It was an evening of getting reacquainted with old friends while making new ones on Saturday, September 26 at the Red Crescent Hall, Ipoh where over 600 members attended the 82nd annual reunion dinner organised by the Old Michaelians’ Association. Some even came sporting class T-shirts to show their enduring school spirit.
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of jubilee salutation certificates by Dato’ Brother Vincent Corkery, former Brother Director of St Michael’s Institution (SMI), Ipoh.
Also present were Adrian Tsen Keng Yam, President of Old Michaelians Association, Tan Sri Lee Oi Hian, Chairman of the Board of Governors, Joseph Michael Lee, Chairman of the Parent-Teacher Association and Madam Chan Nyook Ying, Principal of SMI.
This scribe caught up with 73-year-old Timothy Chee, a retired teacher and a former student. Teaching back in 1961, the King’s Scout was the one and only receiver of the Eminent Michaelian Award back in 2010. “Everyone here is either my student or my colleague,” he exclaimed in jest.
And this is his one precious advice for all students of the school: “Be yourself”.
I had my own share of excitement that night as I found out that Mrs Chee was my kindergarten teacher. What a small world!