Too good to be forgotten…

I guess I am, or at least, I hope I am…and also the other retired teachers who, like me, have devoted a great part of their lives to the vocation as well as the school.

Well, I can safely say that presently, we have not been forgotten yet as last Friday night, we were invited to our former school, Sacred Heart Secondary School’s Teacher Appreciation Dinner in conjunction with Teachers’ Day 2010. It was hosted by the Parent-Teacher Association at the ballroom in a leading hotel in town. I must say that it certainly is so very nice to have such parents who actually appreciate the efforts of the teachers in the  school to educate and groom their children and prepare them to go out into society in years to come – unlike in some schools, I hear, where they only interfere to meddle with the school’s affairs, complain about the teachers and blame almost anything to everything but never their own children.

There were some 20 tables that night…

SHS Teachers' Day dinner 2010 1

…and some very nice dishes. I only managed to snap a few – one of the first, the Four Seasons…

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…and this one of the roast chicken and black pepper lamb medley…

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There was a broccoli dish…

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…and also kiam-sor (salty-crispy) prawns…

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…as well as the soup that shall not be named and fish head curry.

Special recognition awards were presented to some of the teachers that night…

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Giving out the certificates in the photograph was the chairman of the school’s Board of Management, His Lordship, Rt. Rev. Bishop Dominic Su.  On  his left was His Lordship, the auxiliary Bishop of Sibu, Msgr. Joseph Hii…and on his right was the young and dynamic and very much loved principal of the school, Mr. Vincent Liong.

There were lucky draws and karaoke presentations. Here, you can see one of the invited guests singing his signature tune, “Isabella”…

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Normally, every year for Teachers’ Day, there would not be a dinner like this. Instead, there would be a very grand banquet – an elaborate combined celebration for all the Catholic schools and kindergartens in Sibu. This had been going on for a good number of years, at least 18 – considering that it was already going on when I joined the school in 1992. spearheaded by the late YB Datuk Robert Lau…and with his untimely demise, it does not look like there will be one this year…or ever again.

In a way, it was good for me and the others…as they never invited retired members of the staff to those, only on that very year when one was due for retirement and he or she would be honoured at the function and given mementos – thank you very much, goodbye.

I guess there will be another similar dinner at the end of the year as is the customary practice of Sacred Heart School…and hopefully, when the time comes, they will not forget to remember  me! LOL!!!