Berry Event No. 6 – SMK Dato’ Jaafar Grand Opening Ceremony for the History Gallery (Galeri Sejarah sempena Jubli Emas) Golden Jubilee Celebration 2011 and Amy Search & Awang BPR Reunion in SDJ – School level

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Continuining from Berry Event #5 is the Grand Opening Ceremony of the History Gallery in SMK Dato Jaafar. The grand opening is conducted in conjunction with the Golden Jubilee (50th Anniversary) celebration in February 2011. Do read the previous post first <http://berryberryeasy.com/2011/06/berry-event-no-5-smk-dato-jaafar-jubli-emas-50th-anniversary-gala-dinner/> before proceeding to this post if you want to know about the gala dinner which was held a night before this event. Berilmu Bersasa.

Berry Event #6 – SMK Dato’ Jaafar Grand Opening Ceremony for the History Gallery (Galeri Sejarah sempena Jubli Emas) Golden Jubilee Celebration 2011 and Amy Search & Awang BPR Reunion in SDJ – School level

  • Event: SMK Dato’ Jaafar Grand Opening Ceremony for the History Gallery (Galeri Sejarah) 50th Anniversary Golden Jubilee Celebration and Amy Search & Awang BPR Reunion in SDJ (Secondary School)
  • Venue: SMK Dato’ Jaafar compound – Jaya Hall (Dewan Jaya) and SDJ History Gallery (Galeri Sejarah SDJ), Johor Bahru.
  • Event Covered by: Miss Isabelle Wong – The Berry Berry Teacher
  • Date: 20 February 2011 (Sunday)

SDJ current students and teachers attended this event which was held on 20 February 2011 in conjunction with the school 50th anniversary celebrations (1961 – 2011) at SMK Dato’ Jaafar, Johor Bahru.

Figure 1: Signature from Amy Search and Awang BPR

Figure 1: Signature from Amy Search and Awang BPR

The event was attended by guest-of-honour SDJ alumni Amy Search (Suhaimi Bin Abd. Rahman) and Awang BPR (Norzaini Bin Mohd). Both of them are the nation’s high-flying Malaysian rock stars! And this was a very rare chance that they came back to their former secondary school, SMK Dato’ Jaafar Johor Bahru for the grand opening ceremony of SDJ History Gallery.

Figure 2: Berry Teacher with Amy Search and Family

Figure 2: Berry Teacher with Amy Search and Family

Amy Search and family arrived at SMK Dato’ Jaafar at around 10.00 a.m. Everybody was very happy and excited to see them. Then, it was followed by Awang BPR. They met each other at the school canteen and had their breakfast before the whole event started.

Figure 3: Berry Teacher and Alumni President

Figure 3: Berry Teacher and Alumni President

Besides that, SDJ alumni president, Yg. Bhg. Dato’ Syed Hussein Alhabshee (60-year-old entrepreneur who was once the country’s envoy to Dubai and Saudi Arabia) arrived shortly at the school.

Figure 4: Alumni signed SDJ guest book

Figure 4: Alumni signed SDJ guest book

Before the event started, they met the SDJ (2007 – 2011) principal, Mr Goh Chee Kiat and signed the SDJ guest book in the principal room. They were happy to come back to their secondary school which reminded them of a lot of sweet memories.

Figure 5: SDJ guest book

Figure 5: SDJ guest book

After that, they visited the school compound. They went the SDJ school field which was the first station. It was followed by the school library and then school hall (Dewan Jaya) which brought back a lot of memories to them. Around 10.45 p.m., they were invited to celebrate the grand opening of the SDJ History Gallery. They were invited to the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening ceremony and signed autographs for free for fans.

Figure 6: Grand Opening for SDJ History Gallery

Figure 6: Grand Opening for SDJ History Gallery

The preparation of the SDJ History Gallery (Galeri Sejarah SDJ) has started early this year after proper and detailed planning by the SDJ teachers.

Figure 7: Amy Search signed for SDJ History Gallery autograph

Figure 7: Amy Search signed for SDJ History Gallery autograph

The SDJ History Gallery was formerly a History classroom (bilik Sejarah) for the students to attend History classes and viewed videos or slideshow. Besides this function, it was also used to keep all the important materials of SDJ School history.

Figure 8: Before the gallery is ready

Figure 8: Before the gallery is ready

This room had a massive renovation which new cabinets, doors and curtains were installed and the walls painted with new colour . All the displayed materials was arranged by school teachers and students.

Figure 9: The main entrance of SDJ History Gallery

Figure 9: The main entrance of SDJ History Gallery

This involved a lot of hard work from teachers, laboratory assistants and workers to make this gallery. Some of them even stayed back until late evening to finish up all the work before the grand opening ceremony.

Figure 10: SDJ Laureate "Tokoh SDJ"

Figure 10: SDJ Laureate "Tokoh SDJ"

Teachers’ great work and students’ achievements were shown in this gallery. There were old newspaper cutting on SDJ Alumni’s achievements, all the important event which held in the school and SDJ Laureates “Tokoh SDJ” who brought glory to SDJ.

Figure 11: Old picture of Amy Search

Figure 11: Old picture of Amy Search

This was a great celebration and brought back a lot of good memories to all the alumni and teachers.  For example the old picture of Amy Search (first right standing) (shared by Puan Hajah Foziah Zainal Abidin).

Figure 12: SDJ Trophies

Figure 12: SDJ Trophies

In this gallery, there were many trophies which represented SDJ Alumni’s members achievement. SMK Dato’ Jaafar was once called “the greatest athlete school in Johor Bahru”.

Figure 13: Lunch break

Figure 13: Lunch break

After that, Amy Search, Awang BPR and SDJ alumni were invited to have a short lunch in the meeting room by SDJ principal. They discussed on future changes and education policies for the school.

Figure 14: Guest-of-honours

Figure 14: Guest-of-honours

The event proceeded with a short forum with Amy Search and Awang BPR. During the forum, they discussed on their experiences in SMK Dato’ Jaafar as a student. According to them, SMK Dato’ Jaafar was a school with a lot of discipline problems. Therefore, the teachers at that time were extremely firm and school had tight disciplined. Students who did not follow school discipline were caned in public by the school principal or discipline teachers in the morning or during assembly. At that time, no parents questioned the system nor made complains.

Figure 15: Forum with Amy Search and Awang BPR at Dewan Jaya by Nor Hashim Bahrin

Figure 15: Forum with Amy Search and Awang BPR at Dewan Jaya by Nor Hashim Bahrin

Now SMK Dato’ Jaafar Johor Bahru has turned into a premier school after receiving the first batch of the premier students in 2005 (Form 1)  and full premier students at 2006 (Form 1). This was one of the major changes that our guest-of- honours had discussed during the forum. During the forum, Amy Search sang his greatest hit song “Isabella” and who was also the main actor in the film “Isabella” (1990). He and Awang BPR also shared same pastime experiences in SDJ and they were very active in the SDJ brass band.

Figure 16: Berry Teacher with Awang BPR and Nurun Nadia Masrom

Figure 16: Berry Teacher with Awang BPR and Nurun Nadia Masrom

This event ended at 1.30 p.m. and it was a great success to SDJ teachers and students.

Figure 17: Berry Teacher (Isabelle) vs Isabella (Amy Search) and Cikgu Manisah

Figure 17: Berry Teacher (Isabelle) vs Isabella (Amy Search) and Cikgu Manisah

Happy 50th Birthday SDJ!

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June 24, 2011
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