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An Article From ‘the Michaelian Spirit’ - The Original St Michael's Institution Badge

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Subject :An Article from ‘the michaelian spirit’ - The Original St Michael's Institution Badge
Published By : Old Michaelians Association, Author Brother Vincent Corkery 
Location : Ipoh, Perak
Estimated Year : 2009
Media Type : Article
Source : Brother Vincent Corkery, SMI, Ipoh
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The image above and article below are taken from the Old Michaelian’s quarterly magazine, “the michaelian spirit’ for the first quarter of 2009.

"In 1958 Brother Joseph McNally, an internationally acclaimed artist, who just then was painting a magnificent mural for the Marian library, was asked to study the SMI school badge since he was expert in matters connected with heraldry and coats of arms.

Br Joseph had already modernized badges for other Lasallian schools.

SMI’s badge had an excess of symbols: the Fleur di Lis of France, the Irish Shamrock, the British crown, the lamp of learning, a monogram of the school’s name, a Malaysian sunrise and the star is repeated.

Br Joseph focused on the person of St Michael, the champion of right causes, often represented in art holding the scales of justice. “Michael" means "Who is like God (Quis ut Deus)".

Thus the scales and motto became the new SMI badge, with the message that ‘valiant & true’ Michaelians must always champion the cause of right.

Brother Joseph gave two of his superb sculptures to SMI: "The Falcon and the Falconer" in the library and "Paterfamilias" in the foyer.

To see the school badge from 1958 onwards, click here.

To read more about the La Salle Brothers, click here.

To read more about St Michael’s Institution, click here.

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