What a day! A day filled with joy, lethargic and immense satisfaction spent with people of SK Serendah and the neighborhood community around the provincial town. On this fateful 4th March 2010, the school calendar marks its Sports Day. The event was overall an exciting experience for me as a greenhorn teacher and a valuable opportunity to mingle and bond rapport with the community.
As the teacher of Hang Kasturi (Green House), I was entrusted with responsibility of co-assisting Ustaz Tarmizi as we are the only male teachers for Hang Kasturi in the morning session; thus the responsibilities and reliance are set upon us. Ever since Ustaz is involved with the preparation of Sports Day as whole because he is one of the Co-Curiculum commitee, I was entrusted with bigger reliance to navigate Hang Kasturi. With the help of other teachers like Kak Lin, Kak Syarifah and all other senior teachers, it has been a very valuable experience for me to navigate Sport House.
As for the marching and performance preparation, Kak Lin and I worked our butt off to be competitive so our performance would be as parallel as to the other houses. A week before the Sports Day, each houses was in this contagious craze to be so secretive about their performances during the marching and hided their ‘creme-of-the-creme performance’ in their own chamber of secrets! It’s like Harry Potter’s Hogwarts atmosphere in the air. Since Kak Aireen of Hang Jebat (Red House) is the custodian of Computer Lab, Hang Jebat used that as their hide-outs whereas Kak Lela, the custodian of Pusat Sumber used the room for Hang Lekiu (Purple House). Unfortunately for us Hang Kasturi, none of the teachers are managing any special rooms; by hook or by crook we had to practice openly under the motorcycle shed! Temperature rose ahead when the pupils were being stubborn-kids and not wanting to heart instructions. And being me with reputation as a stern teacher, loud voice and few spanking were synonymous to set the discipline. With “silat” idea from Kak Syarifah, Kak Lin and I modified the idea and added the Endang dance and the cheering “Pok Amai-Amai” (triggered when we heard other houses were doing some kinda dances! So Kiasu!).
Handling kids could be notoriously daunting. You set instructions and repeatedly enforce the instructions. YET, there will be some of them who won’t follow orders because they didn’t listen carefully! It’s the kinda thing I learned from this; Kak Lin always says to me that it’s normal when you deal with kids. In addition to that, you as a teacher MUST always remember that kids are prone to being attention-seeking. They will interrupt your instructions and wanting to show they are superior to other kids; they will not able to weather extreme climate (too hot); they will want to have a say in everything that other kids do because of jealousy- It’s all part and parcel of dealing with primary schoolers.
With anxiety and excitement all fused together, the marching went on and to our surprise, we won the marching! While other houses dwell in the modern contemporary elements, Hang Kasturi played the traditional elements – fusion of “silat” and Minangkabau Endang! I guess the judges saw through that and granted us the victorious ticket! Besides coaching and co-assisting managing Hang Kasturi, I was also entrusted to become ‘Hakim Penamat’ for the athletic events; under the scorching hot sun, I stood for about 3-4 hours WITHOUT my cap on and now I am feeling feverish, sore throat and definitely weak! My skin burns and became so reddish. I’d hope it will get better later on.
On whole, this is a very exciting experience and I treasure that immensely! (,”) And very proud with the chants created for Hang Kasturi! :-
Pok Amai-Amai Belalang Kupu-Kupu
Tepuk Ramai-Ramai Rumah hijau No.1