Secondary 2 Week 32 Update

This week felt very fractured, especially for the children!

Monday was the festival of Avani Avittam and since I had already secured permission for BB to miss part of the school that day, he was dropped off in school only around noon. So he was in school for just part of the day. Tuesday was the eve of National Day and so there was no lessons that day. Because BB & S went to the temple to pray and do the Gayatri Mantra, he missed school that day (again we had already taken permission and his school told us if it ends late he need not come into school because there would be no lessons). Wednesday and Thursday was holidays because of National Day and the day after for school students and it was only Friday that BB had a full day of school!

GG also had only two full days at school – Monday and Friday because of the same reasons. Yesterday her school had another streaming talk for parents and students. GG had a test in Hindi school, so only I went in to see what this was all about. A couple of days prior to this, I had an interesting discussion with one of the teachers from her school. Since I am part of the parent support group, I was able to speak to this teacher who was the school liaison person. I wanted to see if GG could do some humanities subjects at a higher level if she was not able to get a lateral transfer this year to the higher level. Since the school’s focus in in STEM subjects, unfortunately this is not possible since they don’t even have interesting humanities subjects available. So she has no choice but do the subjects available and then make sure she does well enough at her O levels so that she can enter her subject of choice for her tertiary education.

The term is coming to an end by the end of this month and then term 4 is usually a very short one since they will focus on exams during this term and then it’s the end of Secondary 2 for them. We have to exercise our stream choices sometime in October and results will be out sometime in early to mid-November. I only pray that both GG & BB get their subject choices.

This was a National Day week! Have a blessed Sunday everyone!!

Secondary 2 Week 30 Update

This week was a very hectic week for the children, especially GG.

She started the week with common tests as well intensifying practice for the competition.

The competition was yesterday and I felt that they did better than the last year, but managed only a silver. They were happy with the silver, but I am hoping that next year, which will be GG's last year at this competition, will give them a gold!

BB also had a ranking competition for his CCA, but the results will be only declared at the end of the year when rankings are declared. His school does not have common tests this term so he is quite free.

Hindi exams are also coming and will be on their birthday, which is a real bummer for them!

Everyone is super tired today and so today will be a lazy day!

Secondary 2 Week 29 Update

Another week is over and the children are quite busy with school and CCA. Both have major competitions coming up next week and are very busy preparing for it.

GG is one of main leads for their competition segment and has been preparing quite hard. I keep hearing singing and dancing coming from her room, but she does not to share the sequence with us m, she wants it to be a surprise on the actual day.

BB's competition is a flying one, a glider flying competition if I am not wrong and he has been working on his glider since the beginning of the year. He didn't do well in this competition last year, so I hope he does better this year.

That's pretty much the updates from GG & BB this week. Have a blessed Sunday everyone!

Secondary 2 Week 28 Update

Another usual week for the children. 

GG is busy preparing for their show choir competition which is towards the end of the  month. She has a solo singing part and is supposedly one of the leads. The competition will take place on a Saturday and they will have to be at school quite early and the day will end quite late. Their school’s run of the draw means they will be one of the last school’s to perform. 

Yesterday, BB’s school had a Value-In-Action project for th secondary 2 students which was had compulsory attendance. The theme was going green and they went around the neighbourhood asking people for old clothes, newspapers etc and BB had a great time with his friends. They also raised $10,000 Singapore dollars to give to charity and the children were chuffed about it. 

Have a blessed Sunday folks!

Secondary 2 Week 27 Update

This week was the usual school week for the children. They went to school, had CCA and also went for tuitions. 

In school they have a subject called Food and Consumer Education (FCE). This is supposed to be a Home Economics version 2, where in addition to learning to cook, they also learn about healthy eating habits etc. GG has to do a project in this subject which has to do with fusion cuisine. Not only has it to incorporate festive food from two cultures, but it has to be fused with food from one of Singapore’s major ethinic groups (Chinese, Malay and Eurasians are the other major ethnic groups in addition to Indians). Add to the stress is that most of the food from the other ethnic groups are not vegetarian. So now I am in a bind – how do I come up with a fusion dish which can be cooked from scratch in under an hour and is vegetarian? 

Any ideas folks?