The birth of a new year always brings much hope and dreams unfurled. And just like in previous years, this year opens up another chapter in the Year of the Horse. With a sense of celebration in the air, R.E.A.L Schools, Suria Campus, Cheras ushered in the new Lunar New Year with high spirits. Held on 29 January 2014 at Foyer A of the campus’ Junior Block and Hall of Character, the celebrations were held to strengthen the bond among students while enhancing their understanding and appreciation towards the Chinese culture through a series of performances presented by wonderfully talented students.
There was excitement and anticipation in everyone’s eyes when the first act opened the morning session’s proceedings with spectacle and splendour. A Junior Lion Dance troupe, led by drummers who were coordinated by music teacher Mr. Chin, appeared with their brightly-coloured costumes and thoroughly entertained the audience with their funny but well-choreographed moves, taught by Ms. Chong. The infectious and high-energy beats of the traditional Chinese drums combined with the action and antics of the little Lion Dancers brought cheers and thunderous applause from the students. It was indeed a sight to behold, for it was unexpected for the audience to see children performing an act that is usually an adult domain. Their graceful movements culminated in them going up to Ms S.P. Lee, Senior Principal of Suria Campus, and humbly bowing to her three times to show respect.
Next was the Musical Instruments Presentation, directed by Ms. Ann and Ms. Hor. The students played violins and recorders to render a Chinese New Year song. The harmonious blend of the two instruments saw the audience humming and singing along to the tune. This was followed by another upbeat singing performance by the Mandarin Communication Class students under the stewardship of Ms. Tan L.F.
As any celebration is incomplete without some dancing, a special dance performance was dished out by the Performing Arts Club, mentored by Ms. Low FT and Ms. Dilip. One of the dance groups was in fact, the 1st place winner of the school’s dance competition held last year. More songs were presented thereafter, one by a group of six students under the guidance of Ms. Lim B.K. and another by Ms. Irene and Ms. Loy, who coordinated the ‘Movement Singing’ performance. Needless to say, every performer managed to captivate all who were watching.
The event then wrapped up with a Fashion Runway show, a staple Surian specialty. Several student models, dressed handsomely and beautifully in their respective male and female traditional garb, had the ‘spotlight’ on them as they proudly walked with poise while showing off their different costumes. Indeed, the school seems to have a bevy of potential supermodels!
With the singing of the School song and a Chinese New Year hamper presented to Ms. S.P. Lee as a token of appreciation, the awesome celebrations finally came to an end. However, what would continue to last would be the memories and closer ties that were forged from this joyous occasion. At the same time, the school acknowledges and appreciates the exemplary effort and dedication of the teachers and students in making this event possible and memorable.
The celebrations for the Senior section of the National school continued in similar vein in the afternoon at the school hall with a string of thrilling performances which include, among others; a drums and flags show, a ‘sleeve dance’, and a rendition of the song “Meng Yi Chang” by talented singing duo Eliza Thai and Adrian Chew. Among the highlights of the afternoon event was a talk by students Nang Kean Yong and Clarice Lau on the topic of teenagers’ view towards love, which was presented in a fun and hilarious manner, as well as a drama entitled “Here Comes the New Year”, performed superbly by a student ensemble cast.
Jointly held during the celebrations was a prize-giving ceremony for the 4th Annual Chinese Singing Competition. Overall champion of the Lower Senior section was Kee Yi Lin while the overall champion of the Upper Senior section was Cheah Ying Ying, who also clinched the ‘Best Costume’ and ‘Best Stage Charisma’ Awards. A deejay performance by Robin Teo followed and for the grand finale, everyone including both performers and audience members sang and danced to the tunes of “Oppa New Year Style” and “Big Day”. Overall, the event ran smoothly and every Surian went home happy with fond memories of the day to treasure.