The week spans from 21st May 2012 until 25th May 2012 which happens to be the last week before the first term closes into Mid Year School Holidays; but the workloads are nothing reduced though the euphoria of the anticipating holidays can never be concealed. As an annual event, the school has conducted “The Co-Curriculum Carnival”; and this year comes with 2 legs – “Poem Recital & Explorace” held circa the beginning of May and “Choir Ensemble” on this fateful 23rd May 2012. And of course, once again; Yours Truly is being entrusted as the MC of the events. No complaints; just execute the responsibilities.
Me and my English Panel sisters : Kak Rasida & Kak Halina!
My Science Club singing “Nur Nilam Sari” in an alternative lyrics with eco-system friendly words. Hehehe….Kudos kids! Abta, the boy at the most right kept badgering me about the practices; but he was a bit timid when on stage. But the bravery must be credited. Good, Abta! (,”)
As for “Poem Recital”, my Science Club managed to secure 2nd placing for Boys’ Category & 3rd placing for Girls’ Category. I have to say that I am quite satisfied and proud because of the efforts I did to coach these kids, trying to perfect what needed to be perfected. But of course, the rest relied on the boy and the girl themselves. What matters is that, they did our Science Club proud and of course themselves for being able to project out their talents! Kudos!
The winners for Poem Recital. Science Club has cemented 3rd placing (Girls) & 2nd placing (Boys). Well done!
I didn’t get involve with “Explorace” but again; Science Club managed to cement 2nd placing, too for the activity! (,”)
Utba, my class pupil. Hahaha, a cheeky boy but energetic.
For the choir ensemble, Fridaus and I were entrusted to coach Science Club. Initially, we were clueless and didn’t know where to begin as neither of us were music teachers! But then with Fridaus’s idea to use a rock song, composed by M. Nasir dedicated to his daughter – “Nur Nilam Sari” but with alternative lyrics; we modified the lyrics into a more ecosystem-friendly (to conform the Scientific element), we began to coach the kids and tried to squeeze time amidst the busy and hectic schedules! Well, teachers are always expected to do multitasking and the magic words are of course :-
“Pandai-pandai cikgulah untuk menguruskan masa.”
Always. The Magic Words.
The School Resources Club (“Pusat Sumber Sekolah”).
Definitely, we were a bit sceptical about the idea. Can a melodramatic rock song carries a serious message and sung by ensemble of pupils ala choir? On Friday, the intense atmosphere began. All the societies and clubs assembled each teams and practised at secret places and concocted plans to outwit others; and at the same time peeping what others do and used psychology “art-of-war” against each other. Hahaha; sometimes I feel like it is kinda ‘Harry Potter’-ish. But it’s a healthy competition, I ensure.
The “Kesenian & Kebudayaan” (Arts & Culture) Club.
Came Monday and Tuesday, the practices intensified to perfect the imperfections. And between the takes, always involved pressures, angst, anxiety and many more. The weak links and those who could not take the pressure BAILED OUT from the teams. It happens.
The Green Earth Club (“Bumi Hijau”) conducted by Azam, my ex-5 Gallant pupil. Kinda proud seeing him went out to showcase his talent and being brave. Well done! Time flies…. growing up. (,”)
So today, the Science Club performed. With me busy as the MC and Fridaus managing the PA system for the event, our team left unmanaged. So, I have to squeeze/steal time to accompany them. Right after my morning duty as Discipline Teacher to welcome the pupils and guard the gate every morning as per Ministry’s “Guru Penyayang” concept (actually, it is not on the Discipline Teachers’ scope to be there. All teachers are supposed to be there; but of course some were so nonchalant. So, we the Discipline Teachers took the initiative to be there so that at least there are teachers welcoming the pupils!), I hurriedly assembled the kids and practised the song twice without the minus-one as Fridaus was a bit occupied.
The “Bimbingan & Kerjaya” Club.
The “Rukun Negara” club.
The “Skim Buku Teks” (SPBT) Club.
The kids were doing all right. Of course there were minor glitches but with the presence of Radhwa as the “ghost of pollution”, it certainly added icing to the performances. The other clubs and societies also were mesmerizing and did their best shots! Mathematics Club which was the winner showcased a unique song from Sabah “Tinggi-Tinggi Gunung Kinabalu” and with some Sumazau dance!
Mathematics Club showcasing Sumazau dance via “Tinggi-Tinggi Gunung Kinabalu” rendition.
The Malay Language Society.
On whole, it was tiring and exhausting to inject exuberant presence as an MC and to do some spontaneous comical-punchlines and at the same time being stern with more than 600 pupils ensemble ALTOGETHER in the hall; and you with the microphone HAD to literally control as a person against the 600++ pupils! But, well….”Saya Menurut Perintah”. Kudos to the teachers for putting magnificent jobs in just short stint. Well, we teachers ARE MULTITASKING, are we not? (,”)
The happy faces. Innocence radiates (,”)