Secondary 2 Week 24 Update

The holidays are still on and there is just a week more before school starts. They get an extra day If holidays this year because the Monday school is supposed to start is the compensation holiday for Hari Raya Puasa or the festival following the period of Ramadan. 

Both BB and GG have been at home this week and have been finishing up their school holiday homework. I’ve also been nagging them to get up on speed on the topics they’ve covered so far, but haven’t yet understood. 

GG went to a friend’s home on Friday to complete a group assignment. She was supposed to go there on Sunday, but fell sick after our holiday. This Friend is a boy and I was quite concerned that it will be just them in his house to do the project work. So while I was ok for her to go on Sunday since his parents would be at home, I was a bit hesitant in allowing her to go on a weekday. But when her Friend said his grandparents would be home, I was able to rest more easily. As it happened, not only his grandparents, but his mum was also home that day. 

People reading this may wonder why I am so paranoid, but this Friend was an unknown quantity and though I’ve met him once, I don’t really know him. On the other hand, if it were friends of the opposite sex (for either of my children) whom I’ve known for a while (like childhood and primary school friends), I would be less hesitant to let them be alone with them. 

Secondary 2 Week 23 Update

BB had another science camp this week and this was the only thing that happened this week as we were away for a holiday most of the week.

BB had a great time in the camp, much more than the one he went to last week. They did some cold survival techniques for which they went to snow city. Then did some satellite stuff, including how to download images from a satellite. He loved the cold survival techniques and the satellite stuff they did with the NASA engineer.

I am so glad that he gets to do such things, and we don’t have to pay a single penny because the costs are absorbed by the school and the government.

 

Secondary 2 Week 22 Update

This was week one of the June school holidays, but both BB & GG had to go to school, though mostly on different days.

BB had a space camp and his Math Olympiad test. The space camp which was a one day camp at the Science Centre was not something he really enjoyed since it focused mainly on the robotics part of space travel. He is not a big fan of robotics, preferring the actual aviation related topics to that, so he did not come home impressed. He has another space camp this week, this one a two-day camp where I am guessing they will also focus on the aviation part of space travel. They are also going to have a NASA engineer to come and talk to the students, so I do know that this is something BB is looking forward to!

The Maths Olympiad test was ok, according to BB. Some of the questions were very easy and some were difficult that he could not even attempt. The other days, he just spent at home, playing on his phone and the laptop, though I did make him do some of his holiday homework and revise some concepts.

GG had English Oral exams on one day. She spent more time travelling to school and back than she did in school that day! This was because her roll number in class is one and this meant that she was out of the exam in 15 minutes! She also had choir practice for three days. Their choir is putting together a villain-themed song and dance routine to a k-pop song. The choir has become an all-girl choir now that the two boys who were there graduated. On the last day, she came home with a crepe bandage on her leg because of the excessive dancing!

This was week one, there are still three more weeks to go and I wonder how this holiday will pan out! Have a wonderful Sunday…..

Secondary 2 Week 21 Update

The holidays are here! School ended and the holidays started officially yesterday and will go on till 26 June. They get an extra day this year since Hari Raya Puasa or Ramzan Id is on 26 June which is a public holiday in Singapore. 

We had parent teacher meetings for both of them on Friday and the comments from their teachers could not be different. 

First BB’s report. Except for Maths, he didn’t do well in other subjects. We spoke with his form teachers who teach him Science and English and they said he is quite talkative in class. This actually came as a surprise to me as he is fairly quiet at home. But apparently either he is talking with his friends or someone is talking to him and so he feels obligated to respond. He is also quite messy and disorganised, which I agree with and who can forget comments about his handwriting! His teachers mentioned that the O level papers are not marked in Singapore and unless his writing improves, the marker may not spend time trying to understand what he is trying to say. So that’s my project for the holidays. 

Now to GG. She has gotten very positive remarks from all her teachers as her school allows us to consult individual subject teachers unlike BB’s school. One of her teachers called her ‘an angel’ and all very very appreciative of her work ethic and attitude in school. They were very supportive of her ambition to do something in mass communication as they also felt it was something she would do well, given her love for the humanities as well as her strong grasp of the English language and her skills in writing and speaking. She needs to work on Science as that seems to be her weakest subject and I am quite seriously considering if I should start them both for tuition in the subject. 

This was our week, which somehow seemed to fly. This week, both have school, but on different days so I’ll have each one at home, maybe time for some 1-1 with them. 

Secondary 2 Week 20 Update

This was the penultimate week of school before they break for the mid-year holidays and other than paper checking, the children had some fun in school. 

GG went for a two day coding workshop. Initially she was very resistant to the idea of coding, even after I explained how it was a life skill these days. Her reasoning was that she was planning to major in humanities so coding which was a science subject was of no use to her. But she enjoyed the workshop so much that she was super excited to go back to school for the next day’s session. She also did a geography investigation where they interviewed residents near their school on their take on the amenities found there and what they liked/disliked about the neighbourhood. They now have to do a report and present it to their class. 

BB was the big surprise this week. His school’s lifelong learning programme is music and arts and as part of this, they had a music fest in school where students had to make groups and perform like a band where they have one or two students singing and the others playing instruments.  Now although BB was in his school choir in primary school, after his voice broke almost two years back, he has refused to sing at all, being very self-conscious about his half childish and half adult voice. So when he told me he was going to sing, I was actually surprised and GG and I landed up at his school to listen to him. We were pleasantly surprised. He did a great job of singing One Direction’s Night Changes and they were the only group who got calls of encore and one more song from the audience which mostly comprised his cohort and some parents. After the concert and the next day, many students came up to him to tell him he had sung well. The best accolade for him came from his principal. He met her in the corridor and she stopped and told him he sang very well. BB was so happy when he came home that day!

This week is the parent teacher meeting in both schools and then they break for almost a month. Both have activities the first 10 days of the holidays and then it’s play time for them.