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.

"QUIS UT DEUS"
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: http://michaelianmilitaryband.blogspot.com/

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.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

A Little Sharing of Life At St Michael's Ipoh.


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Our boys...disciplined and orderly
St Michael's Institution Ipoh started the new academic year with a bang. Students were excited to be in school on the first day of school which fell on 12 January 2015. Students were orderly when they were gathering at the assembly ground. Lower six students have yet to come so students are from Form Three to Upper Six. We welcomed the Form Three students who are now in the morning session whereas the Form Four this year are the students who took the PT3 in 2014. There are 6 Science classes and three Vocational classes. Next year, 2016, English Language joins the league of must-pass subjects - Bahasa Melayu and History. Teachers and students must work hard to ensure that St Michael's Ipoh continues with its strong English-speaking tradition as I believe if we use English often in our daily lives, we will be able to do well in our exams.
Our school theme this year is "Harnessing Potential, Nurturing Character". The Principal will be unfurling the official banner soon. We will keep everyone updated on this.


Enjoy your life in school, make new friends, learn from your peers, get new knowledge from your teachers but most importantly, cherish the moments you spend at St Michael's Ipoh. Ask any old Michaelians, the best memories are those made and captured at SMI!
Enjoy your days. Cheers.
1969..Std 6D

Sunday, January 04, 2015

School Reopens

School reopens 12 January 2014. Those in the morning session are required to reach school by 7.20am. Students in the afternoon session should be in school by 12.50pm.
Quis Ut Deus

Saturday, December 20, 2014

PT3 Results ...8am release of results at St Michael's Institution, Ipoh.

THE Form Three Assessment (Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 or PT3) results will be released on Dec 22.

The Education Ministry said in a statement, that students can pick up their results from their respective schools.

More than 450,000 candidates sat for the PT3 assessment which was held last month. 

The PT3 was held for the first time this year. Form Three students previously sat for the Penilaian Menengah Rendah, which was abolished at the end of last year.

The ministry said those who wanted to apply for entry into residential schools in 2015, could do so through its website at www.moe.gov.my from Dec 1 to 30.

Those interested could start filling in the results of their physical activity, sport and co-curricular assessment, school assessment, and psychometric assessment from Dec 1, while they could add in their PT3 results from Dec 22.

The ministry said the criteria to enter residential schools was obtaining Grade A for six subjects including Science and Mathematics, but excluding additional languages such as Arabic, Chinese, Tamil, Iban, Kadazandusun and Punjabi.

For Bahasa Malaysia and English Language, the oral and written assessments will be considered as two different assessments. Students also need to obtain a minimum Grade B for the other subjects. 

For those wishing to apply for Pure Science Islamic Studies (Agama) stream and Professional Islamic Studies (Agama Ikhtisas) stream, a Grade A in Islamic Studies (Agama) and a minimum Grade B in Arabic Language are required.

The ministry also said the school assessment results will be considered together with 10% coming from a student’s physical activity, sport and co-curricular assessment. 

The psychometric assessment will be used to determine a student’s suitability for the streams they should be in (eg, arts or science stream), as well as to gauge their abilities and interests.

The ministry will also consider the academic, sports and co-curricular merits of a student, student’s family’s socio-economic status and the location of the student’s original school to determine if they are accepted into a residential school.

Applicants must be Malaysian citizens and currently studying in government or government-aided schools.

Students can check their application status and their placement starting from Jan 30, 2015 via www. moe.gov.my, the ministry's Residential and Cluster School Division counter or by calling the hotline at 03-8321 7400

They could also contact the nearest State or District Education Office. Successful applicants will also be informed via SMS. Registration into residential schools will begin on Feb 23, after the Chinese New Year holidays next year. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Malaysian Lasallian Education Council 2014


MLEC 2014 was held in Ipoh on December 14, 2014 at the Ibis Styles Hotel. The meeting was attended by the La Salle Brothers, Brother Conveners, two members from each MLEC affiliate organisations and key personnels from the Regional Lasallian Education Councils.
Areas covered included our quest to be service oriented as we go head-on and be ready to meet the needs of the last, the least and the lost. We are moved by the spirit of altruism and volunteerism that show service to others is a Lasallian way of life.
Lasallian Education moves towards our involvement in civil society for transformation, advocacy and dialogue with policy makers and MOE, based on strategic plans. Compared to the National Transformation Plan which focusses on the role of administrators and teachers to ensure success, the Lasallian Paradigm Shift looks into how the educative community in association can contribute to education and formation of our youth.
We also discussed in depth how we can bring about the dignity of students and provide quality of education.
Some very interesting ideas were brought up by Mr Michael Simon, Mr Megat and Dr Francis Loh. Brother Anthony Rogers chaired the meeting. Brother Visitor Fernando Fernandez also outlined a few points about the future of La Salle schools in Malaysia and how we can help revitalise these schools. 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Guiding Principle...


"A teacher takes a hand, opens a mind, and touches a heart". I believe this will serve as a guiding principle for all teachers at SMI.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

School Theme For 2015?

St Michael's Institution Ipoh, being a Lasallian school, has always worked on the principles of Faith, Service and Community. 
Our founder John Baptist de La Salle regarded a school as a community of believers working cooperatively to achieve a shared vision. We believe a school motto/theme will do the job.
In 1999, SMI came up with its first theme, "Michaelians March Into the 21st Century". In 2009, it was "Upholding The Great Michaelian Ethos" and it's "Onward Michaelians United & True" this year.
Each theme is carefully and meticulously drawn and crafted, aimed to aspire, motivate and spur our young Michaelians as to the needs and directions for the year. 
What will be our theme for 2015? 
Any suggestion? Write to: peterkhiew@yahoo.com

Greetings Michaelians

Hello fellow Michaelians,
It has been weeks since I last wrote. As usual, received e-mails about why postings have stopped, just that there are just too much things to work on and the brain just won't function - writer's block. I replied worry not as I will get the blog moving very soon. Here goes, just after the launching of the book, Life Ever Dawning, at St Michael's Institution, Ipoh. Life has been hectic, with examinations and assessments coming in. PT3 starts this year and the school is involved, with 361 Form Three students in nine classes sitting for the assessment. The boys are sitting for their papers from 12 to 17 October 2014.
Form Five and Form Four students are working hard for their respective examinations. I observe that our boys are more serious this year, including the Form Six students.Yes, the book launch saw an attendance of some 200 people, mainly former teachers, old boys and well-wishers. A review of the book was carried out by Ipoh Echo and you can read the write-up in the October 1, 2014 issue. http://www.ipohecho.com.my/v3/photo/pdf/955_20140929144900mjfdz.pdf
I must mention our band boys who are making waves nationally. Not only they make the school proud by participating at most functions, they never said no to invitations if the outings do not clash with their examinations or tests in school. Michaelian spirit prevails at SMI.
Last holidays I attended the Malaysian Lasallian Educators Conference (MaLec 6) in Taiping, themed, " Inspiring Dignity. Nurturing Quality". A total of 120 delegates, 12 La Salle Brothers, two Infant Jesus (IJ) Sisters and 10 presenters participated in conference. St Michael's was also represented by Mr Lawrence and Mr Sivagobi (new teacher).
Just got the news that St Michael's has the best public speaker in the country - Isaac Lucas. He took home the trophy for being the top at the National Public Speaking Competition held in Gambang, Pahang.
Isaac, second from left and his adviser Mr Waran, with another contestant and an officer before the result was announced.
There are many more accolades to mention here but do give me a few more days. I need to mark the PT3 English Language papers - three classes in all.
That's all for now. Oh yes, there is a programme organised by the SMI Alumni Klang Valley. A poster is attached.
Have a cheerful day ahead and best wishes from all of us at SMI Ipoh.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Wow! It's Durian Fest Again...

Fellow Michaelians,
Please be advised that the Durian Fest on Saturday 19th July is postponed to a later date to be announced.
Please inform your friends who were anticipating it and we regret any inconvenience caused.
The EXCO