SMJK Yuk Choy Ipoh organised a 55th Merdeka celebration in the school from August 16 to September 16 with a patriotic theme. Various Merdeka Day activities such as poster drawing, singing patriotic songs, decorating our national flags in every classroom, public speaking and others were carried out. According to Mr Wong Soon Cheong, the Senior Assistant who was the organising chairman, there is a need to instil patriotism among students to cherish the stability and harmony among our multiracial society in Malaysia.
SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh Parents and Teachers Association together with The Board Of Directors, successfully organised the 50th Anniversary Carnival in the school’s multi-purpose building on September 1. The objectives of the carnival was to raise funds to improve the school’s infrastructures in conjunction with the school’s 50th anniversary celebration. Mr Chan Hen Huan, the school principal was grateful that the tremendous support and contributions from the PTA, Board of Directors, teachers, students, local communities, various associations and guilds, old boys and old girls made this school carnival very lively and a success.
SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh organised an annual English Language Week with the theme “English is Everywhere” from July 2 to 9. According to Mr Chan Hen Huan, the principal of SMJK Yuk Choy, the English Language is an important language and it is a tool of knowledge for us today. He urged the students to read, write and speak English as much as possible. Various activities were organised by the school’s English Language Panel, such as: Spelling Bees, Crossword puzzles, Newspaper-in-Education, Sing-along, choral speaking and an English Language Corner.
The Miss Kebaya Perak 2012 competition held recently was a wonderful evening of lovely ladies gracing the catwalk adorned in evening gowns and the ever elegant kebaya.
The pageant winner was 22-year-old Olivia Teng, an Ipoh girl who attended school at Yuk Choy. Her alluring looks, not surprisingly, made her a favourite with the audience.
Displaying her 34-26-36 statistics and standing tall at 179cm she was a delight to watch as she perfectly displayed the elegance and sensuality that is exuded being dressed in a kebaya.
Teng who was crowned Miss Perak Model last year is currently working in KL grooming pets but also takes on modeling jobs part time. She owns two dogs, a Rottweiler and a Shih tzu. First runner up was 20-year-old accounting student Carey Tan while second runner up was 27-year-old beauty consultant Steffieliz Wong who described the kebaya as “a very elegant evening dress”.
Richard Leong Soon Fatt, who is part of the Ad Mission team, the organizer of the event, acknowledged that the three finalists would be part of a team to promote the kebaya to China later this year. He also confirmed that the three winners would be competing in the Miss Kebaya Malaysia 2012 scheduled to be held in KL in August.
SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh Parents and Teachers Association (PIBG) have adopted the football team of the school by sponsoring the team’s training t-shirts, jerseys and footballs. Mr Chan Kok Heng, a former student and ex-international Malaysian footballer, helped to train SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh football club members. He hopes SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh will re-emerge as the power house for footballers in Perak and Malaysia in the future.
During the function, jerseys and T-shirts sponsored by Mr William Chan, the Vice Chairman of PIBG, were handed over to the school principal, Mr Chan Hen Huan. Mr Chan Hen Huan urged students to be involved in healthy activities in line with the Ministry of Education’s 1 Student 1 Sport aspiration. He believes a healthy mind will make an all-rounded student.
Mr Zulkarnain Bin Abdul Kader, who taught at SMJK Yuk Choy Ipoh for 13½ years, retired on November 6. A special function was held in his honour for the dedication and commitment he had. During his retirement function, students and teachers performed songs in English, Mandarin and Bahasa Melayu. The school’s 24 Chinese Season Drums Club gave a spectacular and lively performance.
Mr Chan Hen Huan, Principal of SMJK Yuk Choy mentioned that the school had lost a dedicated and committed Science teacher. He was well loved by his students. During his farewell speech, Mr Zulkarnain urged SMJK Yuk Choy students to study hard and his fellow colleagues to give their best to their students. He also felt glad that the school administrators are dedicated, caring and committed to making SMJK Yuk Choy Ipoh a better school. After serving more than 34 years in the education service, he reiterated he will miss all his students and fellow colleagues.
SMJK Yuk Choy’s principal Mr. Lee Hah retired last month after 32 years of service. He started as a teacher in SMJK Ayer Tawar, Dindings, and SMJK Menglembu, and later as a lecturer at Ipoh Hulu Kinta Teachers Training College. Besides that he has served as principal in SMK Methodist (ACS), Sungai Siput (U) and SMK Bercham, Ipoh. During his tenure at SMJK Yuk Choy, various programmes to instil discipline, co-curriculum activities and academic excellence among students were carried out. SMJK Yuk Choy Cadet Police Corp has emerged champion in the Inter-School North Kinta District this year and produced the best Perak State SPM 2010 student.
Among those present at the farewell were representatives from State Education Department, Encik Ahmad Shaker bin Lazim; North Kinta Education District, Tuan Haji Abdul Aziz bin Mat Jais; Chairman SMJK Yuk Choy’s Board of Governors, Mr Leong Foh Sen; Chairman of Parents and Teachers Association and Chairman of SMJK Yuk Choy Old Boys Association.
In his speech, Lee urged the students to be courageous and contribute back to the school. He hopes that SMJK Yuk Choy will continue to perform with excellence in the years to come. He managed to raise RM22,000 for the new five-storey building fund and handed over the mock cheque to the Chairman of the Board of Directors.
SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh held its annual cultural carnival on July 23 at the school to raise funds for the maintenance of various facilities. The function was officiated by Mr. Leong Foh Sen, the Chairman of the Board of Governors. According to Mr. Leong, the carnival has bonded an esprit de corps and co-operation from the local business communities, Old Boys, Old Girls, parents, teachers and students to make SMJK Yuk Choy’s various fund-raising projects a success. He also mentioned that the Board of Governors needs continuous support from the Federal government, Perak State government and local business communities, to improve various school facilities for the students.
The students had livened up the carnival atmosphere with a highly-spirited performance by the 24 Chinese Season Drums Club.
Various cultural performances were presented by the students which showed the creative and artistic side of SMJK Yuk Choy. Even the school bazaar, which apart from selling various foods from well-known shops in the city, also had game stalls that were a hit among students and the local communities.
SMJK Yuk Choy Ipoh organised a Singing Competition for the afternoon-session students recently. It was held in conjunction with the English Language Week. The competition had three categories, solo, duet and group where students presented different genres of English songs from hip-hop to love songs. Teacher-in-charge of the competition, Caren Lai said this year the competition had the most contestants taking part in the solo category and also the most contestants joining the singing competition. “The response was overwhelming. We had 25 entries just for the solo category but earlier auditions held in the school culled it to 16 contestants,” she said. As for the duet, there were five pairs and for the Group category, there were four groups.
The school Afternoon Supervisor, Sit Wai Yin, who was one of the judges, said that by participating in such competitions students can improve their pronunciation. “English is an international language and these students have shown interest in learning the language through songs. The students had fun,” he added. The other judges were senior English Language teachers, Krishna Kumary and Josephine Yap.
The winners, Ho Min Hwei, a Form Two girl was the overall winner for the solo category followed by second runner-up, Wong Lai Yan, a Form One girl and the third place went to Choo Chin Hong, a Form Two boy.
SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh organised a Chinese Calligraphy contest among the students, in conjunction with Chinese Language Week and Chinese New Year, recently. Mr. Lee Hah, the school principal, said that the Chinese Language Week is to instil the love of Chinese language among the students and the understanding of Chinese culture. He also mentioned that SMJK Yuk Choy, Ipoh Chinese Language Department had organised debates, word puzzles, quizzes and treasure hunts for the students.