SMK Methodist (ACS) Ipoh celebrated its inaugural Founder’s Day on Monday, August 5 to mark the day Reverend W.E. Horley founded the school on August 5, 1895.
Present was guest of honour, Manomaniam, an alumnus of ACS and one-time TV personality who played a definitive role in the “Kopitiam” TV series of the early 2000s.
ACS is one of the oldest schools in Ipoh and the first Christian mission school in Kinta District. It was established when an English clergyman, Horley, arrived in Ipoh on July 31, 1895. Just five days after his arrival, Horley opened the school located in a small attap-thatchedMalay house rented from Datoh Panglima Kinta. At that time the school had only four students.
Today, with an enrollment of almost 1300 students, ACS takes pride in its history and heritage. School principal and alumnus, John Seeni, told this scribe that the idea struck him after reading the book, ‘History of Methodist Schools in Malaysia’.
“I read the book in December last year and it inspired me to start the celebration so it could be held annually.”
ACS has three entries in the Malaysia Book of Records – 2007, 2009, and 2013. “For next year’s Founder’s Day, we’re planning something grand for another entry into the Malaysia Book of Records,” he added.
Numerous activities were held and organised since June to commemorate the big day namely, drawing contest, choir, public speaking and futsal competition. Prizes were given away in conjunction with the auspicious day.