Friday, April 29, 2011

LAUNCHING OF ST MICHAEL'S 100 YEARS CELEBRATION

Brother Vincent, Mr Joseph Michael Lee, Mr Phoon Chong Chee, together with senior staff of SMI at the unfurling of the Centennial official banner. 

April 8, 2011 - Simultaneously held during the morning assembly were the launching of St Michael's Centennial Celebration 1912-2012, "Michaelian Spirit" booklets, officiating of the La Salle Auditorium (formerly Lecture Theatre) and the dedication of the Michaelian Heritage Gallery. 
It was an occasion witnessed by the entire school community as afternoon session, for the first time, was represented by its Form One and Two students and teachers.
It's official! St Michael's 100 years celebration do has started!!
Dato Brother Vincent Corkery signing the guest's book at the Michaelian Heritage Gallery. Looking on are Harneak Singh and Thomas Wong. Partly hidden is Brother Matthew Bay and Anthony Lourdes. 

CENTENNIAL OFFICIAL BANNER UP!

Young Michaelians posing in front of the Centennial Official Banner. 
The official banner for Centennial has been put up at the school foyer, the vantage point of St Michael's. Visitors will definitely find the place an excellent spot for a group or family photography session. 
Truly the centenary atmosphere can be strongly felt in St Michael's. The efforts of the centennial committee for the past six months have yielded fruits. I congratulate the committee for a job well done in reviving the many lost touches we had once in St Michael's. 

Old Boys Returned With A Mission


A shot taken at the Michaelian Heritage Gallery ..From right, Benjamin, Tuck Weng, Harneak and Thomas. pkpix by Peter Khiew

Two old boys from the class of 80' returned to the alma mater for a walk down memory lane. They are Loke Tuck Weng and Benjamin Lee Kwet Ki. Both were taken for a tour by another two old boys, Thomas Wong and Harneak Singh. They had so much to share and talk about - old days with their masters ( that was how we addressed our teachers those days at St Michael's), their pals and the Brothers. They visited the chapel and the Michaelian Heritage Gallery. The boys were greatly impressed with the efforts carried out to maintain these iconic places in the school. Coincidentally, all four, together with this blogger are from the same year.

At the Foodcourt
Before we proceeded to the tuck-shop ( now we call it foodcourt), Tuck Weng, expressing his happiness, contributed RM500 while Benjamin, who currently works overseas, presented a sum of RM10,000 to SMI Development Fund. Another buddy, Foo Chee Khoon, will be in town soon to pass over a cheque of RM5,000. This is Michaelian Spirit!
Cherishing Our Past, Embracing The Future"

Thanks buddies,
Peter Khiew

Old Michaelians Association Dinner 2011 - Mark Your Calendar!

Our OMA president Mr Adrian Tsen posing with guests at the 2006 banquet. 

SMI very own Patrick Teoh also at the gathering.  

September 24, 2011 - That will be date of OMA Dinner this year. Keep the day free. We can easily expect at least 80 tables this year. It has been a norm that tickets are gone even months before the event. Details out soon!! Make it this year for a truly great reunion.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

A Little Contribution To Japan Tsunami Victims

Junior prefects assisting in passing the hats around.

Afternoon Boys Doing Their Bit For Charity
Total From Students (Afternoon) -RM350.00, Teachers: RM210.00

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

BE PATIENT FOLKS

I RECEIVED MANY E-MAILS AND PHONE CALLS REGARDING THE NON-UPDATE OF THE BLOG. MANY, ESPECIALLY FROM OVERSEAS AND OUTSTATION LIKE SINGAPORE AND KL, WANT TO KNOW THE HAPPENINGS IN SCHOOL
WELL, I WAS HEAVILY INVOLVED IN OUR CENTENNIAL ARRANGEMENTS IN SCHOOL FURTHERMORE, THE CPU IN MY HOUSE HAS ALSO GIVEN WAY, NOW AWAITING REPAIR IN THE SHOP. THE NEXT FEW POSTS WILL BE INTERESTING.
GIVE ME A DAY OR TWO. I WILL BE BACK WITH MORE UPDATES FROM ST MICHAEL'S.
 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

SMI Legendary O2 Kinta Scout Troop Needs Your Support

In conjunction with St Michael's 100 years grand celebrations as well as 85 years of scouting in 2012, the 4th Formers are having some big plans in June this year. They are organising their annual 4th Former gathering which will also be attended by scouts and girl guides from various schools in Ipoh,
The scheduled date is June 11, 2011 at 7.30am. The cost to run such events is estimated at RM4,000 which include meeting expenditures on facilities, food, prizes and souvenirs. They need your support.
Cash contributions and cheques can be forwarded to Mr Christopher (scout adviser) during school hours. Likewise, you can bank-in your contribution to Maybank (1080-1186-8604) and email your bank statements to Ananthan (anand231@live.com), Ren Jet (dilson_pang@hotmail,com) and Dylan Khiew (dylankhiew@gmail.com) for record purposes.
Sponsors will be mentioned in the specially-designed gathering booklets. Call 014-3477545 for details.
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Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Brother Anthony Rogers Is Now Sector Leader For Malaysia

Brother Anthony Rogers has been appointed as Sector Leader for Malaysia effective May 15, 2011. 
A statement from Brother Anthony indicates that on this day   Brother Vicar General; Brother Thomas Johnson will officially launch the new Lasallian East Asia District (LEAD) in Singapore on behalf of Brother Superior General. 
"This day will also see the restructuring of the District of Penang, currently made up of Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong/China that will become part of the larger Lasallian Family together with Japan, the Philippines, Thailand and Myanmar," he said.

"We will thus become the latest District in the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools’, within the Pacific–Asia Region, together with three other Districts and a Delegation," said Brother Anthony, adding that LEAD with its seven Sectors, will be led by a Sector Leader
The new leadership roles and responsibilities in LEAD and the seven Sectors is an integral part of our restructuring processes. These have been incorporated in the newly approved Statutes of LEAD.
"We have decided that the Sector Leader in Malaysia shall be known as Brother Director for Malaysia and whatever is appropriate, as a legal entity and as an “Incorporated Body” under the Laws of Malaysia and our Instrument of Government for the Christian Brothers Schools under the Education Act of Malaysia, " he said.
Brother Anthony said that the official launching of LEAD in Malaysia will be on Saturday, the 21stof May 2011 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor. "We will keep you informed on further details of both the events in Singapore on the 15th May and also our special event on the 21st May 2011."

From the Editorial, Our very best wishes to Brother Anthony and may this appointment opens doors for more vibrant opportunities in our service towards De La Salle. 

A Striking Resemblance



The picture above was most likely taken in the early 70s in one of the classrooms of St Michael's One- the boys together with the Brothers, headmaster and teachers. The most striking pose comes from the boy sitting at the second row. The second photo was taken a week ago of a Form One class. He looks very much like the boy in the 70s. I showed him the photo. He was amazed to see someone like him. Asked him whether his father or uncle studied at St Michael's. He said no. Anyway, Happy Centennial, SMI !!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

A Michaelian Makes Waves


Stand up and deliver
Iron-willed students gathered from all over Malaysia to join the The Star-ESU Malaysia Public Speaking Competition at Menara Star. The competition was a day-long affair and although it was just the preliminaries earlier in the day, students went all out to earn a spot in the semi-finals with the ultimate aim of representing Malaysia at ESU’s International Public Speaking Competition in London.
All smiles: The finalists posing for the camera after the semi-finals. 
With close to 100 students taking part and only 18 spots in the semi-finals, it was a tough fight. .
The students said they were not novices to public speaking, as they had all delivered speeches and talks at different platforms.The competition’s chief judge, Sheila Joseph said: “The students did well in the semi -finals, we’re hoping to see a lot of good speakers make it to the grand finals on April 9.”
Maharajshimithira Maniam, 18, was one of the 18 finalists. She gave a thought-provoking speech, titled ‘Changing History’ about overhauling Malaysia’s history syllabus.
“After five years of public education, what I’ve learnt about history compared to what some others have learnt across the globe is peanuts,”
“I feel cheated that I was not taught things like the Cold War, the Chernobyl disaster, the Rwanda massacre and the Holocaust,” she said in her speech.
The inspiration for her speech came from her travels.
“I took a semester off to travel and do some soul-searching, when I was in Ukraine a bunch of 12-year-olds taught me about the Chernobyl disaster,”
She said if the syllabus was changed to cover a wider scope, more children would benefit from it. Right now Malaysians seem content to not question what they are told, our youth are too shy and suffer from the inability to express themselves she added.
The issue of lifelong learning was tackled in the semi-finals by Kenneth Mano, 16, from SMK St. Michael, Ipoh in his speech titled ‘Wake up! Class is in Session’.
“We all make mistakes, We’re all human and we don’t know it till the consequences of our mistakes hit us in our faces,”
“But the important thing is that we learn from our mistakes and try not to repeat them, sadly, humans are so reluctant to learn, they think that learning stops after tertiary education, which is a wrong assumption,” said Kenneth as he began his speech.
In order to correct the current path of humanity and create a better future, people as a whole need to keep learning and developing themselves, so they can change the course of history said Kenneth.
The lucky 10 who made it to the finals apart from Maharajshimithira and Kenneth included, Marina Tan, 17, Nathaniel Zacharias, 19, Lim Jih-Shing, 19, Ong Kar Jin, 18, Ng Siew Sanz, 18, Sandhya Prem, 16, Daniel Arul Nesan, 17 and Muhammad Fareez Abdul Razak, 18.
Muhammad Fareez from Bangi who recently finished his studies at Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Kota Baru, Kelantan said that he had learnt so much from the competition within a short spate of time. “It gives me a different perspective on how to give a good speech by looking at my peers.
“It is definitely a confidence booster competing with some great public speakers and the constructive comments from the judges were helpful too.”
The sheer mix of students here is a good sign that there are many enthusiastic and intelligent English-speaking youth who are outspoken enough to express themselves he added. International School of Kuala Lumpur student Lim Jih-Shing said: “I am truly honoured to be a part of the finals ... I’m very excited.” The speakers were judged on the substance of their speech, their styles and techniques, their general effectiveness which included expression, delivery, establishing credibility and their ability to answer questions.
All finalists received a certificate of merit and on April 9, will compete again at Menara Star’s Cyberhub. The national champions will earn an all-expenses paid trip to London from May 23 to 27 to compete at ESU’s international public speaking competition.
ESU Malaysia trainers will help them prepare for the international competition, where they will speak on the theme “Words are not enough”.
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From the Editorial: Congratulations Kenneth! A feather in the cap for St  Michael's. Mano is standing infront wearing a green tie. You are invited to speak to the afternoon boys at the school assembly.
That will be a great honour. By the way, an old boy, Alexandar, alerted the blogger on this. Thanks Alex.


Friday, April 01, 2011

NEWSPAPER REPORT ON BROTHER MICHAEL

Thanks Anthony Kim for the attachment you sent via e-mail.