SOME 12 schools took part in the recent Beyond Borders 2011 regional competitions.
Mohd Kamarulzaman Taib
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They are SK Batu Tiga, Kuantan, Pahang; SK Labu Ulu Batu Lapan, Negri Sembilan; SK Semabok, Malacca; SK Olak Lempit, Banting, Selangor; SK Titi Gajah, Kedah; SK Sungai Batu, Penang; SK Temenggong Datuk Muip, Miri, Sarawak; SK Parang Puting, Kelantan; SK Mengabang Telipot, Terengganu; SK Sungai Raya, Ipoh, Perak; SK Wakuba, Tawau, Sabah and SK Seri Cheras, Kuala Lumpur.
The Beyond Borders programme is divided into four categories — Beyond Borders Interschool Project, Planet Green Interschool Project, Golden Pen Award (an essay writing contest) and Act It Up Interschool Drama.
Participating schools are classified into three regions — northern, southern and eastern — determined by their locations.
SK Wakuba competed against SK Parang Puting; SK Mengabang Telipot and SK Batu Tiga in the eastern region while SK Temenggong Datuk Muip was pitted against SK Titi Gajah; SK Sungai Batu and SK Sungai Raya in the northern region.
The rest are grouped in the southern region.
All of the schools stated above were adopted by Malaysia Airports last year for the second phase of the Beyond Borders project, which is its corporate social responsibility initiative.
Only those which meet the criteria set by Malaysia Airports and are close to a local airport are eligible to participate in the programme.
Malaysia Airports launched its Beyond Borders adoption scheme in SK Batu Maung and SMK Batu Maung in Penang in 2007.
The following year, seven more — SK Wira, Kuantan, Pahang; SK Pengkalan Chepa, Kelantan; SK Bukit Pinang, Kedah; SK Pokok Sena, Kepala Batas, Penang; SK Petagas, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah; SK Pulo, Kuching, Sarawak and SK Bukit Changgang, Banting, Selangor — were added to the list.
To prepare the participating schools for the contest, the organisers conduct English workshop for teachers, creative writing workshop for pupils and motivational talks at these schools every year.
The overarching aim of the Beyond Borders programme is to raise the academic performance of these schools, besides instilling self-confidence into teachers and pupils through the interschool contests.
Schools convened at a host school in their respective regions for the annual regional awards in the first two years of the scheme.
The programme will culminate in a Beyond Borders Awards Night next year, which will mark the end of the adoption period as well as graduation of the adopted schools from Beyond Borders.
Telling a good story
Beyond Borders Act It Up Interschool Drama judges and lecturers at Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan Mohd Kamarulzaman Taib and Rosman Ishak offer tips on producing award-winning plays.
Keep it simple Less is more in storytelling. Drama is a slice of life, after all, so pick a topic and develop it well.
Keep it straightforward You must understand an issue thoroughly before you write the script. Audience can see through an unformed piece.
Keep words to a minimum Preaching is a no-no in a play. Show more action and use less dialogues.
Keep it loud and clear Good voice projection, diction, intonation and expressive body language are key. The audience relies on verbal and non-verbal cues to understand a play.
Keep it relevant Pick suitable songs for a play, not tunes that are popular but unrelated to the script.
Keep it purposeful Every item or prop displayed on stage must bring meaning to the drama. So make everything count.