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Hari Sukan Negara 2015

Hi!

Here’s one thing for sure, whenever there’s a national celebration or new programmes launched, the spill over effect would surely fall onto schools. Not that I’m complaining but is it necessary? When I first heard about “Hari Sukan Negara” , I thought the government would be doing a grand celebration at Bukit Jalil Stadium and call all Malaysians athletes to receive their awards. That’s very thoughtful of our government but, never had I thought that a letter was sent to us, requiring all schools to organise a sport activity to celebrate it. Now instead of 5 days taking care the kids, it became 6 days, for that particular week. Hahaha! Nevermind, I enjoyed the event anyway. Here are some photos of Senamrobik that we did.

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Mr Cyril had to be the sound technician on that day. He did a great job though!

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The certificate of attendance signing ceremony by our principal in red. Some 700 plus students attended the event.

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The gimmick for the opening ceremony

STUDENTS IN ACTION

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TEACHERS IN ACTION

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FUTURE FITNESS INSTRUCTORS

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Happy Teachers’ Day 2015

MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO

Looking back at my life as a secondary student more than 20 years ago, I realized that many times, I had misunderstood my teachers’ treatment towards us. Most of the time, I judged them as inconsiderate, boring, bad tempered, unfair, irrational and fussy.DSC_0014

Now, as I stand in their shoes, I slowly began to see teachers as nobles. I remembered when my teachers were making noises about our class cleanliness. We were very upset with their remarks and our frustration mounted when they asked us to clean the classroom for 5 minutes before starting our lessons. We grumbled each day after that. However, to think back on what they did, it was all about teaching us to live a healthy lifestyle, making sure we did not fall sick and to study comfortably in a clean environment.

On top of that, some teachers scolded us several times for not bringing the stationery needed to school and our favourites were ruler, calculator glue and scissors. Without those four, I had difficulties in learning art, geography and mathematics and I couldn’t blend in the class discussion well. No wonder my teachers insisted that I had complete stationery.

LITTLE THINGS MY TEACHERS DID

My teachers were kind enough to reward us with small gifts when we did well in our homework, sometimes; they kindly lend us their stationery when our friends refused to lend theirs. And the best of all, they tended us when we were sick.

They were ready to lend their ears to our problems. As students, could our problems be bigger than theirs? Still no matter how petty our problems were, they were willing to talk to us.

CONCLUSION

But I guess I don’t have to tell you how their work is today. I thank them for shaping me into who I am today.

This year, I’m happy to receive gifts from my students during the teachers’ day celebration. What they gave me wasn’t important. It’s their thoughts that count. Thank you all.

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[A hand made card from Ashley, 1A. Pls ignore the grammar]

The PT3 Oral Test

In 2014, all form 3 teachers in Malaysia are undertaking an important task after the abolishment of PMR two years ago. They are now appointed as examiners and overseers of PT3 exam in their respective schools.  It’s not like the usual exams we have in schools, so the stress level is higher than usual.

The first part of PT3 was very interesting. I got to talk and listen to my students in the oral test. For my own reference, I recorded our conversations. Some of my students said, the oral test was difficult but some said it was too easy. I guess, it all depends on their language proficiency.

Interesting facial expressions and body language by my students during the oral test.

You may wonder what a PT3 is, so here’s an excerpt from NST our Deputy Prime Minister had said:

“The ministry has fixed July 1 to July 18 for schools to hold the final assessment for History and Geography, which would be conducted via case studies instrument.

“All secondary schools have been allocated 24 days, beginning Aug 6, to conduct oral tests (listening and speech) for Bahasa Melayu and English language.

“The ministry has also fixed Oct 12 until Oct 17 for schools to conduct written tests for Bahasa Melayu, English Language, Science, Mathematics, Islamic Studies, Living Skills, Arabic, Chinese, Tamil, Iban and Kadazandusun language subjects,” Muhyiddin said after officiating at the Bukit Damansara Charity Carnival here.

A total of 480,000 Form Three students around the country will be the first to sit for the PT3 examination.

Under the new system, the examination papers would be prepared by the respective secondary schools.

To ensure a smooth implementation of the system, Muhyiddin said the Examinations Board would assist schools in preparing questions.

“Since this is the first year for the implementation of PT3 , the Examinations Board will provide a pool of examination questions for the schools to choose from and include it in the examination papers.

“And all questions prepared by the board have the same level of difficulty,” Muhyiddin said.

He also said each school would be assigned a group of external evaluators appointed by the board, comprising teachers from other schools, for another round of checks on examination papers that have been marked.

Unlike PMR, the students’ performance transcript in the PT3 examination would be prepared by the respective schools.

“Students will be evaluated based on bands, from Band One, which indicates poor performance, to an excellent Band Six.”

Muhyiddin said since last year, the ministry had made preparations prior to the implementation of PT3, including training more than 60,000 Form Three teachers.

On doubts raised by several parents over the PT3 system, Muhyiddin assured that the new format would help to improve students’ performance and thinking abilities at secondary school level.

“The ministry is aware that some quarters have yet to fully understand the true spirit of PT3.

“However, I would like to stress that PT3 will enable teachers to make early identification of their students’ weaknesses in any subjects and come up with ways to improve it.

“We are also trying to nurture and develop higher-order thinking skills among students through the introduction of PT3. This is in line with the expansion of education at the global level.”

He said the ministry would continue ongoing efforts to promote greater understanding of PT3 by meeting Parent-Teacher Associations in the country.

“I hope all parents will give a chance and support the ministry in our move to implement PT3.”

(Source: NST Online, 15 June 2014)