LONG OVERDUE: SMK Convent Ipoh is holding a dinner to raise funds to repair the old building
IPOH: SMK Convent Ipoh is celebrating its 105th anniversary. It is organising a dinner to raise funds to refurbish part of the century-old structure. The last repair was carried out in 1975.
A check by Northern Streets found broken tables and chairs, peeling wall paint and unkept gardens.
Of late, students have complained about a stench from a neighbouring shopping mall.
The complaints have driven the members of the Convent Girls Alumni (Coga) to organise a fund-raising dinner next month to restore the school to its former glory. Work is expected to start by the end of the year and cost RM2 million.
Coga president G. Terezinha said they would refurbish the two Home Science rooms first, and get 16 new work tables.
They will also purchase two ovens and a double refrigerator.
“The Form Four students will move back into the Syuen Block. The existing rooms will be used as a staff room.
“We will be painting, repairing the windows and getting new furniture for the Syuen Block.
In March, Terezinha said the Education Ministry had given RM260,000 to the school to upgrade its electricity supply.
Coga vice-president Agnes Wong said the association hoped to raise RM80,000 through the dinner.
“The convent needs RM2 million to refurbish the whole school,” she added.
The school was founded by the Sisters of the Holy Infant Jesus on Jan 7, 1907.
It started with the enrolment of 20 pupils at a 1.62-hectare wooden complex in Jalan Sultan Idris Shah.
Now the school has 1,211 students and 80 teachers. The school houses a chapel, an orphanage called Asrama Bintang, a kindergarten and boarding facilities.
Coga is calling former students to support the dinner by purchasing tickets or giving donations.
The dinner will be held at the Royal Perak Golf Club on July 14.
Tickets are priced at RM3,000 (VIP table), RM1,000 (normal table) and RM900/RM800 (students’ table).
To purchase tickets, call: 019-560 328/012-573 2683/012-540 8110.