Goodbye, Exams!

As you see from the title, the reason to my hiatus back then is very obvious—exams. Since I failed to write about my practical exams regularly, and yet the theoretical, I’m “paying the price” now :P.

The best moment I experienced with my classmates in the practical exams is during the SBK exam. My group’s dancing properties didn’t work well—most of them were broken during our last practice, so we finally perform without using it. Andhyka’s group, which consists of Eric, Kenny, Ananta, Adrian and himself, performed very well. They did a stunning modern dance accompanied by a K-pop song. I think Andhyka was the one who chose the song; just like my old friend Angela, he’s a fan of Korean stuffs. Different from my group, they had costumes instead of properties. Among all members, Eric was the one who totally amazed the whole audience! We still had some spare time after the exam, so the whole 9B—I don’t know who first suggested this—danced to Gangnam Style song. Well it’s just for fun :P… Eric and Kenny were the best at it. They perfectly amused the whole room, including Bu Paksi :D. She even took a video of us!

The theoretical exams ended by last Thursday. To me, the hardest test was PKn (Pendidikan Kewarganegaraan, a subject about nationality). But surprisingly and luckily, I got the highest score at it o.o! To be honest, I never expect this to happen until I saw it with my own eyes this morning. We’re supposed to come today for the remedial tests. So since I passed in every subject, I did nothing today aside from helping my friends in making the class wall magazine for December :P.

The First Practical Exam

At least I can take a long breath now. The very busy usual school days has ended yesterday, meaning we don’t have any more homework to do during the following days…except studying for the practical exams :P. The first practical exam, Mandarin, is held today.

This Mandarin practical exam somewhat reminds me of the Mandarin oral tests in my old school. It is a conversation test, but unlike the one I joined in grade eight—which required students to converse with each other, in this test we only need to answer the questions asked by the teacher. In other words, the teacher is the one conversing with us. The answer must be according to the data given to the student, which is in the form of table. Recently my class had such test from the same material as a daily practical test, but it was easier because it had the pin yin (Mandarin pronunciation) of each word on it. But this time, it only has the Indonesian meaning! Thanks to the last-minute practice, I got 88 :P.

When the exam was over, I and the other members of my SBK dance group started to make our properties. Those were made out of recycled materials, such as unused plastic bottles. The process includes finding the materials and making the properties. What a tiring job!

I wish with this elbow grease done today, we can perform as well as possible on Monday. Good luck, 9B girls!

The First Dancing Practice

Yesterday is as tiring as the usual Fridays. Actually it’s supposed to be less tiring, because this time there wasn’t any PM subject after the Friday devotion. But it turned out differently since I had my first dancing practice with my group mates.

This practice is for the sake of our coming SBK (Seni Budaya dan Keterampilan, or arts and crafts) lesson. Last Tuesday Bu Paksi had announced about the group dancing activity. I had agreed to affiliate with the group I’d used to have during the previous SBK singing activity: Hanny, Eric, Cindy and Andhyka, when she declared that this time students should be classified to the groups of five, according to their respective genders. So we split up with Eric and Andhyka. But then we became confused of whom to affiliate with. After discussing with the other girls, we got an idea to have all girls teaming up together so that we can perform all together as one. We asked for Bu Paksi’s permission for this, and she agreed.

The dancing practice was chaired by Hanny. We practiced on the fifth floor—not in the hall where the Buddhists usually have their devotion (anyway it’s under service yesterday, so we had the devotion on the third floor of the primary students’ building), but the fifth floor that doesn’t connect to the hall and can only be reached by using the middle staircase. Since we couldn’t find Sri after the devotion, we carried out the practice without her. Eric, Andhyka, Willy, Wilson, Alvian and even Dandy came and watched us. It turned out that Eric brought his laptop and showed us some dance suggestions. The only thing silly was that he shyly took it out from the case, giggling, and saying it’s an iPad, with I and Melia watching him, wondering.

First of  all we assigned our positions. It took quite a long time, before we finally began our practice. We danced to AKB48’s song (or JKT48?) entitled Heavy Rotation. Since Hanny had already mastered the movements (seems it’s her favourite song), she’s the one who coached us. And the leader-spirited Wilson taught her how to coach us, so that the pupils wouldn’t have difficulty to follow her. Funny to think that Wilson was the teacher of our teacher :P.

Too bad we’re supposed to have a quicker and less tiring training if we’d done it more seriously. We only had learned the first part of the song, before we’re finally dismissed. Again, another exhausting Friday. But again, another joy we had :D!