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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?