Lower 6 Newcomers 2008
16th May 2008, Dato’ Lee Lee Tak Lum arranged for some alumni to meet the students who started lower sixth form this week. Those who took part were:
1. Phang Yat Hoong (The oldest at 73 & still actively working and jogging)
2. Dato Lee Tuck Lum
3. James Lim
5. Wan Heng Yuen
6. Cheah Foong Choon
7. Lai Wing Fatt
8. Darryn Chew (The youngest, who just completed Form 6 in 2007)
Darryn Chiew, James Lim, Phang Yat Hoong, Lee Tak Lum Wan Heng Yuen, Cheah Fong Choon, Lai Wing Fatt, Jayanath
Less than one-quarter of the students from the 4 Form 6 classes completed Form 5 at MBS. The sitting arrangement in the Lecture Hall reflects the clique mentality and the students from other schools confessed to having difficulty at communicating in English. The feedback from students was that the session was helpful in helping to understand the rich tradition of MBS as well as the need to integrate. It was innovative of Dato Lee to request the students, after they have opened up, to do group assignments for better integration and to improve their level of English.
Mrs. Goh with her students
Using the laptop provided, Jayanath displayed old photos the school and our legendary principal, T Mori, while Wing Fatt recited his MBS poem. It was indeed humbling when Jayanath quoted passages from “The
journey of Man” by Spencer Wells and “The Pale Blue Dot” by Carl Sagan to trace our human ancestry and show how small is our universe compared to other constellations. All the others shared life experiences to let students be aware of the challenges in adult working life and Darryn Chew emphasised on the need to be involved in co-curricular activities.
Fong Choon in front of the school office
The objective of the orientation – to help students expand their horizon, have the desire to improve their standard of English and be aware of the rich tradition of the school – were obviously achieved. It did not matter whether it was the OBA or Dato Lee who took the initiative. What is important is that the alumni members rose to the occasion when called upon to help in the orientation of the new students.
Puan Poon, the Asst Principal, and Puan Goh, the teacher in-charge, expressed appreciation for the effort, which was organised at short notice, and hope that this will be an annual affair to help new students to get to know MBS better.
The event finished with lunch in the school canteen.
Fong Choon in the school canteen
Lai Wing Fatt