Our school's motto is "Simple in virtue, steadfast in duty".
It's funny that it is only now that I noticed the tiny creek that flows in front of my school!
On the left is a huge graveyard, the source of many adrenalin pumping spooky tales. Actually, the place is tranquil and peaceful most of the time. Many old schools are located next to a graveyard and it is common to have the Chinese, Muslim, Hindu and Christian cemeteries within the same vicinity, separated from one another by a small distance or by fencing or walled boundaries.
I am very impressed by the well kempt gardens and clean, cool surroundings.
“The school garden of my alma mater, St Bernadette's Convent, Batu Gajah”, a copyrighted post, was written for My Nice Garden blog by Autumn Belle @ http://www.mynicegarden.com/ on May 21st 2014.
Here's the school hall which doubles as a gymnasium, concert hall and indoor games venue. There is a piano inside for the music teacher to teach music. The songs we learnt were mostly folk songs, old songs and some pop songs. We had a school choir. We also learnt how to play musical instruments like the recorder and bamboo "angklung".
During special occasions, the students perform plays, dramas, dances and fund raising/teacher's day/parents' day concerts; coached by our own teachers. It also served as the venue for speeches, prize giving ceremonies and the screening of movies and documentaries such as those from the World Wild Life Fund. Until today, I can still recall my first lesson on nature, conservation and biodiversity; and it was about saving our leather-backed turtles from extinction. It was in this school hall that I watched Hollywood movies like "To Sir With Love" and Robert Redford-Babara Streisand's, "The Way We Were". The audience were school girls sitting on the floor.
Now, the school authorities have planted quite a number of different cultivars of bougainvilleas and there are also palm trees everywhere.
Pusat Sumber Sekolah (school resource centre) or school library. The plant in front looks like the Euphorbia tithymaloides ssp. smallii 'Variegatus'
Origin: South America
The genus Brunfelsia is named in honor of 16th century German monk, Otto Brunfels.
What an appropriate plant for a school garden where students will have so much of Yesterday's memories, Today's experiences and Tomorrow's dreams to live for.
Here's a cleome wildflower that grows wild everywhere in Malaysia.
A row of red Ixora plants line the walkway. These native plants are hardy shrubs, need minimal upkeep and they can survive with little fertilizer or water, hence they save a lot of costs. They just love our full equatorial sunshine and they can survive on our adequate yearly rainfall. Ixora flowers attract several types of butterflies.
when there were events such as sports day and fund raising fun fairs.
Now I think it is a good place for camping, bonfires and watching the night skies, moon and stars.
A place so quiet and tranquil, far from the maddening city din.
Because the school is located on a hill slope, the views are splendid too.
Here's a place for shade and shadow play.
Just look at the lovely silhouettes of the buildings and structures on the ground.
Coconut palms and rubber trees used to dot the old landscape.
The science laboratory is located at the end of the row of classes. We had to catch live frogs, cockroaches, snails, grasshoppers; pluck flowers and leaves and bring bring them to school for our science experiments.
We had a small chapel inside the school. The bible teachers who were nuns, used to tell us that no matter what faith, race or religion we belong to, "God loves us all" because we are all children of God. We greeted our teachers with "Good Morning, May God bless you" and they would reply, "May God bless you girls!"
In this school, I learnt how to bake, sew, draw and crochet.
Signs of wildlife...
Further up there, you can see the herb garden where vegetables and herb plants are grown in poly bags and arranged neatly in rows and labelled properly.
Closeup of the green wall cover with the Tristellateia australasiae vine, common names: Australian Gold vine, Shower of Gold Climber, Galphimia Vine, Maiden's Jealousy, Thryallis Vine.
My kudos and salute to the teachers, students and administrators of SMK St. Bernadette's School of Batu Gajah, Perak, who have managed to maintain a beautiful, wildlife friendly garden within the school premises despite their daily busy schedules of teaching and studying for exams. There are herbs and vegetables and even fruit trees being grown here! It is not surprising that they had won numerous awards for their beautiful garden.
If every school maintain the greenery, keep the shrubs and trees, grow vegetables and herbs within its compound, imagine the massive cumulative effect on reducing our carbon footprints, thereby contributing towards helping reduce greenhouse gases and global warming. It is good that children learn from a young age to care for our environment and help save planet Earth from further damage. The knowledge gained will be useful throughout their lifetime.
If you have nice experiences and memorable moments with your old school and school gardens, do share them with me.