Saturday, March 20, 2010


The Lasallian Family in Perak and Penang is ready to welcome Superior General of the Christian Brothers Brother Alvaro Rodriguez to Ipoh tomorrow, 21 March 2010.
Brother Alvaro holds the highest office of the Christian Brothers, whose 4,000 brothers and more than 73,000 lay men and women teach more than 900,000 students in schools, colleges, and universities in 80 countries.
In addition to serving as a teacher and administrator, Brother Alvaro is a former auxiliary visitor for the District of Central America and Vicar General.
A native of Costa Rica, he was named Superior General in 2000. Brother graduated from Universidad La Salle Mexico and then joined the Central America District of the Christian Brothers and professed his eternal vows in 1968.
He began his career in education as a teacher, administrator, and mentor in Mexico and Guatemala for eight years.
Note: The Christian Brothers are part of a tradition handed down from Saint John Baptist de La Salle, patron saint of teachers in the Roman Catholic Church, who founded the order in 1684. They live in community and support one another and their associates in fulfilling the Church's apostolic mission of service through education. While teaching is their central activity, Brothers and their colleagues work as administrators, staff, counselors, and advisors.


Wednesday, March 17, 2010

St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, his religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick's Day, which falls during the Christian season of Lent, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast—on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

One of the greatest Irish festivals, St. Patrick's Day or Paddy's Day commemorates the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. A festive day for the Irish people, St. Patrick's Day is a festive public holiday the Republic of Ireland and also celebrated with much enthusiasm in places such as Canada, Great Britain, Australia, the United States and New Zealand. Sumptuous feasts, green clothes, frothy delights, joyous merrymaking with friends and family - all are parts of this grand occassion.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Imagine having our Old Michaelians Association reunion banquet at a hall near the school and walk down memory lane after dinner. Look at this possibility, which is not impossible, as the old boys have been renting the hall of Red Crescent for years to hold its celebrations do. 
The hall, to be administered by the La Salle secretariat, could also cater comfortably for the school drama, accommodating a bigger number of audience and offering a better sound system.
Wonderful news if we can have a hall like this.
We must say that St Michael's has never failed to realise its dream of achieving anything because its fraternity believes in the impossible.

A hall like this in St Michael's?

Three years ago, no one would have thought of having a four-storey primary school building built to replace the five-decade old, dilapidated St Michael's 1 and 2 premises. 
Now, the U-Paul Building stands proudly to greet its sons day and night, a clear testimony of individuals who want to make a change. 
The walkway, the pavilion, the OMA secretariat, the passage to the school office, the changing of rooftop and the completed work at the 50-year-old science laboratory are St Michael's notable and inspiring projects to usher in its Centennial Celebrations, comes 2012.

"The realisation of a new hall, theatre and multi-storeyed car park building is likened to placing the last piece into the jigsaw puzzle- a culmination of sorts for the Michaelian Agenda," said Mr Phoon Chong Chee, SMI principal.

This could be the spot to build the hall and multi-tier car park.

Mr Adrian Tsen, president of the OMA, had once brought up this ambitious project with the old boys during one of the meetings. Known for his prowess in far-sightedness and being a visionary, the school hopes that Mr Adrian could review the project again.
Perhaps, the PIBG head, Mr Joseph Michael Lee, Dato' Seri Lee Oi Hian, chairman of Board of Governors, parents and well-wishers could be roped in too to make this another reality.

Write in and let us know what you think.

Note from the Editorial: The response is amazing from many old boys, parents and Ipoh folks. Some of the feedbacks are:
a. Not only OMA related functions but wedding receptions, birthday dinners and annual gatherings can be held in the hall. The secretariat will work out the rental.
b. Many said the hall will be suitable for badminton or some indoor games. Again, the secretariat will work that out by the hour.
c. Seminars by virtually any professionals.
d. Computer and book fairs and rental to any private functions.
e. Corporate dinners by workers from TAIKO, KLK and companies.
f. Cultural performances, youth meetings from the LA SALLE and gatherings.
g. Convocations by any institutions of higher studies.  

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

A New Stall At SMI Foodcourt

Benjamin (left) and Leroy have been running a stall selling cakes at the foodcourt. Costs only 50 sen a piece, butter cake and chocolate cake lovers are flocking to the stall to try out the cakes which they make fresh daily. The duo, who are waiting for their university results, take orders and even offer candles for birthday boys and girls to make their wishes.

The Michaelian 2009 Magazine

St Michael's much-awaited magazines will arrive tomorrow (Wednesday). Students are expected to get theirs when the respective form teachers have sorted out their copies. 
Those who turn up for their SPM results on Thursday, 11 March, 2010, will definitely get a copy each.
The magazine this year exudes dynamism and packed with interesting stories and reports.This edition spearheads our journey towards the centennial celebrations.
Best wishes from us at St Michael's.

Monday, March 01, 2010

A Forgotten Treasure Discovered

Mr Prakas, SMI teacher was at the Lecture Theatre when he noticed a small door at the back. He walked towards it and opened the door. Interestingly, he noticed that there was another door, a wooden one, behind it. This was unusual.  By now, Mr Prakas was a bit nervous. Slowly and carefully, he walked into the dark room. What he saw was something he could not forget - an antique projector!
We have not verified the make, model or the year it was manufactured but the relic looks similar with the vintage 8mm or 16mm projector shown below.  
Before Prakas explored more, he notified Mr Lawrence, who rushed there. As they allowed more light to brighten the room, more items could be seen. I was next to be informed. 
Mr Prakas(front) and Mr Lawrence going through the items.

It was amazing. We found film reels, records, wooden stands and many other equipments used for film projection in the 50s' and 60s'. Naturally, all these items were covered with a very thick layer of dust.
Over the hours, we salvaged the items, took photographs of the "treasures" and now being kept under tight security.
caption: Mr Lawrence with the vintage projector

The Lecture Theatre was used as a mini cinema during the olden days as we discovered three holes in the wall for film projection purposes.

caption: Students help to remove the items to a safe place.
The Michaelian Heritage Gallery, which is scheduled to open in June 2010, will showcase these gems and many other items closely linked to St Michael's. Oh yes, the excitement is there. There are plenty more to discover in St Michael's.