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Victoria Institution

Posted by anak wilayah on December 9, 2009

Victoria Institution (Malay: Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Victoria) is a premier secondary school for boys (and girls for Form 6) and one of the oldest schools in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The school is widely known as V.I. and a student of Victoria Institution bears the name Victorian.

In the 1880s, Raffles Institution in Singapore flourished as an outstanding school. Some prominent community leaders, including the Kapitan Cina (Chinese Captain) of Kuala Lumpur, Yap Kwan Seng, Towkay Loke Yew, and Thamboosamy Pillay, saw the need for a good English school in Kuala Lumpur. With the support of the British Resident of Selangor, the foundation stone of the Victoria Institution was laid in 1893. The school opened in July 1894. The name of the school commemorates the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria.

The Prime Minister, Tunku Abdul Rahman, giving his speech at the V.I.’s 75th Anniversary Celebrations (’68)

The students of KL VI take pride in identifying themselves as a class of active students, both in and out the classroom. It is an unspoken rule that all freshman students are required to join at least one uniform body, take on an active role in one of the school’s 50 clubs and to participate in a least one sport. It has a variety of clubs, uniformed bodies and sports that caters for all sort of interests. The student life often revolves around societies and clubs and sport teams.

Victoria Institution has a majestic clocktower overlooking two sports pavilion and a vast field, surrounded by aged colonial-era trees (yellow flame trees and palms). The structures that make up the Institution itself are a heritage of the nation. While the modern-day Ministry of Education has added many rectangular-shaped blocks to the Institution, the distinctive “E” shape of the main block is still one of the more interesting features of Kuala Lumpur.

The school song

The original 1949 version consisted of words and punctuation by G. F. Jackson. The song is sung to the tune of ‘Gaudeamas Igitur’, one of the oldest students’ songs (author unknown). The school song alludes to the free and easy student life of medieval times.

Let us now with thankfulness

Praise the founders of our School.

Let us now with thankfulness

Praise the founders of our School

For their foresight and devotion,

Some who came across the ocean,

Some Malaysia’s own sons,

All true Victorians.

Let us next remember here

All who passed through this our School.

Let us next remember here

All who passed through this our School,

Not one race but one in feeling

For a school to each appealing

That instruction be not all

Nor this School just roof and wall.

Let us lastly pledge ourselves

Ever to uphold our School.

Let us lastly pledge ourselves

Ever to uphold our School.

In our work and in our leisure,

With such zeal and in such measure

That the new Victorians

Match with Old Victorians.


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