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Elizabeth Mägerlein - Former GSIS Staff

Meet Elizabeth - Former Staff at GSIS. She shares with us her experience working at GSIS and what she has been up to since leaving the school in 2008…

Name: Elizabeth Mägerlein

Previous job at GSIS: Receptionist

Current place of residence: Hamburg, Germany

Hello, Elizabeth Mägerlein here. I was invited by GSIS's advancement department to write a few things about myself. So here we go:

I was born and raised in Hong Kong, attended an all-girls school, and after graduating, I worked for a bank to learn all about economics and finance. I met my German husband three years later and in 1974 we got married and moved to Seoul, South Korea. After six adventurous years there, we returned to Hong Kong when our eldest daughter (Eva) was three years old and our younger daughter (Sonja) was born.

Eva then went to GSIS Kindergarten on Borrett Road - that was our first connection with this school. I was inducted into the Mothers' Committee later that year and took over the chair less than a year later. We had a lot of fun organizing the infamous school bazaars and school balls to raise money for the school. At the end of 1984 we had enough money to set up the first computer class at GSIS. In 1985, after I expressed my wish to leave the Mothers' Committee, the school offered me a job as a receptionist. Since I've always enjoyed working with children and my own daughters were also at school, I accepted. I've really enjoyed working with all the children from different cultures and backgrounds over the years - it was really inspiring and I learned a lot from them.

A few years later, I also took on the job of bus coordinator so that all children from kindergarten got on the right buses and the bus attendants were present. Of course, I also enjoyed working with my colleagues at school - both with the teachers and with the administration. I have so much fun watching the children grow and develop! Many of them have grown into pretty nice adults, got good jobs, and started their own families. It makes me very proud when I think that I may have contributed a little bit to this development!

In 2008 I left school - a very difficult decision - and said goodbye to everyone with a heavy heart. A short time later we moved to Switzerland because my husband was transferred to a new project. After three very nice years at Lake Zug, my husband retired and we moved to Hamburg, Germany, where our daughter Sonja lives and works as a doctor. Many other parents of former students, alumni themselves and former GSIS teachers also live here! We have been here for seven years now and we still really like it!

We became grandparents three years ago and I really enjoy playing with our little granddaughter! I also started painting again, which I have a lot of fun with.

Even now I am still in contact with many former students, teachers and school principals and I enjoy being in contact with them all over the world! All in all, life is doing just fine with me (knock on wood!), And when this pandemic is over I can finally visit Hong Kong and stop by GSIS again!

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Name: Elizabeth Mägerlein

Role at GSIS: Former Staff, Receptionist

Current city of residence: Hamburg, Germany

Hi there, Elizabeth Mägerlein here. I was invited by the GSIS Advancement Department to write a few things about myself. So here it goes:

I was born and raised in Hong Kong, attended an all girls' school and upon graduation, joined a bank to learn all about business and banking. Three years later, I met my German husband-to-be and in 1974 we got married and moved to Seoul, South Korea. After six adventurous years there, we returned to Hong Kong when our eldest daughter (Eva) was three years old and our younger daughter (Sonja) was born.

Eva then joined GSIS Kindergarten at Borrett Road - which was our first connection to the school. Later the same year, I was recruited into the Mother's Committee and took over as Chairperson less than a year later. We had lots of fun organizing the infamous school bazaars and school balls to raise money for the school. Late 1984, we had raised enough money to start the first computer class at GSIS. In 1985, after I had expressed the desire to leave the mother's committee, the school offered me a job as a receptionist. Since I have always enjoyed working with children and my own daughters were also at the school, I accepted. I thoroughly enjoyed working with all the children from different cultures and backgrounds over the years - it was truly inspirational and I learned a lot from them.

A few years later, I also took over the job as bus co-ordinator to make sure all these kids from Kindergarten onwards got on the right buses and the bus escorts were in attendance. Of course I also very much enjoyed working with my colleagues in the school - teachers and administration staff alike. It gave me so much joy watching the children grow and develop! A lot of them turned into pretty nice adults, got good jobs and had lovely families of their own. It makes me feel very proud to think that maybe I have contributed a little bit to that development!

In 2008, I resigned from the school - a very tough decision - and said goodbye to all with a heavy heart. A short while later, we moved to Switzerland since my husband was relocated to take on a new project. After three very lovely years at the Zuger Lake, my husband retired and we moved to Hamburg, Germany, where our daughter, Sonja, lives and works as a doctor. Quite a few other ex-parents, students and teachers live here too! We've been here 7 years now and still like it here!

Three years ago, we became grand-parents and it gives me the greatest joy interacting with our little granddaughter! I have also taken up painting again, which I also tremendously enjoy.

Even now, I am still in contact with a lot of ex-students, teachers and headmasters too and love being in touch with so many of you all over the world! All in all, life is treating me quite okay (touch wood!), And when this pandemic is over, I can finally visit Hong Kong and drop by GSIS again!

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