Friday, May 20, 2011


Registration closed as we have been overbooked.


De Palma Hotel, Jalan Selaman 1/2, Palm Square Ampang Point, Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur


23 July 2011, 1.30 – 6.30 pm (Saturday)


Teach Us Delight in Simple Games

Inter-House Challenge

Dato’ Noor Rezan Bapoo, the last headmistress of BBGS and the first headmistress of SBU

Sports wear in your House colours. Level playing field ... all shall be addressed by their school names. No honorifics allowed.

RM 55 per person.

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Monday, May 16, 2011

Happy Wesak Day

The BBGS OGA wishes

all Buddhist alumnae

Happy Wesak Day!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Serenading Miss Cooke

These BBGSians might have left school in the 1960s, but they have never forgotten their teachers. They still visit their former teachers Miss Cooke and Aunty Maisie whenever they can.

Front Row (left to right): Ng Chor Ming (1965), Mah Man See (1965), Aunty Maisie (known as Mrs Aziz during school days), Bunny-Helen Lam Boon Lun (1965)

2nd Row - Veron Wong (1967), Kok Yit Hoe (1965), Yeo Lin Eng (1953), Angeline Tai (1965).

Back Row - Fong Oy Leng (1953), Hooi Sook Ching (1965)

Although frail and bedridden, Miss Cooke’s spirit was lifted as nine former students serenaded her with her favourite songs.

In a spirit of Muhibbah, these faithful students even brought an angpow to celebrate the Chinese New Year with their beloved headmistress on 7 February 2011.

As a tradition, the Class of 1965 organises annual CNY reunions where they will sing to their hearts’ content. Before her illness, Miss Cooke had always been the guest-of honour at their reunions.

This year, the Class of 1965 decided to make a trip to see Miss Cooke before their reunion potluck lunch at the home of Miss Yeo Kim Eng on 15 February.

Of course, they started with the school song, BBGS, We Pledge to Thee which brought a smile to Miss Cooke. They sang the following songs which are Miss Cooke’s favourites.

· His Eye Is On The Sparrow

· Along The Road

· Great Is Thy Faithfulness

· Trust And Obey

· What A Friend We Have In Jesus

· All The Way My Saviour Leads Me

· Amazing Grace,

· Whispering Hope

· The Lord's My Shepherd

· Chiribiribin

· Over The Summer Sea

· Funiculi Funicula.

The girls, however, added one new song to their repertoire — You Raised Me Up – that brought encouragement to Miss Cooke.

A sign that Miss Cooke really enjoyed their visit was when she held on to the angpow tightly when her sister, affectionately known as Aunty Maisie, tried to take it away for safe keeping. May God bless Aunty Maisie with good health and joy as she lovingly attends to our beloved Miss Cooke’s needs.

Note: There is a rumour that Miss Cooke is in a coma. We have checked with Aunty Maisie who said that this is not true. It is just that Miss Cooke has not been as responsive as before. Having battled cancer, 88-year-old Miss Cooke is now suffering from Alzheimer's Disease. Her spirit, however, remains strong. Please pray for God's grace to be upon Miss Cooke and her main care-giver, Aunty Maisie.

From the Class Album...

The Class of 1965 have fond memories of their reunion held at Jackie's house the mid-90's. Miss Cooke (in blue, centre front row) joined in the fun and laugher.

The Class of 1965, with a few girls from other years, held a grand reunion with Miss Cooke and other teachers (how many can you recognise?) at The Ballroom, Equestrian Club, Mont Kiara, in the late 1990's. There were fond memories and lots of laughter as the LCD projected old school photographs. Nancy Chung even came in her school uniform! How nostalgic!

News clipping from The Star, December, 2002. Practising hard for Miss Cooke's 80th birthday that was held at First Baptist Church, Petaling Jaya. The choir comprised girls from different years, but primarily from the Class of 1965.

In Roman attire...the Class of 1965 presenting a concert circa 1963.

The Class of 1965 with their Headmistress Miss Elena Cooke and Form Teacher, the late Mrs Isobel Wee. The BBGS Spirit is still very 'gungho' in the Class of 1965. Long Live BBGS!

Happy Teacher's Day

    • Bbgs Oga Of course, we will always remember our teachers on this special day...even years after we have left school!
      3 hours ago · · 3 people
    • Mei Leng Rankin Do the schools still celebrate the day like we used to..withthe teachers doing skits and imitatng the girls, friendly netball matches..but definitely no relief in having a half day off school!
      3 hours ago ·
    • Azizah Ali Happy Teache's Day to all Teachers in BBGS..
      3 hours ago · · 2 people
    • Bbgs Oga Mei Leng Rankin - yes, schools here still celebrate Teacher's Day. What about in Australia? How do they celebrate Teacher's Day there?
      3 hours ago ·
    • Jacquelin Tan I don't remember who my homeroom teacher or others but I would like to wish all the teachers .....Happy Teacher Day! Hope u don't get stress out in this day,lol.
      3 hours ago ·
    • Rita Cho To all those fabulous and dedicated teachers everywhere...Happy Teacher's Day!!
      3 hours ago ·
    • Mei Leng Rankin I don think there is a specific teacher's day here. BUT the students tend to give teachers presents during easter, christmas, end of term dos.
      3 hours ago ·
    • Karen Chan Forgotten that there is a teachers day. Anyway, Happy teachers day to our dear dedicated teachers of BBGS.. who have given us so much throughout all those years!!
      3 hours ago ·
    • Muka Buku Happy Teachers Day 2 all my TEACHERS in B.B.G.S ^_^
      2 hours ago ·
    • Mary Ng I dedicae this day to our Teachers and Headmistresses from school who has guided us in school and gave us knowledge. To our Parents who taught us and guided us in life ..... Thank you for making us who we are .....Happy Teacher's Day
      2 hours ago ·
    • Rathika Jeyarajasingam Happy Teachers' Day to the teachers of BBGS! The teachers I remember ... Mrs Laura Abraham (who developed my love of Geography, which is very much alive til today); Mrs Maniam & Mrs Choe Ling (who drummed history into my head); Mrs Tan (who made me love Maths) and Mrs Loke & Mrs Thanen (who made Shakespeare and English Literature a lot more interesting than it actually is!). Thank you.

        • Bear Liyana happy teachers day to all BBGS teacher..
          3 hours ago ·
        • Bbgs Oga We have quite a few teachers from BBGS, SBU and SBS on our Facebook. Teachers, please identify yourselves here so your students can reconnect with you.
          2 hours ago ·
        • Intan Zulkarnain i'm from da batch year 97....when i came to my first day of school to start my duty as a teacher, i met pn daljeet, now still in putrajaya....then i met with pn raja isnariza, now in jabatan pelajaran putrajaya, n i also met with pn rozai, i think she is still in smk cyberjaya..we are all around in putrajaya...
          2 hours ago · · 1 person
        • Zaireen Zainal Abidin Was in BBGS 1988-1992. Teaching at SBS since 2003 till today!
          about an hour ago · · 1 person
        • Belinda P K Tan Will always remember our beloved sch teachers+HMs! Best regards+wishes to them always...
          about a minute ago ·

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Learning... the Secret of Youthfulness

At our BBGS OGA annual tea on 7 August 2010, we met an alumna whom we thought left school in the 1980s. We found out later that she completed Form 5 in 1972. She is none other than Diana Sharmini Navarajasingam, the daughter of the late Mrs Singam (known for her golden voice) who was the Principal of BBGS Primary School 1 from 1979 to 1983). We caught up with Sharmini to find out the secret of her youthfulness.

Lifelong Learning Keeps Sharmini Young

By Lim Yuet Suan

“Learning is one way to keep me young, especially when I have to mingle and do assignments with the younger ones,” says Diana Sharmini Navarajasingam.

She is a testimony to the fact that the pursuit of knowledge need not stop after graduating from university or college. Millions of adults, who relish picking up the books again after a hiatus, find themselves not only improving their intellect but also acquiring new skills. Some even re-discover their interests and talents that had been put on hold in their youth.

Sharmini completed her Form 5 in BBGS in 1972 and Form 6 in Victoria Institution in 1974. Having lived and worked in Singapore for 25 years as an IT professional with Singapore Airlines, she relocated to Malaysia three years ago.

The graduate student recently rekindled her first love when she enrolled for a full-time architecture course with a local institution as part-time courses were not available.

“I had always been interested in Architecture but did not take it as a first degree because it was a six-year course. At that age I just wanted to finish my studies quickly. Plus, I didn’t feel good about making my parents support me for so long.

“This latent interest finally caught up with me and I gave in,” said Sharmini, who decided to ‘just do it’ when she was financially able to study full-time.

“It won't be easy going, but if you really want to do it, you can actually enjoy it. In many ways, there is more enjoyment as an older student since you are studying because you want to, and not so much because you have to,” she adds.

Excited about her course, Sharmini enthuses: “Besides technical knowledge, we also study about early architectural designs and the changing styles throughout the centuries.

“Architecture History teaches us to analyse people and their living conditions as well as how these ultimately impact the building design.

Architects must understand the community’s culture, beliefs and preferences before designing buildings that they will be comfortable in. Design is a creative process, and through the numerous design modules of the course, we discover our individual styles,” she adds.

Sharmini hopes to practise as an architect. “God willing, I hope I can live a long enough, healthy life, to be able to enjoy designing, for as long as possible,” she says.

NOTE: We would like to publish more stories of our alumnae who are on the life-long learning trail. BBGSIan Winnie Lim has also informed us that there will be an exhibition on post-graduate studies from 21-22 May 2011 at Hall 1, KL Convention Centre. For more information, please check out