FORMER MALACCA HIGH SCHOOL PUPILS REGISTRATION FORM

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

MHS OLD PUPILS ON-LINE PUBLICATION

MHS Old Pupils On-line Publication

Inconjunction with Malacca High School 190th. Anniversary in 2016, MAHSOPA Publication has launched a new digital website named "mhsoldpupils.blogspot.my". This is the on-line publication that will highlight past and present achievements of our Malacca High pupils over our past 189 years of founding.

Former pupils can send in their essays about their contribution to the School, Malacca and Malaysia. These essays will be posted onto this new website for world wide audience.

Contribution can be emailed (with photos) to admin@mahsopa.net.

We look forward to your essays and photos.

MAHSOPA Publication

Sunday, May 24, 2015

MR. RENGANATHAN, TEACHER EXTRAORDINARY

Published: Sunday May 24, 2015 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday May 24, 2015 MYT 8:08:14 AM

The timeless Guru

Sacred endeavour: After more than 50 years, Rangganathan continues to love teaching and enlightening students.
Sacred endeavour: After more than 50 years, Rangganathan continues to love teaching and enlightening students.
 
THE sanskrit word Guru or teacher denotes far more than an individual who imparts knowledge and wisdom to his students.
Next to the universal concepts of ‘Mother’, ‘Father’ and ‘God’, the Guru is held in reverence as his teachings would guide his students to obtain not only material knowledge but also the ability to cultivate virtues which are essential for the betterment of society.
Likewise, any teacher who assumes this journey must be able to devote his entire self not only to the teaching cause but also to building character in his students.
My father, M.P.Rangganathan is the epitome of that teacher devoted to the ultimate teaching cause.
Papa was born in 1939 in a kampung in Alor Gajah, Malacca to migrants from India determined to live a more prosperous life in Malaya then.
It was a family steeped in poverty as my grandparents struggled to make ends meet by selling kacang putih and rearing cattle to provide for a family of six children.
As the oldest son, Papa learnt from a very young age of the suffering and hardship that came with being poor. . It was during these formative years that Papa would learn of the value of education as the only means to rise above poverty and to achieve a more meaningful future.
In spite of his lack of education, my grandfather was informed enough to provide Papa with an education in an English-medium school and it was a decision that would change his life forever.
Papa obtained his primary education at the Tranquerah English School and it was during these few years that he realised the importance of language in achieving academic excellence.
Papa’s determination to overcome all odds met with continued success as he gained entry into the country’s second oldest institution, the Malacca High School (MHS) for his secondary education.
Papa decided to pursue his passion for teaching upon sitting for the Overseas School Certificate, after completing secondary school.
He served as a young trainee teacher in a rural school in his hometown in the late 1950s. Despite having to make daily arduous journeys on his bicycle to the dilapidated school, Papa was fuelled by his passion to impart his knowledge and lessons in life to the kampung children.
Perhaps it was in those rare moments of truth, that he would develop his passion to teach the national language of our country, Bahasa Malaysia. Unlike his peers, Papa’s journey to obtain his tertiary education was not smooth-sailing. Between teaching, honing his teaching skills at a teaching college and juggling family affairs, he persevered and completed his HSC but due to financial woes, it would be only years later that he achieved his long-time dream to major in Malay studies at the presitigious Universiti Malaya.
It was well worth the effort. Papa emerged as one of only six non-Malays to major in Malay studies and the only Indian at that. In a time where he had been questioned for his ability to teach the Malay language simply because of his race, it was a moment of victory.
Papa went on to achieve one of his most memorable moments as a teacher when he was given the golden opportunity to return to his alma mater, the MHS in 1972. For the next 22 years, Papa carved a niche for himself as a superior teacher who produced the best results among his students in Bahasa Malaysia year after year.
Papa’s unique brand of teaching was not limited to teaching the rudiments of the subjects but more importantly, the rudiments of life as a Malaysian and as a human being.
Every sajak, pantun or syair (Malay sonnets, poems, poetries) was drummed into the minds of his students in ways which they could relate to in their every day lives as a child, a student and as a citizen of the country.
At the height of Papa’s teaching career, thousands of his students from MHS and students from other schools attending his tuition classes would always remember him as a strict and unyielding man with a rare display of emotions. But his eyes lit up with passion as he imparted his prowess in the Malay language.
More importantly, his lessons in life encouraged nationality, solidarity and ways to contribute to the betterment of our society as true Malaysians. Many of Papa’s students, whether they loved him or feared him, have made him very proud and are now successful in both national and international arenas.
As a peer, Papa continues to command respect and admiration from his fellow teachers as a true educator. In 2003, four years after his retirement, Papa was duly bestowed the coveted Tokoh Guru Kebangsaan award purely for his dedicated classroom teaching towards academic excellence.
For Papa, it was a humbling experience more than a celebration as it was a due recognition of all of his childhood dreams to rise above poverty, to realise his passion for teaching and importantly, to give back to society.
For his family, it was finally a recognition for a beloved man who had committed his whole life towards his teaching cause while still balancing his love and filial duties as a son, a husband and the patriarch of a family.
For his students and peers, it was a celebration of the man who inspired a myriad of students to realise their dreams of success and continues to inspire students, still.
At almost 76 years of age, Papa has no intentions to stop teaching. Through the years, Papa continues to keep abreast with the many changes made to the Bahasa Malaysia syllabus and accepts these changes as a challenge not only to himself but also to his students.
It is telling of Papa’s love not only for teaching but also for the Malay language.
In a time where administrators and educators are arguing about the importance of Bahasa Malaysia versus English versus Bahasa Malaysia in our multi-cultural society, he remains a staunch believer of the importance of both languages to Malaysians.
While it is a struggle to instil the love for languages and the importance of education among the younger generation today, Papa’s resolve remains enduring.
Teaching aside, Papa continues to feed his voracious appetite for reading and spends late nights poring over his collection of books on philosophy, literary criticisms and other reads as his one and only personal indulgence.
Other times, he spends actively providing guidance and presence in religious welfare activities as a means of giving back to the community.
Papa also savours yearly reunions organised by his former students and values new memories made with them decades later.
More than half a century later, Papa’s love for teaching remains a sacred endeavour. It is a vow he has taken as a true ‘Guru’ to continue enlightening his students to greater wisdom and self-realisation and one that is timeless.
VANITHA RANGGANATHAN
Malacca

Saturday, May 9, 2015

SACRED HEART CONVENT MELAKA TURNS 110 YEARS OLD

Sacred Heart Convent celebrates anniversary

Banda Hilir Pride: The Sacred heart Convent will be celebrating this occasion with various activities. - filepic
Banda Hilir Pride: The Sacred heart Convent will be celebrating this occasion with various activities. - filepic
 
MALACCA: SK Sacred Heart Convent will be celebrating its 110th anniversary with a fund raising and reunion dinner.
Themed ‘A Journey of Purpose, Truth and Love’, the event anticipates its fund raising drive to hit RM100,000 mark with some 1,000 guests expected to attend the dinner on today at Pay Fong Middle School, here.
School’s alumni president Belinda Ong said the public donation and support from ex-students would help to shape conducive environment of the school that is proud of its rich history that back to colonisation period.
“Structural defects of the school which have been unattended for some time will now rectified and other facilities will also be improved to provide better learning environment from its pupils,” she said during a press conference at the Sacred Heart Convent here in Banda Hilir.
The school was set up by the Catholic sisters who came from Italy and Macau for the purpose of educating the poor especially the children of the Portuguese fishermen, at the early days of its debut.
Belinda said the school will continue to its past glory of providing quality education for the benefit of the locals to excel in their academic achievement.
SK Sacred Heart Convent is one of Malacca’s oldest schools that has crossed the centenary milestone and have produced number of successful Malaysians.
Belinda also encourages the ex-students of the school to show their full support by donating generously and participate in this year’s anniversary celebration.
The fund raising dinner will be held at the Pay Fong High School Hall, Malacca on May 9 at 7pm.
For more information call Belinda Ong at 012-638 8499.

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    Monday, April 27, 2015

    REUNION AT MALACCA CLUB ON 25TH. APRIL 2015.

    Schoolmates of 1974 batch had their 60 years old Reunion at Rotunda, Malacca Club on 25th. April 2015.

    Saturday, April 11, 2015

    FIRE AT MALACCA HIGH

    Published: Saturday April 11, 2015 MYT 12:00:00 AM
    Updated: Saturday April 11, 2015 MYT 12:25:20 PM

    Arson suspected in Malacca High School fire

    Cordoned off: A fire fighter sealing off the affected area (right) while a teacher (second right) giving a statement to the fire and rescue operation officer.
    Cordoned off: A fire fighter sealing off the affected area (right) while a teacher (second right) giving a statement to the fire and rescue operation officer.
     
    MALACCA: A fire at country’s second oldest school – the 189-year-old Malacca High School – is likely the work of an arsonist.
    Based on the pattern of the blaze, it appears that someone deliberately set alight the co-curriculum store used by Cadet Firemen of the school.
    Another individual was believed to have attempted to douse the fire using an extinguisher, but fled upon hearing the blaring sound of two approaching fire engines, said MHS’s Parents and Teachers’ (PTA) representative Vincent Low.
    “Anyway, it’s not for me to speculate and we will wait for the outcome of the report from the Fire and Rescue Department,” he said yesterday.
    Low said the store at Pintar Block could have been used by students to smoke after school hours.
    The 3.45pm fire damaged a dozen pairs of footwear and discoloured the wall of the store.
    Checks after the fire was doused showed no structural damage to the building.
    Investigations are ongoing to determine the cause of fire.
    Malacca High School is the second oldest educational institution after the Penang Free School.

    Tuesday, March 31, 2015

    MHS 1981 TO 1985 IS HAVING THEIR REUNION AT SERI MALAYSIA HOTEL IN MALACCA ON 1ST. MAY 2015

    CALLING MALACCA HIGH 1973 TO 1977 CLASSMATES

    1st. April 2015

    Title : Calling MHS 1973 to 1977 classmates

    Hi
    Anyone of you attended:
    Form 1 in 1973
    Form 2 in 1974
    Form 3 in 1975
    Form 4 in 1976
    Form 5 in 1977
    with Malacca High School

    You and your spouse are cordially invited to attend a reunion dinner 7 pm on Friday 1 May at HolidayInn Melaka. You can get updates on the reunion dinner from this link :
    http://generalabout.blogspot.com/2015/03/youve-got-friend-malacca-high-school.html

    Hi
    Adakah kamu belajar:
    Tingkatan 1 pada tahun 1973
    Tingkatan 2 pada tahun 1974
    Tingkatan 3 pada tahun 1975
    Tingkatan 4 pada tahun 1976
    Tingkatan 5 pada tahun 1977
    di Sekolah Tinggi Melaka

    Kamu dan pasangan kamu dijemput ke Jamuan Makan Malam di HolidayInn Melaka pada Jumaat 1hb Mei. Kamu boleh dapat maklumat terkini dihttp://generalabout.blogspot.com/2015/03/youve-got-friend-malacca-high-school.html


    您好,
    请问您是否在以下的年份,在以下的学校就读
    1973年 中一
    1974年 中二
    1975年 中三
    1976年 中四
    1977年 中五
    就读于Sekolah Tinggi Melaka

    您与您的伴侣受邀出席于2015年5月1日劳动节(星期五)由我们一起举办的同学会。详情请浏览 http://generalabout.blogspot.com/2015/03/youve-got-friend-malacca-high-school.html

    Saturday, February 7, 2015

    QONG XI FA CAI TO ALL IN THE YEAR OF THE GOAT

    As the Chinese New Year of the Goat is fast approaching, the MAHSOPA COMMITTEE wants to extend our best wishes to all our MAHSOPA members and their families. May the New Year of the Goat brings you happiness, wealth, prosperity and health to you and your family. Drive carefully when you are going back home for your reunions or to your kampungs during the long festive holidays.

    QONG XI FA CAI AND HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015.