Primary School was one of the most carefree times of our lives.
From memories that will make you cringe, laugh and feeling nostalgic, there are a few things students from a SJK school can relate to:
1. Newspaper Homework
We knew that these monthly newspaper works were a staple for our added-workload. And how easily crumpled and torn they can get, once they’re in our bags!
2. Biodata Was An Obsession
Biodata was the best way to ask your friends and teachers for their personal info. Remember when some of us would spend hours or borrow it for a day, to make them look pretty and creative as we fill in on our enemies, favourite foods and movies.
If you were a student in a Chinese Primary School, you’d know that basketball was a sport that everyone took seriously. Rivalries were formed when competing against different schools, basketball was THE sport to be in.
4. Blackboard of Discipline
Class Monitors would write names of rambunctious students, down on the blackboard so the teacher coming in for the next class will discipline them. We’ve all had this, and don’t lie, some of us have tried to get on the Class Monitor’s get side so he/she will rub your name off the board.
5. Trying To Sneak Your Devices In
Back when having a phone was a big deal, sneaking your phone into the school’s premises was considered a badass thing to do (whether you got caught or not, that’s a different story).
6. Electronic Dictionary
Why bring a heavy dictionary and go through the hassle of searching for the meaning, when you can just have the answer by pressing the buttons? Electronic Dictionary was the device of Chinese primary schools, everyone wanted one.
7. Chinese Calligraphy Was No Joke
Chinese Ink and Calligraphy art is no joke in Chinese primary schools, who remembers using straws to create trees and the stench of the ink.
8. Memorizing Synonyms/Antonyms For Exams
In Chinese, Bahasa Melayu and in English, synonyms and antonyms were a big thing in primary schools that counted for a lot of marks in our tests. And they were a pain to memorize, along with poems, expressions and Pinyins!
9. Comic Books
Remember the times when the author of Ge Mei Liang would make a special appearance in school? And we would get uber proud to see our school photos inside the book (and trying to spot mini us in the sea of black and white uniform). Who still has their collection of comics from primary school?
10. The Variation Of Exercise Books
Grid exercise books are for Math and Chinese, while lined exercise books are for the language subjects! And numbering the exercise books are one of the ways to let us easily identify which book is which.
11. Having A Blast Anyways
Despite all the hardships, unnecessary rules and heavy loads of homework, we can’t deny the fact that we’ve had a kick-ass time and made great friends and memories there.