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.


Kin Tung said...

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 be have the initiative to ensure the tyre will not be 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 for 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 to 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 are in deep concern in the restoration of the history of SMI.

KT Wong
Member of SMI Alumni Association Klang Valley

Henry Yew said...

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 Paterfamilias 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)

Andrew Lim said...
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Andrew Lim said...

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.

drag0nslayer said...

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 arround it when was in primary school, maybe it should be placed somewhere nearby the primary school and it should be given a new coat of paint..

Dharween Singh
(Form 3a10 Year 2003)

George's Spot said...
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George's Spot said...

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,
13 Years of Michaelian Experience

Abdul Harris said...
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Abdul Harris said...

Dear Peter,
I found your website quite by accident while surfing through the net, looking for any references to my alma mater (kindergarden (1972) till Fifth Form (1983) and I can only say this.. Thanks for rekindling the fond memories that I've had during my times there.
True, once a Michaelian, always a Michaelian and reading through all your entries, made me feel as though it was just yesterday that I was in my standard 1C and finally 5 Sc3.
I wonder if you have any database on any of my old friends and teachers from that era, cos I would sure love to know their whereabouts.
I left to continue my studies overseas, worked there upon graduation and thus lost all contacts, save a few that I've managed to bump into these past few years (remember this was during the snail-mail era and phones still have cords attached to them).
Anyway, congrats on a aplendid website, keep it up and I'll be sure to keep popping in - I've listed your site in the toplist of my my bookmarks.

Abdul Harris Hamidon
Quis Ut Deus
(can you believe, it is only now I become curious and googled the meaning for the motto)

George's Spot said...

Dear Mr Khiew,

Wanted to update you but was busy with semester exams. Jus to let you know that our former michaelian Roman Catholic Archbishop Emeritus Gregory Yong (20th May 1925 to 28 June 2008) of singapore passed away on June 28 at the age of 83. He died of heart failure on saturday(28/06/08)afternoon at St Joseph's Home in Jurong where he had lived for for years

His Fullname is Gregory Yong Sooi Ngean D.D D.C.L . He was born in Taiping Malaya on May 20 1925 and was educated at St George's Institution as well as St Michael's Institution in Ipoh

He has been cremated at the Mandai Crematorium Singapore on 2nd July.


Jared said...

I agree with Kin Tung's opinions. I believe many Michaelians would agree that every part of St. Michael 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 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