IT was a bittersweet moment for SK Sungai Gelugor headmistress Rohani Ali, who had been with the school for two decades, when she was given an early birthday-cum-retirement treat by teachers and students of the school.
Rohani, who turned 60 on April 13, cut a birthday cake and was given a farewell a day earlier.
Rohani was touched by the poetry recital, boria and dance performances put up by the students.
In her farewell speech at the school in Penang, she said she would miss the school and that being part of it was “the greatest 20 years” in her career.
The ceremony ended with her walking for the last time along the school’s hallway before getting into her car.
Teacher Mahani Mohamed Eusoff, 42, described Rohanias a loving headmistress and a strict teacher.
“When I joined this school, Rohani was teaching Bahasa Malaysia and she was a dedicated teacher,” she said.
Rohani was promoted as the school senior assistant (student affairs) and later as headmistress.
Rohani said she would miss her days at the school, which is the country’s oldest Malay school.
“Although I had never studied in this school, it is very dear to my heart.
“I will not forget all those who have supported me throughout my career in education,” said Rohani, adding she had been in the education sector for 38 years.
She added that during her years as an educator, she had practised the five principles that she holds dearly in life — to have respect for others, to be broad-minded, to be cooperative, to give and receive and to be thoughtful.