Friday, February 26, 2010

Grand Clean Up Do At St Michael's.

It was a big gathering to demonstrate the Michaelian ideal of Service. All came with their sleeves rolled up to do their part to beautify the school. Old and damaged items were checked to see whether they could be repaired. Otherwise, broken tables, cabinets, racks and chairs had to be discarded. Classes were spruced up. Notice boards were decorated and posted with reading materials, duty rosters, calendar and pictures while some initiated ones even cover their desks with colourful table cloths.
The basement under the stage was another hard to clean place. (Note: Many believe the mysterious and widely talked-about underground tunnel is situated here. It was also believed that the Japanese once used this place for undisclosed reasons). Picture below shows Mr Christopher and his scouts point to something! What's that?

Yes, a civet cat has long chosen the basement as its abode.This mammal could be very old, judging by its looks. It could be having a type of skin disease too. The elusive civet cat is still somewhere at the basement.

Form Three boys hard at work. This is Michaelian spirit at work too. SMI pixs by Brother Matthew.

The basement after it was tidied up. The graffiti will GO next.
The Form Two boys painting the perimeter. assisted by Cikgu Zulkarnain Daud. The boys also  spruced up the teachers' car park, school field and basketball court.

A boy gets a helping hand from Mr Lawrence.
Ten years down the road, this Michaelian will still be proud with what he did during the Gotong Royong. He is Wong Zhen Jie, Form Two.

Overall, it was inspiring to see teachers and students working closely together for a common cause. Michaelians all around the world are rest assured that the culture and tradition of St Michael's practised for the past 98 years is still very much alive. For me that day was a great and meaningful success.

2 comments:

harrneak said...

Hi Mr Peter,

Just to update about the "basements" at the school stage. During the Japanese occupation, the newly fixed equipments at our science labs was dismantled by Rev Bro Paul and his team. This equipments and other materials was safely placed at the basement under the stage. The doors to the basement were locked and the keys handed to our loyal school gardaner (i can't recollect his good name)

The Japanese used the school hall during their occupation of the school. Upon liberisation, to everyones suprise, this doors were still locked - just as Rev Bro Paul left. The keys were still with the school gardener and all the equipments and other materials still intact. This is one of the reason why SMI could reopen fast.

Dont know if there are any historical items "left" here anymore,as it has been "cleaned " many times over and i am not sure the person who supervises the cleaning process knows what are the historical items related to SMI. Even the old piano which adorns the school hall for many years during my schooling days, with a damaged leg was "cleaned up" in recent years.

However, i must salute you, lawrance and others in your team for continously salvaging historical materials and setting up the Heritage Room.

Do let me know if you and your team need any assistance in your quest for historical items or in setting-up of the gallery.

Harneak Singh

harrneak said...

Hi Mr Peter,

Just to update about the "basements" at the school stage. During the Japanese occupation, the newly fixed equipments at our science labs was dismantled by Rev Bro Paul and his team. This equipments and other materials was safely placed at the basement under the stage. The doors to the basement were locked and the keys handed to our loyal school gardaner (i can't recollect his good name)

The Japanese used the school hall during their occupation of the school. Upon liberisation, to everyones suprise, this doors were still locked - just as Rev Bro Paul left. The keys were still with the school gardener and all the equipments and other materials still intact. This is one of the reason why SMI could reopen fast.

Dont know if there are any historical items "left" here anymore,as it has been "cleaned " many times over and i am not sure the person who supervises the cleaning process knows what are the historical items related to SMI. Even the old piano which adorns the school hall for many years during my schooling days, with a damaged leg was "cleaned up" in recent years.

However, i must salute you, lawrance and others in your team for continously salvaging historical materials and setting up the Heritage Room.

Do let me know if you and your team need any assistance in your quest for historical items or in setting-up of the gallery.

Harneak Singh