Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Why did we choose Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Megah?

Which school did we transfer Jane to, that's probably what is in your mind? The graphics and the title above would have informed you the name of this school. But why this school?

We first heard of Sekolah Kebangsaan Taman Megah from a friend. Her 8 and 11 year old daughters are now studying there. Typically, she doesn't really talk much about the school but when probed further, she told us all about the school. There are few things she said which struck me really hard. The first being that the kids and the staff in the school are a happy lot. Yes, even the staff. She said when you go to the school and talked to the teachers, the Headmistress Puan Khoo or even the office staff, you will feel an ambiance of  warmth and politeness from everyone. It's a very pleasant feeling, unlike many schools where the atmosphere is cold. And she also said that the children there, her own two daughters, are always looking forward to school.

The second thing she said which also left an impression to me is that this school teaches Science and Mathematics in English! That's a huge plus in my book. Seriously huge plus! Oh ya, and they have a small number of students and that the classes are only morning session. Another big plus as the SJKC which Jane went to is in the afternoon.

The school also have students exchange program and various boot camps. The students exchange program is for Primary 5 and 6 students and the school have collaborations with schools in Thailand, Indonesia and Australia. I am not sure what is the way is with other schools but during my time, international students exchange program is unheard of, especially in a national school.

She said was that there are a lot of parents participation in the school, for instance, parents do have activities in Tues and Thurs morning, such as doing sketches or reading, which creates a different learning environment for the students.

Finally, this might be small thing to some, but it displayed the sort of management of the school is that the toilet is extremely clean! I still remember my old school's toilet in Sentul. It was a horrendous haunted toilet which is so smelly, I wonder who will ever do big business in there.

We went to the school with Jane. It's a small little school that was dwarfed by a bigger SJKC Yuk Chai right beside it. One might just miss out this quaint little clusters of building among the taller and more grand Yuk Chai. Chinese funding makes a lot of difference as compared to government funding, huh? But anyway, when we were in the school and looking for the office, one student stopped us and asked us, in English, whether she could helped us and pointed us to the direction of the office. While we were there asking for the transfer procedure, we could also see a few other parents in line, also asking for transfers although their kids are in Primary Three and Four.

The staff were courteous and helpful. Everyone is in good cheer in the school. It does feel very different. In the office, we learned that the transfer is not as straight forward as it involved going to the Ministry and needing to take an assessment.

In that visit, Jane told us she like the school, she thinks and that was where we start the wheel rolling for the transfer.

I also did Google search about the school. They have a Facebook page which they made many of their announcements to parents. They have a dedicated website sktm.edu.my and I also read about a parent write up of the school here.

There's also a pretty good video in their Facebook page done by the students. It will give you a general idea of the activities in the school.


Thank you, Helina...for sharing such a wonderful video... bringing back some sweet memories....of SKTM!
Posted by SK Taman Megah, Petaling Jaya on Wednesday, January 28, 2015

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