9th March, 2018 marks a historic day in the life of Wesley Methodist School Penang (International) or WMSPI for short. It was dedicated to God’s glory by Bishop Dr Ong Hwai Teik, the Episcopal Head of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. This school which had the ground breaking ceremony on 2nd March 2016 is now completed pending the Certificate of Completion and Compliance (CCC).
This joyous Thanksgiving and Dedication Service was held at the open grounds of the school. About 80 plus guests consisting of members of the Board of Management, members of the Task force of WMSPI, well-wishers and friends from near and far, attended this event.
The Service was ably led by Rev Ronald Yap, the Pastor-in-charge of Trinity Methodist Church Penang and the Chaplain of WMSPI. The worship team from Trinity Methodist Church Penang were on hand to assist too. The Presidents of the TRAC, CAC and TAC Conferences were present to participate in the Service. The Children’s Choir consisting of the students in the Fast Track Program (currently using Pykett Methodist School as their premises) rendered a beautiful anthem “When you Believe, there will be miracles” as an act of praise to our Lord. The children sang very well and the dance team was perfect too. It was a beautiful sight to see the children singing with the beautiful skies as their back drop.
Scripture passages from Proverbs 3:13-18, 1 Timothy 4:6-16 were read and the gospel readings for the day were taken from John 14:15-17, 25-26, 16:12-13 and Matthew 5:13-16. The chairman of the Building Task Force, Dato Eddy Leong led in the Declaration of Purpose.
Bishop Dr Ong Hwai Teik shared the ministry of the Word with his challenging message titled “Our Unchanging Mandate” based on the scripture text from Matthew 5:13-15. We are called to be the salt and light of the world especially in “doing school” in the age of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
He then proceeded with the Act of Consecration of the building and after prayers and the benediction, the Bishop, Rev Dr T Jeyakumar, Rev Dr Ezra Kok and Rev Dennis Raj proceeded to the adjacent wall to unveil the plaque.
The celebration concluded with the guests adjourning for lunch at the nearby Elite Restaurant.
WMSPI, the latest International School in Penang is now ready to receive students and registration for the 2018/2019 intake is now open. WMSPI offers wholistic quality education, following the British Cambridge curriculum for Primary (Year 1 to Year 6) and Secondary School (Year 7 to Year 11) leading to the internationally recognised Cambridge I.G.C.S.E. English will be the medium of instruction. God willing, WMSPI and other WMS schools will be the school of choice when it comes to international school education.
The WMSPI campus is planned to take in 1,500 students while the hostel facilities can easily accommodate about 100 students. The school will also offer a wide range of co-curricular activities and sports e.g. Music, Drama, Art and Dance are integral components of our mission school programme.
We want to record our special thanks to Bishop Dr Ong Hwai Teik, the Bishop of the Methodist Church In Malaysia for officiating the event and sharing the Word; Rev Dr T. Jeyakumar (President of TRAC), Rev Dr Ezra Kok (President of CAC), Rev Dennis Raj (President of TAC); and Datin Judy Chin (General Conference Lay Leader) for their presence on this important occasion.
We also acknowledge with deep gratitude the attendance of the Rev Dr John C A Barrett, who came from the United Kingdom to grace our event; he rendered great and invaluable assistance to this project. We are thankful for the presence of Mr Tan Wah Thong (the former Chairman of the ACS Singapore Board of Governors) who has provided unstinting support, and his friends from Singapore who have specially undertaken this journey to be with us. Mr Tan Wah Thong was instrumental in the setting up of the ACS International Schools in Singapore.
We also thank Dato Chin Lean Keat (Chairman of the Board of Management of WMS Schools) and Dato Eddy Leong, Chairman of WMSPI Building Project Task Force for their hard work, invaluable guidance and support. We also put on record our deep appreciation to all our brothers and sisters who have contributed in one way or another to this project and to this celebration.
Above all else, we want to thank our Almighty God - to Whom all honour, glory and praise is due.
By Mrs Evelyn Lim