His confidence and high level of expertise in handling his charges have been a shining example for teachers who want to know how he can always get things done.
Mr Woon has demonstrated, in many instances, his capability to show endurance in mental, physical, and spiritual stamina.
He simply possesses strong will to accomplish a goal, regardless of the seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
This Michaelian will retire on January 11, 2008. Another great teacher is leaving us. Thank you Mr Woon for your years with us at St Michael's.
To Mr Woon, an old boy remembers you....
Mr. Woon is another teacher whom many students hold him with reverence. Despite being the senior assistant, he is always humble, slow to anger and often correct students' mistakes in a very benign manner. Rarely did I hear him raising his voice.
I recall the moments when a few students and I were in charge of updating the student database. The Form 1 moderator, Pn. Lee Seok Chean, switched on Mr. Woon's computer and we would then sit down and start typing in the details. Later on when Mr. Woon entered the office, he would find us in his office and ask us what we were all doing.
After producing a satisfactory explanation, he would just leave us alone with our work.Looking back in those days, I feel sorry that his office is such that people, be it students or teachers, have to invade his personal space to switch on the lights and fans of the Bilik Gerakan. Often also would he find students staying around his office, thus would actually intrude his privacy.
His working place is the smallest compared to that of the principal and the senior assistant of administration. I am sure that the metal door to his office has always been banged by students, intentionally or otherwise, thus causing unnecessary disturbance to him.
Mr. Woon must have coped up with such condition very well.For all these years, Mr. Woon has been in charge of student affairs. There is nothing to wonder about if you see students in his office receiving a lecture. I also remember him having to handle the Petronas sponsorship application. From here I imply that he even had to handle scholarship matters.
He could be one of the busiest teachers in the school. Not only did he merely handle student affairs, he had to teach as well. Having to balance between teaching and administering order within the school compound is no mean feat. As he is also living in Batu Gajah (assuming that he did not shift elsewhere nearer to Ipoh), travelling to school early in the morning and back every day must have been a test of patience and sacrifice.
To conclude it all, he is indeed a role model to all teachers, as well as students. Despite not being an old Michaelian, I am certain that he has understood the Michaelian culture so well that he now possesses the Michaelian spirit.Mr. Woon, on behalf of those currently studying abroad especially, we congratulate you for a job well done and thank you so much for your years spent in SMI.
We wish you the very best of health and eternal joy with your loved ones at home. Happy retirement!