Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Launching Of The School Theme 2015

Principal Mdm Loh and prefects after the launch.
"Harnessing Potential, Nurturing Character"- that's St Michael's Institution, Ipoh's direction of the year for students.
Speech by school Principal - all pix by Cikgu Azhar Rodzi
Principal Madam Loh in her speech explained to the students the significance of the theme and how they can benefit from it. She attributed the strength of St Michael's to the values and virtues advocated by the Lasallian education which emphasizes on character building and holistic education.

Michaelians recognise our own strengths, skills and interests. Harnessing your potentials requires you to get to know yourself – what inspires you, what moves you and what you really love doing so that you can pursue your dreams in life.
Similarly, nurturing of these virtues and characters – trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship is instrumental to produce competent, wholesome and compassionate adults.

Prior to the officiating and unfurling of the official banner, the blogger gave a brief introduction on the purpose of having annual themes. Below is the message..

Hari ini Selasa, 27 Januari 2015 merupakan satu hari yang sangat bermakna untuk kita semua, iaitu satu hari di mana keluarga Michaelian akan melancarkan tema tahunan sekolah St Michael Ipoh oleh Puan Pengetua kita nanti.
Fellow Michaelians, why do we have themes and slogans in an organisation? Themes give us a direction, a goal and a common objective.
Themes focus and unite both students and teachers so that we work together and learn together.
Year after year, St Michael’s Institution Ipoh has never failed to come up with a theme. In 1999 before the arrrival of the Millennium we had “Michaelians March Into the 21st Century”. That prepared us to face challenges and explore new dimensions.
Prefects proudly show the banner at the assembly
In 2005, our theme was “Towards A Culture of Participation”. That year, we participated in numerous events, cleaning up the school, painting up our class furniture, involved ourselves in community services visiting old folks homes, orphanages and raising fund. We had the opportunity to showcase the Michaelian Spirit.
Then in 2009, Michaelians were upbeat. So Excited. We reckoned that Michaelians needed to remember our roots and our history. So, we sat down and discussed what’s best for all. We came up with…. “Upholding the Great Michaelian Ethos”.
And today, ladies and gentlemen, we notice that Michaelians have so much potential in them. So much to offer to the school, the country and the society. We Michaelians are so inspired by those who were here before us. We also recognise the values they uphold and the capabilities they have. We want to tap these qualities.
We sat down again and discussed. This time it took us three days to come up with the theme which is going to be unveiled today by our Principal.
I take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Mr Karu, our senior teacher and prefect master, and his prefects. Mr Liew and his band members in assisting the school in making this event possible and most memorable.
Lastly, I thank our Principal Madam Loh for gracing today’s very special event.

Note: We had a successful day. Michaelians were excited and all agreed that we need to work hard to preserve the tradition and culture of the school. 
At the end of the day, three words stay relevant- discipline, order and respect.

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