Late for School
Bryan jumped (1) ________of bed when he heard a loud honk. After looking (2) _______ his window, he saw his school bus moving (3) _______.
Bryan looked (4) ________the clock. It was seven o’clock. He had overslept! He tore (5) _______ his pyjamas and threw (6) _______his uniform. There was no time (7) _______breakfast. After putting (8) _____his socks and shoes hurriedly, he rushed (9) ______ of the house. He decided to run all the way to school. It was a long way. Bryan was out (10) ______breath by the time he arrived (11) __________the school. He was too late. A school perfect was standing at the gate. He took down Bryan’s name and class. Then, he made him stand (12) _______ the gate until the morning assembly was over.
Bryan regretted staying (13) ____________late to watch his favourite film. He was tired, breathless and hungry. He decided not to sleep late (14) ________then on.
Bryan needed a haircut. He decided to go to the new barber’s (1) _________ his house.
There were many people (2) ________line when he arrived (3) _______the barber’s. After a long wait, it was finally Bryan’s turn. After Bryan told the barber the hairstyle he wanted, he fell asleep (4) __________the haircut. When he woke up, he was shocked to see that he was bald! He questioned the barber immediately. The barber thought that Bryan wanted to shave his head. There was nothing Bryan could do. He paid the barber and hurried (5) ________of the shop.
He wondered what his parents and friends would say. He was sure that everyone would giggle (6) ________him.
Bryan was (1) _______his way to the library. He was carrying a heavy bag (2) _______ library books. He was supposed (3) ______use the overhead bridge but his bag was too heavy.
Bryan made sure that there were no oncoming cars before crossing the road. However, a car came speeding (4) ___________him when he was (5) _________the middle (6) _________ the road. He was too frightened to move. Although the driver sounded the horn loudly, Bryan did not move. It was too late (7) ___________ the driver to stop. He turned the car to avoid hitting Bryan but he knocked Bryan’s big bag. Bryan fell to the ground. His legs were bleeding badly. The driver called (8) _______________ an ambulance. Luckily, Bryan was not badly hurt.
After the accident, Bryan made sure that he used the overhead bridge whenever he crossed the road.
Bryan is having an English test. He sits next to his friend, Michael, while Jill sits next to Michael.
During the text, Bryan notices that Micheal is looking at Jill’s paper continuously. Bryan is shocked as he does not think Micheal ever cheats in a test. Suddenly, the teacher walks over. She has noticed Micheal is looking at Jill’s paper too. She taps him on the shoulder. The teacher tells him quietly to follow her. She takes his test paper away and tells him to stand at the back of the classroom.
Although Bryan continues with his test, he is worried. He knows that Michael will be sent to see the stern principal. The teacher will also call his parents.
A Spring-clean at the Playground
The Mastertuition neighbourhood playground was neglected. The equipment was broken and faded. So, the residents decided to have a spring-clean at the playground on Sunday morning.
Mr Low and Mr Raja painted the monkey bars. Encik Bryan repaired the broken benches with his hammer and nails. Mrs David planted a hibiscus while her son James Harden stood next to her holding a shovel. Mr Balan and Encik Johar repaired the swings. Ms. Alice and Mrs Lee prepared drinks for the thirsty volunteers.
By the time the volunteers finished with the spring-clean, the playground looked nice and cheerful. Now, the neighbourhood children could use the playground.
Bryan was on his way to school. The pavement were filled with students walking to school. Many adults were busy going to work at the same time. Just then, horns blared and pedestrians screamed thunderously.
Peering through the many people who had gathered along the pavement, Bryan saw puffs of smoke snaking out from between two trees. Inching his way through the crowd, Bryan stepped onto the side of the road to avoid getting injured. He was horrified to witness a car with its front smashed against a tree. Smoke was billowing from the bonnet profusely. One of the doors was opened and a few people were trying to drag the driver out. The driver was pregnant and sobbed in fear.
“What happened?” someone next to Bryan asked. However, the shock had robbed Bryan of any speech. He stared at the scene as a sense of panic engulfed him. Bryan ran forward a little. He was standing in the middle of the road together with drivers who had come out from the cars. He wanted to shout and asked them to get away but he could not utter a word. He was overcome with fright as more and more smoke emerged from the bonnet. Suddenly, someone shouted, “Hurry!” The car is going to explode!”
Bryan was jolted from his thoughts. Together with the rest of the crowd, he ran as far as he could. The victims had been dragged away just in time. There were popping sounds and loud bang before bright orange flames burst out of the bonnet.
Bryan was late for school that day but so were many of his friends. They were unable to walk to school as the route was blocked. The police had cordoned off the area.
Encik Bryan came back to shore in his boat. He was excited. He had caught a variety of fishes.
He unloaded his containers of fishes when he reached the shore. Encik Bryan’s friends were also unloading their catch. Puan Siti, one of his neighbours, had already set up her stall. She was selling prawns, crabs and cockles at her stall. A cat was trying to steal a fish from the basket behind Puan Siti. Meanwhile, seagulls were flying nearby. They were hoping to get some fish for their food.
It had rained heavily for three consecutive days. Kampung Mastertuition was flooded eventually. Bryan felt miserable as his house was flooded.
Unfortunately, all his books were spoilt by the flood water. The river had overflowed its banks and the water was three feet high. Bryan’s parents were away and did not know that Bryan had been trapped in their house due to the flood water.
Luckily, Bryan’s neighbour had seen Bryan in his bedroom. Before being trapped in the water, Bryan climbed to the top floor. Bryan was rescued by a rescue team. He sat in a boat with his neighbhours, feeling sorry for himself.
For the fifth time, Bryan touched the bulge in his backpack. It was a digital camera given by his parents on his birthday. He was going to use it to make a film about his visit to the zoo which was located at only a stone’s throw away from his house. As the bus approached the zoo, Bryan, unlike his other friends, quietly took out his video camera while the rest were jumping around excitedly.
Bryan turned on his video camera as he walked down the stairs. His teacher grinned and waved into the camera. His friends gave him the thumbs up sign. Bryan filmed everyone storming into the zoo. It was too difficult for Bryan to spot any monkeys initially. Once Bryan found a troop of monkeys, he quickened his pace with the zoom function to take a clearer picture. Afterwards, he filmed a polar bear splashing in the knee-deep river. Bryan pointed at one of the huge creatures and spoke loudly as they talked about the characteristics of the rhinoceroses.
Although the trip to the zoo was an uneventful one, Bryan was as excited as though it was his first trip there. He captured his friends in their candid moments and his teacher in a rare moment laughing while playing some tricks with the students.
It was a dream came true for Bryan as he was capable of viewing the entire excursion again when he went home. Knowing what he had done, his teacher persuaded him to try his hand at video editing and make a film of the zoo trip.
It was Deepavali. Alice’s family was having an open house. Alice’s parents had invited the neighbours to come to their open house. Mrs. Tan came wearing an elegant cheongsam, while Puan Siti wore a pretty headscraft and baju kurung.
Alice served cookies and drinks to her guests. Alice’s brother Mano and his friend Ramli happily played with sparklers. Alice’s sisters, Lily and Susu made a flower kolam using coloured rice. Meanwhile, Alice’s grandmother lit the oil lamps to celebrate Deepavali. Everyone enjoyed themselves.