HAVING climbed the first rung on the education ladder, pre-schoolers from three kindergartens took centre stage as they showcased their budding talents in a series of concerts and graduation ceremonies held recently.
Tadika Sekolah Sri Kuala Lumpur, St Nicholas Montessori Centre and Kinderworld Montessori Centre conducted separate “convocations” for the tiny tots who will be entering Year One next year.
For 100 pupils of Tadika Sekolah Sri Kuala Lumpur, the graduation cum concert kicked-off with a video presentation, entitled Showcase 2003, which covered the many activities they took part in throughout the year.
Family and friends packed the hall of Sekolah Sri Kuala Lumpur in Subang Jaya, Selangor, as the pre-schoolers staged several dance performances.
Leading the way was the Sri KL Ballet troupe, followed by the Kelantan wau bulan dance, a fast-paced Tamil number, the popular Spanish Ketchup Song and a Chinese prosperity dance.
OM Education general manager Hanif Merican thanked parents for their support and commended the children for their early achievement, wishing them well as they move on to Year One.
The little graduates looked smart in their black and gold robes and mortar boards as they lined up to receive their graduation scrolls. Pupils who had shown good academic progress were presented trophies. Hanif also awarded certificates to 20 parents in appreciation of their contributions to various school programmes.
Tadika Sekolah Sri KL principal Darshan Kaur said its graduation ceremony was part of the school’s programme to encourage public speaking and build self-confidence.
After a spirited rendition of the national anthem, the preschoolers headed for the school canteen for a celebration lunch, with parents and teachers in tow.
Revelling in a huge bash to mark a new milestone was exciting for 172 children from Summit Early Childhood Educare's St Nicholas Montessori Centre.
Children from the centre's four kindergartens – Taska Sri Emas in Bandar Utama, Tadika Mega Child, USJ 11, Tadika Sri Bunga Raya in Rawang and Tadika Sri Emas in Klang – came together to stage a 12-performance concert which preceded the graduation ceremony last month.
The event began with a unique opening presentation by representatives of each graduating batch who then delivered short welcoming speeches in Bahasa Malaysia, English, Mandarin and Tamil.
Reflecting this year's theme – Our Colourful World – performances ranged from a Maori dance to a narration of Sinbad and His Adventures, and a musical on Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.
Other items in the concert were The Colours of Bollywood – a lively song and dance rendition by five-year-olds, and joget, wau bulan, dayung sampan and endang dance performances.
The three-hour event also highlighted pupils' vocal ability as they sang popular songs like The Carpenters' Top of the World, The Happy Exercise Song and a Mandarin hit, A Bright Ray of Sunshine Smile.
“We foster early childhood education through character building via a highly specialised curriculum which we believe will contribute to national development,” said senior business manager Howard J. Mlakar
Meanwhile, Kinderworld Montessori Centre's concert and graduation last week was a fun-filled family event.
Dressed in elaborate and colourful costumes, 26 pupils received their scrolls and staged a series of performances.
Crowd favourites included Men In Black, a dance number with boys and girls out on stage in black suits and black shades, and a special appearance by six toddlers wearing E.T. inspired outfits.
A cheer-dance performance given by special guest, The Vulcanz of SMK Seafield – who won the Best Newcomer Award at Cheer 2003 organised by The Star – added inspiration to the programme. The 10-member squad performed three high-energy cheer routines with nifty moves.
The concert culminated with a short Beauty and the Beast skit, which not only brought out the children's natural talents but also boosted their self-confidence and creativity.
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