Activities for VI’s 125th anniversary

McCoy addressing the present students during the launch of Victoria Institution’s 125th anniversary at the school hall.

McCoy addressing the present students during the launch of Victoria Institution’s 125th anniversary at the school hall.

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

The activities include the 125th anniversary dinner in September this year 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 recently by old boy Datuk Dr Ronald McCoy, former co-president of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.

VIOBA president Khairuzzaman Muhammad said that the association, together with the school, have initiated the celebrations to reminisce the many accolades and unique culture of the school to encourage the present students to continue preserving the culture and bringing more honour to the school.

“Our founders’ foresight in founding the VI did not result in the one-off celebration of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee.

“What was created by our founders was something more meaningful that has lasted 125 years, and hopefully many more years to come,” he said.

He said Victoria Institution is still around and manages to maintain its achievements and unique culture. For this, he also thanked the Federal Government, the Education Ministry and the National Heritage Department.

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

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

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

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

“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 like Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz in politics, Tan Sri Rafiah Salim in academia and Chuah Guat Heng in literature.

“Throughout 2018 you will come to know about a few of our VI students through the VOTW programme.

“I hope you will emulate what they have done and use their exploits to motivate and carve your own niche in the world,” said Khairuzzaman when addressing the current students during the event.