CONVENT Bukit Nanas, Kuala Lumpur, (CBN) went all out to celebrate turning 120-years-old last month during its Founder’s Day.
The school, located atop one of the few green areas in the nation’s capital, was filled with festive cheer on the day with plenty of performances, balloons and even the “Happy Birthday” song sung in French, English and Bahasa Malaysia.
There was also a duet acting piece entitled “Star Wars: Jedi Academy” brilliantly performed by two students who have recently won the silver placing in the SEA Forensics Tournament held in February.
The school was founded by three sisters of the Congregation of the Holy Infant Jesus, a French convent, in 1899.
The three - Reverend Mother St Levine, accompanied by Sisters St Sabine and St Madeleine established the convent.
Beginning with a dozen students being educated to become fine young ladies by the caring nuns, the school now has an enrolment of 880.
Cammy Khoo Hui Yin, 17, says: ‘Reaching the 120th year represents how far we’ve progressed, the things we’ve achieved, the diversity that sits among the CBNers and like I said when I emceed the event, a celebration of us.”
“For 120 years CBN has continued to excel and remain firmly rooted at the top because we value our traditions, culture and ethos while respecting change.
“CBN has evolved through the years and has remained a magnet school, which is much sought after by parents till today,” says the school’s principal Rosemand Lawrence.
She adds that there will be celebrations held throughout the year beginning with the Founder’s Day celebration.
“The school with the cooperation of our Parent-Teacher Association, has planned a carnival themed ‘Unity in Diversity’ to be held on April 27. We are planning to bury a time capsule in the school grounds during the festival,” she says.
The proceeds will go into a project to enhance the IT infrastructure in the classrooms.
“As we celebrate 120 years of excellence, CBN has taken a step forward to help enhance the proficiency and instil love for the English Language among the schools in Federal Territory,” she explains.
She says the school will be organising a state level Oral Interpretation and Public Speaking Competition.
“CBN will not take part in the competition but take on the role as the mentor to other schools.”
Lawrence adds that the alumni will be holding their Anniversary Dinner on July 27.
“They are reaching out to all CBNers throughout the world to come together for this.”
To buy the tickets, contact the school at 03-2078 0559.