I’m supposed to write this post in the day when it’s still fresh, which is last Friday. But it’s all right; at least I can finally find time to say about this interesting experience before it’s too late.
Why am I putting quotation marks for the word “first” on the title? Actually there’s another change in the system of the school days for this semester, aside from the five-days-in-a-week attendance. The other amendment is in return for the becoming of Saturdays into holidays, our school hours for Friday is increased—if we’re dismissed at 1 o’clock on Monday till Thursday, we go home at 3 on Friday. This regulation is just been performed after the fasting month, so the “first” here describes the first Friday we practice the new rule.
In every Friday morning, the seventh and the eighth grade students gather and do one of these activities, which sometimes is called “the Friday morning activities”: cleaning the classroom, exercising and attending the devotion of their respective religions. They do these three activities alternately, according to the schedule. My whole grade took part in the same activity last year, but since we’re now in grade nine and we’re having the national exams this year, we don’t longer participate on it. In exchange, we attend the extra class of the four main subjects that is called Pendalaman Materi or PM in short. This PM’s focus is to provide us with preparation for the exams.
Last Friday we spent the first PM (which is Bahasa Indonesia, Indonesian language) in discussing about finding the main idea of a text. Bu Dian made a paragraph about Indonesian traditional food as an example. When she additionally asked about the typical food of the other countries like America and Japan, I was surprised to hear my classmates yelling the wrong answers purposely, such as oncom, tape and even batagor! These false answers made the total class burst into laughter. And when she asked the the typical food of Indonesia apart from rendang, Hanny confidently answered cilung. We laughed even more :D…
That’s just the first fun we had. The second one is during the PE time. This is also the first time; the first time we had the practice. With the similar reason as above, in the fasting month we don’t do the practice—instead, we learned some theory about sports. This time we had a training for basketball. Our recent PE practice was filled with as much humour as the ones my class ran into during grade eight. At the moment when Jovian passed the ball towards Doni, it accidentally hit Kenny’s face till his nose turned red. Fortunately it didn’t break his glasses. Not a serious pain, but we, the girls who were sitting and waiting for our turn, couldn’t help giggling because he made an awkward face expressing his pain.
We had an great Mandarin lesson—this time we used our self-made vocabulary cards to play a game involving the lesson we just learned. The game was simple but it required agility, accuracy and a little teamwork. We had fun until a siren noise startled us. Actually we’d been informed earlier that there would be a fire alarm simulation later, but the siren noise was a quite shock to all of us. Everyone, led by their respective current teachers, immediately went out of the classroom and lined up. At first my class, together with 9A, moved towards the middle staircase. But then Pak Rafiq showed up and gave us a sign to use the other staircase, so we reluctantly turned and follow what’s instructed.
After that we gathered at the basketball court with the kindergarten, primary and even the senior high school students (it appeared to be a very very big crowd :P). Lao shi Chai was counting our total when we’re amused by Sri’s joke that we’re supposed to do the hand-gesture dance during our self-preservation :D. Then Lao shi noticed Jovian wasn’t there with us in the moment. It’s silly that the boys joked he’s probably trapped in the fire, whereas there’s nothing like real fire in this simulation -.-;… After a while we finally found him walking towards us, making a face; maybe he didn’t recognize Pak Rafiq’s instruction earlier, so he joined the other classes going downstairs using the middle staircase :P…
There’s nothing special in our English period, since we’re just having the tests. Followed by the second break time, then the Friday devotion—this is also the change of the school hours: in the morning, the ninth graders have the PM while the others have either the classroom-cleaning or the exercising activity, and after the last subject we all attend the Friday devotion. I, together with Lita and Vallerie went to the hall where the Buddhists have their devotion. The comedy that happened was I almost fell when we reached the fifth floor—I felt an ache on my legs (it began to hurt after the PE time) when I was walking up the stairs, and I lost my balance when I stepped on the last stair. Luckily I managed to support my body by the holding the floor, so it didn’t hurt me. Both Lita and Vallerie were surprised to see me “falling”, while Eric straightly laughed. It’s not “Humpty Dumpty had a great fall”, but it’s “Michelle had a so-called fall” :P. How embarrassing!
We spent the rest of the day by having our second PM period, which was Matematika. It’s scheduled that we’re going to have the PM for Bahasa Inggris (English), but due to some reason we’re dismissed after the Matematika time.
As what I’d expected, though this day was a super tiring day, it brought lots of pleasure to all of us. I’m grateful that we had such a fantastic first Friday experience. Last but not least, TGIF :D!