Assunta Secondary School
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|SMK (P) Assunta, Petaling Jaya, Malaysia|
Official seal of SMK Assunta
Latin: Ad Veritatem Per Caritatem
To Truth, Through Clarity
|Petaling Jaya, Selangor
|School type||Government-aided, Non-boarding secondary School|
|Founder||Sister Enda Ryan FMM|
|Grades||Form 1 - Form 5|
|Colour(s)||Brown and white|
Assunta Secondary School was established in 1957, a year when Malaya was still in the midst of turmoil following the communists’ struggle for political power. Racial tensions were still high and curfews had been imposed. Most girls then did not go to school; this prompted the British as well as the local leaders to establish an all-girls school to help promote education and improve relationships between the races. This school was Assunta.
Assunta Secondary School began with two form 1 classes and one Remove class. The Remove class was, in fact, the basis for the students who failed the primary school test called UPSR.
Between 1959 and 1960, the number of classes rose to eleven. To make room for the new secondary classes, six of the Primary School classes had to be placed at Jalan Templer, and Domestic Science classes were held at Assunta Hospital.
In 1960, the first phase of the Jalan Changgai School (Assunta’s present premises) was built. In the same year, Assunta presented its first batch of students for the Lower Certificate of Education exam L.C.E (later Sijil Rendah Pelajaran S.R.P., then, Penilaian Menengah Rendah P.M.R, and currently, Pentaksiran Tingkatan 3 P.T.3).
A year later, three Form 1 classes and 2 Remove classes were admitted. These new classes were conducted at the Assunta Primary School, whereas the more senior students were moved to the new premises at Jalan Changgai.
In 1962, phase two of the school building was complete. The number of classes now totalled twenty, and the first batch of Assuntarians sat for the Senior Cambridge Examination S.C.E (now Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia S.P.M.).
By 1963, there were 900 students, 34 full-time teachers, one part-time Bahasa Malaysia teacher and 1 religious teacher. At the end of February the same year, Assunta joined the ranks of the Grade A schools. It was also in this year that Jalan Talent was built.
With the increasing number of students, the need for a school hall became apparent. In 1969, after five years of fundraising the new school hall was completed at a cost of approximately RM100,000. Improvements were made to the school over the years such as the covered way that connects the school building to the hall and the canteen, the wooden bridge, school office, headmistress’ office, conference room, two laboratories and library.
By 1982, the school had 20 classes, two cooking rooms, a dentist’s office and 87 permanent teachers. In the 1980s, the students numbered 2000, and the lack of classrooms led to ‘floating classrooms’. This in turn sparked off a series of intensive fundraising, and by early 1988, a four-storey high building was erected where the basketball court once was. It was named the Mutiara Block in conjunction with Assunta’s Pearl Anniversary. The Form 4s and Lower 6 classes finally had permanent classes and floating classes have since then become a thing of the past.
In the school hall was christened ‘Sister Enda Hall’. The next day, 31 May, Sister Enda retired as Headmistress after being at the helm for over 30 years.
In 1994, the Mutiara Block’s basement was converted into an extra four classrooms and a surau built for religious purposes.
In 2000, the school authorities, together with Assunta alumni, launched a school building fund to help raise funds for a new wing: the Puan Seri Datin Kai Yong Yeoh Building. Rachel Hargreaves is the Honorary Chairwoman of the alumni.
In 2008, SMK Assunta launched the Datin Kathleen Art Building which comes with an Art Gallery that also functions as a hall. The building cost 1.2 million ringgit to build. SMK Assunta celebrated its 50th Golden Jubilee that year.
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