Friday, January 02, 2009

Sarikei St Anthony's School Alumni Gathering cum Website launch

Sarikei St Anthony's School Alumni Gathering cum Website launch 2008
Source: Desmond Chen


Did you do a double take when you saw this poster? Finally someone took the initiative to launch a website for St. Anthony's School. I figured that current students are probably too busy and too green to maintain a school website that goes back to the early days of its infancy. English is also a problem for many current students.


Sarikei St Anthony's School Alumni Gathering cum Website launch 2008
Source: Desmond Chen


What about the seniors? Where are they? Are they not passionate about the school that nurtured them? The answer is that most seniors are not working in Sarikei due to the lack of suitable job opportunities. So the job falls on those working and living in Sarikei.


Sarikei St Anthony's School Alumni Gathering cum Website launch 2008
Source: Desmond Chen



Sarikei St Anthony's School Alumni Gathering cum Website launch 2008
Source: Desmond Chen



The event started off with networking, speeches and a video of the old school and old Sarikei. I will not post pictures of old Sarikei because those have been posted before.


Sarikei St Anthony's School Alumni Gathering cum Website launch 2008
Source: Desmond Chen


Kwang Chien and Sekolah Tinggi have their own websites already. The Anthonian website is here (www.geocities.com/sarikeianthonian). It is still under construction and only the home page with its mission is ready. I feel that that geocities is not the right website technology to host the school alumni. It does not have Web 2.0 capabilities that allows interactivity with the readers like www.multiply.com or www.facebook.com . When a website becomes a one way street of information, readers drift off when there's no fresh content or user generated content.

Updated: Geocities has closed down. New website is http://smkstanthony.uuuq.com


Sarikei St Anthony's School Alumni Gathering cum Website launch 2008
Source: Desmond Chen


Sarikei St Anthony's School Alumni Gathering cum Website launch 2008
Source: Desmond Chen


The association chairman is Chen Tai Huong (a lawyer) and I read that he sponsored the whole dinner and the lucky draw. Hats off for his passion and the organising committee. Students from the 1960s (see the greying hairs) to the 2000s turned up in droves.


Sarikei St Anthony's School Alumni Gathering cum Website launch 2008
Source: Desmond Chen


Sarikei St Anthony's School Alumni Gathering cum Website launch 2008
Source: Desmond Chen


I believe the turnout will be greater if the gathering is held during day 2 of Chinese New Year when ex-Anthonians working outside Sarikei make the balik kampung trip. I will attend. Will you?

Thoughts on the website and gathering?

7 comments:

sarawakiana said...

Dear Daniel

Double blessings to all who love their mother school and school mates!!

The nurturing of the school is a very significant factor in our lives.

God bless and good luck to all your networking!!

Roll said...

Of course we're proud to be Anthonians! We just need to express that collectively to the same channel and now we have one. I mean look at SAS groups in Friendster and other websites.. we just need to pool them together. Not very fimiliar with the interface wise of Web2.0 etc but I'm sure Daniel's right about having a site where other alumnis can interact with each other. BTW, what did you mean by "The next few months will be the last leg of this blog" under the Sarikei Election? Cheers and Happy New Year 2009!

Roll said...

Ignore my last question.. I just found out what u mean from the last kopitiam chat.. we'll, I'm sure we'll find something interesting to write about Sarikeians! Sarikei is made alive by not only geographical location but also the people that lives and came from there!

Daniel Yiek said...

Roll,
You can click on the wikipedia link of Web 2.0 in my blog post. Basically, Friendster, facebook, bebo, multiply, blogs, etc use this technology to allow user generated content.

Web 1.0 is the technology where you go to a website to read info and download things. No interactivity between the readers and the website. Can not even leave comments. Surely, the tech savvy folks in Sarikei can meet the alumni committee and propose to use the new technology. Look at the Kwang Chien website...it's becomes boring after the first visit. No fresh content. No users interaction.

http://kwangchien.tripod.com/

Anonymous said...

Wow! A bunch of old timers gathering. Sure kick out lots of old memories & emotions :). Ha! Saw my dad from your pictures.

JW

Anonymous said...

Hi

I hope to find my pen pal in this
posting.

Her name Jennifer Tiong Chuo Ing She was a student in this school in 1983-84.

My contact: 019-2290798 Lim

Daniel Yiek said...

Lim
I suggest you join www.facebook.com
There's a group called

St Anthony Sarikei (SAS) Alumni

and you may find your other friends.

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