By SHARON OVINIS
WHAT was to be a Conforming Schools Principal Council meeting turned into a mini Newspaper-in-Education session for 14 principals.
The principals attended a one-hour NiE briefing cum workshop held in SMJK Confucian, Kuala Lumpur, recently.
They took on the role of learners and composed poems to describe themselves using verbs, adjectives or pictures found in The Star.
Chuah Cheng Hooi of SMK Perlis poetically professed his fondness for the game of golf, while a soft-spoken Chuah Wah Teong of SMJK Chung Ling Butterworth piqued his colleagues’ curiousity with a cut-out of The Incredible Hulk in his presentation.
Teh Soo Choon, freelance trainer with The Star said NiE opened up new opportunities and experiences. To reiterate her point. Teh remarked, “Making this presentation is a new experience for me as well. I’ve not had to address a predominantly male group in this line of work!”
The session began with a brief introduction and history of NiE and its effectiveness.Teh went on to demonstrate how the newspaper made studying theoretical aspects of science and mathematics in the classroom more applicable and realistic.
Chairman of the Conforming Schools Principal Council, Phang Yoon Ming of SMJK Sam Tet, Ipoh, in expressing his thanks to The Star for organising the briefing, said, “I believe that after this enjoyable experience, principals can see the benefits of NiE personally and will continue to support the use of the newspapers in the classrooms.”
The session involved council members from 10 schools, SMJK Chung Ching, Kota Bharu, SMJK Yok Bin, Malacca, SMJK Chung Hwa, Kuala Lipis, SM Chung Hwa Wei Sin, Kuala Terengganu, SMJK Heng Ee, Penang, SMJK Chung Hua, Kuala Pilah, SMJK Sacred Heart, Penang, SMJK Sin Min, Sungai Petani, SMJK Pai Chee, Mersing, SMJK Chung Hwa, Klang,
SMJK Confucian, KL, SMK Perlis, SMJK Chung Ling, Butterworth and SMJK Sam Tet, Ipoh.
The session was also conducted by The Star freelance trainer, Cheng Seow Peng.