Three Words Which Stay Relevant At SMI: ORDER, DISCIPLINE & RESPECT

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Chinese New Year School-Level Celebration Do

Celebrating Our Diversity - that was our theme in 2004. We stayed true to this when St Michael's Ipoh celebrated the Chinese New Year, the year of the Goat. Students from the Wushu Club played the main role in the celebration. We tapped their prowess in playing the season drums and true enough, the Chinese New Year atmosphere was felt throughout. The boys' splendid performance is worthy of mention here.
The teachers too were in the lunar new year mood as they wore red that day. No firecrackers were played because there was no need for that! The cheer and applause from students was suffice to make the occasion special. The beating of the drum to officiate the occasion was carried out by our senior assistant En Ahmad Kemunchak and he did that with style.

Mandarin oranges, signifying prosperity and wealth, in our case, wealth in knowledge and wisdom, were distributed for all. The librarians were in full force to do that honour. For the first time, the students were allowed to enjoy the oranges distributed at the assembly ground.

Students brought in the oranges to share with their classmates.
We had a good day and everyone enjoyed the morning.
I wish to thank everyone for making the occasion meaningful. The school will also celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Deepavali when the time comes.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Welcome To SMI Ipoh, Madam Chan

March 23, 2015, 7.25am: The Michaelian community, during the morning assembly, had a welcoming ceremony for the new principal of St Michael's Institution Ipoh. She is Madam Chan Nyook Ying, former head of SMK Menglembu. She reported duty at the school on March 16, 2015.

Heading the alma mater... welcome aboard Mdm Chan
Yang Berbahagia Dato' Brother Vincent Corkery and Brother Matthew Bay together with members of the PIBG, headed by Mr Joseph Michael Lee, were present at the ceremony. Some 1300 teachers and students listened to the principal's first speech, calling for all Michaelians to adhere to the values advocated by our founder, John Baptist de La Salle. She also touched on the school theme, "Harnessing Potential, Nurturing Character", making the students aware of their potentials and to harness them.

Lending their support .. the Brothers and the PIBG team
Madam Chan mentioned the three words that stay relevant among Michaelians - order, discipline, respect. without which nothing can be accomplished. We still need the three for character to be nurtured and formed.
The event ended with the singing of the School Rally.
Welcome Madam Chan to the Michaelian family.

Saturday, March 21, 2015


The PIBG of SMI Ipoh just had its annual general meeting and the members voted in their representatives for the 2015/2016 session. The school is very fortunate to have a strong and hardworking committee to look into the well-being and welfare of the pupils and school community. Over the years, the PTA sponsors a wide range of school community events, efforts which earned the support and admiration of all stakeholders. Kudos to the chairman and his committee members.
Mr Joseph Michael Lee is PIBG chairman (centre) flanked by school administrators and PIBG committee members.
The line-up:
Chairman: Mr Joseph Michael Lee, DC: Mr Andrew Leong and committee members (parents): Mr Cheong Kok Yew, Ms Shirley Yeoh, Mr Thomas Wong, Mr Jagjit Singh, En Taufik and Pn Syereen.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

SMI First Lady Principal Madam Loh Wei Seng Retires

Bidding farewell to the teachers and students....Madam Loh Wei Seng leaves behind a rich legacy at St Michael's Ipoh. 
St Michael's Institution, Ipoh has a long list of outstanding Brother Directors and Principals since her birth on December 4, 1912. The pictures of all these distinguished heads of school are prominently placed at the school parlour to acknowledge their notable and remarkable services. Yes, Madam Loh Wei Seng, who served par excellence at SMI, is accorded that honour too.
She arrived at SMI on August 19, 2011 to helm the school leadership. Mdm Loh was the Principal of SMK Seri Keledang Ipoh prior to her appointment as Head of SMI. She had served in SMK Dr Megat Khas Ipoh, SMK St Bernadette's Convent,Batu Gajah and SMK Main Convent Ipoh.
On February 6, 2105, being her last day as Principal, the school organised a farewell for Mdm Loh. It was an occasion attended by many old Michaelians, fellow Principals from schools around Ipoh and her friends who came to wish her "Happy Retirement".

In the words of Mr Joseph Michael Lee, the PIBG chairman who wrote about Madam Loh.

Mdm Loh Wei Seng is first among equals. She is St. Michael's first lady principal but she stands equal among our previous principals. She came to lead a great school and will be leaving it a greater school. Her task was not easy as expectations upon her were high from the Board, the LaSalle community, parents and especially the students. Wei Seng has created for St.Michael's an educational environment that allows our children to flourish in their academic pursuits and discover their passion and talents in the arts, in humanitarianism and in sports.
She has worked well with all the stakeholders of St. Michael's and the PTA had been able to carry out our activities successfully because of the support and advice given to us by Wei Seng. My committee members and I want to express our gratitude to her for her guidance. We appreciate her role as our Advisor and thank her.
In the period that Wei Seng had been the principal I was also in the PTA and witnessing her dedication to St. Michael's and her affection to our students i had been pushed to try to perform better to at least keep the PTA on the same page with her. I saw the same dynamics at work in the school as the staff were also giving their best to emulate their principal. Wei Seng made us push ourselves but she pushed herself harder.
Wei Seng will be remembered by Michaelians not just because she was our first lady principal but we will remember her because she has been true to her chosen profession. We will remember her as a good person, a caring person and a good teacher. Some say that behind every successful man is a woman but Wei Seng has taught Michaelians that behind every good person there is a good TEACHER.
I thank the organising committee for allowing me to convey my gratitude and appreciation for Wei Seng to her.
Wei Seng, you may be retiring from the civil service but never retire from your profession for you are a good teacher and the world will always need good teachers. 

Chairman of Board of Governors, Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian wrote:-

I remember the day Bro Vincent and I met the JPN director to propose our candidate to replace Mr Phoon as principal whereby the Director asked us if we were sure we wanted a lady principal. We replied that we only want the best principal for our school. And in the period that Mdm Loh Wei Seng has helmed our school she has performed admirably.
Wei Seng was no stranger to St. Michael’s as she spent two years in Form Six with us. She came back to us just as we celebrated our Centenary and knowing the needs of a LaSallian school she immediately organised a fun fair and helped the Board to raise a substantial amount of money to help the Board improved the educational experience of Michaelians.
She has worked well with the Board of Governors and I thank her for her invaluable advice which has assisted the Board to guide St.Michael’s in the LaSallian tradition of caring for the last, the lost and the least.
I am happy for her that she is ending her illustrious service with the Education Ministry in her Alma Mater. I wish that she will leave us with fond memories just as we will fondly remember her. I am grateful that she served the school with distinction and express my appreciation to her. St. Michael’s will miss her.

Brother Vincent Corkery says:
Madam Loh’s name will remain embedded in our Michaelian memory for a long time, not least as our first lady principal. When she took charge in August 2011, she was ideally placed to take SMI through its centennial year [1912-2012], a defining event for the whole Michaelian family. This she did splendidly.
Among the many highlights of that year many will remember the celebratory funfair which she organised. It reflected memories of her own sixth form years at SMI. The centenary funfair was a thrill of sheer carnival with stalls and side-shows to suit all tastes. Once again we saw the multiplicity of stalls jammed with eager customers.This was largely due to her personal involvement in every aspect of preparation, the enthusiasm she generated and the massive support she inspired.
That same year her merits, in particular her inspirational leadership, received public recognition when the Sultan awarded her the Darjah Ali Mahkota Perak [AMP].
During her years as Principal she gave personal attention to all aspects of school life, academic, extra-/co-curricular activities and staff development. The annual stage production, sports day, cross-country run, speech day etc were superbly organised to showcase the Michaelian Spirit.
I wish to say a big thank-you to Madam Loh for her dedication and service to St Michael’s and wish her many years of further fulfilment as she leaves us.
Quis Ut Deus 

Mr Michael Lip, President of SMI KL Alumni
Our SMI Alumni Association Klang Valley Association will miss you as the first ever Lady Principal of the secondary School in the School's history. You are a great example of a true blue Michaelian. Your welcoming and caring nature, your passion and selfless nature for SMI to excel will always be remembered by many present and former Michaelians!
Congratulations Mdm Loh! We wish you the very best on your retirement and may the Good Lord bless you any your family always!

What the blogger says:- Happy Retirement and we wish you many great days ahead.

Cheers from us at St Michael's Ipoh.

Saturday, March 07, 2015

SPM 2014 - Another Great Achievement! High Five to Our Boys

"Harnessing Potential, Nurturing Character" .. our top scorers
All our boys who sat for their SPM in 2014 deserve a mention here. They stayed strong until the end and that day, March 3, when the results were announced, I could see many happy faces just by holding their result slips, irrespective of the results they were getting. These students were the ones who wanted to give up studying many, many times but each day they told themselves, "I must stay on till the end". Thank you boys. My hats off to all of you.
Jubilant...parents, their charges and teachers
SPM 2014 saw twenty seven Michaelians scoring all As in their respective subjects.
Jonathan Yuen Jun Xian scored 10A+ while Tan Bin Shan obtained 9A+. The others are Kenny Kek, B. Arvinderan, S. Pavitheran, Muhammad Adam Jawhardeen, Daniel Isaac, Joshua Leong, Ng Chien Chern, Loong Ye Heng, Dinesh Rajan and G. Sharothvarman.
We also have Andrew Tan Jun Min, Thepan Ganesh, R. Kugaan, Aaronjeet Singh, Kaviarasan, S. Rickey, K. Piraveen, Wong Yoong Shen, Naven Kumaar, Jaasvinjit Singh, R. Habineswaran, William Teoh, Lucas Chin, Devenesh Louis and Jaspreet Singh.
Congratulations and thank you to our former Principal Mdm Loh Wei Seng, who during her tenure as the Head had constantly inspired the boys to do well in their exams.  To all students and their parents, best wishes.

SMI in Full Bloom. What a Sight!

The school gardeners work hard. With enough dosage of water, fertilizer and care, the bougainvillea plants are yielding big clusters of flowers, with myriad of colours.
Sights like these are rare, it happened two years ago when the blooms,  together with the Flame of The Forest trees at the car park,  also showed off their wonder.
We at St Michael's Ipoh is always blessed with so many things- teachers, staff and of course, our students.

Monday, March 02, 2015

STPM 2014 - The Best Ever

Congratulations from us at SMI Ipoh.
The official STPM results were released at 12 noon today - the venue, school hall. Many took time off from work while a handful came back from outstation to obtain their results. The varsity-bound boys and girls, who reached early, were seen going around the school meeting their teachers and updating them about what they were doing now and their future plans.

St Michael's Ipoh is proud to be the best in the state, producing 8 top scorers. They are:
1. Ng Kam Wah
2. Chong Wei Yee
3. Ho Joo Hin
4. Chang Carrie
5. Charoogesinee a/p Radhakrishnan
6. Christina See-Kei Wong
7. Khong Wei Hung
8. Lim Suat Yee
Congratulations and best wishes from us all at St Michael's Institution, Ipoh.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A monkey found loitering at SMI

UPDATE: 7 MARCH 2015- The cage is still empty and there is no spotting of the monkey since Monday. It could not be in school anymore.

A monkey was spotted three days ago by some students at St Michael's Institution, Ipoh. The boys alerted their teachers who later informed the personnel from the Department of Wildlife.
The primate was initially seen standing at the rooftop of the school main building but later disappeared, possibly due to the attention it got from the students. It re-appeared later in the day much to the amusement from our boys.
The cage which will be used later to trap the monkey.
Yesterday, the men from the Wildlife came with some tranquilizer but the monkey hid itself. This morning, two men were seen bringing in a big metal cage, using possibly a juicy banana as a bait!
We will see how it goes.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mr Tan Lee Khuai Retires

After a span of 36 years in the teaching profession, Mr Tan Lee Khuai finally called it quits, having St Michael's Ipoh as his last port of call.
Born on January 27, 1955, Mr Tan is known among his colleagues and students as a Maths wizard, always seen coaching students who were in need of his expertise.
His first school after obtaining his degree was SMK Tronoh. That was in 1979 when he began his vocation as an educator. He was there until 1986 before he was transferred to SMK Menglembu in 1987.
The following year, Mr Tan stepped into St Michael's Institution Ipoh where he taught until he retired - January 26, 2015.
A ceremony was planned- presentations by students, cutting of birthday cake, presentation of certificate and souvenirs and the customary send-off by teachers and students.
Teachers bidding farewell to Mr Tan. Looking on is Principal Mdm Loh Wei Seng (extreme left)
We wish him well. It's time to do the things he likes doing - in his retirement.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Michaelian Rugby Team Shines

Michaelian rugby players showed their mettle at the Kinta Utara district meet by thrashing SMK Tasek Damai 67-0 and SMK Gunung Rapat 29-5. The boys went on to take Anderson School 22-12. We lost to STAR 0-75.
It was a well fought game. The boys gave their opponents from the STAR a tough win.
Keep up the spirit boys and to the chief coach Cikgu Helmi and his assistant Cikgu Fahmi, both of you trained them well.
"Harnessing Potential, Nurturing Character" through games.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Launching Of The School Theme 2015

Principal Mdm Loh and prefects after the launch.
"Harnessing Potential, Nurturing Character"- that's St Michael's Institution, Ipoh's direction of the year for students.
Speech by school Principal - all pix by Cikgu Azhar Rodzi
Principal Madam Loh in her speech explained to the students the significance of the theme and how they can benefit from it. She attributed the strength of St Michael's to the values and virtues advocated by the Lasallian education which emphasizes on character building and holistic education.

Michaelians recognise our own strengths, skills and interests. Harnessing your potentials requires you to get to know yourself – what inspires you, what moves you and what you really love doing so that you can pursue your dreams in life.
Similarly, nurturing of these virtues and characters – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship is instrumental to produce competent, wholesome and compassionate adults.

Prior to the officiating and unfurling of the official banner, the blogger gave a brief introduction on the purpose of having annual themes. Below is the message..

Hari ini Selasa, 27 Januari 2015 merupakan satu hari yang sangat bermakna untuk kita semua, iaitu satu hari di mana keluarga Michaelian akan melancarkan tema tahunan sekolah St Michael Ipoh oleh Puan Pengetua kita nanti.
Fellow Michaelians, why do we have themes and slogans in an organisation? Themes give us a direction, a goal and a common objective.
Themes focus and unite both students and teachers so that we work together and learn together.
Year after year, St Michael’s Institution Ipoh has never failed to come up with a theme. In 1999 before the arrrival of the Millennium we had “Michaelians March Into the 21st Century”. That prepared us to face challenges and explore new dimensions.
Prefects proudly show the banner at the assembly
In 2005, our theme was “Towards A Culture of Participation”. That year, we participated in numerous events, cleaning up the school, painting up our class furniture, involved ourselves in community services visiting old folks homes, orphanages and raising fund. We had the opportunity to showcase the Michaelian Spirit.
Then in 2009, Michaelians were upbeat. So Excited. We reckoned that Michaelians needed to remember our roots and our history. So, we sat down and discussed what’s best for all. We came up with…. “Upholding the Great Michaelian Ethos”.
And today, ladies and gentlemen, we notice that Michaelians have so much potential in them. So much to offer to the school, the country and the society. We Michaelians are so inspired by those who were here before us. We also recognise the values they uphold and the capabilities they have. We want to tap these qualities.
We sat down again and discussed. This time it took us three days to come up with the theme which is going to be unveiled today by our Principal.
I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Mr Karu, our senior teacher and prefect master, and his prefects. Mr Liew and his band members in assisting the school in making this event possible and most memorable.
Lastly, I thank our Principal Madam Loh for gracing today’s very special event.

Note: We had a successful day. Michaelians were excited and all agreed that we need to work hard to preserve the tradition and culture of the school. 
At the end of the day, three words stay relevant- discipline, order and respect.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Michaelian Run, Saturday 24 January 2015 at 7.30 am, School Field

The alma mater annual event, The Michaelian Run, is back! Old boys, far and near, are coming back to participate in the run. A few more days to tone up. See all of you this Saturday at 7.30am.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Michaelian Military Band Concert Is Back!

The much-awaited concert by the Michaelian Military Band is back! Touted to be the best ever, the 55-strong band members will mesmerize the audience with numbers like "Forever Shining" by James Swearingen and "Animation Medley" by Joe Hisaishi. 
The boys have brilliantly chosen February 14- Valentine Day as a day to entertain the Ipoh crowd. So expect some love numbers by the talented band boys. Roses for sale? Should be... 
Tickets are still available at RM20 (backseat) and RM50 (middle seat). Hurry and grab your tickets now.
Details and tickets, call Master Yew at 014-8888811 or Master Liew at 018-3781998.
Their website:

Launching Of School Theme 2015

St Michael's Institution Ipoh will be launching the school theme, " Harnessing Potential, Nurturing Character" next week, on Tuesday. School principal Madam Loh Wei Seng will be unveiling the official banner at the assembly ground at 7.40am. Members of the Prefectorial Board and Michaelian Military Band will be assisting in the launch.
The launch of the school theme is aimed to ensure that every Michaelian realises their potentials, strengths, skills and interests. We will also emphasize on the virtues of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

I am looking forward to the launch. Cheers from us at SMI Ipoh.

La Salle Centre needs our assistance. See what we can do to help

La Salle Centre Director, Brother Matthew Bay said besides the centre, the school chapel too needs some repair works, particularly the roof as water seepage has started to show signs of damage to the entire area.

Below are the breakdown of works need to be carried out. 
Additional repairs and upgrading
1.       Roof cracks require ‘roofing’ over.  (RM 15000.00)
2.       Ceiling cracks and flaking paint – repair and repaint (5000.00)
3.       Reconnect water piping to sink in sacristy  (200.00)
4.       Construct 1 unit toilet/washroom at back of chapel  (5000.00)
5.       New altar table to replace old plywood piece  (500.00)
6.       Choir loft door/window to be replaced with stained or coloured glass – for light (500.00?)
7.       Sacristy floor need re-varnishing  (300.00)
8.       Casement windows to replace current glass louvers 3000.00)
9.       Thicker glass/stained glass/coloured glass to replace current clear, thin panes on doors (3500.00)
10.   Chapel surround – add plaster ceiling, down lights, fans.  (10000.00?)

Estimated total cost of RM 50,000.00 based on costing given several years ago. The projects are listed in order of need/ priorities and quality of material can be upgraded or downgraded or the project downsized according to the availability of funds.

This list of needs was drawn up by Mr.John Bosco and Brother Matthew Bay after consulting and discussing with several concerned people.