After a span of 37 years, Dr S.S. Gill returned to his alma mater, St Michael’s Institution Ipoh, as its guest-of-honour during the school’s 89th Sports Day on April 30. It was truly a walk down memory lane for the ophthalmologist as he reminisced about his fondest memories as a former student of the school.
“I am reminded of the many hours of playing soccer, hockey, training for the relay races and long jump. As a scout, we used to camp on school grounds and we had many hours of learning and playing. It was indeed very good times,” Dr Gill remarked, adding that he used to cycle to school from his home in Canning Garden.
He highlighted that school life is not just about studies and performing well in exams, it is also about finding your niche in extracurricular activities.
“I would like to encourage all parents and teachers to take an interest in your children’s extracurricular activities whether in sports, arts, music or drama. These activities will develop the student’s emotional quotient as they learn how to work as a team, manage their time wisely, handle failure and work under pressure,” he said to the audience of over 1500 consisting of teachers, parents, old boys and pupils.
Dr Gill, who holds the school very close to his heart, advised the students to bear the mark of a valiant Michaelian and stand up for what is right.
He also paid tribute to the late Dato’ Brother Vincent Corkery for his vast wisdom, love for education, kindness and encouragement.
“He was my principal and teacher in English Literature when I was in school. Brother Vincent is an icon of loving kindness and encouragement”, shared Dr Gill, adding that it was his honour to be able to treat the late Dato’ as a patient because it allowed him to find valued fellowship during the precious time together.
He was welcomed by school principal, Chan Nyook Ying and Chairman of SMI Parent-Teacher Association, Joseph Michael Lee.