Friday, October 8, 2010

BBGS OGA Reunion Dinner @ Melbourne

Grateful thanks to Susan Chee (left) who visited Miss Ma (middle) with her son, Russell (right). Also, our deepest appreciation to Chan Wai Heng for coordinating the event. Miss Ma will be celebrating her 94th birthday in a few months’ time. She was born on 14 Jan 1917.

Come 22 October, the BBGS Old Girls’ Association will be holding a reunion dinner in Melbourne to honour Miss Ma Tak Yan, the former headmistress of Bukit Bintang Primary School 2.

BBGSian Susan Chee (Lau Su San, Class of ‘72) was given the special task of scanning and sharing these precious photos from Miss Ma’s treasure trove of BBGS memories. We hope to gather more information and photos of BBGS when we meet Miss Ma in Melbourne. Please spread the word to BBGSians Down Under.


22 Oct 2010, (Friday)


7.30 pm


Allpeople Chinese Restaurant,
12/2 Burwood Highway,

Melbourne, Australia

Tel : 9889 8198/ 98898182


AUD 50 per pax


Chan Wai Heng
Mobile : 0438627368

Tel : (03)98366271

Email :


BBGS Photo Gallery

Remember this eye-candy building? For alumnae who started school at the BBGS Primary School 1 & 2, this photo will evoke childhood memories of teachers, concerts, sports day and fun fairs as well as recess games like five stones and hopscotch.

Miss Ma (third from left) and her former pupil, Miss Elena M. Cooke (extreme right) who later joined BBGS as a teacher. On Miss Ma's right is Mrs Chuah Kim Neo who was the headmistress of BBGS Primary School 1 from 1957-1969.

I should like to thank Miss Glasgow particularly for graciously consenting to declare open the new building. To the post-war generation, Miss Glasgow and the Bukit Bintang Girls’ School are synonymous. She returned in 1946 after her internment and was Headmistress until 1958. She has devoted her life unstintingly to the school ...”

Excerpt from Miss Ma’s handwritten speech (above) during the official opening of the BBGS Primary School on 24 September 1960. Miss Ma is a former student and former teacher of BBGS. She became the first headmistress of BBGS Primary School 2 in 1958 and retired in 1977.

Miss Glasgow officiating the opening of the BBGS Primary School at 4pm on 24 September 1958.

The BBGS Primary School Recorder Band performing at the official opening of the Primary School. Were you there?

Miss Ma during Sports Day in 1977.

Can you recognise any teachers here?

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PS: You can now download the October 2010 eNewsletter from the blogsite.

Getting to Know Our Bosom Friends

“Dr Evelyn would definitely get full marks if she were rated for her presentation on breast health,” commented a participant working for a training consultancy.

The talk, that was open to both BBGSians and the public, received “thumbs up” for being interactive and highly informative.

Dr Evelyn had us in stitches with her humour and hilarious powerpoint cartoons that drove home the point of taking charge of our breast health.

There was never a dull moment as Dr Evelyn introduced exercises, demonstrations, quizz and gave away prizes to keep us attentive and engrossed.

Thank you Dr Evelyn for taking time off to share your knowledge with our alumnae and guests. For more photos, please check out of Facebook (bbgsoga).

Dr Evelyn's excellent communication skill and sense of humour
kept participants engaged throughout her presentation.

Learning the techniques of self breast examination.

Demonstrating a point about maintaining breast health.

Dr Evelyn with her former teachers, Miss Yeo Kim Eng and Miss Phoon Pooi Lan (fifth & sixth from right, respectively) and some BBSGians who were at the talk.

PHOTO CREDIT: Mosaic Community Studio, Centrepoint, Bandar Utama. More photos in BBGS OGA Facebook.

PS: We just received news that Dr Evelyn has been nominated for The Malaysian Women’s Weekly Great Women of Our Time Award 2010 (Health, Sports & Wellness category). The nominee with the most votes from readers will also receive RM5,000 from The Malaysian Women’s Weekly to donate to a charity of their choice. Dr Evelyn’s CODE is 17. Read about her in the October 2010 issue of The Malaysian Women’s Weekly 

To vote:

SMS to 32733:


Eg: MWW GWOT Sue Lim 750505142222 17

Closing Date: 25 Oct 2010 for SMS voting and each SMS will be charged RM1.