JOHOR BARU: Underprivileged pupils who did well in the Ujian Pencapaian Sekolah Rendah (UPSR) trial examination here were treated to fairy-tale movie Pan to celebrate their achievement.
For most of them, this was their first time watching a movie in a cinema.
The pupils from four schools around Gelang Patah near here – SK Tanjung Adang, SK Pendas Laut, SK Tanjung Kupang and SK Morni Pok – were excited as they queued to enter the cinema along with the staff of Country Garden Pacificview Sdn Bhd recently.
SK Tanjung Adang student Nuradila Ranmani, who scored three A's and two B's in the trial examination, said it was a new experience for her and friends as she had never been to a cinema before.
“It was an amazing experience and the cinema is very grand,” she said.
“I am very grateful for the chance and I will study hard for the upcoming UPSR to make my parents proud,” she added.
Her classmate Nur Husni Pathini Ipran said she caught the Pan movie trailer on the Internet.
“But I never imagined that I would get the chance to watch it at the cinema,” said the 12-year-old.
“I was thankful as I did not “have to persuade my father to take me to the movie,” Nur Husni said.
“I know of my family’s financial situation, and I understand,” said the girl who scored two A's and three B's in the trial exam.
SK Pendas Laut pupil Mohd Khairul Syamil Ibrahim, 12, who also has never been to a cinema before, said the movie treat was “like a dream come true”.
“I read several Peter Pan books and watched the cartoons but to be here today and watch the movie with all my friends and teachers is the best experience,” he said.
“I will never forget this day,” he added.
Country Garden Pacificview corporate communication and media head Hezrin Ali said the event was organised to strengthen the relationship between its staff, Johor media as well as children from their foster schools.
“About 20 pupils and teachers from the four schools were treated to a fun movie treat along with food and beverages,” he said.
“The purpose is to inject some motivation for them to study hard in order to get the best results in exams.”