Ex-students’ prized friendships


Hugs all round: Former students of St George’s Girls’ School Penang excited to meet each other again.

THE St George’s Girls’ School alumni reunion was more than a gathering of old friends. It also represented the spirit of moderation and racial harmony among Malaysians.

Peals of laughter and excitement filled the Kelana Jaya residence of one of the former students, where they had the potluck gathering.

The potluck was just one of the many gatherings and trips the women have organised after they renewed acquaintances last year.

Since then, they have kept in close contact through Whatsapp groups comprising more than 50 people mainly based in Penang, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore, and the number of members in the chat groups is still growing.

“We have been colour-blind for as long as we can remember, this is moderation and 1Malaysia,” said Datin Zahidah Abdul Karim. “We learn from each other, I speak Hokkien that I picked up at school,” she said with a laugh.

Shared love: No reunion is complete without food, of course.
Shared love: No reunion is complete without food, of course.

“Our education system brought us together and shaped us into who we are today, this is just very natural for us.

“We have not seen each other for 30 over years and when we finally found each other again, it felt like we left school only yesterday.

“Sometimes I find myself giggling away reading the messages in the chat group, I really cherish this and we love each other for being who we are even though we are doing different things in life,” she added.

Zahidah said the alumni planned to organise a “Great Cruise” next year to commemorate the 40th year after leaving school.

Another alumna, Teoh Choon Im said they shared a special bond.

Like schoolgirls again: After they started reconnecting with each other last year, the former students of St George’s Girls’ School Penang have been holding regular gatherings and trips. Zahida is seated near fan (wearing red).
Like schoolgirls again: After they started reconnecting with each other last year, the former students of St George’s Girls’ School Penang have been holding regular gatherings and trips. Zahida is seated near fan (wearing red).

“When we met up, it really feels like we are all school girls again even though we are already 55!” she enthused.

Her former schoolmate, Elise Monerasingha said, “We accept each other, our styles, practices and craziness; it is a given. Our schooldays had bound us together and I trust this kind of friendship will last forever.”

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