Running on the theme “Magnificent Past, Glorious Future”, Methodist Girls School (MGS) celebrates 120 years of excellence with a launch on Monday, January 9 at the school field to kick-start the year-long celebration.

Primary and secondary girls entertained the crowd with a brass band followed by a flash mob to the song, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Then, 120 red and white balloons were released into the air in the presence of guest of honour, Khor Hong Yin, executive director of Methodist Council of Education.

“Today is a truly exciting and historical moment. Our celebration theme was carefully chosen to reflect how MGS has sailed these past 120 years and will continue to sail on in the future. MGS remains the premier school of choice in Ipoh. We MGS-ians know, as we continue to give our utmost for the highest, MGS Ipoh will have the glorious future,” Datin Clareen Choo, chairperson of 120 years celebration committee, stated.

Also present was Dr Ting Cheh Sing, chairman of MGS Board of Governors, Linda Hanim Mustaffa, vice president of MGS Old Girls Association (OGA), representatives from parent-teacher association and distinguished guests. All were dressed in maroon, the school colour.

In view of the celebration, a number of activities are lined up for the year.

Spearheaded by OGA, the “120 alumni-inspiring stories” project invites former students to share inspiring tales on their personal life journey. Do submit your write up of 100-300 words and the accompanying photographs of past and present to Stephanie Hiew at (stephanie.puffy1@gmail.com) or Linda Hanim Mustaffa (linda.mustaffa@gmail.com) by Wednesday, February 15.

Do swing by the history gallery to be set up at the school by Wednesday, March 1.

The big event of the celebration will be the gala dinner to be held at Kinta Riverfront Hotel on Saturday, August 5. Tickets are now selling at RM120 per seat or RM1200 per table, available through the school or the OGA.

For the latest updates, join the MGS Ipoh 120th Anniversary Facebook group or call the school at 05 254 9580.

Beginning 2015, MGS was branded a Cluster School of Excellence, producing high achievers excelling in academic and co-curriculum.

Mei Kuan