RECOGNITION: Sekolah Sultan Ismail unveils a plaque in honour of the teachers
JOHOR BARU: TWENTY long-serving teachers, including the principal and two senior assistants of Sekolah Sultan Ismail (SSI), here were honoured at a special event in conjunction with Teachers Day celebration recently.
All of them have been teaching for 25 years or more, including being teachers in this school.
The programme kicked off with the arrival of the veteran teachers who were being chauffeured into the school by a convoy of five luxury vintage cars, three MGBs and two Volkswagens into the school compound at 8am.
The entourage were welcomed by the the school's kompang group and bunga manggar bearers as well as their younger counterparts.
They were then led to a vacant area beside the Dewan Seri Gemilang, the school'a main hall to witness the launching of "Sudut Mengenang Jasa Guru", a special corner to honour the good deeds of the school's 20 veteran teachers.
At the corner was a special plaque, in the form of a large open book which contains the names of the 20 teachers, the Teachers' Oath and lyrics of the song Guru Malaysia.
The launch was conducted by the school principal Halimah Ali, a former student and teacher of the school.
"SSI will forever be close in my heart. I grew up in this school and when I retire in a couple of years from now, I will make it a point to visit the school, especially this special corner," she said.
Another teacher, Yang Chee Wah, who first started teaching at SSI in 2001 concurred with Halimah.
"I'm proud to see SSI being upgraded as a premier school, producing outstanding students who now hold respected positions in the private and public sector," added Yang who is now the school's head of department for social science.
After the launch, staff of SSI students and other guests made their way into the Dewan Seri Gemilang to participate in the programmes.
Highlights of the programmes include Teachers Day speeches, singing of the Guru Malaysia and musical performance and games by staff and students.
Among the guests were Parent-Teacher Association chairman, Johor Baru South police chief Zainuddin Yaacob, and members of the Johor Baru Volkswagen club.