02 Sep Merdeka Celebration 2020
A new norm Merdeka celebration
It was a Merdeka celebration with a difference as Global Oak Tree Scholars (GOTS) marked the nation’s 63rd independence day with several physical distancing activities.
At the City of Elmina Campus, Shah Alam, which houses its pre-primary and primary scholars, there were song and dance performances – in different parts of the school.
It started with the song ‘Saya Anak Malaysia’ which was simultaneously performed at the main entrance as well as the corridor leading to some classrooms and in the individual classrooms as well.
“We had to do it this way as we need to follow the SOPs (standard operating procedures) set by the government and Health Ministry,” said GOTS co-founder Veronica Shepherdson.
“I would have loved for everyone to be in the same hall, but that’s not possible.
“Nonetheless, everyone had a good time, and we all dressed up in traditional attire to celebrate the occasion.”
The Year 2 scholars also sang ‘Sejahtera Malaysia’ while the Year 5 scholars belted out ‘Support Kita’ followed by them performing Negaraku in sign language.
The younger ones, meanwhile, were busy creating patriotic art.
Over at the Bukit Jelutong campus which is for secondary scholars, there were three activities.
First was an online quiz about Malaysia and Merdeka, followed by a collage game where they had to work in teams to complete a picture. Then there were performances by students.
Year 6 and 7 students performed the songs Tanggal 31 and Jalur Gemilang. Year 8 students recited three poems entitled ‘A child’s Dream, Malaysia Land of Glory and Satu Malaysia. They also sang Sejahtera Malaysia. There was also a skit about school life performed by Year 8 and 9 students.
Just as in Elmina, physical distancing was practised.
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