Alumni: Retain our heritage


  • Nation
  • Saturday, 23 Apr 2005

BY GAVIN GOMEZ

PETALING JAYA: Changes made to the names of SK Assunta 1’s sports houses and colour of its school tie have sparked off strong reactions from the school's alumni and others who want the ethos and character of the school to be preserved. 

“These colours and names make up the Assunta family identity and character since the school was founded in 1955. The Assunta school colours – brown and white – are in sync with our school song, sung through generations. 

“Changing colours will affect our school song, identity and spirit,” said former student Pat Lu in an online petition signed by 564 (as at 5pm yesterday) Assuntarians and members of the public since it was posted online 10 days ago.  

The names of the sports houses have been changed from Assunta, Claire, Francis and Hermine to Wira, Samudera, Buana and Suria, while the traditional brown and white school ties have been changed to maroon ones. 

The petition is being compiled to be presented to Education Minister Datuk Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. 

Lu added in the petition: “We seek your assistance to maintain our Assunta traditions by employing school heads who respect and have a better understanding of the concept of mission school heritage.” 

Former education director-general Tan Sri Abdul Rafie Mahat had said last year that school heads must respect the ethos and character of mission schools, and not act indiscriminately. 

The names of the sports houses were changed a few years ago while the school tie was changed late last year. 

When asked why the issue was being raised now, Lu said the alumni were not aware of the changes until recently. 

Sources reveal that the Assunta alumni association was invited to join the school board only two years ago and then became aware of the change in some of the school’s traditions. 

Headmistress Anum Zakiah Gam, who took over the post this year, said she would contact the Selangor State Education Department for advice on the matter.  

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