A Message from the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Most Rev. Julian Leow Beng Kim.
A Message from the Chairman, Council of Directors, Yayasan Tan Sri Dominic Vendargon, BGen (Rtd) Dato’ Richard Robless.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIRMAN, YAYASAN TAN SRI DOMINIC VENDARGON AND CHAIRMAN, BOARD OF GOVERNORS, SMIS
The national education system has not been able to fully fulfil the expectations of parents and students and although there is hope for improvement with new directions being addressed, this will take time and time is indeed of the essence. Private schools attempt to fill the void.
Although private education is expensive and international education doubly expensive, many are prepared to make the sacrifice as education is our investment for the future. As household income will affect accessibility, our central challenge will always be to provide various options in quality and holistic education at varying levels of affordability and expectation and different perspectives of choice. With Stella Maris International School (SMIS) fully operational in both the primary and secondary tiers and with both the IGSCE A and O levels on offer, the Stella Maris brand is now available in both the national and international domains and with SMIS fully accredited as an IB World School we are also now qualified to offer the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP).
2018 will go down in our history as a milestone year with the grand official opening of Stella Maris International School officiated on our feast day, 15th August, by Most Rev Julian Leow, Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur. It was a grand affair, one in which I was proud and elated to see the exuberant participation of our students and teachers in the conduct and presentation of all the various events organised for the occasion. It was also historic with the completion and blessing of our eagerly-awaited Sports Centre, a facility which we hope will bring us great joy and honour as we nurture, groom and develop future leaders and winners in sports and other endeavours that will make us and our nation proud. 2019 follows with the introduction of Year One International and the full opening of our Pre-University Studies Centre.
Education of our young is not the sole responsibility of the school but one that is shared with parents, teachers and students and one area that we seem less prepared to handle and work with other stakeholders involves the education of students with special needs. Many schools discriminate against such children because special needs demand special attention, special teachers and sometimes, extraordinarily different resources and teaching aids. Yet, these God-given children are equally entitled to as good an education that we can give to prepare them well to interact with others and to become independent in the real world they will inherit. We want these children to also fully benefit from the new educational technologies available.
On behalf of the Council of Directors of Yayasan Tan Sri Dominic Vendargon and the Board of Governors of Stella Maris International School, allow me to express our deepest gratitude to the School President, Prof Dr B C Tan, Mrs Belevin Scully, Mr Allen Yong, Ms Yap Yoke Lin, all department heads, teachers and support staff, members of our PTLCs, parents and guardians for your unswerving support and commitment for our goals and initiatives in building minds, touching hearts and shaping lives.
Thank you and with best wishes,
BGen (Rtd) Dato’ Richard Robless
The Official Opening of Stella Maris International School Damansara and Blessing of the Sports Complex
The auspicious day began with the concelebration of Mass of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary to Heaven by the Most Reverend Archbishop Julian Leow DD, Fr Mari Arokiam and Fr Alvin Ho SJ, followed by the Official Opening of the Stella Maris International School and the blessing of the newly completed Sports Centre. The gathering then adjourned to the School’s concourse where the Archbishop inspected a guard of honour of uniformed units to the accompaniment of drums. Guests were then taken on a guided tour of the various facilities in the school before being ushered into the Soter Auditorium for speeches and presentations by students and faculty.
Performances from the Primary School was themed on Citra Warna and the fusion of fan and kuda kepang dances together with “Choral Speaking” ensemble which brought the house down with idiosyncrasies of life in Malaysia. The Secondary School came up with remix and gana hitz dances. Beginning with “I have a Voice”, the Secondary School’s Choir presented “Voices of Hope” choreographed and composed by the Music Head, Helena Fernandez, climaxed the day’s activities which ended with the whole assembly singing the Negara Ku.