A surprise treat for 20 educators are in store, all thanks to their students and Resorts World Genting.
WHILE most students can only dream of treating their favourite teachers to a well-deserved holiday, 20 students have managed to make it a reality –- without asking their parents to fork out a single sen.
In the month of May, students across the country sent e-mails on essays titled why their teachers deserved a holiday in Resorts World Genting. The mini contest was organised by The Star’s Newspaper-in-Education programme in conjunction with Teachers Day. Twenty students who won the judge’s heart with their writing flair, cohesion and reasons in their essays had their wish granted, courtesy of Resorts World Genting.
When going through the entries, contest judge NiE freelance trainer Teh Soo Choon looked for original ideas, flow, and language fluency. “The substance and ideas in the essays were quite similar, so I took into account the expression and writing style because this seems to differentiate the essays. Some just had the “wow” factor that drew the reader in.”
The 20 names of teachers listed here will be enjoying a two-day, one-night getaway to the cool highlands. These lucky teachers will enjoy a time of rest and relaxation with a line-up of activities prepared by the sponsor.
One of the students who clinched a holiday trip for her beloved teacher is Nur Aisyah Sofia Sulaiman, 16, from SMK Kampung Pasir Puteh, Ipoh, Perak. She said that she was happy to express her gratitude to her teacher Nisha Abdul Kadir, who teaches in the same school. “I would like to say a very big thank you to my teacher! She deserves the appreciation and the prize. Her dedication is priceless when compared to other things.”
“I am forever grateful for this opportunity. It’s a contest that I will never forget!” she added.
Another selected essay was written by student Harvind Nair Muralitharan, 14, from SMK Seri Kembangan, Selangor.
“I’m so happy and excited. I didn’t expect to win the contest at all!
“I’d like to thank my teacher Parameswari Nadarajan, for being such a good teacher. She is like a mother in school and I thank her for giving me knowledge,” he said.
When Sornavalli Dhanapalan, 15, heard that she had won her teacher Lau Yieng Yieng a trip to Genting Highlands, she was on cloud nine. “I was overjoyed that I could show my gratitude towards my teacher this way. Deep down in my heart, I truly felt that my teacher deserved a break from her hard work.”
She said that Lau had made learning interesting and engaging for all of her students. “Thank you very much for being such a dedicated and diligent teacher. You are an inspirational teacher with many brilliant qualities that I admire. You are the very best and most awesome teacher I have ever come across in my life. I am very thankful and grateful to have a wonderful teacher like you!”
Sornavalli also said that the contest provided a golden opportunity for students nationwide to give recognition to their teachers. She said: “Steve Jobs, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Hillary Clinton come from different walks of life but they all have one thing in common – teachers who inspired them to be the visionaries that they are today. Therefore, we should always be thankful to our teachers.”
Teachers were delighted when they found out that their students had made an effort to surprise them with an amazing holiday treat.
Siraj Bivi Asan Gany from SMK Hamid Khan, Penang, said that it was the most touching and wonderful gift for Teachers Day from her student Jaslin Kaur.
“A big hug and a sincere thank you, and my prayers to God to bless this child! I never expected that teaching would be so appreciated and I least expected a holiday reward. It feels great to be able to touch my students’ hearts and to have made some changes in their lives.”
“I have been in the teaching profession for the past 26 years and I have never looked back and regretted my decision to become a teacher. The perks and pay may not be much, but making a difference in students’ lives is the biggest reward for me.”
She also noted that the contest has given opportunities for students to express their feelings and appreciation towards their teachers. “This will surely inspire more young writers to come forward to share their feelings towards their favourite heroes and heroines in school.”
Another teacher Ng Wee Guek from SJK (C) Keh Seng, Melaka, said that the contest by The Star and sponsor Resorts World Genting, gives students opportunities to explore and learn more when it comes to writing in English. “Even my pupil’s mother was very happy when she found out.”
“I was very surprised that my student Koh Cia Sing wanted to write an essay about me for this competition. I’m thankful that he did this for me. It boosts a child’s confidence and motivates them to try more things in the future.”
“Cia Sing wrote that he liked the way I taught. I, too, enjoy teaching him. He is very creative and always has novel opinions about things. He is also able to answer HOTS (Higher Order Thinking Skills) questions well.”
THE two-day, one-night trip to Resorts World Genting for teachers is scheduled for November 2017. Here are the winning teachers. Congratulations to the teachers and their students!
■ Chan Yook Lean of SK Taman Bukit Maluri, Kuala Lumpur
■ Beatrice Grace Jayasingh of Sri Sempurna International School, Kuala Lumpur
■ Lau Yieng Yieng of SMK USJ 12, Subang Jaya, Selangor
■ Loo Mei Yee of SJK (C) Nan Kai, Kuala Lumpur
■ Moses Chong Sie Onn of SJK (C) Kuen Cheng 2, Kuala Lumpur
■ Ng Wee Gwek of SJK (C) Keh Seng, Melaka
■ Nisha Abdul Kadir of SMK Kampung Pasir Puteh, Ipoh, Perak
■ Parameswari Nadarajan of SMK Seri Kembangan, Selangor
■ Pragash Narayanan of SMK Datuk Haji Abdul Kadir, Penang
■ Thavamani Govindaraju of SK Bukit Rahman Putra, Sungai Buloh, Selangor
■ Sarah Hutchins of HELP International School, Shah Alam
■ Shoba Dev of Sekolah Bersepadu Kemayan, Negri Sembilan
■ Sim Soo Poy of SK Taman Bukit Maluri, Kuala Lumpur
■ Siraj Bivi Asan Gany of SMK Hamid Khan, Penang
■ Siti Ayuni Zakyudin of Maktab Rendah Sains Mara Langkawi, Kedah
■ Tan Eng Timb of SMK Kedai Buloh, Kota Baru, Kelantan
■ Tan Guat Suan of SMK Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
■ Tan Kong Yeou of SJK (C)
Shih Chung Cawangan, Penang
■ Violet Jesudass of SK St Anne’s Convent, Klang, Selangor
■ Yap Chew Kun of SJK (C) Lick Hung, Subang Jaya, Selangor