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一杯南华情

又是忙碌的一天即将结束时,我泡了一杯浓浓的咖啡,坐在自己的座位上,从窗口眼望南华小学的一草一木,在夕阳映照下是那样安静、和谐。这时的我环顾被晚霞笼罩的校舍,不禁思绪万千。回想起22年前的我刚从教育学院毕业后,就被调派到南华小学执教。第一次踏进校园的时候,我的感觉是那样的陌生和新鲜。今天,我坐在教师办公室里,这种感觉已不复存在,学校的一草一木,一花一树,一物一景都深深地印在我的脑海中,看着熟悉的一切,深深的眷恋之情在心中澎湃、翻涌。

光阴似箭,转眼之间,那些被我教过的小六学生一批又一批地陆续毕业升上了中学。那一幕幕的精彩瞬间,都已经成了过眼云烟,但依旧历历在目。他们就像一个个机灵的小音符,有高,有低,一个接着一个,一串接着一串,组成了一支悦耳动听的交响乐曲,把我的教书生涯装扮得多姿多彩。至今,这一批批的学生们都能本着饮水思源的传统美德,不但时常回来南华母校探望老师,而且还加入校友会积极为母校付出贡献。

俗话说:百年修得同船渡,千年修得共枕眠。人与人之间的缘分十分奇妙,在这些年里,我与南华教师同事一同度过酸、甜、苦、辣的教学生活,并且同舟共济面对挑战,促使我们的友谊之情更加牢固和深厚。 

 22年了, 我与同事、学生的感情就像我手中那杯浓浓的咖啡,不但越喝越香醇,而且也能永不忘怀。正如流水匆匆,岁月匆匆,唯有师生情永存心中。

 明年恰逢南华100校庆,我谨祝南华教育大业万古长新、千秋万代!

Mdm Lee Bee Choo (teacher of NHPS)


Changes through the years...

As Nan Hua celebrates a hundred years of rich history, it is apt that we take some time to revisit our vivid, shared experiences in the Singapore educational landscape.One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who have touched his life and made a difference. Teaching children is like cultivating plants. We see ourselves more like gardeners than teachers. The children are like the plants in our garden and when given the right conditions to thrive in, they grow well and develop a sense of responsibility for their actions. Water, sunlight and air, which are crucial for plant growth, are values which we inculcate in the children daily. It is important to build character in our children, so that when they step out into the society when they grow up, they are more confident to live life with a purpose and contribute to the community in their own ways (MOE, 2015).

Our education has shown a drastic change over the years…

The classroom has now become a place where students look forward to coming every day. It is a place where they can find love and care from their teachers and friends. It is also a place where they enjoy learning. The environment is non-threatening. With the advancement in technology, students do not just learn from the teachers. They learn from the internet, books, movies, and people inside as well as outside the school.  Students learn by asking questions, wondering, exploring, experimenting and investigating new ideas. The modern facilities in our current schools are able to support the students’ learning to a great extent.

Looking back…

The teachers had rulers kept by their sides all the time. The students were caned for not doing well in their Spelling or for misbehaving in class. The notorious ones were even caned on the stage in front of the whole school. It was in fact quite common for teachers to execute physical punishment in those days. Most students did show respect to the teachers, probably due to fear. In the past, learning took place in the classroom only. We learned from the teachers and got all our facts from text books.  When the teachers asked questions, we answered them. Information about faraway places was found in books. We did not have all the nice furniture which the students have nowadays. There were neither facilities like the computer laboratories nor science rooms where the latest equipment was installed for the students to use. It was basically just the chalks and the chalkboard.

Some of the things we had in the past...

To boost children’s nutritional intake, students were given packet milk to drink daily. At first, only selected children who were undernourished were given milk free of charge. Subsequently, any child could pay a small fee to receive the packet milk regularly. By that time, the milk scheme had become so popular that children were drinking as many as one million packets of milk each month.

As tooth decay was one of the most pressing medical issues in the earlier days when we were in school, dental hygiene was introduced. Every student was given a plastic tumbler and a toothbrush. After recess every day, the children had to fill up the tumbler with water, line up and squat along a drain to brush their teeth.

Moving on…

The educational landscape we see in the present day is moving towards developing children who grow up to be ‘good’ and ‘responsible’ citizens. Academic results is only one part of our children’s education, there are many important areas which we have to move towards…character development, sports and many more which play significant roles for the healthy growth of our children. Hence, we will work hand in hand with MOE to make the following shifts in learning:

 • Beyond learning for grades, to learning for mastery. 

 • Beyond learning in school, to learning throughout life.

 • Beyond learning for work, to learning for life.  

 Just as the local educational landscape has shifted drastically and all for the better, so has Nan Hua’s. 

However, one thing is for sure ---- we will move forward with the very goals we began with ---- to make a difference to the life of every child who crosses our paths.

Mrs Kheng Mui Yee (teacher of NHPS)