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School wants new building

Monday, January 4th, 2016
Siti (seated sixth left) with former teachersbehind the school.

Siti (seated sixth left) with former teachers behind the school.

KOTA KINABALU: The Boarding School Alumni Club of Sabah and SM Science Sabah (CLASS) are appealing to the relevant authorities to build a new building in the school compound as the old building is decaying.

Disclosing this yesterday, its club president, Siti Noraishah Azizan, said starting Monday, students and teachers were forced to move to the Teachers Education Institute campus in Tuaran as the old school building was under maintenance.

“We hope the relevant parties will give serious consideration for the welfare for the students and teachers of SM Science Sabah.

“At the moment, we are forced to use the campus in Tuaran while maintenance of the old building is underway.

“We also hope the relevant authority will come to our assistance and provide the school with better facilities and infrastructure to preserve the good image of SM Science Sabah,” she said during a visit to the school with former teachers recently.

Siti Noraishah has served in the school for 34 years since 1984 and it is said that the school was the first boarding science school in Kota Kinabalu.
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NCIA picks Taiping school

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

TAIPING: THE 131-year-old Sekolah Menengah King Edward VII here has been chosen as a key partner by the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority (NCIA) in its efforts to introduce applicable industrial-based skills to students.

Announcing the addition of the boys’ school into NCIA’s Kelab Kerjaya Programme during the 47th Old Edwardians annual dinner here, NCIA chief executive officer Datuk Redza Rafiq Abdul Razak said Taiping would be seeing more growth in the near future as one of the key economic growth nodes in the Northern Corridor.

He said Taiping would be witnessing various economic developments that provide opportunities for the people here.

“And to continue to provide this (economic) momentum, the NCIA has agreed for the King Edward VII school to be one of our key partners in NCIA’s Kelab Kerjaya Programme.

“This will involve collaboration among the school, NCIA, training institutes and the private sector,” he told the New Straits Times in an interview here.

Present at the interview were school principal Abd Aziz Samsuddin and Old Edwardians Association of Malaysia president Mohaideen A.K. Mohd Ishack.

Redza Rafiq, who is an old boy of the school, said the programme, to be implemented by the school’s Kelab Kerjaya, would initially focus on providing the students industrial skills on heritage tourism in line with Taiping’s tagline as a “Bandar Warisan”.

He said the programme would be a non-examination-based course through which students would be taught practical lessons related to heritage tourism.

“Discussions are under way with the Department of Skills Development as part of the process to certify the school as an Accredited Training Centre for the National Skills Development Programme.

by Jaspal Singh

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SM St Michael excels for more than a century

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

KOTA KINABALU: SM St Michael, Penampang marked its 120 years milestone Sunday, 13 June 2010, with a gala dinner at the Putera Ballroom Theatre. The theme of the celebration was “120 years in Excellence.”

Founded in 1890 by the Mill Hill missionary, St Michael was a humble school built of bamboo. “Though its physical features have undergone much change over the years, SM St Michael’s drive for accessible quality education has not withered, whether in the hearts of the school’s educators nor its Board of Governors,” said Anne Lasimbang in her address as organizing chairperson of the anniversary celebration.

A long list of movers and shakers in Sabah were Old Michaelians who were leading lights in shaping the destiny of the state and country. They occupied positions of influence in politics, civil service, business, academics, medical and legal to social activism, since before the formation of Malaysia until today, Anne, who is also the chairperson of the school’s Parent-Teacher’s Association (PTA), added.

“Under the able and dynamic leadership of Marie Yong Pik Hua as the school principal, St Michael continues to scale greater heights of achievement, receiving several awards and recognition,” Anne hailed.

Last year the school was bestowed the School of Excellence under the rural category at the national level for its brilliant academic performance.

St Michael achieved 91.4 per cent passing rate for PMR (Lower Secondary Assessment) with 21 students scoring straight As, while its SPM results saw 97.3 per cent passes.

“These achievements have earned St Michael a credit status for the National Key Results Area (NKRA) by the Malaysian Ministry of Education,” said Anne in congratulating the principal and her dedicated staff.

St Michael is one of the top ten schools in Sabah. The PTA chairperson hoped that the school would go on to be one of the best schools in Malaysia one day.

The school was the national and state champion in the “Edible Landscape’ competitions. In the 3K (cleanliness, environment and safety) nationwide inter-school contest, it was placed third.

The school would strive to enlighten its students to be environmentally conscious and the target for 2010 was to become an outstanding ‘Lestari’ school. Through its endeavours, it had already being awarded par excellence on environment since 2007 consecutively.

St Michael was in the Malaysian Book of Records for having the largest collection of flower pots from coconut shells in 2008, and the largest collection of aluminium cans last year.

Its string of successes had not gone unnoticed at the international level, especially Japan and South Korea. Yong Ho High School from South Korea has a student exchange programme with St Michael.

In recognition of St Michael as a school of fine repute, the Ian Ferguson Foundation donated RM83,100 for the purchase of a van to transport students.

In propelling St Michael towards excellence, Anne noted the role played by the surrounding communities, especially from Penampang. She expressed her deepest appreciation of the close cooperation and commitment given by the school’s Board of Governors and the PTA, not forgetting the principals and teacher – past and present – who selflessly upheld St Michael’s spirit.

Donald Mojuntin, Assistant Minister of Finance, was the guest of honour at the function. Also present were State Director of Education Dr Muhyiddin Yussin, St Michael’s Board Chairman Donald Malinggang and Monsignor Primus Jouil. Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, Federal Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, was represented by his son Carl Dompok, as he was on official duty in Shanghai.

Among the 1,000 guests were leading Old Michaelians such as Datuk Philip Lasimbang, former Assemblyman for Moyog and present Political Secretary to Minister of Plantation Industries and Commodities, Chairman of Institute of Studies (IDS) Datuk Seri Panglima Clarence Bongkos, Tan Sri Simon Sipaun who was the former Suhakam Commissioner and Tan Sri Herman Luping.

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Stamp of success for All Saints

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Kota Kinabalu: December 16, 2008 was a proud and historical day for SM All Saints in Likas – and not because they achieved 100 per cent passes or won any competition.

Instead it was the day a special set of stamps and first day covers featuring it and three other premier schools in the country officially went on sale in post offices nationwide. The four Mission schools of SMK Victoria and SMK Convent Bukit Nanas (both in Kuala Lumpur), SMK St Thomas in Kuching and SM All Saints were chosen by Pos Malaysia Berhad to be honoured in the custom-made stamps and first-day covers for their academic and curriculum achievements.

A beaming SM All Saints Principal, Lorna Mathews, declared that this was the stuff of dreams, which they had never imagined to arrive at their front door. “(We are) elated and of course very, very proud that we were chosen as one of the four schools in the whole of Malaysia. There are many premier schools but to be chosen to represent Sabah and Malaysia is beyond our wildest dreams,” she said.

Actually, they got the news about the recognition some time in June this year when Pos Malaysia called up and said they were sending some people over to take photos of the school for the purpose. But the exact release date of the stamps was not known to them. There was little to hide her delight at seeing the colourful stamps containing pictures of two of the school’s buildings.

“It means we have been acknowledged for past achievements and our contributions, the long history that we hold and history of excellence, in all sense of the word,” she said, adding she ordered 500 copies for the school.

According to Pos Malaysia Bhd stamp and philately unit head Yasmin Ramli the chosen schools had produced many national leaders, corporate figures, professionals, sportsmen and scholars “who have contributed significantly to the growth of Malaysia.”

To this end, Lorna, who has been principal since June 2003, said her school had produced notable personalities and professionals, past and present, among others, former Chief Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat and Upko Deputy President-cum-Tuaran MP, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, who was also a former Deputy Chief Minister.

“In fact present Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman was also once a student here.”

Golfer Ben Leong, swimmers Alex Lim Keng Liat and Elvin Chia, and karate exponents Michelle Koh and Sarah Chung, to name a few, were also products of the school.

Lorna, the 17th and only woman Principal of SM All Saints, believed the recognition was due reward for the school for being able to keep up with demanding standards over the years and still deliver the goods.

“Children now are different from past generations, they are more difficult and have more discipline problems but despite all kinds of changes we can still rise above that É we had just celebrated our 100 years in 2003.

“Every school has its strengths and weaknesses (and) we have our own flaws but we try to do our best. So we definitely deserved this and I strongly believe my predecessors would agree with me,” she said.

Meanwhile, she opined that it was no sheer coincidence that three of the premier schools picked were Christian Mission schools, pointing out such schools not only stimulated thinking but also were successful in instilling moral values among its students.

“I’m not sure about SMK Victoria but the other three schools are definitely all Mission schools É in fact SMK St Thomas and SM All Saints are both Anglican Mission schools.

“I think that (the recognition) has something to say about Mission schools.

“You can get academic results anywhere (but) a piece of paper will not mean anything if you don’t have the personality and character to go with it,” she said.

SM All Saints was established as King Edward VII School on Dec. 22, 1903, near the Jesselton Clock Tower.

Declared open by then Governor, E.W. Birch, the school moved twice, the second time to Karamunsing in September 1909, before settling at its present site in Likas.

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Premier Schools in Malaysia.

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

Premier Schools:

Premier Schools are schools that are over 100 years old which have been selected and awarded as cluster schools due to their achievements in the academic and co-curriculum fields. These schools have produced many national leaders, corporate figures, professionals, sportsman and scholars who have contributed significantly to the growth of Malaysia in this era of globalisation.

SM St. Thomas:

SM St. Thomas is the oldest school in Sarawak. Founded in 1948 by Reverend Francis Thomas Mcdougall, St Thomas. This school was originally located at Sungei Sarawak. It subsequently moved to its present location known as College Hill situated in the center of Kuching City.

St. Thomas has created history for Sarawak by becoming a pioneer in many aspects and winning awards at the national level. In 2006, SM St Thomas was officially recognised as a “Sekolah Lestari” due to it being an environment friendly school.

SM Victoria.

SM Victoria, better known as Victoria Institution was officiated on 14th August 1893 by Mrs. Hood Treacher, wife of the then Resident of Selangor. SM Victoria is today a five-star smart school and its 115 years of excellence has resulted in the school being selected as a cluster school in 2007.

SM Convent Bukit Nanas:

SM Convent Bukit Nanas is a well-known premier girl’s school in Kuala Lumpur. Built in 1899, this school with its English Gothic architecture is situated on a two-acre site near the peak of Bukit nanas Forest Reserve.

SM Bukit Nanas consistently excelled in the academic and co-curriculum fields. In 2007, this school was selected as a cluster school.

SM All Saints, Likas.

SM All Saints was established as King Edward VII School on 22nd December 1903 and officiated by the Governor E. W. Birch. The new building was built in 1909 in Likas and was officiated by the the Governor Sir Ralph Hone.

SM All Saints has played a major role in the growth of education in Sabah and has been awarded as a premier school.

Four premier schools honoured in stamps:

The four premier schools have been honoured with special sets of stamps and first-day covers by Pos Malaysia Berhad in December 2008.

SM Victoria and SM Convent Bukit Nanas in Kuala Lumpur, SM St Thomas in Kuching and SM All Saints, Likas in Kota Kinabalu were chosen for their successful achievements in the academic and curriculum fields.

Pos Malaysia Bhd stamp and philately unit head Yasmin Ramli said during the launching that the schools had produced many national leaders, corporate figures, professionals, sportsman and scholars “who have contributed significantly to the growth of Malaysia.”

Colourful covers: Pos Malaysia Berhad corporate communications department senior assistant manager Maisara Noor Ahmad showing the first-day covers during a preview in Kuala Lumpur during the launching.

The first day covers with a set of four stamps was sold at RM2.30 each while a folder costs RM5.50. A set of 20 stamps, with each stamp in 50 sen denomination, was sold for RM10 while a folder with a complete set of stamps of the schools and a first day cover cost RM47.80.

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