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.

1 comment:

Kin Tung said...

As a famous educational institution, SMI has cultivated a large number of outstanding talents within nearly a century, who have been making contributions to the development of the country and parts of the world. The year 2012 will witness the 100th anniversary of SMI. It’s a centennial event – only one in 100 years. 100 years of history is a very significant milestone for any institution. Over this period, thousands of students have passed through the portals of this school - and who are now living in various parts of Malaysia or of the world; raising families, making invaluable contributions in their respective fields of work and leading meaningful lives. Never forgetting your alma mater, and where you came from.

Once students graduate, they often look to the next phase of their lives, leaving behind their alma mater and forgetting what it took to get them to graduation. It took the contributions of many, many people who enrolled in SMI in the past. Alumni can play an enormous role in an institution. They can support scholarships, give monies toward the operating budget, fund innovative retention programs, and volunteer in helpful ways.

A series of programmes should lined up in the run-up to the school's 100th-year anniversary in 2012, including a fundraising 100th Anniversary Homecoming Dinner for its planned multi-purpose hall.

At the same time, the school must preserve its ethos for it to make a distinction and excel through the ages, and the preservation of the culture and tradition of the school is important for it to retain its prestige and excellence. It was rather disheartening to get to know that the tradition of dramas discontinued this year, and replaced by a talent event.

During the 100th year anniversary next year, we celebrate the thousands of Michaelians it has educated and nurtured. We also celebrate the teachers who have served the school with dedication and commitment. Most of all, we celebrate the school, which has contributed immensely to nation-building.

Without the necessary funding, the school community would never be able to afford to construct a new multipurpose hall. It will be an impossible dream. (I’m sure nothing is impossible for the school – look at the new primary school building!). This is not a small amount of money, but SMI is confident that through the strong support of everyone including the community members – we will be able to raise the required amount.

If you had a great time and appreciate all SMI did to make you who you are today, then join the effort to make the plan to be possible and contribute financially and volunteer with your alma mater. Your donations, no matter how insignificant they might seem to you, are very much appreciated. Indirectly, you are also investing in the future of nation-building, especially the young ones.

WONG KIN TUNG