Infant Jesus Convent
|This article relies too much on references to primary sources. (November 2008)|
|Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Infant Jesus Convent
Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus
|144, Parameswara Road, 75000 Banda Hilir
Malacca City, Malacca
|Type||Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (National Secondary School)|
Simple Dans Ma Virtu,
Steadfast In Duty)
|Founder||Reverend Mother Mathilde Raclot|
|School district||Central Malacca|
|Colour(s)||Blue, White, Yellow|
Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Infant Jesus Convent, commonly referred to as Infant Jesus Convent (IJC) is a secondary school for girls in the city of Malacca, Malaysia. It is also sometimes referred to as the Main Convent or the French Convent (as opposed to the Portuguese Convent, Cannossa).
SMK Infant Jesus Convent Malacca is a semi-government funded daily school. This means that syllabus and school activities are regulated by the Ministry of Education, but the school receives little help for repairing and maintaining its condition, because the land is still under church authority.
As of 2008, IJC is the last remaining IJ Convent in Malaysia whose land is still under church authority.
IJC is located in the heart of Malacca City, and is a stone's throw away from the historic A Famosa fort and a number of shopping malls. It is situated exactly in front of SK Convent Infant Jesus 1 and 2, its primary sister schools. IJC is located on Jalan Parameswara, which was named after the Palembang prince credited for the opening of Malacca around 1402.
Like other secondary schools, it offers lower and upper secondary educations: Form 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Forms 4 and 5 are split into 2 basic streams, Sciences and Humanities. The School also offers 6th Form education in Mathematics and Humanities.
The school is known for its performance in public exams, notably PMR (Lower Secondary Evaluation) and SPM (Malaysian Education Certificate). In 2007, there were 100% passes in the SPM, a feat considered remarkable for a daily school without the privilege of selecting its students.
Oh, Oh, Oh Let's all in harmony sing,
Of the school we love so dear,
The life we lead so happily,
Among sisters and teachers and friends
So, Let's rejoice this day and remember,
Simple in virtue,
Then Our cares will fade away,
Let us sing
Let's sing of student days,
Of good and jolly days,
When students hope and pray,
To come back some fine day
So let our hearts rejoice,
As once again we sing,
One of the olden days,
Of students days
We must get on sad to say,
List to our vocation call,
But we'll think of student days,
God bless them one and all
The four sport houses are named after the first four Principals:
- Anselm (red)
- Mathilde (blue)
- Leonard (green)
- Marcinenne (yellow)
In 2010, SMK Convent held its 64th Annual Sports Day recently at Stadium Perak. The event was officiated by Dato’ Ir. Dr. Safry Kamal, Chairman of Parent-Teacher Association. The event began with a march-pass of the participating contingents. Their ability to march in sync with the music impressed the crowd of on-lookers and supporters in the stadium stands.
The highlight was definitely the inter-school 4 × 100 m race between the host, SMK Methodist (P), SMJK Ave Maria Convent, SMJK Perempuan Cina Perak and SMK Jalan Pasir Puteh. SMK Convent and SMJK Perempuan Cina Perak clinched the Under-15 and Under-18 titles, respectively.
Unique to the event was the cheerleading competition which drew much attention from the crowd. In line with the school’s vision to become one of the top 200 schools in Malaysia by 2012, the principal, Mdm. Lim Swee Kew, said that achievements in sports and academics were key criteria in achieving the position.
The march-pass competition was won by the Kadet Remaja Sekolah while Red House was the adjudged the overall champion. Ong Zong Lin and Cheng Zen Li were crowned Main Convent’s Sportswomen of the Year.
- Shirley Geok-lin Lim, author
- http://sekolah.mmu.edu.my/smkijc/lamanutama.htm Official website
- http://smkijc.110mb.com/ PTA Website