Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Bukit Mertajam

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Bukit Mertajam High School
BM High Logo.jpg
Cogan kata Aut Coepisse Noli Aut Confice
"Accomplish or Do Not Begin"
Ditubuhkan 18 Januari 1927
Jenis Sekolah tinggi
Pengasas Edgar De La Mothe Stowell
Gred Tingkatan 1 - Tingkatan 6
Lokasi 77, Jalan Sri Bukit, 14000 Bukit Mertajam,
Pulau Pinang, , Malaysia
Kampus Kampus Sekolah Besar, di pusat bandar
Warna Merah, Putih, dan Hitam
Laman web

Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Bukit Mertajam Kod sekolah = PEB0042 (High School Bukit Mertajam) merupakan sebuah sekolah menengah yang terletak di Bukit Mertajam, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia.

Nama[sunting | sunting sumber]

Nama sekolah ini pernah ditukar beberapa kali, iaitu Government English School Bukit Mertajam pada tahun awal penubuhannya, kepada Bukit Mertajam High School, dan kepada High School Bukit Mertajam sekarang.

Sekolah ini, walau bagaimanapun lebih dikenali ramai sebagai High School oleh masyarakat setempat. Dalam bahasa Melayu, BM High School diberi nama sebagai Sekolah Tinggi Bukit Mertajam dan kemudian pada 1997 kepada S.M.K.T.B.M. (Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Bukit Mertajam).

Dalam bahasa Mandarin, High School Bukit Mertajam dinamakan sebagai DanShanJiao YingWen ZhongXue (Bahasa Cina: 大山脚英文中学) yang mana mempunyai maksud "Sekolah Menengah Bahasa Inggeris Bukit Mertajam".

Alamat[sunting | sunting sumber]

Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Tinggi Bukit Mertajam
77 , Jalan Sri Bukit,
14000, Bukit Mertajam
Pulau Pinang, Malaysia
Telefon = 6045393420
Fax = 6045381009

Sejarah[sunting | sunting sumber]

Pada awal penubuhan[sunting | sunting sumber]

Edgar De La Mothe Stowell,
Pengasas HSBM

Bukit Mertajam High School adalah sekolah kerajaan yang pertama di Province Wellesley, dan adalah cater untuk schoolboys di Province.

Pada 1920an, The man who is responsible for the planning was Mr. Harold Ambrose Robinson Cheeseman, selepas ketua inspecter dan Director of Education, Malaya. Orang yang pertama menjadi guru besar ialahMr. Edgar De La Mothe Stowell. Mr. Stowell dia telah pun menubuhkan replica yang agak terkenal iaitu Sedbergh English Public School,

Sekolah tersebut dengan serta - merta telah membuka sekolah itu pada January 18, 1927 dengan enrollment 385 murid dan jumlah staff termasuk headmaster

Bukit Mertajam High School,
Anggota Tenaga Pengajar HSBM 1927
Berdiri (dari kiri ke kanan): Kam Kee Hock, Tan Hock Siang, Chin Yoon Ngean, S.Subbiah, Cheong Hong Oon, Khor Kok Seng
Duduk (dari kiri ke kanan): Chan Ewe Pin, Gan Hock Hai, Ng Chong Wing, Tan Kok Kee, S.M. Rose

Berikut merupakan carta organisasi HSBM pada 1920-an:-

Mr. E. la M. Stowell (Pengetua)
Mr. Chan Ewe Pin Mr. Cheah Chong Chee Mr. Cheong Hong Oon
Mr. Chin Yoon Ngean Ms. A. Cornelius Mr. Gan Hock Hye
Mr. Kam Kee Hock Mr. Khor Kok Seng Mr. Ng Cheong Weng
Mr. S. Subbiah Mr. Tan Hock Sian Mr. Tan Kok Kee
Mr. S.M. Rouse

Pembantu: Pa Hussein, Darus and Che Rose

Perang Dunia Kedua[sunting | sunting sumber]

Jacob's Green [1]

"When the war has ceased, and the first strange hush of peace,
Falls on the land, I shall return and meet,
And talk again with those, whose heart and hands,
Fashioned throughout the Cataclysm of War,
The tools of Victory. And I shall find
Beneath the lowering English skies,
Amid war-blackened English streets,
The Steady heart of England beating still."
written in Captivity In Changi Prison, May 1942
J.E. Tod, Headmaster, Bukit Mertajam High School (1947 - 50)

Towards the end of 1941, the school was occupied by the Australian Army and the school was removed to the Rice Mill behind the Bukit Mertajam District Hospital. The removal was carried out entirely by the boys and a handful of school staffs. By December the 13th the enemy were bombing Penang regularly. Everyday the students could see ten or twenty Japanese Zero Japanese Zero plane flying over Bukit Mertajam on their mission to bomb Penang Island. Accidentally one bomb fell on the Bukit Mertajam Railway Station and there was a very loud explosion. The students immediately went under their desk for cover. After half an hour, Rev. Colin King held an assembly and told the boys that the school was going to have a long holiday. The boys were very happy and clapped their hands loudly - not knowing that the holiday would last for more than three years and many of their class and school mates would be killed in World War II. By January 1945, the fortunes of war had shifted. The boys whose English educated had been so interrupted were now much bigger and older, but they had all been biding their time. InSeptember 1945 the Japanese surrendered, the High School re-opened and registering the Old Boys who wished to study again. Mr. Cheong Hong Oon was the Acting Headmaster before Mr. D.K. Swan arrived in 1946.

"All the boys who were keen to pick up the broken threads of their education again were enrolled, irrespective of their age. The High School spirit had revived and the school flourished again..."
wrote Mr. Cheong Hong Oon.

Selepas Perang Dunia Kedua[sunting | sunting sumber]

On May 28, 1951, Penang Habour Board presented Bukit Mertajam High School the School Bell. It was first rung by the Honourable, The Resident Commissioner, Mr. A. Caston when officially opened the Science Block.

On May 15, 1952, His Excellency the High Commissioner to Malaya Sir Gerald Temper, visited High School accompanied by Mr. Aitken, the District Officer. The headmaster, Mr. F.H. Jones took him around the school. He walked around the classes in the new building and was particularly interested in the School's statistic. He remarked that the school had a workmen-like air about.

In 1963, the school tradition was broken when some girls were admitted for the first time into Remove Class. The pupils in Remove Class were selected from various vernacular schools based on their result in th Std. VI Examinations. More girls were admitted in 1965 with setting up of Form Two Transitional Class. Bukit Mertajam High School celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 1977.

In August 31, 1986, a tragedy occurred when the upper floor of Block B was on fire. The school library and four classrooms were burnt down in the fire. Old school magazines, reference books and other main documents were destroyed.

Bukit Mertajam High School was on it peaks of glory in the early 1990s, when the school was awarded The Penang State Level "Sekolah Harapan Negara" in 1992. In 1997, High School emerged as one of the earliest school in the country to make it compulsory for students to wear ties and implemented Muslim Students to wear Baju Melayu. As a Premier School (Sekolah Perdana), Bukit Mertajam High School was among the pioneer school in the state to provide Information Technology subject for both the MGCE and MHCE.

Tradisi Sekolah[sunting | sunting sumber]

Perhimpunan rasmi[sunting | sunting sumber]

School Assembly

In the early days of the school, the morning assembly was held in the hall. As the Headmaster strode up the stairs, leading to the stage, where the teachers were seated in a semi-circle, the Colour Captain (present House Captain) who was on duty would step on to the 'Castle'. The 'Castle' was a platform about one and half feet high and a yard square. It had four massive but beautifully carved legs, and a couple of steps led up to it. The 'Castle' was placed immediately in front of the stage on the cement floor. In his hand the Colour Captain held a wand about four or five feet high, painted with the colors of his House. The top of the wand ended in a knob on which was mounted a trophy with the Colour(House) had won. The trophy was usually in the form of a statuette. The Colour Captain then would lead the boys in reciting The Compass and in the singing of the Colour Song.

The value of this ceremony cannot be expressed more precisely than in the words of the first Headmaster, Mr. E. La M. Stowell,
"As, in Malaya, the boys have so many religions, I think something, like the Compass or Statement, is the best kind of substitute we can give them for a good, shared, basic ethical purpose with which to start the day "
Moreover, he says,
"They lennd solemnity, and a little ceremony and formality to the opening of the School Day".

Pernyataan ikrar[sunting | sunting sumber]

It is our bounden duty to uphold the Honour of the School at all times and in all places, both now as boys and later as men and old boys. The Honour of the School will not be upheld by talking or writing. It is by his conduct that a man is judged: his deeds speaks louder than words, and in a little example persuadeth more than precept.

From the School more is to be learnt than the wisdom of books: the conduct of a good man and true may be learnt at school.

A good man and true scorns to succeed by means that are dishonest. He never gives in, he never admits defeat. After being punished or blamed, he does not sulk or complain. He never deserts his friends, his Colour or his School under any circumstances. Above all he will stand up for the king, the king who keeps his enemies beyond boundaries within which we live and without which, murder, oppression, famine and robbery would stalk through province. To him while we shelter beneath his flag, gratitude and goodness demand our outspoken loyalty.'

Moto Sekolah[sunting | sunting sumber]

The school motto is Aut Coepisse Noli Aut Confice in Latin which means Accomplish or Do Not Begin.

Lambang Sekolah[sunting | sunting sumber]

It was not until 1948, that the school has its own crest. Early in 1948, a competition was organised and Mr. Soon Eng Kong and old boys of the school generously offered to present a prize for the winning entry. Many entries were scrutinized by a panel of judges, composed of the President and Vice-President of the High School Old Boys Association (OBA), the Headmaster Mr. J.E. Tod and Mr. Cheong Hong Oon. In the end, the judges unanimously selected the design submitted by Mr. Oh Boon Tat.

The design has for its central feature the outline of the Bukit, by the side of which appear grains of padi to indicate the dominant agricultural activity of the local environment. On the scroll is inscribed the High School motto, Aut Coepisse Noli Aut Confice.

Rumah Sukan Sekolah[sunting | sunting sumber]

The school was divided into four 'Colours' named Red, Green, Blue and Yellow, each having a Leader. Each Colour would be run by a nominated council, which would look into all cases of breach of out-door discipline and administer suitable punishment. In the early days, there were only four sport houses; Red House, Yellow House, Blue House and Green House.

Red House was renamed Cheeseman House, as an honour to Mr. H.R. Cheeseman, the man behind the establishment of the school.

Yellow House was renamed Stowell House, as an honor to Mr. E. de La M. Stowell, the first headmaster of the school.

Blue House was renamed Colin King House, as an honour to Rev. Colin King, the headmaster during the World War II.

The Green House was renamed Soon Eng Kong House, as an honour to Mr. Soon Eng Kong, a generous donor who contributed to the school scholarship - the Soon Eng Kong Gold Medal.

It was not till 1990s when Tun Salleh House was found. Orange color was its color. It was named after Tun Mohd. Salleh b. Ismail, an old boy of the school who was the first Inspector General of Police of Singapore and Malaya.

Lagu Sekolah[sunting | sunting sumber]

Lagu Sekolah[sunting | sunting sumber]

The School Song (earliest school song)

Composed by Mr. E. La M. Stowell

The School By the Bukit (present school song)

Composed by Git Kim Ann

In the cold and frosty North,

There are ancient schools we hear,
Famous sons have sailed forth,
Borne their honour far and near.
Some have fought and conquered 'dragons',
others nature's secrets won.
Here within out sunkist province
Deeds are waiting to be done.

Di high school yang terletak di bukit
where Mertajam lies her plain.
Rears her head the boys are ready,
to face danger, conquer pain.
What though from our backs in gallons
Sweat is poring all the day.
Shall we in the shady Tuck-Shop,
Drinking syrup seek to stay?
Change your shirt, the ball is thudding;
Teams upon the fields are lining.
Bring the gloves or get a Scout pole,
Ere the sun has ceased his shining.

In the land that is north,

There's an old great school we hear,
Famous sons and daughters have sailed forth,
borne their honour far and near.

Some have fought and conquered 'dragons',
others nature's secrets won.
Here within out sunkist province
Deeds are waiting to be done.

At the high school by the Bukit
where Mertajam lies her plain.
Rears her head the boys are ready,
to face danger, conquer pain.

To the future we'll preserve.
with these proud words as our guide
Aut Coepisse Noli Aut Confice
We'll take everything in stride,

Everyday you'll see us toil,
without grouse without whine.
And everybody you'll see us stand tall,
till the sun has ceased to shine.
Everyday, you'll see us stand tall,
till the sun has ceased to shine

Petunjuk[sunting | sunting sumber]

Colour Captain: Accomplish or Do Not Begin
Assembly: Expect diffiulties,in coming there is great delight.
Colour Captain: A man's worst enemy is himself, and from his own sloth, cowardice or evil thoughts arise his greatest difficulties.
Assembly: Be brave enough always to tell the truth in little not less than in big matters; be strong enough to drive from the mind pictures or thoughts which shame or dishonor, and face wearisome duties squarely.
Colour Captain: So shall difficulties be conquered and excellent work accomplished. Who will be worthy or our School and whom shall the School be proud?
Assembly: Even he that leadeth an uncorrupted life and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart. He that hath used no deceit in his tongue nor done evil to his neighbour, and hath not slandered his neighbour. He that setteth not by himself but is lowly in his own eyes, and he that sweareth unto his neighbour and disappointed him not, thought it were to his own hindrance.

Pautan luar[sunting | sunting sumber]