Friday, October 05, 2007

Demolition Starts

Above is a newspaper cutting on SRK St Michael, Ipoh, published in theSun on Friday, June 16, 2006.

Six men were sent to get the work done. Still standing steadfastly like it used to since 1959, the grand old primary school has to go. Electricity supply was cut off last week, followed by a notification to the Lembaga Air Perak. Contractors had to make sure the wiring, fans and lights were taken down before the actual works begins.

Yesterday, notices were sent to parents of primary school pupils informing them that the entire primary school premises had to be cordoned off.

Entrances are currently under heavy chains and locks. Secondary school students watched the demolition works carried out from afar with sadness and a heavy heart.

They remembered the years they spent in the classrooms and playing under the big, shady trees. Here, we post pictures of the myriad of areas many would relate to, in their own way.

caption: The first to go - the asbestos roof.
caption: All classrooms have been cleared, furniture and window panes removed.

caption: The corridor, used to be filled with excited pupils, is currently deserted.

caption: The dilapidated premises waiting to go. Thank you for decades of selfless service, producing thousands of Michaelians.

Slated to be used temporarily for only five years when it was built in 1959, plans to build a permanent building had not materialized. The premises had undergone decades of maintenance works and repairs. We acknowledge the old boys, parents, teachers, the Board of Governors and former headmasters for their years of toil and labour.

"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things" - Philippians 4,8


KinTung said...

Down Memory Lane ?
What a pleasant surprise !

I walked into my alma mater’s gates in the afternoon with great pride, and expectation, with the Michaelian spirit burning strong inside me.
The main block of the building had been repainted with the new roof, should be marked as the most prestigious building in the entire city.
I saw the brand new SMI primary school building, and it’s a striking modern building with the dark green star, Signum Fidei – The Spirit of Faith. It stands on one side and views of the beautifully impressive Ipoh City with the soft green grass on its field. At the same time, I saw the demolition of the old building of the primary school which it will be a blank piece of land in the next coming days.

Tremendous changes I saw as in externally and internally. A lot of upgrading process and works are still carried out in the school compound. There were new spot lights had been set up in front of the school building. As I passed by the historical school parlour, I saw the incredible English S. Withers & Co Safe which was just sitting in front of the mysterious vault. Finally, it has its new home.
I visited the staff’s room, and I was there to dedicate with my love and gratitude to teachers to honour their hard work and incomparable dedication in giving me knowledge and teaching me to be better individual. I appreciated what they have done for me for my whole schooling life in St. Michael’s.

People say that our time and experiences in our university is the best time of our live, and it will greatly influence our growth as adults. Somehow I beg to differ. Most of the 'tools,' wisdom and knowledge that I need to survive in this world, I owed it all to SMI. I haven't learn about anything in my university that I would otherwise not have learnt outside this campus. SMI equipped me with the foundation to grow up to be the man that I am today. I’m proud that there are still peoples at the backbenchers such as Mr Phoon C C and Mr Peter Khiew that they had done a lot of efforts for the greater development of the school. We, in St. Michael’s do care the past, the present and the future.

“Michaelians never say goodbye to S. Michael's, because the Michaelian spirit lives on in us wherever we may be” – by the former beloved principal Mr Louis Rozario Doss who have been remained in my heart till today.

Henry Yew said...

Fare thee well, O old block of SK. St. Michael! We thank you for all the years that you accommodated us. Nevertheless, we know that you shall not go undignified; the legacy that you produced shall be forever remembered by Michaelians past and present.

Sad as the Michaelians seemed to be while they watched the demolition of the old primary school block, we all should be thankful that this is done in conjunction with a bigger plan in place of the old primary school block. We should always move forward and aim for better amenities for the students, staff as well as visitors.

There is a time to let go, and a time to let die. For the development of the school as a whole, we have to let off something dear for our future generation. Heritage will not be lost, though, and I am sure that the school will take all measures possible to preserve it.

As we see the old block goes, let us not weep in despair, but rejoice in knowing that a greater project is on its way, paving a path for a greater glory for the school.

Hail! Hail! Alma Mater!

Peter Khiew said...

Dear Kin Tung, Alex and Henry,
It's the Michaelian spirit that pulls us through. Looking back at our wondrous past, SMI has never retreated. It continues to grow and grow. While we might feel the sadness of witnessing a building being pulled down, it consoles us when we see the strength of another building standing tall, a strong testimony of the Lasallian ideals of Faith, Zeal and Community.
By the way, I will think of a way, in co-operation with the PIBG head, to get the symbolical wheel fixed. Where? We will think of a spot.

Henry Yew said...

Wouldn't the wheel look great if it is done up nicely and put right in front of the new primary school block?