Celebrating with colours, pashminas and good food

IF YOU are porcelain white like Catherine Zeta-Jones or dark-skinned like Whoopi Goldberg, you are a “winter” person and your colours are fuchsia, emerald green, black and white.  

But if you have a yellowish skin tone like Nicole Kidman, you are likely to be a “spring” person and the most flattering colours for you would be pastels like daffodil yellow and light green. 

With lots of valuable tips and eye-opening demonstrations from image consultant Cynthia Soh, teachers will never look at their clothes the same way again. 

I “shawl” always remember Star-NiE's eighth anniversary high-tea.

“How many of you don't need to think about what to wear every morning?” asked Soh during her Colour & Style session at Star-NiE's eighth anniversary high tea celebration for teachers. 

Not surprisingly, only a couple of hands went up. She asked those teachers who put up their hands in jest: “Do you wear uniforms?” 

With the keen eyes of students evaluating what they wear, teachers nowadays have become more fashion-conscious than ever, making Soh's presentation much welcomed.  

Picking models from among the teachers at the high tea, Soh showed through simple demonstrations how some colours were obviously right or wrong for different skin tones. 

Some of the “models” were amazed at their transformation with the right swab of coloured fabric across their upper body and just a few simple and appropriate accessories like spectacles, tudung and scarves. 

“Now I know which colours will suit me best,” said upper secondary teacher Harbans Kaur, an “autumn” person who was one of Soh's models. 

Harbans was one of over 200 teachers who were feted at Eastin Hotel on Thursday. Many of them braved heavy rain and traffic jams to attend the event.  

The English, science and maths teachers came mainly from the Klang Valley although there were a handful from Seremban, Penang and Johor.  

They ranged from veteran teachers to those fresh out of teacher's training college, coming from both rural and urban schools. 

As with every year's celebrations, Star-NiE and its partner in NiE, Pizza Hut, took the opportunity to show their appreciation to the teachers who support the newspaper-in-education programme. 

Many of the teachers used the occasion to network and catch up with old friends and colleagues. Some took the opportunity to exchange ideas on how best to use the newspaper and the NiE pullout in their lessons, while others shared amusing stories and experiences they had with their students. 

Several teachers from schools that took part in the Best School Newspaper Awards (BSNA) 2005 were heard speculating when the contest results would be out, as well as their students' chances of clinching the top prize of the trip to Melbourne.  

As remarked by The Star's senior editor, education, Leanne Goh in her speech, this year's anniversary saw the return of the annual high tea celebration after a three-year hiatus. 

Last year's celebration involved a cruise on the SuperStar Virgo, while the two years before saw teachers being rewarded with a trip to Perth, Australia. 

Goh thanked the teachers for their support, and putting an end to the earlier speculation, announced that the results for the BSNA 2005 would be out next week. 

Teachers were asked to use their finger to check their upper jaw line to determine their facial shape as thiswould help them determine what shape of eyewear, accessories and hairstyle they should sport.

At the end of the high tea, teachers went away with beautifulPashmina shawls in various hues as a door gift as well as memories of a lovely afternoon.  

Not forgetting teachers in the northern region, Star-NiE and Pizza Hut will be organising another high tea at the Northam All Suite Hotel in Penang tomorrow. 

Happy eighth anniversary, Star-NiE, and a big thank you to all the teachers who have stayed with us through the years!  

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