Madam Loh Wei Seng of St Michael’s Institution, Ipoh who served as principal for almost four years, bade farewell to her school when she retired from service on Friday, February 6. A farewell ceremony was held in her honour at the school hall.
According to Senior Assistant, Bhajan Kaur, Loh had received several awards for her exemplary service from the Ministry of Education. She received excellent service awards in 1994, 2002 and 2009. Loh was bestowed the Ahli Mahkota Perak by the late Sultan Azlan Shah in 2012.
“Madam Loh is the first lady principal this school has ever had. Please don’t judge her by her size, she’s a dedicated teacher whose determination is well known to us all,” said Bhajan in her opening remarks.
Loh, in her return speech, expressed her gratitude to the teaching staff, students, members of the board of governors, the Old Michaelians’ Association, parent teacher association and all those who had assisted her during her time at the school.
Loh plans to devote her free time to her family and friends now that she has fulfilled her professional obligations.
“I thank each and everyone of you for your time. I hope all Michaelian teachers will work with passion to help our students do their best. I’ll take with me all the happy moments we have had together,” said Loh. She ended her speech with a subdued, “I’ll miss you all.”
The outgoing principal was ‘pulled out’ of the school compound in an antique car led by teachers while students lined up the road to bid farewell as her car passed by.