Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Ipoh schools all out for a walk

MORE schools are jumping on the bandwagon to join the sixth edition of the Ipoh Starwalk and not only that, each is trying to outdo their previous participation record.
SMK Jalan Pasir Puteh principal Lau Swee Mun wants all 1,500 of his students to take part, if possible.
“I’m trying to encourage all of them, including our special students, to join Ipoh Starwalk 2009 and for them to bring their parents along to make it a family day outing.
“This should be part of their education. We want our students to have a holistic education as education should not only be confined to the classroom,” Lau said.
Elsewhere, SMK Methodist ACS Ipoh principal Cheng Sai Lak expressed confidence that more students would join the event this year as marks would be given to those who took part.
“This will go a long way towards their assessment of co-curriculum participation in school,” he said, adding that some 100 students from the school joined Ipoh Starwalk last year.
SMK Buntong principal A. Nalini said her students had been eagerly waiting to get their hands on the forms ever since the announcement of Ipoh Starwalk 2009.
”About 250 students took part last year. This year, we are hoping for at least 600 of them to join,” she said.
Noting that importance must also be given to sporting and recreational activities in order for children to become all-rounded students, Nalini said most were glued to their computer screens these days.
“Some do not even come out of their rooms and the only games that they play are computer games,” she said.
Ipoh Starwalk 2009 is jointly organised by Star Publications (M) Bhd and the Ipoh City Council with the co-operation of the Perak Government, Perak Amateur Athletics Association and Perak Education Department in conjunction with Ipoh city’s 21st anniversary.
It will be flagged off at 7am on June 21 from Stadium Indera Mulia.
Registration is open from 9am to 5pm on weekdays, except public holidays, at The Star’s Ipoh office at 39, Jalan Hussein. Entry forms can also be downloaded from
Entries close on May 15. For enquiries, call 05-2530402

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