What a School!
When I was around 8 years old, my family moved to this beautiful city called Penang in Malaysia. Although I don’t quite remember all the experiences that I had back then, there are certain experiences that I can never forget. It is none other than my wonderful school life experience in Malaysia!
I got to study in a school that follows the British Curriculum. You must be wondering, what is so fascinating about that ?!
While I was in India, I studied in a school that had study periods throughout the day, game periods once a week while other extracurricular activities were not even encouraged As you can guess, yes, I eventually got used to this kind of schooling and accepted that this is how my entire school life is going to be.
Later on , when I moved to Malaysia I found it difficult to adapt to the completely different culture at the school. My classroom had people from all over the world such as Korea, the USA, Germany, South Africa, Singapore, China and what not. As a 8-year-old kid, I was afraid that I would not be able to make any friends in my classroom. That’s when my class teacher came in and introduced me to everyone in the classroom :) I eventually started making friends and oh boy, I looked forward to going to school every single day.
Not just the friends, I found every single class to be both informative and engaging. Just to give you an example, the usual way one learns tables is by rote learning. But here, I learned tables through a game. So here’s the game-the class was randomly divided into two teams, Team A & Team B, and their names were written in chits which were put in two different bowls. Then the teacher would read out the question aloud (say 8x9) and randomly pick one chit from each bowl. Whoever answers the question first, their team gets the point. This way, each of us kept revising tables to answer a maximum number of questions and to win as a team.
The next particular instance that I remember about this school was that they had a separate period to read a novel. Yes, you read it right, a separate period to read a novel! The teacher would read the novel aloud and each of us would also have the same copy of the novel. This is where I inculcated the habit of reading novels. I still remember that the first novel that we read in the novel period was the ever-famous “ Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl. I went on to read all the books written by this great author. There was also a separate class hour that was dedicated to learning about different cultures and religions around the world. These were just a few experiences that I remember in detail. I also got to learn yoga, running and football at this school.
All in all, I can say that I still wish I never moved to another school. Unfortunately, I had to move to another country as my dad was transferred. If given a chance, I would love to go back to the school to see how things have changed now.