Thursday, May 24, 2012

Day of carnival to celebrate centennial - The Star, May 11, 2012

By Ivan Loh, with pictures by Ronnie Chin 

HUNDREDS of former SMK St Michael students returned to their alma mater in support of the school’s Centennial Celebration Fun Fair and Talentime.
With over 50 stalls selling foodstuff and offering games, it was a blast of a time for everyone including students as they manned the stalls or went about peddling food items.
Some of the activities held were laser-tag matches, haunted house adventure and pony rides.
Former student Lau Meng Yong said it was a meaningful trip back to the school.
“It was a great pleasure to be back at the school where I have so many good memories of my friends here.
Observers: Some schoolboys looking at an artist painting a picture of a customer. 
"I also managed to catch up with some of my teachers and met with former Brother Director Brother Datuk Vincent Corkery,” said the 29-year-old civil engineer.
Lau, who took part in some of the games, said he and his friends had contacted each other through Facebook after hearing of the fun fair and decided to attend together.
“The last time I was at the school was two years ago when I was working with the school band on the Perak-Singapore Band Exchange Programme.
“I am equally proud to be back this time to be part of the centennial celebrations,” he added.
Another old student Choo Yoon Sam, 31, said he was hit by nostalgia as soon as he stepped into the school.
“It really brought back a lot of great memories of my days as a student here,” said the investment analyst, who made it back to the fun fair with his wife Jerrica Lim, 31, whom he met during their Sixth Form years at the school.
Choo said he had fun taking part in the games.
“It felt different to be taking part rather than be among those working to man the stalls.
First time: A young visitor riding on a pony at the fun fair.
“I was a former Boy’s Scout and used to be engrossed with my tasks during fun fairs. I didn’t have very much fun back then,” he added.
School principal Loh Wei Seng said RM114,000 were collected through coupon sales and public donations.
“The money will be used to upgrade and repair the teachers’ car park and also cracks on the walls of the school hall.
“The school band also needs money for new uniforms,” Loh said.

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