Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Welcome Back!

Dear Michaelians, quite a number of interesting events took place in school that I need to update.
1. The Speech Day
2. The Founder's Day
3. Brother Vincent Corkery's Diamond Jubilee Celebration
4. Other small but pertinent happenings that worth mentioning.

Coming up...

Monday, July 13, 2015

Something Is Happening Soon At St Michael's Ipoh...

July 27, 2015. It's the Founder's Day at St Michael's Institution. All teachers and students will listen to his story and journey. To be launched by the school principal, the Founder's Day 5-day celebration will be attended by members of the Parent-Teacher Association and RLEC, the Regional Lasallian Education Council. 
We will keep everyone updated soon. Thank you and cheers. 

Sunday, July 12, 2015

SMI Continues To Aspire and Inspire...

Darren Leong clinched the top prize at the state-level RHB/NST Spell It Right competition. He will represent the state in October 2015. The principal presenting the certificate to the top speller at the assembly.
Look at participant No 001 - he is Darren Leong! Ooops! There's one more behind, second from right  is Tharun who also won a prize. Congrats boys

Rotary Club Ipoh Interschool Debate 2015 - SMI is TOP after defeating MGS in the final at Chin Woo Hall. From left, the team adviser and coach Mr Waran, PK KOKO Mr Kong and principal Mdm Chan. 
The night we were declared champions. 

Principal Mdm Chan posing with the students who are wearing the T-shirts depicting this year's MICHAELIAN TALENT SHOW 2015 - 21, 22 and 23 August 2015.
Michaelians undergoing lessons in a remedial class. Tn Hj Sidek is an expert in Bahasa Melayu. 

Students sitting for the New South Wales University English test last week in the school hall. 
Old boys and girls paying a visit to the Michaelian Heritage Gallery. With them are Brother Vincent and the school principal.
Selamat Hari Guru.. guru mengambil ikrar Hari Guru di hadapan pelajar semasa sambutan perayaan Hari Guru 2015.

Michaelian Heritage Gallery Repository - Items are kept here for safety and processing before they are displayed at the gallery.

Teachers undergoing a staff development programme at the La Salle Auditorium.

Certificate presented by  the Education Department to acknowledge the efforts of the school.
Currently the school is busy preparing for Brother Vincent's Diamond Jubilee Celebration on August 3, 2015. We will continue to update our followers from time to time. Till then, cheers from me, Peter Khiew.

Michaelian Spirit Prevails...

St Michael's Institution, Ipoh continues to captivate all of us with its history, its design and its rich tradition. It continues to inspire countless people young and old for generations. 
Michaelians today - full of energy, aspirations and dreams. We help them realise their goals - Harnessing Potential, Nurturing Character. 
The SMI scouts, all these years, have built countless of mangrove towers and structures to commemorate various anniversaries and events. This one, facing the school building, is another creation by our 02 Kinta scouts.  
Principal Mdm Chan Nyook Ying presenting a gift to the speaker from the district health office who briefed the students on the danger of aedes mosquitoes. Looking on is En Jaafar, senior assistant of Student Affairs.
Looking neat and smart - members of the Kadet Remaja Sekolah (KRS) in their full attire, getting ready for a photo shoot with their adviser Ustaz Suhaimi.
Old Michaelians Class of 80' - From right:  Thomas Wong, Loo Wai Kuan,  Simon Lai, Kok Min Chong and Leong Chun Hor. It was a walk down memory lane for the old boys. Thomas currently serves actively in the PIBG.
Mingling harmoniously - members of the kompang group and Wushu interact before the arrival of the entourage from the SMI Alumni Klang Valley on June 19, 2015.
Led by Mr Michael Lip, the group was greeted on arrival by Brother Vincent Corkery, principal Mdm Chan and the school administrators.
Besides the Chinese drums and kompang, the SMI Alumni members were also entertained by members of the Michaelian Military Band.
PIBG chairman Mr Joseph Michael Lee receiving a cheque of RM15,000 from the SMI Alumni, an amount to be distributed equally among 75 financially-challenged students.  
One for the album - thanking the old boys for their splendid display of generosity. 
Another busy year with so much support from parents, old boys and well-wishers. In weeks to come, the school is looking forward to more exciting events. Till now, cheers from Peter Khiew..

Looking Back.....

The launching of last year's theme which calls for Michaelians to stay united and be true to oneself, the alma mater and the country. 

Michaelians were jubilant after putting up the banner publicising the year's drama. This year, St Michael's Institution organises the Michaelian Talent Show, showcasing the students' myriad of talents and video clips competition.

The cast of last year's drama Beauty and The Beast with Brother Vincent, Mr Adrain Tsen, Mdm Loh Wei Seng and Mr Joseph Michael Lee.
Representing SMI Ipoh at the Annual Dinner of Old Georgians Taiping are Mr Phoon Chong Chee, Mr Joseph Michael Lee and Mr Lawrence Brindes.
Welcoming our guest Mr Michael Voon (right) at the food court. Seen here are Mr Thomas Wong and Brother Matthew Bay.

Teachers attending the wedding reception of Mdm Loh Wei Seng's daughter at Riverfront Hotel Ipoh. Mdm Loh has retired as the first principal of SMI Ipoh.
Brother Matthew Bay presenting the OGA Golf Challenge Trophy to the winner at the Old Georgians Association Annual Dinner in Taiping.

A great shot of Brother Ultan Paul with King's Scouts in 1964.

Top scorers of PMR 2010 with Mr Phoon Chong Chee and Mr Ravi Chandran.

Friday, July 10, 2015


Despite having plenty of durian havens up north like Padang Rengas, Kuala Kurau and areas around Kuala Kangsar in Perak, I heard that abundance of durians are available actually in Klang Valley areas. A D16 is generally sold at RM10 per kilo and Bamboo Leg at RM18 in Ipoh and I heard the prices are almost the same in KV.
Well, Michaelians should take  advantage of the DURIAN FEST organised by the SMI Alumni KV. We had one organised last year but was cancelled due to shortage of the fruits! This year, at RM40, do come together to enjoy the fruits and also to fellowship with the Brothers and fellow Michaelians.

See you there. The day is actually on Friday, 24 July 2015. For details, call the number above.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Hello Michaelians!

Hello fellow Michaelians far and near. Time flies. We are coming to the end of June 2015 very soon. Soon the Form Three guys will be sitting for their PT3 and the Form Five, the SPM. The school conducted the mid-year examinations before the holidays started and as usual, teachers spent half of their holidays marking the papers so that when school reopens, students have something to look forward to. 
PT3 English Language papers...for this part, pupils are tested on error corrections. 
St Michael's Institution Ipoh also had its 88th Sports Day last month which was graced by Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian, our chairman of the Board of Governors. The customary class march past by all classes was still on full gear, carrying proudly their creatively-designed class flags bearing the theme, "Harnessing Potential, Nurturing Character". The Sports Day was ever-refreshing and ever-upbeat.
Below are highlights worth mentioning and documenting - only at SMI Ipoh.

Tan Sri Lee officiating SMI's Sports Day. He was flanked by from right, Mr Yong Sin Wah, vice-president of the OMA, Mdm Chan Nyook Ying (Principal), Mr Joseph Michael Lee (PTA chairman) and Mr Teh Chor Aun (former  SMI principal)
Honoring the school before the historic start of the Sports Day by the Head boy and house captains.
Ever-majestic and ever-dynamic - Sports Day of our Alma Mater - sons of St Michael's Valiant and True.
Fourth former Eashvar Rajan is champion at the Public Speaking Sultan Perak Enthronement Cup and also the state champion in Public Speaking. He is coached by Mr N. Palaiswaran, SMI teacher.
SMI is the national champion in the Star's NIE video clip contest. This achievement has stirred the interest among Michaelians to have own our version of video clip competition, garnering many entries. The selected clips, which are of high standard, will be featured in August 2015. 
An insight by Brother Charles.
Chanced upon an image taken two years ago - it was musim durian, a season with plenty of mangosteens too. We found a place at the Seni Room to enjoy the fruits which were brought all the way from Kedah by a fellow colleague. Hope that this year we are going to experience a similar harvest. Our tukang buka durian is Cikgu Ibrahim (look at the gloves)   
The blogger took the opportunity to have a break in  Kota Bahru with his family, of course to enjoy the irresistible nasi kerabu, nasi lauk campur and nasi dagang, not forgetting the laksam and pulut durian. This shot was taken from the first floor of Pasar Siti Khatijah using the trusty Samsung S4.  
Teachers' Day celebration at SMI. We thank Brother Vincent, Brother Matthew and the PIBG committee members for gracing the occasion. Their presence made the day even more special and memorable.  
Thank you Michaelians for your strong support all these years. I am compiling a few more pictures to be featured in a day or two. That's all for now.
Cheers and best wishes from me.

Michaelian Spirit is alive at SMI!

Signing off,

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Happenings At The Alma Mater

St Michael's Ipoh is, as usual, a school that ticks. For that I thank the students and the teachers for making SMI a school that still commands the respect of everyone. The Michaelian flag must continue to fly with pride and the Michaelian spirit must continue to burn. A few activities were held and I must document here some of our achievements, credit which goes to the students and teacher advisers. Their quest to succeed continues to earn our respect and admiration.
First and foremost, the school welcomes the appointment of the new state education director, Tuan Haji Rozi bin Puteh Ismail. The Michaelian fraternity congratulates him for leading the Perak education team.
The new state education director Tn Hj Rozi bin Puteh Ismail

Our boys took part in a competition at the Cultural and Medicine Carnival organised by UniKL. We were 1st runners up for booth display and presentation, featuring the country of Japan. We thank Cikgu Farihah Zakaria for her guidance.   

Our boys at the MBI swimming pool- these young Michaelians are good in water polo. Mr Veeriah is with them.

A powerpoint presentation featuring Tuan Haji Sidik. He has been with us for the past 20 years.

A special pedal-powered cycle with four wheels was used to honour a man admired and respected by many during the sending off ceremony.
Puan Normah Hj Karimin goes on optional retirement on April 1, 2105. We wish her well and a Happy Retirement. 
The blogger chanced upon a group of very dedicated scouts undergoing a "journey" around town. Activities like this strengthen their mind, build resilience and develop their character. 

An occasion steep in military tradition- Kadet Remaja Sekolah (School Youth Cadet) members receiving their certificates and titles from the Principal Puan Chan Nyook Ying. The boys' adviser is Ustaz Suhaimi.   

Truly Michaelian - A Form 5 boy, Syed Rizwan Shah receiving his title and certificate from the Principal.

St Michael's Institution,Ipoh beat MGS on April 9, 2015 to be the champion of Kinta Utara zone level. The boys are seen here after receiving their trophies and certificates from the Principal. On the left is Mr Waran, their coach and adviser.  

Public speaker Eashwar Rajan emerged champion for the Pertabalan Raja Nazrin Public Speaking Competition beating many schools in the district.  This young boy will proceed to the state level  public speaking competition, displaying his oratory skills at the Casuarina Meru Hotel on May 4, 2015.  With him is Principal Puan Chan. 
That's all for now Michaelians. We wish you well, keep healthy and be fit always. Cheers and best wishes from us all.