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Describe what you see and hear during the daily midday break in your school
 
SSM High is situated in the heart of Rockwell town. It is not one of the better known schools, having just a history of four years since its inception. I have been a student there ever since its founding and will have fond memories of it when I leave.

The midday break, or recess time, as it is popularly known in Malaysian schools, is indeed a welcome break indeed. Schooling in Malaysia starts at an early morning hour and sleepy-eyed students have a hurried breakfast or no breakfast at all before they go to school. Hence, the break is a time to fill up the students' hungry stomachs. There are healthy appetites, hunger pangs and thirsty throats at this time. Also, it is a welcome rest from the morning's academic load as most of the `heavy' study subjects like Mathematics, Science or History are conducted before the break.

There are two recess times. The first, at 10:10 am, is for the secondary one and two students. The second, twenty minutes later, is for the upper secondary students. At the welcome ringing of the bells signaling the first break, there is a purposeful march of many hurried footsteps zeroing in to the food haven represented by the canteen on the ground floor. Wearing white shirts and khaki pants for boys and pinafores for girls, the uniformed students will break the morning silence with their footsteps and their constant chatter which will reach its peak after their stomachs are filled.

There will be some students who will stay behind in class, being detained by last minute work or those who prefer to skip recess. The majority, however, will form themselves in front of the food stalls they fancy on that day.

The most popular stall in the past was Auntie Alifah's. Her mixed rice dishes included favorites like the French fries and golden brown chicken wings. However, French fries has been banned on the orders of the School Health Board due to high calories and chicken wings limited to being sold two days in a week. The food at Auntie Alifah's is tasty and the students with hearty appetites gorge themselves on white rice smothered with brown soy sauce or curry gravy.

Uncle Ali's orange 'Mee Siam' and yellow 'Mee Rebus' noodle dishes also see patient queues of eager students in front of it. Pupils who order piping hot noodle soup dishes from his stall can be seen taking care to avoid spilling any drop of soup.

Recently, there have been more healthy dishes introduced in the canteen. Brightly-coloured orange slices and dried pineapple snacks are displayed by the vendors, while yoghurt-based ice cream replaced the dairy ones.

The drinks stall is another popular point. We used to order fizzy drinks. However, recently, we have been encouraged to partake of healthy drinks like barley or fruit juices which are now often seen besides the brown malt drinks on the tables.

Groups of students usually congregate in their favorite places. The boys will usually occupy the back of the canteen while the girls will sit on the front benches. An observer would note that the students would sit with their friends or class. Malay pupils and Indian students talk animatedly, partaking of their favorite ethnic dishes. This is the only time an observer will hear chatter in Mandarin, Tamil or Malay. For the rest of the day, the pupils converse mostly in Malay or English, as encouraged by the school.

The canteen is the noisiest spot in school at this time. Giggles and shrieks are occasionally heard from some lower secondary girls, while loud shouts can be heard from some exuberant boys. This is the only time when loud noises are tolerated. The senario is slightly quieter when the seniors move in for their food.

There will be lower secondary boys who will have very hurried snacks and then head for the cooling areas in our school to play some games. Some students are seen with their Chinese chess sets or international chess sets under the cool shady spots with tables and benches, competing against each other during the limited time allocated. Avid supporters are seen behind both sides cheering for their friends for making a brilliant move.

Groups of chattering pupils will be seen lining the corridors outside their classes. This is a time when appointments and plans will be made for the hours after school. The chatter may also involve the latest developments in school.

Eagle-eyed prefects sporting smart red ties and supervised by the teacher on duty will be hovering around, keeping a watch on students who do not return their utensils to their bins.

When the bell sounds for the end of the break, the lower secondary students will return reluctantly to their classes while the seniors are already descending on the canteen. The scenes will then be repeated again.

These are the sights and sounds at the midday break in my school and I will carry fond memories of these when I leave school.

     
pinafores   girls school uniform
     
congregate   come together
     
avid   ardent
 
 

 

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