For me and all of you (more than three thousand Michaelians) who joined in the get-together, the months of planning, time and expenditure involved, were worth it. The fellowship, the very loud laughter, catching up with old times and some who finally found their long-lost classmates at the Centennial Dinner were just invaluable, priceless.
|The souvenir program books which were given out that evening. It carries the word 'sau", depicting the Chinese symbol for longevity, vitality and prosperity.|
Many observe that Michaelians are different. Their conversation has always revolved around the catchy "Once A Michaelian, Always A Michaelian", "Michaelian spirit" and about SMI, their teachers, how they were punished (and still did not know the reasons for that punishment), the years they spent in school etc. But the one that still goes strong and dear to many is, yes, The School Rally.
I was told that one group of a few old boys stayed on until 4.30am that dinner day and continued with their chat at the nearby "dim sum" restaurant. That's great!
For me, SMI still has strong aura and ethos to garner so much spirit from the old boys. When some asked how many VIPs would be at the Centennial Dinner, I told them all are VIPs. Even the IGP who joined us that evening made away with the convention of being accorded a heavy police presence. He chose to walk into the school compound instead of the planned arrangements of having outriders to accompany him right into the school grounds. My salute to Tan Sri, from the class of 1970.
Adding to the festivities of the occasion, the school had also played a pivotal role in ensuring that the compound looked spick and span.
|The pavilion was spruced up|
|The Heritage Gallery was tidied up too for the big day.|
|Mr Ng Khoon Hong, a Michaelian and founding member of St John Ambulance in Perak, sharing with the boys the services rendered during a landslide incident in Cameron Highlands.|
|Band members, the ever ready and enthusiastic Michaelians. Photo courtesy of Alex Morris|
|Scouts...Constructing a Welcome Tower.|
|Father Michael Cheah with Brother Matthew at the chapel. Pix by Alex|
|The congregation at the school chapel. Pix by Alex|
|The Mass was celebrated by Rt Reverend Sebastian Francis, Bishop, Diocese of Penang. Pix by Alex|
|The pews arrive at SMI|
|On its way to the Chapel. The pews will be a permanent feature at the Chapel.|
|Young Michaelians preparing the table numbers and menu for the Dinner. Many were silent heroes in making the Home-Coming a huge success.|
|The meeting of great minds - From right (OMA president Mr Adrian Tsen, Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian, Tan Sri Ismail Omar and Mr Hanson Lau)|
|A tremendous turnout of fellow Michaelians. Almost all areas of the school were covered, recollection of their formative years at SMI.|
|Senior Michaelians who will continue to support the Michaelian cause|
|Hello Brother, pleased to meet you.|
|Mr Joseph Michael Lee (PTA chairman) and the IGP|
|Old Georgians members with Mr Chan Kok Keong and Mr Phoon Chong Chee|
|Mr Choo Ah Chye with boys from the class of 1987|
The get-together ended with a bang. It was an occasion that still lingers in the mind and conversation of those who could make it to the school that day. September 29, 2012 would always be a day to remember. All parties actually worked together so closely to make the occasion meaningful. To the OMA committee, led by Mr Adrian Tsen, my congratulations. It was hardwork but we could see the labour bearing fruits.
See all of you again, fellow Michaelians, next year!
Sons of St Michael's Valiant and True.