Wednesday, August 24, 2016

National/Private/International Schools??

My kids are a little bit like nomads...

All 3 of them studied in Chinese primary school, before they went through a series of different education:

1. The eldest joined a private school after completing secondary 3 in a national school.
2. The middle child joined a private school a few months after entering secondary 1 in a national school. (PT3 was introduced the year she started her form 1). And entered an international school after her form 3 exam
3. The youngest one joined private school right after standard 6, and will switch to international school next month for year 10 (she is currently in form 2)

Not sure shall I thank or blame our ever changing education system...

Actually there are many students from national schools doing very well in major exams, including SPM and A Level. Some parents will say "We were also from national school and we survived well too. No point of sending them to private or international school".

But how many choices we had last time?

Yes. It very much depends on the kids. Those hardworking kids will survive academically. 

But I also found out many students from private and international schools are doing as well too, and they are also as polite and humble (I must admit I once stereotyped those from expensive international schools as spoilt rich kids).

But education is not only about academic achievement!

Do they enjoy their schools, teachers and friends? Are there sufficient facilities and activities for them to take part and unleash their potential? Do they have more dedicated teachers than the less dedicated and inspiring ones? (trust me, every school has good and not very good teachers, but the ratio is different)

I believe every kid is like a seed that requires specific type of fertiliser and environment. Some may be strong in science subjects and others in humanities subjects. But all need a positive and inspiring environment, just like sunshine and water. 

If you can afford, are you willing to pay for a better fertiliser and environment for a plant to grow better?

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Son, I am proud of you!

I must admit I was rather worried for my son's A Level result because he did not do well in 2 papers on his 2nd Edexcel Exam. I was so happy when he told me he scored A*AA for his math, physics and chemistry paper. With his result, he has successfully secured a place for law degree in University of Bristol (all 5 universities he applied gave him conditional offer with the condition of A*AA & AAA)

Looking back, he did well on all his major exams, be it UPSR, PMR or SPM. The only paper he did not do well was PMR Mandarin in which he got a D.

However, it does not mean he has no complaint: he did question my hubby and I on the following matters:
1) why we did not send him to international school so that he can "save" one year, just like his friends.
2) why we "forced" him to continue with the mandarin tuition after PMR
3) why we "forced" him to take A level instead of Foundation
4) why we told him to take Pearson Edexcel and not Cambridge International Exams

My reasons are:
1) He showed interest in Law and I know it is good to have a cert for SPM Bahasa Malaysia if he wants to work in Malaysia one day (And I am glad he scored A for that)
2) I want my children to learn Mandarin at least until form 5. But knowing well that he could not cope with SPM Mandarin, I got him private tutor and signed him up as a private candidate for O-Level Chinese first language (And I am glad he scored 78 marks for that)
3) Even though he showed interest in Law, he somehow does not mind Engineering. So, A level is the right choice since he could not make up his mind yet during that time.
4) He could retake paper (module) for Pearson Edexcel. He scored B for 2 papers on the 2nd exam & decided to retake. He did much better on the 2nd time and that have helped him to get an A* for math!

Today, he is grateful with our decisions.
Of course, he has to thank himself too.
He is hardworking, determined and full of fighting spirit.

And I am glad he loves fencing and has learned for 5 years and took part in many competitions even though he hardly won any prizes. He loves music and completed his grade 8 piano last year even though he nearly wanted to quit when he was in secondary one. Oh ya, he loves playing guitar & jamming with his band buddies too!

Son, congratulations to you on for all your achievements (including the muscle you gained through bodybuilding). May you stay happy, healthy and passionate, and continue to work hard and persevere. 


I love you and I am proud of you.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Life is beautiful

Have not been updating my blog for a long time. 

Last year, the elder 2 passed their grade 8 piano exam, while the youngest passed her grade 5 and is now pursuing grade 6 while learning cello at the same time. I am glad music is part of their lives and they enjoy it.

The eldest is having a stressful year preparing for his A level exam while the middle kid will be sitting for her O level. The youngest will switch to an international school in September. I am glad they are serious about their studies and I am thankful all of them have healthy hobbies that help to release some of their study pressure. 

As for me, I am still enjoying my work and my family. Apart from preparing dinners, I have started making bread since last year. I am glad I am still passionate about life.



Glad that I managed to churn out 2 drawings too.






Even my hubby has picked up cooking as a hobby! 








I am glad the house is constantly filled with the smell of home cooked food, the music from different musical instruments, happy laughters & sometimes healthy arguments, and good conversation across the dinner table. 

Life is beautiful. I live the life I have imagined. I count my blessings and wish to be a blessing to others.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

How time flies!

Time flies... my last update was so many months ago.

Had a great 2014.

November

I organised a halloween party for my girl & her friends. She ended her primary school life on a high note.




December

My older daughter baking red velvet cupcake




And she made her own dress and blouse



We set up Christmas Tree in our home for the first time


Welcoming 2015 with all my buddies in my BFF's house. They gave me a sweet birthday surprise!



I am thankful for a great 2014.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Well done, my girl!


The books and worksheet of my son & youngest daughter. I warn them to get good result and not to let the trees sacrificed for nothing :-)


My youngest daughter loves to do workbook, word search and sudoku. When she was younger, she loved to read instruction manual. Her elder brother & sister said she is weird (怪胎).
But actually we know she derives joy and satisfaction from learning. 
And she enjoys taking part in competitions. 
This year she is one of the winners for the English story telling and story writing competition again. 
Best of all, she loves to help others (her class teacher adores her), and gets along well with everyone.
I am glad she enjoys her primary school life very much, and ends it with a high note 
by scoring 7As in UPSR!
Well done my girl. I am proud of you.
I am thankful that you are able to study independently without my coaching.
And you have saved me a lot  of money on tuition fees too. (Having only taken BM tuition)
Keep working hard and deriving joy from learning!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Her Poem, My Art

When I was a teenager, I loved to draw based on inspiration derived from song lyrics. Never knew that one day I would pick up my paint brush and pen because of my 15 year-old daughter's poem.

Life is simply beautiful and full of sweet surprises. It is more than what we expect.

MORE THAN
Nobody ever gave her a second look.
with lips a pale pink;
plain green eyes,
dull brown hair piled atop her head,
who would?
she was always bundled up
in her sweaters and knits,
she always had
her nose in a book.
Her glasses fell to the tip of her nose
As from her coffee a sip she took.
But if you took a second glance you'll see
that her hair is of a rich mahogany.
Her eyes filled with fire and passion, an emerald green.
her lips moving as she blissfully recites a passage,
the string of words she uses so eloquently
only entices you so wholly.
When she stands up straight you'll see,
she imposes the regal posture of a queen.
As her long tapered fingers flips a page of a book
or tinkles the ivory and ebony keys,
you'd realise she's so much more than it seems.







I intentionally added her hipster glasses, fashion bag and a cup of her favourite Starbucks Coffee.






And below were what she wrote when she was very young...



Friday, November 21, 2014

My little girl's graduation day!

Today is a memorable day!
My little girl has graduated from primary school!

How time flies. I'm glad i recorded her 1st day in Kndie and primary school.

2 Jan 2007 (1st day in Kindie): 
She was very cheerful and received lots of praises from other parents. One parent commented that she was the happiest student in the class. Everything was fine until she went to toilet and wet her underwear. She started crying. Her teacher gave her another pant to wear and I was told that she eventually calmed down. But on the 2nd day, she started to cry and yell early in the morning: “I want Kakak to stay with me...”, “I want mommy to stay there for so long...”, “I want to stay at home...I don’t want to go to school...” She experienced separation anxiety and we suffered with her for a few weeks.

5 Jan 2009 (1st day of Primary School):
She was very "manja". With teary eyes, she complained that the hall was hot and stuffy. We pulled her out to get some fresh air and her daddy offered to let her "play" with his Blackberry. I stopped him because she was in the school! During recess, we brought her elder sister to school to give her some "Canteen Survival Training".
Fortunately she is not spoiled & pampered. Today, she is cool, independent, disciplined and confident and ready to embrace her secondary school life in 2015!

Well done my girl!
And congratulations on your "graduation"!