Record or no record, SMK Sim­pang Kuala has mem­o­rable cel­e­bra­tion

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ALOR STAR: Although they failed to se­cure a place in the Malaysia Book of Records, SMK Sim­pang Kuala teach­ers won the hearts of their stu­dents with a 156m-long “shell out” feat.

It was a mem­o­rable day for stu­dents as many of them were able to en­joy “shell out” for the first time, thanks to the hard work of 90 teach­ers and staff of the school.

They took two hours to cook 500kg of seafood, chicken and rice for the stu­dents, which was served on a 156m-long table at the school com­pound to mark Teacher’s Day, yes­ter­day.

Form Five student Ah­mad Ka­mal Arif Omar said the event was mean­ing­ful since some of them had never tried shell-out be­fore.

“We were ex­cited when the school an­nounced the project. I never had shell-out be­fore and it was even more mem­o­rable as the teach­ers had pre­pared it for us,” he said, adding that the stu­dents en­joyed the meals.

School prin­ci­pal Mustaffa Ah­mad said they wanted to cre­ate a bond­ing mo­ment be­tween teach­ers and stu­dents.

“We usu­ally cel­e­brate Teach­ers Day with games and per­for­mances.

“But this year, we wanted to do some­thing unique,” he said.

The school and the Par­en­tTeacher As­so­ci­a­tion (PTA) con­trib­uted RM8,000 to buy raw ma­te­ri­als, in­clud­ing rice, crabs, prawns, veg­eta­bles and chicken.

Teach­ers Day cel­e­bra­tion co­or­di­na­tor Ro­hana Yusuff said the project re­lived the nos­tal­gia of the 1970s when teach­ers pre­pared food for their stu­dents.

“Even the money for this event was con­trib­uted by teach­ers and the PTA be­cause we do not want to bur­den the stu­dents, who mostly come from low-in­come fam­i­lies,” she said.

Ro­hana said the school ini­tially wanted to list their feat in the Malaysia Book of Records, but was told that the length was too short.

“To en­ter the book, we needed to reach 500m in length, and ours was less than that.

“But the most im­por­tant thing is that we have cre­ated some­thing mem­o­rable for the teach­ers and stu­dents here,” she said.

In Kuala Lumpur, more than 100 teach­ers, stu­dents and staff of SK Bukit Ban­daraya, Bangsar, had a fun and en­gag­ing Teach­ers Day.

Themed “Son­quer­ade”, teach­ers were seen clad in tra­di­tional batik at­tire and mas­quer­ade masks.

Some male teach­ers were dressed as pen­dekar (war­riors), while the fe­male teach­ers wore batik.

As stu­dents waited in the school hall, the teach­ers, in their colour­ful at­tire, be­gan to pa­rade in at 8am.

The cel­e­bra­tion con­tin­ued with the singing of Kami Guru Malaysia and Guru Pem­bina Ne­gara, fol­lowed by the pre­sen­ta­tion of sou­venirs to teach­ers, dance per­for­mances by teach­ers and a lucky draw.

School head­mas­ter Rosli Ah­mad said each year, the school cel­e­brated with dif­fer­ent themes.

Last year, they in­tro­duced seven dif­fer­ent themes.

“This is how we show ap­pre­ci­a­tion and grat­i­tude for the ded­i­ca­tion of our teach­ers, who sac­ri­fice their time for their stu­dents.

At the Cem­paka In­ter­na­tional School Da­mansara Heights, stu­dents awed the au­di­ence with their dance per­for­mances and po­etry.

How­ever, SK Bukit Pan­tai in Jalan Cen­derai had post­poned their cel­e­bra­tion due to midterm ex­am­i­na­tion.

A school spokesman said the Teacher’s Day cel­e­bra­tion would be cel­e­brated next week on May 24.

In Kota Baru, some 54 teach­ers from SK Zainab 2 near Jalan Telipot here cel­e­brated Teacher’s Day yes­ter­day in a dif­fer­ent way — by wearing at­tires of var­i­ous eth­nic­i­ties in the coun­try.

The teach­ers wore the at­tires that rep­re­sented the 11 dif­fer­ent eth­nic­i­ties in Malaysia, which in­clude Chi­nese, Malay, In­dian, Siamese and Orang Asli.

Head­mas­ter Zaini Yu­soff said the school ad­min­is­tra­tion de­cided to ask the 54 teach­ers to wear the at­tires to give more un­der­stand­ing to the pupils on the var­i­ous cul­tures and races in the coun­try.

“Ev­ery year, we de­cide on a dif­fer­ent theme for Teacher’s Day. This year, we choose Silang Bu­daya.

“We want the pupils to know that there are many races and cul­tures in the coun­try, and we live in peace and har­mony,” she said.

Raisah Su­laiman, 45, one of the teach­ers who was in­volved in the per­for­mance, said she chose to wear the dress of the Senoi tribe.

“I choose the at­tire be­cause I had taught at an Orang Asli school in Kuala Betis in 1998 and wanted to show the pupils here what the com­mu­nity’s at­tire was.”

PIC BY AMRAN HAMID

The teach­ers, staff and stu­dents of SMK Sim­pang Kuala cel­e­brat­ing with a shell-out in Alor Star yes­ter­day.

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