Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Press Preview of CAMELOT

Pressmen came for a photo shoot and reporting today. Three scenes were showcased, allowing photographers to take snapshots of the cast in their full, colourful costumes. My credit to all young Michaelians who are willing to stand up proudly for St Michael's. Their efforts are instrumental in ensuring the preservation of our rich drama tradition.
Our heartfelt appreciation to Mr Adrian Tsen, president of the Old Michaelians Association, Mr Joseph Michael Lee, PIBG chairman, teachers, parents, well-wishers and all Michaelians for their strong and solid support.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Hurry! Tickets Are Selling Fast...

Hurry! OMA dinner tickets are on sale now.
Less than 60 tables are allocated this year as the OMA president feels that diners need to be confined comfortably in the hall, not to place them outside, depriving them from the cheery atmosphere inside.
It's time to gather all your buddies and let them know about the banquet.
Those left school in 1948 (Diamond), 1958(Gold), 1968(Ruby), 1983(Silver) and 1998(Pewter) will be honoured that day.
Last year, a record number of more than 300 old boys from KL, Penang, Singapore and overseas came back to join in the Michaelian celebrations. This year, expect more to fellowship and network as the dinner coincides with the official opening of the St Michael's primary school building.
Mr Yip, the man behind all the fun, is working hard on the details. He surely looks forward to another joyous and lively get-together.

Call Mr Adrian Tsen at 012-5089191 or Mr Yip at 019-5567913 to get your tickets. Alternatively, email me at

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Announcement and Your Prayers Needed.

Just received the news from fellow Lasallians a minute ago.

Dear LaSallians,

Bro. Cassian was admitted to Tawakal Hospital in KL yesterday (Sunday 20th July) for surgery to relieve pain in the lower spine. The operation took place this afternoon and was successful but unfortunately he subsequently suffered a serious heart attack which left him unconscious for a period. There is some concern that he may have suffered brain damage but so far this has not been confirmed. He is now in the Intensive Coronary Care Unit of the Hospital.
Bro. Andrew, his Director, is the contact person with the hospital (013-6096242)
Let us pray earnestly that the good Lord will lay his healing hand upon Cassian and grant him a full recovery in his own time.

Bro. Thomas

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Sprightly Brother Matthew - Another School Project

Just days after getting the cracked glass door panel replaced and raising the partition of the ladies' section at the five-star toilet , the sprightly and dynamic Brother Matthew worked on the ladies' at the canteen, catering to the women canteen operators and Form Six girls.
Works to replace the toilet bowls, basins and floor tiles were completed three weeks ago, much to the jubilation and praises of the school community, particularly those who had bore the ordeal of holding their nose against the stench and walked on the slippery floor for years.
the michaelian spirit in its July 2008 issue reports that the toilets were designed and supervised by Brother Matthew Bay and were completed in record time at a cost of RM30,000.
They are located on the ground floor convenient to the Food Court. Bright and cheery, they rank beside the widely admired "5-star" toilets.
The ladies will be warmly appreciative of this facility, as their traditional toilets for several years are two floors up beside the library. Note: This toilet has also been spruced up six months ago. Notice the corporate-looking exterior leading to the school office which comes with a more comfortable waiting area for parents and students, all attributed to the endless effort of Brother Matthew and the OMA.
Thank you Brother for the great initiative. Images will be posted soon.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

A Message From The PIBG (PTA) Chairman

I am happy to see that there are Michaelians who are still interested in their Alma Mater. I am on the committee that will be organising the Opening Ceremony and was also on the Fund Raising Committee that raised the funds to build the new Primary school building.

I share your sentiments and will support the move to place our "old tyre" at a prominent location at the new school.I want you all to know that every cent raised to build the school came from private contributors.

Not a cent came from the government. St. Michael's still badly needs funds to maintain all our buildings and for new improvements.We have an annual collection for our Development Fund and we only call upon donors once a year. We do this in conjunction with the staging of our Annual Drama production. St Michael's will be producing "Camelot" this year.

Presently we are in the process of raising funds.Michaelians have always been the beneficiaries of the generosity of successive generations of the Michaelian family. We who have enjoyed the generosity of past Michaelians must acknowledge their contribution and show our gratitude by supporting present day Michaelians.

Every gift to the Building Fund supports our students. St. Michael’s being a government aided school, has to seek donations to cover the cost of many essential educational projects that continue to enhance the Michaelian vision for education.
A growing culture of philanthropy has seen significant contributions from past and present parents, grandparents, Old Michaelians, staff and friends of the School. Much has been achieved and we are grateful.We are again asking you to help us build for the future of St. Michael’s.Your Gift Makes a Huge Difference.

All contributions can be made to "SMI Development Fund". I am sure that Master Peter Khiew will be happy to accept the contributions on behalf of the school. Please liaise with the blogger.

Joseph Michael Lee
PIBG SM St Michael, 2008

Monday, July 14, 2008

A Treat For Residents of Asrama Bintang

The Old Michaelians' Association will be throwing a dinner for the residents of Asrama Bintang this Friday, July 18, 2008 at 7pm. Registered as "Asrama Bintang Rumah Wanita Cacat Infant Jesus Convent", the home is located at 276 Jalan Sultan Idris Shah. 30000 Ipoh.
It is a residential home for women aged 25 years and above with intellectual, physical and emotional difficulties. It provides basic education, artwork, drawing, house chores, gardening, craftwork, pet rearing and other activities.
All remaining residents are from the Infant Jesus orphanage which began in 1914. No new admission accepted.
The get-together and dinner has been an annual affair for the old boys who just want to mingle and fellowship with the residents, who currently number at 30. The person in charge is Sister Catherine.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Our Old Boys Have Voiced Out!

As being stated, old boys from far will be back for the grand reunion. Therefore I hope the current committee in the coming committee meeting will have the initiative to ensure the tyre is not neglected during the days of the opening, reunion, and the annual banquet.
I'm sure a smile can be seen from the old boys if a step is taken to restore back this historical symbol. The past, present and the future, and this symbol signified the past. Extreme disappointment from me, if this particular restoration is not being carried out.
I do not want such abandonment to reflect our present Michaelian community to be a community that does not show their appreciation for the past and just taking things for granted. Also, I do not want this tyre to have the same situation with the historical safe last time as it was been placed at the school field under the hot sun and rain without any possible action taken at that time. Stop this sort of disappointment and embarrassment. Actions shall be greater than words. Act right now, as soon as possible. Well done to those concerned boys for placing the tyre in a safe condition. I'm still glad that there're still some who have deep concern in the restoration of the history of SMI.

KT Wong, Member of SMI Alumni Association, Klang Valley.

That neglected tyre bears the legacy and heritage of Michaelians past and present. In no way should it be left by the drain to rot. Rather, I would urge the school authorities to take the initiative to do the necessary repair works and repainting and put it at the new primary school building.It has been a historical landmark for parents to wait for their children outside the school for so many years. It is comparable to the Pater familias statue that can be found at the school foyer.It is an utter shame and disgrace for the tyre to be just left by the drain as if it is waste to be disposed off. Please, do us a favour and preserve whatever heritage that is available in St. Michael's before they vanish completely. It is through the Michaelian Heritage that we have the Michaelian Spirit. I urge all non-Michaelians not to belittle the Michaelian Spirit. It is by this spirit that we are able to achieve great heights and amazing exploits for the glory of our alma mater, even after we have left school.

Yew Guo Zheng, Civil Engineering Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS(Form 5Sc1 Year 2005)

I'll echo what Kin Tung and Henry had said.Here's what I think. That tyre has been around for a long time and I'm sure King Tung and Henry had a chance to use that tyre as part of a game or just for fun sake while waiting from transport. If one plans to repaint the face of the tyre, go ahead. Or make it as part of the new Primary School building, as how that tyre represented the old building that is now demolished.

Andrew Lim

The tyre has been placed infront of the primary school gate even before I started schooling there in 1995 and I agree those old boys will not forget the tyre, even me myself because I use to play around it when was in primary school, maybe it should be placed somewhere nearby the primary school and be given a new coat of paint..

Dharween Singh, Michaelian (Form 3a10 Year 2003)

Goodness gracious the tyre is still being neglected? I read with Great Dismay and Disappointment!.It looks like the primary school is disowning the tyre, any particular reason given by the primary administration? As what was posted by Kin Tung, Guo Zheng, Andrew and Dharween the very fact the tyre is a symbol of our Michaelian Spirit. All Michaelians would have a fond memories of the tyre. Maybe we should launch an online signature campaign to show our concern to the primary admin. Hope that something is done to preserve the legacy of the tyre.

Best Regards,George13 Years of Michaelian Experience

I agree with Kin Tung's opinions. I believe many Michaelians would agree that every part of St. Michael's should be maintained and treasured by future generations of Michaelians. The tyre was one of St. Michael primary school's trademarks. Now that the old building has been demolished, we should retain some part of the old school's properties to ensure that none is forgotten. St. Michael's has always been a school that treasures its rich history and we should still continue that legacy. I suggest that the tyre be restored and placed in a special glass safe. It can be positioned somewhere in the main lobby or foyer of the new school, accompanied with a brief description of its origins and the old primary school building so that visitors are able to understand more of our history. I sincerely hope that the relevant committee members of the school would make a wise decision based on the echoes of generations of Michaelians.

Chew Jee Jhoong, Consultant Associate,Walter Rhodes, 5Sc4 Year 2003

From the Editor- Our Old Boys Have Voiced Out. Many offered suggestions and ways to restore and preserve the sad looking tyre, an item considered very special by those who could recall the moments they had, playing around it, walking pass it, standing infront of it for a snapshot or merely never noticed it after being there for decades but now begin to feel its significance. The comments posted will continue making their presence felt on this posting for another month, waiting for an initiative to how the tyre should be dealed with. The next meeting, all comments will be brought up.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

An Update

caption: The worn out, deplorable looking tyre.
Things are in progress to officiate the opening of the SMI new block, named after the late Brother Ultan Paul. The opening is to coincide with the OMA Annual Banquet when old boys from far and near will be back for a grand reunion.
Brother Vincent Corkery has consented to officiate at the event by unveiling a granite plaque, detailing names of all donors who had made the construction of the new building possible.

On another vein, calls are still being made to ensure that the neglected tyre is placed to where it should be - the primary school compound- and not abandoned infront of the secondary school staff room, near the drain. Yesterday, some concerned boys placed the tyre against the wall, ensuring that it is not stepped or trampled on. Old boys, I believe, still remember the tyre as a symbol linking them closely to the school and not a mere object. Tell us how you feel and we will forward the matter to the committee. Be quick as the next meeting is soon.

Friday, July 04, 2008

The One and Only Much-Treasured Tyre of SMI

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A concerned old boy voiced out:

I hope that the historical primary school display 'tyre' will be restored back at the same time on that day. For more than a year till my last visit to SMI, I still noticed that the tyre is being neglected and is still lying down near the beside the drain. A number of conversation that I had with the Principal, and it was embarrassing to know that the Primary School's administration refused to have it. Total demolition had been carried out on the old primary school building, and we should be grateful that such relic still exists till today. It shall be a shining symbol to everyone who had their education previously at the SMI Primary. Please try to take some initiative to keep and restore this historical item. It deserves our total care and appreciation.

KT Wong, KL OMA Alumni

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Official Opening of the SMI Primary School

It's on Saturday, Sept 27, 2008 at 3pm. All donors and benefactors are coming to witness the unveiling of the plaque at the primary school by guest-of-honour Brother Vincent Corkery.
caption: That's our new school building.
caption: The demolition work being carried out.

We thank the donors, mostly our old boys who adore and salute the selfless contributions and attributes of Brother Ultan Paul, to whom the new block is named after.
A working committee to look into the success of the event has been set up, comprising highly dynamic and competent individuals like Dato Seri Lee Oi Hian (Adviser and BOG chairman), Mr Adrian Tsen (OMA president and committee chairman), Mr Joseph Michael Lee (PTA chairman) and Mr Phoon Chong Chee (principal, SMI secondary).

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

OMA 70th Annual Banquet 2008

OMA Reunion Dinner is back. The day has been fixed. The details:

Venue: Red Crescent Hall
Date: 27 September 2008
Time: 7pm
Cost: RM40 each
For details and tickets:

A glimpse of last year's reunion. Go to the link below.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Drama Practice Is On Virtually Everyday

Looks like another great play is underway. Come August 15, for three days, the SMI main hall will again be filled with sounds of screaming students, songs that melt your hearts, music that inspire and most importantly, the hall serves as a showcase for our 47th years in drama excellence. We thank Ms Corrinne Mah and Ms Ling Lidi for your gracious service and wonderful efforts in the continuity of the rich drama tradition.

Tickets are currently available. For students, get the tickets from your class teachers. Old boys, who are planning for a get-together with their buddies on any of the three evenings, can contact Tickets are priced at RM20, RM50 or RM100.

The Drama Publicity Team Is Activated

caption: Pavin (right) with Joshua holding the posters and flyers.
We are moving very fast in promoting this year's drama, CAMELOT. As such, a publicity team, consisting of four dynamic Fourth Formers, has been established. They are Lavanesh, Patrick, Pavin and Joshua. They have started work in putting up posters and flyers. Last week, two bantings on stands were put up-- one infront of the staff room and another outside the office. Another two will be displayed soon.
T-shirts are also for sale. Those having the T-shirts are allowed to wear them on Wednesdays.

Next week, a banner will be put up fronting the Ipoh Padang as to generate more publicity.

The school will also be calling for a press preview of the play, a practice we have been doing for the past two years. Thank you Michaelians, well-wishers and benefactors. The important thing now is to get the sale of the tickets moving. Let the Michaelian spirit soar.....