Campus singing contest
My daughters school is going to held the parental / teacher-student campus singing contest (亲子/师生校园歌唱比赛) . This singing contest is sponsored by " 南洋商報;Nányáng Shāngbào and CARLSBERG". We get to know this singing contest in July and the contest date is in September. We have two months to prepare for the duet song.
My 9 years-old May was the first to show her interest in the contest. My 11 years-old April was not so keen to join. However, me, being a supportive and sporting parent, I pestered my husband to join the singing contest too. Our plan is May sings a duet with me, and April sings a duet with Papa. We informed their music teacher in school, their teacher was delighted with our participation and immediately passed us 2 forms.
While we were in the midst of thinking of what duet songs to sing, I got to know that one of April's classmates is going to take part in the singing contest with her elder cousin sister. Both of them are pretty good singers, especially the elder cousin sister had won herself several champions in local singing contests. April's classmate too won herself many champions in campus singing contests.
April who was not keen to join said,"Mommy, then there is no point for us to join anymore, they sure win."
I wanted to encourage her by saying, "That is ok, we just do our best."
April again said, "She(her classmate) can't just sing with parents and teachers, why must her sing with her big cousin sister? "
I was speechless. I have to agree with her that is what written in the singing contest form. She understood that every one should follow the rule and regulation of the contest.
Let me translate the singing contest rule and regulation as below.
1. This singing contest is opened: Parents/Teachers/PTA(Parents Teachers Association)
2. Two person in a group: Parent-Child/Teacher-Student/PTA-Student relationships.
There is not stated in the rule and regulation that the relationship of Relative-Student is allowed. After much thought and consideration, I decided to text the music teacher on what we think. I told her that it is not fair to accept the relationship of the duet participants other than what is stated in the form, and we wanted to withdraw from joining.
I thought that the school would re-do the singing contest form with new rule and regulation after I made the complaint.
I was informed by the music teacher on the next day that the school has decided to disqualify those relative-child participation. Period.
April's classmate is not taking part finally. April and Papa too have decided to withdraw. May insists to go ahead, I have no choice but to proceed with her.
Now, May and me have started to practice our duet song over and over again, be it at home and at the singing lessons which we purposely engaged for this singing contest.
We are anxiously waiting for the date to step on to the stage. This is my first time taking part in such singing contest. To be honest, I have stage fright worse than May, I am getting nervous. I just wish that I can sing the whole song without any mistake.