As a fifth-former, there never seems to be an end to examinations. As we got our examination schedules, everyone shook with fear. Day in, day out, it seemed like the subjects were hungrily waiting to eat us up! However, on May 16, we smiled as we knew we could escape from the monotonous examination routine, for it was Teacher's Day!
As the day commenced, teachers entered to glorious applause from the students at the multi-purpose court. Everyone rose, as they sang the national and state anthems with gusto. Puan Azizah Yusoff our beloved principal opened the celebration and she thanked all the teachers in her speech for their dedication and hard work which was especially manifest in the recently-acquired cluster school of excellence status, and also being featured on the morning talk show 'Malaysia Hari Ini' on TV3.
After that, all teachers sang the song, 'Karni Guru Malaysia', and took an oath as the pledge of sincere and excellent service to the vocation.
Next, it was time for the gifts to be given to the teachers. As they received the gifts, the teachers simply smiled, thankful for that little gesture of gratitude. Even the parent-teacher association gave a little something to each and every teacher.
Games and tele-matches soon followed, and what a field day photographers got, taking every shot in the sun for that perfect candid moment. One of the highlights was when the teachers had to memorise a list of words and pass it down the line to their captain. Their faces creased up as they tried to cram the list into their memories.
The apex of the whole celebration was the performances. It was not just one, or two; but eleven acts back-to-back! To kick off, winner of the school's talent time, Shawn Ng, sang a beautiful rendition of 'Little Things' and 'You Raised Me Up'. Then, choral speaking, both in Malay and English got to the idiosyncrasies and impact of our teachers on the nation. Past the wind band's potpourri, beautiful songs, and the catchy dance numbers; the prefects and librarians staged a dance-off, pleasant contemporary versus artificial popping. However, it was the Japanese club which got everyone's attention, with 10 minutes of Korean overload! Even the teachers didn't fail to put up a show, with the Technics and Vocational Department staging a little show that revolved around a Malay song from the 1950's that got everyone laughing.
As the entire fete drew to a close (and the fear creeping in again), it seemed like a pleasant day for all the teachers. Being a fifth-former, I realised that it would be my last year in secondary school, and my last year with my beloved teachers. Hence, I would like to wish all the teachers throughout Malaysia a (very belated) Happy Teacher's Day!
By Kiwan Richard, 17, 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.