Sunday, July 31, 2011

An Eventful 84th Sports Day

Themed, "Cherishing Our Past, Embracing The Future", St Michael's marched into the Centennial celebration with a bang! Attended by some 2,000 students, parents and old boys, the Sports Day truly reflected the spirit of valor, unity and a sense of pride of all Michaelians.
Oath-taking ceremony infront of VIPs. From left, Mr Phoon Chong Chee (principal), En Mohammed Iqbal (guest of honour), Dato' Brother Vincent and Mr Joseph Michael Lee (PIBG chairman)
Participants gave their best in the 100m, 200m, 400m and inter-schools relays.
Event that stole the limelight year after year was the colourful and vibrant march past participated by students of all classes. For three weeks, our boys and girls practised very hard to deliver their very best. Each tried to outdo one another and that spirit was instrumental in making the march past even more interesting.
The ever-helpful and committed members of the MMB.
One student said that the inter-class march past was the reason he came to school even on a Saturday. Many cancelled their tuition classes while a handful postponed their trips outstation - all for the sake of witnessing the march past and to meet up their friends.
Form One boys, in their specially-designed T-shirts, waiting for their turn to march.
Students showing the medals of their efforts. 
Preparations are instrumental especially to demonstrate a feat like this.
That's Michaelian spirit we are talking about.
Brother Matthew Bay presenting medals to winners. 
The people behind the scene -those who ensured the AVA worked well,  timing of each event and  management of students' movement.
These are our old boys who have never failed to render their support to the alma mater.
Brother Matthew (left) is focussing on an expensive shot!
Thanks Michaelians, young and old! I believe we are heading for a great year.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Coming Up!!

Articles On:
1. SMI's 84th Sports Day
2. The Visit of Brother Visitor Edmundo Fernandez, Brother Thomas Lavin and Brother Anthony Rogers, Sector Head of Malaysia to St Michael's.
3. A Centennial Billboard is ready to be displayed fronting the main road, thus officially publicizing our achievements and accolades for the past 100 years. 
4. LEAD program at Ulu Kenas, Kuala Kangsar, Perak.
5. Centennial T-Shirts initiated by the OMA are on sale. These T-shirts are limited edition!! Must haves for all Michaelians.

Stay tuned for the updates!!   

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Preparations For Sports Day

Unusually hot weather takes a heavy toll on the grass which has turned brown.
Fortunately, afternoon session teachers and students ensure the grass stays alive by giving the lawn a generous amount of water every evening. Thanks Cikgu Zulkarnain!
A rare sight. Where are the boys? They are at the field for a march past full rehearsal.

 A band boy dwarfs by the drums. Members have been practising hard for the Sports.
Committed and hardy - these are the traits of our Michaelian Military Band members.
Finishing touches - A Form One boy with a banner. He definitely looks forward to attending the Sports Day.

Tigers? Form One students and their creation. Come Sports Day we will witness some 50 banners on display , reflecting a strong presence of what Michaelian Spirit is all about.
Fifth Formers. This tug-of-war team is going into the final on Saturday. 
St Michael's Sports Day - July 23, Saturday, 8am. It is an event still breathes life to all Michaelians. Come in green and white, let's the celebration going.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Multi-Purpose Hall At St Michael's

The Centennial Hall at SMI?
Ever since we posted the article on June 18 about the multi-purpose hall, we have been bombarded with calls and e-mails about the project. Many wanted to find out more about it. Obviously, these people sounded extremely excited and voiced their support for such project.
As stated earlier, we can hold and organise Old Michaelians Association related functions like its annual banquet and annual gatherings. The hall would be the perfect venue for badminton, table-tennis, swimming pool and many more indoor games. We can also hold seminars, talks and conferences catering to professionals. 
As spacious and strategically-located multi-purpose halls are scarce in Ipoh, the SMI hall could accommodate the needs to run computer and book fairs, wedding receptions and activities involving youths and adults.
The hall can serve as excellent venue to hold private functions for annual corporate dinners by staff and employees from factories, offices and multi-national companies. 
We can also have a corner for cafeteria, catering to old boys and former teachers, which brings us to the idea of setting up a Club House for old Michaelians.
The hall could also cater comfortably for the school drama, accommodating a bigger number of audience and offering a better sound system.

St Michael's Club House?

This project is undoubtedly St Michael's most notable project to usher in its Centennial Celebrations.
Many are keeping their fingers crossed as to how we can help realise the building of the hall which might come to a region of RM5 million.
Well-wishers, benefactors, old boys, near and far, have to be roped in for support. 
Again we have to appeal to Mr Adrian Tsen, the President of OMA, to make another Michaelian dream come true. PIBG chairman Mr Joseph Michael Lee, who also sits on the Centennial Celebration committee, can definitely help to work that dream. We need these duo to be the driving force!
Update soon. Comments needed.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Arrival Of Brother Edmundo Fernandez fsc at SMI Ipoh

The Michaelian fraternity would like to extend its warm welcome to Brother Visitor, Brother Edmundo Fernandez (above), Brother Thomas Lavin and Brother Anthony Rogers to St Michael's tomorrow (Tuesday).   
Filipino Brother Edmundo Fernandez was appointed Visitor of the Lasallian East Asia District (LEAD) by Superior General Brother Álvaro Rodríguez Echeverría FSC. 
The new District was inaugurated on May 15 and is part of the Pacific-Asia Regional Conference (PARC). 
LEAD will include Japan, Hong Kong, Philippines, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Singapore. Brother Edmundo has been a Brother for 21 years and is currently Visitor of the Philippines District with a network of 17 schools. 
Br. Edmundo is also a member of the Board of Trustees of De La Salle, Canlubang.
Selamat Datang, Brother.

Friday, July 08, 2011

Trip To Tanjung Tualang, Perak - Astounding Success

Waiting for the arrival of the students infront of the Riverview Estates office at Tanjung Tualang.
Thirty eight Form Two boys, mainly from the Crime Prevention Club, made a visit to a palm oil plantation managed by the  Riverview Rubber Estates Bhd at Tanjung Tualang in Perak. The arrival of the boys and a teacher Mr Lawrence were greeted by estate's senior manager Mr Leong Heng Khoon and his subordinates, led by Riverview's executive director Mr Adrian Tsen. Also present during the visit were Dato Brother Vincent Corkery, Mr Phoon Chong Chee, Brother Matthew Bay and committee members of the Old Michaelians Association, among others Mr Yong Sin Wah, Mr Terry Yip, Mr Anthony Lourdes and Mr Gnanasagaran.
Look at how the worker pluck the fruits. The pole is immensely heavy with a curved very sharp knife at the end.   
Mr Adrian Tsen explaining the finer points of oil palm cultivation. 
For St Michael's, educational field trips like this have many advantage. We feel that the trip itself is fun and creates a bond among those taking part in it. 
The boys are actually going to where the experts are thus they have the opportunity to learn a lot from. 

Arrival of the group at the plantation.
The entourage was taken to the plantation itself where they witnessed the plucking of the fruits, how the matured fruits were loaded into the carriers and how trees are cared for and maintained for better yields. 
A powerpoint presentation was also carried out by Mr Leong detailing the historical background of palm oil, types, countries involved in the planting and its potential for the next 15 years. 
The still-enthusiastic boys after the visit. They are very thankful to be given the golden opportunity.  
We were later feted to an excellent meal of fried chicken, noodles and fruits at the grounds of a 98 years old bungalow, 
We thank the management of Riverview Rubber Estates for the opportunity extended to the boys. The trip was fully sponsored by the company.
Signing off,

Wednesday, July 06, 2011

Lasallian Expedition & Development Camp 2011

The boys who will be attending the camp coming Friday.
It is time of the year again to see 25 enthusiastic Form Two boys embark on a journey to Kuala Kangsar to take part in the Lasallian Expedition and Development Camp at Ulu Kenas Forest Reserve, some 20 km from the royal town. Preparations started five weeks ago with the school identifying the students, interviewing them for suitability, obtaining their particulars and getting their parents' consent. After that, approval has to be obtained from the Education Department. Nevertheless, it was worth the effort.
LEAD was the result from an initiative by the Malaysian delegation who participated in Asia Pacific Lasallian Youth Convention 6 (Sydney) 2001 where they hatched the idea from the Australian delegation.
The first LEAD in Malaysia was held in June 2002. It is an outdoor adventure camp for 3 days, 2 nights, catering for students from specific Lasallian schools. It is a team-building, self-development and character-building program. Our trip this year starts Friday, 8 July to Sunday 10 July 2011.
St Michael's would like to put on record a word of appreciation to the Chairman of public-listed company, Riverview Rubber Estates Berhad, Ms Juliana Manohari Devadason and Executive Director Mr Adrian Tsen for making the camp possible for the boys.

Sunday, July 03, 2011

Vintage KDK Fan Found Its Way To The Gallery

The vintage KDK fan, easily 40 years old, is discovered in a room on the top floor.

View from the side

Now, the fan gets a place at the gallery.
I have been eyeing the vintage KDK fan when I chanced upon it a year ago at the PERBAMA (Bahasa Malaysia Society) room. It works very well, with quiet motor and blades which propel strong wind. Even the regulator is still working. The fan has the ability to rotate 360 degrees, a feature which is not easy to come by these days.
After identifying a spot at the gallery, it was time to get the fan over. The vintage fan is now installed at the side of the main door. As for the room where the fan was taken from, we asked the electrician to fix another fan inside - a Panasonic.    

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Talk On The Michaelian Tradition

Mr Louis Rozario Doss was at St Michael's to give a talk on the Michaelian heritage and tradition. The event, part of the line-up in conjunction with the school's centennial celebration program, was aimed at instilling in the boys a renewed strength in their faith, zeal and service to the community. 
Mr Louis touched on the many Michaelians and Lasallians who excelled remarkably well in their areas of studies and now taking root at the upper echelons of government, industry and society.
He said that Lasalle schools stand for:
1.Excellence in teaching
2.The importance of community
3. Service to the poor
4. Education that fosters faith development
First former Jack, the great grandson of Master Lim Guan Choe, the first headmaster of SMI Primary One, was introduced to Mr Louis who was obviously thrilled to meet the young boy.
The Form One and Form Two students obviously felt rejuvenated and inspired after the talk. The Form Four students are waiting for their session with Mr Louis. Lower Six students, who are from many different schools, should also be given the Lasallian exposure. 
Thank you Mr Louis for your time with us. 

Friday, July 01, 2011

Herbert Kotalawela- SMI Lab Assistant Promoted

Thank you Herbert for your years at St Michael's.
Mr Herbert has been with St Michael's for more than 30 years. When the letter came early this month asking him to report to work at SRJK (C) Sam Tet, he was undoubtedly heavy-hearted as he has virtually spent most of his working life as a lab assistant at St Michael's. Doing clerical duties at his new port of call would be so different but for Herbert, it would just be another vocation.
"Surely I will miss St Michael's but the working culture I learnt here would come in handy at anywhere I work", said Herbert. He bid farewell to his colleagues with a very heavy heart on the last working day.
Brother Vincent has this to say. " Mr Herbert will be a gift from St Michael's to Sam Tet. He has carried out a tremendous work here. We are going to miss him very much".
Thank you Herbert.

KL Alumni Visit To Alma Mater

June 17, 2011
A visit to the alma mater by members of the SMI Alumni KL, headed by its president Mr Michael Lip, brought back many happy memories for some old boys who shared about their school days with student leaders. 
Earlier, the alumni were ceremoniously welcomed by the Michaelian Military Band and school administrators. Programs included giving out of bursary, cheque presentation to the PIBG and MMB and walk down memory lane, which included a visit to the chapel and Michaelian Heritage Gallery. 
Old boys who shared their stories were Mr Henry Kok King Yan,Mr Louis Rodrigues, his wife Mrs Anne Rodrigues, Mr Adrian Rodrigues, Mr Thomas Nathan and Major Dato' Salehuddin. 
The arrival of the entourage and welcoming by the military band.

Master Louis sharing his years at SMI with the audience

What a day at St Michael's. The home-coming of the alumni has indeed  inspired the  boys and girls.
From left (Mr Phoon, Mr Michael Lip, Major Salehuddin, Mr Foo, Mr Henry, Brother Vincent and Mr Louis)
Reminiscing the importance and seriousness when singing the School Rally. Picture shows Mr Louis Rodrigues conducting the singing of the school song.
The visit to the heritage gallery.
Walk down memory lane at the heritage gallery.
It was a visit enjoyed very much by both students and SMI KL alumni members. Looking forward to seeing all of you again next year.