Yeay! After merely a week of training and coaching, my school’s Choral Speaking Team managed to secure 2nd placing in the Hulu Selangor District Level of Choral Speaking Competition! As the writer of the script and the supervisor of Choral Speaking, I am fully immersed with satisfaction and at the same time, felt relieved. It feels good when you can contribute something to the school and put your school in the education map and acknowledge to others that your school is a force to be reckoned with!
The venue was at SK Kuala Kubu Bharu 2 and the journey from Serendah took around 30 minutes to get to the heart of Kuala Kubu Town. Kuala Kubu Bharu has always been regarded as the Hulu Selangor district’s focal point. Anyway, we arrived there around 8.00 A.M. To my amusement and bewilderment, the flow of the event was horrendous! Sorry to say and I didn’t mean to disgrace anyone (if so happen that any teachers of the school in question is reading this; well this is MY OWN SPACE; so I can pretty much write what I feel is right!) but the MC for the day was a wrong choice! I didn’t know whether she’s a teacher of that school or she was forced to become MC but there were TOO MANY FLAWS to be ignored!
First, the MC wrongly pronounced the name of the PPD officer; and without apologizing, simply carry out the flow of the event as if it was an informal internal affair! Effortlessly, she continued her narrating as if like she was reading out some scripted wordings! And lastly; guess what???! She MISTAKENLY pronounced my school as the 3rd place (seconnd runner-up!) up until all my pupils had received their plaques!!! I was a bit down and a little bit disturbed because I know that the only eligible competitor for my school was the winner; which was SK Kuala Kubu Bharu 2 (the host, anyway); so to be beaten by other forgettable rendition is VERY ALARMING!
And voila! She suddenly then :
“Eh..Eh..Eh, silap! The runner up is supposed to be SK Serendah!”
I was like “WHAT IS GOING ON?” and spontaneously I was half-lamenting-and-half-shrugging and said out “ASTAGHFIRULLAHAL A’ZIM!” Man, the management is totally rot, sorry to say!
Anyway, my school was the first to perform and you know, judges were quite dilly-dallying at that moment. But still, they did great job and the voice projection was audible! The hysterical cackle by The Old Woman was something as a punchline. The winner dwell with theme of “1 Malaysia” and also uniformity. I guess with that, they had the plus point in comparison to us with fable and fairy tale. Still, the motto of “ain’t a quitter and a fighter” injected spirits in us. Of course, that doesn’t mean you are a good teacher if your team wins. Sometimes political elements, sometimes technical elements and sometimes simply luck.
I still can’t believe that I am now a teacher coaching and bringing the kids to represent a school when I myself used to be the one who entered all these kind of events (story-telling, elocution, debate). And I certainly used my ‘Snow White & The Seven Dwarves’ rendition when I was in Year 6 for my now-pupils in SK Serendah! Time flies fast. Indeed, I am honoured and glad that I choose this path. Alhamdulillah (,”)
** NOTIFICATION UPDATES : Seems like this entry has ignite unintended uproar to the party where this event has been taking place. Rumour has it that a ‘loyal scout’ from PPD Hulu Selangor stumbled into this entry and reported to the party in question. Although the entry is not a personal attack but more of a reflection from a participant, the other party felt the otherwise and thus decide to lash back.
- In terms of the stating out of school’s name – it’s NOT to smear the school’s name. Just to mention that the venue was there. But seemed that the Head thought I wanted to smear the school’s name. I don’t. And I don’t need to apologize for that.
- The second one, the statement “Of course, that doesn’t mean you are a good teacher if your team wins. Sometimes political elements, sometimes technical elements and sometimes simply luck.” DOES NOT REFER TO THE TEACHERS WHO TRAINED THE SCHOOL! It refers to my own school for able to nail the 2nd place although we were greenhorns and novices. Simply because we obtained No.2 outta 4 contestants don’t mean we were good. Unfortunately, the teacher was insulted and took it personal. This I need to explain.
- For the comments I made to the MC, it’s not personal retaliation. But I don’t take back and I hope she will take it positively. It’s NOT a personal remark. But for the invitees of that day, we felt we were not welcomed as we were supposed to and the glitches made were too many to be ignored.