SSV Beta Orion is situated in a quiet lane in a residential area. It is an
average neighborhood school and the students are mainly from the surrounding
On the first day of school, there is inevitably a traffic
jam before the school opens its session at 7.30 a.m. Parents drive their cars
near the school's main and side gates to drop off their children or attempt to
get into the adjoining car park. Taxis are also seen as the school is situated
some kilometers from the main road.
The air is still fresh at this time and the cries of birds and the early rays
of warm sunshine signal the start of the new day. The older teenage students of
the Form Three and Four classes can be distinguished by their taller frames and
the fact that the boys sport long sleeves while the younger ones are dressed in
short sleeves. Uniforms are white and a red tie is spotted once in a while, worn
by prefects on duty.
The elder boys and girls can also be distinguished by their familiarity with
the school. They do not have an air of nervousness, which the Form One boys and
girls have, being in an unfamiliar and new environment. The seniors, however,
look relaxed, considering this is the start of a new year. The older girls
huddle in groups around shady corridors,
while the boys are seen around the car porch. The girls are making small talk,
gathering news and feedback on what is the latest in school or keeping up to
date with what their friends did in the holidays. The older boys would be more
inclined to discuss current affairs or the latest fad among them. Quite a few
boys are casting glances at the shiny new cars which belong to some teachers.
Confidence is also seen in the behavior of the Form Two students. In fact,
some of the boys can be seen playing on the field, while some of the girls can
be spotted playing tag along the corridors.
It is easy to spot the newcomers in school. The Secondary One boys and girls
are gathered together with some parents in the canteen. You can tell from the
anxious and curious looks on their faces that they are unfamiliar with the
school. Most of these students are also carrying heavy school bags as they are
uncertain about what to bring.
The canteen itself is stirring to life. Food stallholders are busy preparing
ingredients to cook the food for the students when they have their midday break.
The teachers are all gathering in the staff room, busily assembling their lesson
materials or catching up with colleagues about what they did in the holidays.
The office is a hive of activity and some anxious parents are waiting there to
discuss admission matters with the heads of department.
At 8.30 a.m., the school bell rings. Promptly, the older students fall into
place in neat rows and lines on the school quadrangle. Teachers stand behind the
students. The new students are escorted to
the hall on the first floor by some teachers and prefects.
At this time on the quadrangle, the sun is beating down. The principal mounts
the podium, greets the teachers and pupils and turns around to face the flag
post. Then the National Anthem is played and the flag of Malaysia is raised.
Everyone sings the familiar strains of the song which they know by heart. After
this, the vice-principal makes the announcements and reminds students to
exert discipline and obey school rules. The
assembly is then dismissed and the students file quietly to their respective
classes. This signals the beginning of a new school year for the school.