Sunday, October 27, 2013

Exciting Things Do Happen At SMI

Boys were united in prayers for their fellow Michaelians at the school chapel. Each year, these sessions are faithfully carried out to pray for the school, their teachers, their sick friends or the country.
These boys can sing... the choir team rendering their song 
The passing of the baton.. Ho Joo Hin takes over the post of Head Prefect from Seran. With them are extreme left Mr Karunagaran and SMI principal Mdm Loh Wei Seng

Young Michaelians. They can never sit still, they move about a lot, they play non-stop but they know their limits, they are honest, they stay true to their roots and yes, they love being Michaelians!

The smiling faces of St Michael's teachers.
That's all for now. Cheers from us at SMI Ipoh.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Something To Ponder.

Alwin Toffler quotes.The illiterate of the 21st century will not be thos who cannot read and writ, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.quotes about education

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world
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The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet Aristotle
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Don't say -There's still time- or -Maybe next time- Because there's also -It's too late-

The best thing about waking up is knowing you have another cup of coffee to enjoy

Something to ponder...more reports from St Michael's in a day or two...

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Darren Leong, congratulations for being the State Champion. We are proud of you!

Winners of each category posing with their prizes. Darren is fifth from right
This year’s Spell it Right competition had a new format. A written preliminary spelling test was introduced this year.
The written component consisted of 30 words — 10 each in the easy, medium and difficult categories.
Only the top 100 contestants get to advance to each state challenge to vie for the best speller title at the National Finals in Kuala Lumpur on 19th Oct 2013.
Over 500 participants registered for the secondary level written test in Perak, a record high in the history of SIR Challenge.
Three (3) St. Michael’s Institution students took part in this year’s Spell it Right competition, they were;
Derek Leong 4 Sc 5
Darren Leong 2 A 9
Tharun 2 A 6
How jubilant they are! Our heartiest congratulations to all of them
All 3 students qualified from the written test held on 30th June 2013 at Kolej Masterskill, Jalan Kuala Kangsar, Ipoh as one of the top 100 spellers. On 6th October 2013, the Perak leg of the Spell-it-Right was held at the Taiping Sentral Mall.
The 100 students were divided into 10 Batches of 10 students each.
The students of each batch are seated on stage and each of them is given a word to spell and for those who spell their word correctly, they remain on stage. 
For those who misspell their word, sadly, their journey in this year’s competition ends.
For the remaining students, they go through another round of words with the level of difficulty in each round increasing until only one student remained. The winners of each batch goes through to the Finals ( total of 10 Finalists ).
Our boys performance in the Preliminary Round were as follows;
Derek Leong was eliminated after spelling “credentials “ correctly but misspelt “androgynous”
Tharun was eliminated after spelling “ antagonist“ correctly but misspelt “teetotaller”
Darren Leong spelt “extinguish” and “eschew” correctly but tripped up on “scripophily”. He managed to recover to spell “carafe” correctly to qualify for the Finals.
In the Finals, the 10 Finalists were each given 3 words to spell.
Darren Leong was the only one to spell all his 3 words correctly. His words were “idoneous”, “infomediary” and “instauration”
Darren Leong will now represent Perak at the Spell it Right National Finals at Auditorium Kompleks Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDM) Wilayah Persekutuan in Kuala Lumpur (on 19th October 2013).

Report sent in by Mr Andrew Leong, the father of Darren. 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

OMA Annual Dinner Ended With A Bang

The OMA dinner held on 28 September 2013 was another success, judging by the overwhelmed response by the regular old boys who wanted to be with their friends every year. 
For many, it was an annual meeting in Ipoh and at SMI to catch up the latest news, perhaps for a day or a few hours then they would part ways for yet another round of get-together the following year.
It was for that reason, old Michaelians consider the annual dinners as a must-attend affair. The OMA dinner is now considered as a balik kampung. 
Just as the OMA president Mr Adrian Tsen said in his message, "It warms the hearts of Michaelians coming from far and near to return to the old school, so full of memories for them, above all the majestic building -the pillar and icon of Michaelian pride".
Many are already asking when the 2014 dinner is held and the answer is always the last Saturday of September every year. If Saturday is the day, then balik kampung would probably start on Thursday or Friday with family members in tow. Friday and Saturday morning are usually a tour in the school, showing proudly to their spouses and children the classrooms they studied in or the places they usually hang out with their friends etc. 
Old Michaelians singing the School Rally with such high energy, simply amazing.
The dinner this year gathered about 900 old boys at the basketball court with guests from other La Salle schools like St George's, St Paul's and members from the SMI KL Alumni. Brother Vincent and Brother Matthew Bay were also with us.
The committee members were pleased that their months of preparations had indeed culminated with many happy faces and heaps of praises from many. We are looking forward to next year's dinner but as of now, it's time to take a break.
Two days before the dinner - setting up of tents

Around 6.30pm on Saturday, 28 September 2013.
SMI principal Mdm Loh (second from left) is among those receiving their certificates. She studied Form Six in SMI in 1974 and 1975.

Another group of jubilarians with Brother Vincent 
I take the opportunity to thank school principal Mdm Loh Wei Seng, her teacher advisers in charge of the Military Band (Mr Liew Boon Ket), prefects (Mr Karu) and scouts (Mr Christopher) for their strong support in making the occasion special and memorable.



Tuesday, October 08, 2013

More things that happen in St Michael's...

A boy, member of the Michaelian Chinese Orchestra, playing the cello infront of his fellow friends at the school pavilion. The bigger boys coaching and mentoring the younger ones is a welcoming sight at St Michael's. Scouts, band boys, St John Ambulance and even in class, we can observe the weak is guided by the good ones. The Michaelian spirit continues to work its miracle...    
Brother Matthew Bay celebrating his birthday recently at La Salle Centre. He looks much younger and fitter these days. 
Among those who turned up to make some noise were Mr Joseph Michael Lee, Thomas Wong, Anthony Lourdes and the blogger. Brother Vincent is on the right.
Among the items we prepared for the barbecue session. We had plenty to eat and drink. 
Nayah Boucaud from Miami, Florida giving a talk on Unity to students of SMI. 
Once in a while, even a car needs some rest. Here, it's time to change the timing belt after having covered, surprisingly, a distance of 72,000km. Boys, after having studied for long hours, should also take a break.
And now the good news. We have about 300 Centennial books left in our possession. There will be no re-print of this book which details so much about our alma mater, the history of the school, the Brothers and many other subjects that conjure up many sweet memories related to St Michael's. Visit us at St Michael's to get a copy of this classic or e-mail OR and let us know how we can of assistance to get copies of the books delivered to you. Hurry! 
Cheers from us at SMI - Valiant and True!