Making friends across the seas


  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 24 Jul 2019

IT was a morning filled with fun, laughter and camaraderie between pupils of SJK (C) Chung Shan in Penang and Yeongdu Elementary School from South Korea.

Some of the pupils happily danced and sang the popular Malaysian folk song, ‘Rasa Sayang, Eh!’, while others clapped away to its rhythm.

Year Four and Five pupils from SJK (C) Chung Shan performed an action song and took part in a traditional fashion show so that their friends from South Korea could better understand the Malaysian culture.

In return, pupils from Yeongdu Elementary School performed a song while playing sogeum (small bamboo transverse flute used in traditional Korean music), besides singing a Korean folk song.

The Malaysian pupils were excited and cheered on their counterparts when they performed some Korean pop dance steps.

(Right) The maze escape game keeping the children entertained. (Below) Children queuing up for the London Bridge game.
The maze escape game keeping the children entertained.

SJK (C) Chung Shan principal Lim Yuet Gnoh said 15 students aged between 10 and 11, six teachers and two parents from Yeongdu Elementary School took part in the cultural exchange programme.

“We started communicating with Yeongdu Elementary School in Busan, South Korea, since November last year.

“We have video conferencing session with them through Skype once a month and our pupils will come up with a topic to share with their friends in South Korea,” she said in her opening speech recently.

Pupils from both schools enjoying a game of congkak.(Below) Chung Shan pupils taking part in a traditional fashion show.
Pupils from both schools enjoying a game of congkak. 

She said the Korean pupils, who were in Penang from July 13 to 16, were introduced to various local food and taken sightseeing round Penang and Taiping.

“I hope that these activities would help us understand each other better, build lasting friendships and obtain cultural and life-long learning,” she said.

Later in the afternoon, the pupils played traditional games such as congkak, batu seremban and maze escape.

They also tried their hands at making Chinese cultural crafts and shrink art.

Children watching in awe as a pupil from Yeongdu Elementary School in South Korea perform a pop dance move during the cultural exchange at SJK (C) Chung Shan, Penang. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star
Children watching in awe as a pupil from Yeongdu Elementary School in South Korea perform a pop dance move during the cultural exchange at SJK (C) Chung Shan, Penang. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

Lim said a letter of intent for cooperation was also signed between both schools to build a sister school relationship.

She noted that the Korean pupils stayed at the homes of the local pupils during their visit to Penang to experience the local culture.

Yeongdu pupils playing a tune with the sogeum musical instrument.
Yeongdu pupils playing a tune with the sogeum musical instrument.

SJK (C) Chung Shan has 285 pupils and 20 teachers.

A letter of intent for cooperation was also signed between five Chinese primary schools in the southwest district of Penang and SJK (C) Chung Shan.

SJK (C) Chin Hwa (Pantai Acheh), SJK (C) Poi Eng, SJK (C) Yeok Hua, SJK (C) Pulau Betong, SK St George Balik Pulau and SJK (C) Chung Shan pledged to forge ties as sister schools.

Also present were Yeongdu Elementary School principal Jung In Ja, SJK (C) Chung Shan board of directors chairman Tan Lai Theng, state Education Department English language officer Adnan Ab Halim as well as southwest district education officers Rozeerozanna Rosli and Izemar Jamaludin.

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