La Salle Secondary School, Kota Kinabalu

La Salle Secondary School, Kota Kinabalu (Malay: Sekolah Menengah La Salle Kota Kinabalu) is a co-educational secondary school for boys and girls (mostly boys) and one of the oldest schools in Kota Kinabalu on the coast of Borneo in East Malaysia.

La Salle Secondary School, Kota Kinabalu
SM La Salle, Kota Kinabalu

Coordinates5°57′11″N 116°03′08″E / 5.9530°N 116.0523°E / 5.9530; 116.0523
Other nameSMLS
TypeNational Secondary School
MottoFides et Opera (By Faith and Deeds)
PrincipalMdm. Mary Macdalena A. Komuji
GradesForm 1 to Form 5, and Pre-U (Lower 6 and Upper 6)
Number of studentsRoughly 1,070 students
ClassroomsVega, Rigel, Capella, Procyon, Agena
Colour(s)        Azure, maroon, red, yellow
AffiliationLa Sallian Educational Institutions
YearbookLa Sallian

It was established in 1953 by Rev. Fr. Bernard Davies, a Mill Hill Missionary. Despite being an all-boys mission school, the students consist of all races regardless of religion.

The school is divided into two pieces of land. The Senior Block (form 4 to Form 6), remains at its current location. The Junior Block (Form 1 to Form 3) has been relocated to the new ground to accommodate the increase in student enrolment.

The single-session secondary school is located in Tanjung Aru. It is a few minutes walk from Pekan Tanjung Aru. Next to the Senior Block is SM Stella Maris.

History Edit

La Salle Secondary School Kota Kinabalu was established in July 1903 as Sacred Heart Primary School by Father Van Der Heyden. By June 1913, the school had around 50 students which increased to 215 by the year 1923. Between 1941 and 1945, a wooden school building with eight classes was built on the site where the current Sacred Heart Primary School stands.[1]

Father Van Der Heyden

In the early 1950s, the Catholic Mission started the Sacred Heart secondary school and Father Bernard Davies who served as its first principal. In 1953, the Catholic Mission obtained 3 hectares of land in Tanjung Aru and moved the school to its present location.[1]

By 1958, the La Salle Brothers took over the management of the school with Brother Raphael Egan being the first principal. On 22 May 1958, Sacred Heart Secondary School was subsequently renamed La Salle Secondary School. This name was derived from the founder, Jean Baptiste de La Salle.

The school is affiliated to other Lasallian educational institutions in Malaysia.

Principals Edit

  • Rev. Fr. Bernard Davies, M.H.M. (1952–1954)
  • Rev. Fr. Arthur Crowther, M.H.M. (1955–1958)
  • Bro. Raphael Eagan, FSC (1958–1966)
  • Bro. Brendan Dunne, FSC (1966–1968)
  • Bro. Datuk Charles Michael O’Leary, FSC, PGDK (1968–1985)
  • Mr. Stanley Liew Hyuk Hiong (1986–1999)
  • Dr. Edward Miku Tionsu (2000–2003)
  • Mdm. Katherine Philip (2004–2006)
  • Mdm. Julia Willie Jock, ADK, ASDK (2006–2016)
  • Mdm. Mary Macdalena A. Komuji (2016–2022)
  • Mr. Vijaya Kumar A/L Arumugam (2023-present)

Notable alumni Edit

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ^ a b Preserving honour and tradition Retrieved 13 March 2021.

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