The moment the grand ballroom doors were flung open at The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, guests knew they were in for a night to remember at the Alice Smith School’s 70th Anniversary Platinum Gala Ball.
Over 700 guests comprising parents, staff, business partners and alumni hailing from all corners of the globe attended the event marking the school’s 70 years of providing a rich British educational heritage in Malaysia.
Guests of honour were Australian High Commissioner H.E Rod Smith PSM and spouse, British High Commissioner H.E. Vicki Treadell CMG MVO, New Zealand High Commissioner H.E. Dr John Subtrizky and spouse and Irish Ambassador H.E. Eamon Hickey. They were led into the ballroom by two children in their school uniform carrying the school’s signature wicker baskets, a feature from when Alice Smith School was first established in 1946.
We were also honoured to welcome founder, Alice Fairfield-Smith’s grandson, Cameron and great granddaughter, Rosie.
Subtle touches were seen throughout the evening with wonderful musical performances by students, staff and alumni. Sixth Form student, Sami Azam-Ali, gave a moving account of his educational experience at school and Caroline Russell, CEO of BOH Plantations, shared her journey from alumnus to current parent.
Platinum Gala Ball photos
A silent auction of art and photography created by our incredibly talented secondary students raised money to support the charitable work of the school.
Head of School, Roger Schultz reflected on the unique history of the school in his speech: “Alice Smith reaches out and touches lives in a unique way that creates a strong bond of attachment and invokes everlasting memories. It engenders a sense of belonging. The Alice Smith School story is a wonderful story about people coming together and working together because we believe we are part of something that is quite special".
Our rich heritage is filled with people, achievements, events and happenings that have shaped the school, from its humble beginnings with one class in Mrs Alice Fairfield-Smith’s house 70 years ago to where it is today. The school has grown tremendously, with great facilities now providing an excellent education to almost 1,600 students on two fantastic campuses. There will be many more stories as the future unfolds for our school.”
Amidst the revelry and camaraderie, the occasion was also timely to honour the school’s long-serving teaching and non-teaching staff. One of the deserving awardees was Vice Principal, Alison Nadarajah, who has been with the Alice Smith School since 1986, working with 6 Principals over 30 years! Her first Principal was Mrs Patricia Lee, who left a lasting impression on her.
Prior to this glitzy and glittering Platinum Gala Ball grand finale, the school also hosted a series of events including the grand anniversary day celebration, Alumni get-together and Nostalgic Walk and a Cocktail Reception and Appreciation Evening for business partner and parents, hosted at the British High Commissioner’s Residence.
Campus Nostalgic Walk photos Alumni Get-together & Appreciation Evening photos
The 70th anniversary celebrations have reflected on past accomplishments and successes and the legacies left by previous and current generations. As the Alice Smith School looks to the future, it continues to enhance the exceptional learning environment provided for every child, manifested in the caring, positive and dynamic ethos and culture of the school.
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