Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Scenes - Sarikei St Anthony's School 2002-2006



SMB St Anthony: Front Central Block - 2002.
St. Bernard's Block. View from Repok Road.

Find the Anthonian Badge, Malaysia and Sarawak flags.


SMB St Anthony: St. Daniel's Block - 2004
Built in 2001 for Form 6 classes in 2002.
This is behind the Central Block (St. Bernard's)


F
or those who have not been back to Sarikei for eons, you will be shocked by the sight of the modern 4-storey buildings replacing the beloved old front blocks of the 1950s. The casuarina trees had been chopped. The school's population has grown over the years and change was inevitable to accomodate the students. Lower 6 and Upper 6 classes started in 2002 in St. Daniel's Block behind the Central Block (St. Bernard's).



SMB St Anthony: Front Central Block - 2005
View from Repok Road.


SMB St Anthony needs to have its own website to capture its history and its development. It should digitised its archives from the 1930's onwards just in case they get destroyed. The students are web savvy now. This can be a school project headed by a teacher with help from Form 5 students every year. It costs nothing to use a blogging website. Kwang Chien school did a good job on capturing its history (though on an older style of website).



SMB St Anthony: Front Central Block - 2006
The central blue sign reads "Education for Life".
View from Repok Road.
(source: Lam Lai Chee)

SMB St Anthony: Front Right Block - 2006
Find the notice board.
View from Repok Road.
(source: Lam Lai Chee)


The new front blocks were built in 2001. The Central Block (St. Bernard's) and is connected to the Right Block. The old tuckshop (canteen) has gone. The old basketball court facing Repok Road has been replaced by a roundabout.



SMB St Anthony: Behind the Front Block - 2006
Find the old bicycle shed and boys' toilet.
(source: Lam Lai Chee)


The old bicycle shed and the boys' toilet are still around. The sepak takraw cum badminton court is replaced by a tiled surface.


SMB St Anthony: Biology Lab Block - 2006
Find the pavilion and big tree.
View from basketball court.
(source: Lam Lai Chee)


The 1975 Block for Domestic Science and Biology is still around with a pavilion added in front. The tree had grown up! (compare to the picture in the 1984 post). It owes its future to the school like the students. Nuture it and it will grow.


SMB St Anthony: Science Block - 2006
View from basketball court.
(source: Lam Lai Chee)

The 1960 Science Block is still around. No student that has used this historic building will ever forget it. Unfortunately, its nice facade is covered by an awkward pavilion and sheltered walkway. The landscaping around this area looks pretty dry. If there's one school building that should be saved, this is the one. You can almost sense the late Dutch Missionary cum principal, Father Rottinghuis, still pacing the corridors and watching over the students....

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brilliantly done. Thanks Daniel for such a wonderful historical documentation on St Anthony's.
Cheers!
Dom.

gongpiang said...

I bet Father Rottinghuis would be turning in his grave if he saw the new front 4-storey buildings of this tasteless Dr.Mahathir’s era class 'F' contractor design, I give it a thumb down.

Kanga said...

The comparison of the 1984 photos with the latest 2005/2006 photos indicate to me the magnitude of change required to cater for education in Sarikei (I am sure there are similar changes in other schools in the town as well). This change also mirrors the change in the town itself over the 20-yr period. In the case of St. Anthony's, the 1960 Sicence block remains & I hope it remains to remind me of my memories of the school. However I wonder what icons are there left in the town to remind me of the past. Perhaps the Sarikei District Council Building is one of the few remaining???

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this wonderful updates of Sarikei, hope to see some more interesting past and present of Sarikei.

NELSON said...

hi, regarding st anthony scenes of 2002-2006, the second photo is actually showing the latest block - ST.AUGUSTINE block(FRONT VIEW), which is BEHIND front central block. constructed in 2001 for first time ever form 6 classes in 2002. SAS ROCKS!

Daniel Yiek said...

Nelson,
Thanks for the correction! Will update/correct my blog.

nelson said...

welcome!

NELSON said...

I'm sorry, the latest block is not St. Augustine but ST. DANIEL! your name! ehhehehe. sorry. The first 4-storey block to be built was St. augustine, then st.bernard, then st. christopher and finally st.daniel. maybe because i studied in st. augustine block for too long. :)

NELSON said...

I'm sorry, the latest block is not St. Augustine but ST. DANIEL! your name! ehhehehe. sorry. The first 4-storey block to be built was St. augustine, then st.bernard, then st. christopher and finally st.daniel. maybe because i studied in st. augustine block for too long. :)

Celestine said...

I hope the 1960 Science Block will not be demolished. It is the only existing building ex-Anthonians from first batch of form Five on wards could identify themseves with.

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