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Road work of new SFCSS delayed due to rainy weather

The members pose in front of the two completed blocks after the site inspection, 14 May 2018, Bukit Padang.

BUKIT PADANG – The completion of the road work of the new St Francis Convent Secondary School here has been delayed by three weeks by the rainy weather.

This was conveyed to Archbishop John Wong, adviser to the school management board, at a technical briefing cum site inspection visit on 14 May 2018. Present were members of the building committee, technical and fundraising subcommittees, past and present principals, and Sister Cecilia Liew fsic, adviser to the school alumni association, and the consultants.

Sans bad weather, the contractor said he hoped to complete it before June 6.  The members also discussed and decided on a few other related matters before the inspection of the site.

As of this site inspection, the two four-storey blocks – one consisting of 22 classrooms and living skills workshops, and the other of science laboratories,  offices, staffroom, library, and special rooms – have been completed.  The canteen is in the process of completion.

The groundwork for the RM12 million SFCSS building located behind St Francis Convent Primary School in Bukit Padang, Kota Kinabalu, was carefully laid.

The development plan was approved in June 2014 and the new building plans were approved in August 2014.

The building works contractor, CL Contractor Sdn Bhd began work on 7 September 2015 and the project is scheduled to be completed by 2018.

Future developments include a multipurpose hall, a sports field, and a kindergarten.

SFCSS building works update


KOTA KINABALU – About 63 percent of the St Francis Convent Secondary School building project has been completed at the end of January 2017.

A spokesperson for the building committee said this on 27 Feb 2017.

She also said that a balance of over RM2m is still required to complete the RM12m building project comprising four-storey two parallel blocks with 22 classrooms, living skills workshops, science labs, offices, staff room, library and special rooms.

Started in 2015, the project is scheduled for completion in June 2018.

The spokesperson expressed the hope that generous alumni members (especially those who have already pledged but not yet contributed), benefactors and well-wishers will come forward to help complete the project.

SFCSS building committee officials inspect building progress


BUKIT PADANG – St Francis Convent Secondary School Building Committee officials inspected the building progress recently.

The officials including Management Board Adviser Archbishop John Wong visited the building site in Bukit Padang to assess its construction progress on 19 Oct 2016.

Those present included Franciscan Sister Rita Chew, head of the Archdiocesan Education Commission, Leena Toyoi, Ivy Chang and Grace Chung of the Fundraising Committee.

Earlier on October 9, Mary Gomez, chairperson of the School Management Board, paid a courtesy call on Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai at the Trade Centre Kota Kinabalu.  Present also  was Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Wee Ka Siong.  She handed over to Liow a copy of the school’s New Building Process.

The two ministers were in KK for the MCA Annual General Meeting.  Dr Pamela Yong, a former student,  and currently the MCA KK Women Divisional Chief, arranged for the meeting.

The purpose of the meeting was to seek the minister’s assistance in the school board’s application to get GST exemption for the payments for construction works of the new school buildings.

The construction of the two school blocks is progressing but the board has managed to secure only enough funds for the completion of Phase 1A of the RM6.7 million construction.

A further sum of RM5 million is required for the completion of the external infrastructural works of the school including the construction of the drainage, roads, fence, sewerage, electrical and water connections, and the contributions to the relevant authorities.

With the GST exemption, the school board would be able to save around RM700,000 which can be used to purchase tables and chairs for the new school.

Premier mission school is short of RM6m to complete its building project

building site

BUKIT PADANG – A premier mission school is still short of RM6 million to complete its building project.

St Francis Convent School, Sabah’s first school for girls, was built in 1922 for less than 100 students.  The continuous success of the school necessitated the construction of the secondary school in Jalan Kebajikan (Harrington Road) in 1959.  Currently, the school has an enrolment of 850 students within three blocks on a hilly 1.8 acre site.  This is more than double the 400 pax capacity of 11 classrooms for which it was intended.

The overall overpopulation, dilapidation and deterioration of the buildings with no room for expansion have resulted in the dire and urgent need for a new campus.

The groundwork for the RM12 million building located behind St Francis Convent Primary School in Bukit Padang, Kota Kinabalu, has already been laid.  The building works contractor, CL Contractor Sdn Bhd, has begun work on 7 Sept 2015 and is expected to complete construction by Sept 2017.

The project consists of two 4-storey blocks with a central atrium: one block of 22 classrooms with living skills workshops and a second block of science laboratories, administrative offices, staff room, library and special rooms.

The general public, ex-students and private corporations are urged to respond generously to the project to provide the best learning facilities and infrastructure for the younger generations by taking advantage of the tax exemption offered. There are three tiers for sponsorship, the first being the top tier whereby sponsors of RM88,000.00, RM60,000.00 or RM50,000.00 will have naming rights for classrooms, science laboratories, workshops and special rooms.

The middle tier is sponsorship of the wall of recognition with contributions of RM10,000.00, RM5,000.00 or RM3,000.00.  The final tier includes any amount a person is willing to contribute, either named or anonymously sponsored.  The fundraising committee accepts pledges in form of cash, cheques, direct bank transfers or ATM bank-in with proof of receipt.

All contributions to Tabung Pembinaan SMK St. Francis Convent (M) Alliance Bank Berhad Account Number 1019600101185048 are eligible for tax exemption as approved by Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN) and official tax exemption receipts from 15 March 2015 to 14 March 2018 will be issued under the reference no LHDN. 01/35/42/51/179-6.5801.

For more details, please contact the following:
Fundraising Sub-Committee: Leena Toyoi (016-8362385)
St Francis Convent School: Chong Shat Muai (019-8620201)
Building Committee: Peter Chin (019-8808646)
Board of Management: Mary Gomez (019-8623168).

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