Saturday, July 30

Pertandingan Mencipta Video Merdeka: ICT & Kemerdekaan

Some of you may remember my students & I taking part in last year's Liga Remaja Kreatif competition.
I wrote about it here & here's the video...

We didn't win any award but my students did get an awesome looking certificate + invaluable life experience.
I think it would be great if I were to share the videos from the winners too.

Sarawak #1: SMK Luar Bandar No.1, Sibu - Jalur Lebar Untuk 1 Malaysia

Full list of state winners here (pdf).

Malaysia #1: Sekolah Sultan Alam Shah, Putrajaya - Segenggam Janji Seerat Ikatan

Malaysia #2: SMK Pokok Sena, Kedah - Evolusi
Unable to find video on the Internet.

Malaysia #3: SMK Taman Selesa Jaya 2, Johore - Hikayat Kampung Mega Jaya

Anugerah Khas Juri: SM Pendidikan Khas Vokasional Shah Alam, Selangor - Jalur Istimewa

I honestly think that they all deserved to win. They had really meaningful/creative videos. I've learned a lot from watching theirs & I hope to produce an even better video this year.

This year there's a new competition: Pertandingan Mencipta Video Merdeka bertemakan "ICT & Kemerdekaan". You can check out the details here.
This is going to be challenging because the whole theme leaves me at a blank. However, this does open up a lot of room for my students to give me a unique view from the children of a forgotten people.

I'm going to assemble my key students & we are going to come up with something great!
See you in 2 month's time!

Sunday, July 24

English Language Society 2011

Behold the new logo for this year's English Language Society!
Building on the success of last year's English Language Society, the ELS continues into this year... with some changes & improvements, of course.

Last year, I personally oversaw every aspect of the society because it was a personal experiment to see how far I could go with the students. Thankfully, I had the support of the society members, the teachers & the school head. The society was able to made a big impact in the school.
This year, I've divided up the work between the English Language Panel teachers to lighten my load because I wanted to dedicate more time into my role as the Chief Warden. However, as time went by, it seems that students are sometimes more reliable than adults. I had to help the teachers more often that desired. Somewhat against my beliefs in leadership but I might have to start managing people very soon.

Also, I've decided that all ELS Presidents from hence forth will be picked by the teachers. We had a President this year who was voted in by the students. He was mostly absent & did not contribute much. Over time, I found that the members were reluctant to follow or listen to him which leads me to believe that they might have chosen mindlessly or maliciously. (Kinda like the way their parents choose politicians but that's a story for another day.) After half a year, I stepped in & made a change. It's been better ever since.

A month ago, we spiced up the English Language noticeboard with all that jass (will post up pictures on another day) & are currently working on our very own ELS HQ (an unused room at school given to the ELS)!
You know me... when I'm done with it, it'll be all flashy with fancy deco & lights!

Our single most significant event of the year, the English Language Week & English Language Night will be held in September. Planning is complete & every teacher has selected an activity to run.
Some of the more interesting add-ons are "Gee" by Girl Generation will be performed this year & there will be a voluntary sing-a-long every night conducted by myself + powerpoint + a talented student guitarist.
I originally wanted to include a RockBand 3 performance but I have had difficulty procuring the said game.

Will share more as time goes by.
So, what is your English Language Club/Society at your school doing this year?

Monday, July 4

Hari Asrama Terbuka 2011 @ SMK Katibas

A highlight event of our jungle school hostel is the annual Hostel Open Day. Where the girls can visit the boys & be amazed at their ability to clean up for a day & the boys can check out the constantly sweet-smelling spotless wonderland the girls live in.
I'll be talking about the boys in this post because, obviously, I've been working on these boys for the past 6 months as the newly inducted Chief Warden.
Fortunately, the girls were very well-behaved so they are pretty much left to their own devices.

My relationship with the boys has been a down, down again, slightly up, down, down again, maybe up a little and then down until you just feel like giving up.
If there wasn't a warden there to closely monitor them, you are guaranteed the smell of smoke in the rooms & rubbish in the bucket-loads. Toilets smell like they're septic tanks & taps are left running. They pee in water bottles at night & they keep these reeking bottles beside their beds. They eat Mi Sedap every night & leave the wrapping on the floor for the ghosts to clean up.
On the keceriaan side, although I have repeatedly provided them with materials, funds & instructions, the buildings are bare & the noticeboards empty.

It's partly my fault that the boys hostels are in miserable condition because I've failed to influence my team of wardens to go the extra mile & I failed to provide the right support for the prefects.
Something that I am constantly working on & seeking to improve in as a novice administrator & leader.

On the Monday before the Open Day on Friday, the incumbent Chief Warden & my personal teacher idol, Nicholas VT, took on the challenge of reforming the worst building of them all... The Senior Boys Block.
He began serious discussions & preparations with the Prefects in the block on Monday.
On Tuesday, they began their renovation/refurbishing work with a storm. It began with the Prefects & ended up with the whole block getting on the train. I was both amazed & inspired at the work they've done by Tuesday night.
Looking at the eager requests from the Junior Block for something similar, I started my own discussion with their prefects on Wednesday afternoon & began work that afternoon itself.
By Friday afternoon, we were done.

admire how beautiful the boys' hostels have become

Lo' & behold, the new & improved "Panggau" ("male lodging" in the Iban language) with future improvements in the works too!

The Hostel Open Day was a tremendous success!
I was thrown in the deep end when I accepted the Chief Warden role at my school.
I was without support from the top & without a person to guide me through the process. Instead of working with me, there were too many who were looking to take advantage of my trusting humility & lack of experience.

I even made Air Sirap, Pudding & Kuih Sarang Semut Coklat with the boys of whom I was Room Warden.
Still, it's nothing compared to the feast that Nick prepared with his room boys. haha~~
On the other hand, I am thankful for a role model to learn from. He has a lot of experience, grit & skill. I am very thankful that he was willing to roll up his sleeves once again & proactively kick-start a major project.
I guess that's what leaders do. They get things started & through their actions, others follow & in the end everyone achieves more.
I hope to one day emulate him & maybe a little bit more!

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