Our family photo during golden days and Kingswood High School, Kalaw

Our family photo during golden days


My late grandmother, late father together with my mother, brothers, sister, uncles after our father’s youngest brother’s wedding in Taungoo. That groom, our aunt passed away last year. One of their son was at our house in KL planning to re-entre Singapore for the job interview.

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Our old house’s photo in Kalaw. My 7th. beloved brother U Soe Min @ Ah Soe and his grandchild infront of our old house @ Natsin Road Kalaw

Kingswood High School, Kalaw

At Kalaw, Southern Shan State, infront of our house fence. We all studied at Kingswood High School, Kalaw, one of the famous mission school in Burma. Kalaw is also a very beautiful, cool, hilly station, famous and looks like Cameroon Highlands in Malaysia. Some of the teachers and the Principal are from US, Australia and Europe. They even could not speak Burmese.

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My first ‘article’ in English or actually an essay about our class was chosen and printed in the school’s yearly magazine with the photograph of our class, 1st. standard.



I think that school was one of the best school in the world, as the student teacher ratio was very good. In the primary level there were not more than 30 students per class and there were no A nor B nor C divisions/sub classes except for the Kgs. Even there we had lower Kg which was youngest entry level one year and later promoted to one year of middle Kg followed by higher Kg one year. Then we started in 1 std. Thewre were fewer students if we go up stds. and 9th. std and Matriculation 10 th. std combined total student population was 10 only.

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I stayed in that school from HKg to 5th. std. Up to 4th. std. our teaching media was in English in all subjects except Burmese. Because of the government ruling the teaching media changed into Burmese in all subjects except English and Scripture.

A fully mature Monterey Pine cone on the forest floor.

A fully mature Monterey Pine cone on the forest floor.

The school compound was very big, each building was built on small hills seperated by flat grass land, football, basketball fields (indoor and outdoor) and the tennis court was in a small valley surrounded by very low hills and that was not far from the main buildings. Hostels for Boarder students were a little bit further away and boys’ and girls’ hostels were on the seperate low hills a little bit far but at the walking distances only.

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Juvenile (left) and adult foliage of Stone Pine (Pinus pinea), showing the dark brown scale leaves and needle leaves on an adult shoot

Juvenile (left) and adult foliage of Stone Pine (Pinus pinea), showing the dark brown scale leaves and needle leaves on an adult shoot

There were very tall big pine trees, leaves like needles were most of the time green but sometimes brown if dried. Big tree trunks had beautiful  thick irregular shaped brown barks. Grass between them were always green but sometimes covered with fallen needle thin dried brown pine leaves and made the hill slopes slippery. Mud were sometimes red because of the Iron ore contents.

Maritime Pine (Pinus pinaster) - Landes, France, from wp:en. KALAW PINE TREES ARE BIGGER AND STRAITER.

Maritime Pine (Pinus pinaster) – Landes, France, from wp:en.    KALAW PINE TREES ARE BIGGER AND STRAIGHTER.

Our Principal was Ms Cavett and later takeover by Mr Eddie Shields from ?USA and he taught English in the High school. His wife Mrs Shield taught us Scripture in English. Although I am a Muslim, we need to attend and every year I got the special prizes awarded to one student per class.

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My Kg teacher was Daw Hnin Yii, 1st. and 2 nd. std. teachers were Ms de Glanvillae and Mary. Ms Katherine  Shwe was my 4th. std. teacher.

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Our Music and arts teacher was an Australian lady. I forgot her name. Every morning we had assemblies, and we need to sing religious songs which were chosen by the Principle. I think they were Methodist Christians.

My favourite song was like this….All things bright and beautiful. All creatures great and small …..

Our English teacher was an American. He was friendly and used to ask a volunteer to stand up and construct sentences with the words highlighted and given meanings in the text book. I think I had volunteered to made sentences in about 75% of the time because he just point fingers or called the names of other students but most of them need to keep on standing because could not made sentences with the given words.

English text book was a short stories by Shakespeare and grammar book was High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin, later The Final Course of Grammar and Composition by the same authors.

I will leave  the above detail for the appropriate chapters.

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16 Responses to “Our family photo during golden days and Kingswood High School, Kalaw”

  1. Mahmood Shah Says:

    I attended the school till the sixth grade, which turned out to be the last year for Kingswood before being nationalized. I remember a certain Ko Ko in my class who was at the top of the class. Would like to hear from him.

    • drkokogyi Says:

      TQ for the contact.
      Where are you now?
      Please send any photos of Kingswood, if you have.
      Please look at my latest posting: In the report cards there were years and teachers. Actually you may be my classmate. Are you related to the Iman of Kalaw? https://drkokogyi.wordpress.com/2011/05/15/kingswood-high-school-kalaw/

      • drkokogyi Says:

        Dear Mahmood Shah,
        Now I realized or recalled that U R my friend.
        I still remember one incidence together. During a Ramdan, while both of us were FASTING, we refused to attend the singing class conducted by an Ausi lady teacher, who was teaching the Christian Prayer Songs. Principle Mr. Eddie Shield caught us while making his regular rounds. He questioned us. TQ you for your answer, “We R FASTING” because I don’t know that fasting word at that time. Because of your answer, Mr. Shield left without even scolding or punishing us.

    • Muhammad Ariff Jan Says:

      Dear Mahmood Shah
      As salamoiileikum

      I read your msg on the intrnet.
      My name is Mohammad Ariff Jan and I lived in Kalaw in 1957/60
      studying in Kingswood School. I was a regular person at the masjid and remember Imam Sahib who belonged to Swabi in Pakistan.
      My friend was Ahmed Shah, perhaps your elder brother, if you are the son of the Imam Sahib….
      My email address is
      Do response to me.
      arif jan

    • Muhaammad Ariff Jan Says:

      WHERE ARE U .
      0334. 541. 6649 GIVE ME A CALL IN SEPT

      • Mahmood Shah Says:

        Ariff Jan, Ko Ko Gyi and Friends:
        Nice to hear from you. I am in the US. Plan to retire around the end of the year and will visit Malaysia in Feb and March 2017 to explore MM2H.
        Ahmed Shah is in Sawabi, some 60 miles from Peshawar. I will have you 2 connected.

  2. drkokogyi Says:

    I heard from Shan Lay (FB) who sent the copy og Kingswood books and visited me at my clinic in KL, Malaysia that Mahmood Shah had worked in US Army and had visited Kalaw once and even had a feast for all the old friends.

  3. Mahmood Shah Says:

    Thank you KKG, for starting all this. This brings back all the good old memories. How can these memories not be embedded in our souls? I kept Googling for anything related to Kingswood, until I hit the treasure you have been collecting! May Allah SWT reward you! I plan to visit Cambodia coming February, and on the way may spend some days in KL. I love the city.

    Arif Jan! You are in my heart. When I visited Kalaw last, I went to the house where you used to live, uninvited. Babuji (journalist) Bhaiyya’s son lived there with his family. I will contact you soon, Insha Allah.

    I am a computer Database Specialist, I am not in the US army, but as a Consultant, did some work for them at that time. Since, I have moved on to other contracts.

    Arif, I will send you an email.

    Wassalam for now.

  4. drkokogyi Says:

    ဆရာဇင္နိဳင္းခ(မန္း) ရဲ ႔ အေမ႔ေမတၱာ ကဗ်ာေဟာင္းေလး တစ္ပုဒ္ပါ ။ အေမေန႔တြက္ အမွတ္တရေလးျပန္တင္ေပးလိုက္ပါတယ္သူငယ္ခ်င္တို႔ေရ။
    သူတင္ေနက်မူအတိုင္းေလးဘဲ ျပန္တင္ေပးလိုက္ပါတယ္။
    ” ကေလာင္မစြမ္းတဲ့ … ေမတၱာစြမ္း ”

    * ဝမ္းလြယ္ခ်ိန္ခိုက္
    ဖေနာင္႔တစ္ခ်က္ ေအာင္႔သက္မွာ … …

    * ၾကည္နဴးေနရွာ
    မိ .. မာတာ
    သူ မညည္းခဲ႔ရွာ … …

    * ဖြါးသန္႔စင္ခါ
    ေသတမာန္ကို စိန္ေခၚတာ … …

    * ရင္းရွာဇီဝိန္
    သားငိုသံရယ္ နားခ်ဳိရွာ … …

    * ေသတမာန္လက္
    သူ႔ အျပံဳး
    ခပ္သိမ္းပန္းတို႔ နွိဳင္းမယွဥ္ … …

    * ေရာင္စဥ္ရယ္လႊင္႔
    ျမင္ေစ႔ခ်င္တယ္ ခ်စ္သားငယ္ … …

    * ေအာင္းေမ႔တိုင္းလြမ္း
    သားငယ္ ပါးေလး ေႏြးလွတယ္ … …

    * ေလာက ခါးေစာင္း
    ေခါင္းေပၚ ဗန္းရြက္ ရွာခဲ႔တယ္ … …

    * ေနမင္းေခါင္းျပဴ
    ေခြ်း ေျခဖဝါး က်ခဲ့တယ္ … …

    * လည္ပင္းေၾကာေထာင္
    ေကၽြးေမြး ပဲ႔ျပင္ ထိန္းခဲ႔တယ္ … …

    * ေမ႔ .. ေမတၱာရယ္
    ကုန္စင္ စြမ္းေအာင္ ေရးဝံ႔ မယ္ … …

    * ခ်င္းလြတ္ ရြယ္ေရာက္ သားတစ္ေယာက္
    ေက်းဇူး အသို႔ ဆပ္ရ နွယ္ … …

    * ငိုေၾကြး ျမည္တမ္း
    စိတ္ ရည္ တမ္း
    ေမ႔ .. ေမတၱာတည္ ” ကမာၻ ” မ မီ … …

    * ေသခၤ် ကမာၻ
    ေမ႔ .. ေခၽြး တစ္ေပါက္ သားငယ္ ေၾကာက္ … …

    * မည္သို႔ဆပ္ေလ
    ေက်းဇူး ေထြ
    ေခၽြး တစ္ေပါက္စာ ေက်အံ႔ေလ … ? …


    ေန႔တိုင္း သည္ အေမ ေန႔ ျဖစ္သလို ညတိုင္း နွင့္ အခ်ိန္တိုင္း သည္လည္း အေမ အတြက္ျဖစ္သည္။ စၾကၤာဝ႒ာ အနႏၲအတြင္းရွိ အေမမ်ား အားလံုးအတြက္ ဤ ကဗ်ာေလးျဖင့္ ဖြဲ႕က်ဴး ျမည္တမ္း ဂုဏ္ျပဳလ်က္ … … …

    ” ဇင္နိဳင္းခ (မန္း) “

  5. salim khan Says:

    Asallam o allai qum

    yes indeed old golden days i remember last days of kingswood school
    1961 or 1962. we lived in shew taunga yap.I know mr mahmood shah and ahmed shah from sawbi.Now our family are Pakistan.

    just for more intrest

    with regards to all those kalaw wala

    salim khan

    • drkokogyi Says:

      Walaikum Salaam,
      TQ for comment.
      I also missed Kalaw as I am now in KL, Malaysia for nearly 3 decades. I never go back..just only in the dreams only.
      KKG @ ARZ

  6. Saleem Sheikh Says:

    I found your page on the internet by fluke and saw that my brother Saleem Sheikh was in your class and is now in Canada. Can you please respond to me with your phone number or email address so that he can get in touch with you. In fact, I will put in his email address so that you can get in touch with him yourself.
    Mona Sheikh

  7. salim khan Says:

    Aslaam o allaiqum

    I left Kingswood school, 1962. due nationalization.I was 1st standard my eldest brother name (mushu) was not sure wich standard may be 6th with younus. we are ni pakistan. I am in kuwait.
    with best wishes to all
    my email is kingswoodhighschoo@yahoo.com and

  8. salim khan Says:

    I know VINOD KUMAR who lived in Shew taunga yap , very well . their family left for Nepal.

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