Jalur Gemilang is the name of the Malaysian flag, and literally translated means Glorious Stripes. To mark the last day of school yesterday, the boys' school held a closing ceremony, with some performances, an end-of-year school bell ringing, and the highlight which was the procession of flags.
The oldest student from each country carries the nation's flag into the hall. May, my friend from Thailand said children look forward to a chance to carry the flag every year, and this year was the first that her boys had this opportunity, only after the other Thai families with older children had left Moscow.
Being that we are the only Malaysian family in this school, Brian and Sean were given the honour of carrying the Jalur Gemilang (The boys are Malaysians but Brian thinks and insists he's Singaporean while Sean has said in the past that he was English(!) and yes they will both serve Singapore's National Service when they turn 18). In total, 55 countries are represented in the school. Singapore's flag was carried by the Ambassador's son.
The boys are seen here at the end of the video. Brian said that when they were seated later, Sean wasn't well-behaved at all, asking for tortoise talk, talking while speeches and performances were going on, and smacking Brian to get his attention. How embarrassing!
There were tears among many of the children and parents, as quite a number will leave Moscow and the school this summer after having spent a number of years here. Brian and Sean were totally cheerful though, cos what matters to them is SCHOOL'S OUT!!! (actually, not really for Brian hehehe...)