PENANG: While many pupils were excited about the school holidays, a wave of nostalgia gripped pupils of SJK(C) Min Sin instead on the last day of school yesterday.
This was because the pupils not only bid farewell to their friends and teachers but also to their school at Jalan Macalister, which is being relocated to a new building at Jalan Tun Dr Awang in Relau.
Year Four pupil See Tho Chung Chen could not hold back his tears as he said goodbye to his best friends and classmates, Aaron Khor Zheng Feng and Tan Wei Hau, who were transferring to a Chinese primary school nearer to their homes.
“I am going to miss my friends terribly. I will be all alone in the new school,” said See Tho in between sobs while being consoled by Khor and Tan.
Year Four pupil Vivian Tan, however, said she was excited and anxious to start schooling in a new environment next year.
“I heard from the teachers that the environment in the new school is more comfortable and conducive,” she said.
K. Ramajayam, 45, an administrative employee of the school, said that although he looked forward to working at a new place, he would miss the old school building, which has been like his “second home” for the past 24 years.
“I have worked under 11 headmasters and headmistresses and all the teachers have always treated me as one of the family although I am the only Indian in the school,” he added.
Parent Looi Toong Hong, 49, took a day off from work to take photos of his seven-year-old son, Saw Ping, during his last day of school.
“My son wanted me to come and take photographs of the school for his remembrance,” he said, adding that his son would be transferred to another Chinese primary school as the new school in Relau was too far away from his Khaw Sin Bee Road residence.
Headmaster Ng Ah Hoo, 50, said there were 50 pupils in the school, 20 of whom would be relocated to the new school and another 20 would be enrolled in other nearby schools. Ten Year Six pupils will be continuing their education at secondary schools.
The school, which was set up in 1936 at Gladstone Road, moved into its present double-storey building at Jalan Macalister in 1966. The building is now in the process of being sold.
The technical committee chairman for the new school building, P’ng Sim Guan, said the new RM5.5mil four-storey school was now 90% completed and should be ready at the end of this month.