On October 4, Form 5 students of Ave Maria Convent held a graduation night themed “Go Forth and Sparkle” at Impiana Hotel. The programme started off at 7pm with speeches from a student representative and Dato’ Liew Yin Yin.
Students from every class took their turn to either act or dance on stage. There were many kinds of dances throughout the night. There were Latin dance, rhythmic gymnastics, k-pop dances and even dances from the ‘60s. Students who danced to One Direction songs and the latest craze “Mother Father Gentlemen” by PSY got the most applauses and cheers.
Before the night ended, the students sang their theme song which they composed, filling the ballroom with voices of the Form 5 students. Teachers and students went home with wide smiles on their faces, sparkles in their eyes and pictures for memories while some went home with lucky draw prizes.
St John Ambulance Malaysia (SJAM) of Ave Maria Convent Secondary School Ipoh participated in an Exchange Programme with The Hong Kong St John Ambulance recently.
A total of 19 students from St John AMC between the age of 16 and 17 years old participated in this self funded programme in Hong Kong. The delegation from Malaysia was headed by the principal Puan Chen Chui Hiong and accompanied by the Teacher Advisor cum Divisional Superintendent Mdm Tan Pei Nee and Team Trainer, Mr Kevin Peter. Also present with the delegation from Malaysia was representative from SJAM National HQ, Mr V. Mohanadasan. Planning and discussion with both countries started as early as in 2011.
The idea of this programme was to share and exchange experience/expertise in the area of First Aid, Home Nursing and running of the division between both countries. Besides that, this would be a good exposure for the young members in youth development and other soft skills.
Many interesting activities were organised in Hong Kong such as Joint First Aid Training by doctors and nurses who are Emergency Specialists, experience exchange on first aid competition between both countries, sharing of knowledge and culture of both countries. The participants also had an opportunity to go around Hong Kong. The participants took part in an activity called City Orienteering similar to The Amazing Race and visited more than 20 tourist attractions using public transport.
One of the most interesting programmes was the Social Service project at a Home for the Aged. Participants from both countries interacted with elderly people between the ages of 65 to 90 and Malaysian participants entertained the old folks with cultural dances.
The highlight of the programme was the Malaysia-Hong Kong First Aid Competition. The Malaysian team almost made a clean sweep in all the events. The team from Malaysia emerged the Overall Champions and First Runners-Up for the Team Event. For the Individual First Aid (High-Level) Category, the Malaysian Team emerged as Champions and First Runners-Up.
Teachers of SMJK and SMJKC Ave Maria Convent were treated to dinner at the New She Lai Ton Restaurant, Ipoh recently. The night-out at the city’s well known Chinese restaurant was hosted by the school’s Parent-Teacher Association in recognition for their exemplary services.
Certificates of merit and gifts were presented to teachers who have served in Ave Maria Convent for over 10 years. One teacher has been with the school for over 25 years.
Plaques were given to Lee Yam Sei and Irene Chan for their contributions to society. Earlier in the year, the pair received the Mutiara Perak Award 2012 for “Women of Inspiration for Education and Child Development” and “Women of Inspiration for Development Industry”, respectively.
Eva Tan, Ceylyn Teh and Chanelle Woo, a family of three generations who studied at the convent, belted out a song for the appreciative audience. Teachers, parents and students paired up to put on an eco-friendly fashion show designed by Sonny Foo. Their outfits were made out of recycled materials such as garbage bags, paper and so on. Dancers from MY Studio performed some captivating ballroom numbers to enthrall the 500-odd crowd. Gigs by impersonators were a big hit with the audience.
Chairman of Ave Maria Convent’s Board of Governors, Teoh Beng Suang expressed his sincere thanks for the dedication shown by the long-serving teachers of Ave Maria Convent.
In celebrating the International Year of Chemistry (IYC) 2011, Institut Kimia Malaysia and UNESCO National Commission Malaysia along with Academy of Sciences Malaysia, National Science Centre, Jabatan Kimia Malaysia and PETROSAINS have teamed up to organise Karnival Kimia Malaysia in seven different venues throughout the country.
Themed “Chemistry – Our Life, Our Future” IYC 2011 celebrates the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to mankind. It too marks the centennial of Marie Curie’s Nobel Prize achievement in 1911 for her discovery of radium and polonium.
SMJK Ave Maria Convent was privileged to host the Perak carnival, which was launched by Executive Councillor, Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon recently. Booths with different kinds of chemistry-related experiments were set up for public viewing. They were manned by students from participating schools in the district.
A number of activities are being lined up during the nation-wide celebration. It includes an essay-writing competition and a symposium on women in science and engineering.