Monday, June 07, 2010


It was a worthwhile and highly knowledgeable visit to Riverview Estate in Tanjung Tualang for 40 students and teachers from St Michael's. For most of them, the visit to the well-managed palm oil estate was their first encounter . They have studied about the cultivation of oil palm in their Geography book and this experience would undoubtedly enrich their understanding.
They were fortunate to be given the opportunity by OMA president Mr Adrian Tsen, who is also the Executive Director of Riverview Estate, to visit the plantation.
Among those who also joined in the entourage were Mr Phoon Chong Chee, SMI principal and OMA exco members. Mr Neoh, the estate GM, briefed the students on the processes involved in oil palm cultivation.
We thank the Riverview management for a fruitful visit.


Henry Yew said...

Field trips like this are indeed good to boost the general knowledge of students even further. Things that cannot be covered in textbooks alone can be imparted to students through trips like this.

There's no doubt that these trips may be expensive (considering the transportation fees, etc.), but it provides students with an insight that few will know.

I would personally condone learning outside the classroom, just like what some other countries do. However, a system has to be drawn out effectively to address the issues of costs. In the long run, students will find learning to be fun!

Yew Guo Zheng
(5Sc1 Year 2005)
Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS

Peter Khiew said...

Thank you, Henry for your continuous support towards the Michaelian cause. It is heartening to see many Michaelians, like you, who constantly pen your ideas and encouragement.
Field trips like this are laudable and encouraged as many students are ignorant of the great and bright potentials careers in the plantation sector can offer.
The trip has, to a great extent, made us view the sector in a different perspective.
We thank Riverview for the opportunity again. A good news - we were informed by the company's board of directors that they welcome more such trips of students from the upper forms.
Riverview Estate Bhd, said Mr Adrian Tsen,in recognising the great prospect in the sector among Michaelians, will undertake to sponsor all future trips organised by the school.
Our many thanks, Riverview.