[The Star] Solid backing for school

By Andy Chua

SIBU: SEGi University and Colleges group is awarding five scholarships to the teachers of SMK Sacred Heart for professional enhancement education.

Its managing director Tan Sri Clement Hii who announced this during the school annual Speech Day, said the teachers could pursue their degrees in collaboration with Segi University either by distance or online learning.

Hii said the five teachers could pursue degree, masters or PhD programmes in a course of their choice.

A former student, Hii has been supportive of the school’s annual Speech Day for the past 15 years.

At the event he contributed RM27,430 in cash and five laptops to deserving students. In total Hii has contributed RM311,640, which does not include 55 laptop computers and two Myvi vehicles.

Hii said he had set up Segi University Medical Faculty’s Sibu Clinical campus and was open to feedback on how he could do more for the town.

“I wish I could do more to make Sibu a better place to study and to live in. You might have ideas. You know Sibu better than me,” he said.

Hii (third from right) with David on his right and board members  jointly cutting a cake to launch Speech Day.

Hii (third from right) with David on his right and board members  jointly cutting a cake to launch Speech Day.  

He advised students to adapt to changes around them rather than to complain and to work hard to achieve their dreams.

“We are living in a fast changing era of information technology. Today and tomorrow we need to adapt to the changing world. You need to approach things with new ideas,” he said.

He also advised students to enjoy what they were doing so as to have a sense of fulfillment and accomplishment instead of over-emphasising on academic achievement and material wealth.

“Money is important but having lots of idea is the real currency when you are either working for people or conducting your own business,’ he said.

Principal David Teo thanked Clement for his staunch support of the school which had motivated teachers and students to do their best in all aspects of their school life.

“Our outstanding public examination results and co-curricular achievements are proof of the of Hii’s hopes coming true,” he said.

SMK Sacred Heart, he said, was the only school in Sabah and Sarawak to make it into the country’s top schools for the last two years in the STPM exams.

All of its Form 6 students were also accepted to local universities. As for the SPM exams, it was among the top three schools in the the state last year.

David said the school also shined in co-curriculum activities as 32 athletes from the school won at international level, 18 at national level and 72 at state level.