Tuesday, May 19, 2009

History - Sarikei High School (Sekolah Tinggi) Part 3

Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi - one of the founders 黃幼灼, Wong Yew Chiok
Source: Eddie Wong


Last Sunday, I had coffee with one of the sons of the pioneer batch of founders of Sekolah Tinggi. The background of the history goes like this. Both Su Lu 泗蘆 School and Su Kwong 泗光 School had Junior Middle school. Both wanted to start the Senior Middle School as their teenagers were growing up. To begin and maintain a Senior Middle School was not a cheap endeavour due to land, capital, construction, administrative and teaching costs.


Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi - one of the founders: Wong Ngiong Hua
Source: Sekolah Tinggi magazine, 1975
Submitted by: Ease Chen



So the pioneer batch of founders got together to discuss combining Su Kwong Chinese Junior Middle School and Su Lu Chinese Junior Middle School to form Hua Chiew 华侨 Middle School in 1936. The pioneer batch were Wong Koh Chiong 黄可川 (head of Su Lu 泗蘆 group and also the developer of Block 1 Wharf Road), Wong Ngiong Hua 王仰華(the Foochow kapitan), Wong Yew Chiok 黃幼灼, Ting King Moi 陳慶梅, Kong Lee Chiok 江履統, Chieng Ke Chiong 詹桂章, Wong Siew Lung 王受隆 and Yek Suk Kang 葉菽幹 (head of Su Kwong 泗光 group).


Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi - 1939 and 1940 graduates
1939 picture. L5 front row is 黄可川 Wong Koh Chiong (a founding member)
Source: Sekolah Tinggi magazine, 1975
Submitted by: Ease Chen




I will leave you to read the rest of the history from the 1975 magazine that celebrated the 40th anniversary of Sarikei High School. Enjoy the ride, folks.


Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi - History page 18.
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Source: Sekolah Tinggi magazine, 1975
Submitted by: Ease Chen



Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi - 1946 and 1949 graduates
Find the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in 1949
Source: Sekolah Tinggi magazine, 1975
Submitted by: Ease Chen



Sarikei Sekolah Tinggi - History page 19.
Click to enlarge. Click back arrow to come back
Source: Sekolah Tinggi magazine, 1975
Submitted by: Ease Chen

3 comments:

Sarawakiana@2 said...

I would to offer you a toast for a great job in researching the history of this school!
It is good to read history from primary sources. Thank you.

Daniel Yiek said...

Thanks, Sarawakiana.

Kudos to Ease Chen (daughter of the community leader Chen Ko Ming) who took the effort to go thru and scan the magazines for me. She's a key contributor to preserving Sarikei's history. There are about 500+ readers but only some contributed content and pics. Thanks to those who have contributed.

Does anyone know what is a good software to use to write an electronic book like the colorful Happenings magazine? The book must be to be downloaded and be opened by all (eg: like a pdf). This blog will probably wrap up this year and then I will write the book. I said "probably" because new content keeps on popping up.

Daniel Yiek said...

Sorry, a correction was received. Su Lu didn't have a Senior Middle School before Su Kwong.

Both Su Kwong and Su Lu didn't have Senior Middle School. That's why joined forces.

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