Thursday, April 26, 2007

Joining KL Alumni Get-Together From 27 to 29 April.

It's time to take a break. Joining former teachers like Timothy Chee, Thomas Choo, Khoo Lai Suan, Choo Ah Chye and Noel Oliveiro for an outing organised by the SMI Klang Alumni. This honorable gesture is in its 5th year, with the highest credit given to Dr Chin and his committee members for organising such meaningful event. Present Michaelian teachers, including the principal and his deputies, will also be celebrating together with the old boys.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

A Royal Award For Our SMI Principal !

Heartiest congratulations to Mr Phoon Chong Chee on being conferred the Pingat Pekerti Terpuji (PPT) or The Medal of Great Achievement by His Royal Highness Sultan Azlan Shah on the occasion of his 79th birthday this year. The state award is to recognise Mr Phoon's outstanding contributions and accomplishments in the field of education for the past 30 years. The award is also reflective of his immense sacrifices and dedication as a union leader in the National Union of the Teaching Profession towards the betterment of teachers and educators all over the country.

Monday, April 23, 2007

"A School I Truly Cherish" - Cikgu Meor

Reported for work in January 1977, Cikgu Meor - or fondly remembered by his colleagues as Brother Meor (as he had stayed in the school dormitory with the LaSallian brothers)- instantly had a strong feeling that St Michael's was somehow special.
He knew he could serve long here as the teachers, principals, parents and students were different. All were imbued with a unique brotherly bond, a distinctive LaSallian heritage and a close attachment with the school.
SMI, testifies Cikgu Meor, is a school which inculcates the rich LaSallian concept of leadership based on love and concern for those under its care, particularly for the marginalised.
The values were clearly demonstrated in all the principals whom Cikgu Meor had served under - Brother Ultan Paul, Brother Vincent Corkery, Mr Chong Suan Ee, Mr K. Balasubramaniam, Mr Teh Chor Aun and Mr Louis Rozario Doss, whom he describes as highly committed and had brought immense changes to the school.
Cikgu Meor's many encounters with the principals had one similarity - they possessed great understanding, amiable personalities and caring hearts.
"All of them were extremely generous with their kind words. They worked well with virtually everyone and their diplomatic approaches had won them strong support from benefactors, teachers and students in their years as principals", said Cikgu Meor.

During his time, SMI was at its golden and glorious years as many world class players were produced. Master Noel Oliveiro had groomed a pool of hockey greats like Foo Keat Seong, Charles David and Mohd Hadi.
Cikgu Meor said SMI, in the 70s and early 80s, was also excelling in water polo, cricket and rugby - Mr Choo Ah Chye's style of coaching had managed to put our rugby team in the National League for Premier Schools.
"Talking about hockey, it came as a pleasant surprise that Noel has agreed to train our young Michaelians in hockey. It's high time to bring home the trophies," he said.
Born in 1951, Cikgu Meor was studying in SMJK Slim River, Perak until his Form Five in 1970 after which he continued his Sixth Form in SMK Anderson in 1971.
A bright Malay literature student, the young Meor pursued his degree in Literature (Universiti Malaya) from 1973 to 1975. He did a year in Diploma in Education before being posted to SMI. It was the first school he was posted to and it is also his last port of call.
Cikgu Meor's loyalty to St Michaels' is undivided. He has turned down a few promotions which required him to serve in other schools included one, two years ago, as a principal in a secondary school in Teluk Intan.
"It is a joy serving here. I will always support SMI and one way of doing it is to continue serving here" he said.

Cikgu Meor, in fulfilling his religious obligation, went to Mecca in 1990. Three years after that, Tuan Haji Meor ended his bachelorhood when at 42, he tied the knot.
He went to the principal's office wanting to get Mr Balasubramaniam's permission to use the hall.
"Can I use the school hall for an event?", asked Cikgu Meor.
"No you can't. It is booked", said the principal. "It's OK, Sir. Looks like I have to use another place for my wedding," said Cikgu Meor.
"Wait here. You mean you are getting married? In our school hall? That's marvelous. I will get the boys to decorate the hall for you," said Mr Bala.
Cikgu Meor and his wife are blessed with five children. He now drives a Toyota Avanza, a vehicle he bought to accommodate the size of his family.
Still a composed and soft-spoken man, Cikgu Meor said Michaelians are different as they live and study in a culture which is built over the decades.
"Michaelians know their roots and understand how the school had gone through thick and thin to attain its present status. That's why our old boys still come back to reminisce their years in the school. They want to feel connected," he said.
Retiring in July 2007, Cikgu Meor's legacy in SMI continues. His junior, his youngest son Syamil will bear the torch Cikgu Meor has been carrying for the past 30 years.
Syamil is in Year One, St Michael's primary Two.
"Looks like my presence will still be felt very strongly in SMI even after I have retired," said Cikgu Meor.
"I will miss St Michael's - an institution which breeds heroes and real men".

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Leadership Camp For SMI Junior Prefects


A two-day highly successful Junior Prefects Leadership Camp was held on April 18 & 19, 2007 at the La Salle Centre.

Thirty eight Form Two prefects were selected to undergo training in leadership, team building and organisational skills.

For many, it was the first time they spent the night outside the comfort of their homes. A challenge they had managed to conquer. Besides being independent, the camp offered them the opportunity to interact and a chance to understand one another.

A highly-dynamic motivational guest speaker, Madam Lam was invited to electrify the minds of the junior prefects, who are equally committed and dedicated in their quest to ensure a more-disciplined Michaelian youths in school.
pix 1 Participants all ears at the camp

pix 2 United We Stand...

pix 3 Madam Lam inspires the prefects

pix 4 The boys at the dormitory.. a few minutes before going to sleep.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

SMI thrashes SMK SS17, Subang Jaya.


Mr Waran, adviser for the SMI debate team called up at 6.55pm, proudly announcing that SMI thrashed SMK SS17, Subang Jaya in the semi-final of the prestigious national Tan Sri Datuk Wira Abdul Rahman Arshad Cup.
This win has assured us of a RM5,000 cash prize.
We will meet up with SMK Bukit Bandaraya in the final, to be held on May 5, 2007. (Saturday)
Congratulations and well done to the Michaelian team.
As Mr Waran said earlier - "Winning or losing does not matter actually. What really matters is Enjoy The Ride". We wish them every success. All for one, one for all"
Do SMS Mr Waran at 019-5599104 to offer him and the boys words of encouragement and support.
Michaelians Unite!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Mid Year Exams Are Coming!

Looking confident and composed. That's Michaelian spirit!

Students are preparing for the mid-year exams which start from April 30, 2007 to May 11, 2007.
The library is crowded and the school atmosphere has begun to get "academic" whereby students can be seen doing revisions and staying back for discussions.

Teachers are preparing questions and ensure that all topics are adequately covered.
As for me, I am also preparing my students for their English, literature and arts. (Visual Arts Studies). All the best to all!

Friday, April 13, 2007


This year, SMI's 46th drama is "Hercules", the story of the legendary Greece strongman.

Michaelians and Ipoh folks will witness the battles with fire-breathing monsters and journeys to the ends of the earth (and beyond) about the legendary muscleman in his path to immortality.
Hercules, has over the decades continues to regale the young and old with accounts of his spectacular exploits of strength in a mythological world of gods, centaurs, dragons, and many other captivating creatures.

When shown? 17, 18 & 19 August 2007
Where? SMI School Hall
What time? 7pm
E-mail to send your questions?
Telephone to call? 05-2540418

A flashback... on last year's drama - The Hunchback of Notredame.

St Michael's 45th years of excellence in performing art, was staged to a full house on three consecutive nights on 18, 19 and 20 Aug 2006.

Proceeds from the play had been channeled to the school development fund to replace the roof of the main building.
Three classrooms and two other rooms used for academic workshops were declared unsafe as water seepage had weaken the structures of the ceiling. S
ome RM550,000 had to be set aside.

Note: Works to replace the trusses and roof are currently on-going, scheduled to be completed in June 2007.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

An e-mail from an Old Boy to all Michaelians

Mr. Peter Khiew,

I have been quite a frequent visitor of your blog and I thank you very much for keeping us past students on the development and happenings in St. Michael's Institution.
Being a former debater myself, I cannot help expressing how happy and proud I am that SMI has once again become champions in the Rotary Club Debates, although I could not attend even the Finals of the debates. It shows how committed our students are in such activities to preserve the Michaelian tradition. Our ex-principal, Mr. Louis Rozario Doss, had been a wonderful debater and is still a man who is able to put forth definitions and points as an experienced debater. Credit must be given to him also for helping the debaters all the time while he was in service. He had provided various types of definitions, points and tactics on how to deal with a certain motion.
The new primary school building, to me, is indeed a great display of "Faith, Zeal and Community". Although the construction of the new school consumes a great budget, we were all faithful that it will be built and completed. Although I do not return to Ipoh so often due to my studies in Universiti Teknologi Petronas (in which I am currently pursuing my Civil Engineering studies), I am always fascinated by the majestic look of the new primary school every time I drive past the school. Its style is very reminiscent of the U Paul Block, which I think simply suits the architecture of the secondary school.
In this e-mail, Mr. Khiew, I must express how thankful I am to have been enrolled into St. Michael's since I was in Standard 1 back in 1994/1995. Looking back into the past, I feel blessed and fortunate to be in SMI because of the great Michaelian community. I have always enjoyed being able to approach teachers easily for questions or even for a normal conversation. During my five years studying in SMI, my teachers have never disappointed me, and they have been very helpful to me.
I remember the days when I was involved in the annual school drama. Sir, in university, I have always boasted about the rich tradition of our school drama. Together with another coursemate of mine, we have even come up with an idea to have a drama performance even in this university. It is an activity that has not been taken up before in a large scale!
The school drama, whose pioneer was the late Rev. Bro. Ultan Paul, has indeed come a long way. It has never ceased to marvel me at how great the response from the public is when the school announces that we are going to have a drama performance in around August. And it has never ceased to excite me about the next upcoming drama. I am indeed delighted that the drama tradition has been upheld until today.
Sir, it is indeed an honour for me to be studying and serving the school for the past eleven years. However, I must admit that the last five years in St. Michael's Institution were the best years of my academic life. Under the leadership of Mr. Louis, I have witnessed various changes in the school, namely: the pavillion, the covered pathway, the new lavatory, the renovated lecture theatre, the renovated cafeteria and many more, just to name a few. The new primary school building is the mega-project of SMI whose seeds were sown by Mr. Louis and the good work was carried out and completed by Mr. Phoon Chong Chee.
In the end, I conclude that SMI continues to live as a symbol of faith, fraternity, zeal and academic excellence. I wish all teachers and staff of SMI all the best and especially healthy. The same goes to Rev. Bro. Vincent Corkery, who still loves the school as himself.
God bless you all.
~Quis Ut Deus~~Indivisa Manent~~Signum Fidei~
Yours sincerely,
Yew Guo Zheng (Henry)
Secondary E-mail:

Thank you, Guo Zheng for the wonderful and inspiring message. Visit us often as this blog is created and designed for all Michaelians to fellowship and network.
Signing off, Peter Khiew

Monday, April 09, 2007

A little update on school debaters

A few good shots were passed to me by Bro Matthew, documenting SMI's historic victory over Tarcisian Convent Ipoh in the Rotary Club Debate 2007 final at Chin Woo Hall. I strongly feel that this win ought to be shared with all Michaelians.
The debaters that evening were
Kavesunder, Jon Silendra, Jonathan Doyou and Harkirath Singh.

Well done, boys.
(Pix taken by Ng Jia Min)

The advisers, Mr Rajan (left) and Mr Waran(right)

Upcoming events

a. Quarter finals for Taylor College Debate in KL on April 12, 2007.

b. UIA Law Debate in KL from April 12 to 17, 2007.

c. Wira Debate Zone Level on April 11 - 13, 2007 in Methodist Girls School, Ipoh.
SMI vs MGS (semi final on April 11)

d. 5th National Debate University HELP on
April 20&21, 2007. (Round One).

The debaters are adequately prepared for all the rounds. However, adviser Mr Waran always stresses to the boys on this, "Give the best and expect the best" and most importantly, "ENJOY THE RIDE".

Feel like congratulating the boys or offer some words of encouragement to the advisers, call
Mr Waran at 019-5599104.

Blessing of the new primary school building

Wrote to Brother Vincent Corkery about the blessing of the new building and here's the reply. Tks Brother for the write-up and Brother Matthew Bay for the shots.

The blessing of the primary building took place Saturday 17 February, just before Chinese New Year. [The classes were scheduled to move in directly after Chinese New Year]
The blessing was performed by Father Michael Cheah from St Michael's Church. It was a simple ceremony.
After the simple prayers, Father Michael Cheah went from floor to floor sprinkling holy water.

Brother Vincent spoke briefly to thank Fr Cheah as well as others who attended.
Fr Cheah said it was for him a special privilege as an old Michaelian and referred to his happy years as an SMI student. Dato' Seri Lee Oi Hian attended with some Board members, as well Mr Adrian Tsen, OMA President together with several OMA members. Present also was Mr Lee Lan Seng, the architect of the new building, who gave his services free of charge.
By Brother Vincent Corkery

Sunday, April 08, 2007

SMI Alumni Klang Valley

Since its inception on Oct 29, 2001, the St Michael's Institution Alumni Association Klang Valley has successfully established itself in promoting the Michaelian Ideal of Faith, Zeal and Community. We must acknowledge that the Alumni has played an integral role in generating funds for the building of the new primary school building.

A gesture Michaelians will always remember .. proceeds from the Annual Charity Golf Tournament to the primary school building fund, presented during last year's Annual Dinner by Dr Chin (left) .

Former Michaelians had been joining hands and pooling their resources to assist in a building project only a few believed could achieve. Today, the building is completed, a powerful testimony of the dedication of the old, faithful boys. Their endeavor in forging close links with their Alma Mater and maintain an interest in its progress had somehow brought the glitters and great tradition home- a gesture that current students will definitely emulate.

Former Michaelian teachers are honoured by the Alumni.

Every year, the old boys remember and honour their former teachers by inviting them for a get-together. I must thank Dr Chin Yoong Kheong, the current president for his great leadership in spearheading an initiative which made all Michaelians truly proud. To his committee members, our deep appreciation.

Note: This year, the 3-day program organised by the Alumni starts from 27 to 29 April 2007.

Friday, April 06, 2007

An Email Reply From Master Noel Oliveiro!

An earlier story....

"Come on. Admit it. You are still a hockey legend", Mr K. Balasubramaniam, former SMI principal (Jan 16, 1992 - Sept 30, 1994) seems to say to Master Noel Oliveiro, who produced hockey greats like Foo Keat Seong, Charles David and Mohd Hadi. After much persuasion by current principal Mr Phoon Chong Chee, Noel said, "I need at least two dozen of hockey balls and get the hockey turf booked at least twice a week". That means, Noel will be back to coach our boys. I believe his response will generate great excitement among Michaelians far and near.

The glorious days of hockey in St Michael's are set to make a comeback.

And this is a reply from hockey maestro Noel Oliveiro.....

Thanks Peter.
Where hockey is concerned, I would like to start with the Form Ones. We just cannot produce champions over night.
What I used to do before was to organise a 6-A-Side inter-class competition with the Form Ones on a Saturday morning. You will be surprised to see hidden talents being unearthed from this exercise.
So get things going and I'll be around to lend a helping hand.
Once a Michaelian Always a Michaelian!!!

Started and Ended with a Bang!

A highly successful sports meet. The pictures tell it all. A wonderful feeling to see the Michaelian spirit is very much alive in SMI.

St Michael's pride -- Michaelian Military Band members in full action.
The incredible formations performed by students.
The ever-ready St John's Ambulance members on stand by.

Great to be here! From left Michael Lee, new PIBG chairman, Adrian Tsen and Brother Vincent Corkery.

Milo Man ensures Michaelians get the much-needed fortified drink.

Brother Vincent presenting a medal to school runner, Ivan Goh.

During tea break for the guests......

"Come on. Admit it. You are still a hockey legend", Mr K. Balasubramaniam, former SMI principal (Jan 16, 1992 - Sept 30, 1994) seems to say to Master Noel Oliveiro, who produced hockey greats like Foo Keat Seong, Charles David and Mohd Hadi. After much persuasion by current principal Mr Phoon Chong Chee, Noel said, "I need at least two dozen of hockey balls and get the hockey turf booked at least twice a week". That means, Noel will be back to coach our boys. I believe his response will generate great excitement among Michaelians far and near.

The glorious days of hockey in St Michael's are set to make a comeback.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Preparations for SMI's 80th Sports Day In Full Gear

Students have been practising hard for the past two weeks.

Michaelians are looking forward eagerly for their 80th Sports Day tomorrow (Thursday) at 7.30am which will be held at Stadium Perak. This will be a different but nevertheless an auspicious celebration as the school has traditionally holds its annual Sports Day on the school field. Another reason is the school building is currently undergoing a massive repair work.

From morning until the late evening, students are perfecting their formations and march past skills for the inter-class competition to see which class can deliver the best. Students are also coming up with exceptionally creative designs for their class flags. Some are rushing against time and working hard to get the flags painted at least by today.

However, it is still the Michaelian spirit which prompts the students to participate so enjoyably in the march past. Unlike other schools which only allow uniformed bodies and selected students to take part in the glorious march, SMI allows all students, including "the lost, the last and the least" to feel honoured and be a part of the great Michaelian heritage.

"Quality Michaelians, The Engine For Future Success" is the theme for the sports meet this year.

From St Michael's, my greetings to all.