THE St Nicholas Convent (SNC) ’83 Golden Girls Reunion hi-tea was graced by Tunku Panglima Besar Kedah Tan Sri Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah.
Other special guests invited to the event at StarCity Hotel in Alor Setar were former headmistress Mak Sooi Jee, history teacher Ho Nai Kin, art teacher ‘Uncle’ Lau Wai Fong, Bahasa Malaysia teacher Zuraidah Abas, religious teacher Ustazah Noriah Ramli and PE teacher Siti Balkis Ariffin.
The event, which started at 2pm, was attended by 50 old girls.
It included a group photography session with Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz at the entrance of the hotel.
This was followed by the singing of the state and school anthems by the class of ’83.
Karliish McLeod, the son of Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz’s niece Yang Mulia Tunku Intan Fadzillah Tunku Ibrahim, recited prayers before the start of the function.
After speeches by organising chairman Noorazian Noordin and Mak, the buffet hi-tea kick-started.
Lively song performances by organising committee member Sharifah Zalina Shahabudin and her daughter Amirah Aslinda Khan entertained the guests.
They were accompanied on the keyboard by Joey Harun while the dance floor came alive.
Lucky draws were held followed by exchanging of gifts and presentation of souvenirs.
A karaoke session also gave the former SNC girls an opportunity to show off their hidden talents.
Tunku Puteri Intan Safinaz also sportingly took up the mike to render a few beautiful numbers, including ‘Kasih’ by Indonesian songstress Hetty Koes Endang, ‘Greatest Love of All’ by Whitney Houston and ‘Love Story’ by Andy William.
There were endless laughter and chatter at the function with former students seen hugging each other after not having met for so many years while others took photos for remembrance.
Event consultant Tunku Intan Fadzillah said there were three Home Science classes and two Commerce classes for Forms One, Two and Three in 1983, and three Art stream and two Science stream classes that same year.
She said most of the girls from the class of 83’ were successful today and celebrating their 50th birthday this year.
“We are just happy to be together again after all these years.
“We all feel 17 at heart on this special occasion,” said Tunku Intan Fadzillah.
Mak and Ho said they were very happy to be invited to meet their former students.
Noorazian said the most challenging part about organising the reunion was locating the ex-students.
“Our batch had more than 200 students. I managed to contact about 80. I am relieved that everything was a success.”