Sunday, April 17, 2011
Friday, 15 April 2011 - Sherryza Bt Abdul Hadi, our ex-pupil ( Year 6 1990 ) returned to visit her old primary school she had left 21 years ago. Pn Sherryza or Sherry as her friends call her is a secondary school graduate English teacher in SMK Bukit Katil, Malacca. For a mother of a four-year old son,she still looks young and sweet .Pn Sherryza was excited to visit her old school as she had seen photos and read about the news of the school events from our school portal http://www.skselama.net/v7 and SK Selama Jalan Menteri Group @ Facebook or Madam Oon's Facebook .
The English Language Panel and school administration welcome ex-pupils who wish to contribute to the school in creative ways or monetary as well. The Alumni of SK Selama will be organising programmes involving ex-pupils in helping the school . It is hoped by meeting the pupils personally, they would be motivated to learn English. Perhaps, they could understand how a small girl like Sherry had grown into a beautiful lady, an English teacher and also a writer of short stories and articles for the CELIK magazine.As she was walking around the compound many approached her and asked,"Cikgu, dulu belajar di sinikah?" Sherry said it was so touching, very nostalgic as she recalled her childhood days and those happy times playing together with schoolmates. How she wished she could turn back the clock.
Sherry related how she loved to learn English and the English activities organized by the English teachers of SK Selama like Story-Telling Competitions, English Grammar Quiz, Sketch Competitions etc. These activities had motivated her to read a lot of English story books and still is a loyal user of the English dictionary. She would search for the meanings of the difficult words and jot them down in her vocabulary book. Madam Oon used to be strict and in those days, pupils were more obedient than the ones at present. Why is this so?
Pn Sherry scored As for English from UPSR and all government exams and furthered her studies in the University. She is planning on pursuing her Phd (Masters ) degree and we wish her all the best. She has been using her love, interest, talent and skills in writing to produce articles in English and her new book which is in Bahasa Malaysia will be launched soon. She loves linguistics she said.
Pn Sherryza who returned to Selama with her family expressed her joy to return to her alma mater to see much development . Sherry's father was the ASP ( Assistant Superintendant of Police ) in Selama before. In those days Sherry talked about the lack of facilities and the old buildings they had to study in. Classes were warm but yet she was with smiles as she was lucky to have been taught by lovely dedicated teachers here. So, she reminded the pupils to appreciate what they have now with the advancement of ICT, wireless connections , equipped computer lab and a new building. They are indeed very lucky.
All the children have to do is to develop the love and interest in learning and improving their English, be brave to speak even if one is being laughed at. Just like what Sherry did before. The more her friends laughed at her for speaking like 'orang putih', she will speak more.
The SK Selama Choral Speaking team immediately were called to give a special presentation especially for Sherryza. She was impressed and even touched them up by offering some useful tips. Yeah, just a little more facial expression will make it perfect. Well, try a little harder boys and girls. SK Selama will grab opportunities to participate in English competitions such as "Spell-It-Right" and Knowledge Discovery Spelling Competition.
Yeah, sometimes we have to live out of the nutshell as it is 2011 now and there has to be a lot of positive changes. Learning English, Mandarin , Arab Language or others gives a person extra points. From the survey done recently, it was found that Malaysian university graduates attending interviews have poor English Language proficiency. Many can't speak English though they may have a string of As. Big successful international and national companies prefer employing job-seekers who are able to speak English well to those who can't. Therefore, pupils should no longer waste time and still refuse to study hard or read more English books. In the end , they themselves stand to lose.
ENGLISH IS AN INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE.
IT IS USED WORLD-WIDE OR GLOBALLY.
ENGLISH IS THE MEDIA OF COMMUNICATION IN BUSINESS, EDUCATION, RESEARCH,TOURISM etc.
LEARNING ENGLISH IS FUN AND INTERESTING.
ONE WHO SPEAKS ENGLISH WELL USUALLY WRITEs WELL.
CONSTANT PRACTICE IN SPEAKING ENGLISH MAKES IT PERFECT.
LEARNING AND MASTERING ENGLISH EQUIPS YOU FOR A BRIGHTER FUTURE.
TO LOVE, LEARN AND ENJOY SPEAKING ENGLISH TOGETHER IS WONDERFUL.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
The SK Selama English Language Campaign 2011 will be officially launched during the closing ceremony of the Selama Zone English Language Carnival for Primary Schools which will be held on 20 April 2011.
For the start , 53 pupils were selected and had been training hard to represent S.K. Selama in 5 events. We are proud to say we have been representing Selama Zone in Choral Speaking for many years and it is the most interesting event. As usual these excited kids will have fun in the Taiping Zoo as well after the competition is over. Our Choral Speaking Team is made up of Year 5 and 6 pupils. Come on , boys and girls, you can do it! Do your best , beat the rest! Special thanks to Mdm Cheang who has been training them really hard despite the limited time. I hope to produce a more creative script and get the team prepared much earlier next year. It's going to motivational to the kids.
We are participating in Story-Telling Level 2 Competition and the Public Speaking Level 2 too. These two competitions are divided into Section A ( prepared ) and B ( impromptu ) .
The most colourful and entertaining event of course is the Action Song Competition.
This year SK Selama has prepared a very special presentation sending across a serious message to everyone. Credit goes to Pn Siti Khairunnisa as with her talent in music and her creativity she has managed to produce such a wonderful presentation. To Pn Khananun Hana , Pn Faizah and Pn Aini thanks for all the effort.
I am confident, our kids will not let us down. It will be the best presentation for all. By the way, we have been third prize winners for two consecutive years 2008 and 2009. So like I said , do your best and beat the rest, girls!
We also have trained Farhana to represent us in Story-Telling and she can speak English well too. By the way, her mum was my pupil before. Good Luck to you my 'cucu'. To Pn Shahidah , thanks for helping to help train her and prepare her costume. I've been visiting her at her home in the afternoons and am glad her mum, Faridah , a teacher too has been helping to train her daughter too. Well, we wish her good luck .
Next, Nor Aiman Amreel Abdul Rauf will stand tall on that day as the Head Prefect he will do his best and try to be the best speaker for the Public Speaking Competition. We all will support you , just do your best. Do us all proud.
Not forgetting, our 3 Spelling Competition spellers. As it is in written form we can't witness the fun. But the 5 winners will have to represent Selama Zone at the LMS District Level Spelling Competition which will be held in SK Klian Pauh on 26 April. Good luck to you all. Well, these three pupils love reading and spelling very much. It is through reading that one can increase one's knowledge and vocabulary.
Special thanks to our headmistress, Pn Hjh Ashah Bt Arshad and Senior Assistant, Pn Hjh NorHaizan Bt Mahussin also an English teacher for both have been the supporting force behind the English Panel. As the Head of the English Panel, I will always try to do my best though truly a very busy person in and out of school, all that need to be done , will be done with cooperation from all parties.
To the strong work force of English teachers and non-English teachers and staff as well, I would like to express my appreciation and special thanks to all.
After the carnival, the English teachers will carry out more fun activities in their classrooms and competitions will be held from time to time. To start them young, we have planned to organize English Fun Camp too. We will announce to all soon about these activities.
To ALL SK SELAMA PUPILS, ENJOY LEARNING ENGLISH AND SPEAK ENGLISH CONFIDENTLY.
Madam Oon, The Head of The English Panel of SK Selama
ENGLISH LANGUAGE CARNIVAL FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS IN SELAMA, PERAK
DATE: 20 APRIL , 2011 ( WEDNESDAY )
TIME : 8.00 AM ( canteen )
VENUE : S.K. SELAMA
210 participants from 19 primary schools will be participating in this carnival, the biggest event ever organised by the Selama Zone English Panel. Efforts are being made to raise awareness among the pupils especially on the importance of English and to instill in them the love, interest and encourage them to learn and master English which will help them in future. Learning English is fun and interesting.
1. Story-Telling Level 1
2. Public Speaking Level 2
3. Spelling Level 2
4. Action Song Level 1
- Choral Speaking by S.K. Selama
Good Luck to all participants. May the best win and represent Selama Zone at the Larut Matang & Selama English Carnival on Tuesday, 26 April 2011.