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The Six Pillars of Character

The Six Pillars of Character is a framework for teaching good character and is composed of six ethical values (characteristics) everyone can agree upon: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; and Citizenship. 

Each of the six character traits are used within our CHARACTER COUNTS! program to help instill a positive learning environment for students and a “culture of kindness” making schools a safe environment for students to learn. The Six Pillars of Character values are not political, religious, or culturally biased. In fact....

See you in school tomorrow, March 21,  2016. Remember the school drama which starts April 15 and ends April 17, 2016. Titled, "Frozen", the school-effort production is not to be missed. Book your tickets by e-mail:, call the school at 05-2540418 or walk-in. 

The Star, March 11, 2016
Theatre time for students

(From left) School drama production cast members Shannon, Nichol, Lopez and Karran sharing a light moment together while sharing their experiences about acting on stage.

WHEN David Lopez first auditioned for St Michael’s Institution’s upcoming production of computer-animated musical Frozen, he thought he was only going to get the role of a tree.

“But I thought that if that was to be my role, I’m would still do my best to be a fantastic tree,” he said.

Little did the 17-year-old student know that his teacher would call him to offer the role of Kristoff Bjorgman, the ice harvester who later becomes the love interest of protagonist Princess Anna in Disney’s 2013 animated feature film.

Successfully landing a major role in his school’s play, Lopez said he will push himself to embody Kristoff the best he can, adding that there are similarities in both their characters.

“From what I see, Kristoff is a loner, yet he’s quite sassy because of the funny lines he delivers in the movie. He also cares for people deeply even though he doesn’t know how to show it.

“I can relate to the sassy part because I think I’m a sarcastic person myself. But unlike Kristoff, I like surrounding myself with friends.

“I needed to work hard to tap into that part of his character. It’s all part of why I love acting, because as cliche as it sounds, you get the chance to be something more than just your usual self,” he tells MetroPerak.

Like Lopez, Form Three student K. Karran did not expect to land the role of the story’s antagonist Prince Hans, the youngest of 13 sons and prince of the Southern Isles.

“At first I was only acting as an ice worker. And slowly, when students were being switched in and out for a better character fit, I went from being an ice worker to playing Lord Percy, King Agnarr and finally, Hans.

“This character is a bit complex, that’s what makes playing a villain so fun. I stayed up late a lot of nights trying to mimic his facial expressions in the film,” Karran said, jokingly adding that he has lost count over the number of times he had to watch the film to perfect his acting.

For someone who loves Princess Anna as much as Shannon Fernando, one would think it is an ironic yet funny coincidence that the 18-year-old student was chosen to play the role of Anna’s sister, Princess Elsa, in the production.

“Anna is such a happy character, so I can relate to her a lot because I feel that I’m more of a cheerful, happy-go-lucky person.

“Elsa is very much different because she bottles up her feelings, she’s either depressed, sad or angry, so it is quite hard for me to play Elsa,” she said, adding that due to this, she and the rest of the cast would often help each other to work on getting into their respective characters’ moods.

Nichol Chan, an Upper Six student who plays the bubbly and fun-loving Princess Anna.

She says playing one of the most popular modern Disney characters today is nerve-racking because she has a hard time getting used to people staring at her exaggerated expressions on stage.

“It’s a lot to take in, but at a certain point, I just need to learn to stop being self-conscious and let it go,” she said.

Nichol said she loves how Frozen takes a different path in comparison with the storylines of past Disney princess films which often tell the tale of a girl meeting a guy.

“True love doesn’t necessarily have to come from meeting a guy,” she said.

At the helm of the school’s 64th drama production, director and teacher Corrinne Mah said she has a penchant for picking Disney films to work for the school’s drama productions because the new films are more relatable to the young compared to Broadway stories or classical plays.

Starting in 2005, some of the Disney films the school had re-enacted includedBeauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan and Hercules.

“The purpose of our drama production every year is to raise funds for our school’s development, and just like previous years, we aim to achieve our target of RM100,000 through ticket sales and sponsorship,” she said.

Tickets are priced at RM20 and RM50, while sponsorships are RM500 and above.

The school’s production of Frozen will be held from April 15 to 17 at 7.45pm daily.

For details, call 05-254 0418 during office hours.

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