Trivia: What is the Size of our School Compound?
Anybody know (or remember) the land area of our Sultan Sulaiman Secondary School? Either in acres or in the metric measurement of hectares. Yes, the entire area from the fence bordering the Istana Badariah (or the golf course) to the kampung toward Kuala Ibai and the road frontage to the sea front. But no prizes for a correct answer though.
Well, it is one of the figure that I still remember after such a long time, yes until today! I remember it because of the uniqueness of the number, 44.4 acres.
44.4 acres (or 17.97 ha) – of course it was the acres I remember – as it was in acres that was shown in the 1970 Sulamanian magazine. It was the very first experience reading about own school (1970 – I was in Form One – 1B1). That interest later takes me to read the older issues of Sulaimanian kept by my elder siblings (mentioned in Met Mr. Nava in Bali) all had their secondary education at SS (including my younger brother too).
The 1970 issue was the only one that I can recall having the layout of the school (besides a sketchy one in the cross-country route in the 1960 Sulaimanian). The same issue also has a lot of school buildings photos such as administrative block, school hall, specialist block (next to the boys’ hostel), both hostels, vocational block, a newly completed Form Three Block (the first building on the left as we entered the school gate), staff quarters and a view of Block A, school canteen and science garden (remember Saloma the monkey?).
The drawing also show the Scout’s Den. A small old building next to the girls’ hostel. It is a place where I would be at very regularly during weekends throughout my schooling days not for “skodeng” but for my scout activities. The building was originally part of the Istana (part of the school was actually within the istana compound – donated by the Sultan). The school moved from “atap and kajang” building at present SS Primary 1 to newly built Block A and Block B plus the Administrative block in 1956.