On December 2nd an UBERsleigh turned up at HWA to collect our donations for the Red Cross charity appeal. We only found out about this campaign the day before its launch and so hastily put a notice out to parents for donations of used kids' books, stationary, toys and clothes and we got a great response (see the pics for some of the wonderful things we received).
My posts have been absent for more than two weeks! It has really been a busy two weeks, with many matters taking me away from people who should really matter to me – the teachers, the parents and the students.
A lot has happened the past weeks, including hosting visits by the Shangrao city Education Bureau, a media interview with a Shenzhen channel “YaYa”, visits from a Chinese educational consortium and discussions with local expat media as we continue to make our presence felt both here and overseas.
HWA is such a close-knit community where parents and students support each other like a family. On the 3rd Dec 2016, our Parents Support Group (PSG) held a fantastic BBQ night and it was so exciting to see parents come down to join us. Besides the regular BBQ items, some parents even prepared authentic Chinese ZhaJiang noodles and Chinese tea!
Look! What is going on? There are videographers in the school interviewing teachers and students.
It was our great hornour to host the officials from the Foreign Affairs department of the Shangrao city Education Bureau, Jiangxi province, China and the president of the Jiangxi Singapore Chamber of Commerce. Our guests had a school tour and met a group of junior school students who were having their PE lesson.
We were delighted to meet Year 1 to Year 6 parents in our Morning Tea with the Principal this Wednesday. The morning tea meeting has been a tradition for our principal Mr.Chan to communicate with parents for years. Although Mr. Chan usually sees many of the parents during the morning drop off, the morning tea session provides an opportunity for in-depth discussion and communication.
Who says Maths and Science are boring? Grades One to Six students from HWA learned that Maths and Science can be both stimulating and fun at the same time through the many activities they participated in over the past three days.
I had a great tea session with my Grade 4 to 6 parents this week. All of these parents are not new to me, for I have interacted with them informally all these months I have been here at HWA.
Learning Chinese through its cultural is how HWA stands out from other International schools as a true Bilingual and Bi-cultural school. Look at our children having great FUN in their Chinese culture lesson and WeiQi CCA!
It seems like the rain never stops in Singapore. I must have become so used to life overseas that I have forgotten how it is like to be living in the land of my birth and youth. They say that Singapore, despite being a tropical country, has four seasons too – hot, hotter, rain, rainier.
I was again busy sheltering students from the rain with my small foldable umbrella when I observed Isabel, a Grade 5 students, also opening up her umbrella to shelter three younger students. She was quite shy when she noticed that I have observed this, and came up to me to offer her umbrella.