Think something is impossible? Think again…

I love this short little video clip that was shared with me by our ECG Counsellor, Ms Loretta Foo (more on her in future posts to come). It’s just one of those real stories that makes you think about life and makes you suddenly feel like life is so full of hope and promise. haha….

The final push

Dear JC2 students, This morning as I was walking across the quadrangle, I looked up and noticed the count down chart that said A level exams is 17 days away. I can’t believe how much time has gone by! Some of you, right now, may feel more prepared than others; some of you may have…

What Students Really Need to Hear

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It’s 4 a.m.  I’ve struggled for the last hour to go to sleep.  But, I can’t.  Yet again, I am tossing and turning, unable to shut down my brain.  Why?  Because I am stressed about my students.  Really stressed.  I’m so stressed that I can only think to write down…

The value of looking back

Congratulations JC2s on your graduation! I remember when I graduated from JC I was mostly glad that I don’t have to sing Mari Kita everyday anymore. I don’t even remember if I thanked my teachers properly…aiyoh terrible! Anyways, I asked a JC2 student last week looking back at the 2 years that he has spent in YJC, whether…

Finding your motivation

It’s that time of the year again when the school starts putting numbers on a board. Numbers so big that the auntie staying in the opposite block can see it while watering her plants. Numbers that decrease with each passing day reminding us (whether we like it or not) that our end of year exams…

Motivating words from an ex-YJCian

Hey everyone, I received this ‘comment’ from an ex-YJCian in response to a post I wrote on motivation. I’m reposting it here for everyone cos it was impactful to me as I think about the difficulties students face, the obstacles in their way and the resilience and strength of character some of you display. Enough…

What’s on your Bucket List?

I recently did a reflection exercise with all JC1s who didn’t manage to go for the Bintan camp. In the reflection, I asked the students to write down 7 things that they would like on their bucket list and who they would like to share their list with. Some of the responses I got from…

Motivation part II – here and now

After writing part I of this motivation series, I took a walk around school and saw a particular student (also in J2) who came to see me three weeks ago. Let’s call her S. Seeing her compelled me to quickly write another post as follow-up to the first one where I encouraged you to remind…

Motivation Part I – reminders, reminders

I haven’t been the most motivated in writing this blog which is ironic considering the current topic is about motivation…and before we know it A’levels is here and the bulk of the papers are next week. So I’m not sure if this entry will be in time for anything…sorry J2s. When I didn’t feel motivated…

The elusive thing called motivation

I get so many students who come for counselling because of this elusive thing called motivation. When you need it most, it often decides to disappear. You look and look for it but can’t seem to locate it within you. It then affects your mood, you feel lousy and useless, you think you are not gonna…