On The Shoulders Of Giants


Tenby Schools Ipoh recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a dinner held at the ballroom of the Syuen Hotel during which it paid tribute to its “giants past and present” who had served the school and helped build its well-known tradition of excellence.

The night saw the presentation of ‘Long Service Awards” by its Director Mrs Lai nee Madam Lee Yam Sei to four of its Golden Girls namely, Mrs Magdalene Dass, Mrs Jackie Foong, Mrs Yee and Mrs Judy Louis saying “they have all served from 20 to 40 years in the school and many of our parents and their children have been taught by them. They are good role models of loyalty and commitment to the school.”

Golden Girl Jackie Fong who was with the school for 35 years before she had to stop three years ago due to medical reasons, described the school as “her second home. I started as a kindergarten teacher and grew with the school; subsequently teaching art and PE and finally with administration. It was very fulfilling.”

Tenby Schools originally started as an expatriate kindergarten in 1960 and later became the Ipoh International School (IIS). It was later expanded to include a private Malaysian school, Sekolah Tenby.

Fifty years on Tenby Kindergarten has evolved into Tenby Schools. An educational institution offering teaching and learning opportunities from pre-school to pre-university. With the introduction of an A-Levels Centre this year, the school now has a “full school age range”.

Tenby currently has over 900 students with nationalities from 30 countries making it a “mini global village”. Future plans include a move to a purpose built school on a 13-acre site located at Meru “to provide a world class 21st century education for its students”.

As for the dinner it was a good and up-beat party with students and teachers taking to the stage and providing lively entertainment.