SJK(C) Hu Yew Seah welcomed the Year of the Rat with a wish for more pupils and better times.
Over 200 pupils, teachers and well-wishers took part in Chinese New Year festivities at the small school in Madras Lane, George Town, Penang.
Headmistress Lee Hoong Kee said they hoped the Year of the Rat would bring good fortune in the form of more pupils.
“So far, 212 pupils have registered with us this year, ” she said in her speech at the school hall on Wednesday.
“Many other vernacular schools in the city have recorded lower enrolment this year because many families in the city are moving out to other areas.
“But we are hopeful that parents will still support us by sending their children here.
“We assure them that we will provide wholesome and modern education, despite being a small school.”
Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng said Chinese New Year is a non-religious cultural celebration.
“Fortunately, many Chinese schools now have pupils of different races and backgrounds, ” he said at the event.
“This provides a chance to learn more about the festivals and traditions of others.
“We hope the state’s initiative to provide more affordable housing in George Town will result in more parents sending their children to city schools.
“According to statistics provided by the state, a total of 2,093 new affordable housing units on the island have been built.
“We believe there will be more units built here in the near future and we hope future residents will remember the small schools instead of going after big and popular schools.
“Small schools may not be well- known, but the teachers there will be able to provide more care and attention to the pupils.”
Earlier, several pupils took part in a new year-themed colouring and calligraphy competition.
Guests and the school’s board members also joined in a yee sang-tossing session.
Members of Lions Club of Tanjung Star also presented five needy pupils with a cheque totalling RM1,940.
Chapter president Raymin Yew said the donation was meant for the pupils’ Hearty Breakfast Programme this year.
“Each pupil will receive breakfast worth RM388 for the entire year.
“SJK(C) Hu Yew Seah is the fourth school to receive the funds.
“It is important for pupils to take their breakfast each day as it will help them focus in class, ” he said after handing over the sponsorship to Lee.
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