A first for school

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  • Wednesday, 16 May 2012

SMK St Michael Ipoh principal Loh Wei Seng becomes the first female to head the school

SMK St Michael Ipoh principal Loh Wei Seng has made history by becoming the first female to head the 100-year-old school.

Loh, 57, joined a long line of important figures such as former Brother Directors, the late Brother Ultan Paul Rosario and Datuk Brother Vincent Corkery, when she took over as principal last year.

Making it sweeter for Loh is that while she used to study at St Michael’s during her Form Six days, her “return” coincided with the school’s centennial celebrations.

“I was caught by surprise when I got a letter from the State Education Department on my appointment as no female has even been made to head the school.

“It is such an honour to be back. I’m both happy and excited,” Loh told The Star.

Loh, who completed her Form Six in 1975, said she was ever grateful for the support from Brother Vincent, the Parent Teacher Association and Board of Governors whose support have made her job easier.

“Being back at the school has brought back a lot of good memories of my youth.

“I can still remember staying back at school for netball practise and to play carom with my friends.

“Back then, the school had interclass games, which was a lot of fun,” she said.

Loh, who is a member of the Old Michaelians Association, said she had often kept in touch with other former students while serving in other schools.

“I would always be asking them for updates on St Michael’s.

“Who would have thought that I would actually be back at the school as principal?” asked Loh, who prior to her stint at St Michael’s was principal at SMK Seri Keledang and SM Convent.

Now that she is back, Loh plans to further improve the performances of her students, both academically and in co-curricular activities.

“I am also going to carry on with the school’s tradition, which emphasises character building,” she said.

Students, she said, should be taught to be more vocal and to have leadership skills.

“We must also instil confidence in them,” she said.

Speaking about her students, Loh also related that some of them had really surprised her with their love for the school.

“Some of the boys came back voluntarily to help clean up the school the following day after our Centennial Celebration fun fair.

“I have not encountered such good character when I was a student here.

“These boys have really showed their Michaelian spirit, care and love for the school,” she said.

On her first Teachers’ Day do at the school, Loh said she was expecting a different level of celebration as boys at St Michael’s were very expressive.

“I think it will be a joyful occasion. Compared to the girls at my previous school that are more reserved, the boys here are very sporting and outspoken.

“I’ve even got a box of sweets during Mothers Day,” she added.

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