Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Youth Writers Awards Asia 2010: English Short Story Writing Competition

Students who are interested to join this competition, may see Pn. Norizah Baba to get the official registration form

1. Theme:Dare to Dream: stories of Imagination, Passion and Sporting Excellence
2. Length : 500-800 words
3. All short stories must be original and written in English
4. Open to youths born between 1992 - 1996
5. Closing date: 13 September 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

RHB New Straits Times Spell It Right (SIR) Challenge.

On 24 May 2009, MOZAC sent four participants to the RHB New Straits Times Spell- It -Right(SIR)Challenge. The competition was held at Dataran Pahlawan Mall. 18 secondary schools turned up to compete for the Melaka State Championship and Adlina Abd Rahim, a form 2 student from MOZAC was crowned the state champ for RHB New Straits Times Spell- It - Right (SIR) Challenge 2009. She will be representing Melaka at the National Final on August 8 in Kuala Lumpur. Congratulations.

1. Adlina Abd Rahim
2. Jananieswary Servai
3. Zul Farahin Zulkifli
4. Thulaja Thesa a/p Vasudevan

Teacher in charge - Pn. Nur Sinarsuria b. Mohd Nadzar

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Choral Speaking Competition - State level 2009

The State level Choral Speaking Competition was held on 7th May 2009 at Sek. Men Teknik Jasin. As previous years, MOZAC took part in this year's competition. 33 students of form 1-4 was led by Girinivashi presented Financial Disaster at the competition. Again MOZAC did not finish top 3 in the competition. Hopefully, we will have better luck next year. It is hoped that the script writer for next year's team will come up with a script that has humour & audience appeal. The result of the competition:

1. SMK Tinggi St David - Teacher's Nightmare
2. Sek. Tinggi Melaka - Phenomenal Women
3. SMK Yok Bin - Choral Speaking

Teachers in charge:
1. Cik Ungku Khairunisa Ungku Nordin
2. Pn. Norizah Baba

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day

Mother's Day
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The History of Mother's Day
In May of 1905, Anna M. Jarvis made a vow that would change the face of calendars forever. Her mother had longed for a special holiday to honor mothers, and Anna vowed to finish the job her mother had started. It would be nine years of hard work before President Wilson signed the official Mother's Day resolution, making official the holiday that started as a way to honor one special mother.
Anna's mother was Anna Maria Reeves Jarvis, the founder of the Mother's Day Work Clubs. She organized these clubs to improve sanitary conditions in her city. The club raised money for medicines, made bottled milk and food inspections, and provided domestic help for mothers who had tuberculosis. The clubs spread throughout the area. During the Civil War, the clubs acted as neutral agents, serving the soldiers of both sides. This was a time of personal tragedy for Anna, as she watched eight of her 12 children die before reaching adulthood.

Near the end of the war, Anna organized a Mother's Friendship Day at the courthouse to bring people of both sides together in peace. Many were afraid the event would backfire and lead to violence, but the event was peaceful and so successful that it was repeated for many years.

Anna died, and her daughter Anna led a small service designed to honor her mother on May 12, 1907, two years after her mother's death. She then went to work making Mother's Day a national holiday. She and her supporters wrote thousands of letters to businessmen, politicians and clergymen, seeking their help in establishing the holiday. In 1908, the first official Mother's Day celebrations were held in West Virginia and in Philadelphia in 1908. Philadelphia was the first state to make Mother's Day an official holiday in 1910, and by the next year, most states had declared a Mother's Day holiday.

After Woodrow Wilson had declared Mother's Day a national holiday in 1914, Anna may have thought her work was over. Unfortunately, the holiday took on a commercial tone, and in 1923, Anna filed a lawsuit to stop a Mother's Day festival. Later, she was arrested for disturbing the peace at a Mother's Day convention. She was furious to find the white carnations she had designated as the official Mother's Day flower being sold. "I wanted it to be a day of sentiment, not profit," she protested. She eventually admitted to being sorry she had ever started the holiday, and she spent all of her inheritance trying to return the holiday to its loving intentions.

Anna Jarvis, the woman who gave us Mother's Day, never married and never became a mother herself, although she received Mother's Day cards from around the world every year.

Monday, May 4, 2009

PIES 4 -8 May: Orang Asli to be IT Savvy

The orang asli village of Kampung Simpang Arang is stepping into the unknown- the villagers have been presented with five computers by the Science, Technology and Innovation Ministry.

For now, no one in the village knows much about computers and digital technology, but village headman Tok Batin Lang Botong hopes the gift will help improve the students’ education and community’s development.

The children, for the part, were eager beavers, crowding around computers to look at what was on screens although none then knew how to operate the machines.

“The villagers especially the students will greatly benefit from these machines’” Tok Batin said, adding that he was touched that his village was chosen by the ministry. The Kampung Simpang Arang headman said he and other villagers were overjoyed with the gift.

“Computer skills are very important in improving one’s education and keeping pace with the country’s developments’” he added. When met after the ceremony here on Saturday, he said he hoped that the villagers would fully utilise the computers and gain more knowledge.

Ministry secretary-general DatuK Abdul Hanan Awang Endut, who presented the computers to the headman, said that the Government was committed in assisting the people of all races and background.

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Yes DEAR: 4 - 8 May 2009 : The Donkey in the Well

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Yours too… Finally he decided since the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway, it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey. So, the farmer invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed shovels, and began to shovel dirt into the well.
All the other farm animals were very upset about this, because the donkey was their friend. But they discovered there was nothing they could do to help him. At first, when the donkey realized what was happening, he cried horribly. Then, to everyone's amazement, he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally looked down the well, and was astonished at what he saw.
With every shovel of dirt that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off, and take a step up on the dirt as it piled up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up. Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well, and trotted off!
MORAL: Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. But each trouble can be a stepping stone. What happens to you isn't nearly as important as how you react to it. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not giving up!
Shake it off, and take a step up!