Funds required / Dana diperlukan: RM 2280
No. of students impacted / Bil. murid diimpak: 170
Name of school / Nama sekolah: SMK Pandamaran Jaya
State / Negeri: Selangor
Here in SMK
Pandamaran, we aim to provide activities that are not only of interest to the
students, but also those that would build their characters and equip them with
all the necessary values to form holistic individuals. Over the past few years, archery
has proven to achieve just that. Through the numerous practices and
competitions, the students have developed the determination and discipline
required to realise their full potential in this sport. They have also learnt to focus and
grasp the concept of independent-learning through self-initiated goals.
As the assistant teacher advisor of the archery club, I help supervise and motivate students during training, as well as accompany them to major competitions. However, archery is still something new to me. I actually learn with the students in order to get better understanding of the sport.
Another teacher, actually my great partner and mentor, Pn. Sanbagavali, is the head teacher advisor for the archery club. She is a very inspiring teacher who shows great enthusiasm towards archery. She is a skillful archer herself and is the main coach for the students.
Pn. Sanbagavali started the archery club in 2009 with just 4 bows and 4 students. After just one month of training her four students, they won all their categories and went on to represent Selangor in major competitions including SUKMA.
Now, we have 90 club members, 16 bows and all the confidence that students of SMK Pandamaran can rise up to become champions in the sport of archery.
However, we are finding it difficult to continue funding the purchase and upkeep of equipment needed for competitions and practice sessions. We have to provide 12 arrows per student for every competition that they take part in. Arrows can go missing in the field and are prone to breakage. Students train three times a week and the same equipment is used for weekly co-curricular activities by members of the club.
We’ve had to go through several measures to ensure the archery club continues running.
For instance, the arrows we have had needed to sometimes be cut down to sizes according to a student’s pulling strength. To further manage this issue, we group the students who are about the same sizes so they are able to share the arrows. Arrows are also being passed down once they have been outgrown. Unfortunately, despite all our efforts to maximize the learning experiences for the archery club members, the equipment breaks/wears down very quickly due to excessive use, leaving us with limited number of arrows left. We have even had to reduce the number of students taking part in competitions due to the insufficient arrows to train and compete.
So far, our students have been doing very well in competitions. Some of our achievements are listed as below:
1. MSSD - 15 students participated, achieved 4 silvers and 4 bronze for individual and team categories.
2. MSSS - 1 team participated and achieved a silver.
3. Karnival Bakat Pelapis Siri 2 - 8 students participated, achieved 2 golds and 1 silver.
4. Karnival Bakat Pelapis Siri 3 - 4 students participated, achieved 2 golds and 2 silvers.
With the right amount of support, encouragement and resources they need to practice, my students can go very far in this sport. We are in dire need of more arrows and with the help of the public, I am hoping to raise enough funds to purchase the equipment my students need to continue their journey as archers.
Cikgu Chee Hoo
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