Starwalk on their timetable

Students showing their enthusiasm for Penang Starwalk after collecting their goodie bags. With them is Goi (in front).

THOSE sitting for Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) will usually avoid taking part in any sporting activities close to the examination date.

But not for several Form Five students of SMK Convent Bukit Mertajam who are looking forward to joining Penang Starwalk 2019 on Oct 20.

School principal Goi Goit Sim said the Form Five girls were more than eager to take part in the event.

“They said it would be enjoyable and they don’t mind although the date of the walk is close to their exam dates, ’’ said Goi when met at the school where the students and teachers collected their goodie bags.

The event scheduled for Sept 22 was postponed to Oct 20 due to the recent haze.

School senior assistant for co-curriculum Yean Siew Shian said 123 students (Form One to Form Five) and teachers signed up for the walk this year.

She said the school’s students and teachers had taken part in the walk since it was held for the first time back in the 70s.

‘’This event is also part of our co-curriculum. We want the students to be active in sports besides studies, ’’ she said.

Also making the school proud are three Form Five students who won the national -level I-Quiz Challenge held at Sunway University in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 28.

M. Varshene Priyha, Yew Shi Kee and Cheah Vee Vien, all 17, had earlier emerged winners at the regional level, beating more than 200 students from Kedah, Perak and Penang.

Teacher Aasha Nambiar said this was the school’s first victory in the competition held annually by the Rotary Club.

‘’The girls were tested on general knowledge in history, geography, science, literature and others.

‘’They had to answer more than 50 subjective questions, ’’ she said.

Aasha said the girls were excited to get into the final.

“They read a lot and always ask questions.They are good students and I am proud of them having to prepare for the competition while revising for SPM, ’’ she said, adding that the girls won a trophy and a grant totalling RM108,600.

Varshene said the victory was unexpected.

‘’It was a real challenge as the competition was held in between SPM trials. All the effort was worthwhile, ’’ said Varshene who is the assistant head prefect and president of the Interact Club.

Vee Vien, who is president of the school’s Badminton Club and vice-president of the Entrepreneurs Club, said the girls were still shocked over the win.

Shi Kee, who holds a black belt in taekwondo, said they owed their victory to good time management.

‘’We didn’t really sit down and have serious discussions. But we met whenever we could to have casual talks about the topics for the event, ’’ she added.

The girls also won medals at the World Scholar’s Cup held in New York last November.

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