Thursday, February 19, 2009

Main Convent, Ipoh (Part I)

Main Convent IpohMain Convent, Ipoh

The Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus, or fondly known as Main Convent (MC) was founded by Mother St. Victoire, and set up with the support of Mother St. Anatoli, Assistant General to the Priests' Assembly in Paris in a modest wooden building.



It was opened in 1907 with eight pupils. With 7500 strait Dollars (roughly RM500,000 today) from the British government at that time, the first buildings on Jalan Sultan Idris (Brewster Road) were constructed in timber, the school office, a chapel and the Sisters' quarter.


neo-Gothic designneo-Gothic styleJesus Christ's StatueLord Jesus Christ's Statue

Just like St. Michael's Institution, Main Convent adopts the neo-Gothic design. The main building's facade shows a series of pointed arch. On top of the building lies the statue of Lord Jesus the Saviour.


Old Spiral StairSpiral Stairs

Volleyball CourtVolleyball Court

Back Field near Orphanage HallBack Field near the Orphanage Hall

The building of Convent is unique in the sense that several buildings are linked by a maze of covered walkways, corridors and verandas with open spaces in between the buildings used for outdoor assembly, sports and games.


Bird's Eye View of Main ConventBird's Eye View

If you have the chance to catch a bird's eye view from Ipoh Parade, you will find that Convent reveals an irregular quadrangle, with oldest building dating back in 1927.


PondPond near the canteen


Did you know...?

The famous bond girl Datuk Michelle Yeoh is an ex-convent girl? MC must be really proud of producing this famous Hollywood star that made our Malaysian proud of. Not only she is the first Asian Bond girl, she is also the first Malaysian who made her fame in Hollywood.


p/s: Pictures are credited to Mabel.
Thank you.

24 comments:

aineecumi said...

hehehhe...many success women born from CONVENT..heheheh...like amy mastura, our tuanku wife..

babe, after dis tell bout MGS..hehehe..my ex-school too..heheheh

littlecicak said...

Ainee, sure, but not so soon. It requires time to research for information and get ways to snap photos. These pictures also thanks to Mabel, a current MC student.

Palohchai said...

which tuanku wife?
the Agong's or the Perak sultan? didn't know that..

Anonymous said...

I used to live in United Garden, opposite the roundbound and frankly speaking, as male, you will get a chance to view the inside of Main Convent!!! Thanks for showing the view after so many years.

LY.Tai

Palohchai said...

where is united garden? hmm.. is it near MB's residence? wah!! all those are rich ppl houses le...

mabel low said...

Woots! A post on my school! =D

YilingL said...

Yeah do a post on MGS!!! And thankx for the post, never knew MC look like this, always passed by the front and back only.

littlecicak said...

Yiling, thanks for you support to Ipoh even thou you'd left to KL for quite some time. Haha.

reanaclaire said...

hey..that is my former school.. great awesome photos.. mabel is good and u r gooder..haha.. credit to both of u...
now my girl is studying there..
i will show her the pics later..
she sure will smile..

Cat said...

I still like our very first school badge and our old school song. Not to mention too all our Houses' Songs...They are just great! The present girls won't know how much they've missed

Isaac Wong said...

I heard they changed the badge, but I've not seen the old one before. Perhaps if you got more details about your school and you would like to contribute it to us, kindly email the information to ipohtown88@gmail.com Thank you.

Anita said...

Were there any nuns as teachers ever? Can anyone tell me whether they were French? And what order? Are there any sisters there now? If not, when did they leave?

Anonymous said...

OMG...wow..i dont know our school have their own blog...
MAN..! i'm sooo proud..

niva said...

i luv mc 4ever....

Anonymous said...

Hi guys,
I was one of the first to attend the Tarcisian Convent, but 2 of my sisters went to the Main convent.

Can anyone remember all the words to the school anthem. Holy Infant Jesus hear thy children's prayer....etc

Bee said...

Wow! It has been a decade since I last seen my old school, I graduated high school in 1977 and imigrated to State side since 1983 and I wondered what happened to the structure after the mishap with the neighoring construction of the mall I heard about from friends.
These pictures brought back wonderful memories ...thanks for the stroll memory lane...thank you!!!

rna said...

hi to anonymous,I try to furnish you with the school song (class 69) here goes:HolyInfant Jesus,hear thy children pray,help us to be like thee kind and just fair,Holy ...I hope someoneelse remember the lyrics and continue.The melody is beautiful

malar said...

glad to b a convent gurl..da teachers...frenzzzz...luv u all

aini nahariah mokhtar said...

sure brought back memories. i was from the class of 1972. so, all those from my batch please, please, please get in touch. i sure would like to hear from all of you.

Anonymous said...

hei guys...my beloved school. millioon sweet memories during my school life..l was there since 1976 till 1980...l'll never forget sister Maureeen...such a humble person...

Anonymous said...

hei...guys.I was there in 1976 till 1980..million sweet memories..

amrira said...

tizz skul is d best

sukhdev said...

perfect schoolll.........love it :)

roslindalin said...

sweet memories 1985-1989.F1 Seri Pagi,F2 Ros,F3 Melur, F4A1, F5A1.......

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