It all began in 1984 with the idea of a private secondary school being born in the mind of the late Bishop Datuk Simon Fung. He mooted this idea to protect the family structure. For up to this time many parents had been sending their children overseas at a very tender age. He and his initial Board hoped that by setting up Maktab Nasional, parents would refrain from sending their children overseas so early in life when the family bonding was extremely important.
In January 1985, Maktab Nasional opened its doors to about sixty students with two Form One classes and one Form Two class. The school was located in Jalan Ramin. However, within a short period of time, the school grew so fast that these premises were abandoned for another area at the Likas Expo site. By this time Maktab Nasional had grown not just in student numbers but also in schools. In 1988, a primary school was added – Sekolah Rendah Swasta Datuk Simon Fung – and in 1990 the Tadika and Taska were established.
Our schools have a strict policy to keep a small number in each class to allow for maximum teacher-student interaction. The number was set at 25 in all primary and kindergarten classes and 35 for secondary classes. Nowadays, we have reached our maximum of three classes at each level for primary section. It was decided at the formation of Maktab Nasional that the school would be kept small to allow for a family-like atmosphere to prevail and indeed this has been one of the hall-marks of our complex.
During our years at the Likas Expo site, it was becoming clear that we needed our own building as our needs were exceeding the cramped quarters we were housed in. A fire in 1992 which destroyed the administration block, library and many classrooms of the primary school pushed us to acquire a piece of land in Kingfisher Park, Kuala Inanam. From then on, there was no looking back.
Our new school started in February 1994 and was completed in November 1994. We moved in to start the new school year on December 4th 1994. In 1995 we decided to adopt the overall name for our educational site as Kompleks Pendidikan St. Simon.
This complex is the fulfillment of a dream of our Board. Our first Principals, Mr. John Tham in the secondary school and Mr. Mak Goon Wah in the primary school, spent the first 10 years laying the foundations. A great deal of support came from so many people, especially our parents who have helped us achieve our home and we look forward to many more successful years at Kompleks Pendidikan St. Simon.