Message From The Chairman
Board of Governors
In the book of Ecclesiastes chapter 3, the inspired wisdom of the Philosophers taught us that there is a time for everything.
Perhaps the time has come for us to accept the fact that Datin Amy-Jean Yee, Headmistress of SRS Datuk Simon Fung is retiring at the end of 2010 after faithfully serving the school for the past 15 years. Datin Yee’s many years of dedicated services and engaging the holistic education approach in the school has a remarkable contribution towards total and proper development of so many young children.
Datin Yee is also credited for the formation and heading of Tadika Datuk Simon Fung, trainer for teachers as well as serving in the Board of Governors of Maktab Nasional before appointed as Headmistress of SRS. All in all, she had served under various capacities for about 20 years.
With Datin Yee’s tremendous wealth of experience as an educationist, The Board of Governors has appointed her as the Education Consultant/Advisor for the Complex after her retirement.
Madam Mary Lojinon will succeed Datin Yee as the Headmistress of SRS Datuk Simon Fung. Let us all welcome Madam Mary and work closely with her for the benefit of all pupils in the school.
The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Datin Yee for her devoted and excellence services rendered.
The Principal of Maktab Nasional, Mr. Michael Baikan is also retiring at the end of 2010 after serving the school for the past three years. He will be succeeded by Madam Winnie Voo Nyuk Yung. Mr. Alex Funk, Senior Assistant (Academic) will be appointed as the Vice Principal of Maktab Nasional in 2011.
The Board would like to thank Mr. Michael Baikan for his services rendered and extend a big welcome to Madam Winnie Voo to serve the school.
MONSIGNOR PRIMUS JOUIL
25th Anniversary background information
It all began in 1984 when the late Bishop Datuk Simon Fung mooted an idea of establishing a private school to protect the family structure for at the time many parents were sending their children overseas at a very tender age. He and his initial Board hoped that by setting up Maktab Nasional, parents would refrain from sending their children overseas so early in life when the family bonding was extremely important.
In January 1985, Maktab Nasional opened its doors to about sixty students with two Form One classes and one Form Two class. The school was located in Jalan Ramin. However, within a short period of time, the school grew so fast that these premises were abandoned for another area at the Likas Expo site. By this time Maktab Nasional had grown not just in student numbers but also in schools. In 1988, a primary school was added - Sekolah Rendah Swasta Datuk Simon Fung - and in 1990 the Tadika and Taska were established.
In 1994, all three schools converged on what is now known as the St. Simon Educational Complex in Kingfisher Park, Likas. Today, 25 years after the first student came to Maktab Nasional to pursue an education the schools have grown to become one of the best private schools in Sabah offering quality education from kindergarten to upper secondary at the lowest prices possible since its Board of Trustees is registered as a non-profit organisation.
Chris Colby – Director David Kort - Choreographer
Chris was the Artistic Director and David the Manager of a busy Theatre in the UK for the past 10 years. In a long and varied career they have worked in London’s West End, all over the UK and Internationally. Chris has worked in television in the UK appearing in a long running Soap and also a mini series and a comedy series. In Theatre Chris performed in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in London’s West End and also a season at The Donmar Warehouse in London’s Covent Garden. As a performer David appeared in the West End production of Peter Pan and also worked for the prestigious Glyndebourne Festival Opera. David’s television appearances include working with the esteemed choreographer Flick Colby in the dance group ‘Zoo’ on UK’s Top Of The Pops.
Chris and David have directed and choreographed many musicals including Return To The Forbidden Planet, Cabaret, Fame, Hair, Me and My Girl, Leader of the Pack, Teen Scream, There’s No Place Like A Home, Showstoppers, Viva Ibiza, Boom Bang a Bang, Aspects of Love and Oliver! Also the pantomimes: Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty, Aladdin, Robin Hood, Beauty and the Beast, Treasure Island,and Peter Pan.
Tours include: Annie, Hello Dolly!, A Slice of Saturday Night, Rock Hard, Phantom of the Opera, The Cemetery Club and the world premiere of Five Blue Haired Ladies Sitting on a Green Park Bench.
Chris and David also worked on board the Luxury Ocean Liners ‘Aurora’ and ‘Oriana’ and they have written musicals for P & O cruise lines.
Chris and David directed and choreographed the productions Annie, Peter Pan and Oliver! at Genting Highlands in KL. During this time they had the pleasure of working with many young people from KL. Seeing this talent they both now live in KK and co-run the The Rock School Musical Theatre School at the Golf Driving Range at Likas with Mr Peter Chua and Dr Janet Lee. This is a Saturday afternoon school which develops young talent not only in performance skills but also greatly improves confidence, speech and social skills required for life in the workplace. The students have 3 hours training in dance , drama and singing an drecently took part in The Australian Guild exams in Musical Theatre – A first for Malaysian young people. Recently they worked in KL training over 60 children from local orphanages, in Musical Theatre. This was a great experience and ended in an hour-long performance for over 3000 children! In the near future Chris and David along with Peter and Janet have great plans to bring more quality Musical Theatre to KK.
The show will be a fast moving energetic performance. There is a small amount of dialogue, surrounded by fast dance routines.
The performance begins with most of the students on stage performing the opening of Fame The Musical. This represents their auditions to enrol in a Performing Arts School
Song – Fame opening into Hard Work
We then discover that the youngsters are rehearsing a Summer Show at Summer Camp. We meet the lead actors which include the school ‘stud’, the ‘dizzy’ girl, the geeks, the ‘girl next door’ the ‘nasty’ girl and her friend the school ‘bully’.
Boy meets girl – ‘Uptown Girl’
The teacher in the play then holds auditions for the lead roles.
(Song It’s Hard to Believe’)
The ‘nasty’ girl expects to get the lead role and does everything in her power to make sure she does.
‘Nasty girl is thwarted and sees the error of her ways.
Song – ‘Dancing Queen’
Girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy back.
Song ‘We’re All In This Together’
The production ends with their final performance – songs include ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’, ‘One Voice’, Seasons Of Love, America and Fame.