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Tuesday, 22 November 2016 00:00

Thanking Teachers and Parents with a Cup of Tea

Written by  Tan Siew Chern & Siah Siew Chew, KL & Selangor / Translated by Tan Heang Shin

Primary 6 students of SJK(C) Tun Tan Siew Sin offered tea to parents and teachers to show their appreciation. [Photograph by Ma Lay Hwa]

During the first graduation ceremony held at SJK(C) Tun Tan Siew Sin, “Great Love Mothers” from Putra Heights thoughtfully arranged a tea serving segment. “This is my first experience and I am very touched by it,” exclaimed all in unison.


With the blessing of school management board, “Great Love Mothers” from Tzu Chi Education Group have spent10 to 15 minutes during the morning assembly to bring out Jing Si Aphorisms through story-telling and sign languages. Props like puppets, skits and pictures have made learning fun and drawn interests from both students and teachers.

Great Love across school ground

The “Great Love Mothers” team in Putra Heights has been established for quite some time. In September, the team obtained the approval from Pang Yoke Eng, the Headmistress of SJK(C) Tun Tan Siew Sin to conduct Jing Si Aphorism Teaching Method to students of 2J and 3S Class bi-weekly during their moral class.

Other than inspiring the goodness in the children, like being filial to their parents, respecting their teachers, and learning to love and care, the team also hopes to work with the teachers to jointly educate the students, and to drive more parents into “Great Love Mothers” to care for the children together.

Yoke Eng was invited to the 2015 Year-end Blessing Ceremony before and she was moved to tears on the spot. She recalled, “It was an unforgettable experience.” Realizing the importance of moral values, she then invited the “Great Love Mothers” to conduct Jing Si Aphorism Teaching Method in her school.

To give her utmost support, she has joined the meetings held in the school and continued to work closely with the “Great Love Mothers” only to ensure the best outcome. She has even set up signboards outside the classrooms on the ground-floor to display Jing Si Aphorisms. Recently she has also donated to Tzu Chi International School building fund to show her full support.

On November 9, and with the school term coming to an end, the “Great Love Mothers” organized a tea serving ceremony for the students of 2J and 3S Class. It was a touching event that moved the form teacher, Qiu Xiao Fang, and the students to tears. The Headmistress was also there to witness the beautiful and moving episode.

SJK(C) Tun Tan Siew Sin was set up in 2013, and the first batch of graduates from 6R and 6S Classes were transferees from other schools then. To thank the Headmistress for her great support to education all this while, volunteer Huang Yu Ling made a request to include a tea serving segment during the graduation ceremony. This request was approved by the Headmistress instantly.

Humanistic values through tea ceremony

On the morning of November 22, 2016, the school packed with students in uniform and “Great Love Mothers” was certainly a sight to behold!

In the indoor basketball court, students of Primary 3 to 5 sat on the floor while the Primary 6 graduates stood in the middle walkway. In front of the stage were seats for VIPs and teachers in between the parents.

At the start of the ceremony, the VIPs, Headmistress, teachers and graduates held hands and walked in with a big smile. The students then performed sign language on Tzu Chi songs to show their gratitude to the teachers and parents for their patient guidance.

To show their appreciation further, the students offered tea to the teachers. They walked slowly to the teachers, bowed and uttered “gan en” (thank you), before conveying their gratitude by serving a cup of tea to the teachers. The teachers’ joy was reflected in their beaming smiles. A simple yet meaningful ceremony.

Having handled Primary 6 Class since 2005, Zhong Mei Shan, form teacher for 6R Class, said emotionally, “The graduation ceremony for this year is very different from the past. I feel it’s because of the support from ‘Great Love Mothers’ who have taught the children the value of gratitude.” She was deeply impressed with the tea serving ceremony and felt the urgency to practise this even at home.

Form teacher for 6S Class, Chen Jia Hui was also touched by the tea ceremony. It pained her to be parted with her dear students who were once total strangers.

President of the Parent-teacher Association, Liao Chao Shi loved the tea offering segment. He said emotionally, “Tea serving is no longer common these days. I thank the ‘Great Love Mothers’ for reviving this good old tradition.”

Huang Mei Qian, a parent who attended this event, commended the “Great Love Mothers” for enabling the students to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of gratefulness on their graduation day.

Unlike the previous standard graduation ceremony, the sign language performance and tea serving ceremony proved a novel experience to the Headmistress. She shared, “The culture of gratefulness has deepened, thanks to the ‘Great Love Mothers’. But one must not be grateful only for one day, it should be assimilated into the daily life.”



The inaugural graduation ceremony of SJK(C) Tun Tan Siew Sin has left a legacy of love to the school, as well as, the audience.

 

Headmistress Pang Yoke Eng welcomed the “Great Love Mothers” in school and has worked well with them. [Photograph by Ma Lay Hwa]   To teacher Zhong Mei Shan, the graduation ceremony felt different this year with the presence of “Great Love Mothers”. [Photograph by Ma Lay Hwa]

Headmistress Pang Yoke Eng welcomed the “Great Love Mothers” in school and has worked well with them. [Photograph by Ma Lay Hwa]
 
To teacher Zhong Mei Shan, the graduation ceremony felt different this year with the presence of “Great Love Mothers”. [Photograph by Ma Lay Hwa]
 
Teacher Chen Jia Hui was truly touched when served with tea from the student for the first time. [Photograph by Ma Lay Hwa]   Students presented sign language for the song, “Walk Your Own Path” as an appreciation to the teachers and parents. [Photograph by Ma Lay Hwa]

Teacher Chen Jia Hui was truly touched when served with tea from the student for the first time. [Photograph by Ma Lay Hwa]
 
 
Students presented sign language for the song, “Walk Your Own Path” as an appreciation to the teachers and parents. [Photograph by Ma Lay Hwa]