St. Michael's Institution

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St. Michael's Institution
SMI front
Quis Ut Deus (Who Is Greater Than God ?) and Signum Fidei (A Sign of Faith)
Location
Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia
Information
Type Govt-aided
Established 1912
School district Kinta
Session Double Session
Principal Loh Wei Seng
Enrollment Over 2,000[citation needed]
Colour(s) Green and white
Website

St Michael's Institution (SMI) is a well-known public secondary school in Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia. It is situated on Jalan SP Seenivasagam, formerly Clayton Road. Within the same compound are two primary schools, St Michael's I and II. The school has a long history of events such as the annual drama play, which was first held more than sixty years ago and is still continuing.

St Michael's Institution is part of the La Sallian worldwide community of schools. The Ipoh City Council has designated the original building block as a historical landmark in Ipoh. It received a five-star rating from the Education Ministry of Perak.

History[edit]

The modern era[edit]

Dato' Bro Vincent Corkery retired as director of the school in 1988, and Chong Suan Ee became both the first Malaysian and who is not a Brother to become the principal of SMI. He was succeeded by K Subramaniam, Teh Chor Aun and Louis Rozario Doss.

Under Doss, the school underwent structural improvements, funded primarily by money raised from the annual school plays. Doss retired in 2006, passing the baton to Phoon Chong Chee. Madam Loh Wei Seng took over in 2011 and is the first woman principal of SMI. Like Doss, she is a former student of SMI.

In the new millennium, enrollment increased to more than 2000 students, putting St Michael's among the 100 largest schools in Malaysia. The large enrollment caused the average number of students in each class to far exceed the government ideal number of Thirty. A typical class in St Michael's has about forty students. Sixth Form can be more packed, with some classes with fifty or more students.

In November 2005, construction on the new primary school building began on the school's back field to replace the original wooden building that was falling apart due to termite infestation and posing a danger to students. The new primary school building was completed by the end of 2006 at a cost of RM2.4 million, all of which came from former students and donors.

Facilities[edit]

The school has a school hall, a lecture theatre, a resource centre that is the Marian Library, six science laboratories, two computer laboratories, a Living Skills building, a food court that is famous among schools in Perak, a foyer where the statue Pater Familias is prominently found, a chapel (restored in 2012 from damage caused by water leaking from the roof), and a pavilion for students. A notable feature is the five-star boys toilet. For sports, there are two basketball courts, a volleyball court, four badminton courts, and two football fields. On the second level of the school's main block is the Heritage Room, a small museum that houses many items, documents and antiques that are part of the school's history.

Clubs and Societies[edit]

The school offers a lot of sports, societies and uniform units for students to join. There are currently thirty-three societies, fifteen uniform units, and more than twenty-two sports offered in the institution. Among these sports and games are water polo, golf, badminton, basketball, soccer, football, table tennis, international chess, Chinese chess, rugby, volleyball, softball, hand ball, squash, and bowling. The uniform units include The Michaelian Military Band, Scouts, The Michaelian Chinese Orchestra, Teenagers Cadet, St. John's Ambulance, Michaelian Indian Ochestra, Michaelian Taekwondo Squad and more. The scout troop of St. Michael's Institution is numbered 02 Kinta, which is combined from the former 24th Ipoh and 29th Ipoh Scout Troops. Every year, there are scouts who successfully achieve the prestigious King's Scout Award Award (equivalent to the Eagle Scout Award).

Affiliations[edit]

St. Michael's Institution is part of the La Sallian Educational Institutions. SMI's two alumni associations (the Old Michaelians' Association and the Klang Valley SMI Alumni Association) belong to the Malaysian Federation of Lasallian Associations (MFOLSA), the umbrella organization for all Lasallian alumni associations in Malaysia.

Notable alumni[edit]

Trivia[edit]

  • Bernard Chauly's Goodbye Boys is about eight scouts from the 02 Kinta Troop of St. Michael's who set out on a hundred-kilometer expedition. The school is seen in scenes throughout the movie. The movie is based on Chauly's similar experience as a scout during his days at St. Michael's.[1]
  • Dato' Bro Vincent Corkery was conferred the Darjah Dato' Paduka Mahkota Perak (DPMP) by the Sultan of Perak in 2010 in recognition of his contributions to education and SMI.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sun2surf movie review

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