Monday, 10 April 2017

Librarian Camp 2017 [Part 1]

On the 7th and 8th of April, the librarians of SMKBU3 had a fun time during the Librarian Camp 2017. After school on Friday, all the librarians changed into their librarian t-shirt and waited at the library. Then, the camp started with a ice breaking ceremony by the committee members which involved playing dodgeball.

Then, we stood with our groups that we were assigned to. Soon, it was time for station games. We were given a piece of paper with clues that help us to find our station. The clues would form a number and we have to call the number. The first group to call the number will win.


There were a lot of games like blowing a ping-pong through the maze without touching the line, passing a long message to our group members but our legs are tied together making it hard to move and many more. There was even a short game that was held within a given time frame and it involved two groups that arrived first. This game would help us earn extra 
points.

















Unfortunately, we realised that some of us were stuck downstairs at the canteen and the others were at the library. We managed to call the security guard and unlocked the gate.


Then, we all went to the canteen to cook our dinner. All groups including the committee started whipping up dishes.  You could see the librarians’ showing off their awesome cooking skills.


After one and a half hours, we were finally done. We ate the food we cooked and it was tasty. There were spaghetti, fried rice, jelly, fruits and many more. After filling our tummies with food, we headed to take our bath.


Later, we went to the basketball court. We played some awesome night games. Soon, we had a group dance and drama performance. We had come up with a drama plot using our team name. The plots were so interesting and we were totally immersed in their performance. Many librarians showed off their amazing dancing skills.


Then, we had a dance floor party. We danced to the tune of songs till wee hours of the night. Since everybody was exhausted, we cleaned up and went to sleep. The girls slept in the library while the boys slept in classrooms. While we were sleeping, the committee members were on patrol.


The next morning, we took our bath and proceeded to the basketball court. We had a small exercising session with Chloe leading us. Then, we had a game called “Mr. Marcus”. It is a game where you are given a bunch of sticks and you have to order a song from one of the seniors and you are required to choreograph to the song. You will be charged a certain amount and you will have to pay with the sticks you have. Before we practiced, we had our breakfast that was mainly jam and bread.



After eating, we came back to the basketball court and started rehearsing for our dance. We performed in front of three of our seniors who would later grade us.


We can perform as many times as we want. A lot of groups used their creativity to choreograph their steps. The seniors were impressed by our skills. 


Then, we packed our stuff and changed into our camp t-shirts. We packed up and brought our stuff to the basketball court. Then, we were asked write a thank you note to our fellow librarians. We wrote our heartfelt messages to them.


Then, the winners for our librarian camp were announced. The marks were calculated based on our two days activities such as station games, cooking session, dance performance, drama performance and our points for the ‘Mr. Marcus’ game.


After the winners were announced, we took a group picture as a remembrance. This camp was so fun and I enjoyed it. I will never forget this camp and I hope we have this camp again next year.



A day spent with friends is always a day well spent.

By : Thivyashini Selvaseelan



Monday, 3 April 2017

Sports Day 2017

On the 2nd of April, the students of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3) participated in their annual Sports Day. Held at Stadium Sains, Universiti Malaya, this day was eagerly anticipated by supporters and athletes alike.

The day kicked off with a march, which had various uniform bodies represented by their respective contingents. Athletes the marched in after them, and presented a short performance. They were dressed inspired by their mascots. The Red House mascots were Mickey and Minnie meanwhile Yellow House mascots were from Beauty and the Beast. The Green House mascots were Tinkerbell and Peter Pan and Blue House mascots were the Genie and Jasmine.

After that, Erwin Helmi was called upon the recite prayers. Next, athletes pledged to honour the spirit of good sportsmanship after singing the national anthem and the school song. Then, Mr. Kalearasu, the leader of the Parent-Teacher Association (PIBG) gave a speech, followed by a speech from Puan Zuraidah, our principal. The opening concluded with an entertaining set from the school marching band.


Soon, the events began. All the athletes were prepped for the event. The students who were not competing were enthusiastically cheering their friends on. A lot of events took place (mostly track) such as 4 x 100m, 100m, 200m and many more.

The teachers were working counting the marks atheletes have earned for their houses. A lot of athletes were tired after competing fiercely in their events.

Soon enough, the medal-giving ceremony heralded the end of the events. The students were eager to find our the winning house for the year. The athletes were beaming with joy when they received their medals.


After much deliberation, the following were the results:

The sports house that won 1st place was the Blue House. 2nd place was Yellow House, 3rd place was Red House and 4th place went to Green House.

The best marching was won by Yellow House and Youth Cadet Corps. Overall, the winner was Blue House.

The Blue House athletes basked in glory, as Sports Day drew to a close. All the students went home with a smile on their faces, putting aside their sports house rivalries until the next year.



By: Thivyashini Selvaseelan

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Field Events for Sports Day 2017

Shot put

On the 28th of March, field events were held in school, ahead of Sports Day proper.

Discus throwing
 
On the day, athletes participated in events such as shot put, discus throwing, long jump, high jump and tug-of-war.

Long jump
 
The participants from each of the four houses gathered early in the morning. Once the events started, they tried their very best to win as their fellow house members cheered them on
High jump

The events went on for the whole day and the participants were exhausted by the end of it. Luckily, everything went smoothly

Tug-of-war

In this year's field events - much to everyone's surprise - the results were as follows: Red House in first place, Yellow House in second, Blue House in third, and Green House in fourth. This only means one thing: it will really be a close competition for the coveted title of champion on Sports Day itself.

By: Lim Sheanni

Friday, 17 March 2017

Cik Yow's and Puan Gan’s Retirement

On the 17th of March, a farewell ceremony was held for two of our beloved teachers – Cik Yow and Puan Gan - as they retire from the profession.

The ceremony started with a song by the school’s brass band right after all the teachers have arrived at the basketball court. The fast and carefree notes of  'Treasure'  by Bruno Mars instantly imparted a joyous mood to the occasion.


After that, Puan Gan, Cik Yow, and our Senior Assistant for Student Affairs  Ms Wu each gave a speech.



There were also other performances by the SPBT club, the school cheer-leading team Stompers, as well as from other students who sang and beat-boxed.

The students and teachers were sad to see Cik Yow and Puan Gan go. However, we wish them all the best!


By: Lim Sheanni




Saturday, 18 February 2017

Friendship Week Sales 2017: The Librarians' Perspective!



From the 13th to the 17th of February, the Librarians has a sale for Friendship Week - a step up from the Friendship Day sales from years past. Many people were exited because we sold interesting things, such as drawstring bags, lemonade, cookies, Oreo pops and nachos. They were sold at reasonable prices such as RM2 for a cup of lemonade, RM25-27 for a drawstring bag and RM3 for nachos.


Our nachos, lemonade, cookies and drawstring bags were a hit. They sold like hotcakes! For the drawstring bags there were many designs ranging from simple ombre to cute graphics of food and flowers and ombre. Everyday, our products sold out and we generated a great amount of revenue. In the end we made a huge profit and that money went towards our Annual Librarian Dinner.Personally, I am grateful to be a part of the Librarian sales team for Friendship Week because I got experience in sales management.

 
By: Ethan Richard

Thursday, 16 February 2017

A Trip To The Selangor State Library


'A library is a hospital for the mind.'
Anonymous

Last Thursday, on the 16th of February, the Librarians of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3) went to the Selangor State Library. It took us more than 1 hour to go there by bus from our school


 When we reached the library, all of us were amazed by the large building. We were led into the auditorium by the administrator. We were given an introductory speech and watched a welcome video. Some of us even asked some funny questions like: 'where is the cafeteria?'

Then, we were divided into two groups. One group was brought to watch 6D movies which was priced at RM10.40 per admission and 3D movies which were priced at RM6.40 per admission. The other group was brought to visit the place where they had some old and priceless books about Selangor and books donated by the Sultan of Selangor. After a short briefing by the administrator, we took a picture under a portrait of the Sultan.


Later, the administrator led us to the rack sections. All the books were arranged according to the Dewey Decimal Classification System. We also saw the open area reading place.

Soon, we saw the Exhibit of the Month while heading to the children’s area. This month’s exhibit was about penguins living in Antartica. As we entered the children’s area, we saw a large fake tree. The place was clearly designed with children in mind.


The first group waited at entrance for the second group to come. We experienced the seats and the environment of the 6D and 3D theatres, whilst the other group went around the library.

Then, we all headed to the cafeteria for a small snack. We all bought ice cream Tutti Frutti and enjoyed it. After we had our fill, we gathered at the library again and took a group picture. We thanked all of the administrators in making our visit a thoroughly enjoyable one.


By: Thivyashini Selvaseelan

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Merentas Desa 2017

On 11th of Febuary 2017, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3) held the annual Cross Country Run from 7.00 AM to 11.30AM. This event is open to students of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3). Students who participated in the run get to contribute to the scores of their respective sports houses, doing their bit to secure victory for their house come Sports Day.


Before the Cross Country Run started, we did 15 minutes of warm up to avoid any cramps and the run hit off almost immediately after warm-ups ended.


The event ended with Blue House emerging as the winner of the cross country event. Following them closely was Green House at second place. Yellow and Red House came in 3rd and 4th place respectively.


Though the run was short time-wise, but everyone was tired after the run as they poured out their heart and soul into it.

 
By: Ron Khoo

Monday, 16 January 2017

Mr Wong and Madam Kee’s Retirement

An awesome teacher is hard to find, difficult to part with, and impossible to forget
 
On the 16th of January 2017, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3) bade farewell to two of its precious pioneers who have played a pivotal role in shaping the school as a place of academic and co-curricular excellence. It was so as that was the day of Mr Wong's and Madam Kee’s retirement.

Even the sky couldn’t hide its sorrow as it started raining. The Prefects did a good job of receiving Mr Wong, Madam Kee and their respective families to the school on the day. Then, all of the teachers proceeded to the hall in Block A to attend the farewell reception. Videos and pictures of Mr Wong and Madam Kee were screened as they relived those memories whilst they dined. After the reception, everyone headed to the basketball court, with the wind band members leading the way.

The Prefects and Librarians stood along the side of the path, clapping and greeting the teachers as they walked past. As everyone took their places, all of the students started clapping and cheering loudly. The wind band gave a heart-wrenching performance, a clear reflection of the mood of the audience that day.


The event started with the Head Prefect giving a speech on behalf of all students to Mr Wong and Madam Kee. Then, Miss Rajeswari gave a speech about her experiences in making the school what is it today with the two pioneers. Our headmistress, Puan Zuraidah delivered an appreciation speech for Mr Wong and Madam Kee.


Then, a student came forward and shared Madam Kee’s biodata. before having Madam Kee herself give a speech about how she will miss our school.


The Head Librarian then read the biodata of Mr Wong, followed by a speech from Mr Wong himself which would linger in our hearts forever.

Later, a student played the electric guitar and the sisters Jynn and Jyllian sang as well. Even Mr Wong joined in the performance by singing along!



The Treble Clefs also gave a spectacular performance followed by a performance from the Prefect Board and a group of students. There was also a solo performance by Nicole and a demonstration of skills by the basketball team.


The representatives of each class and club gave presents to Mr Wong and Madam Kee. After the farewell, both of them were sent off while they stood on the open back of a car.


Even though they left this school, I am sure that they will always be in our hearts. We will always remember them for they have made the school what it is today, and we will continue their legacy as we strive to reach greater heights.

By: Thivyashini Selvaseelan

Thursday, 12 January 2017

A Visit to the National Library of Malaysia

On the 12th of January 2017, the Librarians of SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3) had a trip to the National Library of Malaysia,. We reached the place at around 11:00AM

We were amazed at how big the building was and how many floors it had. To kick-off the tour, we went to a small exhibition at the ground floor, there was information about the history of the National Library and historical books.


Next, we went to the e-library. We were amazed by the concept of it. Books could be searched and read through a tablet, which makes it very convenient!



After that, one of the staff members there there guided us to every floor of the library. Each floor was very spacious. There were many different sections of the library. There was a floor specifically for books written by Malaysians and another one for international books only. The books were arranged very neatly and there was almost every book you could ask for!


There was a floor for surfing the web as well. Many computers were there, along with earphones so that anyone could watch a video without bothering others. All of the devices were up-to-date and in prime condition!



After that, we were brought into a room to watch a video documentary about sea animals. It was very interesting and personally, I really enjoyed the documentary.



We left the National Library around 12:00PM and went back to class after once we got back to school. It was a good educational visit and the place definitely left everyone in awe.



By: Lim Sheanni

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Orientation and Open Day 2016/2017

On the 30th of December 2016, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3) held its Orientation Day and Open Day from 8:00AM to 12:00PM.



Orientation Day was geared towards prospective students who will be enrolled in the year 2017. These students and their parents came for Orientation Day to learn more about the school, obtain textbooks, and buy stationery as well as other school essentials


The school wind band performed for the prospective students as well, as a demonstration of the excellence they can achieve through co-curricular activities - as well as to keep them entertained!


Concurrently,  Open Day provided current students to collect their report cards with their parents and hear the reviews from their own class teachers about the student’s exam results, behaviour in class and anything else that needs to be discussed about.



The day went by pretty fast. Personally, I hope the new students will like our school and enjoy their time here. I also hope that all students will work hard in 2017, striving towards academic and co-curricular excellence.

By: Lim Sheanni

Poem - You Only Need To Look




When my day is heading down,
With no solution I can see,
I need only look around.
It's flowing all around me.

And slowly, I feel it starting,
Something from within me.
Then quickly it comes roaring,
Filling every gap and cavity.

It's shooting through my veins,
And surging through my mind.
I barely control the reigns,
It's growing stronger all the time.

It's taken me away,
A huge smile on my face,
Because today's my lucky day,
I'm going to a very special place.

Soon, it all comes spilling out,
Helping me make wonders.
Things I never knew about,
Things I'd normally think are blunders.

First it takes me fast, then slow,
The sound gliding through air,
Like an arrow from a bow,
Or the flight of a frightened hare.

Alas, it's now coming to an end,
The final note rings true.
Sending a beautiful message
To me and to you.

That note has built us a bridge
To a place of awesome bliss.
Where the contents of its message,
Are always proven to say this:

Music is all around you,
You just have to find it.
And I promise once you do,
Your efforts will be rewarded.

And anyone can sit
And waste their life away,
But the person who finds music
Will never live that way.

By: Thivyashini Selvaseelan

The Benefits of Reading

Reading has at all times and in all ages been a great source of knowledge. A book is a good friend, it gives us company during idle times. The knowledge stored up in books is inviting to us and gives us joy. There are many benefits that we could get from reading books.

Regular reading enables us to keep abreast with current trends and political issues around the world. It also increases our knowledge in various academic disciplines. The more knowledge you have, the better-equipped you are to tackle any challenge you’ll ever face.

When we read books including literature, we improve our vocabulary, which can be helpful with our writing skills. Being eloquent and well-spoken is of great help in any profession, and knowing that you can speak to higher-ups with self-confidence can be a enormous boost to your self-esteem and career.


Reading can reduce stress by 68% according to a university research. Psychologists believe this is because the human mind has to concentrate on reading and distraction of being taken to a literary world eases the tension in muscles and the heart.This is an active engaging of the imagination as the words on the page.


For entertainment, you can visit a library and bask in the glory of countless books available for free. Instead of spending your time being on social media, you can either go to nearest bookshop and buy some books to read or purchase an e-book through your smartphone.

There’s a genre of books for everyone on the planet, and whether your taste lies in classical literature, poetry, young adult books or romance novels, there’s something to capture your curiosity and imagination. Step away from your phone for a little while, open a book and replenish your soul.


By: Thivyashini Selvaseelan

Poem - Your Worth



They say never give up,
Never give in,
Keep fighting that fight,
So the devil doesn't win.
Through the hurt and the pain,
The sorrow and the shame,
The one thing you need to remember,
Is that tomorrow is never the same.

Hold on to your hopes and dreams,
For your fears are less than they seem,
So to all of those who feel like they are losing the fight,
And to those who feel like there is no hope in sight,
Take a minute to look at the sky
And remember that there's something
Out there bigger than you and I.

Just like today,
The sun will shine again,
Through the clouds and the rain,
The sun still remains,
And all the darkness will fade away.

So hold your head high,
And feel the warmth,
It may remind you,
What you are truly worth.

By: Thivyashini Selvaseelan 


                                                                                                        

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