“Last year we did the longest calligraphy and we got into the Malaysia Book of Records for the first time. Our second record is in conjunction with the Dragon Boat Festival. Instead of having it in the sea, we are converting the school field into one with a dragon and more,” said Mr Lau Swee Mun, the principal of SMJK Sam Tet to Ipoh Echo while standing in the middle of the field which was dotted with rows of tables wrapped in blue-coloured paper, resembling the sea.
“This is something beyond classroom education. Through this, students would not only be able to learn about the culture, they could learn teamwork as well. Plus, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” the principal of the school since December 2011 added. The practice started in the beginning of May.
The largest participation in a zongzi and ketupat-making event took place on Monday, June 15. A total of 2015 rice dumplings and ketupat were completed in 30 minutes through the labour of love of 90 parents, 144 teachers and 1781 students (Form 1 to Form 6) of various races.
Guest of honour, Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, the Executive Councillor for Health, Transportation and Non-Islamic Affairs presented the certificate from the Malaysia Book of Records to the Cluster School of Excellence.
“I am glad and excited. This is my first time, hence it is very meaningful for me,” Alice Chai, an Upper 6 student and a member of the working committee, told Ipoh Echo when asked for her comments on that historic morning.
“I am proud to be a part of the committee to coordinate things,” said Yin Khar Shin, a classmate of Alice.