Waiting.

The shortest title ever for my blog post. That’s right; I, together with all other ninth graders, are currently waiting. From now, it takes less than an hour before we can see our national exams result. Just hoping for the best for everyone!

Anyway it reminds me. Seems that try outs and PMs help me a lot in those exams—I didn’t feel any new difficulty in working on any of the four subjects, honestly. To me, they only felt like our last-of-the-last try out. Only that since it’s an exam, we had to be really serious in doing it. Many thanks to our teachers for their patience in teaching us. And of course, to my family for their help and support ;).

I guess there’s nothing more to talk about here. Just a few minutes to go, and we’ll be able to check our result on the web. Again, best of luck to all of us :D!

Our Unending Rush

You know, it’s very very hard for us, grade nine students, to catch a breath these days. We just had the fourth try out last week, which was from the province. My grades for B. Indo and English are not bad, but last Friday Bu Yuwanti told me that my Maths gets lower this time. It’s not a surprise—I felt like racing against the time while working on it! This means I have to train myself, so that I can use my time effectively in doing the coming Maths exams.

Last Friday was Mandarin Day, the day where each class (except grade nine, of course) participate on the hand gesture dance contest. So the school made some changes to our schedule that day—everything was PM until the dismissal. We were actually dismissed at 10.30, but my class had an extra hour for the PE.

The first period was English PM. After discussing the PM book with Miss Syifa, we played hangman. I don’t know whether Gerald and Enjang understand the rules, but they drew the hangman awkwardly that everyone laughed. They seemed to follow their own intuition, so they added antennae and even a pig nose to the hangman :D!

The next silly thing was Willy, who belonged my group, spontaneously shouted the answer when it’s not our turn! We got minus point, and of course, the other group took advantage from it. I think he’s too careless to tell us his thoughts in a quieter way :P.

After hangman, there came truth or dare. I played it with Vallerie, Cindy, Carissa, Maria and Andhyka during the break. Vallerie’s “dare” was to confess to Gerald. She did as what she was challenged, by adding “dare!” to the end of the confession. The funny thing is Gerald’s exaggerated reaction.

“Seriously?” asked him dramatically, pretending to accept it as reality.

The next “dare victim” was Carissa, and she got the same challenge. She did the same thing as Vallerie, but unfortunately, the respond she got was worse.

“Are you serious? Why do so many people love me today?” Again, he pretended to believe those words. He even chased Carissa, who was scared enough, into the classroom! The rest of us couldn’t help laughing…

Perhaps that’s the fun we had, before facing March—a month full of exams for the grade nine students. So I guess I’ll leave this blog not updated until the national exams is over, which is at the end of April. Wish us luck for those exams ;)!

Another thing. I hope you won’t be bored of this statement, readers. But from what I experienced so far in grade nine, I conclude that Fridays are never apart from “exhausting yet exciting”. And this also works for last Friday!

Welcome Back to School

Sorry for the late update, readers… Many things happened during my hiatus, but I’m just going to tell the important ones this time.

Guess what? We had just been off from holiday last 7th January, and we were to face the third try out just the week after! Instead of our school, this time the TO is from the sub-district. But although it’s from outside of the school, somehow I found it easier than the ones from our school ;). Like usual, the sequence of the try out subjects are Indonesian, English, Maths and Science. The only thing causing this time’s tests to be different is the sudden holiday on the last day, which was Science.

So here’s how it went on. I was awakened by the noise of the super heavy rain that morning. Actually I’m not sure whether it is my normal-waking-up-hour or not, since the sky was pitch dark. I was still sleepy so I continued sleeping. It took some time until I was really awake. At the same time I realized it’s still pouring heavily outside. I quickly turned on my phone and directly received a message from Erna, announcing there’s no school for that day due to flood. It was then proven that many areas in Jakarta were “drowned” by high mass of rainwater. What a misfortune…

Aside from that, there’s a silly happening last Friday. Like what I’ve been saying all the time, Friday is always fun :D! In my school, every morning students take turns to write quotes on the board. So during break time, the boys did a prank by erasing some words and letters till it formed an amusing line (that’s also the habit of my old friends :P). At that time it formed the phrase which means “big disasters are caused by Hani”. “Hani” here is very close to Hanny’s name. Seems that Ananta found it very silly, because he couldn’t stop laughing at it. On the other hand Hanny didn’t see anything funny with it, so she finally gave him a blow :D!

Next Comes Science

Yesterday was supposed to be a busy Friday as usual, unless I didn’t receive a that announcement. If last month I took part in a super hard Matematika competition, this time I was chosen, again, to be the representative of my school in an IPA (Science in Indonesian) competition. This is the second time for me, as I had participated in such event during grade eight.

I and my classmates had just begun our afternoon PM subject, when suddenly I was called to go upstairs. What surprised me was that I was even told to bring all my belongings with me, which means I didn’t have to join the rest of the subject! While I was packing my things, Kenny said, “Hold on. If we let Michelle go, then who’s gonna tell us the answers?” Everyone laughed. He’s quite right; in every Matematika PM, we always work together in doing the exercise given by Bu Detty. And I usually teach my friends the questions they don’t understand as they asked me. Then how would it be if I left them in that particular subject :P?

It turned out that the other representatives for grade nine were Dandy, Winalif, Indah and Alvian. Beside us, there were also the seventh and the eighth graders. Then Pak Rafiq gave us some information about the competition, like when would it be held and what should we learn.

Although the competition will be held tomorrow, fortunately we, the ninth graders, only need to review this semester’s lesson. Wish us luck for tomorrow ;)!

“First” yet Fun Friday

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 oncomtape 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!