Monday, 27 October 2014

Hari Koperasi

On the 24th of June 2014, SMK Bandar Utama Damansara (3) held its annual School Cooperative Day. With coupon books to be bought at the school cooperative, most of the classes set up stalls to raise funds. There were smoothies, sandwiches, grass jelly, soy milk and more. There were so many stalls to choose from! There were also game stalls, souvenir stalls. This year, the escape room was prepared by the Librarians and haunted house managed by the class of 5 Seroja.

Besides fund-raising, this day was for everyone to have fun in school. Parents were allowed to join in the fun as well! Everyone was busy setting up before the school bell rang at 7.30 a.m - hoping to have good business later on in the day. As for me, I was busy helping out in the Librarian's escape room. We put in a lot of effort for all three of the escape rooms, as we hoped it will all go on well. Different teams were assigned to different rooms. As for my team, all of us kept checking everything to make sure it was all alright. There were four shifts, and five people on each shift. My team had ten people. Thus, when the first group of people came to us, we briefed them, told them the rules and regulations and then let them go in. It was pitch black inside the escape room.

One of us stood at the entrance to make sure that everything was alright and kept track of the time. The groups were walking close together, looking for clues. They were afraid too. One of us hid under the table to scare them, which was really funny when a whole group suddenly shrieked! This was really fun - being able to help out with the Librarian's escape room.

When I have finished my shift, the five in the first batch had to teach the other batch how everything was done as they have not done it before. I went downstairs to spend my coupons for a while and observed what others were doing. The food stores downstairs were selling things cheap because the closing time was drawing nearer. At that time, some stalls were already packing up as their goods were sold out. The most popular games were haunted house, escape room and dunk the boy.

After some time, I went back to the Library to help with the escape room. Group after group came in, and after each group, we had only 5 minutes to check everything before the next group came in. Some of the groups tore the hidden clues so we had to mend them. As the last group came in, we were very tired already but it was fun. A few groups got the answer. The winner’s prize was up to our supervising teacher to decide. After all of them were done, we were so happy that it went well. I hope those groups had fun. The stalls were packing up as the day was ending

Helping and planning the Librarian's escape room was a very good experience, even though it was tiring. I enjoyed it thoroughly even if I had to be there most of the time. I hope to do this again soon.

Even though I don’t know how much was raised ,but I believed it has been a reasonable amount as everyone had put in a lot of effort and supported the whole event. This School Cooperative Day definitely will benefit the school greatly.

Celine Wong

Monday, 21 July 2014

Librarian Annual Dinner 2014

Once again it is time for the Librarian Annual Dinner for the year 2014. The time when you say goodbye to the senior Librarians for 5 long years of service and say hello to the new Librarians that was elected. The time for sorrow and sadness, yet also the time for happiness and rejoice. The Librarian Annual Dinner was set at Tropicana Golf and Country Resort on the 21st of June 2014.

The event kicked off when the guest entered the hall. After the guest have settled down, our master of ceremonies (MC) invited Quek Zuoo Yuon to give a speech on his overall experience as a Librarian. Next, the MC’s invited Puan Sabrina, our Library Coordinator on stage to share the achievements that our Library has made. The guests were then allowed to the buffet table. A great variety of scrumptious food was served.

For the more entertaining bit of our event, mass suspense was created in the murder mystery game, planned by the committee. We also had a memory game to keep our guests entertained. Besides that, we also have fantastic performances done by some of the Librarians themselves. One of the performances would be the 5 Shades by Kang Ling, Felicia, Wey Sern, Rachel and Melanie. Not to forget, Serene Khoo performed ballet, a dance that was sure to have out us in a trance – in a good way of course!

We had lucky draws at intervals. The committee have outdone themselves with amazing prizes up for grabs. Prizes such as Starbucks vouchers, a frisbee, thumb drives, bags and more - but the most anticipated grand prize was … the Beats headphones!

It was fun, but what happened behind the scenes was even greater. The committee had immense fun planning the murder mystery game, doing a last minute comedy skit and other really crazy things that won’t be mentioned here. The whole event was basically to commend the seniors for every ounce of effort to make the Library what it is today. With that said, there was a farewell, with the seniors standing in a line and all the Librarians going to each and every one of them to give them a hug and maybe a few words. It was a bittersweet moment.

By: Jesper Huang

Monday, 7 July 2014

Why I Love Reading

I love reading because it helps me relax after a long tiring day of studying and forget all my problems. It’s also a terrific way to spend your time when you have nothing to do.

Reading is actually an excellent way to improve your vocabulary in any language. Some people think that reading is not entertaining or fun and they would rather spend their money on video games than buying books. Well, let me tell you that reading books have a lot of benefits and one of them is that it will improve your essay writing.

Nowadays, with all the cool technologies, books no longer exist in most children minds. All they ever spend time on is watching cartoons, going on the internet, playing video games. These things do not help you improve your vocabulary. In the olden days before televisions, computers, video games or any electronic devices were invented, most children enjoys reading. Now, because of all the advanced technology, most people no longer have an interest in books.

Books can help us relax after a long exhausting day at school. Here are some of my favourite authors.

Enid Blyton is a well-known author around the world. She wrote a lot of books that kids love and enjoy for generations. For instance, The Faraway Tree is an adventurous story with magical creatures that live up in a very old and magical tree and act in the most bizarre ways. At the very top of the tree are uncountable different lands which changes every time. Furthermore, a well-known book series written by Enid Blyton is The Famous Five, which is about four cousins and a dog who solves mysteries together.

Meg Cabot is another famous author and one of my favourites. She writes books that everyone - especially teenagers - love. She wrote the Princess Diaries series, Teen Idol, Avalon High and lots more books. Her books are so fascinating that you can’t stop reading!

There is also the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series written by Jeff Kinney. Diary of a Wimpy Kid is actually a diary revolving around a character in the book - Gregory - and what goes on in his life.

When I read any of these books, I am always taken away from the real world and I follow the characters in the book - where they go and what they do. This made me think of happy thoughts. Interesting books makes me feel like I am in a magical world where magical creatures come alive. During the holidays, besides studying or watching television for the whole day, spend some time reading the kind of books that you like and let your imaginations go wild!

Reading helps me relax as well as it improves my language. I hope that everyone can learn to see the enjoyment of reading like I do. Oh, by the way, I have read 49 books on my ‘Kindle Paperwhite’ device since April 2014.

By: Celine Wong

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