School turns 170 with a splash

Tan (left) and SXI Penang brother director Brother Jason Blaikie retrieving the time capsule from 1953 to be opened at the homecoming event.

St Xavier’s Institution (SXI) Penang will be organising several events to celebrate its 170th anniversary this year.

The school board of governors chairman Victor Tan said the events were also aimed at remembering the founder of the Christian Brothers schools – St John Baptist De La Salle – who is the patron saint of teachers.

“We would like to recognise the impact of the mission he started more than 300 years ago to provide education to the young, especially the poor.

“During the SXI Founder’s Day event on Tuesday, we invited 15 notable alumni and ex-teachers to celebrate with us at the school.

“We retrieved a time capsule from 1953 and it will be opened during our homecoming celebration on Dec 17.

“We will also be putting in a new time capsule on that day,” he said.

A total of RM190,000 was raised to mark the anniversary and most of the funds will be used to complete the SXI Heritage Centre.

Tan also said the school would be organising the SXI charity run and food fair on Sept 16.

“We had our inaugural charity run in 2019 but had to stop for two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“The food fair is part of the school’s annual charity drive to instil the habit of giving,” he added.

Charity run tickets can be bought at while food fair tickets are available at

Those interested in the SXI homecoming celebration can visit

SXI Penang is part of the network of Lasallian schools throughout Asia.

They include St John’s Institution in Kuala Lumpur, St Michael’s Institution in Ipoh, St Francis’ Institution in Melaka, St George’s Institution in Taiping and St Joseph’s Institution in Singapore.

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