Friday, October 08, 2010

Merging of St Michael's Primary School 1 and 2

PRESS STATEMENT
7th October 2010

St. Michael’s Institution or as it is popularly known, SMI, is going to be a hundred years old in 2012.  SMI generally refers to three schools which are
SM St. Michael, SK St. Michael 1 and SK St. Michael 2.
The secondary school occupies the heritage building which is among the top most distinctive buildings in Ipoh. The two primary schools used to be housed in what was supposed to be a temporary building but which ended up being very well used for over forty years. 
St. Michael’s primary schools operate in a way that both schools share one building but at different times. One school operates a morning session and the other an afternoon session. But then most people prefer the morning session so to make it fair to all, the two schools switch the sessions mid year.

Switching between morning and afternoon sessions mid year presents many challenges to the students, their parents and the staff of the schools. Everyone’s life is switched over every half year. Transportation rearranged, tuition classes rescheduled or even changed, parents’ lunch breaks retimed; all these and more are the myriad of activities that need to be attended to every half year, every year.
Back in 2005 when the temporary building was way past its used by date, the Board of Governors of SMI decided to build a new primary school building. It was envisioned then to have a building that can house both schools. The present primary school building was completed in 2007, funded entirely by generous donors whose life had been touched by the Lasallian Spirit.

In line with the Government’s policy of having all schools turning into single session schools and also for the well being of everyone, the SMI’s Board of Governors has decided that it is time to merge the two primary schools of St. Michael’s and create a single session school. The infrastructure in the new building is ready to house the merged schools.
The Board of Governors is now ready to bring its merger proposal to be discussed with the parents of students of both primary schools. The meeting to discuss the merger proposal will be held on the 30th October 2010 at 9:00am in the primary school hall.

On behalf of the SMI’s Board of Governors I urge all parents to spare some time for their children by attending this discussion. For the merger proposal to carry through the parents’ involvement and support is paramount. Parents, your presence and support are important. Please come to the meeting. Thank you.

Joseph Michael Lee
On behalf of the Board of Governors,
St. Michael’s Institution, Ipoh. 


A Note From The Editorial: All old and present boys can forward your suggestion or proposal here. 


A Proposal From Jouleong (1999-2005): Edited
I "graduated" from St. Michael's for a long time (2005) so I'm not sure the situation right now. Although I'm very supportive of the idea of merging the two schools, we need to consider a few issues like:
1)Can the building support all the students in 1 session?
2 ) Lessons and dismissal time for morning and afternoon? Recess time so as not to clash with the secondary school.
3)Both sessions together means worse traffic jam before and after session, how to control traffic flow. Parking for teachers and staff might also be a problem
I hope my concern will aid in the planning process.



Reply From Mr Joseph Michael Lee
Jouleong, the new primary school building built after you left school was designed to fit six classes per standard with a class size of 40 students. All the classrooms are bigger than the normal JKR specs. 
We forsee that even after the merger there will only be five classes per standard as enrollment has been decreasing yearly. It is now the time to merge as eventually both schools will be underpopulated.
The new school will begin the single session in the morning and there will not be problem at recess as the new school has its own tuckshop. You should drop by to take a look if you are back in Ipoh.
The road behind the school has been upgraded and will be able to cater to the traffic and parking is not an issue as there is sufficient space. All these were taken into consideration in the planning stage of the building.
I feel that the students will benefit from a single session school as they will have more time in the afternoon. Presently for those in the afternoon session nothing much gets done in the morning.
I wish that one day we can find the funds to build a new building for the secondary school so that it too can be a single session school.

JML 

4 comments:

jouleong said...

I've "graduated" from St. Michael for a long time (2005) so i'm not sure the situation right now. Although i'm very supportive of the idea of merging the school sessions, we need to consider a few issues like:
1)can the building support all the students in 1 session?
2)what time for the class, morning or afternoon? recess time as to not clash with secondary school
3)both sessions together means worse traffic jam before and after session, how to control traffic flow. Parking for teachers and staffs might also be a problem

I hope my concern will aid the planning process

from,
Leong Jou Eng (1999-2005)

michael said...

Jouleong, the new primary school building built after you left school was designed to fit six classes per standard with a class size of 40 students. All the classrooms are bigger than the normal JKR specs. We forsee that even after the merger there will only be five classes per standard as enrollment has been decreasing yearly. It is now the time to merge as eventually both schools will be underpopulated.

The new school will begin the single session in the morning and there will not be problem at recess as the new school has its own tuckshop. You should dropy by to take a look if you are back in Ipoh.

The road behind the school has been upgraded and will be able to cater to the traffic and parking is not an issue as there is sufficient space. All these were taken into consideration in the planning stage of the building.

I feel that the students will benefit from a single session school as they will have more time in the afternoon. Presently for those in the afternoon session nothing much gets done in the morning.

I wish that one day we can find the funds to build a new building for the secondary school so that it too can be a single session school.

JML

ken said...

i didn't get to see the former primary school before it was abolished a few years back.. the pictures are really nostalgic, i miss those days when i was in the primary school compound. thank you for the pictures. :)

Wei Ken
1 Merah 1995 - 6 Merah 2000
5Sc1 2005

Keat Ping said...

My husband and I went to SK St Michael this morning. We actually wanted to know when can we register for our son for Std 1 Year 2014.
We are confused when people there keeps asking us we want to choose SK St Michael 1 or 2.
I fully support the primary school in single session as I fully agree that those in the afternoon session nothing much gets done in the morning. So, How's the outcome?
I really hope my son can get a chance to study in SK St Michael in 2014 onwards!

From,
Keat Ping.