Professional life has been hectic! And on top of that, health setback intervened in between. From Monday-Saturday (the compulsory LADAP for teachers! Erghh!), we had to bear the heat of the scorching sun (more than 34 Celsius in Serendah, Hulu Selangor, no less!) due to the First Week of Additional Sports. This year, I have been entrusted as the Participants Supervisor of the High Jump. The core task ain’t that hard; but the fact that I had to be underneath the cloudless sky and the hot sun from until 10.15 a.m. (Now, the heat strikes even as early as 9.15 a.m!) was quite tiring. Still, no complaint whatsoever; it’s the decree “Saya Menurut Perintah”. Anyway, the focus of this entry is on the Choral Speaking Competition of which I myself 100% authored the script as well as co-coaching along with my Head of English Panel, Kak Wahida.
“One Heart, One Malaysia” – SK Serendah Choral Speaking Team 2013. Despite the not-so-perfect enunciation and pronunciation, the effort of 5 Creative is commendable and applauded. Kudos also to my Head of English Panel, Kak Wahida!
Tentatively, the competition was supposed to be at the end of April but due to some unknown glitches, it was postponed with eleventh-hour notification by the District Education party. Of course there had to be some reason for that (of which we never know) but it was a hassle for us teachers because we just wanted to get over this thing; and move on focusing to other more important tasks and related to our core task – imparting knowledge and teaching, of course. So, the first time, it was postponed to another week; and then to the early of May; and then rumors has it that it would be held circa one week prior to the Mid-Year Holidays; but in the end it was revealed that the date of competition was on 21st June 2013.
Waiting anxiously for their turn? -Courtesy of Kak Wahida.
This time around, we picked the 3rd class which is 5 Creative and so happened that Kak Wahida also is teaching the class. All this while, only the first classes – namely the Active classes are given privilege to represent school; so we decided to test the unknown water and also just give other pupils chance to explore their talents, no? Last two years, which was in 2011 was so full with drama due to the insight opinions I wrote in my blog (REFER to : https://undomiel84.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/choral-speaking-hulu-selangor-district-level-competition-2011-running-snow-white-to-2nd-placing/) which ignited uproar to the other parties – obviously not my intention to disgrace anyone but it was painted in the wrong sort due to some misunderstanding; I wrote the script myself on “Snow White & The 7 Dwarves” which happened to be my first time experience in this world of “Choral Speaking”; and this year initially I don’t feel like involving because I want to avoid some emotional distress if I were to be involved (I have no qualm and no problem. Hahhaa! I just don’t want to trigger animosity because I can be very VOCAL/RAZOR-MOUTH face-to-face if I were to be provoked. So… (,”) Hahhaa!) – but then Kak Wahida, my Head of English Panel who is so open-minded and understanding coaxed me to participate in that (she’s cool! I saluted her rationality) and this time around, I got the idea to pen a National-accentuated script – “One Heart, One Malaysia”. 100% from me! (,”)
The other participants from other schools. I can’t give any comments since I wasn’t there but according to Kak Wahida, all of the schools gave sterling performances; which was a FAR CRY from the last two years’ competition of which the clear winner was undeniably on top of the game despite glitches of here and there.
The subject of Malaysians unity has always been close to my heart. Growing up in Penang with 80% of the predominantly Chinese friends; Indian high-school bestfriend; Sarawakian & Sabahan best friends till now – the harmony element is very much my cup of tea. Hence, I thought it would be fun to explore that topic. To add comic relieves in the script, I inserted a few punchlines such as :
- “Kain Pelikat” song popularized by Anuar Zain when he was still a kid – symbolizing the Malays;
- “Shi Shang Shi Yo Mama” – the popular Mother’s song for the Chinese;
- “Dey…SUPER!” tagline to represent the Indians ala reincarnation of popular Indian actor’s tagline, Rajnikanth (I love his films!);
- “Agi Idop Agi Ngelaban” – the life motto to represent the Ibans of Sarawak;
- “Aramaiti” for the Kadazans in The Land Below The Wind of Sabah.
Honestly, I feel GREAT to see the pupils expressing my every words that came out from my mind 100%… crystallizes in forms of spoken medium. (,”) The feeling was amazing; more than the one I penned “Snow White” 2 years ago.
Came the day 21st of June 2013; it was there and then I told the kids that I won’t be joining Kak Wahida & them but the pray and hardwork would be accompanying them. Furthermore, the Additional Sports was in dire need as a lot of teachers were not in school due to professional tasks under the instruction of the Ministry – workshops; briefing, competitions, etc. So, I can’t comment about the other contestants or the place of the competition because I wasn’t there (and that should save any CONTROVERSY, no? Hahaha!)
Around 11.15 a.m., Kak Wahida told me that the kids managed to get the 3rd placing. It was OK and relieved because honestly, when we sent the 3rd class, we didn’t expect anything at all – the enunciation and pronunciation weren’t as flawless as the top classes’ counterparts, etc. So, I was happy for them because they have proven that although they are 3rd class, but they also had the chance to represent the school! According to Kak Wahida, this time around; ALL THE SCHOOLS were VERY GOOD!! So, it was kinda OK to at least securing 3rd place. Well done, kids!
I know that some of my friends and acquaintances told me that I do have talents in writing and I could have gone far if I were to be in top-notched schools or urban schools; perhaps I could rev my talents to the furthest milestone of professional achievement, no? Well honestly, I feel like I still need to tap a lot of experiences from my senior colleagues in SK Serendah. The community and the seniors are SO GENEROUS in sharing knowledge and experiences. I guess when everything is already in my grasp, then I will decide to relocate myself for new challenges or to accelerate myself and my talents. But so far, I am enjoying my learning curve experience in Sk Serendah, be it is categorized as “sub-urban” school due to the geographical factor in Hulu Selangor; though I must say that demographically, the kids are OK though English is scarcely used here as the population is predominantly Malays with Indians and Orang Asli as the minorities; the chinese, however mostly go to the vernacular counterpart.
On whole, well done! Yes, I am a Science teacher as my majoring in KPLI is Science but I do enjoy teaching English as well. Doing English as minor in IPG Kampus Darulaman in 2009 was cool. I guess getting the best of both world – the logical and discovery world of Science and the artistic colours of linguistic elements in English is awesome; as a teacher. (,”)
** P/s : Of course I won’t be writing the script here because I wouldn’t want strangers surfing the Internet LOOKING for the Choral Speaking text and then use MY script that I penned 100%; incorporating as theirs, wouldn’t I? But well, a teaser would do no harm, aite? (,”)
All around the world, all around the globe,
Different pronunciation, different enunciation,
BUT…! Whatever they call us,
In our heart, there will always be,