Posts Tagged ‘Brother Albinus O’Flaherty’

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1977 was the year that I peaked in athletics and sports. Group pic of us from Sacred Heart School with coach Steven Tan (far Left) and Brother Albinus (far right).

During the Inter-Division meet in Kuching, I broke the Long Jump record and was awarded the Best Athlete for Boys B. Following that, Wong Hing (Discus, Div A), Ling Hoe Hung (Discus, Div B) and I (Long Jump, Div B) were selected to represent Sarawak in the MSSM in Alor Setar, Kedah.

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We also won the Inter-School Boys B basketball. Those were the days when every secondary male student wanted to keep long hair and own a pair bell-bottoms pants.

And Andy Gibb was everyone’s idol.

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Pic Standing L-R Bro Columba(1), Bro Hyacinth(9), Bro Mark(11). Anyone (except Leonard Sia) who can identify me in the pic will get one week’s free breakfast!

Thanks to James Yong, for this one and only photo I have of my athletics days in St. Joseph’s Kuching.

Taken after the 1974 Inter-School Athletics Meet, the school athletes (not the full team) together the coaches and Principal Bro. Columba at the famous field of St. Joseph’s. The athletes comprised of Divisions A, B and C. I remember I was the reserved High Jumper for Division C (13-14 years old) and for some unknown reason, Benjamin Read was unable to participate and Brother Mark put my name in as the last minute replacement. As a first timer, I was very glad I was placed 5th and earned two points for my school. I also remember Bro. Mark’s indelible comments in my autograph prior to my departure to Sacred Heart School Sibu. His encouragement made a huge impact on my passion in competitive sports in my later years.

During those days in St. Joseph’s one would see the school fields crowded with boys from 4:30pm to 5:30pm. The Seniors always played “taiko” and guided the newcomers. On top of that the Brothers had their own field of expertise. For example, Bro Adrian was the hockey coach and Bro. Hyacinth in badminton. But most of the time all the Brothers were involved in all the school’s extra-curricular activities. Bro. Columba was a hawk and most feared as he would go round the classes catching those who fooled around. Aha… those were the days, :-).

Last night I stumbled upon this recent (and wonderful) photo in James Yong’s blog posting dated Feb 2, 2010:
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L-R Bro. Adrian, Bro. Columba, (Michael Chew- Form 6 1972-3 SJS) and Bro. Mark.

The La Salle Brothers were the true educators in Sarawak, touching and making a difference in the thousands of students under their wings. Bro. Columba and Bro. Albinus were the most dedicated principals we’ll ever find.

Yes, we were the priviledged ones – being at the right place and the right time. Our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all the Brothers who taught us.

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Much to my surprise and delight, I received a call from my school mate from Sacred Heart Sibu yesterday evening. Chia Ah Fook, a year my junior (Class of 79) was in town with our beloved principal Brother Albinus O’Flaherty. It was wonderful to catch up with the Brother Director again after so many years!

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With Brother Albinus. Except for myself, the rest of my school mates are from Class of 79.

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