Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

May 16, 2017

Happy Teacher’s Day

Filed under: from the editor — mollyosc @ 5:54 am

I am what I am today because of my teachers in Assunta Convent Petaling Jaya where I attended both primary and secondary schools before going to University of Malaya to major in the English Language & Literature. Those were the mid – 50s & 60s. Tunku Abdul Rahman proudly shouted ‘MERDEKA’ seven times when I was in lower primary and I was there with my father witnessing that historic moment in our nation’s history at the Selangor Club Padang (now renamed Dataran Merdeka). At assembly, our Headmistress shared with us the significance of this jubilant landmark that would change our nation. Then we sang the National Anthem and our school song, written, and sung here by our ex-headmistress Sr Enda Ryan (she’s a Dato now and a PR of Malaysia), teachers and students :

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Sing! Let all voices, unite in joyful harmony
Salute our school flag, the symbol of our unity
Brown and white the colours, which each of us must now uphold
Our good behaviour in school-and out- reaps joy untold

God bless our school, let your truth and love found here-in
Affect our lives day by day and keep the future free from sin
God bless our homes and our parents who take Your place
And may we prove gratitude, by using well our school days
Bless each of our teachers too,
for the loving care they shown to us
Bless each one of us and pupils of the past,
this is our prayer

School days are numbered and one day we must take our place
As loyal members of our beloved Malaysian race
Here in Assunta we live as one large family
In preparation for what our future lives must be

Where ever we go, over land or sky or sea
Our thoughts will turn to PJ and our Alma Mater Assunta
Ideals learnt here will guide us wherever we be
As we look back there will be that guiding star to light our way
Ever and evermore, to Assunta school we pledge loyalty
“Ad Veritatem Per Caritatem” – Assunta

Truth and charity will be our rule
We’ll be ever faithful to our school!

Listen here :

Assunta School Song

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What an uplifting song which we girls sang with all our hearts, spurring us onto greater heights ‘as loyal members of our beloved Malaysian race’. Here in Assunta, our Headmistress and teachers inspired us to be patriotic and colour blind. God loves all the little children of the world, red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight’. So we too must treat every girl, whatever race or religion, as a precious member of our Assunta family and love each one as God loves us.

Many of our teachers were dedicated, caring and so strict. We would be punished and even hit with a ruler for not doing our homework properly. None of us would dare to complain to our parents as they would always side the teachers. This would lead to another round of punishment at home because we deserved it. So we were forced to be disciplined and conscientious.

We were encouraged to read as much as possible. Every class had its own mini-library cabinet with its own class librarians, so we could read borrow books easily. I already loved to read even before kindergarten. Today I go everywhere with a book and read whenever and wherever I go – in the food courts, hypermarts, while waiting in a car for someone, in the hospital waiting room  etc. Old habits die hard.

Our spirit of caring and serving was inculcated at an early age. Whenever a teacher was absent, we were not left with a relief teacher. We went down to the Domestic Science room to help another sister prepare sandwiches and hot tea for girls who were too poor to afford to buy food during recess. Or Sr Enda would ask us all to go to the school porch where she would play the piano and teach us new songs and folk dances.

We studied in an environment where there were motivational posters on notice boards along the corridors and Sr Enda’s ‘Thought for the Week’ was written at the top of the blackboard in every classroom. Today, old girls like me are already grandmothers. Sr Enda is 89 years old and still keeping the Assunta Spirit alive by emailing all of us (yes she emails and has her own Facebook) her ‘Thought for the Week’ without fail. I have not heard of another HM whose care and dedication went to this extent way into our senior years. Have you? Here’s an example of her latest posting :

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Enda Ryan FMM endafmm@gmail.com [assunta] <assunta@yahoogroups.com>

May 14 (2 days ago)

to Assunta
 Hello LADIES,
” Life is like a tennis game——
You cannot win without serving “.
 
Love and GOD BLESS
Enda fmm

Sr. Enda Ryan FMM
ASSUNTA CONVENT
7 Lorong 4/52B, 46050 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Tel: +603.7782.4600 | Fax: +603.7784.1210
Email: endafmm@gmail.com
JOIN Assunta e-Alumni | Assunta Alumni @ Facebook
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I already wanted to be a teacher when I was in Standard One. Today, I have retired and am still teaching, sharing my love of the English Language with those who want to learn. I also conduct the Free Guitar class at TSNRA, another example of serving others learnt from my Assunta days.
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Students today are so different. They live in a cyber world mostly indoors and definitely excel in knowledge. But wisdom is something else – it comes from God and from experiences in life. We had no PCs when we were young and only had our first black and white 16-inch TV in Form 3. So we invented our own games with whatever we could find around us (rubber bands, frangipani flowers, angsana seeds  etc) and cycled everywhere.
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Most of all, we enjoyed ourselves learning and are now ever grateful for our dear old golden schooldays because of our teachers who shaped and moulded us to be better than who we were, and to be a blessing to others always.
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To all teachers out there, HAPPY TEACHER’S DAY
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Molly S.C. Ooi, TSNRA Media

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