Tuesday, May 18, 2010

THE BLOG HITS 50,000 BY TOMORROW

Looks like this blog, which has served all Michaelians well, will attain 50,000 hits by tomorrow. The blog, in its simple yet comprehensive reporting, acts as an avenue for Michaelians worldwide to have easy access to things happening in the alma mater.
Thank you for your strong and continuous support.
"QUIS UT DEUS"
Regards,
Peter Khiew

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Those Years In Sarawak...

caption: Mr Migin(left), Mr Nicholas and the blogger.
It was more than 21 years ago, I was posted to a very interior place of Nyelitak in Sarawak, precisely 200 km from Kuching. It was only accessible by foot and on good days, when the narrow muddy path dried up, then a scrambler motorcycle would make a reliable transport.                      
The first school, Sek. Keb. Kerajaan Nyelitak accommodated 36 pupils of Year 1, 3 and 5 for the year, and Year 2,4 and 6 for the following year. Meaning, no intake of pupils for a year. We had four teachers, including the headmaster, Mr Migin Ruai anak Rugus. We had our hands full almost daily, including preparing breakfast for the pupils who had to walk for miles from their respective villages. Breakfast was a cup of Milo and a few pieces of biscuits as interior schools had no canteens. It was not easy to attract them to school as they were required to help out their parents in the farms or padi fields. The teachers had to ensure that although they were needed to assist their families, the pupils must also get basic education.
My years in the school were filled with memories as the teachers transformed a storeroom into a mini library, to make the pupils read a little and at least, to let them know how a library look like. We introduced many innovative methods in our teachings. We brought in new teaching aids and we organised trips to town.
Our efforts paid off as attendance soared. The school was now filled with some noise and laughter. Sports day was a grand affair as it was also a platform for parents to turn up in drove as we had also drawn up events for them - a tradition in Sarawak. Another activity they looked forward to was cock-fighting.
At night, at least once a month, villagers would come knocking on the door - to share their catch of wild boars, deer, ant-eaters and many more. These Iban folks were good hunters and to celebrate, they would never miss out the teachers.
The sign at the entrance to school- it took me two weeks to make.
The second posting was to SK Lepong Emplas, in Simunjan. It was a place popular for its sweet, juicy rambutans. It still is. I spent three years there. Unlike the three classes in the earlier school, we had six classes here. The number of staff, however, remained at four, including the headmaster, En Halip.
The location of the school was scenic but we had a problem- it frequently flooded. When it did, the teachers had to fold their long pants and helped the pupils with their school bags. It was encouraging to see that they came to school despite the situation. When nature called, it was not like the 5-star toilets in St Michael's. It was made of wood by the villagers. It looks dilapidated but it served us well.
We printed our own exams papers, we brought provisions from the nearby hamlet and we ensured that the pupils had their essentials. The pupils could be a bit weak in class but they were excellent in their drawings, skillful in jungle survival and swift when it came to tree-climbing. I had savoured the local rambutans, highland durians and myriad of catch from the river, items which parents freely shared.
Yes, those years in Sarawak. They were many others which made my years in Sarawak memorable. The experience had made me stronger, more courageous and more importantly, I have cared for the last, the lost and the least!       
HAPPY TEACHER'S DAY.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A CLARIFICATION FROM DATO' BROTHER VINCENT

Below is a statement by Dato Bro Vincent to clarify a recent article which is being circulated about his health and the hospital treatments he received. This statement, he hopes, would put an end to all speculations.
   
Clarification

An article about me in a recent issue of the Ipoh Echo calls for some clarification.

Over a period of six months I was handicapped by bacteria infection in both feet. I received excellent treatment from the doctors and nurses of both Fatima Hospital and the Ipoh General Hospital, for which I will be lastingly grateful.
The issue of money never arose as the La Salle Brothers like any well regulated family take very good care of the retired members including all medical expenses. This has never been a problem.
The writer of the article kindly visited me in both hospitals. By coincidence his visits were at quiet times and he may have received the impression that he was the only visitor. I want to thank him for his kind concern.
For the record I had lots of wonderful visitors in both hospitals and I would like to say how much I valued their kindness. At no time did I feel forgotten or neglected.

Br Vincent

Monday, May 10, 2010

THE IPOH WAY TO WELCOME BROTHER SUPERIOR GENERAL

Our Lasallian youths had a session of fruitful dialogue with Brother Superior General. Our youngsters are full of ideas, strong in determination and they will one day be pillars of the society. 
Members of the Regional Lasallian Education Council from Penang and Perak briefed Brother Alvaro of the myriad of programmes they had planned and carried out. Among the schools which made representation were St Xavier's, Penang, St Michael's, Ipoh and St George's, Taiping. Representatives from the Board of Governors, PIBG and Old Boys also paid tribute to Br. Superior General.
The presentation of an oil painting culminated the session. Master Timothy Chee, an artist extraordinaire, had spent more than two days working on his work. 

Thank you Brother Superior General Alvaro, Brother Visitor Thomas Lavin, Brother David Hawke and Brother Anthony Rogers for paying us a visit. It had somehow been a great motivation to propel us to greater height. 

Friday, May 07, 2010

NEWSBREAK!! NATIONAL TOP DEBATERS COME FROM SMI


Ninety six schools throughout Malaysia took part in the prestigious English Debate. From this number, only 16 teams went for the semifinals and grand final on May 4 and May 6 respectively.
THE TOP 16 TEAMS
1 SMJK Katholik PJ, Selangor (Team 1)
2 SMK(P) St. George, Pulau Pinang 
3 SMK Damansara Jaya, Selangor (Team 1)
4 SMK St. Michael Ipoh, Perak (Team 1)
5 SMK Subang Utama, Selangor (Team 2)
6 SMK Damansara Jaya, Selangor (Team 2)
7 Wesley Methodist School, KL (Team 1)
8 Chong Hwa Independent High School, KL
9 SMK Kepong Baru, KL (Team 1)
10 SMK Seri Hartamas, KL 3 1000.50
11 Garden International School, KL (Team 1)
12 SMK Victoria, Selangor (Team 1)
13 Sabah Tshung Tsin Secondary School, Sabah
14 SMK Sri Permata, Selangor (Team 1)
15 SMK La Salle PJ, Selangor (Team 2)
16 SMK Taman Sea, Selangor (Team 2)

PRIZES
Champion:
1 Challenge trophy
1 Championship trophy for the School
Cash prize of RM5,000
LCD TV & laptop for the School
4 Mobile phones
4 Digital cameras
4 Plaques & certificates
One-year doctorjob's courses NOW! magazine subscription for each team member
Partial scholarships tenable at HELP University College worth RM12,000 each*
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GOT A CALL FROM ADVISER MR RAJAN ABOUT THE RESULTS ON TUESDAY, SAYING THAT WE GOT INTO THE SEMI FINAL, SMI VERSUS SMK LASALLE PETALING JAYA.

TODAY AT 5.29PM, MAY 6, 2010, AN SMS CAME FROM MR RAJAN.
ST MICHAEL'S LIFTED THE TROPHY!!! WE ARE CHAMPIONS. He said," This win wonderfully marks St Michael's preparations towards the centennial celebrations".

A BIG CONGRATULATION FROM US HERE AT ST MICHAEL'S. ALL OF YOU HAVE PUT SMI BACK IN THE DEBATE LIMELIGHT AGAIN!! The best speaker is also from SMI. He is James Foong.
Thank you for a superb job in grooming the boys, Mr Rajan & Mr Waran.

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

STORY ON THE VISIT OF BROTHER SUPERIOR GENERAL- NEXT!

Brother Superior General Alvaro was presented with the hybrid orchid in Malacca when he was there to officiate at the Lasallian Convention. In Ipoh, he was pleasantly surprised to receive a masterpiece from a Michaelian after a dialogue session with Lasallians from the northern region. Who was this person who presented this masterpiece to the Superior General? Next story...

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

A NEW HYBRID OF ORCHID NAMED AFTER LASALLE !

DENDROBIUM LA SALLE
REGISTERED WITH
THE ROYAL HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY (RHS)
ON 5 FEBRUARY 2010
By Mr. Sim Bock San (SFI class of 1977)
Hybridizer Mr.Tan Chin Heong
Presented to the Brother Superior General
Brothers of the Christian Schools
(De La Salle Brothers)
20 March 2010 Malacca ,Malaysia

Note:
The old boys of St. Francis’ Institution, Malacca, Malaysia wanted to honour THE BROTHERS,
thought it would be a good idea to present our Superior General with an orchid (flower) that
would last FOREVER..
Hence they chose a new hybrid, white in colour with purple tongue to represent the rabat and
named it DENDROBIUM LA SALLE.
It was registered with the Royal Horticulural Society, United Kingdom on 5 February 2010 and
presented to the Brother Superior on 20 March 2010.

Thank you, Brother Matthew and Brother Ambrose for sending in the article for all Lasallians. Good story.