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Former Penang Free School students start journey to Dittisham, England


GEORGE TOWN: A group of former Penang Free School (PFS) students left Penang today on a 20,000km journey to Dittisham, England, birthplace of Reverend Robert S. Hutchings, the founder of PFS.

Convoy leader Saw Sek Lam, 61, will be leading the six-vehicle convoy on the expedition which is expected to take 73 days to complete.

He said they will be passing through Thailand, Laos, China, Russia, the Baltic states before entering England via France.

He said the costs for the drive was about RM900,000 with the money coming from their own pocket while some of the equipment, like global positioning system (GPS) devices and two-way radios, were sponsored.

He added the challenges they will face include culture and language barriers and hope the team can overcome them.

“Different countries will have different types of food, hopefully there will be no problem with this,” he told a press conference after a send off ceremony at PFS assembly hall here.

Saw said a reception organised by the villagers of Dittisham will be held when they arrive.

The people there were happy and excited for their arrival, and were feeling proud that their place was well-known, he added.

“We will stay a day before flying home while our vehicles will be shipped back,” he added.

The drive is held to celebrate 200 years of the school in Penang which was founded by Hutchings in 1816, making the school the oldest school in Malaysia.



The convoy strikes a pose before leaving on their more than two month long journey to England. — Sunpix by Masry Che Ani

Posted on 18 July 2016 – 02:57pm
Last updated on 18 July 2016 – 04:44pm

Aaron Ngui

Intel ISEF 2016 Special Awards Ceremony


Our Form 5 students, Dylan, Nizar and Derric together with their teacher advisor Ms Linda emerged 3rd in the world under the Material Science category in the ISEF competition 2016 held in Arizona USA. The school would like to thank all the people who has so generously sponsored the students for the competition.



MATS048T – Pineapple Skin Galore

Dylan Lim Shu Zhe, 16, Penang Free School, Georgetown, Malaysia

Nizar Bin Jalaludeen Rajagobar, 16, Penang Free School, Georgetown, Malaysia

Derric Lim Shu Chuen, 16, Penang Free School, Jelutong, Malaysia

Search for SEAMEO Young Scientists (SSYS) 10th Regional Congress

Our team the Asian Champion 2016

Dylan, Derric and Nizar won the most coverted award as the Most Promising Young Scientists Science Congress in Asia 2016.

Form 1 Orientation Day (2016)


Orientation Day briefing was well attended by parents and students in the school hall (30 December 2015) 8:00 am to 10:30 am

PFS students commemorate founder


GEORGE TOWN: Former and current Penang Free School (PFS) students held a simple memorial ceremony today to commemorate the founder of the school, Rev Robert Sparke Hutchings.

Some 50 former and current students as well as teachers took turns laying wreaths at the final resting place of Hutchings who was buried at the Protestant Cemetery at Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah here.

The service was conducted by Rev Ho Kong Eng, a former student of the school.

Ceremony organiser Ho Chu Hor, 37, also a former PFS student, said the commemoration was held in conjunction with the 199th anniversary of the founding of the school.

He added the ceremony was held every year for Hutchings who played a key role in improving education standards in Penang.

“PFS will be 200 years old next year and it will be a grand affair,” he said after the ceremony.

Hutchings was born in 1782 and died in 1827, aged 45.

Hutchings founded the school on Oct 21, 1816, the first English medium school in South East Asia at that time.

The school was initially located at Lebuh Farquhar here before moving to the present location in Jalan Masjid Negeri.


Posted on 21 October 2015 – 04:38pm
Last updated on 21 October 2015 – 05:03pm

Edmund Lee


ASAT – Anugerah Seri Asrama Terbilang 2015: Asrama 5 bintang


Penang Free School won the best hostel award 2015 under the North East Region. PFS was also the champion in 2014.

“ASAT  – Anugerah Seri Asrama Terbilang 2015: Asrama 5 bintang.”

Sijil kecemerlangan diberikan oleh En. Abdul Rashid. Pegawai Daerah Timur Laut pada 18 April 2015

Penang Free School emerged first amongst the 8 schools with hostel in the district.

Visitors from Zambia (Africa)

35 Teachers from Zambia (Africa) visited the school for a Science and Mathematics Teaching Try-out using HOTs (4 Feb. 2015)

Uganda visits maths group 4 feb 2015

Uganda visits science group 4feb2015

One Day English Camp

BOM first english camp 2014

One Day English Camp: Building Champions (8 November 2014) Time: 9am to 4.20pm (This programme is under the Cluster School of Excellence)
More activities to come starting next year. Organised by Board of Media (Mass Communication) under the English Department PFS

Signing of PFS and USM MOU

Signing of MOU 2 parrota