Uplands to mark 60th anniversary with exciting games and food fair

Come join us: Bristow addressing media members at the press conference held to announce the school’s 60th anniversary celebrations.

THE public are invited to enjoy good food, music and games at the upco-ming International School of Penang’s (Uplands) 60th anniversary celebration.

Uplands sales and marketing assistant manager Leonie Ang said the activities would include 10 game booths and international food whipped up by the Uplands Parents Teachers Association.

“Horse-riding activities and a bouncy castle will also be available on that day,” she said, adding that a crowd of about 1,000 people was expected.

One can pay RM50 now and use the receipt to exchange for tokens on that day.

Ang said events leading up to the 60th anniversary bash comprised namely the ‘Bangers on the Bike’ and the school’s ‘Alumni’s Gala Dinner’.

“The ‘Bangers on the Bike’, which starts on Feb 15, is a four to five-day charity bike ride. Uplands teachers will be cycling for 900km from the school to Phuket in an effort to raise funds for the less fortunate in Thailand,” she said.

“However, the highlight of our 60th anniversary celebration is our Alumni Week from March 14 to March 21.

“We are expecting our alumni from the 1950s at the event. About 150 to 200 members are coming from as far as the UK, New Zealand and North America,” she said.

Uplands principal Matthew Bristow said Uplands had the highest number of enrolments recorded this year compared with that of previous years.

He added that the school was home to 41 nationalities.

“We have 205 primary school pupils and 506 secondary school students.

“We are still receiving a lot of applications from those who are keen on coming to the school,” he said.

A 10% growth was recorded in the last six months, he said.

He added that 30% of its students were Malaysians.

“The next large groups are German and Americans.

“We also have students from Denmark, Costa Rica, South America and Canada,” he said.

The school was housed in the former Crag Hotel on Penang Hill in 1955 before it moved to the former St Xavier’s Branch School in Kelawei Road, Pulau Tikus, in 1977.

After more than half a century in leased accommodations, Uplands finally moved into its own 1.6ha campus in Batu Ferringhi in 2006.

Those interested to attend the school’s 60th anniversary celebration can contact the school’s sales and marketing department at 04-8819777 ext 226.

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