Many of us living in Bukit Assek or Oya Road area in the 60s and 70s were students of Dung Sang Primary School. The school is located at 2 1/2 mile, Oya Road, on a small hill over looking the current long distance bus terminal. Although I had my primary education there I couldn't remember much of its history. A Director of the current Shool Board has failed to provide me with any information . I can't wait to get the old photos of the school posted here because one of my regular readers has been asking for them for quite some time. Sorry for the delay. The old black and white photos were taken in the early 80s. All these buildings have since been demolished and replaced by new and modern ones as shown by the coloured pictures. I would like to produce below in full, what my reader had earlier sent me regarding his memories about our alma mater.
Good memories with the teachers of old days. Many of whom did not go through the training college until much later. They later did. Was the student population like 545?
Do you know Wong Pui Toh, the headmaster and his wife who was the teacher (the rumour that she was not as good but had the job because of her husband)? There was Wong Nguok Hua, who was super fierce, and good in beating students and pulling the eyes and ears.Her mother was taking care of the church and living in a wooden house nearby primary six classroom.Another super fierce teacher was the English teacher, Lau Zhui Ling. I think the more lady like teacher who was not fierce was Ngu Yu Shung.I remembered she was small size compared to others.Her husband came to pick her up in the late afternoon, who had the nickname Giemo Chung.
For the male teachers, the brother of Wong Soon Koh, whose nick name was Long Guong.He taught English. Teck Sing was another English teacher with cury hair and who showed humour in his pronounciation.We had also Lau Hing Dong, with the well known phrase "namo". Tang Zhong Hieng was quite a gentlemen and we always remembered his 7979.Yii Suk Tieng had special skill in making half a dozen beating using a stick on the palm.Ting Lung Piu was also fierce and he gave us a lot of math problems to practise.Later another math teacher, Wong Sing Ung,joined Dung Sang.The volleyball coach, Lau Nai Meng,now runs a hotel in town. He was an English teacher. I must not forget Lau Chiong Tong, who taught me arithmethic. His son Ah Kai was a litle fat.
And we have had the well known clerk, Ah Dang, who lived upstair of primary six classroom.The gardener,Wong Sing Chui who always prepared hot tea and heat the lunch box of the children. I still remember all their names in Chinese.
I don't have the knowledge of those who joined Dung Sang at the later stage.The two toilets were smelly and always with ghost stories.There was a pepper garden nearby the toilet. Behind the girl's toilet there was a big pond made by Japanese bomb.
My friend reminded me about BM. BM has been taught by Lau Nai Meng,Tang Zhong Hieng and Yew Buong Zho (I forget to put down his name earlier). Many people studied BM at night at Chung Hwa Primary School and took the SRP single subject test.For the passing grade, you make a better living.
Thank you so much to my loyal reader who gave a very detailed description of all the old teachers. You really have good memory. I can only recall names like "Long Guong" and "Giemo Chung" after reading your story.And you also remined me of the 12 beatings given to me by Ting Lung Piu for not getting the correct answer to a math question.And he called me "Ni Ba Ngu" (250 in Foochow) after the beating.Can someone provide some details of when the school was first built, who were the founders and what about the church there? And certainly the stories of the Japanese soilders and the many mad men imprisoned there during World War II would be very enlightening.