MUAR: The prestigious SMK St Andrew which was one of Muar’s top secondary school in the 60s, 70s and 80s, is set to recapture its old glory.
The school located at Jalan Hashim, recently produced 16 students who scored straight As in their Penilaian Menengah Rendah (PMR) examination.
St Andrew’s senior assistant Tee Seng Chai said besides academic excellence the school also excelled in co-curriculum for the past three years.
Proud of their achievements: Tee (front, centre) receiving cash aid from the school’s PTA chairman Tay Khim Seng (front, third left) and holding the excellent achievement award with 16 excellent students who scored straight As in their PMR examination last year.
He said the district education department recently presented the school with an excellent achievement award for 2010 for being excellent in various fields.
“Our students have shown tremendous achievement both in the academy and curriculum fields and we are proud of them.
“The school used to be a top school in the early days and we now want to recapture the old glory by making it a top school again,” he said.
Tee added the school’s parent and teacher association committee leaders headed by lawyer Tay Khim Seng had also decided to present cash aid to the excellent student.
He said it was a proud year for the school this year as it managed to produce 16 excellent students as compared to 12 students in 2009 and only one in 2008.
The achievements, he added, had inspired the teachers, the board of directors and Parent-Teacher Assocation leaders to pool resources and ideas to make the school the pride of Muar.
Old boys who formed the Muar Andreans Association, added Tee, would also organise activities to promote SMK St Andrew among the residents.
“For many years parents gave preference for their children to go to other schools, especially the Muar High School.
“However, we now hope they would consider sending the children here.
“We also hope the Education Department will send quality students to study their secondary education here,” he added.
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In October, 1954, the late Rev Brother Robert O’Sullivan took over as Principal of the school. The school adopted a new logo in 1955. He remained as school principal for 25 years until 1980. He was responsible for the fame of the school. It was during his tenure as principal that a little unknown school had earned itself the name and fame as the much sought after by school-going parents which elbowed their ways to find a place in the school for their children education. The school had since missed a great principal of all times!