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Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday September 17, 2013 MYT 7:31:57 AM
ONE OF the oldest schools in Kuala Lumpur SMK Perempuan Pudu, formerly known as the Pudu English Secondary School (PESS), will be kick-starting its 100th anniversary celebrations this Saturday.
The event marks the start of a 365-day countdown to the centennial anniversary scheduled to be celebrated in a grand scale on the same day next year.
Dubbed PESS Centennial Celebration 100 Years One Heritage, the event marks a great milestone in the school’s long and illustrious history.
PESS Old Girls Association (PESSOGA) president Suzan Kuah said, “We need to touch base with as many former students as possible to be able to help our alma mater, which is a partially aided school, to organise events as well as raise funds if there is a need to do so.’’
(The school is standing on private land and therefore is not fully aided.)
“PESSOGA also helps support needy students by providing them financial aid as well as subsidising their daily food at the canteen.
“To keep this going we need as much support as possible, and for this we need former students of the school to join the association,’’ said Kuah.
PESSOGA has been organising various activities to reconnect with former students and its most recent event was a belated graduation ceremony for former students.
“The graduation ceremony was attended by former students who left school as far back as 1956,’’ said Kuah.
She said the school had a rich history and its former students were currently living all over the world.
Kuah explained that the school was established in 1914 by British Anglican missionary Edith Gage-Brown (as Pudu English School) to teach English to the Chinese children living in the area.
“Initially there were both girls and boys but the school eventually became an all girls school,’’ she said, adding that some very illustrious people had attended the school.
Among the notable former students was Gerakan strongman the late Tan Sri Dr Tan Chee Khoon.
“We are also hoping to reconnect with the old boys who had attended the school,’’ said Kuah.
The countdown and luncheon event on Sept 21 will be held at the school’s Grand Hall and guest registration starts at 11.30am.
Admission fee is RM30 per person and reservations can be made by calling 016-228 7193 (Diana), 012-666 6702 (Chooi Hong) or 010-231 3170 (Nancie).
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