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According to Tony Ooi, this is the Std. 4 class from Cator Avenue School. Like we mentioned in the title of this post – where are there boys now? Any of you in this photograph? By the way, Tony if you’re reading this….do you remember the teacher’s name?

  1. Lam Yuen Yi says:

    Cater Avenue is next to Anderson School, located just before the turning to Fair Park. Just opposite the Ipoh General Hospital.

  2. sk says:

    Dear Ed,
    Tony says its Ms Basha ( the teacher’s name.)
    He also mentions that there was one Ms Loke &
    another Mrs.Lee ( Principal ) who is currently in Sydney.

    • Manohar Khaira says:

      I remember the headmistress Mrs. Lee very well and the Vice principle I believe was a Mr. Murthy. I also recollect that the curry mee and the soup mee in the canteen were Yuk and so were the toilets.

      I was there 1968-1972 and loved it. I remember Che Azizah, Mrs. Kerusi (I think she was married to a Tamil-Brave for those days), Mrs. Narayan and Mrs. Loke. Among classmates were Baljit Singh Gill, Ken Tet, Noordin, Chong Fatt, and Pun Kai Lok. Wonder what happened to them? I was in the afternoon section. The Ponnudorai brothers were appearing on Bakat TV in 1968.

      I have great memories of Ipoh during my years there and living in what was 2 Towers Road then. Walking occasionally where my father was the State Physician Perak. Chong Fatt, Kamy, Mubarak and Sons bookstore, the Railway station, Ipoh Swimming Club, the then new Turf Club, Canning Garden, the army barracks, the Sikh Temple, Cathay and Odeon Cinema, the YMCA, ACS, Andersons, The Convents, St. Michaels, the Airport etc., etc. Fraser & Neave soft drinks, Callard and Bowser Nougat, Topper, Beezer, Dandy Beano, Look & Learn, Tiger. Lion, Classics Illustrates and Classics Illustrate Junior Comics, The old Wet Market, the old Cold Storage, the open air hawker food stalls. Gosh so much!

      • azhar abdul aziz says:

        TQ Manohar. We probably never met coz I only joined std 6 in 1973 but remember well some of those names as my classmates, Baljit Singh Gill (visited him at home a number of times, and whose mum was our teacher) and Paul Ponnudurai who played guitar. I can still picture a few others including Nordin, Musa Omar, Saad (we used to buy his mum’s fabulous nasi lemak for 20 cents – you find it ready in your table compartment and we eat beside the dry longkang during recess). I remember Mr Au who tried to show his karate skills but didn’t succeed in punch-breaking a coconut, Ms BB Kong whom the boys teased with him. Pn Noriah our BM teacher. Vaguely remember Chong Fatt. Our good friend Wong Yan Choy had a fatal accident when a truck hit his bicycle as we were all waiting for him at a friend’s house (rich family, big mansion at the end of a road, but sadfully can’t remember his name). There was also a Syed, an Abdul Aziz Abdullah, and a plumpish Christopher who used to be an ‘anchorman’. Another Chinese friend who was made exemplary for thanking the teacher even after she punished him by hitting his palm with a ruler. There was also Mohd Nor Azizi who went to MCKK, whom I’ve lost touch with, and Mahfudz Md Zan, whom I’ve managed to reconnect last year after his studies in MRSM Kuantan and Australia. My brother Abdul Razak sat beside me. I spent many years overseas (14 in UK and 11 in Qatar), and have lost much of the memories/links to these great buddies. If you are one of them or know them/their whereabouts, kindly contact me at drazhar999@yahoo.com or 011-52198703. Am currently back home for Raya vacation and will be driving to Ipoh this week to reminisce the good old days down memory lane. Many thanks.
        Dr Azhar Abdul Aziz

  3. mahkinfatt says:

    i was in cator avenue from 1968 till 1973.the teachers in my mind would be cik azizah, miss bb.kong,miss loke,the notorious mr.au,and mr.sundram,the headmaster who used to cycle to school.one of my classmate was george koshy where his father teaches in anderson school.when i arrived in anderson i found out there were so many father n sons incorporation. mr.yeoh,mr sharma,mrkoshy,mr.ariarathnam.these are the ones in my mind,hope you guys could add a few more.

    • yusof says:

      I was in Cator Avenue 1971-1976. To add a few more teachers then: Mr Kok Chee Li, Mr Steven See, Mrs Chooi, Mrs Narayanan, Mr Koh & his wife (Ms Yip then), Mr Krishnasamy, Pn Noriah, Mrs Teoh (arts teacher), others. In my secondary years in Anderson School, 1977-1983, there were Mr Lam Kok Hon (the principal then), Mr Leong Tuck Lock, Mr Lee Cheng Poh, Mr Kong, Mr Kaneyasen, other. Geoge Koshy was my senior, Oomen Koshy was my junior. The principal’s (Mr Lam) son was my peer.

    • azhar abdul aziz says:

      Hi mah kim fatt. I remember your name as an ex-classmate (std 6 – 1973)! Read my comment dated today (repeated after reply to manohar’s). Please contact me drazhar999@yahoo.com, 011-52198703 or whatsapp/telegram to +974-55442958

      • mahkinfatt says:

        dr.azahar,its nice hearing from you.how’s your brother razak.?lost for words after so many years.can find me in facebook,will connect with you soon. thanks.

  4. T Toh says:

    Hi everyone from Cator Avenue,
    I was in Cator Avenue from 1963-1968. The teachers I could recalled were the ever notorious and evil Mr Au,the erratic behavior- Mrs Chung,Miss Loke,Miss Basha,Mrs Maggie Ng,Mrs Lee (Headmistress),Mr Sundram and Mr Steven See.Back then, Mr Steven See had a hairdo similar to that of the legendary James Dean.Mrs Ng passed away in Sydney,sometime around 1994.Mrs Lee is at present residing in Sydney,Australia.As for good old Mr Au and Mrs Chung,I couldn’t give ‘two hoots’what happen to them.
    Cheers,Happy Merdeka day.

    • Alaudin Bin Hashim says:

      I was in in Cator Avenue school from 1963 to 1968. Some of the names of the teachers I remember are Mr. Steven See, Mr. Hanif, Mr Au. For the record, I was a school relay team together with Mohd Tahir, Shariffuddin still in Ipoh Foke Meng and one more person I can not remember.

  5. mukah says:

    Dear All,

    Is the Miss Loke you are referring Miss Loke Sau Sam?

    Miss Basha was transferred to Ashby Road or SK Sri Kinta along Baeza Avenue and was teaching there for some time. She was staying near Greentown but shifted to Star Park later. I believe she is still staying there. She used to drive a Moris.

  6. ZALI MOHD HUSSAIN ( GP ) says:

    Hello fellow Catorians’ Me Zali, i studied in Cator Avenue School in the year 1965 to 1970. I’m a school runner 4 X 100 meters relay team, School Softball player and Rounders. The school relay team are, me Zali, Teh Teng Seng, Syed Ghazali and our anchorman is Zainal Abidin. Reserve is Karim.( That’s all i can recall about my relay team in 1970, and there are more reserve runner too in the team that i can’t remember, Teacher Mr Toh is our coach ). Softball coach is Mr Steven. Rounders can’t remember.I wonder where are my relay team now,!?.

  7. Bharat Kumar says:

    Hai All
    I was in Cator Avenue from 1961-1965
    I was in the express class so I finished Primary 6 in 5 years
    If I recall correctly Mr Steven See used to drive a very trendy motorbike.
    I remember Phillip Labrooy well.
    Near the fence next to the main road there was a small hill made of iron ore. We used to play there-pushing each other off!!
    At the end of the Std 1 block was a dental clinic manned by a Mrs Chan.
    Any connections

    • Philip LaBrooy says:

      Hi Bharat and Theam Chye,
      I remember you guys ! Yes, I was in Cator Avenue from ’60 to ’65.
      I remember some of the guys in that picture and Miss Badsha too.
      She is still around and actually looks pretty much the same today !
      I remember the two Gurkha brothers in the top row, 6th and 7th from the left. Their father was an officer in the British Army Royal Gurkha Regiment based on Tambun Road.
      I also remember the big rock and the dental clinic too.
      Regards to you all.

  8. Theam Chye says:

    Hi Bharat Kumar,
    So nice to hear from you.
    Would be nice to catch up.
    Have not seen you since I left Ipoh in 1981
    We use to meet at your house in Pearl Garden.
    Ooi TC

  9. Bharat Kumar says:

    Hai Theam Chye
    Yes you used to come to my house
    Your grandma’s house was nearby
    Nice to be making these connections
    More details in my email to you
    Cheers
    Bharat

  10. md din says:

    Hi everybody! I was in Cator Avenue from 1971 to 1973 (Std 3 t0 5). Transferred to KL after Std 5 Assessment Exams in late 1973. Still remembered teachers Cik Azizah, Mrs. Loke, Mr. Krishna (with his story telling), Mr. Sundra (Sr. Assistant? on his vespa). My classmates that I could recall were Shaharul, Shaarani, Lau Boon Seng, Sundralingam, Prakash, Navindran, Adam, Loo Chin Beng, Izzudin, Zakaria, Ahmad Ashbuli, Badrishah, etc. Used to wait at the Std 1 class block across the field where there were rubber trees before my afternoon session starts. Played with rubber seeds and the black ants (semut Ipoh?). Stylish cars during that time were Holden, Morris Marina, Alfa Romeo saloon, the long Mercedes Benz 280 SE, etc. And yes, Cator Avenue used to have 2 school buses (A & B). That was also the scary Dracula (Christopher Lee), Indonesian fighting (Ratno Timoer, Farouk Afero), Hindustan (not called Bollywood during that time!), Chinese kung fu (Bruce Lee, Wang Yu, David Chiang) movies era. Would love to catch up with old friends but does Cator Avenue has a school alumni?

    • Yusof says:

      Hi Md Din. I went to Cator Avenue from 1971-1976 (Std 1 to 6). Yes my Std 1 classroom was across the field like you mentioned. Our headmistress was Mrs Lee. Her son was in my class. So was Mr Krishnasamy & Mr Au’s sons. Don’t know whether you remember Shanmugam, our office boy then. Well, he only retired a few years back. Mr Krishnasamy is still staying in Star Park, Jalan Saggitarius to be exact. Got to know from his son. I heard Mr Sundra had already passed on. May he RIP. After Cator Ave, I went to Anderson School.

      • md din says:

        Hi Yusof,
        Nice to hear from someone close to my era. Thanks for update on Mr Sundra, remembered him sitting upright on his Vespa. And of course, he used to bring a long cane, he he

  11. azhar abdul aziz says:

    TQ Manohar. We probably never met coz I only joined std 6 in 1973 but remember well some of those names as my classmates, Baljit Singh Gill (visited him at home a number of times, and whose mum was our teacher) and Paul Ponnudurai who played guitar. I can still picture a few others including Nordin, Musa Omar, Saad (we used to buy his mum’s fabulous nasi lemak for 20 cents – you find it ready in your table compartment and we eat beside the dry longkang during recess). I remember Mr Au who tried to show his karate skills but didn’t succeed in punch-breaking a coconut, Ms BB Kong whom the boys teased with him. Pn Noriah our BM teacher. Vaguely remember Chong Fatt. Our good friend Wong Yan Choy had a fatal accident when a truck hit his bicycle as we were all waiting for him at a friend’s house (rich family, big mansion at the end of a road, but sadfully can’t remember his name). There was also a Syed, an Abdul Aziz Abdullah, and a plumpish Christopher who used to be an ‘anchorman’. Another Chinese friend who was made exemplary for thanking the teacher even after she punished him by hitting his palm with a ruler. There was also Mohd Nor Azizi who went to MCKK, whom I’ve lost touch with, and Mahfudz Md Zan, whom I’ve managed to reconnect last year after his studies in MRSM Kuantan and Australia. My brother Abdul Razak sat beside me. I spent many years overseas (14 in UK and 11 in Qatar), and have lost much of the memories/links to these great buddies. If you are one of them or know them/their whereabouts, kindly contact me at drazhar999@yahoo.com or 011-52198703. Am currently back home for Raya vacation and will be driving to Ipoh this week to reminisce the good old days down memory lane. Many thanks.
    Dr Azhar Abdul Aziz

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