PETALING JAYA: “Thank you” are two simple words that never fail to put a smile on veteran teacher P.C. Chong’s face.
It may be a simple term to most individuals but for the 53-year-old, it means a lot more.
“We are like second parents to the students. Many students spend time and share happy and sad moments with us more than they do with their parents.
“Receiving thanks from any student means our effort has been recognised and acknowledged,” said the accounting teacher, who has taught at SMK Damansara Utama for 28 years.
Students, added Chong, would always be on a teacher’s mind no matter what day it was.
“My students are my motivation to come to school every day to teach,” said the passionate educator during the school’s Teachers Day celebration yesterday.
Fellow teacher Jayanthini P. Ananda, 53, agreed, saying that if it were not for the different types of students, teaching would be a bore.
“I love my students. Naughty students are a fun challenge. Without them, teaching would be boring,” said the Additional Mathematics teacher who has 29 years of experience under her belt.
Celebrating a day ahead of the official Teachers Day today, SMK Damansara Utama held a meaningful and fun day for its teachers.
While male teachers enjoyed a game of futsal with their students, female teachers got the opportunity to showcase their creativity through various activities, including cooking rendang, ketupat weaving, songket folding and more.
Describing Teachers Day as “special”, SMK Damansara Utama principal Zulaika A. Rahman said it is a “must happen” event.
“At SMK DU, we celebrate tradition with a twist. Besides having students perform, different activities are planned for teachers every year.
“Such activities can enhance cooperation among teachers,” she said, noting that the school’s tagline was “one team, one goal, one SMK DU”.
SMK Damansara Utama student Moh Guo Yi, 17, said teachers are the second most important people in his life.
“Many students take teachers’ love and attention for granted. We should instead give back equal or even more attention and love to them,” said the head prefect.
Assistant head prefect Leong Wei Li, 17, said the students enjoyed watching their teachers having fun.
“Teachers Day is a day they really deserve. It is the one day in a year where they can be carefree and really enjoy themselves,” she said.