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Write about the evident changes that had taken place in your school in the last five years
 
My school is reputed to be one of the premier schools in Malaysia. It boasts a tradition of good academic results as well as active involvement in sporting activities. In the last five years, a few changes have taken place in the school in the areas of leadership, sporting emphasis, cultural activities and academic curriculum. These have added tremendously to the vibrancy of the school culture.

The biggest change has to be in the leadership of the school. The last principal we had was Mr Adam who had gained our respect through his quiet demeanor and benevolence. He was always walking around the school and chatting with the pupils to find out more about them. His relationship with the staff was also good, with the latter always supportive of his plans for the school. But we were sorry to see him go when he was posted to the Ministry of Education five years ago. Initially, his replacement, Mr Ismail, was viewed with much skepticism when he came. After all, we were used to Mr Adam's friendly style of handling matters. Mr Ismail was very professional in the way he handled the school. He introduced a firm discipline and professionalism into the school. With time, the entire school was convinced that his different style had ultimately the same aim which is to make our school the best in the country. For that, he won our respect and support. The results of his leadership became obvious when our school topped the school rankings four years in a row.

Another change that he brought about was a different emphasis in our co-curricular activities. Before his arrival, we participated in all sports regardless of whether we were good at them. This meant that we had spread our resources thin because a total of twenty sports were on our school calendar. When he reviewed our sporting achievements, Mr Ismail decided that we should consolidate our position in the sporting arena by concentrating on a total of twelve sports. As a result, twelve of the most popular sports were selected and pupils were redeployed to them from the other eight. The pupils were trained intensively in their preferred sport and in no time at all, posed a serious challenge to the champions at school level. As a result, we won the coveted title of `Top Sporting School' for two years running. We are looking forward to making it three times in a row this year.

Our school had never been particularly concerned about cultural activities, probably because we were a boys' school. But Mr Ismail ensured that we obtained a regular dose of culture by inviting cultural performances to our school during the assembly. As a result, we were introduced to Chinese opera, Malay wayang kulit, Indian classical dances and instruments as well as folk dancing. These were at first greeted by much derision because the prevailing opinion was that boys did not need these developments. But we came to realize that we stood to gain from understanding more about the local culture, and our attention was gradually arrested by these weekly performances. In the end, we added a new dimension to our development.

Our curriculum also got an overhaul with Thinking Skills being incorporated on every level and into every subject. This was because the Ministry of Education had emphasized the need to imbue the pupils with Thinking Skills as it would enable them to be proactive and creative working adults. This shift in mindset was welcomed by the teachers who were often heard lamenting that the testing system had been created for the exam-smart students. They launched full-steam into using Thinking Skills in lessons and project work began to take the place of tedious homework. As a result, lessons have become livelier and more creative. We have also become more independent in problem solving.

My school has certainly blossomed into a more dynamic learning environment in the last five years. Whether it is in studies or sports, all pupils have been given the opportunity to develop their potential with expert guidance. It has become a school that I am proud to be associated with.

     
benevolence   compassion
     
coveted   popular
     
imbue   instill
 
 

 

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