Sunday, August 06, 2006

CHAN KOK WENG BIDS FAREWELL


A tinge of sadness was felt by the prefects from the afternoon session as they bade farewell to their head boy Chan Kok Weng at the Syuen Hotel today, Aug 5. Chan will be joining the academically elite at the United International College in Singapore on Wednesday. It will be a tough time for Chan as he journeys to a foreign land, with new challenges and a period of adjustments. Nevertheless, we wish him well. Perseverance and patience pay!
Teachers, students and the prefects are going to miss him dearly.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

Walking Down Memory Lane


July 2006 -- After more than 20 years, Michael Fernando (third from left) returned to his alma mater, recalling such sweet memories he had when he was here from Standard One until 1982, when he left to further his studies in Universiti Malaya.
An accountant at a well-established company in Seri Iskandar, Fernando remembers vividly how the Brothers and his teachers instilled sound discipline in the students and how they responded with open hearts. Through them, he said, how characters were developed and how they viewed life in a more positive perspectives. Brother Ultan Paul was the director then.

Graham Katz, from Berlin, Germany, was an exchange student under the AFS programme who was here between 1981 and 1982 for his Form Six. He was a great athletic, spending most of his time on the school field and the Ipoh Padang.

"Nothing has changed much. The majestic and grand building of St Michael's still stands proudly, reflecting the spirit and charisma of the LaSalle heritage". Katz remembers one feature of the school and had an impact of him when he was here -- the Science laboratory, which he described as unique, outstanding and cosy.

Fernando's daughter is Laura, is a Year Five pupil in Marian Convent.
Taking them around the school was teacher Brindes Lawrence, an adviser of the Michaelian Catholic Society.

Note: Old Michaelians are encouraged to visit our alma mater as I believe bonding and networking with the current administrators and teachers must go on to solidify our LaSallian roots.

School Play "Hunchback Of Notre Dame"


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

St. Michael’s Institution, Ipoh, marks its 45th year of drama tradition with the staging of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Aiming to entertain a more youthful audience, this play freely adapts Walt Disney’s lighter tone version.
The story is set in 15th century Paris, where Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen gentle-soul bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Judge Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Judge Frollo was forced to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Judge Frollo in the bell tower of Notre Dame. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lively gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome Captain of the Guards, Phoebus. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo's cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles.
Much can be learnt from the message of the play. Firstly, is on unconditional friendship and secondly, on the importance of discovering a person’s inner beauty.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is directed by Corrinne Mah and the music director is Ling Lidi. The Principal of St. Michael’s Institution, Mr Phoon Chong Chee, together with the staff of the school contributed to the success of putting up this play. This play too gains strong support from the Old Michaelian Association chaired by Mr. Adrian Tsen.
27 talented students, mainly 6th formers, head the cast. 12 musicians provide the musical elements of this performance. The production team consisting of stage crew, AVA Team, artists, wardrobe assistants and make up assistants, too play a crucial role in this production.
Besides continuing the school’s grand drama tradition, the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame hopes to raise funds for the renovation of the school’s main block roof.
The performance will be staged on 18, 19 and 20 of August. Tickets are priced at RM 20 and RM 50. For further information, please contact 05- 2540418.