Sunday, 27 April 2008

Congratulations kids!

For the very 1st time, I send in a total of 20 students for their bronze test! 1 slot of test accomodates a maximum of 20 students only. So, this morning, the whole group of candidates were all my students! I'm so proud of each and everyone of you! =D

But, if you look @ the photo carefully, there are only 19 of them.. Alvin is missing in this family photoshoot! So, Teacher Jerry shall make it up for the 2oth candidate then! I'm really happy for all of you who took the bronze test today.

Most of you have been with me for just 2months - 6months and you are already taking your bronze test! That's fast! Considering most children take their bronze test in 9months - 1 year.

Now, let the photos do the talking... =D

A short briefing by the tester
And off we go! - 50meters in pyjamas
Next up! Straddle jump for our "drown-proof"
1min of "drown-proof"
3mins of treading water
Making of our floats..
Happy faces after our 400m (8 x 50m) swim

Congratulations to all of you! You have make your parents and those who came to support you very very proud! Most importantly, you have make me so proud of you that I decided to give each and everyone of you a present! I hope you like it!

Well done children!

P.s: Any student or parents who want any of the photos do let me know, I will email them to you. Also, do email me if you have taken any nice photos that you wish to share, esp those taken together with me! Hee...

Friday, 25 April 2008

The job that touches life - Teaching

One upper secondary boy came and approached me during recess today.

Student: Mr Toh, they say you will be leaving us during the June Holidays?
Me: Yes
Student: Then, will you come back after the holidays?
Me: No. I don't think so. Your teachers will be back by then.
Student: Oh, that's so sad. I will miss you.

I almost cried... Some students are telling me these already even though I'm still left with 4 more weeks with them..

Saturday, 19 April 2008

3 weeks as a PE and Physics teacher

Yes... I know I have not been blogging... But work in sch and my swimming lessons have been keeping me so busy that I simply have no time to blog....

Time flies... And I've been a PE and Physics teacher for the past 3 weeks.... So far, its been very fulfilling with everyday different challenges and new encounters...

And thought it has just been a short period of time, I guess... I have made a difference in some students life and touched them. =D

At least, thats what I receive from 1 of my PE classes...

In it.. it says....

Dear Mr ToH. It is a short 2 periods we had with you each week. Two weeks have passed and we also have run 2.4km for 2 weeks. You ran with us the previous week and pushed us on. Many of us failed but you encouraged and help some of us to pass. We appreciate you for that as running 2.4km was a chore for most of us.

We want you to know that even though you will be with us only for a short period of time, we will still treasure you and want to have fun times with you. In the event if we have made you fed up or disappointed you, We sincerely apologize and seek your forgiveness.

This is our little appreciation written on behalf of the class to you. We hope to spread our care and warmth this way through little notes into the envelopes. You can do so too, by writing notes and dropping into the envelopes of people whom you wish to give.

A simple note might mean nothing but it can brighten up someone's day (:

April 13,2008

Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Mayflower Primary School Swimming

I just had to tell the kids that I wouldn't be able to continue teaching them swimming anymore due to my relief teaching commitments....

It's already hard enough to tell them that I'm leaving them. And I had to do this twice as I'm coaching 2 classes.

When I 1st break the news to the 1st class, the mood was still ok as I tried to bring across the message to them in a "happy" way... But when I break the news the 2nd time, I guess.. I just need to tear when I see some of my kids crying.... Sorry

I love coaching this 2 classes as they are full of energy and their laughter doesn't seems to end... I guess, after 7 weeks with them.. We have a bond - A special bond between them and me which can't be explained.

I remember each and everyone of these kids name by heart and how some make request to their teacher to change their group to mine. In the end, my group has the most number of students! But like a parent commented " They seem to enjoy your swimming lesson much more than the other groups"

See the difference in mood... 1st class is happy.. while the 2nd...

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Back in singapore!

I'm back in Singapore! It's really nice to take a short 3days break away from town to an island to just relax....

For me, I went to take up my Advanced Open Water and now, I'm a qualified Advance Open Water Diver! =)

Now, lets start with the train ride over there.. It took us 15hours from JB to reach the island.. Luckily, we booked a bed bunk cabin.... But not so fortunate when we came back... But sad story aside...

When we reached the island, its really a nice place.... The water is crystal clear about a meter deep... You can practically see your feet and the fishes swimming past... Nice sand, nice weather, nice sun, nice island, nice companion. What else can I ask for? =D

Now.. let the pictures do the talking...

The speedboat that got us there. Waves flying around!

The place that we stayed in

You have to be very serious when checking your equipments

But who says you can't have fun!? Hee... =D

All ready to go and explore a new world below

Relaxing under a coconut tree

Searching for my missing camera!

How close the fishes were! They swim to you!

The beautiful sunset