Saturday, April 16, 2016

THE ORIGIN OF THE SCHOOL MAGAZINE - 1953 TERM REVIEW

In 1953, Rev. Bro. Celestine introduced a tabloid that reports happenings in the school and select works from Johannians. The name of this tabloid - Term Review.

It ran as a series of three papers per annum until 1963 when it was merged into a magazine. The Term Review then became Term Review/Garudamas before it was renamed as Garudamas in 1966.

In case you're wondering, the volume count of the present day Garudamas started when the Term Review became a magazine in 1963.

The Term Review made its debut on April 15, 1953. Today, we proudly present a copy of the Term Review Volume 1 Number 1 for your viewing pleasure.











Sunday, April 10, 2016

THIS MONTH IN HISTORY - APRIL

Events that took place in St. John's in the month of April.

1921 - Rev. Bro. Director Claude Marie was transferred to St. Francis Institution, Malacca after five years of service in St. John's.

April 3
1969 - A United Nations Mock Assembly was held jointly with Convent Bukit Nanas.

April 15
1953 - The first edition of the Term Review was made available.

April 28
1959 - Rev. Bro. Celestine Jennings was appointed Director in the absence of Rev. Bro. Lawrence Spitzig. He is to remain Director until his transfer in December to St. Paul's Institution, Seremban.

April 29
1970 - Minister of Health, Tan Sri Sardon Jubir was guest-of-honour for Speech and Prize Giving Day. 

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

THIS MONTH IN HISTORY - MARCH

List of notable events in St. John's for the month of March:

March 1
1954 - Lady Templer visits SJI to meet Tan Beng Hoe, a Johannian who offered his collection of paintings to the Lady Templer T.B. Home Fund.

March 5
1958 - Famous African-American baritone singer, William Warfield, performs in the school hall

That's a splendid grand piano we had in the hall, isn't it?

1984 - The 'Job-a-Long' was held to raise funds for the Development Committee

March 7
1987 - The SJI Heritage Night Dinner was held at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC, attended by a crowd of 1 000 old boys, present boys, teachers and well wishes. The master-of-ceremony was Mr. Bosco de Cruz, former teacher and well known newscaster.

March 31
1997 - The SmartLab was officiated by Education Minister, Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak. St. John's was the first school to have a computer lab in the country.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

THIS MONTH IN HISTORY - FEBRUARY

Notable events that took place throughout the month of February:

February 4
1960 - Minister of Education, Abdul Rahman bin Talib, visited St. John's. He was invited to be the judge and award presenter of the Poster Competition

February 5
1983 - St. John's bade farewell to Rev. Bro. Director Tibertius Lawrence Spitzig. Bro. Lawrence, dubbed "The Good Shepherd of St. John's", was the only Brother who had the honour of helming St. John's twice. The administration of St. John's was then passed to Rev. Bro. Cassian Pappu.

February 10
1992 - 21 Japanese girls from Kagoshima Immaculate Heart Convent arrive in SJI, accompanied by their teachers and principal.

February 14
1953 - First day of the School Funfair. Proceeds of the funfair will go towards the field extension project. The funfair was held for two consecutive days.

February 15
1954 - The extension of the school field commences. To meet the growing need of a school field as St. John's expanded, Bro. Dositheus Joseph Brophy during his directorship undertook the task first started by Rev. Bro. Louis in 1929.

Front page of the 1st Volume of the 1954 Term Review

February 22
1994 - Rev. Bro. Superior General John Johnston visits from Rome, Italy. Bro. Superior-General addressed the morning assembly.

February 25
1987 - SJI's canteen was voted "The Cleanest Canteen in Kuala Lumpur". 

February 26
1954 - The "Biological Society" was formed, under the leadership of Rev. Bro. Patrick and Mr. P. V. James


Saturday, January 23, 2016

REV. BRO. JOSEPH YEOH - A BIOGRAPHY BY DATUK REV. BRO. VINCENT CORKERY


IN MEMORIAM OF 

REV. BRO. JOSEPH YEOH
DIRECTOR OF ST. JOHN'S INSTITUTION KUALA LUMPUR
1969 - 1978

WHO PASSED AWAY PEACEFULLY ON 
JANUARY 27, 1982


THE FOLLOWING IS A BIOGRAPHY OF REV. BRO. JOSEPH YEOH, OR FONDLY KNOWN AS 'OLD JOE', WRITTEN BY DATUK REV. BRO. VINCENT CORKERY.


MAY THIS SERVE TO BE A MEMORY OF REV. BRO. JOSEPH YEOH TO JOHANNIANS UNDER HIS ADMINISTRATION AS WELL AS AN INSPIRATION TO PRESENT AND FUTURE JOHANNIANS



MANY THANKS TO MR. LIM HEAN HWA FOR PROVIDING THIS DIGITAL COPY OF BRO. JOSEPH'S BIOGRAPHY

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, ST. JOHN'S - JANUARY 18, 2016


St. John's celebrated its 112th anniversary on Monday, January 18, 2016. 

At the same time, we also bade farewell to Mr. Mustafa Kamal, the former PK HEM now promoted as PK Tadbir and Kurikulum in SMK Taman Desa.

The guest-of-honour for the birthday celebration was Mr. Michael Simon, President of the Malaysian Federation of La Sallian Alumni Associations.

As early as 7am, invited guests began arriving at the Board of Governors room to sign the visitors' book. 


 





At 7.45am, the guests were ushered to the assembly area, accompanied by the bagpipes. After the Negaraku and state anthem, a series of speeches followed, starting with the School Captain.

Next to speak was Dr. M. Puvanendran, Principal of St. John's. He was then followed by Mr. Mustafa Kamal who addressed St. John's for the last time.

Last to take the podium was Mr. Michael Simon, the guest-of-honour for the birthday celebration. In his speech, Mr. Michael placed forth a challenge to Tuan Megat Mizan Nicholas Denney, the Chairman of the Board of Governors, to reinstate St. John's as an English-medium school to arrest the slide in English proficiency among students.

The school was then brought down memory lane with a presentation on the 112 illustrious years under the various Directors, put up by the prefects.


The grand finale of the event was the cutting of the cake. This year, every class brought a cake to the celebration and the cakes were cut after the singing of the birthday song.


It was indeed an exciting day for all Johannians, and it was good to see a number of old boys attending the birthday celebration this year.

Here's to a great year in St. John's.

Happy birthday, St. John's, and may God bless you always!

*Pictures courtesy of Deevnish (a.k.a. Jenko Chugani San), Garudamas

















 




 





 

Monday, January 11, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENTS PERTAINING TO SJI'S 112th BIRTHDAY

Greetings, fellow Johannians.

SJI will be celebrating it's 112th birthday on Monday, January 18, 2016.

The guest of honour for this year's celebration is Mr. Michael Simon, President of the Malaysian Federation of La Sallian Alumni Associations. 

Johannians, you can do your part in expressing joy and thanksgiving in conjunction with our beloved institution's anniversary. The following are links where you can post your best wishes to St. John's:




Come on, Johannians! Express your sincerest wishes in conjunction of the school's birthday either in words or visuals (the padlet supports the latter).

Happy birthday, St. John's, and may God bless you always.


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