Thursday, May 29, 2008

Visiting Alma Mater

It's good to be back. Three old boys who left SMI, two to further their studies and one waiting for answer to enter varsity, came home for a visit. They were amazed with the current developments at the alma mater. Besides exchanging greetings and shared their experiences with teachers and current students, the trio, who were close buddies during their school days, visited the food court, the Marian library and toured the school.
Old boys are welcomed anytime to visit the school. Once a Michaelian, always a Michaelian.
From left: Yew Guo Zheng, currently in 2nd year, Universiti Teknologi Petronas, Year left SMI 2005 (Form Five), Jared Ee Han Seong, also UTP, Business Information System, 2nd year, left SMI 2005 (F5) and Lau Chee Hong, currently working very hard in Genting Highlands, has applied to study psychology at UTAR, left school 2007 (F6).

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

MMB In Full Gear

Michaelian Military Band members are practising hard even during the current school holidays to ensure an evening of quality, memorable and fantabulous performance. Some 1000 people are expected to attend the concert "For Wonderful Friendship" at the hall of SRJK Yuk Choy, after the Jalan Gopeng roundabout, at 8pm on June 6.


School band to hold concert - The Star

DRESSED in their signature deep green and black uniforms, the boys of the Michaelian Military Band look very smart indeed.
Most importantly, when the talented youths get together to perform, they are impressive to say the least.
Whether on the tuba, euphonium, trumpet, trombone, clarinet, saxophone, drum, cymbal, flute, piccolo or the bell instrument, each member plays his role to the best of his capabilities.
This is because despite their differences in background, race or religion, all the band’s over 50 members share a passion for music.
“We love it. And when you love something, you put your heart into it,” said bandleader Jeffery Chan, 17, when met at the SM St Michael school in Ipoh recently.
He said however that the band had recently been facing problems, such as the lack of new mu-sic instruments and new uniforms.
“Some of our instruments are more than 20 years old. And our uniforms are old too,” he said.
Chan said many band members had to purchase their own instruments and uniforms.
“The uniforms cost close to RM300 each. And the instruments can cost up to RM6,000,” he said.
To raise funds, the band will be performing in a combined concert entitled ‘For Wonderful Friendship’ at the SK Yuk Choy primary school in Ipoh from 8pm on June 6.
Tickets are priced at RM10 for students and RM20 for adults and the funds raised will go towards purchasing new equipment and uniforms for the band.
To purchase tickets, call Chan at 016-5308699, Andy Lai at 017-5267076 or Bryan Lee at 016-530 2260.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Teachers' Day Celebration Do At St Michael's

The day is slated for Friday, 23 May 2008 at 7.20am.

Myriad of activities have been planned. Among which are presentations by the Michaelian Chinese Orchestra members, a poem recital, a contemporary dance and a showcase of the silambam, a traditional Dravidian martial art based on stick fighting.

This style supposedly originates from the Kurinji Hills in present day Kerala, 5,000 years ago, where natives used bamboo staves to defend themselves against wild animals.

Our 02 Kinta scouts have been toiling for days to construct a tower for the teachers, a gesture which has been a tradition of sorts to remember their fellows teachers, far and near. The teachers' call of duty is made more significant-with students like you, yes, the fellow Michaelians.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Our Band Boys Hitting the Road Again

Come June 6, 2008 at 8 pm, the indomitable and greatly respectable Michaelian Military Band members will be performing at the Yuk Choy primary school hall.

This is a charity concert featuring guest band from SMK Seri Kembangan, Selangor. For a mere RM10 a ticket, let's do our part in assisting the members to raise fund to buy new musical instruments, replacing damaged and worn out items or perhaps, boost the band's image further by having the current uniform changed (the present ones have been used for some four years).

SMI band was formed during the Directorate of Brother Patrick O' Donovan in 1960. It has earned high reputation for being among the best organised band in the state, having performed splendidly at state and national-level functions.

In 2006, the Michaelian Military Band was accorded the honour to represent Malaysia at the Spring Festival in Murcia in Spain - a trip which cost more than RM600,000, with RM150,000 from the Ministry of Education and RM40,000 from the state government. We declined the offer after discussions with the Board of Governors, PIBG, the school and the Old Boys Association.

We salute the boys, present and past, who have, over the years been a great pride, reflecting a strong sense of dignity and self-respect among us at St Michael's. Thank you and our call of support goes to all of you boys.

For tickets, call: Jeffery Chan (016-5308699), Andy Lai (017-5267076) or Bryan Lee (016-5302260)

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

SMI Teachers Keeping Fit

SMI teachers are venturing out for a healthier lifestyle. Now they are taking up badminton and called themselves the members of the Racket Club, set up two years ago. Currently there are 14 active members who play regularly at the Badminton Complex DBI.
Among the active ones are Cikgu Ibrahim, En Maulid, En Azhar and Mr Prakash (not the Prakash Padukone of India).
After months of intensive practice, a competition was held last week with other badminton clubs. Our SMI teachers fought hard and after the match, they discovered that they need to be fitter and learn more new skills. After all, SMI is the breeding ground of badminton greats like Tan Yee Khan, Ng Boon Bee and Khoo Kien Keat.
They plan to have matches with old boys from KL and Ipoh. Let's see then who will lift the Cup. Well done, teachers!