Sunday, April 19, 2015

Happenings At The Alma Mater

St Michael's Ipoh is, as usual, a school that ticks. For that I thank the students and the teachers for making SMI a school that still commands the respect of everyone. The Michaelian flag must continue to fly with pride and the Michaelian spirit must continue to burn. A few activities were held and I must document here some of our achievements, credit which goes to the students and teacher advisers. Their quest to succeed continues to earn our respect and admiration.
First and foremost, the school welcomes the appointment of the new state education director, Tuan Haji Rozi bin Puteh Ismail. The Michaelian fraternity congratulates him for leading the Perak education team.
The new state education director Tn Hj Rozi bin Puteh Ismail

Our boys took part in a competition at the Cultural and Medicine Carnival organised by UniKL. We were 1st runners up for booth display and presentation, featuring the country of Japan. We thank Cikgu Farihah Zakaria for her guidance.   

Our boys at the MBI swimming pool- these young Michaelians are good in water polo. Mr Veeriah is with them.

A powerpoint presentation featuring Tuan Haji Sidik. He has been with us for the past 20 years.

A special pedal-powered cycle with four wheels was used to honour a man admired and respected by many during the sending off ceremony.
Puan Normah Hj Karimin goes on optional retirement on April 1, 2105. We wish her well and a Happy Retirement. 
The blogger chanced upon a group of very dedicated scouts undergoing a "journey" around town. Activities like this strengthen their mind, build resilience and develop their character. 

An occasion steep in military tradition- Kadet Remaja Sekolah (School Youth Cadet) members receiving their certificates and titles from the Principal Puan Chan Nyook Ying. The boys' adviser is Ustaz Suhaimi.   

Truly Michaelian - A Form 5 boy, Syed Rizwan Shah receiving his title and certificate from the Principal.

St Michael's Institution,Ipoh beat MGS on April 9, 2015 to be the champion of Kinta Utara zone level. The boys are seen here after receiving their trophies and certificates from the Principal. On the left is Mr Waran, their coach and adviser.  

Public speaker Eashwar Rajan emerged champion for the Pertabalan Raja Nazrin Public Speaking Competition beating many schools in the district.  This young boy will proceed to the state level  public speaking competition, displaying his oratory skills at the Casuarina Meru Hotel on May 4, 2015.  With him is Principal Puan Chan. 
That's all for now Michaelians. We wish you well, keep healthy and be fit always. Cheers and best wishes from us all. 

St Michael's Ipoh into 21st century Classrooms

In line with the aspirations of the Education Ministry, St Michael's Institution, Ipoh has embarked into a new level of teaching and learning - the concept of 21st Century Classroom. Teachers have been briefed about the concept by the Principal and teachers are encouraged to utilize the concept in the classroom as to gear our students towards moving forward in this area.

Characteristics of a 21st Century Classroom

As we move further into the new millennium, it becomes clear that the 21st Century classroom needs are very different from the 20th Century classroom needs. In the 21st Century classroom, teachers are facilitators of student learning and creators of productive classroom environments in which students can develop the skills they will need in the workplace. The focus of the 21st Century classroom is on students experiencing the environment they will enter as 21st Century workers. The collaborative project-based curriculum used in this classroom develops the higher order thinking skills, effective communication skills, and knowledge of technology that students will need in the 21st Century workplace. The interdisciplinary nature of the 21st Century classroom sets it apart from the 20th Century classroom. Lectures on a single subject at a time were the norm in the past and today collaboration is the thread for all student learning. 20th Century teaching strategies are no longer effective. Teachers must embrace new teaching strategies that are radically different from those employed in the 20th Century classroom. The curriculum must become more relevant to what students will experience in the 21st Century workplace. Changes in the Classroom The 21st Century classroom is student centered, not teacher centered. Teachers no longer function as lecturers but as facilitators of learning. The students are learning by doing, and the teacher acts as a coach, helping students as they work on projects. Students learn to use the inquiry method, and to collaborate with others--a microcosm of the real world they will experience once they leave the classroom. Students no longer study each subject in isolation. Instead, they work on interdisciplinary projects that use information and skills from a variety of subjects and address a number of essential academic standards. For example, books assigned in reading or English, may be set in a country that is also being explored in social studies. The final reading of an English book report may require that specific social studies standards be met as well.

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Recognising Full Attendance in 2014

St Michael's Ipoh had a slot during the school assembly to acknowledge the students who attained perfect attendance for the year 2014. We thank them for their efforts. All in, there were 104 students - Form 1- 14 students, Form 2- 16, Form 3-12, Form 4 -8, Form 5- 6 and Lower 6 - 48. The school awarded them with an appreciation certificate each.

Friday, April 03, 2015