Friday, May 29, 2009

Light In the Darkness - 02 Kinta

Above is the theme for Kinta 2 Fourth Former gathering to be held tomorrow Saturday starting 8am.
The boys are doing a great job. As at press time, they are still busy working to complete the mangrove tower. Of all the structures the scouts had constructed over the decades, the one made this year could be the biggest, the strongest and demanded more efforts and team work. Congratulations to the boys, particularly patrol leader Master Stephen Liew and his team of exco for such tremendous leadership.

This is the type of "knot" that keeps Michaelians strong and united!

The scouts that shout victory! "Upholding The Great Michaelian Ethos". We wish them success.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Asrama Bintang Remembered!

The Old Michaelians' Association will visit the residents of Asrama Bintang on Thursday 18 June, 2009 at 7pm.
Known 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.

The home, began in 1914, provides for the residents basic education, artwork, drawing, house chores, gardening, craftwork and pet rearing.
The get-together and dinner has been an annual affair for the old boys, in line with the Lasallian ideal of service to the community.

The current number of inmates stand at 23. There are 3 sisters and 3 staff manning the home now. Sister Henrietta is person in charge. Mr Adrian Tsen, OMA president, is the benefactor of Asrama Bintang.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

May 13, 2009 (2.45pm) In The Gallery

The repaired cabinets and tables. We are giving the decades old antique cabinet a coat of black paint, restoring its former glory. When it was discovered inside the store room, it looked worn out, dull and faint. After two days of repair work carried out, we are excited to see how glorious it is. Look at the wooden table. It has also undergone a major repair.

The prestigious Nicet-Joseph Medal for most outstanding students. The award was discontinued in 1985. Why?
Many other boards, among others, detailing the head boys, outstanding sportsmen and meritorious former teachers were found at a dark corner on the mezzanine floor in the arts room. Why are these items forgotten and placed there to rot? Why are these not updated? The solution: It is going to be an uphill task to get the information needed to fill up the blanks. We will be enlisting Brother Vincent's help on this.

Profile: Frére Nicet-Joseph, Pierre-Paul Loubet
Born: 1898
Superior: 1956 - 1966
Died September 25, 1999

From the Office of Brother Superior General, Rome.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

May 8, 2009 (3.30pm) In The Gallery

Restoration works started. Plenty of wiping, cleaning up and sprucing up to do. From zero to a pride of St Michael's.

If the wood is not treated fast, the rot will totally affect the entire tables, cabinets and cupboards. Work started as soon as the items were carried into the gallery. Look at the table and cabinet in the picture we savaged. It could be easily around 70 to 80 years old. The lacquer or varnish painting was gone, rendered the surface exposed to the elements. They are beginning to show signs of damage! Our timely intervention managed to save the items!
Same goes to the other cabinets. The workers are doing a great and remarkable job.
Coming post - the transformed pieces of yesteryears.

Monday, May 18, 2009

En Badrul, SMI office assistant. See What he Found.

While carrying out spring cleaning in the office, En Badrul came across a stack of old books which he thought could be outdated. Covered by a very thick layer of dust, he wanted to discard the items as they could also be infested with termites.
Taking the "books" out carefully as not to dirty the nearby furniture, a piece of paper jutted out from one of the "books". Upon closer scrutiny, En Badrul was shocked to discover that the piece of paper was actually a photograph of the SMI Primary school during construction! Meaning it was well over five decades!
The "old, outdated books" were actually photo albums - all in all a total of 14 photo albums. They appeared exactly the time when we are setting up the Michaelian Heritage Gallery.

Old, black and white photographs of Thomas Cuppers bringing home the Thomas Cup and a structure built to raise the prestigious trophy for Ipoh folks to appreciate were among the photographs found.

Thank you, En Badrul for the great discovery.

Form One and Two students celebrate Teacher's Day


The neatly-attired and well-groomed afternoon session boys held on the Michaelian tradition of honouring their teachers on the school-level Teacher's Day celebration.

After reading out the speeches of the Education director-general and Education Minister by En Zulkarnain Daud and En Abi Talib, the students went on the stage to present gifts to their teachers.

Tomorrow, we are going to mobilise a group of boys to see Brother Vincent and Brother Matthew to wish them "Happy Teacher's Day". One Form Two boy said, "The Brothers have dedicated their whole life for education. It is natural and a respectful gesture for us to say thanks to them".

"Thank you, teachers".

Saturday, May 16, 2009


Teaching is a vocation of great moral imperative and responsibility.
Teaching is the greatest act of optimism.
A cynic cannot be a great teacher, because cynicism is corrosive, and great teachers are creative.
A pessimist cannot be a great teacher, because pessimism sees only limits, while great teachers see only potential.
And a defeatist cannot be a great teacher, because defeatism knows only how to give up the fight, and great teachers never, ever, give up on a student.

HAPPY TEACHERS' DAY from us at St Michael's and the Lasallian fraternity.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Scholarship For Michaelians- That's Great!

An e-mail from our old boy and current Parent-Teacher Association chairman Mr Joseph Michael Lee.

Dear Peter,
I received the e-mail copied below from a schoolmate who is lecturing in City Un, HK. I believe that your blog is visited by old boys. Hope that you can post it in your blog. Maybe some of the old boys, especially those who have finished their STPM recently, may be interested.
I have also given Mr Phoon a copy. Have anyone interested e-mail me with his CV and I will forward to my friend in HK.
The e-mail is self explanatory.
Thank you.
Joseph Michael

Hi Joe,
My dept. (Dept. of Accountancy, City University of Hong Kong) has available scholarships (max. of 5) of up to HK$80,000 per annum for international students to pursue the 3-yrs under-grad prog in accountancy for this Sept. 2009 intake.

This should cover the full tuition fees and the scholarship is renewable subject to students maintaining certain GPA, etc. Do you think if the SMI teachers or even the SMI PTA will be interested to nominate some deserving students for our consideration? This will be a good opportunity for those students with good STPM results who did not get a place in the local U. and also missed out on local private ones or overseas due to financial reasons. Of course, the students still need to take care of the living expenses (est. HK$40k per annum) but this should not be that much higher than living in KL.
We are looking for students with outstanding academic achievements (students with at least 2 Bs can be considered if they have good potential).

Financial need and performance during selection interview will be taken into consideration while outstanding achievement in extra-curricular activities will be an advantage. The min. entrance requirements for admission to CityU will be 3 passes (no lower than C) in the STPM and a D or above for Maths. ("O" level equivalent, ie. SPM, right?).
Will you or someone from SMI be interested in pursuing this further? If yes, please be the liaison person or recommend someone to follow-up on this with me. If we do have nominees (say, min. of 7 or so), we can arrange to come down to Ipoh for either half-day or full-day as necessary for the selection interview (tentatively) in the last week of May. Also, please give me your contact#. Sorry for such short notice as I was informed about this scholarship only late last week and just confirmed the details today after proposing to my dept. to invite nominations from Ipoh. Below are some links of interest.
CityU HK -
College of business (triple accreditation) -
my dept -
info. for international students -
cost of studying for international students - HK$80k per annum and living expenses (est.) HK$40k per annum)
Pek Yee

NOTE: Michaelians interested in the offer can e-mail Mr Joseph Michael at Thank you, Mr Lee.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

The Work Begins

We started work on April 24, 2009 at 11.30am. The school assigned two carpenters, Ah Choy and Ah Wah, to look into the dismantling and shifting of the cabinets.
In view of the fragility of the items, extra precautions were taken to ensure the joints of the cabinets were not loosen and the glass not broken. It was a tedious job to put aside other items in the store rooms to make way for the removal and shifting of the cabinets.
Look at Picture One. The space in the room was crammed with so many items. We needed to be very careful as a small mistake would risk the antique cabinets losing its authenticity.
Another great obstacle was to shift the cabinet all the way to the gallery. They had to go through steep steps and sharp corners.
You can see that in pictures 2 and 3.

Now inside the gallery. Look at the trophies and shields. They are now "protected". We are going through the artefacts one by one meticulously. These are items held in high esteem before by our past Michaelian champions. They could be rugby or football players, water polo or even a cycling event. It's time these are documented and given a mention.

Next, the restoration work carried out.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Thank You Madam Yau

From the comment page:
Catherine Yau said... This pic brings back memories of my dad's great years in SMI. Picture 1969 - Top, 6th from the left and Picture 1982 - Top, 8th from the left... Thomas Yau Yet Sau. I am proud to say that my son, Leong Jyi Jian, is the 4th generation in this great school.

Thank you, Madam for visiting us. St Michael's is proud to have Leong Jyi Jian with us. He is such an outstanding boy, always pays attention in class. Two months ago, he came to me and asked, "Sir, my parents asked whether you would like to have some old magazines left behind by my grandfather?". I answered," Of course, so nice and thoughtful of your parents".

For two consecutive days, he lugged along a big bag containing old magazines belonging to Master Thomas Yau, a judo exponent and a teacher remembered by Brother Vincent as "an outstanding figure".
Managed to snap a shot of Leong. Thank you Madam Yau for your thoughts. The old but priceless magazines have earned their place in our gallery.

Michaelian Heritage Gallery

St Michael's is currently embarking on an ambitious and worthwhile project- that is to set up a gallery to showcase the Lasallian and Michaelian heritage. Besides capturing the rich and invaluable history of St Michael's, the gallery serves instrumentally to highlight the extraordinary works of the Lasallian brothers.
With the centennial celebrations of St Michael's scheduled for 2012, old boys, students, teachers and researchers would gladly welcome the setting up of the gallery as a prelude to know things we hold dear to our hearts.
The gallery would definitely help students create a sense of identity and allowing them to know the various factors that have helped shape St Michael's to what it is today.
This initiative is again reflected by our theme. "Upholding The Great Michaelian Ethos".

Stage One
The committee, had for the past weeks, scoured and rummaged through store rooms, abandoned corners of the school, basement area under the stage and arts room. We found some discarded but still in good condition glass cabinets in one of the store rooms.
After getting approval from the school authorities, we went ahead with our plans.

February 2, 2009 was a day we spotted the cabinets. A week before that, we carted some 30 old, broken trophies and shields from the basement. It was a pathetic sight to see so many relics, some as old as 60 years old were left unattended there. They, of course, deserve a better place. We plan to fix up those damaged items and then get some boys to polish the priceless items.
Slowly but surely, we are having a great start. It was a challenge for me and Mr Lawrence to get things going but the strong support from the principal in granting the room for the Michaelian Heritage Gallery is to be commended.
Below are some images from day one, before the items were taken to the gallery.

More reports, more pictures and more excitement as we progress. Keep tuned!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Lasallian Brother Father Simon Passes On

Fr Simon Wong Fook Ying, 73, passed away on April 17 from right acute subdural haematoma (swelling in the brain). Born in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 13, 1936, Fr Wong received his primary education at St John’s Institution, Kuala Lumpur and completed his secondary education at St Xavier’s Institution, Penang.
As a De La Salle Brother, he taught at St Michael’s Institution, Ipoh from 1957 to 1962.
He then proceeded to the University of Hong Kong where he spent three years, graduating with B.A. First Class Honours in English. On his return, he lectured at StJoseph’s Teachers Training College, Penang and subsequently became the principal of the College.

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Bon Voyage Brother

Brother Vincent Corkery is away for a short break in Ireland. His time was constantly packed with work and whenever I dropped by at the La Salle Centre, he was always as busy as a bee, with so many reports and articles to complete for Lasallian organisations worldwide.
Have a good rest Brother and we wish him well.