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Diabolo Championship

Diabolo Championship

Posted by on Jul 15, 2017 in Events, Featured

I got to know about the Diabolo Championship at Atria Shopping Mall recently by chance. It was a one-day event, but I only managed to catch the first part – the under-twelves. Diabolo, or Chinese yo-yo, is an old sport from China. It is a juggling prop that consists of an axle and two hourglass-shaped cups. The objective is to spin the diabolo on a string. The children were spectacular. They managed to control at least two diabolos on the same string. One child even managed to control three of them! It was great to see the children working hard at this – they seemed to enjoy keeping the old tradition alive. Let’s hope we can see more of these old sports in...

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Another Graduation…

Another Graduation…

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017 in Personal

(Picture courtesy of Aishath Raya.) And there goes another batch of graduates… Every year, students complete their courses, and move on with their lives. But what, exactly, are they going on to? What did we prepare them for? This year was a little different. Just before graduation, I lost not one, but two of my ex-students. The first one was one of my first students in SEGi Kota Damansara. He was a good student in the Interior Design course. He was attentive in class… a little prone to debates, but still progressed well. I only saw the occasional posts on Facebook after graduation, but he looked like he was doing well. Learning of his death was a big blow. And then, not even two days later… I heard that a Fairview ex-student had also passed away. I only taught her for that one quarter, but I remember her well – cheerful and outgoing, a popular girl all around with her classmates. I was looking forward to seeing her on Honours’ Day. As a teacher, students touch our lives in so many ways – even if we only have them in class for a single session. I remember most of my students, and I hope they are happy. The deaths of these two students, so close to each other, has made me question our educational system – are we doing the right things? Are we preparing them for...

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