There is one thing very untraditional in Aelig's school (or nursery school in general), that every kid is to call their teachers by name.
I kid you not, Aelig actually calls her teachers by the first name, not last name.
So, she doesn't do like me calling my teachers Mrs Lim, Sir, Cikgu Arun , Puan Kamsiah, Chen Lao Shi...
I felt so odd to not address a teacher in a formal way. When she says "goodbye Regine" to her teacher, my first reaction was that she was so impolite that I needed to correct her, but I was told later that the school teaches them to do it this way.
I don't know why they are doing this. I heard that the rule changed about 10 years ago.
It creates a problem for us parents, as I don't know what are the last names of these teachers, and I simply do not feel at ease to call them by their first name. So I asked hubby how he addresses the teacher everyday when he sends Aelig to school. "I don't address her", was his reply. Basically, If you do not know how to address a person, simply say "Bonjour" and continue with the conversation.
Ok, I feel impolite to avoid addressing someone when talking, but gradually I get used to it. Now when I'm at the school, I just say "Bonjour" then get on with my questions.
I'm not sure Malaysia would change the habit/rule anytime soon. I couldn't imagine myself calling my teachers by their first name. It would be a real revolution.