Archive for January, 2010

Why I like it here at YJC

Posted: January 29, 2010 in YJC
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I was really put on the spot by Mdm Koh (our Principal) this morning during the staff meeting when she suddenly turned to me and said “Joan! Tell everyone here your perception about this school and what you have observed.” And there I was thinking that wearing a beige blouse will help me blend into the surroundings. I was bestowed a couple of minutes to think about it while Ms Jane Lim shared about this new and exciting photo collage project, and of course I couldn’t really think because I haven’t had my coffee and it was way too early in the morning. So when the turn to speak came to me, I said the first thing that came to my mind which was “I like it here alot! I’m very happy here!”

And I’m not even saying that just because Mdm Koh was giving me the straight stare. In fact I think she expected a more analytical commentary on school policies and school climate and there I was blabbering on about how happy I am and how I’m so happy that YJ students come and seek counselling on their own accord. Did I just say happy twice?

Anyhow, it got me thinking about how fitting this would be as a blog topic this week when we’re having orientation for our brand new JC1s. We’ve got all these activities going on to help JC1s orientate their way around school (duh!) and also to develop in them a sense of school pride and help them feel right at home here at YJC! Wouldn’t it be great if they too can say at the end of the day “I like it here alot! I’m very happy here!”

To be honest, I can’t really put my finger on why I like it here. Sure it’s far from where I stay (25 mins on the CTE every morning), sure the buildings ain’t exactly spanking new and sure the kiwi fruit smoothie at AJC is very nice. Lionel (AJC counsellor) are you reading this?! But what I like about YJC is more intangible than all of the above. It’s a certain sense of familiarity…of family…of solidarity as underdogs. And in life it is not the tangible things that matter because they come and go, but the intangible things. 🙂

A big shout out of thank you to Ms Jane Lim! Thanks Jane for always supporting my blog and encouraging me to tell the teachers about it. Have a great orientation week everyone! 🙂

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What’s up in 2010?

Posted: January 16, 2010 in Counsellor, YJC

Hello! Hello! Welcome back to a new school term, everyone! I don’t know about you but this week seemed like an incredibly LOoong week for me. The best part about it though was being able to catch up with you guys. When I asked students, “so how was your break?!” I usually got responses that are total polar opposites. Either “slacked the whole time” or “did my homework the whole time”…haha. I guess I haven’t really succeeded in helping students to balance both. Well I definitely know that I slacked off in blogging during the December school holidays. Somehow when my brain switched to vacation mode I get no inspiration for writing the blog. But now that the festivities are over (that Chinese character on Colonel Kentucky’s shirt means ‘festival’ in Japanese) I’m back to writing this year and hope to write something once a week that would be useful and interesting for you. 🙂

This year I’ll still  be running stress management and motivation workshops for JC1 and JC2 classes like I did last year and of course you can come to the counselling room and have a chat with me about anything that is of concern to you. If you’re in JC2, I suppose it’s timely to start thinking and planning about what you’d like to do in university (if you haven’t already). My experience with J2s last year seemed to suggest that having that end in mind is especially important when the going gets tough (which it will). So come talk to me about it if you need to! Also, if you have suggestions or ideas on how you would like the stress management/motivation workshops to look like just let me know! I’m also excited this year that our school is taking part in the national youth mentoring test bed project and we have 16 student mentors who will be mentoring students in a neighborhood secondary school. I think it’s wonderful when students can extend themselves to help younger students in need. 🙂

Well, I’ve rambled on long enough. I initially meant for this just to be a New Year’s greeting kind of thing. Talk about long-winded right?