Will a Singapore teacher be allowed to have this kind of “sabbatical?”

I chanced upon this Travelling teacher blog on National Geographic Traveller magazine. The article shared about an educator, Diana Gross, from Garrison Forest School who decided to embark on a year long leave of absence with a “globe-spanning goal of digitally connecting students and teachers by bringing technology education and mobile video training to undeserved…

The gift of education – keeping 20% for the poor

I chanced upon this while reading a facebook update by an ex-student from St. Joseph’s Institution. Bro Michael Broughton is the Associate Vice Chancellor for Lasallian Mission, Manila, Philippines. I have always known him to be a witty and humourous brother, knowledgeable yet humble. I enjoyed listening to his assembly talks. He is an intelligent person…

Seeing in a different light – hearing colours

It was an unplanned encounter with a concerned parent last Saturday. No, I was not meeting her in the capacity of a teacher. It was not in a school setting. Instead, we were having refreshments after the Opening Night of the 40th Anniversary Art Exibition by Life Art Society. It was a small cosy event….

Building the creative confidence in your child

The recent TED talk by Dr David Kelley: “How to build your creative confidence” interests me greatly. I liked the idea that the world is not divided into the ‘practical’ and the ‘creatives’. According to his bio on TED.com, he is the “founder of legendary design firm IDEO. He built the company that created many icons of…

Oh no, he’s done it again…called to the Principal’s office!

My dear nephew, Johanan, an impish guy is inside the Principal’s office again. My sis-in-law just told me. He was found washing the toilet enthuiastically with his classmate and missing in action for a whole 2 hours. This same nephew, has been making news since he was two. He is now in Primary 3. He…

Can we create a “Blame-Less” culture in schools?

I was sent this picture by a friend recently. I ask myself – “Does it really capture what school is like nowadays?”  Today the culture of who to point a finger to seems to start young. The BLAME culture. If a child does badly in school: – Hey why doesn’t the school give remedial? Why…

Reflections on “Sewing the seeds of Kindness”

Reflections by students from Singapore Sports School – by Ms Lisa Ong, SST teacher What were your initial thoughts when you were invited to sew a felt donkey for SPANA? 1. “Initially, I didn’t think this project would help SPANA much and would be a failure because many of us can’t sew well and would…

Sewing the seeds of kindness….World Animal Day 2011

What a contrast of sorts…Sports guys and gals sewing felt donkeys for a good cause. If you think sewing are for wimps, think again…the students at Singapore Sports School have been busy stitching donkeys to raise awareness for World Animal Day, which was celebrated on 10th Oct 2011 at SSS. Here is the story as…

Are we too structured for our own good?

Recently a good friend of mine did a blog on Social mobility via education. Like him, my family has benefitted from the good education we received. We have all moved up the social ladder to own our homes and also having good jobs. When I was primary 6 at a typical neighbourhood school (in the…

What does your kid need?

Today I am going to share a little inspiring story about Liz Murray. Hers is an inspiring story of how self motivation and society blend together to help her carve out a better life. The DVD “Homeless to Harvard: The Liz Murray Story” tells “how the daughter of an extremely dysfunctional Bronx family and taken…