This photo is for all my peers and younger school mates who hail from Upper Lanang Road and Salim area of Sibu. And for those who have moved away from Sibu a few decades ago. You cannot believe it I suppose!! Neither could I when I went to visit it recently with Wong Meng Lei and Yang Yi Fang.
Some of you might have gone to school in your younger days in Ta Goong(in Foochow pinyin) or Thai Chang (in Mandarin pinyin) Primary School -a Methodist community and church sponsored primary school. "Where there was a Methodist Church there was a school"was the general view about Methodist Church in Sarawak.
It is the only Methodist Primary School I know in Malaysia that has a dome and a cross. It sits on a beautiful site which is No.1 Lot along this road and at today's price it is a multi-million project.
What a beauty indeed - thanks to our Foochow forefathers who had the foresight to obtain this piece of land from the government of that time and the present wealth of the local people ..... The Foochow pioneers of the area started the church and school with whatever money their earned from rubber in those days.
This is the new building which is very different from the one that was constructed in the 1900's. From simple wooden structures which were very functional to the present concretised and Greek design!!
SJK (C) = Sekolah Jenis Kebangsaan (Cina) means ( Chinese ) National Type School. In principle it means a government school which is run according to national educational polices but with Chinese management and Chinese as one of the main mediums of instruction. With the l Malaysia vision many of the Chinese teachers are tri lingual and many of the administrators/officers are Muslims. However the origin of the school would not be forgotten by all the photos and historical records written on the walls.
Government policies on education of the day are adhered to. Christian teachings are only available as and when needed but outside school hours. Islamic Studies have become a natioanl subject for Muslims attending this school and are taught by the certified Religious teachers who are on the government payroll. Moral studies are for those who are non-Muslim. Any teacher who has been trained to teach Moral Studies can teach the subject.
The development of the school continues to depend on the nearby Church and the Management Board.
More will be written about the history of the church and school later....