St Michael’s Institution’s recent annual drama offering ‘A Night of Double Joy’ which featured the play ‘The Lion King’ and followed by Talentime 2013 was indeed that, a night of double joy. As in previous years the play was something to look forward to as the students put forward their best performance each night.
This year’s offering, The Lion King was no exception. The overall production, lights, set and music were spot on. However, this year’s costumes and makeup were a notch above previous years possibly owing to the variety of animal roles in the musical.
The Talentime 2013 was indeed a bonus. The contest was divided into three categories: Solo, Group and Open and served its purpose by allowing the students to showcase their hidden talents. The Solo category was won by Arvinderan on guitar, the Pistache Brothers for Group and Remeinesce under the Open category for their energetic dance performance.
SMI Principal Madam Loh Wei Seng was right to say that the school “indeed had a lot of talented students” and it was clearly demonstrated when the Michaelian Military Band closed the night with their rendition of Psy’s popular number ‘Gangnam Style’, slick moves and all.
St Michael’s Institution, which is 100 years old this year, launched their centennial logo on the morning of February 24 with the theme “Cherishing the past, Embracing the future”.
The launch, held during the morning assembly at 7.30 a.m., had as its Guest of Honour Tan Sri Dato’ Lee Oi Hian, himself an Old Boy, Class of ‘69.
Also present was Dato’ Brother Vincent Corkery, Old Michaelians Association President Mr Adrian Tsen, PIBG Chairman Joseph Michael Lee, past Principals and teachers.
St Michael’s Institution Principal Madam Loh Wei Seng, also an ex-Michaelian Class of ‘75, described the morning’s event as a “meaningful celebration to mark the school’s 100 year illustrious journey and existence.”
La Salle Brother and former Brother Director, Dato’ Brother Vincent Corkery attributed the “secret of the school’s greatness and on-going vibrancy to its spirit of faith, service and community which values the old Michaelian experience, unique meaning and relevance for life.”
The morning’s activities saw the guests cutting the Happy Birthday Centennial cake and unveiling the official Centennial Logo by Tan Sri Dato’ Lee Oi Hian. Collar pins of the centennial logo will be worn by all Michaelians throughout the year.
The schools centennial celebration started last month with the Centennial Cross Country Run. It will be having more centennial events throughout the year such as a Food and Fun Fair and Talentime in April, School Play in July and culminating with the Centennial Dinner on September 29.
St Michael’s Institution (SMI), (icon 7) of the Ipoh Heritage Trail Map 1 will be celebrating its centennial (100 years) this year.
The school is the second mission school in Ipoh and started with just 37 students in a large double storey half-brick, half-wooden bungalow house in a coconut plantation.
Interestingly, due to a shortage of Christian brothers, its first Headmaster was a Sikh convert, Mr P.J. Morsingh a teacher from St Xavier’s Institution Penang.
The design of the building is described as Neo-Gothic architecture and its facade of the present day building is 177 feet wide.
On the third floor of the building is its chapel, recently restored in 2011, whose design was inspired by the celebrated Sainte Chapelle on the Ile de la Cite in Paris. In preparation for the centennial year the school converted a classroom into a Heritage Gallery to to showcase the Lasallian and Michaelian heritage as well as capturing the rich and invaluable history of the 100-year old school.
The annual Old Michaelians Association dinner has always seen a full house of ever boisterous ‘boys’. This year was no different except that all 72 tables for the dinner were sold out 2 months in advance.
A possible reason for this early demand was due to the “Vintage Class of 60” who celebrated their golden Anniversary this year (50 years after graduation) and had taken up 13 tables for the dinner.
The organising chairman for the Class of 60, Sivapragasam, also a golden boy, said that preparations for this years celebration started a whole year earlier. As such the attendance was good with almost two thirds of the boys returning from Canada, England and Australia for the occasion. For dinner the golden boys turned up in green T shirts with the words Golden Jubilee Class of 60 emblazoned on the front and back of the shirts.
The next morning the Golden Boys called on their Alma Mater and was given the customary welcome by the school’s Military Band and Prefects from Forms 1 and 2. LaSalle brothers, Dato’ Bro. Vincent Corkery and Bro. Mathew Bay were present for the function which was held at the school hall.
Old boys Lawrence Chai and Francis Fernandez, during their sharing, had many fond memories of the school such as the hall, the air corp (yes there was an air corp), the teachers and about SMI beating Anderson School 9-0 at football. However their sharp memory of the Maori Warrior song which they sang aloud had the other old boys in the hall singing along.
The boys then walked down memory lane, through the corridors of the school. On the wall outside the Michaelian Heritage Gallery was hung a banner with class photos of the boys. All those present then initialed at the bottom of their photographs.
As a verse in the school song goes, “sons of St Michael’s valiant and true” the Class of 60 then donated a sum of RM1,000 each to the Military band, the Chinese Orchestra and the Heritage Gallery.