Friday, 30 March 2012

5th week

Dear parents and students,

Please kindly take note that there is NO Swimming lessons on the following dates due to 5th week:

1) 30 March 2012 (Friday)
2) 31 March 2012 (Saturday - For Seng Kang Students and Teacher Rae Yio Chu Kang students only)

Teacher Jerry students having lessons on Saturday at Yio Chu Kang will have lessons as usual. This is to make up for the lesson missed in February. =)

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

‎"Why We Shout In Anger"

A Hindu saint who was visiting river Ganges to take bath found a group of family members on the banks, shouting in anger at each other. He turned to his disciples smiled and asked.

'Why do people shout in anger shout at each other?'

Disciples thought for a while, one of them said, 'Because we lose our calm, we shout.'

'But, why should you shout when the other person is just next to you? You can as well tell him what you have to say in a soft manner.' asked the saint

Disciples gave some other answers but none satisfied the other disciples.
Finally the saint explained, .

'When two people are angry at each other, their hearts distance a lot. To cover that distance they must shout to be able to hear each other. The angrier they are, the stronger they will have to shout to hear each other to cover that great distance.

What happens when two people fall in love? They don't shout at each other but talk softly, Because their hearts are very close. The distance between them is either nonexistent or very small...'

The saint continued, 'When they love each other even more, what happens? They do not speak, only whisper and they get even closer to each other in their love. Finally they even need not whisper, they only look at each other and that's all. That is how close two people are when they love each other.'

He looked at his disciples and said.

'So when you argue do not let your hearts get distant, Do not say words that distance each other more, Or else there will come a day when the distance is so great that you will not find the path to return.'

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Felt B12 for sale



Decided that it's time to sell away my beloved Felt B12 Tri Bike to free up some space in the house. =)

Selling Price: $2.6k neg
Original Price: $4.1k

Setup:
Size Small, 48cm

650C TTR3 wheelsets
T2+ Aero bar
Dura Ace Shifters
Shimano Ultegra SL Derailleur
Speedplay pedals
Yellow Bartape

Interested parties may arrange for a viewing and test ride the bike. Call me @ 91001855. Thanks! =)

Saturday, 24 March 2012

Why we don't do make up lessons for Public Holidays

All along, one of our Terms & Conditions is "There will be no lessons during public holidays." There is also NO make up lessons for public holidays.

For most of our parents, they understand. But for some who don't, kindly read on further.

Base on the Ministry of Manpower, "The Ministry would like to inform all employers that under the Employment Act, an employee who is required to work on a public holiday is entitled to an extra day's salary at the basic rate of pay, in addition to the gross rate of pay for that holiday. The employer and employee may mutually agree to substitute a public holiday for any other day."

Before I even go further, think about these questions:

1) How would you feel if your boss tells you to go back to work on a Public Holiday?
2) Will your boss deduct your salary because you didn't go to work on a Public Holiday?

We are teachers. Yes, we dedicate our most precious weekends and weekday evenings to your child and we definitely give our best and our very best to your child. No doubt about that. In fact, we teach so hard that we hardly have time for our own family.

We are good teachers but we are not superman/woman. We are just ordinary human beings like you who wish to have family and personal time. A public holiday is very important for us because that's the day where we can spend quality time with our families and friends.

No doubt there are so many good teachers out there. Some teachers might do a replacement class for your child if he/she misses the lesson. Some might even tell you that they can do a replacement class for public holidays. We don't do that. Why?

Reason: Imagine, every week your child's class has different students joining in. Some might be of higher ability, some might be of lower ability. That's because each and every single one of them are requesting for a replacement class for their missed lessons. Tell me, how can your child improve?

We are very particular with your child's attendance because a lesson missed is a lesson missed and the dynamics of the class at that moment is something that can only be repeated in our memories. Not only would it be unfair for other students, it would also be unfair for your child. Sure, we have seen teachers whose classes are always made up of different students with just 1 or 2 regular students in that class. We always shake our heads and sigh. "Those poor students. How much can they learn?"

We are not the best teachers but we definitely put in our heart and soul into teaching each and every student. Did you see that smile on your child's face? Did you feel their excitement whenever they know they are coming for our classes? Did you not see how much they have progressed under our guidance?

We abide to a very strict intake per class: 6 students/ tuition class and 10 students/ swimming class. Once your child takes up that slot, we don't give that slot away despite our high volume of waiting list students. Yet, when some parents go on a 2 month holiday trip, we still keep that slot for their child. (*Note: We do not ask the parents to pay as per normal to keep those slots at the moment.)

Having said that, if any parents feel that they like the flexibility of other teachers who can fit into your schedule, by all means, join them. We will wish you and your child all the best. From your point of view, you might have gotten a good deal. From a teacher's point of view, we feel that your child's education has been compromised.

For example, whoever thinks that swimming is just about asking the students to swim up and down the 50m pool totally has no understanding about this sport. Swimming is not just about physical training but also theory knowledge for your child.

In order to enhance your child's learning experience, every now and then we will conduct theory lessons for your child in terms of the explanation of strokes, the teaching of water safety or the teaching of Swimsafer syllabus. Yet, we only have so much time per class to pass our knowledge to them. It's  really not easy for us but we are trying our very best.

If we do not discount on your child's education, then why should you discount on us? We have a family to feed too, and we teachers deserve a break too.

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Congratulations

English


Kylie P5
CHIJ 
SNG
83%
Caleb P6
Rosyth

83%
Laura P5
CHIJ 
SNG
71%
Lara P5
CHIJ 
SNG
70%
Yu Qi P4
CHIJ 
SNG
Showed Improvement
Ean Qi P6
AMK
Showed Improvement
Belinda P5
Greenwood
77%
Mathematics


Suhardi P4
Jing Shan

70%
Isa P6
CHIJ 
OLN
75%
Rebecca P6
CHIJ 
Toa Payoh
76%
Affy P4
Jing Shan
Showed Improvement
Ean Qi P6
AMK
Showed Improvement
Khairrudy P4
AMK
Showed Improvement
Lucas P6
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian
Showed Improvement



Science


Caleb P6
Rosyth

83%
Laura P5
CHIJ 
SNG
80.5%
Huijuan P6
CHIJ 
SNG
86.5%
Huimin P5
CHIJ 
SNG
84%
Sara P4
CHIJ 
OLN
90%
Isa P6
CHIJ
 OLN
82.5%
Rebecca P6
CHIJ 
Toa Payoh
Showed Improvement
Ean Qi P6
AMK
Showed Improvement
Lucas P6
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian
Showed Improvement

For our children who did not have any CA1, let's work hard to prove to yourselves that you can do equally well, if not, better!

Monday, 19 March 2012

A weekend of drama

**Student name is protected as requested by him**
**Photos taken under non-life threatening situations**

Every weekend is a brand new weekend for Teacher Jerry. With "ti ki" & "jiao gei" students aka mischievous students, I must always be prepared for any new stunts that they will throw to me.

Last friday, our dear friend over here walked to me and said, "Teacher Jerry, you have plaster?"
Teacher Jerry: "Why? What happened this time?"
Student: "I fell down on the road."
Teacher Jerry: "Gosh!" I saw blood flowing from his kneecap
Luckily Teacher Jerry is trained in 1st aid and I went ahead to dress his wound up.

Then I asked him, "How did you fall down?"
Student: "I ran and I fell down."
Teacher Jerry: "Why were you running?"
Student: "I was late so I ran."

Tell me, how can any teacher not be touched by his attitude. =)

Nice 1st aid done up for him.

1 of those things that the kiddos look forward to whenever dark clouds appear above us, MILO!

Therefore, when lightning struck and thunder roared, I bought the kiddos MILO and gave them a lifesaving question for them to solve. Here they are, discussing how to save that drowning victim.
An iPad, cups of Milo, interactive kiddos and a super duper good teacher is a sure-win, sure-fun formula. =)

Saturday, 17 March 2012

I Can ...

Dearest Children (Parents and everyone else),

I came across a very important and meaningful phrase today. I always believe that every child is a bundle of potential and promises. Another thing I read today which should go together with what I believe in ...

"I can" is more important than your IQ.

Please do not get me wrong, I am not saying that IQ is not important. Note the word before important. It is "MORE".

Let's do our best to encourage our children and inculcate the best value. Every one is capable of guiding and teaching the correct values in a child. We just have to try our best and of course, inculcate in the child "I Can".

To try their best and maximise their potential :)

Regards,
Summer Toh Xiaoxin
Chief Education Officer
The Water Family Enrichment Centre
Web: www.twfec.org
Mobile: 9796 4130

TWFEC ... Where Every Child Is A Bundle of Promises and Potential

Sent from my BlackBerry Wireless Handheld from M1.

Friday, 16 March 2012

Midas Touch

Completed my 3rd book of the year. Shall start on my 4th book - One Red Paperclip

Enough said.

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Apologizing


Dear faithful blog-readers,

I am sorry for the confusion and excitement I've created this afternoon due to my backdated entry. I wrote "We are going to the zoo" when it should have been "We went to the zoo".

The importance of past and present tense can be clearly explained through this mistake.

The phrase "are going" indicates we are on our way to the zoo while the word "went" indicates that we have been to the zoo sometime back, i.e yesterday or last week.

With that, I hope all students will have a better understanding on the use of tenses.

At the same time, I would like to thank my wife aka my Ang Moh teacher for correcting my mistake. Thank you, Teacher Summer. Next time, when I spot a mistake in your freestyle, I will also tell you.

Best regards
Teacher Jerry

Classes available - Updated 12 March 2012

Classes conducted by TWFEC Swim Director - Teacher Jerry

Days
Time
Venue
Level
Slots left
Student progress


Wednesday
9am
Yio Chu Kang
Beginners
5
Able to swim 25m
7pm
Yio Chu Kang
Beginners
6
Able to swim 50m breaststroke. Learning Frontcrawl
8pm
Yio Chu Kang
Beginners
2



Friday
4pm
Yio Chu Kang
Beginners
3
Swimming at the deep pool with board
6pm
Yio Chu Kang
Advance/Competitive
2
Stroke correction, training for competition
8pm
Yio Chu Kang
Beginners
10
New Class starting in MAY 2012



Saturday

8am
Seng Kang
Beginners
1
Swimming at the deep pool
10am
Seng Kang
Advance/Competitive
5
Stroke correction and butterfly
11am
Seng Kang
Advance
1
Preparing for Swimsafer tests
12noon
Seng Kang
Beginners
2
New Class starting in April 2012
2pm
Yio Chu Kang
Advance
1
Learning frontcrawl





Sunday
8am
Yio Chu Kang
Competitive
3
Stroke correction, training for competition
10am
Yio Chu Kang
Advance
3
Learning Frontcrawl/Backstroke
11am
Yio Chu Kang
Beginners
3
Swimming breaststroke at deep pool
1pm
Yio Chu Kang
Competitive
4
Stroke correction, training for competition
2pm
Yio Chu Kang
Advance
2
Freestyle/Backstroke
3pm
Yio Chu Kang
Advance
4
Freestyle/Backstroke
4pm
Yio Chu Kang
Advance
2
Freestyle/Backstroke

Classes Conducted by TWFEC Head Swim Coach - Teacher Rae

Days
Time
Venue
Level
Slots left
Student progress

Saturday

3pm
Yio Chu Kang
Beginners
2
Students are learning the fundamentals of swimming
4pm
Yio Chu Kang
Advance
2
Students are able to swim breaststroke
5pm
Yio Chu Kang
Advance
2
Students are able to swim breaststroke
6pm
Yio Chu Kang
Advance
3
Learning front crawl
7pm
Yio Chu Kang
Advance
3
Frontcrawl/ Backstroke
Sunday
8am
Yio Chu Kang
Beginners
5
Swimming at the deep pool with board
9am
Yio Chu Kang
Advance
1
Learning Front crawl
10am
Yio Chu Kang
Advance
3
Front crawl/ Backstroke

For other time slots not listed above, please kindly contact Teacher Jerry to place your child's name on the waiting list.