Foon Yew High School

Foon Yew High School (Chinese: 宽柔中学, Malay: Sekolah Menengah Foon Yew) is the largest Chinese independent high school in Malaysia. The school has three campuses: first in Stulang Laut, second in Kulai, and recent third in Masai. Foon Yew High School has two semesters each year. An academic year begins in January and finishes at the end of November, with a near two-week holiday in June.

Foon Yew High School
宽柔中学
Kuānróu Zhōngxué
Sekolah Menengah Foon Yew
Foon Yew High School.jpg
Location
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Coordinates1°28′08″N 103°46′44″E / 1.46881°N 103.77875°E / 1.46881; 103.77875Coordinates: 1°28′08″N 103°46′44″E / 1.46881°N 103.77875°E / 1.46881; 103.77875
Information
TypeChinese Independent High School
Motto宽柔以教,不报无道
Established18 May 1913
Chairman郑振贤
PrincipalTee Bee Tin
AccreditationThe largest Chinese Independent High School in Malaysia and the largest Chinese secondary education school outside Mainland China/The Best Politic School
Websitewww.foonyew.edu.my
Foon Yew High School
Chinese name
Simplified Chinese宽柔中学
Traditional Chinese寬柔中學
Malay name
MalaySekolah Menengah Foon Yew

IntroductionEdit

Foon Yew High School is the largest Chinese independent high school in Malaysia in terms of both students and campus size. The main school, with its 13-acre (53,000 m2) campus, is located in Stulang Laut, Johor Bahru, the school's Kulai branch, with its 30-acre (120,000 m2) campus, is located in Taman Indahpura, Kulai, and another branch in Masai, with its 23.2-acre (94,000 m2) campus, is located in Bandar Seri Alam, Masai.

The school enrolls the most students among the Chinese independent high schools in Malaysia. In Jan 2007, there were 5326 [2] registered students in the main campus and 2684 [3] registered students in its Kulai campus.[needs update]

Foon Yew High School is named after a quote in the Doctrine of the Mean:[1] "宽柔以教,不报无道,南方之强也,君子居之。" (English translation: "To be broadminded and gentle in teaching and not rashly punish wrong-doing is the strength of the South. The Superior Man abides in this.")

A Confucius statue stands at the centre of the main school campus. A quote by Confucius can be found below the statue: 学而不思则罔,思而不学则殆。(English translation: "To learn without thinking is blindness, to think without learning is idleness.")

HistoryEdit

On 18 May 1913, Foon Yew Chinese Primary School was founded by Huang Xichu (Chinese: 黄羲初; pinyin: huang xī chū), Luo Yusheng (Chinese: 骆雨生; pinyin: luo yǔ shēng), Zheng Yaji (Chinese: 郑亚吉; pinyin: zheng yǎ ji) and Chen Yingxiang (Chinese: 陈迎祥; pinyin: chen ying xiang). During World War II, the school suffered heavy damage and was forced to close down. After World War II, the school was re-constructed by Shi Liandui (Chinese: 史联对; pinyin: shǐ lian dui). In 1951, the school decided to extend the Chinese education and established Foon Yew High School. In 1963, the number of students reached 1500. In 1980, the school implemented an entrance examination for new students. There were over 4000 students in the school at the time. In 2005, the school's branch, Foon Yew-Kulai High School, in Kulai, Johor was officially opened. In 2015, Foon Yew High School-Kulai celebrated the school's 10th anniversary. The current students in both high schools had reached 12000. In 2021, the school's second branch in Bandar Seri Alam, Masai was officially opened.

Notable alumniEdit

  • Penny Tai - a popular singer and songwriter in the Mandopop music arena
  • Chew Sin Huey - a singer, the first runner-up in the female category of Project SuperStar 2005
  • Dr. Boo Cheng Hau - a Johor state assemblyman of the political party DAP. Won in the Skudai zone of the 12th Malaysia General Election over fellow Foon Yew Alumni
  • Dato' (Dr) Siow Kuang Ling - an inventor and medical surgeon. His inventions have won more than 20 awards from National and International Innovation competitions.
  • Quek See Ling - a poet, writer, Chinese ink painter and editor.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 宽柔以教,不报无道,南方之强也,君子居之。s:zh:禮記/中庸To be broadminded and gentle in teaching and not rashly punish wrong-doing is the strength of the South. The Superior Man abides in this.[1] Archived 17 February 2007 at the Wayback Machine

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