To My Students

To all my students Graduating
 
Once again, we sent off another batch of graduating students. This is our third batch and the more meaningful one to me. This is because it involves two classes of student whom I have taught for 4 years, since they were Sec 1. I was with them through their N Level. However, due to some reasons, this year, I am not their teaching them. As the students from 5/1 paied tribute to their teachers and their fellow classmates, I was so proud of each one of them. They have come a long way and the route to O Level exam was not easy for them. Just like one student said, they have been through thick and thin, ups and downs.
 
I remember that there were times my scolding were very harsh on them. I remember there were many moments that I almost wanted to give up on them. This is especially true in the case of 5/2 students. They were mainly from 4/6 and 4/8. I must confess that there were times that I really walked into your classroom and totally gave up on you guys. However, I constantly psychoed myself to press on…press on… I told myself I may not be a good teacher, but I must press on. I may not be that teacher that will inspire you…or one that will make you laugh and be merry…but guys…I have never given up on you! I do not dare to give up on you…why? Cos I am accountable to my God…I am accountable to my calling…and I am accountable to you!
 
Today is the day that you guys are stepping into a new phase in your life. It is a new milestone. I am proud to be your teacher…I am proud to be part of your life…I am honoured to be part of your growing up. As you move on from here…I want to say that BE PROUD OF YOUR YOUTH! DARE TO DREAM…and make those dreams COME TRUE. Remember Christ Church Secondary School is more than a school…it is your home…the nest that you gave birth to your dreams…
 
I wish you all the best…and May the Peace of the Lord be always with You!
 
The Gaterkeeper07
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Digital Photography

 
My New Hobby
 
I have recently adopted a new hobby. I pretty or should i say very expensive one. Photography! Yes, and I bought a D SLR Camera, an Olympus E330. Cost me about 1000 plus including the insurance. Since then, I have added in my vacabulary words like Aperture, Shutter Speed, Exposure, and etc. Well, not that I do not know these words previously, but now with deeper meaning. One thing that came out of my new hobby is that I become more aware of the things around me. I become more aware of the lightings around me, the set ups, the display and etc. In my process of trying to familiarise with my new camera, I went around my house to take pictures of decoratives.
 
Anyway, I am still very new with this but I am sure I will get better next time. I find it such a joy to be able to take shots of nice moments in our lives. You know, sometimes you see something and you wish you have a camera to snap it and see it again when you are back at home. 
 
Ever since I bought my camera I also find myself more busy during my free time. I will be reading books on photography and trying to find out more. Well, it is a hobby, so suppose to keep me occupy.
 
Hope that I will be able to post some of my photography works soon!
 
the gatekeeper 07 

Holiday…

 
Holiday! 
 
Its finally holiday! Again, the same old saying, "We all deserve the long-waited holiday!" Not really so for my many students who are doing their O Level Exams, especially my Sec 5 students. It’s been a long way for many of them and I am very glad to be part of their growing up over the past 4 years and more. Time flies…they were all Sec one when I first came into the school. Like them, I was also a freshman and as much as I have taught them, they were also crucial during my formative years as a teacher, as an educator. Thank you guys!
 
I have been a teacher for the past 5 years and I am not too sure how many more years do I have. Maybe another 1 year…perhaps another 5 years…or another 10 years. I always think that I have so many rooms for improvement as a teacher, so many that sometimes I think that I am really not a good teacher. And then, "what is good?" Who decides that whether a good teacher is good or a bad teacher is bad? Sometimes, or mot often then not, the answer lies within ourselves. I just feel that, the goodness of a teacher can not be measured. It’s not easy. 
 
Whatever it is, it’s the holiday…so I am going to enjoy my holiday….see yah!
 
the gatekeeper 07