COGA (Convent Girls Alumni) Turns 55


They were school-girls again – the ceaseless chatter, the squeals of laughter, the bear hugs… That was the 55th Reunion of the Convent Girls Alumni held at the Royal Perak Golf Club recently. With girls (and women) coming home from across the globe, teachers who hailed from as far back as the ’60s, ex- Principals and Holy Infant Jesus nuns, the celebration took on a heightened spirit of camaraderie and connectivity.

A touch of glamour and elegance was added to the occasion with the presence of DYTM Raja Puan Besar Perak Darul Ridzuan Tuanku Zara Salim, Royal Patron of the Convent Girls Alumni and ex-student of Main Convent, Ipoh.

Also present were representatives from the Parents-Teachers’ Association, SMJK Sam Tet Alumni, SMJK Ave Maria Alumni, and Chairman of the S.M. Convent Board of Governors, Fr. Michael Cheah.

The evening’s gala was alive with superb performances from the highly acclaimed  singer, Estee Pok and her troupe of three nine-year-olds who captured the hearts of the diners. What finally did rock the dinner party was the captivating showmanship of “Helmi and the Gimmicks”. Guests arriving at the ballroom were greeted and ushered by “macho-men” dressed in dark suits. The multi-talented comedian, Helmi brought laughter and revelry, with his special flair for engaging the crowd in participation.

High on the agenda and on a serious note was the declared objective of the Annual Reunion – the raising of funds “for the love of the Main Convent”.  According to the President of COGA, Ms Terezinha Gonsalves, the Alma mater was in dire need of funds for the purpose of upgrading and refurbishing. The 105-year-old Grand Lady was determined to meet the challenge of the 21st century as long as her “children” young and old will respond generously.

The Committee thanked those who had forwarded donations and welcomed contributions at all times.