Cindy Ling

Cindy Ling – Solicitor, Hong Kong

When were you at Polam?

1996 – 2003

What did you study at Polam?

Maths, Further Maths, Business Studies and Chinese

What are you doing today?

Solicitor (qualified in Hong Kong and England and Wales). I specialise in the commercial and corporate field and my work involves advising on the listing of a company on the Stock Exchange, mergers and acquisitions and corporate compliance legal matters.

How did Polam help you to get there?

Being at boarding school in England for seven years was definitely a big help and has contributed to who I am today. I was made the head boarder and I believe that my involvement in boarding has developed me into an independent, responsible and sociable person – some of the most important qualities required in the working society.

What’s your best memory of Polam?

Having “successfully” smuggled a rabbit, Quby, into the boarding house for half a day before discovery by Mrs Hughes and Mrs Robson (boarding housemistresses at the time). The rabbit was later adopted by Olga (matron at the time).

Who was you favourite teacher?

I have three! Mrs Lawrence, Mrs Wallace and Mrs Hyslop.

Mrs Lawrence has been my Maths teacher for 5 years (that was from Lower 5 right up to Upper 6!). She has also been my form teacher and personal tutor throughout Sixth Form and I also took up two subjects in A-levels that were taught by her! Our “first encounter” was back in Upper 4, when a teacher found it difficult to teach me! Brave Mrs Lawrence took on the challenging role in Lower 5 and I stayed in her class right up to my last year in Polam!

Mrs Wallace has always been a cheerful and kind-hearted person, and of course, she is also most people’s cooking inspiration, including myself. Her lessons were always fun but our relationship was not just confined to cooking classes. Mrs Wallace is one of those people who I can always approach with problems and she listens. She gave me good advice and de-stressed me when I was fighting the battle of GCSE and A-level exams!

Mrs Hyslop was never my “official” teacher. I didn’t learn German with her as I was not bright enough to get into her top set German class. However, she was my “unofficial” English teacher and helped me through the Level 3 and 4 English exams (for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) students). At the time, most EFL students would take the Level 4 English exam at Sixth Form. However, I was very determined to take the exam at Lower 5 so that I could study English and English Literature with my class in GCSE the following year. Mrs Hys (as I now call her) prepared me for the exams and trained me on answering the questions. We had our mini-English sessions everyday for almost a year and this was all done before class started, at lunch time and after school. She has made the biggest sacrifice for having to put up with me!