Dressed smartly in their graduation gowns and mortarboards, 107 six-year-olds marked an important milestone in life at their kindergarten graduation. Themed “Friends Forever”, the Tadika KinderJoy graduation ceremony-cum-concert recently at Dewan Leong Wan Chin, Ipoh paid tribute to the school’s principal and teachers, as well as parents.
Witnessed by families and friends, the kids, from both Chinese and English-medium classes, walked up confidently on stage to receive their certificates from guest-of-honour, Aznan bin Haji Alias, the Perak Education Department Head of Special and Private Education Sector.
In his speech, he complimented Tadika KinderJoy for achieving a high standard of early childhood education, thus gaining the department’s recognition as a Model Kindergarten in Perak. “I wish to congratulate the school and parents who have supported and co-operated with the Ministry of Education in all programmes and activities that are related to pre-school education.”
At this 18th graduation concert, Tadika KinderJoy also presented their former students with the “High Achiever Award” for outstanding achievement in academic and co-curricular activities in primary school.
Alumna Evelyn Chye Zi Qing, now a Year Two student at SJK(C) Ave Maria Convent, Ipoh, received the Honourable Mention Award in the Malaysia-ASEAN Science and Math Olympiad 2014. Her friend, Lam Shiao Rue, also a former Tadika KinderJoy pupil and now studying in the same school, received first prize in a recent English action song competition. A total of 16 alumni were presented with the “High Achiever Award”.
Once the formalities were over, dressed in colourful costumes, class by class, the graduates performed to an appreciative audience consisting of proud teachers, family and friends. The children, who will embark on their primary education next year, sang and danced their hearts out to the delight of those who attended the ceremony.