Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Exciting Happenings At the Alma Mater

The launching of the school theme by Principal Mdm Chan Nyook Ying, witnessed by Brother Vincent Corkery, PIBG head Mr Joseph Michael Lee and his committee members, OMA Secretary Mr Anthony Lourdes and school administrators. Date of launch: January 11, 2016.
We were only into the third week of school yet teachers and students were already having their hands full almost daily. Not only having lessons in class but outdoor activities like club and sports meetings were in full gear.
The school reserved the entire first week for class management as textbooks needed to be distributed and workbooks, exercise books and apparatus had to be acquired. The book shop assistants were working virtually non-stop during the first and second week to meet the demand.
Now that St Michael's Ipoh is under the Dual Language Programme, we have to double up our efforts not only to uphold the standard of English but also to ensure that Bahasa Melayu continues to make the mark in all our examinations. That said, we are thankful that St Michael's Ipoh has always carries itself well in having her children interacting with one another wonderfully in these two main languages. We must pledge ourselves to upkeep this age-old tradition!
We highlight here a few school events which took place in school, marking the beginning of the 2016 school term - which I foresee will be another busy, challenging and exciting year.
SMI Drama 2016 is "FROZEN" to be shown on 15, 16 and 17 April 2016. Here, a rehearsal is taking place in the school hall. Director is Ms Corrinne Mah. Ticket reservation is open. Do e-mail peterkhiew@yahoo.com.  
Academically-inclined: Form Five boys this year who would work hard to make sure they deliver in their SPM examination. They are also going to assist their classmates - staying  true to our motto of taking care of  "the last, the least and the lost".    
Under-15 Rugby boys who trained hard under En Helmi receiving medals for their efforts in thrashing a few schools last year. En Helmi was a rugger while in school. 
Michaelian silat boys who deserve a mention here for their efforts in a competition organised by the education department last year. With them are their adviser Cikgu Adi, the school head Mdm Chan and Mr Kong, senior assistant for Co-curricular.
The Michaelian Run aka Cross Country continues to garner the strong support of current Michaelians. This year the gathering was held on 16 January 2016 which also saw the presence of many old boys who turned up to participate. Bravo!  
KL-based motivational speaker Mr S. Jeyaraman interacting with our boys during a session on self discovery and character building. It was held at the La Salle Auditorium.
Doing it the Michaelian way -  every Monday during the weekly assembly, prefects will say their prayers and lead the school in the singing of the National anthem, state song and School Rally. Once a month, the recital of the Rukunegara and Michaelian Oath. Keep it strong!
The Gen Y Michaelians...the way forward.
100 percent attendance in 2015. We do this to acknowledge the students' efforts. 
"Empowering Values, Strenthening Tradition" - Michaelians must continue to be strong in character and noble in their values.
The blogger presenting a talk on "The Michaelian Spirit" to the Form One boys during their Orientation Week during the first week. Sessions like this are important to ensure those who enter SMI know the tradition, ethos and culture of the school. Another session will be for the Lower Six students when they come in, probably in the middle of the year. 
Regards from us all at St Michael's Ipoh.

Signing off,


Visit us again. New post on Tuesday 26 January 2016...exciting news on the Alma Mater!

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Dual Language Programme (DLP) in St Michael's Institution, Ipoh.

SMK St Michael, Ipoh has been selected by the Ministry of Education to run the Dual Language Programme. Under the dual-language program, 300 primary and secondary schools will be part of a pilot plan that will teach subjects including Science, Mathematics and Information Technology in English.
Schools running this program must meet the criteria of sufficient resources, readiness of teachers and support from parents.
There are 13 schools in Kinta Utara running this programme - five primary schools and 8 secondary schools.
Besides SMI, the other secondary schools are Anderson, Ave Maria, Methodist Girls' School, Perempuan Perak (PGS), Raja Perempuan, Raja Permaisuri Bainun and Tarcisian Convent.

In the News - The Star
The 300 schools involved in the Dual Language Programme (DLP) must meet three criteria – proper resources, teachers who can teach in English and Bahasa Malaysia and parents who are supportive.
Education director-general Datuk Seri Dr Khair Mohamad Yusof, who disclosed this, said the selected schools could offer the programme to Years One and Four pupils and Form One students next year.
He also said the schools would be chosen based on “demand” by parents and school heads, besides readiness to offer the programme.
For a start, Dr Khair said the programme will be carried out in national primary and secondary schools.
Science, Mathematics, Infor­mation Technology and Commu­nication, and Design and Technology would be offered in both languages.
“The programme is in line with the Government’s objective to improve the teaching and learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) subjects,” he said in a statement.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced when tabling Budget 2016 that DLP would be offered in 300 schools.
He also announced that a Highly Immersive Programme (HIP) would be carried out.
Both programmes are part of the Government’s efforts to uphold Bahasa Malaysia while strengthening the usage of the English Language.
Dr Khair said HIP would be a programme to improve students’ English language skills by increasing its use.

For details: http://www.moe.gov.my/v/surat-siaran-view?id=1087

Friday, January 08, 2016

Brother David Liao - Liao Laoshi

What a Report Card, Brother David Liao! A Michaelian In China 

Brother David Liao spends the past 10 years in his grandfather’s village in Dabu county teaching English to the village children - a perfect example of altruism personified. The moral lesson that we can learn from the good Brother's dedication and commitment is that only hard work yields results. Verbal ornamentation never does.

It is not surprising that he was duly honoured and acknowledged as the “Yang Lei Feng (洋雷锋) by the Education Ministry’s special committee in Beijing headed by Li Chang Chun 李长春, who is a member of the powerful Central Politburo.

He was humbled by all this as he said:
“I never expected this to happen. I thought the award given to me in Guangzhou last year as one of 10 notable persons in South China was the limit of recognition I can get in China. I thank God for this wonderful surprise. Only God knows how our Lasallian Education Mission will be in the future in China.

I acknowledge that I cannot do what I have done so far without the support of our Lasallian old boys’ network in Malaysia, Singapore and Hongkong. This unexpected “report card” that has come my way is totally emexpected. I want to express my grateful thanks to everyone who are supporting and accompanying me on this God send mission.”

Lei Feng (1940-1962) is a local hero icon who gives concentrated expression to noble ideals, moral integrity and values of the Chinese people in the modern China.
Yang Lei Feng (洋雷锋) means “The Lei Feng from overseas”

Both his noble deeds and the La Salle Study Centre were featured throughout the country in connection with National Lei Feng Day on 5th March 2012.

An article dated 25 February, 2012, in the Guangming Daily, a Government newspaper has much to say about our Liao Laoshi. The said article is translated to English for the benefit of fellow-La Sallians who are not well versed in the Chinese language. Those who wish to read the original newspaper article may click on the link hereunder:



Guangming Daily (February 25, 2012 01 Edition)
Mountainous Eastern Guangdong, "Yang Lei Feng" [The Lei Feng from Overseas]

Liao Le Nian, an overseas Chinese from Malaysia returned to teach English in a hill village in Huliao, in the Dabu County in northeast Guangdong Province. Foreign visitors find it incredible to hear little children speaking in English in this remote hill village. Villagers and locals are thankful that Liao Laoshi has already spent 10 years teaching English.

When he first arrived in 2002, he was often referred to as the “Dian Gui Laoshi” [the “mad teacher” in local Hakka dialect]. Some just tolerated him as an “uninvited guest”, while others would not allow their children to learn English from him. However, over time he slowly gained their confidence.

Liao Laoshi is a retired teacher and secondary school headmaster from Malaysia. He is a third generation Malaysian Chinese. His grandfather Liao Nam Mu left the Changjiao in 1904 to seek his fortune in Malaya. Before returning to his ancestral of Changjiao, he self-taught himself basic Mandarin for 4 months and went with Hongkong students to study Mandarin in Beijing for two weeks. He relearned his Hakka from the villagers.

Liao Laoshi, left a comfortable life of retirement in Malaysia, declined employment offers to teach English in other parts of China, and chose to return to Baijiang, a little corner of his ancestral village of Changjiao. He completely repaired his grandfather’s house, Chui Xian Kong Ji, which had fallen into disrepair, and used it as his English Tuition Centre.

A villager Liao Xuming recalled. He has a grandson in Shenzhen in primary 4 who was very poor in English averaging only 20 marks. After studying for one summer with Liao Laoshi at LSSC Changjiao, his marks not only improved considerably but he also won the third prize of English in his whole grade.

Since the early beginnings when Liao Laoshi was contented to have about 20 students per class, the enrollment has grown many folds to more than 200 students during the summer. In recent years, Liao Laoshi had to invite his relative, former students and friends to help him teach. His students come from Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zuhai in the south to Xiamen in the north.

Liao Laoshi not only teaches in his own ancestral home but he also teaches at Changjiao Primary School, Pui Ying promary school in Jicun and Hushan Senior Middle School in Dabu-Huliao. The Principal of Hushan Senior Middle School remembers that one morning when it was pouring rain, he did not expect Liao Laoshi to turn up. Yet, right on the stroke of time Liao Laoshi turned up soaking wet but dead on time. Indeed we can proudly call him “Yang Lei Feng” – the Lei Feng from Overseas.

Liao Laoshi’s contribution to the village is not only in education such as free English tuition and subsidies for village universities students but he is also very involved in community building activities. He has to date raised more than 2 million yuan to fund his mission Changjiao.

For the love of education and in order to be fully involved in education and community development service, he chooses to be single. He told reporters that if he has a family, with wife and children, he will not be able to give all to help students in need. Since he arrived he has been helping village students studying in universities with their tuition fees thus lightening the financial burden of their parents.

It is said, “Doing a good thing once is easy. Doing good all one’s life is difficult.” Liao Le Nian Laoshi, now known affectionately as “Yang Lei Feng”, has gained the love and respect of the public. At the end of 2011, he was awarded as one of Guangdong’s Top Ten Chinese Philanthropist.

Reporter: Wuy Chun Yan.

Original article in Chinese was published in the Government Newspaper: The Kwang Ming Daily News on 25th Feb 2012.


Brother David, we congratulate you. We are proud of you for touching hearts and afford them an opportunity to carve out a better life for themselves and their families which otherwise. would have eluded them.
From the blogger: Brother David Liao studied in St Michael's Ipoh during his formative years. When he was back in Ipoh for a short while on 6 January 2016, we chatted a little and one of the topics was about his days at SMI. "I am truly proud to be a Michaelian", he said before rushing off to meet an old boy in town. See you again Brother.  

Saturday, January 02, 2016

School Starts on Monday, January 4, 2016

Happy New Year and best wishes to all Michaelians! We are looking forward to another exciting year of fruitful and healthy interaction. Our school theme is "Empowering Values, Strengthening Tradition".
This year all of us play a pivotal role in establishing a school community which is characterised by the importance of our values and tradition, emphasizing on personal relationships, character formation and integrity.
Remember that at St Michael’s Institution, teachers guide and empower fellow Michaelians to be well-mannered individuals, give proper respect to other people and to foster a school experience which is truly of La Sallian tradition.
Students, on the other hand, learn and practise honesty, responsibility, discipline and other important traits that make them upstanding citizens.
It's time we embrace the spirit of Michaelian - "The Michaelian Spirit".

Welcome back to school - St Michael's is meaningful and alive because of you! Enjoy your first day in school. Cheers...