|The two Japanese flag poles placed exactly infront of the central gable and the shorter post at the balcony.|
While memories of the Japanese occupation of the building have long forgotten by many, plaques put up over the years like the ones at the granite staircase and the chapel (State Legislative Council Chambers) somehow remind us of those war years of hardship and great endurance on the part of the Brothers, teachers and students alike.
Another discovery: Two very thick, heavily-rusty flagposts used by army officers during the Japanese era are currently lie in solitary, partially covered by shrubs.Surprisingly, the relics are still in considerably good conditions even after decades of expose to the elements.
These items bear strong historical and heritage significance. They are almost 70 years old and plans are already on to identify the exact location where the poles were placed before they were taken down.
From a post dated October 12, 2009. "After much researching, an old photo, dated back to the 60s', effectively tells the exact position of the poles used by the Japanese and the British. Official and ceremonious gatherings were normally carried out at the centre of the premises, in this case, the central gable of St Michael's. There are two posts, similar to the ones at the La Salle Centre, could be clearly seen standing with great pride. Another one, a shorter pole, is at the balcony. All three had been removed but the stand to hold the smaller pole is still visible.
Fast Forward To August 2011.. The post has been replaced, mainly because of many concerned old boys who feel that originality must take its precedence. It took just five minutes, during a get-together, to raise the fund to acquire the flagpost and flag. A standing ovation for these guys! The school crest, meticulously sewn, is now prominently displayed on the flag. One can easily see the flag from the main road or even the Ipoh Padang. The school flag can actually make us hum the School Rally.
Thank you again, another milestone for our Centennial Celebration.