Saturday, April 4, 2009

Old Skool and New skool, Stay Cool, Stay in School

Ladies and gentlemen, it is my greatest pleasure to present you my former school, Clifford school Kuala Kangsar. Not many people know nor heard about this school especially outside of Perak. Well today I shall tell you all about my 'old skool'. I guess this is where everything started for me. This is where Rugby makes its mark in my life and it has changed me entirely. Clifford school is the oldest school in Kuala Langsar. Some people taught that Malay Collage Kuala Kangsar was the oldest, well, they were wrong all the way. Clifford school was established in 1897 while MCKK was established in 1905. Our tradition goes along way back in the times of the British colonials. Those days, the royals and the aristocrat went to this school for education before MCKK was founded. Names like Hamdan Syeikh Tahir, Tun Sambathan, Raja Mohar Badiozzaman and Rafidah Aziz were among the outstanding few. There are more to be mentioned. As the post independence generation, I am very proud to be a Cliffordian. Even though we were not as glamourous and as prestigious as the MCKK, we are proud at the standard of our own.

I've left Kuala Kangsar for almost fourteen years, all my memories are still fresh in my mind. I've been a kampung boy and I still am. The only thing that made me feel sad going back to Kuala Kangsar is the big empty house of my grandparents. It is still very hard for me to let go of the feeling since I was not there when when they passed away. That will always a part of me that lives forever 'the presence of my grandparents' because I never saw the 'go'.

My class was right next to the foyer on the right

"The Ship is more than the crew" is the motto of the school signifies the highest regards and importance is given to the school. As written on the walls of Dewan Hamdan the school hall, "Once a Cliffordian always be a Cliffordian". I guess I have never really left school and that is why I am destined to be a teacher.

"The Ship is more than the crew"

10 comments:

SAHAR MISRON said...

Tahniah dah ada blog sendiri ya, teruskan.....

amiechomel said...

blog ni dah lama cikgu, tapi tuan punya dia tu baru dpt feel nak update... hehehe...

by the way, terasa mcm nak tulis pasal my former school gak la nanti... tapi takde gambar bangunan sekolah...

Naiman Ghazali said...

Thanks for your support!

najmiah said...

I pun rasa nak tulis pasal 'Old Skool' gak. Nanti blh minta Cikgu Azhar amik gambar skol dia sbb itulah skol I dulu, tapi dia tau ke mana satu kelas I dl? I know how you feel towards your school. Semua penuh memori kan? I suggest watlah reunion...mesti best kan?

ummuaimi said...

Salam. Just wondering, which batch are you?

latzaharah said...

Salam, chegu... sayapun pernah belajo di Clifford 1980 dan 1981 (enam rendah dan atas). Walaupun dua tahun, namun banyak memori. Saya sekarang tengah cari kawan-kawan lama, ramai dalam kalangan mereka chegu... antara mereka.. Nur Fauziah Hanim Abu Bakar, Zarina Karim, Nur Ashikien Norbi. Fazilah, Fadzil dsb... kalaulah chegu kenal mereka. Saya betugas di Bernama sejak 1983...

ummuaimi said...

Salam.Sorry tuan rumah terpaksa guna this blog.Nice to see that Lat Zaharah visited this blog too. I'm ur classmate le.Contact me. I keep track with quite a number of our classmate. Am teaching in C'ford now.

Naiman Ghazali said...

Salam, To senior Cliffordian Latzaharah and Ummuaimi. I'm glad that you guys have finally met each other. Tak sangka blog ni mampu menemukan sahabat lama ye. Anyway to Ummuaimi saya bercadang nak buat lawatan ke Clifford tak lama lagi, kirim salam kat sifu say Tuan Haji Shahrir.

Khairul Anuar said...

Salam Cliffordian...Saya dari generasi lepasan Sixth Former 1991 dalam bidang Sastera.Saya masih ingat pada bekas guru2 spt En. Ahmad Latffi (Ketua warden asrama), En. Shahrir (sifu ragbi), En. Mokhtaruddin (guru disiplin) & ketika itu Pengetua ialah En. Zainal Badri.Saya juga adalah Ketua Asrama ketika itu.Begitu byk kenangan yg tak dpt dilupakan...terima kasih Clifford!

Khairul Anuar said...

Salam Cliffordian...Saya dari generasi lepasan Sixth Former 1991 dalam bidang Sastera.Saya masih ingat pada bekas guru2 spt En. Ahmad Latffi (Ketua warden asrama), En. Shahrir (sifu ragbi), En. Mokhtaruddin (guru disiplin) & ketika itu Pengetua ialah En. Zainal Badri.Saya juga adalah Ketua Asrama ketika itu.Begitu byk kenangan yg tak dpt dilupakan...terima kasih Clifford!

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