Old girls gather to mark alma mater’s 88th anniversary


LOUD chatter and excitement filled the air as former students of Convent School Butterworth exchanged stories at the school’s 88th anniversary dinner.

The women, some accompanied by their husbands and children, had a gala time recalling their fun days at both the primary school in Jalan Sungai Nyior and secondary school in Jalan New Ferry, Butterworth on the Penang mainland.

Over 300 people attended the grand reunion which was organised by Convent Butterworth Ex-Students Association (COBESA) at Safira Country Club in Seberang Jaya.

 

(From third right) Usha, Jahara and Khasturi presenting mementos to organising committee members at Convent School Butterworth’s 88th anniversary dinner at Safira Country Club.
(From third right) Usha, Jahara and Khasturi presenting mementos to organising committee members at Convent School Butterworth’s 88th anniversary dinner at Safira Country Club.  

 

The night kicked off with the singing of ‘Negaraku’ followed by a speech by Seberang Prai municipal councillor Calvin Kumaran, who represented Bagan Dalam assemblyman M. Satees.

Calvin said the mission school established in 1930 had come a long way over the past 88 years.

He acknowledged that Convent School Butterworth had produced many notable individuals who have contributed much to the community and nation.

“I wish COBESA all the best in your future plans to further strengthen ties among the school’s former students and educators,” he said.

COBESA president Khasturi Bhai Muniswaran said the organisation was formed in 1998 with a strong foundation and hope that COBESA would bring more teachers and ex-students together.

She encouraged them to look up the organisation’s updates via its Facebook ‘COBESA’.

Candida Thangam, 86, former headmistress of SK Convent Butterworth, said she was blessed to be part of the school’s 88th anniversary celebration.

“I am happy to meet up with many former students and teachers here.

Guests enjoying the food and performances at the anniversary dinner.
Guests enjoying the food and performances at the anniversary dinner.

“COBESA should make these gatherings an annual event,” she said.

Guests were served a sumptuous buffet spread while students of SMK Convent Butterworth entertained them with various performances.

They included Indian, Chinese fan, Javanese, Malaysian and Rock N Roll dances while several former SMK Convent Butterworth students had fun belting out ‘Rasa Sayang Eh’.

Table draw and luck draw prizes were also given away.

Also enjoying the gathering were COBESA patrons Datuk Jahara Hamid and Usha Vrajilal Premchan, Convent Butterworth board of governors’ chairman Chew Saw Hwa and SMK Convent Butterworth principal Lim Lian Yolk.

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