This they have done year after year for the past 40 years.
The Michaelian Chinese Orchestra boys, of course, are not relaxing and let the scouts work. They themselves have something up their sleeve, also in preparation for next year. Coupled with those who turn up almost daily with their parents to purchase books and necessities, SMI runs almost like any other days, busy as ever.
One has to look around the school and its details to really know about the alma mater. Each item has a story and stories do enrich our lives. Let us start with our school.
|That was how we began. We humbly started educating our boys at this place.|
|St Michael's remarkable facade and outstanding architectural design|
|The Grilles.. there is a story behind the grilles you see on the first and second floor.|
"The Sixth Form Block [Bangunan Br U Paul] was built in 1968. Mr Koon Yew Yin, who gave his services free, was our construction engineer and as the ground was formerly the bed of the Kinta River, he decided that piling was unnecessary.
The new building was attached to the old SMI building to facilitate movement from the new to the old. On completion, the building took some time to stabilise which appeared to put a strain on the old building.
Serious cracks appeared on the ceiling in all three floors affected the arches in front and the back of the building. This was at the point where the 1938 extension was joined to the original building. The architect suggested we brick up the affected arches as the masonry was in danger of falling. As this would affect the façade, we opted instead for strong metal grills. For design we suggested a motif traditionally linked to St Michael found along the SMI façade. On completion I was shocked as the design was turned to one side, but since it seemed to add strength to the design, it was accepted.
On the ground floor in front the grill was a major obstruction to the movement of classes, so it was decided later to remove the design and maintain the strong metal outline.
After more than 40 years the grilles are still effective and do not interfere with the SMI façade."
|This board is located infront of the Michaelian Heritage Gallery. It details the vision and mission of SMI.|
|Old audio cassettes at the Michaelian Heritage Gallery|
While the tape is now an object that would confuse teenagers worldwide—superseded initially by CDs and all manner of new technologies since—for many of us it's both an iconic object and a source of misty-eyed nostalgia.
|At the badminton court ...numerous activities are carried out here. Notice something unusual?|
|A Form Three boy seems to be enjoying the sun light under the watchful eye of his friend. At St Michael's, everything is beautiful.|
|It was said that this could be the entrance to the underground tunnel, linking St Michael's to either the St Michael Church or the Main Convent. Not easy to break in though as it is the world famous Chubb door.|
|At the La Salle Centre, the National Lasallian Youth Convention was held for students from La Salle schools throughout Malaysia. A total of some 80 attended the convention which started from 3 to 8 December 2013.|
There is still plenty too explore and appreciate at St Michael's. I have been here for more than a decade and things are getting more exciting and vibrant each day.
Oh yes, do write to me if you have anything to share about your formative years at St Michael's. Best wishes from us at SMI. My e-mail: email@example.com or Twitter @peterkhiew