Teaching journal- Getting to know your school
18th – 24th July 2011-07-28
I just discovered that the school I am residing now previously was named Jasin Secondary English School. The short form is JSES, pronounced like Jesus. How great it was when we had an English school. All this while people are so proud of Science Schools, and now we don’t have a government English school.
It was named as Sekolah Menengah Inggeris Jasin. Neither was it a science school, elite school like Sekolah Tuanku Jaafar, a religious school nor a missionary school like a convent. It had once been a school for all races and used English as the medium. The spirit of 1 Malaysia had been present and available in JSES and until now it is still in their spirits when the ex students meet.
They had the A Famosa gate, it looked like the Melaka High School badge, because that school used the Famosa gate as the trademark.
Before this I have once wandered into the Sekolah Kebangsaan Ayer Baruk and I saw old photographs of English school teachers lining up in front of the old building down there. This school went a long way down in Jasin history. This school was the foundation of civilisation. This school was the start of this all. The name was there in the Education Museum in Melaka town. I bet the old folks here speak fluent English than young yuppies do.
Imagine learning Science and Maths subjects in English and nobody complained about it. Malay Chinese and Indian children talking in English.
The first batch must have been 60 years old, and they speak English fluently, but I think it has gone rusty without practise.
The walls of the first phase buildings had once heard only English being spoken.
I’ll try to conduct better English lessons.
I think I just fell in love with this school.