Tenby’s Shining Example

A recent letter posted on Facebook by a mother of one student in Tenby Year 6 caught my eye recently. It is a shining example for all teachers to emulate. Living in a world where we are obsessed with material success and a school system where academic excellence is prized over and above the values and qualities that make us human, this letter exemplifies how caring teachers can make a difference in young and impressionable lives. Dated June 9, this letter should go viral!

Dear Year 6,

Soon you will receive the results of your Checkpoint tests. Before you see your results, there is something very important for you to know.

The tests do not assess all of what makes each of you exceptional and unique.

The people that mark these tests don’t know that some of you love to act, or sing, or make origami. They have no idea if you are good at drawing or can teach others how to use a computer program. They have not seen the way that some of you can dance with grace or speak confidently in assembly. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them when they are sad, or you held a class job, have been prefect, monitor or student councillor. They do not know that you participate in CCAs, help out at home or how you play with your little brother, sister or cousins. They do not know that you are caring, thoughtful and how hard you try every day. Because these things cannot be tested.

The Checkpoint scores will tell you how you did on those three days, but they will not tell you everything. They can’t tell you that you have improved on something that you once found difficult. They can’t tell you how hard you’ve worked all year to get better. They won’t know if you had a bad day because you were nervous, and they can’t tell you how to make the next steps in your learning.

So remember it’s just a test, and it won’t reveal all of the wonderful things that make you an individual.

All our best wishes, now and in the future,
Mr Lowery & Mrs Kumar


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See Foon

SeeFoon Chan-Koppen has been writing a food column called Musings on Food in the Ipoh Echo since 2009. It is widely read both in print as well as online which receives more than 1 million hits a month. Her forte is in communications, having honed her skills after graduating from the University of Singapore where she worked for the Straits Times Group and was a food critic for the New Nation. Her knowledge of food and cooking come from more than 30 years in the hotel industry based in Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong and subsequently Kuala Lumpur. During this time, she has travelled all over the world and eaten at the best and worst restaurants. She is totally intimate with the subtleties and nuances of most cuisines of the world having been involved in opening over 50 hotels throughout the Asia/Pacific region and China where she helped to conceptualize Food and Beverage themes and critiqued on food quality. SeeFoon calls herself a global citizen and now chooses the serenity and friendliness of Ipoh to the bright lights of the many cities she has lived in. She also loves the food in Ipoh and is passionate about telling the world about it.

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