Saturday, August 28, 2010

OBITUARY

St Michael's former teacher Mr Yeap Poay Chong, was a highly regarded Form 3 Science teacher for many, many years. Many of his past students will have affectionate memories of him, as he was very friendly and devoted to their welfare
He passed away on 21 August 2010, but many still have not got the news.
Mr Yeap was a brother-in-law to Mr Chan Khin Seng.
I am attaching his photo taken from a past issue of the MICHAELIAN. It is the best I can get, but many will recognise him.
Announcement by Dato Brother Vincent.

Our Boys Are Back

"It was a trip I will always remember". "Now I know why so many of my seniors talked so much about the camp." "The Lasallian brothers and sisters sacrificed their weekend just to run the program for us. I am so happy to be given the opportunity to attend the camp".

These are some of the comments made by some Form Two participants who participated in the LEAD program held at Ulu Kenas Kuala Kangsar last week. Prior to the trip, the boys were obviously excited for being chosen, more so for those who had not been to such outing before. Their parents too were equally enthusiastic, making necessary arrangements to ensure a comfortable stay. In the same vein, we could see a sense of responsibility and commitment in the students. Even their teachers noticed a change in their attitude and approaches.
caption: Participants building a raft, looking on by Dato' Bro Vincent and Mr Adrian Tsen.
LEAD program is not like the typical leadership camps. While the regular ones emphasize on '"whats" and "hows", the camp organised by the La Salle Centre focusses on "who" and "whys", those on character development and youth formation.
A project well done- From right (Brother Matthew, Mr Adrian, executive director of Riverview Rubber Estates Berhad, main sponsor of LEAD,  Dato Bro Vincent and Mr Isaac)
On behalf of St Michael's Ipoh, I thank the management of La Salle Centre for organising such beneficial program for these young Michaelians. To the well-wishers and benefactors, I believe you have invested well. We believe these youngsters will grow well into proud Michaelians!   

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Planting the La Sallian message to youth and children

LOOK AT HOW HAPPY THEY ARE...WHY?
No place better embodies the spirit of faith, service and community than the La Salle Centre in Ipoh which for years has delightfully blended this La Sallian message into its programmes for disadvantaged youth, secondary school students and adults. The centre sited next to St Michael’s Institution, is an idyllic, quiet haven from busy Jalan S P Seenivasagam outside, but has been the focal point of youth development programmes since 1997, when the La Salle Centre was set up.

La Salle Centre programme director Isaac Stephen Anthonysamy, who has headed the centre since 2001, said the centre has trained well over 2,000 youth and adults through its holistic educational programmes for people of multi faiths. Through its dedicated team of 40 volunteer facilitators (who have experienced the La Salle training programmes), the centre manages to hold an astonishing number of training programmes each year.
A La Sallian Encounter is held for Form 4 boys from June 5-8. Then there is the CRC (Convention on the Rights of the Child) focusing on children’s needs to be educated, and the La Sallian expedition and development camp (LEAD) aimed at Form Two secondary schoolboys from the disadvantaged group. This essentially means those who suffer from poverty, have poor self-esteem, have disciplinary problems and have never attended camps. They are given a weekend of outward bound activities that help them connect with others, learn how to be motivated and share projects which enable them to learn whilst having fun. More importantly it has provided an avenue for youth to voice their opinions and to be leaders.
The icing on the cake is the National La Sallian convention, held once a year when people from all over the country come to attend. Prior to the convention volunteers go for a two day “exposure” stay at a marginalized community, such as a squatter settlement, or Orang Asli village. (This is made possible because of the good links the La Salle Centre have with the Orang Asli and marginalized groups).
At the convention, they report the impact of their experiences. The facilitators, including university lecturers, analyse and report the participants’ finding. At the end of the week, participants go back to their States, focused on the need to help others with the knowledge of the mechanism involved. There have been cases where volunteers asked for longer exposure experience, including a two month stay for two girls at longhouses in Sarawak. A doctor requested to stay a month to provide a health and hygiene programme for Orang Asli in Bidor.
“We want to create a society where youth are able to speak for themselves and have critical thinking. The exposure programme makes them think,” Isaac said. Its runaway success with the youth development programmes has given rise to the National Educators conference, held each September. It is organized for teachers and administrators from La Sallian, Catholic and Christian schools. Whilst it may be true that nothing under the sun is new, the La Salle Centre team has surprised many with its creative ways to use skills in teaching.
The secret is to let oneself think “out of the box” or try fresh approaches. Many teachers have come back from their programmes revitalized and with a new purpose in their teaching careers, so it is no surprise that teachers of all faiths come in for the training sessions after hearing about it. Once, the National Convention fell during the Puasa month, and since there were several Muslim participants, the group voted to fast with their Muslim colleagues and then have a solidarity meal in the evening. Another time it fell during Hari Raya Korban, so the team arranged for ketupat and lemang to be brought in, and a Muslim teacher said the opening prayer for the spiritual session.
“The thrust of our programme of La Sallian spirituality is that all people come from different faiths but we must be a people strong in our faith,” he said. Essentially, the La Salle Centre programmes focus on personal development and value formation, human relations training, leadership training, communication and counselling skills, faith and spiritual formation, and development of skills in community organizing. There is a La Sallian Volunteers Formation programme in January and August, where participants learn skills in psychology, gain an understanding of issues of racism and discrimination and have a social analysis of why the poor exist and the barriers that hold them back.
Most of the programmes are held on weekends at the La Salle Centre except for the National La Sallian Convention which is aimed at the 16-18 age group. It is held for five days during the school break in December. Even then it can only take about 90 students each time. To cope with the influx, a regional conference is held in each State including Sabah and Sarawak.
“These students go back and duplicate the message to their peers, and so more youths are reached this way,” Isaac said. At the end of the day, the rewards of serving in the La Sallian Centre is seeing the benefits to youth, and how they enjoy the programmes. He hopes to see more youth come back to volunteer and serve the centre in future. Those who wish to contact the La Salle Centre can do so at 05-2543297.
Courtesy of Herald Malaysia

SOME UPDATES

St Michael's LEAD starts Friday, 20 August 2010 until 22 August 2010. This year the program will be held in Ulu Kenas Waterfall, some 15km from Kuala Kangsar town. Twenty five students have been chosen to join the 3-day, 2 night program which is organised by the La Salle Centre, Ipoh. Two teachers, Peter Khiew and Brindes Lawrence will accompany the boys and trainers at the camp. We take our hats off to their parents for giving them the permission to go, despite many of them who have never been away from homes. We have to allay the parents'fears, concerns and worries, ensuring that their children are in safe hands. We also would like to thank Mr Isaac and his team of volunteers for their splendid planning and hardwork in making the endeavour a success. Salute goes to all benefactors, particularly Riverview Estates Bhd's Ms Juliana M. Devadason and Mr Adrian Tsen for their annual monetary support in making the program, which grooms young men into individuals of character and values, a success.  
LOOK AT HOW EXCITED THEY ARE IN ANTICIPATING A WEEKEND AT ULU KENAS, KUALA KANGSAR.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

OMA DINNER PEARL JUBILARIANS

A NOTE FROM MR HARNEAK SINGH
Dear All,

The following are confirmed attending OMA Dinner on 25.9.2010.
This year, for the first time in OMA History, PEARL Jubillarians will be celebrated. A certificate will be given during the dinner. Please check the spelling of your names. I got the names from our 1980 magazine. If it is not accurate, please correct and advise me immediately for correction.
1. ARUPUTHANATHAN
2. BENJAMIN LEE KWEI KI
3. CHEN KA KIM
4. CHEONG CHIEW YUEN
5. CHONG YEE FATT
6. HARNEAK SINGH
7. HOONG FOON SHEUNG
8. JOSEPH MICHAEL FERNANDO
9. KHIEW WAI MUN
10. LAWRANCE TEH
11. LEE SIEW FOO
12. LEONG CHUN HOR
13. LEONG WENG WAI
14. LESLIE PAUL D'SILVA
15. LOKE TAK WAH
16. N PALAISWARAN
17. NG CHAN HON
18. ONG ENG JIUN
19. OOI BOON FATT
20. PURSHOTAMDAS
21. SIM KIA MENG
22. STANLEY SHASIDHARAN
23. T PANJALINGAM
24. TAN CHIN CHAI
25. THOMAS WONG YOON KEE
26. WINSTON PAUL
27. WONG MENG CHOY
28.YAP CHOON HUAT
29. YAP KIM SENG
30. YEE KOK KHEONG
31. ZULKIFLI DATO AHMAD

Monday, August 09, 2010

A Note From Cheryl Campbell of Australia.

LATEST!!!!!!!
Aug 12, 2010.
Some new developments. An old boy has asked around and he reverted to me today that a senior citizen and former teacher in Canning Garden has heard of the name. In fact, he could recall many things about the gentleman named NG KOON KHOON. I will be contacting the former teacher and obtain more details from him. In the meantime, Dato Bro Vincent Corkery has also enlisted the help of SMI office staff to look into the records dated back to the 30s. We will keep watch over this matter.

To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing to you to obtain some assistance regarding my family research. I hope you are able to help.
My father attended St. Michael’s Institution from the age of 6 (1933) and when his father passed away at 10 years old, he commenced boarding at the school, until WW2 (1941) when the school was closed. We are trying to find out information regarding his parents and are hoping that St. Michael’s Institution may have records that may contain his parents birth dates, perhaps on an application form (or some other form) they may have completed.
My fathers name is: Ng Koon Khoon (Robert) dob: 25 Feb 1927.
His parents names are:
Father: - Ng Sek Foon
Mother: - Goon Wai Ching
Any information you may have, including birth dates would be greatly appreciated. Also, are there any class photographs from that period?

Sincerely,
Cheryl Campbell.

Some extra information from Cheryl Campbell

Thank you for posting the message on the school blog.  His father, Ng Sek Foon , was the founder of Kwan Loong Medicated Oil  - if you want to post that on the blog as well. It may jolt some memories. Would there still be school records kept from back then that may have details of my father’s parents on them as we are hoping to be able to glean as much information as possible such as their birth dates. I am doing family research on my father’s parents and have very little information on them.  My father didn’t live far from the school and  recalls walking to school. Would there have been any class photos taken back then that may have been kept for  school records?  It would be great to have a copy of  that as part of our family history. My father did say he loved playing sports and was a  keen soccer and hockey player.

Thank you for your assistance and any information would be greatly appreciated.

Cheryl

Saturday, August 07, 2010

RESULTS - LOUIS ROZARIO DOSS CUP

FORM 1
Placing 1st - 1 Loyalty (2 goals on penalty)
2nd - 1 Excellence (scoreless)
3rd - 1 Patience (scored 2 goals)
4th - 1 Prudence (scored 1 goal)

Form 2
1st - 2 Courage (2)

2nd - 2 Wisdom (0)
3rd - 2 Diligence (2 on penalty)  
4th - 2 Kindness (0)  

Editorial: I had a conversation with Dato' Brother Vincent two weeks ago and he asked whether I know the reason why St Michael's field is always green. It could be the soil, the grass or some mysterious elements that make the grass looks extraordinarily captivating. Brother said it was not the case in the 50s, 60s or early 70s. During that time, the field was fully and heavily utilised by pupils who took part in hockey, cricket, rugby, track events and football. Only exposed soil could be seen throughout the months. Grass had difficulty growing then. 
Well, the reason SMI grass looks green is obviously due to underutilized field.
We thank En Zulkarnain (pix) for his determination in organising the competition. At least, good players can be identified to be absorbed into the school team.  

Friday, August 06, 2010

Old Michaelians Dinner JUBILARIANS

Calling old Michaelians who graduated in Form Five in the following years listed below.
These are the categories of "boys' who will receive specially-designed certificates during the evening. Please post under the "comment" icon below the page and let us know your years, names and how we can keep in touch with you. This dinner will be a platform to honour you guys.

Year 2000 - 10 yrs
Year 1985 - 25 yrs (Already booked 7 tables)
Year 1970 - 40 yrs
Year 1960 - 50 yrs (Already booked 10 tables.More write-up about this group)
Year 1950 - 60 yrs

An article written by Mr Sivapragasam, SMI Class of 60.
http://ipohecho.com.my/v2/2010/07/31/the-class-that-grew-up-with-the-nation.

LOUIS ROZARIO DOSS CHALLENGE CUP

The 2nd Louis Rozario Doss Cup, a much anticipated event in St Michael's among the Form One and Form two students, will be having its final at 4.30pm tomorrow (Saturday) at the school field. We thank SMI former principal Mr Louis for sponsoring the trophy and Cikgu Zulkarnain Daud for organising the football competition.    
Schedules: For the third placing,  Prudence and 1 Patience will be on at 3pm,2 Kindness and 2 Diligence - 3.30pm, the final between 1 Excellence and 1 Loyalty-4pm and 2 Courage and 2 Wisdom-4.30pm.

Monday, August 02, 2010

Howdy!

It's great to be back. Received plenty of queries as to the reasons why the blog was not updated. The school is laden with programs and more programs. First we had the SMI annual drama, then we had the Speech Day, before that we held a banquet for Dato' Brother Vincent Corkery at the school hall. It was a fun-filled and meaningful get-together. Many former teachers turned up for the celebration. Among them were Masters Lee Kah Chee, Clement Vythalingan, Charlie Wong, Clement Manickam, Steven Ng and Louis Ho.These are the pioneers who walked the corridors of St Michael's during the heydays.We attribute our respect and admiration for these luminaries.
I am well and kicking. St Michael's is still THE school we are proud of. A committee, headed by Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian, has been set up. Members including Dato' Brother Vincent Corkery and Brother Matthew Bay, OMA's Mr Adrian Tsen, PIBG's Mr Joseph Michael Lee, Mr Phoon Chong Chee, Mr Harneak and myself. We sat on a high-powered team to look into the centennial celebrations. Among the proposals that are going into implementations are the printing of special edition of St Michael's exercise books from 2011 and the wearing of either collar tags or button badges that carry, " I AM MICHAELIAN".
Wow! What a way to welcome the centennial celebrations.
Will the evening sky on September 29, 2012 be brighten up with some pyrotechnics devices and fireworks? Yes, you are right. We have plans for that.
From time to time, old and present Michaelians will be informed of the latest happenings. This BLOG is here to stay. A little hiatus means one is taking a breather.

SOME COMMENTS FROM THE OLD BOYS

Andrew Lim
Hi Mr Khiew,

Probably the post that I'd anticipate the most. COLLAR TAGS THAT SAYS "I'M A MICHAELIAN"? Boy do I want it... very badly...
I was looking around for some sort of trinket that would represent SMI while going back and forth from work. At least, that would keep reminding us that I am part of SMI family. When is it going to be finalised and when will we Old Michaelians be able to grab our hands on it?
Monday, August 02, 2010

Pravin

Hello Mr Peter Khiew,

Pravindharan Balakrishnan
Class of SPM 2006 (5 Science 6)
University of Portsmouth, United Kingdom

I guess the queries shows the strong bond old Michaelians possess in their alma mater. Indeed, I myself a frequent visitor in this blog was left in puzzle as there was no update. But like what you said Mr Khiew, one needs a breather! We, ex Michaelians, indeed appreciate your work in this blog as it provides essential information on our beloved alma mater.
Anyway, Mr Khiew, I would like to ask, in the past, there was development that a Michaelian necktie would be made for the working class ex Michaelians. However, there have been no updates on it and its potential availability to the old boys. Thus, I was wondering, is the necktie-plan still on?
Thank you and wish you the best!

Thursday, August 05, 2010

From Peter Khiew
Oh yes. The plan for the neckties is still on. OMA had looked through some designs earlier which are appropriate to be worn at work. Thank you, Pravin and Andrew. Make plans to join us at the Centennial Grand Dinner.