St. Xavier’s Class of 80 | 82 Celebrate Rocking 55 Reunion

St. Xavier’s Class of 80 | 82 Celebrate Rocking 55 Reunion

St. Xavier’s Class of 80 | 82 Celebrate Rocking 55 Reunion

The St. Xavier’s Class of 80 | 82 Celebrate Rocking 55 Reunion at Royale Chulan Penang recently. The gathering marks the grand reunion of classmates who left their alma mater 38 years ago.

Organising committee Chairman, Khoo Boo Lim welcomed the Xavierian and former teachers with SXI Corps of Pipes and Drums, marching into the grand ballroom. The group sang the school anthem, Alma Mater’s Call with pride, remembering all the words.

Khoo thanked his ad hoc committee which came together to help in unison. From school days the team of old boys got together, each stepping up to fill in the rolls as necessary. The committee members are Nico Tan, Eddy Xavier, Ong Kean Peng, Kuan Pin Seah, Datuk Ramalingam, Ewe Chor Teik and Chan Tiek Wor.

In his speech, Khoo read out the words shared on their group’s WhatsApp.

No one in the world is rich enough to buy your own childhood and youth back. Only friends help to create those moments from time to time at no cost.

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The party starts at the Lobby when they boys met up over beers. Photo: Doris Lim
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Lots of excitement meeting and greeting. Photo: Doris Lim
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Lots of awesome pix at the photo booth. Photo: Doris Lim

Datuk Rama honors teachers

Lotus Group of restaurants CEO Datuk Ramalingam Pillai paid tribute to the teachers and friends at SXI for making him the person he is today. SXI created the positive environment for building friendships. Not forgetting the guidance and nurture from the teachers.

“When it comes to friends, it is the amount of time you spend with them that the lessons of loyalty and friendship are learned,”

Much to the delight of his teachers, Datuk Rama joked that he still feels like a schoolboy. This is with the hope that his class teacher Miss Wong would remain young.

Friendship and Love Always in the Hearts
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Lotus Group of restaurants CEO Datuk Ramalingam Pillai paid tribute to the teachers and friends. Photo: Doris Lim
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Boys rocking it out! Move over Mick Jagger. Photo: Doris Lim

The Girls’ School across the Road

St. Xavier’s Institution may be just a stone’s throw away from Convent Light Street, it was ironic to note that none of the boys ever stepped into the school. Cheah Tiek Wor remarked that it was truly ironic that he only got to view the photographs of the buildings of CLS in this blog recently.

“From the photos, the school buildings and compound appear to have rich European influenced architecture and the construction was beautiful,” he said.

6th Form Girls

When the girls joined 6th Form, the St. Xavier’s boys were happy to make new friends from Convent Light Street (CLS) and Penang Chinese Girl High School (PCGHS). As with Nature, soon love blossomed.
Some of the 6th form girls married their SXI sweethearts.

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Class picture was taken in 1982 at St. Xavier. Penang. Photo: Leela Davei
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Down memory lane – 1982 Committee members of the Sixth Form Society at St. Xavier. Penang. Photo: Leela Davei
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The 6th Form Girls enjoy a Yee Sang Toss to long-lasting friendship. Photo: Doris Lim
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Head boy Dr. Leong Kin Wah watches over the 6th Form Girls. Photo: Doris Lim
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The 6th Form Girls all grown up now. Photo: Doris Lim

Five girls from Penang Chinese Girl High School (PCGHS) and 14 girls from Convent Light Street (CLS) girls attended the grand occasion. Khoo Boo Lim roped in his wife Goh Guok Hwa (CLS), his children Krystal and Bryan to help with the event.

Khoo sums up the half-decade of firm and lasting friendship with this quote.

“When it comes to friends, it’s not how much time you spend with them, is how you spend it.”

St. Xavier's Class of 80 | 82 Celebrate Rocking 55 Reunion_Boys

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Boys doing a “Can Can”. Photo: Koid Teng Beng
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Until we meet again. Photo: Koid Teng Beng

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