Throughout the year, a school usually holds the quaint cooperative in a corner, run by quaint students. However, that is all too boring, so something comes along to shake things up. In SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3), that comes along in the School Cooperative Week. From 15 to 20 July 2012, the school turns into a flea market, selling more than just the boring pencil!
On Monday, at the weekly assembly, Puan Tan Soa Tiam, the school cooperative teacher-in-charge, opened the week, hoping that it would churn much-needed funds for any new improvements. She then listed many exciting things that would unfold throughout the week. With that, the week’s preparations were finalised. This was so true that classes throughout the school seemed half-empty as students dashed around, readying their stalls for the big bonanza.
As Tuesday dawned, the battle begins. One of the early birds was the popcorn sales by the ping-pong club. Even from class, one could sniff the tantalising scent of butter. Cue the bell: the line for popcorn stretched for miles. In fact, it was simply one student short of a riot when they ran out! The Young Entrepreneurs too débuted with all things cute; pandas, teddies and even frogs (no, not live ones!). Pouches, stuffed toys and merchandise; what could possibly go wrong? The crowds sure liked that.
Things really kicked off on Wednesday, as the canteen even caught the sales fever. Come extended recess, a can of sardines would seem roomier than it! Chicken rice, nasi tomato, yong tau fu, roti canai; it seemed like a sumptuous spread! Even the prefects sold bubble tea to wash it all down!
Approach Thursday and things walked on the wild side. In a flash, stalls of games galore popped up out of nowhere. Who’s got the biggest breath? Toss the most rings? Throw the most ping-pong balls past holes? Everything fun under the sun was brought out and it really brought hordes of students, waiting in line just for a spot of fun.
With Friday in, the week reached its climax. The Menu Aneka Satu Malaysia set a gastronomical feast of proportions, with our PTA head, Dato’ Ringo Kaw’s, delectable char kway teow, rojak, keropok, and chocolate fondue: it’s impossible to starve! The games ensued, with the finals for the free-for-all futsal competition happening, and the crowds growing into riots. Deep within the hall, a haunted house has suddenly sprouted filled with ghouls and vampires, all to scare everyone silly. After a whole week being in working progress, the librarians finally pulled it off. They were so scary that someone actually puked in fear (let’s not go into details….)
As the week drew to a close, it proved itself a worthy proof of the effort and dedication of the students in working together for a common cause. I’m pretty sure that next year would bring in more to the already-merry annual event.
By Kiwan Richard, 16, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3), Selangor
This post is part of the line-up ahead of the blog's second anniversary. All these posts will be taken from articles written by students featuring the school on School Times, the educational pull-out from the New Straits Times.