I thought today was the finals for the Teachers’ Parliamentary Debate, but it wasn’t really.
It was Part II of the semi-finals. The finals would be in Ipoh on the 14th and 15th of May. I’m confused though, why the winning team from yesterday’s debate would be battling another team today as part of the semi-finals, meaning that the semi-finals were between 3 teams instead of 4. @.@
I had no idea before this, but today I found out that yesterday was actually Johor vs. Wilayah, and since Wilayah won, today’s debate was actually Wilayah vs. Kedah. Now, as the timekeeper, I was able to listen to the debate, although not completely focused on it. Yesterday, I thought the Government (Johor) team would win, but the Opposition (Wilayah) did instead. Today, the Wilayah team was Government and the Kedah team, Opposition. For today’s debate, although the Opposition team had a very charismatic third speaker, I still think the Government had made a very strong case, and therefore deserved the win today 😀
The Wilayah team had a very good third speaker as well; slightly more aggressive than the other speakers I’ve seen, but very convincing. Not only that, I thought she was also very clear and sure of her ideas, and were able to put them forth quite simply and clearly. Hence, I agree with the adjudicators’ decision to award her the Best Debater! 🙂
This time, though, Sun and I switched roles. I rang the bell, and she flashed the cards. No problems whatsoever. Today, we were even more organized and were not as terrified as we were yesterday 😛
I also had the chance to speak with some of the debaters from Johor who, although had lost yesterday, came again today to watch today’s debate between Kedah and Wilayah and to attend the Closing Ceremony. One, I was particularly drawn to, honestly speaking. A Ms. Shobana Seelan 🙂 She won the Best Debater Award for yesterday’s debate, and whose team (the Government) I thought should have won, actually But oh well.
I discovered that she was actually just 26 years old—a mere two years my senior! 😀 That she is originally from Selangor, but was posted to Johor; hence, the reason why she was representing Johor in the Teacher’s Day Debate 😛 We got to talking about teaching and future career paths etc. and it really felt nice to be able to talk to a peer who understood the struggles of teaching, yet could also offer me some “senior” advice on what to do next.
I spent quite some time chatting with her just before the Closing Ceremony 🙂 We hugged and she gave me her contact email address to keep in touch. Which I think is absolutely great! 😉 I guess it is at events and programs like these that we have an opportunity to network and build friendships with fellow teachers in the field from all over the country 😀
I was glad to have been “pulled” to be involved in the Teachers’ Parliamentary Debate. I think it was an eye-opening and interesting experience, besides granting me the opportunity to sort of get to know others in the education field across the country 🙂
Choral Speaking today was a little frustrating because more than half of the group were prefects and they had a prefects’ meeting with Mr. Thina today! I had barely half the group standing in front of me and of course the volume was bad and they dynamics were just less than satisfactory. However, I think we managed to practice through the script a couple of times, though not completely perfect, and timed ourselves.
Excluding the entrance but including the exit, we were 7 and a half minutes. Which is good, because the maximum is 8 minutes 🙂 But we’re cutting it a little close.
When the prefects and everybody else were finally done with their meeting and everyone was there, it was almost 4.30 pm! ARGH! >.< However, once everyone was in, the quality was so so so much better! 😀
Yes, we’re still not perfect, and I’m still not completely satisfied with the last two stanzas, still, it has been some great improvement. I just hope that we’ll only get better and better this last week before the competition and really do the school proud! 😀 Everyone has quite high hopes since they won second place last year. But, it’s a different group this time, surely they can’t expect us to WIN this year, right? That’s a lot of pressure! @.@ *gulp*
But of course, I do hope that the team will do well and we can do the best that we can. Of course I hope that we can win 😀 But I know that even if we don’t, it’s still alright. I just hope the kids won’t be too disappointed 😦
Had a headache today during Choral Speaking practice which was really annoying. Thankfully, I managed to get two Panadol pills from Hasrul earlier, and by the end of practice, I was feeling much much better 🙂
Practice as usual tomorrow! Hope everyone can be there and give their full cooperation and support! Ganbatte! Aja-aja fightingggggg~ 😀