Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Approaching The Dinner...


St Michael's Institution, Ipoh... back to the alma mater.
Old Michaelians are bracing up for this Saturday for the reunion dinner. Arrangements could have been made between friends for a visit prior to the reunion dinner. It could be a day or two before Saturday. Perhaps old boys and girls would like to be at the school on Saturday morning. Yes, it's back to the alma mater.

BEFORE DINNER DAY
A visit to the school is warmly welcomed. On school days, you will be able to meet students and teachers or perhaps make a trip to the foodcourt for some refreshments. Take the opportunity to visit the classrooms you studied in or the teachers who taught you before.
However, do e-mail me at peterkhiew@gmail.com prior to the visit so that we are prepared to welcome the entourage. Visiting hours are from 10am to 12.30pm on Thursday and Friday (26 and 27 September 2013). Please register with the security guards at the guard house and state the reason for your visit. If you prefer to visit us on Saturday morning, be free to walk around for a photography session.

ON DINNER DAY
1. Dinner starts at 7.30pm.
2. The dinner venue will be at the basketball court. School prefects and scouts will be of assistance if you need their help.

3. Parking - We have worked out a few parking areas for those who drive.
a. Use the Riverfront Hotel side to get into the St Michael's primary school parking area. The gate is open. RELA men and scouts will be there to direct traffic.
b. Behind Taiko building is a car park area. This facility is open on Saturday.
c. St Michael's Secondary School Car Park can be accessed from the Riverfront side. DO NOT USE the main entrance as the entrance is closed.
d. There are ample public parking bays around Ipoh old town. 
e. Do not park at the Indian Muslim mosque car park as it closes early. Your vehicles might be trapped inside.
Note: Make sure bags and packages are not left inside your vehicles. Please ensure your vehicles are securely locked!

Best wishes. To facilitate contact, I can be reached on Twitter @peterkhiew

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

A Very Happening School ... SMI, That's Where We Belong

Do you know that we had a smokehouse in SMI? It's now the popular 5-star rest rooms for boys
and one section for the girls. We still keep the rest rooms in good shape. 
Picking up the reading habit... it's time everyone in St Michael's pick up a book, a magazine or a novel to read.

Thanking the boys for coming to school? Yes. Messages that uplift the spirit of our students are prominently displayed within the school compound. 

Another sign to greet our Michaelians every day. It works actually. 
The boards are back at the school parlour!  Head boys, lady heads and Michaelians of The Year awards. These are prestigious accolades presented to outstanding Michaelians during their years at St Michael's. They remain distinguished in society today. 

War veterans visiting St Michael's. The school is a must-visit for these heroes who are back annually to the country for their retreat. This group is from the National Malaya Borneo Veterans Association, UK. 
Mr Adrian Tsen of Riverview Rubber Estates hosting tea at the Ipoh Club for these veterans.
Old Michaelian Mr Gnanasagaran presented a talk on 'Rat Urine and its Danger' to fellow Michaelians recently. It was well-received by the pupils. In this picture, school principal Mdm Loh Wei Seng presenting a gift to Mr Gnanasagaran. He works with the Health Ministry.  
Happy lads. They won a prize for the best entry. These Form Three boys are taking part in the Star's NIE contest. 
Michaelian Military Band boys still perform faithfully in school events and every Monday during school assembly. We salute the boys for their commitment and ever strong dedication. 
Rare bottles... we chanced upon these very old glass bottles near the science lab. These could be at least five decades old. Items like these are 'rescued', restored and kept at the gallery. 
A visit to the Riverview Rubber Estates Bhd....we always acknowledge the very strong support accorded to us by its executive director Mr Adrian Tsen and his team. Here, Form One and Two boys listen to a briefing by the estate manager. 
'Tai Har' or Extra Large Prawn is a must-try when one visits Tanjung Tualang. Here we visit one of the many restaurants to enjoy not only the prawns but steamed ikan ketutu. Thanks to Mr Adrian Tsen for hosting us and those from the OMA. 
Ikan Ketutu...look a bit weird but it's ok as long as they are tasty!
That's all for today. More stories are coming. Have a nice day and best wishes from us at SMI.

Signing off, 
Peter Khiew

Friday, September 13, 2013

Greeting From Us At SMI!

St Michael's is in good hands. The students are currently preparing for their public examinations - PMR, SPM and for the sixth formers, STPM. PMR is 19 days away, SPM 54 days while STPM (P3) is also 54 days away. Almost all regular events like Sports Day, Speech Day and Open Day are over. The teachers are now busy marking the papers, now that the Trial SPM is almost over. It's raining almost daily in Ipoh and that has blessed our school field and the plants within our school compound. The grass is always green and the plants make our school building more imposing. Master Choo Ah Chye and Master John Lee came over for a visit. It was a home-coming for them after their retirement from service at SMI many years ago. For us, their presence in school rejuvenated the Michaelian fraternity. The Brothers are as busy as ever. Brother Vincent occupies himself with church activities in the morning and after a walk at the park, he will be in the office, updating the Lasallian fraternity all around the world with updates and happenings. Brother Matthew, besides having his hands full with Lasallian matters, still ensures that the garden at La Salle Centre and the Foodcourt look impeccable. Our hats off to them and do pray for their well being.  

Come September 28, the most talk-about event of the year among the old Michaelians is perhaps the OMA Annual Dinner. Eighty tables are allocated. The tents, the tables and chairs will be up soon. A week before the dinner, we anticipate visitors coming over to the alma mater for a visit. That's to be expected as some have not been back for decades. We welcome all Michaelians.

Just a recap of the happenings at SMI through some images. I was as busy as a bee for the past weeks so updating of the blog was temporarily halted. Rest assured, good things are in the pipeline.

Images coming soon...