Sunday, February 20, 2011
TK1Nite - A look at Tanjong Katong Sec School
The popular TK Band came on and played a few numbers for the parent crowd. I've never heard them other than the outdoor band competition in '96. They were good. I guess the present batch would have kicked my cohort's butt big time. I guess thats were all the edusave money went to. And I think its all worth it.
Next up was the principal and a few other teachers who described to us the activities prepared for our ward, the core values to be taught and how as parents we can help achieve this goal. I loved the fact that as much as the school places emphasis on academic performance, it places much focus on character building.
One particular difference. N is in Mayflower Secondary School and for her foreign exchange programme she went to Japan for a tour. I didn't see much value in that tour except a girl who came back wanting to visit Japan more, eat the nice food there and lamenting there's no snow in Singapore. And she flew on Singapore Airlines. And as parents we forked out nearly SGD2k? Anyway Tanjong Katong will have a trip in year 3 or 4 where they will fly to places like Cambodia, India or Vietnam to learn about the culture and lifestyle of the local people. According to the Program Head, one parent actually called to ask them why they are flying JetStar instead of other airlines. I like the fact that they are flying JetStar. It's less of a burden on parents and what's wrong with flying on JetStar?
What surprised me most was the attitude of the teachers. Mostly overheard it seems like every teacher was trying hard to assure parents that the jump to secondary one is a big one for students and not to go into a seizure... yet. One of them gave the best example when he/she said that to get an A* in primary school was >=85 whereas its now >=75 for an A1.
There's a greater emphasis on oral examination starting from 2012 and D's not really opening his mouth when it comes to speaking Chinese. When we approached D's Chinese teacher, he also assured us that there's more than enough time to get him up to speed. He sounded confident. I think they have a plan. I like what I saw and heard~