Star pupils

WHICH celebrity would best play Madame Forrestier, a character from The Necklace? For Zalina Ahmad and Sharifah Maimunah Syed Abdullah, American Idol judge Paula Abdul would make a perfect Madame Forrestier because of her penchant for jewellery and expensive clothes.  

If they couldn’t get her to play Forrestier, Rosamund Kwan would do instead, they said. Zalina and Sharifah were participants at a Newspaper in Education (NiE) workshop for teachers held at SMK Bidor, Perak recently.  

A total of 32 secondary school teachers from the Batang Padang district took part in the workshop which is part of Star- NiE’s programme and co-sponsored by Pizza Hut.  

Star-NiE trainer Teh Soo Choon who conducted the workshop said the variety of news makes the newspaper “inter-disciplinary”.  

“It can be related to all the subjects taught in the classroom like languages, maths, science, and geography.” 

Zalina (left) and Sharifah Maimunah became casting directors during the Star-NiE workshop in Bidor.

She further added that newspapers contained “millions of words” that were relevant, practical and in use everyday. Students get to see and read these words being used correctly. 

As part of the workshop, the teachers were required to put themselves in their students' shoes for half a day. They readily got down to their task and gamely tackled all the challenges put forward by Teh. 

The Star was punned many times as the teachers cheekily decided to go with group names that included the word star like Starlets, Stargazers, Star Ladies, Star Troopers, Jo-Star and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.  

Laughingly, Teh said that hopefully they would not get “all starry-eyed” in the end with so many stars around! 

The teachers created speech bubbles, told stories, became photographers, models and even directors.  

In A Backfired Experiment, using five unrelated pictures found in The Star, Starlets created a story about how an experiment to turn termites into useful household items destroyed everything when it exploded in their faces. 

The workshop was organised with the help of the Batang Padang district education department and SMK Bidor. 

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