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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

SK Naradan Ranau Sabah


School CODE: XBA 5642
Total students: 103 people
Total Teachers: 11 teachers
Number of Classes: 6 classes.


Located in the north bordering with district of Ranau and Kota Marudu. This school was under the administration of the Ranau District Education Office.

This school was in the remote area in the district of Ranau. The school was located about 68 kilometers from the town of Ranau. There are two road routes that can be used to go to this school Jalan Ranau Ranau-Tibabar-Balingkadus school .. The journey will takes about 2 hours and 30 minutes using four-wheel drive. In the rainy season there were no suitable automobile can go to this school. Teachers who is working in this school had to walk before reaching the school. The school was classified as P2 (Pedalaman 2) by the Jabatan Pelajaran Sabah.


Residents who live near the school was made up and originated from the Dusun ethnic. There were several villages located near the school. The villages are Nawanon Village, Pugi Village, Gunsapou Village, Kantas Village and Kieyep Village. All this villages were far from the school except Kampoung Nawanon.

Name of village and distance from the school.

01 Kg. Nawanon, Ranau 0.4 KM
02 Kg. Kieyep, Ranau 10 KM
03 Kg. Kantas, Ranau 7 KM
04 Kg. Pugi, Ranau 9 KM
05 Kg. Gunsapou, Ranau 12 KM
06 Kg. Longgom, Ranau 15 KM
07 Kg Tagibang, Kota Marudu 25KM

Total population in this five villages is about 900 to 1200 people. 98% of the population were working as farmers. The villagers, mainly doing the so-called paddy nomadic, hunting, fishing,rubber tapper and planting vegetables.  Many of the pupils prepare following their parents to work at their farm rather going to school for knowledge and it was the main problem why there was a lot of drop out at this school. 


All pupils who are studying in this school were from the family of a traditional farmers. Their family were really poor. Their parents did not attended any school before and illiterate. The distance between the surrounding villages were very far from the school and that was the main problem for the pupils  to arrive late at school. The  pupils had to get up early in the morning as early as 5am to start their journey to school. Although these pupils begin their journey at 5am every day but they still arrive late because of the weather  was very challenging and unpredictable. These pupils had to  cross rivers, trails, forests and high hills before reaching the school. These pupils usually arrive at the school at 8.00 am whereby the learning lesson starts at 7.00 am. They arrive at school with hard work. When they arrived at school, the pupils will change their clothing with their school uniforms. This situation was very hectic and the pupils looks very tired and sad about their situation. Three hours traveling from home to school was quite tiring for the pupils, perhaps if there is a hostel in the school this problem can be solve.


Many pupils from the villages could not go to school because of the school location was too far from their village. Here are the reasons why the students cannot go to school:

1. Location of the school was very far from home.
2. Wild animals are often disturbing such as wild boar, snakes, wasps and poisonous insects.
3. River often floods. The pupils cannot cross the rivers because there is no bridge available.
4. Many pupils prepare helping their parents such as planting and looking after their brothers/sisters.

Written By: Harry George
Picture: SK Naradan Ranau

Friday, April 12, 2013

The rain come back again........

After the school break, two weeks spent for English Pro-ELT course ends with a double happiness for me. Pass with flying colors and got a lot of new idea for teaching English Primary School. Edger to return to SK Naradan bring an upsetting feeling when I saw the Kepuakon River flooding like a tsunami.. I have to return back to Ranau. What a mess!!! Two hours journey ends with nothing!! Every Friday when I return to home, my mind keep on thinking about the next Monday... What about the river? Is it flooding or not? What is the condition of the roads? Bad or good? There were thousand matters arises!! and surely I don't like this feeling whereby it make brain non-stop thinking...

I thinks that the weather is going mad again...La pace del Signore sia con tutti voi!  and hopping that the weather came back to normal again soon. The sentence that being bold and italic above was a copy and paste from a Rev Fr Rayner Basius FB which I really admire him. I will write about him soon but not in this blog. The sentence mean... Peace of God be with you all or in Malay Language "Damai Tuhan Bersama Anda Semua" It is the kind and motivating sentence for me to face the future ahead. Huh the rain come back again... it bring a lot of problem to the teacher in SK Naradan. Anyone can help us to ease up our problem? 

Nevertheless, I have to full fill my duty. No matter happen, I must achieve my goal for BI, UPSR with five out of 17 got A and 10 got C and the rest got D. That will increase our school GPS and hopefully this will become my asset when I applying for transferal soon. I will see you soon. 


1. Introduce the concept of a "main idea." Read a short paragraph to the children. Ask the children to state in one phrase or sentence what the main idea of a story is. Practice summarizing main ideas by reading short stories or fables, asking the children what good titles to the story would be (such as, "Don't Be Selfish!" or "John's Trip to the Store").

2. Ask children to demonstrate listening by predicting the end of a story. Point out contributions that could not be possible according to previously disclosed facts. For instance, if you ask children to predict the end of "Three Little Pigs" you might point out that a prediction of "They run to the straw house!" would not make sense since the straw house was already blown down by the wolf.

3. Encourage children to listen for unfamiliar words and raise their hands to ask for definitions to increase their comprehension.

4. Play a record or tape recording of a children's song. Quiz the children on the song after playing it for the class.

5. Practice learning foreign words that require careful listening. Teach the class to count to 10 in Spanish, repeating the Spanish numbers after you as you say them.

6. Ask children to listen to a set of instructions (such as how to make a simple craft). Ask children to write down notes and then gather them into groups to compare notes and create a group guide to the topic.

7. Play listening games like "Simon Says" or "Hokey Pokey," varying your instructions so that children have to listen closely to succeed.

By: Harry George, English Teacher SK Naradan Ranau.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Pro-ELT Courses April 2013

It quite tiring for me to attend this Pro-ELT courses conducted by the British Council. The main purpose for this course is to level up the standard for English teachers here in Ranau. The course conducted at PPD Ranau Lama and our first tutor was Mr Robert Rudge. He is well spoken in British accent and  helpful guy which attracted most of the female teachers. The teachers really like him the most. Well for me, this course is important for me to level up my English Standard from B1 to B2 so that I can be exempted to take this course anymore. Hopefully all be fine after this coming Thursday after the APTIS test. The result for this test will be published on Monday next week (8 April). 

Sorry to all my pupils that I cannot teach you guys English for week or two in this month. We were the 1st Phase centralized course teachers consist of 28 teachers from all over Ranau school attending the course. Well the course came along with an English teaching folder which comprise of 25 modules needed to be completed in one month. Back to APTIS test, it was the continuous CPT test conducted last year. The standard level for primary teacher is B2 but I was in the B1 group which I failed to get another 5 marks to be level in B2 group. The course conducted 6 hours from 8am until 2pm with 15 minutes break for every session. 

So far I have learnt Classroom Management, writing a Podcast, Advanced Level of Grammar and Vocabulary and Standard Lesson Plan. We are off from the school schedule and our mind focused on this course entirely. I hope that from this course, it can improve me as an English teachers!!!

Mr Robert, Senior Trainer British Council
Copied from Mr Robert Rudge Facebook

Good Day. 
Harry George
English Teachers for SK Naradan Ranau.