Thursday, August 04, 2011

On The Multi-purpose hall: ALL MICHAELIANS MUST PLAY A ROLE!

By Wong Kin Tung
As a famous educational institution, SMI has cultivated a large number of outstanding talents for nearly a century, talents 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 once 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 and the world; raising families, making invaluable contributions in their respective fields of work and leading meaningful lives. Never forget 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. Towards this end, the alumni can play an enormous role in an institution. They can support scholarships, give monies toward the operating budget, to fund innovative retention programs and volunteer in helpful ways. 

A series of programmes should be planned 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 what SMI did to make you who you are today, then join the effort to make the project a possibility and contribute financially and volunteer with your alma mater. Your donations, no matter how insignificant they might seem to you is appreciated. Indirectly, you are also investing in the future of nation-building, especially the young ones.

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