A PRINCIPAL who had much love for her students and staff was given a befitting send-off – in a helicopter ride.
SMK (P) Sri Aman principal Datin Noorul Aini Ambak retired in style when she received a grand send-off last Friday by her teachers, students and parents.
Both Noorul Aini’s husband and father joined her on the EC 120 Colibri model helicopter ride from the school field. The teachers sponsored the farewell send-off.
Former student Nuhidayati Muhamad, 18, said she remembered Noorul Aini as a cool principal while Hanizulaikha Zalisyam, also 18, said Noorul Aini often took her students’ feedback seriously.
“She would walk around the school and ask us, the students, if the teachers are okay. She took note of our feedback,” added Hanizulaikha.
Another former student Sheann Goh, 18, said she enjoyed the four-day study camp organised by the principal at Universiti Malaya.
“The entire Form Five batch experienced a fun study camp in the university and we loved it,” she said.
During the farewell ceremony, Noorul Aini, who joined the school as principal in 2010, said she started her career in 1980 as a teacher at an all boys school and ended her career in an all girls school.
“I remember while I was teaching at an all boys school, decades ago, there were times some would be punching each other at the back of the class. I would have to stop teaching and intervene.
“At Sri Aman, the girls are well-behaved and we don’t have such problems,” she said.
She thanked her father Ambak Mohamed, 86, and her husband Datuk Mohd Zambri Zainuddin for their encouragement and support towards her career progress.
Noorul Aini attributed the success of Sri Aman to its teachers, parents and students.
“Excellence comes from a network of support from teachers, parents and students,” she said.
Her advice for other school principals was to always believe in their staff, treat all students equally and to cultivate leadership among students.
“I love children. Here in Sri Aman the leadership among the girls is great,” she said.
She hoped the students would focus on their academics, excel in co-curricular activities and on character building.