Michaelians are looking forward to a newly refurbished school building as the contractor is working towards applying a new coat of paint to the Gothic-designed facade.
Ipoh folks driving along Jalan S.P. Seenivasagam are enthralled and mesmerised at the efforts carried out to ensure preservation of the century-old building and also to add a touch of grandeur to a building reputed to be one of the most photographed in the country.
Currently, almost half of the galvanised zinc roof has been put up, with workers now busy fixing up the ceiling and electrical wiring. The next stage will involve works from the foyer right up to the left wing, covering places like the chapel, science laboratories, Form Six classes, the school hall and the Old Michaelians Association secretariat.
Expected date of completion: July 2007.
Classes to accommodate the Lower Six students, to register on May 15, 2007, will be temporarily stationed at the primary school block, at least for two months. This move creates another history. Why? The first time Form Six students attending classes in the primary school. First, it was the primary school which made headlines and now the secondary school building. We put on record again the generosity and deep concerns of our benefactors, who mainly include corporate figures far and near, well wishers, parents and old boys to ensure that the legacy which had produced great Michaelians since 1912 will stay on for another century to come.
National treasure... a view of SMI from a distance.