Thursday, February 24, 2011

THE CENTENARY - A REFLECTION

The Centennial Celebration Committee headed by Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian and ably assisted by Mr Adrian Tsen has been meeting monthly since August last year to plan for our 100 years celebrations. This is a mammoth task as the celebration involves many quarters and many, many Michaelians. 
We discussed myriad of programs to usher in the centenary do and when we do that, being meticulous is the key. St Michael's pays importance to programs which in the long run benefit the younger generations of Michaelians. With the completion of the Lecture Theatre and chapel recently, we believe we have accomplished what are required of us. 
Over the last five years, the school community has attained something which is beyond imagination. The concerted efforts of SMI, the BOG, PIBG and old boys saw the replacement of the entire roof of the main building, construction of the pavilion, covered pathway, paving of interlocking bricks, new meeting room and many other miscellaneous projects. My salute to all!
As we approach the centenary, it is time we look into another realm of development in St Michael's - youth formation. It is time for character building, time to reflect on how we can energise the current Michaelians and bring them to a deeper sharing and participation in the Lasallian tradition and Mission.
We must capitalize on the centenary to reach out to the needy - the last, the lost and the least, uplifting the lives of the poor and youth at-risk by generating creative ideas and implementing valuable programs that harness the potential and energy of the youth.
That will be our pledge towards the 100th year and beyond. For me, the celebration will be more meaningful that way. When the curtain falls in December 2012, we can still look back and say, "sons of St Michael's you are still valiant and true". 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

SMI Alumni KL Dinner on April 15, 2011

The date of the SMI Alumni KL dinner has been fixed. It is scheduled for 15 April 2011. The school was informed of the date by two representatives from the alumni- Mr Lee Wei Seong and Mr Michael Voon who came to school recently. 
The dinner, which will be held at the Tropicana and Country Resort, is the alumni's 10th. 
From left (Mr Lee, honorable secretary of KL Alumni, Mr Phoon, Peter Khiew and Bro Matthew Bay) . We  were at the Old Town Kopitiam for lunch.
The theme is "Cherish The Past-Move The Present". The alumni will cherish the past by recognising the students of Form Five in the year 1981, 1971 and 1961. The organising committee has set the dinner fee at RM90 per person. For more details and booking, call alumni president Mr Michael Lip at 019-2225660 or organising chairman Mr Lee Wei Seong at 016-2120322.
Standing- Michael Voon, professional dancer and choreographer based in KL. Pixs courtesy of Michael Voon

Thursday, February 10, 2011

LECTURE THEATRE TRANSFORMED

Any old boys especially those from the 70s would bear testimony that the lecture theatre was previously a mini cinema, showing movies and documentaries - kind courtesy of the Brothers who had their ways in acquiring great shows, mainly British war movies, from their contacts overseas. Students would queue up quietly and obediently to get a seat at the theatre for some 90-minute of good entertainment.
The lecture theatre was also heavily used from the 80s right up to the end of 2010, faithfully accommodating hundreds of seminars, talks and lectures. Students used it for their brain storming sessions and discussions. Teachers, on the other hands, had countless of meetings and staff development programs. We have always been very proud of the lecture theatre, which is widely considered a gem by Michaelians. Located on the groundfloor, just behind the school foyer, it took a while for many to realise that heavy usage had taken a toll on it.
A shot taken inside the theatre.
A worker removing the benches

Early last year, discussions were held between the school, the BOG, PIBG and the OMA on plans to "rejuvenate" the theatre. Brother Matthew Bay, as usual, had to put on his thinking cap to come up with the floor plan, which later won the stamp of approval. It is the very design which transforms the theatre.
After a few rounds of serious sessions, the BOG and PIBG agreed to finance the entire project. We must mention Brother Vincent, Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian, Mr Adrian Tsen, Mr Joseph Michael Lee and Mr Phoon Chong Chee for the amazing team spirit in making another praise-worthy project a success.
The signature long benches and tables were removed. 

A clever design - an elevated platform which makes the theatre stands out. We can see Brother Vincent and Master Noel Oliveiro in the picture. 



It is going to look like this later when chairs are permanently placed on the platform. All pictures courtesy of Brother Matthew Bay.
This accomplishment marks another feather in the cap towards St Michael's Centennial Celebrations!!

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

MICHAELIAN RUN IS HERE AGAIN!!

Michaelian Run, an all time favourite annual event is back. Michaelians are ready to sweat it out this Saturday, 7am. The run covers a distance of some 5km, with students exploring the grassy area across the river and enjoying the scenic surroundings with some rundown wooden houses and Chinese temples. Students to look out for will be the athletes representing the district and state. They will outdo one another, making the Michaelian Run an interesting occasion. This is going to be a sweaty affair. 
Note: Mr Harneak Singh and Mr Anthony Lourdes are faithful fans of the event. Perhaps this year, more old boys and PIBG members can join in. It's good to sweat it out!

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Gong Xi Fa Cai

With best wishes for a prosperous and abundant new year. School closes for a week and starts on Monday, February 7, 2011. Gong Xi Fa Cai from Peter Khiew & family.