I remember this is not the first time the main building was brought down to its knees. I think it was in the mid-80s when it was swept by a strong typhoon. I still have vivid memories before the typhoon, because my mom would bring me in a room full of fetuses placed on jars. When the main building was rebuilt, those specimens were gone.
During my time in national (or SNHS), the main building was both a study area and a playground. Study area because the main room in the 2nd floor was our library, and on our forth year, our room was located on the said building on the right wing, right after the stair case in the second floor.
It’s a playground because this is where we had our fun when doing night navigation when camping out as part of the Boy Scouts activities. Our Scout Masters were on it as well, encouraging us to frighten the younger scouts as part of their mental training. I can still remember a group of the staffers (we call the boy scouts officers or seniors) turned the table around on their fellow staffers – frightening the wits out of them (the author included).
And the ground in front of the main building, it’s where I spent a lot of time developing my skills in Sepak Takraw. I can still picture in my mind the hard rattan ball being walloped by a strong kick or the serve that will rock ones brains literally if received via a header.
And just like SNHS’ graduates who outgrew the past and walking towards the future, I am confident that the main building will rise again, stronger and will offer better facilities to the future students of SNHS.
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