We are a noisy lot, that is what our teachers say about us. This is largely due
to Ah Keong. He is the noisiest of us all. His voice is like that of a bull frog
but volumes louder. It seems that he cannot talk softly. Actually he does not
talk, he shouts. Perhaps his living with his family of ten children has
something to do with it.
In this noisy bunch lives a boy who hardly ever opens his mouth. This is
Padma, the boy who sits next to me. He is such a gentle and soft creature that
one would think that he is a sissy. This is
not so. No one dares call him one for he is a member of the school's Karate
Then there is Doris, our class monitor. She sits right in front of the
teacher's table. She is such a model student that all the teachers love her. We
all love her for she does not boss us around.
She has given up doing that long ago. All she does is to make sure that the
teachers have sufficient chalk and that the classroom is clean.
Right at the back of the class sits our class sleepy-head. Mat seems to need
more sleep than others. He catches cat-naps in between lessons. The
astounding thing is that he can fall asleep
almost instantly. The moment the teacher leaves after a lesson, Mat's snores
start up and we know he is at it again. Remarkably he wakes up when the next
Every class has a clown. Our class has Jack, otherwise known as "Jacko The
Clown". He is always up to some prank or other, putting tails on the boys'
pants, frogs in the girls' desks and powdered chalk on the teacher's chair. So
when we hear a girl scream or see men-teachers strolling around with chalk on
the seat of their pants, we know that Jacko has struck again.
The other classmates too have their own unique personalities. Each
contributes his or her part to our class. All in all we are a group of young
children who perhaps are a bit noisy at times, but on the whole are well-behaved
and pleasant to be with.