Monday, August 25, 2008

Asia Pacific Lasallian Educators’ Congress (APLEC) 2008

Here is the logo for the Asia Pacific Lasallian Educators’ Congress (APLEC) which will be held in Hong Kong from the 7th to the 12th December 2008 at the Royal Plaza Hotel, Kowloon, HONG KONG. The Theme of the Congress is ‘ Lasallian Values in Education : Challenges to Youth in Asia Pacific Today’.

There will be 18 delegates representing Malaysia to APLEC 2008 HONG KONG of which
they will have the opportunity of meeting delegates from Australia, Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka, Myamar, Vietnam, Pakistan, India, Philippines, Singapore and host country Hong Kong China.
The Asia-Pacific Lasallian Educators’ Congress is an international organization linking up all the Lasallian educators in the different districts of the Asia-Pacific region. It brings together leading Lasallian educationalists from across the Asia Pacific region for a week-long programme of updating, sharing, forward planning and fraternal fellowship.

Background:

Since our founder St. John Baptist de La Salle first established schools in France over 300 years ago, the Brothers have founded educational institutes all over the globe, covering all five continents.

This International Religious Institute known as The Brothers of the Christian Schools or the De La Salle Brothers, is organised into Regions, Districts, Sub-Districts, and Delegations. The borders of Regions do not necessarily coincide with the geographic limits.

The following are examples of Regions: RELAL (Lasallian Region of Latin America), ARLEP (Lasallian Regional Grouping of Spain and Portugal), CLAF (Lasallian Center of Africa) and PARC (Pacific-Asia Regional Conference).

Each Region has its Regional Committees and they meet at regular intervals. The head of a District is the Brother Visitor. The head of a sector is called the Area Director.

The Lasallian Institute in Hong Kong belongs to the Region PARC (Pacific-Asian Regional Conference). The Brother Visitor of the District of Penang is Bro. Peter Foo and the Area Director of Hong Kong is Bro. Patrick Tierney.

PARC oversees the Lasallian mission in Pacific-Asia in the following countries: Australia; New Zealand; Papua New Guinea; Sri Lanka; India; Japan; Myanmar; Pakistan; Malaysia; Hong Kong; Singapore; Philippines; Thailand; Vietnam; Indonesia and Cambodia.

In 1994, PARC saw the need to invite Lasallian teachers of schools in the PARC region to meet together, to learn and to share in the Asia Pacific Lasallian Educators Congress (APLEC).

APLEC has been held every two to three years since then: 1996- Singapore; 1998- Hong Kong; 2000-Madurai; 2002-Penang and 2005 -the Philippines.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Michaelian Tamil Language Society Raises Fund

The society is raising fund by organising a dinner on 20 September 2008 at 8pm. The venue is St Michael's School Hall. It is to raise money to organise various programmes like workshops and getting speakers to inspire and help students sitting for public examinations.
Teacher in charge is Mrs Geetha Sundaram. For details, call 05-2540418 or fax 05-2540487 during office hours.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Another Great Year Of SMI Drama Tradition

Camelot ended yesterday, Sunday 17 August 2008 after three days of public performances. For all the great and wonderful support from parents, Ipoh folks, fellow Michaelians and old boys, the school expresses its heartfelt gratitude and appreciation. Below are shots taken of these excellent individuals, who have made the school project possible.

My salute to all!



See you again next year at our 48th production. From St Michael's Ipoh, Peter Khiew, signing off.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Good News.

A piece of good news for all!
The tyre, one of a few physical links that connects the present and the past, is here to stay. The committee on the opening of the new primary school building has pushed for the upkeep, maintainance and preservation of the decades-old tyre, currently placed outside the secondary school staffroom.
The calls by many old boys to place the tyre at the primary school have not fallen on deaf ears. People like Mr Adrian Tsen, Mr Joseph Michael Lee and Mr Harneak Singh will continue to look into ways to ensure that the rich and strong La Sallian legacy stays.
When works to touch up the primary block start, the tyre will make its way there, ensuring its posterity for many, many more years to come.

Thank you for the support and the concern.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Finally! Pictures of the Ladies' Rest Room


"Thank you, Brother for a job well done"


Form Six students having some shots taken in the rest room. This exception applied only a day before the toilet was officially opened for usage. Look at the interior,the colour tones of the tiles and the practical design. Thank you, Brother Matthew for the efforts in raising the quality of our lives here in St Michael's. We thank you for doing so much. Take a good rest? For Brother, the word, "rest", is not in his vocabulary.
Signing off, Peter Khiew

Sunday, August 10, 2008

A Man At Work

A worker is busy welding an iron grille of the fence perimeter at the carpark. More than twenty to thirty iron grilles had disappeared the past two months. Perimeters fencing at the pavilion and those near the surau are suffering the same fate.

Michaelians must help to ensure that vandals are not targetting the bars, selling them off to get some good cash at the expense of the school. Replacement of these metal bars can cost a fortune, eating away hard-earned money which can be channelled for other programmes. Let us know how this problem (vandalism or theft) can be prevented.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Best Wishes To Koo Kien Keat from SMI


Koo Kien Keat is a professional badminton player from SMI Ipoh. Besides being a men's doubles player, he also represents Malaysia in the mixed doubles event. He started his career at seventeen and has won the Asian Junior title. St Michael's has also produced badminton greats like Dato Ng Boon Bee and Dato Tan Yee Khan.
Last Friday, prior to Koo's national mission to Beijing, China, principal Mr Phoon Chong Chee, on behalf of the staff, students and parents, presented a certificate of good wishes to his father, Koo Chiew Wah.
St Michael's strongly backs Koo Kien Keat and wishes him all the best.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

OMA President Visits the Cast of CAMELOT

"Yes, keep the Michaelian spirit alive and your selfless act had made your parents, teachers and fellow Michaelians very proud", said Mr Adrian Tsen, who turned up at the main hall to offer words of encouragement to the gallant boys and girls.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Our Old Boys Out There...

We have identified another group of old boys. An e-mail was sent over to us and we were pleasantly surprised that, besides the OMA and the KL Alumni, another group of Michaelians who call themselves, SMI Old Boys, have been conducting their own networking and links. We welcome all of you to the Michaelian fraternity and hope that we can work out something. Just a little update.

SMI will be staging the “Camelot” for three days, Aug 15 to Aug 17, 2008 at 7.45pm.

The story is about the king of all England, who was raised in the woods by a magician. Arthur grows up to become a king (King Arthur) who wants to make a "civilized" world ruled by law, not violence, where violence is not strength; compassion is not weakness."

This is our 47th drama production, the first being “Poet of Ispaha” which was staged in 1955. Throughout the years, we have maintained the strong drama tradition by performing plays like “The King of Sherwood” (1966), “OLIVER”(1977), “ WIZARD OF OZ” (1984) “Justice Pao” (1999).

Twenty seven students, mainly sixth formers, lead the cast with 12 musicians, also students of the school. Tickets are priced at RM20 and RM50.

Principal Mr Phoon Chong Chee said the proceeds from the play, besides upgrading of the school’s facilities, will go towards human development of academically weak students, equipping them with the necessary guidance and coaching by trained and experienced teachers.

For details, call 05-2540418 (during office hours) or e-mail at
peterkhiew@yahoo.com


The Old Michaelians Association will be holding its annual reunion dinner at the Red Crescent Hall on September 27, 2008 at 7.30pm. Some 500 old boys, including those from Australia, UK and United States are expected to join in the celebration. Members from Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore are also expected to attend.
Prior to the dinner, the official opening of the new St Michael’s primary school, built in memory of Brother Ultan Paul, will be held at 3pm on the same day. The Guest-of-Honour is Brother Vincent Corkery.
For details about the two events, call Adrian Tsen at 012-5089191 or Yip Chee Thong at 019-5567913.

And now, this is the e-mail from an old boy (who represented many other Michaelians)

Hello Mr Khiew,

How are u? First of all congrats for your effort in making your blog as a medium for the school in spreading its news and update the people particularly the Michaelians out there. Something that we are waiting for so long. SMI Old Boys is a platform for us the ex-smi students to reunite.

It is not an association nor it's another branch of OMA and SMI Alumni. We are a group of students mainly from the batch of 92-96 and few juniors are with us. We act independently. As you have seen from our blog, we had organized a few events such as sport activities and a gathering among ourselves. We are also trying to contribute to the school by various means in the future in terms of monetary or non-monetary.

Thus we also believe that in doing so, we need the support from the school administrators and by creating a link between us and the teachers as well as the administrators. Hope we keep in touch. By the way, the author of the blog is Mohd Dzran who is also the person in charge of this mail and the one who types these words.:) How about the school drama? Are the tickets still available? My friends and I would like to come and watch the play. How much is the ticket and when is the suitable date for the old boys to come because if i'm not mistaken there are various nights such as parents' night and others. Thank you.


Note: The public performances are on 15,16 and 17 August, 2008 at 7.45pm. Tickets are priced at RM20 and RM50. T-shirts (very limited) are also available at RM16 each. The full dress rehearsal is Aug 9, 2008. This time around residents from the Salvation Army Boys Home, Salvation Army Jalan Kampar, Simee Old Folks Home and Asrama Bintang will be invited to join in the celebration of Michaelian tradition in performing arts.