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Ave Maria Convent

kayes



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July 29, 2008 8:32pm

Studied here from primary to Form 5. Used to watch (from classrom's windows while teachers giving lessons or writing on the blcakboard) Main Convent girls lined up in single line and walked to our school for swmimming lessons. Always remember my swimming and P.E. teacher Mrs. Ling - how we gave excuses not to swim just because we were shy to put on our swimming costumes. Not forgetting our folk dance teacher Miss Cheah and the efforts she put in during our Merdeka performances at Ipoh Padang. Miss Hew - love and respect her. She taught me Geography and art. Miss Ang taught me English during lower secondary and Miss Lim upper secondaruy (thank you for my distinction in English paper).Add. Maths teacher was Miss Chong and Geography (upper secondary) was Mrs. Ng. Always treasures their sacrifices and dedications. Oh yes, anyone knows whether the sotong kangkong seller still around? Used to eat it while waiting for our school bus outside school compound.


Always
kayes

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July 29, 2008 9:13pm

Hi Susan, I didn't know the Ave Maria Convent has a swimming pool. In the early 60s, when I was studying in ACS, we used to look forward to your school's annual food & fun fair. It was a very popular event in Ipoh.
July 29, 2008 9:41pm

Kayes, your are right!We always looked forward to these annual fun fairs. During these times, we got to see whose and whose boyfriends turned up. At the same time, we tried hard to guess who were from SMI; ACS or Sam Tet. The beautiful and popular girls would get the most confetti on thier heads. These made some very proud and others very jealous!
kayes

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September 24, 2008 12:55am

Susan, can you recognise this?


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September 24, 2008 5:35am

Thank you, Kayes. Love! Love! Love! Smile


At the back of the teacher, it's the changing rooms. Cubiles (where curtains can be drawn while changing) were limited. Whoever are late, they have to change in the common area (within the changing room) by using big towels or whatever deemed fit. Every often, we can hear exclamations like: "Aiyah.... What you have people also got lah. Why so takut!!" Smile
kayes

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September 24, 2008 5:39am

Which part of the school is this?


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/amaria90.jpg
kayes

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September 24, 2008 5:53am

Did you play hockey in school?


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kayes

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September 24, 2008 5:57am

Is this the school hall?


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September 24, 2008 5:57am

I played netball and badminton!!
kayes

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September 24, 2008 6:01am

You didn't play basketball?


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September 24, 2008 6:05am

Yes! This is where we practised our folk dancing and had our yearly talent time. This was the hall where we sat for our major exams. Smile
kayes

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September 24, 2008 6:06am

I suppose your netball court is here Smile


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/amaria95.jpg
kayes

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September 24, 2008 6:09am

Did you also attend the primary school next door?


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/amaria96.jpg
kayes

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September 24, 2008 6:14am

The Principal's office is through that glass door. Right?


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September 24, 2008 6:16am

Yes, this is the primary school I attended. Primary and Secondary has its canteen. So secondary students are not allowed in the primary canteen and vice versa.
September 24, 2008 6:24am

Hello! Seldom entered the principal's office lah so can't remember very well. But the office is where we went to view and get our SPM results. I still remember I was in KL when the results came out. After two or three days later only I went back to collect the slip. By then, I missed seeing all our classmates when they turned up to collect their results. Sad
Phoebe
Land Down Under

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September 24, 2008 9:23am

Oh, my goodness! Nothing's changed, it looks exactly the same as it did some 35 years ago. This is where we Main Convent girls used to learn to swim during our lower secondary years! We had to walk all the way from our school in Brewster Road to this pool at Ave Maria Convent. I can still remember the strong smell of chlorine that used to greet us as we filed through the small gate.
kayes

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September 26, 2008 4:19am

Susan, I had a good chat with Mrs Chen, the present Principal of your alma mater, at her office which is on the left of pic, through those glass doors. She told me the swimming pool was built in 1975 and the school itself was founded in 1935. She also told me the annual food and fun fair stopped in 2005 and in place of it there were concerts and talentimes. Mrs Chen is a most charming lady and I took a pic of her in her office which has turned out very well. I would like to post the pic here but I think I should ask her first. Let me send her an email Smile
Phoebe
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September 26, 2008 4:27am

Hi, Kayes. I may be off-track here but I'm almost 99.9% certain that the swimming pool featured above is the same pool we Main Convent girls used for our swimming lessons way back in 1972, at the very least. Perhaps, they built a new one identical to the old one?
kayes

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September 26, 2008 4:35am

Phoebe, it is probably me Smile I wear a very powerful (and expensive) hearing aid but it does not mean I can hear well Sad I probably misheard!
Phoebe
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September 26, 2008 5:39am

Hahaha, Kayes, that's probably why I always have to reach for my trusty MP3 recorder when I know I can't trust my own selective and/or dodgy hearing. Smile
September 26, 2008 8:12am

Kayes, my cousin is having a CD about the history of my alma mater. I am waiting for her to e-mail me. I will post it as soon as I receive it.
kayes

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September 26, 2008 8:24am

Okay Susan, looking forward to that. Here's another pic. It is the primary school. I suppose the canteen is straight ahead?


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/amaria55.jpg
Liz

Registered: August 2008
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September 26, 2008 11:17pm

Hi Kayes. I think I was in the group of one of the first batches of convent girls who had to walk all the way from the Convent in Brewster Road to Ave Maria convent in the sixties for swimming lessons so I guess the swimming pool was built much earlier than 1975. I just googled something interesting on the history of Ave Maria and according to one of the sites, the pool was built in 1962 which makes it about right as I remember taking swimming lessons when I was in secondary school in the sixties in the brand new pool in Ave Maria. Smile
kayes

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September 27, 2008 2:10am

Liz, the Principal would not have made a mistake. It was simply because my ears did not get what she said. And for you girls, it was a long walk for swimming lessons. At the ACS, our pool was just next to the canteen and for Horley Hall residents, it was something like their own swimming pool, being within spitting distance from the hostel.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/amaria33.jpg
kayes

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September 27, 2008 2:17am

I always like to see plants climbing trellises.


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kayes

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September 27, 2008 2:21am

Are students' cars allowed to be parked here?


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics2/amaria36.jpg
kayes

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September 27, 2008 2:25am

I guess this is where parents pick up their children after school. I didn't realise that the convent is so close to National Garden. Just at the end of this road, I could see one of the blocks of flats that make up National Garden.


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Orange

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May 15, 2009 6:27pm

A Big THANK YOU to all my teachers (Primary and Secondary)!


A Happy Teacher's Day to my former and future lecturers! Yes, I am planning to take another course in September and by announcing it over in Ipoh Talk to force myself to achieve it. Smile
kayes

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May 16, 2009 2:48am

hello Orange, all the best to you in your further studies Smile
Orange

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May 17, 2009 4:25am

Thank you, Kayes! It's so sweet of you. Smile
Orange

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July 5, 2009 2:42am

Syabas to Titans of SMJK Ave Maria Convent for winning both the Cheer 2009 Northern Championship title and Best Dressed Award yesterday.


Well Done and All The Best to our Principal; Teachers and Students!!
kayes

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October 26, 2010 4:16pm

This is how the school looks at 7am on Sunday.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics6/avemaria12.jpg
Orange

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October 28, 2010 2:16am

During school days, couldn't wait to leave school ..... but now, missing and longing for those carefree days!!


This pic. taken at 7am brings back nostalgia and memories. Used to wake up at 6am during school days but on that particular morning the alarm clock rang at 12.30am. After washing up, changed into school uniform and breakfast, waited for the school bus in front of our house. Pay no attention to the dark sky, thinking that it was normal since it was at the beginning of the year. After almost half an hour, there was no sign of the school bus and the sky didn't get any brighter, then only I was standing alone outside the house at 1am .....


Thanks for this valuable pic. taken at 7am, Kayes! Appreciate it very much!
kayes

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November 4, 2010 3:47pm

An email from Ong Hock Siew (ianonghocksiew@gmail.com)


" I used to be an Instructor of 2 Girl Guide companies in Ipoh 1966-1970 - MGS and Ave Maria Convent. Mrs Chan was the State Commissioner then. The Teacher in charge of the MGS company was Miss Ng. I can't remember her full name. Some of the guides that I could remember were Chan Lean Chooi, Chen Moi Peak, Siew Ting, etc. Ave Maria had as its Company leader a girl who stayed in Canning Gardens. We had a great time there and it would be nice to catch up with some of the guides who must now be in their fifties..."
Orange

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December 13, 2010 5:54am

During the recent trip back to Ipoh, noticed one alphabet was missing from the school's signboard. Instead of the words Ave Maria - the last "a" was missing. Since it was a weekend, I told my relatives who are still studying in my school about it. I am sure it has definitely been fixed by now.
Adr1970

Registered: August 2010
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December 14, 2010 10:15pm

Hi,
Don't know if any of the students here remember, around the 80s there used to be ballet classes conducted on Saturdays. It was run by a Ballet Association (can't remember the name). Won't go into details but I was one of the few lucky guys who got to loiter around the school. Wink So it brings back memories for me too. Wonder if the side-gate that goes to Our Lady's Hospital (Kinta Medical Hospital) still exist.
Orange

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December 15, 2010 1:18am

Hi Adr1970,


That side-gate is always locked. My classmate's house used to be just behind our school's swimming pool. When we were invited to her birthday party, her mum had to make many trips to ferry the whole class to her house. So near yet so far ..... Smile
Orange

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November 1, 2011 6:31am

Very proud and impressed that Datuk Dr. Choo Yuen May, Director General of Malaysian Palm Oil Board is from AMC!
kayes

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April 10, 2013 6:41am

hi Orange, I just remembered I have a friend who taught in this school for many years. Her maiden name is Irene Chew Pek Ghuat. She is married to an Ipoh doctor with the surname Wong .... hope I got it right. So in school she might have been known as Mrs Irene Wong.
Orange

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April 10, 2013 10:11am

Hi Kayes,


Mrs. Wong taught me Geography. Sorry, I don't know her maiden name. But as far as I know, there was no doctor's wife teaching in my school during my time. Maybe this Mrs. Wong joined our school after I left. Is she still teaching in AMC?
Orange

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April 10, 2013 10:45am

Oops!! Kayes, please ignore my last question for the above post! It was a busy, busy day and I just got home from work ..... and yet I still want to go online. Smile Actually, I wanted to ask if she taught in Primary school or Secondary school?
Orange

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April 11, 2013 2:03am

In Chinese schools, we call our teachers 'Lao Shi'. If her surname is Lee, she is addressed as Lee Lao Shi - single or married she is still Lee Lao Shi. Same with BM Cikgu. If her name is Siti, we call her Cikgu Siti, even if she is married.


In our office, our Miss Yap insists to be called Miss Yap even though she is now Mrs. Leong. She told us 'Yap' is her surname and forever it will be. But we told her Leong can be her surname forever too but she refused to reply ..... Sad


If you are a "Datuk", your wife will automatically be a "Datin" - regardless how many you have. Smile But if you are a female, and you are a "Datuk" yourself, no way your husband will be referred as "Datin". Unless he is bestowed with a Datukship. Even that his wife wouldn't want the title Datin as she herself is a "Datuk". Perhaps he should offer the title "Datin" to someone else ..... He he he
kayes

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April 28, 2013 7:31am

hi Orange, I just asked my friend who used to teach at AMC. She told me she was known as Mrs Irene Lee when she was teaching there and she taught at AMC for 20 years.
Orange

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April 28, 2013 10:09am

Hi Kayes,


During my time, there was one Mrs. Lee but she taught in the Art Stream.
kayes

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May 30, 2015 6:10am

I was just told by Mrs Irene Lee that there will be a reunion dinner for old pupils next Saturday, 6 June 2015 at the newly renovated Excelsior Hotel. If anyone is attending why not send me some pics?
Orange

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May 30, 2015 9:23pm

Hi Kayes,


I am not aware about the reunion on 6th June 2015 as I will be attending two wedding receptions (lunch and dinner) on that day. It's school holidays, many Malays choose to have their weddings during this time, unlike the Chinese, 8th Lunar Month or a month before CNY are busy months after obtaining auspicious compatible dates from Fengshui masters. Anyway, I will e-mail you if I can get hold of any pics. Smile
kayes

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May 31, 2015 3:13am

OK Orange, see if you can get some pics Smile
kayes

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June 7, 2015 3:13am

A reunion dinner for the Class of '85 was held on 6 June 2015 at the Excelsior Hotel. Can you recognise anyone here? Pic courtesy Mrs Irene Lee.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics9/junevac33.jpg
kayes

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June 7, 2015 4:10am

Mrs Lee with Taryn Yong, Class of '85.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics9/junevac34.jpg
Orange

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June 7, 2015 5:38am

Thanks Kayes for the pics. Mrs. Lee is so elegantly dressed. Thumbs Up! Someone from this '85 batch is very active in Rotary Club. She owns a few boutiques in Ipoh. Very often she is asked to be a judge for beauty pageants. After all, she is a beauty herself. Smile A mother of three grown-up children, she doesn't look her age. Thumbs Up!
Orange

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June 9, 2015 5:00am

Hi Kayes,


I have just received an e-mail saying that she used to have 3 boutiques but now she is having a very successful garment and premiums/gifts business. She was spotted donning a stunning red sari and looked splendidly beautiful. Ah Moi in sari! Thumbs Up! All girls were having great time and many were seen dressed to the nines. I am sure Mrs. Lee will update you with more pics. Smile
kayes

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June 9, 2015 7:30am

hello Orange, I think Amy is very pretty Smile
kayes

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June 10, 2015 3:57am

Another reunion dinner pic courtesy Mrs Irene Lee.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics9/junevac88.jpg
Orange

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June 10, 2015 8:09am

Coincidentally, Amy and William had their wedding reception at this very same Excelsior Hotel - during those days there were not many big hotels (5 stars? or 4 stars?) in Ipoh.
kayes

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June 11, 2015 6:58am

Ave Maria made the news!!!!


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Orange

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June 11, 2015 4:16pm

Hello Kayes, my alma mater is SMJK Ave Maria Convent, Ipoh. Smile Tq Tq!!
Orange

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June 12, 2015 7:13pm

Sharin Lee, Grace Boon, Vivien Wong & others from class of '85: If you girls are reading this, pls. send those lovely reunion pics. to Kayes. Smile Do share the happy moments with us here. Just as Grace Boon posted: "Our sweet sweet memory. I really had a wonderful time and unforgettable nite with you all. TQVM for everything we shared on this fantastic nite. Hope our friendships last and we will meet again." ..... You girls ROCK!! Smile Thumbs Up!
kayes

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June 16, 2015 6:53pm

More pics from Mrs Irene Lee.


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics9/amcreunion10.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics9/amcreunion11.jpg


http://penangnewspaper.com/pics9/amcreunion12.jpg


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http://penangnewspaper.com/pics9/amcreunion14.jpg
Orange

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June 20, 2015 7:37pm

The colour of this Ipoh Ah Moi's shoes is so matching with her Sari. She really knows how to dress! Smile We love you Amy!!


Thank You Mrs Lee for showing us the pics. So proud of you!



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