For certain unexplained reason, this year’s celebration of Teachers’ Day has been somewhat an over-pouring concoction of emotions; both the mirth as well as the melancholic. Well, what is it being a teacher without any controversial and sensational issues, aite? Hahahaha…Irregardless, I have to say that amidst all the shenanigans and burdens shouldered upon teachers, being someone who teach and also conveying/imparting knowledge to younger generations IS definitely a worthwhile God-sent experience. Everyday, I thank ALLAH SWT for this experience.
Thank you so much sincerely from the bottom of my heart. Getting gifts is NEVER in agendas although some parents do ACCUSE teachers of forcing kids to buy gifts. But the thoughts and intentions to acknowledge the teacher…. is PRICELESS. Thanks my pupils.
This year, I’ve been selected as one of the BAKSI (Teachers’ Society) Committee; so for the events pertaining teachers and school throughout the year would be handled under the wings of BAKSI. Once again, I’ve been entrusted the responsibility to become the MC for the day – but this time, to the MAXIMUM capacity; from 7.30 a.m. until approximately 1.30 p.m.!!! Loosely, the Teachers’ Day was segregated into 3 segments :-
- The Formal Segment (National Anthem, Decree Proclamation of “Ketua Pengarah Pelajaran Malaysia”, Teachers’ oaths and anthem, Performances by pupils, Acknowledgement to teachers by prefects and all);
- The Sports Segment (Football & Netball with “Pelikat & Batik” donning; “Galah Panjang” & tug-of-war);
- The Informal Segment (The prize-giving; Feast)
AND… I have to anchor ALL of them, right from the morning till the afternoon. I’ve no complaint about it whatsoever because in a way, it does help to boost my Public Relation skill; but I have to confess that it was really EXHAUSTING; and under the scorching heat of Equatorial Sun, it was just really TIRING. But still, you have to nail the responsibility entrusted. Do the best with the sincerest heart. (,”)
Me and my partner in emceeing, Zuraini. Behind is Kak Maza, a sporty and cool teacher.
The script! Been doing it in eleventh hour (last minute). Burning the midnight oil for this!
I have to admit that most of the anchoring are more of spur-of-the-moment and spontaneity than scripted as no rehearsals or direct cues were given. Sometimes, everything was shouldered upon you and you just have to give it the best shot when no directions were given to conduct the flow. I guess with all the responsibilities as MC and experiences have enable me to emcee these events with such ease and au naturel. Alhamdulillah, for that.
A representative of Prefect gave me the present.
Kak Ita conducting the performances of her pupils. Imagine, she was told to prepare this only the yesterday before Teachers’ Day and within one hour, managed to come out with this good performances! We, teachers do things effectively but this tiny itsies bitsies are what parents refuse to acknowledge. Sigh. Kudos to Kak Ita!
Nonetheless, one of the most unforgettable scene was that suddenly, a respectable teacher had ask for a slot during The Informal Segment. At first I thought it was purely for an academic briefing or whatsoever, so it was no biggie. But the shock came out that she bravely went up to the stage, explaining herself is battling breast cancer and would be undergoing treatment/operation next week. The usually serene and calm teacher broke down and burst with tears on the stage….. It was definitely a heart-wrenching moment for me as I just got to know the revelation when she told us (some teachers already knew about that). CANCER is such a scary word and no matter how pitiful we must have felt for the person who is affected; only the one who is battling the cancer knows the REAL FEELING.
Empathy. We, the family of SK Serendah will pray for the health of you…… We are a family. *Sad*
As an MC, it was indeed quite difficult to resume words to continue the flow of the event after the shocking announcement. But, with my little bit of experiences in emceeing, I’ve managed to put suitable words and alleviate the tensed and melancholic situation…… But the scene was deeply etched in me. I am always an empathic soul. I feel other people’s plights. I just pray that she will gather the courage to battle the cancer, Insya ALLAH…
Hakim, one of the boisterous kid that usually experience my wrath. But kids…(,”). I told him I would give him a treat if he is well-behave for the next 2 weeks. He said “DEAL”. As he was tagging along with me during Teachers’ Day, I said “OK, go have a drink and it’s on me”; he went there and had a “NASI AYAM!” Hahahahaha, sly kid! (,”)
Besides that, an unforgettable scene would be that the food sponsored by PIBG (Thanks so much for the kind thoughts. Kudos to the PIBG honchos!) were not enough (I think it was fried rice and roasted mutton, I think). And I myself didn’t have the opportunity to eat although I’ve been emceeing practically the whole day. It caused a bit of uproar and rumours has it that it was due to some miscommunication between the either exact pricing or the number-of-people-allocation information. As for me, I am not complaining because I understand that glitches happen during event; but for others, it was a bit scandalous and dissatisfying. In the end, it’s Que Sera Sera (What ever will be, will be). (,”)
Doing commentating in the field via hailer- Courtesy of a pupil, Asmaa Nadhira.
Me with my cool sisters. Cheerful but stern. Same wavelength with me, Hahahaha. Kak Airin & Kak Adda.
And you know, I have to say I am deeply touched. Amidst the chaotic scene and the responsibility I have to shoulder both as an MC for the day and also Class Teacher (have to distribute to the pupils the foods sponsored by school in sync with “Sekolah Penyayang” concept), I’ve received quite a number of gifts and prizes from pupils…. Honestly, I never expect that because you know, I am a Discipline Teacher and in the school, I deal with delinquencies and misdemeanor; so you can’t get popular with that post, honestly! Hahahah…. but of course, pupils with their innocences. When you’ve touched their hearts, I think they want to express their own appreciation towards you because they know, you mean the best for them. And the funny thing is that this year, I’ve got 4 CANES given by the boisterous kids who usually are my “regular customers”. Hahahaha…..
Emotional in singing; Hahahaha! Karaoke is just for fun. – Courtesy of Ustazah Asniza.
Whatever it is, Sir really appreciates all the thoughts, prizes/gifts and even small wishes of “Selamat Hari Guru.” We, teachers NEVER expect anything materials. If the pupils are kind enough to remember us and wish us, it means a world for us to know that the pupils appreciate us. Dealing with pupils is a God-Sent; but with parents nowadays perceiving teachers as low-class vermin that they can persecute and attack without prior investigation, sometimes it deters your motivation. So, it is actually a case of innocence of kids VS ungrateful ruthless of parents; either way, we as Malaysia teachers ALWAYS will do the best we can to nurture the young princes and princesses of Malaysia as per the lyrics in our anthem – “Kami Guru Malaysia.”
Happy Teachers’ Day 2012 to all Malaysian Teachers! Do the best, despite the harsh words and slandering by ignorant parents who think they are superior than us. After all, do the best with the sincerest heart, y’all.