Shan Tao ex-students reunite

 

By PAUL MU

KOTA KINABALU: After leaving school more than two decades, a group of former SM Shan Tao students here have pledged to meet again every year after a reunion dinner recently.

The students of Class 1986 and 1991 went their separate ways to pursue their careers and dreams after completed secondary education.

They also hardly cross paths even though most of them are working in and around the city here. But a few yearned to meet again to reminisce their good old days in school.

And it was a chance meeting between Yee Nyuk Fang who was in science class in 1991, and her former English language teacher Anthony Dawson that set the motion.

“It was started from my meeting with a former teacher (Dawson) while I was doing some errands at City Mall. “While having a chat with him, an idea came up, on organising a gathering to meet up again between all our former teachers and classmates.

“And without a second thought he gave the go ahead where he will call the teachers and I will look for the classmates,” shared Yee.

Since most of them had lost contact, the only place to trace them was through the social media network, she said. “I have searched through Facebook and I was so delighted to receive their response. And we set the reunion at Hotel No.5 after about one month of getting them together,” said Yee.

This is the first time we met again after more than 20 years and we want to make this reunion an annual affair and maintain the friendship, she said.

The former students including one AirAsia pilot who flew in from Kuala Lumpur. The dinner was attended by 35 former students and six former and retired teachers. As a token of appreciation, the students presented their teachers with remembrance gifts.

Dawson who was also the school’s former disciplinary teacher said: “The reunion was very good because they (students) have come together.

“They remember the old days, they remember the teachers and I am happy to see them (students) successful with their lives. We (teachers) wish them all the best.”

He also praised Nyuk Fang for the endearvour to organise the event especially her tireless effort to retrace the former students.

 
By : PAUL MU
 
New Sabah Times