Monday, March 13, 2017

A Small Collection of Not-So-Positive Responses From Some HODs.

With the National Schools Games Swimming Championships 2017 coming up, our coaches have been sending in recommendation letters to schools (and their CCA / PE in-charge) to inform them about the performance of our swimmers. Our swimmers train hard and have been doing better and better. Many of them meet the qualifying time for the championships. 
We have received some very positive responses from HODs who said that they will do do the necessary and the schools will definitely support their students. Even if it's a lone swimmer.
At the same time, we also received very disappointing responses from some middle managers. These two are the more extreme ones.

1. They do not send in individual swimmers. (I guess too much work and RAMS for the teachers. The one swimmer may not win and the school find that it's not worth the effort. [I GUESS])
2. My student was told not to go and waste time and embarrass herself. (She meets the qualifying time.) She also shouldn't go and be the last and make everyone wait for her to finish swimming. (Which educator will ever say that to a student?)
(Feedback from students - will try and see if it's possible to verify) 

I hope time changes things and changes people.
We need to do more for the child, for the children.

We will keep training.
We will keep recommending.
As long as our swimmers work hard, we do what we can for them.

(I came from MOE, don't say I don't understand the workload. I was in charge of a champion track team before. Don't make me tell you how hard my teachers and I worked.)

Saturday, March 11, 2017

All In One of Ollie's Day...


This morning we had our usual breakfast with Laogong and then while he coached, Ollie played and I slacked. I wasn't expecting anything like what happened to happen during lunch with IJ Pals. She was still strolling steadily with her Nano Speedy hooked stylishly on her arm into Mercure. All seemed fine. She went into the vip room and all still seemed fine. 
Then... Why suddenly cranky! 
So she went from smiley face to wailing out loud. Sobbing like it's the end of the world. We usually don't entertain such situations and we don't allow anyone around to interfere. (Don't worry, children don't die from crying and I'm not  a murderer wanabe). She cried for 20minutes and I text the Laogong, got a reply, "Let her cry." She cried for another 15min maybe. I really don't know why. Maybe she prefers the main dining area to the vip room? "Auntie Jo, no need special room next time, please! :p" 
She finally turned smiley again when she saw Uncle Ron, don't ask me why! And finally she started playing a bit with the aunties. Played on her on with her favourite Auntie Daze, without me. Played with Auntie Jas and Auntie Chris. All the tears and laughters all in two hours! 
Anyway... Fast forward to night time... 
I had a dinner date to celebrate Carol's birthday and inlaws were always so nice to help me look after Ollie. 
What's really emotional / highlight (haha) was... 
FIL texted at 9+ to say Ollie slept. 
I was surprised. And when home, I asked MIL how did she fall asleep. 
She told me that Ollie asked for bread and milk and then asked MIL to pat her to sleep. 
I almost teared. 
她长大了 。
I told laogong about it and he was like, latch too often you also emo, don't latch,  you also emo. 
I guess to me, it's a huge change! 
She used to cry herself to sleep if I'm not around, now, she can ask for food and drinks to fill her tummy and to be patted to sleep (without me!!)! 
Grow, Ollie, Grow. 
Grow up at your pace. 
We love you!