Dear students… though you wouldn’t get to read this as this blog is pretty much my private domain… I just wanna say this to you, for you are my pride and joy.
To my first graduating batch (you’re the ’03 batch), many of you are now in uni, in NS, or have graduated from poly. Heard from JM recently, really glad that he’s going to uni after his NS. Suddenly, I realised that you’re not my babies anymore. You’ve got your lives planned out, your education and career charted out. Yet, to me, you’d still be my students forever.
To my first graduating form class (you know who you are… you’re the ’04 batch), been reading XY’s blog, and recently got back in touch with her. Was pretty surprised when some of you contacted me about a class gathering late last year – didn’t expect to be remembered. Some of you would have got your ‘A’ level results recently. Heard that some of you did really well! Do keep up the 8’ttitude spirit!
To my last form class in my first school (you’re the ’06 batch) you’re my beary favourite class! Will never forgive you for the “mama bear” thingy though. I miss you bears lots, though I had to leave before you graduated. I still remember the first day of school when you had your differences. I still remember your tears, your laughter. I remember when I had to comfort some of you who had quarrelled, and when NC came to me sheepishly when his basketball was confiscated when the P saw him trying to kick it up to 4th floor! My dear bears, I know you people have the ability to go far, so do set your sights beyond what you are looking at, for you (and I) know you can go wherever your dreams take you!
To those in the photography club, you’ve been a fantastic lot. It’s a “siong” CCA – I remember we took pictures for almost all the school events, and I remember going to Little India and Arab Street and the Science Centre! For me, it was something I had just picked up, and I was keen to share. I know HM did well for her As, and JM is thinking about doing bridal photography. I hope that you can all keep in touch with each other, and go further in this area. =) And JM, I will remember you if I ever get married! Remember to keep that day free, ok? And KL, you have the potential to be a good photographer and a good leader. You’re mature beyond your age. And H, I admire your tenacity and determination, and I’m glad you’ve decided to join us then!
To my Debate Students (JG ’07), though I tear my hair out (and yours too) in the weeks we’ve worked together, I must really say I really really enjoyed working with you. Honest, despite saying that I will never want boys, and if I happen to have boys, I’d never name my boys after you people, I’ll be very proud if my children (if I have any) turn out like you. You’re dynamic, independent, team workers, helpful, humourous, and you carry yourselves well. Speaking well adds to the list of accolades that I can heap on you. To A, you’re definitely more experienced than me, and you do see far into your role. I’m really impressed by you – you’re a good debater and will make a good coach – you’ve shared a lot with me and with your juniors! To J and K, I know you are balancing many things on your plates. Studies, CCA, leadership roles, and now debate. It’s not easy, but I see you learning to cope with the extra demand on your time. To H, it’s been hard on you to deal with the disappointment. I feel that you have the ability to debate – that’s for sure. Do try to get into this area in your post sec education. You’ve the skills, all you lack now is the chance to shine! To N, I feel that you’ve definitely improved since you joined us. Do continue to learn to think critically and to speak well! And finally, to W. You’re always so cool, but I know that beneath that calm demeanour, you do care deeply. It’s pretty obvious when we talk about debates and the motion. You have many ideas and you can put it across, which is what debating is about! Debating is a demanding activity that imposes its wants on your time, your energy, and your emotions. Certainly a fun and engaging activity, and yet, I must say, I’ve grown to love and hate it in the past 2 months or so. But… I am really proud of all of you. And I hope that you’ve gained something beyond arguing about cartoons, term limits and SS/CE schools so far!
Okay… I will end here for today. There’s still many many more whom I’m really proud of. For some, I know who you are, but sadly, I never got to work with you, and sigh, never figured out your names. And of course, to balance things off, there’s been many many disappointments too. Some have left school due to negative influences, others have opted to give up on themselves and their studies. Yet some others chose to wreck their own futures by going against our society’s norms of acceptable behaviour. But for those of you who’ve made it, or are making it, I’m proud of you, whether you remember me 🙂