School celebrates 125th anniversary with year-long activities

VICTORIA Institution (VI), one of the oldest schools in this region, is all set to celebrate its 125 years of glory with year-long activities planned to commemorate the occasion.

Activities include the 125th anniversary dinner in September, which will be attended by the who’s who within the VI fraternity.

Co-organised by the school and the Victoria Institution Old Boys Association (Vioba), the 125th anniversary was officially launched by Datuk Dr Ronald McCoy, a former VI student who had done Malaysia proud when the Malaysian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War, a non-governmental organisation which he helped established and once presided over, was picked as one of the Nobel Peace Prize winners.

Vioba president Khairuzzaman Muhammad said the association, together with the school, wanted to encourage the students to continue preserving the culture and bring honour to the school.

“Our founders created something meaningful that has lasted 125 years, and hopefully, many more years to come.

“Although Queen Victoria passed away in 1901 and our nation is now an independent sovereign nation, Victoria Institution still manages to maintain its unique culture,” added Khairuzzaman.

Other activities planned include the introduction of the 125th anniversary school badge, which will be worn throughout the year by students, “Victorian of The Week”(VOTW), a weekly tribute to Victorians who have contributed to the school and nation as well as the revival of VI’s military tattoo to commemorate the school’s glory days since its establishment in 1893.

Dr McCoy was announced Victorian of the Week during the launch and his biodata was shared with the 800-odd students and teachers.

“Victorians have served and given their all in many forms and their sacrifices have benefited Malaysia, the school and VI students.

“Do not forget that our sisters too have brought glory to this country. Some of you may be a bit young to remember our sisters such as Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz in politics, Tan Sri Rafiah Salim in academia and Chuah Guat Heng in literature.

“Through the VOTW programme, you will come to know about a few of our VI students and I hope you will emulate what they have done and use their success as motivation and carve your own niche in the world,” added Khairuzzaman when addressing the students at the event.

Also present during the launch was VI principal Kamarul Azman Md Ariff.