend special classes to improve. 'The teachers are different. Some teachers teach because they want students to do well in HKCEE. Teachers here tell us we have to study to learn something and to have a better life.'