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Saturday, October 31, 2009

THOSE HAPPY DAYS 1

The four best performers in 2002: Isaufi, Azura, Nik Nurul, Salleh.


Nik Nurul on the way to the gold medal in the 400m Hurdles

Looking back over the years, I found these photos....... SMK Syed Hassan was the state champion of the year... Isaufi was the Under-15 boys champion, while Azura the Under-15 girls champion. Nik Nurul Wahida was the Under-18 girls champion, while Salleh was the Under-18 champion.
Isaufi went on to study at the Bukit Jalil Sports School. Salleh went to further his studies at the University of Sultan Idris in Tanjung Malim. Nik Nurul Wahida went to the Northern University of Malaysia (UUM) and I lost contact with Azura. I think she went to a university in Kuala Lumpur.....
Sports and studies do go together and can produce good balance in life...

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

FULLY PREPARED.....


When I was the chief coach of the state athletics team heading for the national championship, the MSSM, in the late 90's, I laid my preparation 9 months before the championship. That was what I learned during my IAAF course, and that was what I did.
I had meetings with the coaching panel on and off. I prepared the layout of the coaching procedures and gave the weekly programme to each coach. The athletes were chosen based on their ability in their specific events and given to specific coaches.
I, myself, was personally responsible for only two or three athletes. I drafted their training programmes based on their current ability and talent. During those days, I was the "sprints and jumps" coach. And of course, I produced a national champion in the 100m Hurdles, and another national champion in the Long Jump event. Both were girls in the under 15 category.

What I am trying to tell is that: To win a game, you must be fully prepared!! There is no short cut to success. Be it in games or studies...

When you are preparing yourself for an exam like the SPM (the O-level), you too must be fully prepared in all the 9 or 10 subjects that you're taking.. You have two years to do the preparation. That's a lot of time... If you want to get straight A's.., you must have prepared much, much earlier.. You cannot get straight A's overnight..
Meaning, how much you have prepared is how many A's that you're gonna get... There is no short cut !! So, my advice is: Just get on with it... Forget about the worries and all the fuss... just do it !!

For you out there who are in Form 4, if you want to get straight A's in the SPM, start preparing this year... Constant studies from now till the end of next year will guarantee you lots of A's.., don't worry!!

P/S:
Two days ago, two Form 3 students came to me, asking me to give a general view of what Add Maths, Physics and Chemistry is all about... How wonderful to have students like them...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

THE G17

What do you do to make sure that your students are really, really prepared for the "O-level" exam? In a batch of about 180 students in a premier school which happens to be the best school in the state and region, something must be done to ensure that all the students are prepared for the big occasion. The Trial Exam was the bench mark...
Well..., the first three or four classes of the Form 5 batch might not impose a problem, but the last two classes may cause a concern. That's normal. These students are not "up to the mark" simply because they were too busy doing something else during normal classes. They missed normal classes because of school commitment or something like that. Plus, a few who purposely missed classes... That's also normal...
Many schools will have programmes like a different time table for this batch, lots of motivational talks, extra classes day and night, mentor system, weekend courses and so on... Well, my school have something extra - the G17 programme.

The G17 stands for Group 17. There are 17 students whose Trial Exam results were so bad that they are chosen to enter this group. Their time table is special and they get the best teachers in the school to teach them. Their class is specially equipped with all the up-to-date teaching and learning equipments so that they get the best teaching method available.. All the important subjects are focused. If any of the students try to play truant, they will be dealt with severely... To date, nobody does.. Why? The teachings are damn good..., so much so that other students in the school want to joint the G17 !!! Ha, ha...

I just hope the G17 is a success.. Good Luck to the members of SMK Derma's G17. Just don't give up and continue with the good work that you're doing... Don't fail us !!
Best wishes from all the teachers who teach the G17.... Adios Amigo.....

P/s:
I wonder how they tackle this problem in the US, the UK, Australia, Brazil, France, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Italy.., LIVERPOOL?
Not forgetting Switzerland...(my new contact)

Sunday, October 25, 2009

LIVERPOOL 2 - 0 !!!!!!

The rot has STOP !! What a game... Benitez, you can breathe again...
Goals from Fernando Torres and David Ngog sealed the victory for the "under fire" Liverpool team. Way to go, Liverpool..............

Sorry Sephia, sorry Tess. Sorry Dhamiry, Dhariry and Dhabita.., my Liverpool win again.
I can sleep well tonight... He, he...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

LIVERPOOL vs MAN UTD.... prediction??



The clash of the year... For the record, both team have won the EPL 18 times each..
Liverpool at the moment is limping.., no Gerrard, no Torres. Man U might not have Rooney for the clash.. Liverpool is having a bad spell. Man U is doing well.. So, who will win??
Two of my sons are Man U fans. Even, the 1st daughter is a Man U fan also.
My youngest son is a Liverpool fanatic. So does my youngest daughter. So do I.
My wife doesn't care.
So..., in this family alone: Liverpool 3, Man Utd 3.

How I'd love Liverpool to win...Dhadyry and Dhaqira will agree. Dhamiry, Dhariry and Dhabita certainly won't agree.
Well, let's see who will win. Sunday 25th October, 9.55pm Malaysian time(1355 GMT).
Good Luck Benitez...
Good Luck Sir Alex...
Good Luck Sir Dess... he, he...

P/s
What's your prediction?

VISITORS, VISITORS...


Lately, SMK Derma is having a lot of visitors. Is it good? In a way, yes... Well, being a cluster school, the public wants to know what's in the inside.. Good for them, bad for the host.
Preparations after preparations... Pity the staff. Have to work overtime. I noticed the Senior Assistant leaving the school late last night. Going through the facts and figures, I supposed.. So were several other teachers and staff.
This morning, Saturday, two groups came to pay a visit..., co-incidently, at the same time. One group from Penang and the other from Sungai Petani, Kedah. The school was well prepared for this sort of occasion, only that, there were other activities going on.. The fifth formers were having their extra classes in the hall. English class, I think. The Brass Band having their practices at the school canteen. The orchestra practicing in the music room. The Lawn Bowlers just finishing their workout.. Who else?? Luckily, the 3rd Formers are having their "futsal" tournament at a venue outside the school compound. If not, it's another school day on Saturday..

Speaking of visitors, I would like to say "Thank You" very much to you for visiting my Blog. I'm getting visitors from Brazil, France, Sweden, South Africa, Romania, Australia, Canada, Denmark, India, Singapore, the UK and the US. And course, from Malaysia.. I'm very pleased to share whatever there is with the rest of the world, especially in education. Very glad to share our thoughts and undertakings when it comes to grooming students to become great achievers..
Have a nice day...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

PPSMI vs MBMMBI

Teaching and Learning Science and Mathematics in English (PPSMI) versus Memartabatkan Bahasa Melayu dan Mengukuhkan Bahasa Inggeris (MBMMBI) i.e. to uphold Bahasa Melayu and to strenghten the English language. The Malaysian government is changing PPSMI to MBMMBI as early as 2011. This means that all subjects in schools will be taught in Bahasa Melayu (Malay Language), including all Science subjects and Mathematics. Currently, Maths and Science are taught in English, a move made by former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammed.

Now... who wins and who loses?? Based on my 30 years of teaching experience, 17 years in the urban and 13 years in the rural areas, I think both will lose... Why?? Students in the rural areas will "benefit" by the new move, in the sense that they will "know" what is being taught. But they will still not understand what is being taught. To these students, Science and Maths are "aliens" (No offence...). There are bright students, but most of them are already brought to urban schools to meet the challenge. And these students are groomed to be future leaders, future professionals... It has been the government's policy to put good, bright students in towns or residential schools so as to get better education...

By this fact, I would say that this group will lose out if they are not exposed to the global language in terms of Scientific and Mathematical knowledge. Of course, in English.. This is my humble view.. Think of the future.. Look at Japan, Korea, France and China. These countries are employing English teachers to teach the language in schools now. Why?? They understand the importance of the English Language to go global. Visit the Blogs... Type Education.. You will find teachers teaching English in schools in these countries. Even in Cambodia!! Malaysia have English teachers in schools, of course... BUT, BUT, BUT... We go one step ahead. Learning Science and Maths in English, so that our younger generation is already one step ahead of Korea, Japan, France, China..
But, Alas!!! We blew it... We are several steps behind Korea, Japan and China now.. We are already behind in various aspect...
Teach Sastera (Literature) in schools by all means.. I'm not against it.. But why sacrifice Maths and Science?? Read the daily papers, especially The Star and The New Straits Times.. Listen to the "rakyat". I thought that is the present motto of the government.. OR... the other alternative is to have the two mediums again.., the Malay Medium and The English Medium. Just like in the 60's and 70's. I come from that group.... Give parents a choice. Let them send their children to the medium of their choice!! What do you say..??

P/s:
No offence to the Malay language. No offence to the Education Ministry...
Just my humble views as a parent. I have 5 kids schooling..

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

BYE BYE LIVERPOOL....


How sad..., they played well and still lose to Lyon 2 - 1. Last minute goal again...
I thought I've said earlier that the team is 2nd class.. Gerrard and Torres are the only 1st class players around. The rest, emmm... sorry to say.
Usually if a team keep on losing, the coach have to be blamed.. Sorry Benitez.. Or.., let's give him until Sunday. Against MU. Please prove your worth, Rafael.. Your last chance.. We are waiting....

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

WHEN THE EXAM IS NEAR...

When the real exam is just around the corner, what are you supposed to do?
1. Make yourself busy. No time wasting please...
2. Plan your move daily. Just don't come to school and do nothing... Have something to do. That's what planning is about.
3. No time for dates or hangout... You can do that after the exam...
4. Attend seminars or motivational talks available.. You need motivation as much as possible. That helps you to greater success...
5. Just be at your very best everyday. Look great and energetic. Forget about personal problems and so on... This is not the time for such stupid things.... Don't create unnecessary tension..
6. Don't miss classes please, morning or afternoon..., or even at night... Just be there. You might miss something important...
7. Don't segregate yourself.., unless you have to. Joint the group of elite.
8. Forget about your hangout group for a while.... They will understand that you need to study hard for the SPM.
9. Watch your meals.. Don't miss them. Stay healthy. We don't want unwanted sickness coming at the wrong time...
10. Never miss your prayers.. You'll regret it if you do so... Watch it!!

ALL THE BEST IN YOUR UNDERTAKINGS.... Good Luck.. My best wishes to all you out there...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

IQ..., EQ..., SQ...

To all SPM candidates:
1. You cannot do anything with your IQ in this short period, except for more reading.. That might just improve your IQ a little bit. Anyway, your IQ would contribute just 20% of your success....

2. Your EQ plays a vital role in your success. It contributes 60%. For those of you who have been following your regular classes in school without failure, you will not have difficulty revising your SPM subjects. All you have to do is to go through your short notes that you have made or that you have compiled... If there are problems, it won't be that BIG.. Not much.... You had listened to your subject teachers (10%) and you have seen the diagrams, the pictures or the videos that was shown to you in class..(10%). If you had done the exercises/homework that the teachers gave, then you have got the 40% experience that is really needed in that particular subject.... Kudos to all you obedient students.. A+, A or A- is waiting for you in the SPM...
The problem is if you had not been in class often.. Maybe doing same other unimportant things.. Or you had skipped classes for the fun of it... Oh.., never mind.. It's already done... You need your SQ now..

3. The SQ would contribute just 20% of your success. But, something is better than nothing.. Please use your friends, your teachers, your parents, your brother or sister to help you with your studies... Or, better still, have a study group of at least 5 students. Why 5?? Don't ask. Just do it...!!! Pick a study group where each one of you is really good in a particular subject. Example: A is an expert in Maths and Add Maths. B is an expert in BM and Sejarah. C is an expert in Physics, Chemistry and English. D is Biology. E is an ustaz/ustazah... So, you get a perfect group.... So, this final 30 days, you will socialize with this group. That is SQ. Even better, if you have a teacher who visits the group once in a while.. That is Perfect!

Good students like you should have done this much earlier.. But, it's never too late.. What is important is the FOCUS and DETERMINATION.. Remember, TALENT and EFFORT are nothing without FOCUS and DETERMINATION...by John Dess.
Good Luck my fellow students of SMK Derma and my fellow friends that I've made durung my series of motivational talks all over Malaysia... I hope I'm of good help to your preparation for the SPM beginning the 18th of November, 2009. Once again, GOOD LUCK!!!

P/s:
Oney and Kholim, please pay me a visit as soon as possible...

Dalam Bahasa Melayu:
Kepada semua calon-calon SPM:
1. Tidak ada apa yang boleh anda lakukan terhadap IQ anda, kecuali meneruskan tabiat membaca. Mungkin itu sahaja cara untuk meningkatkan IQ anda. Tetapi tak mengapa, IQ cuma menyumbang 20% sahaja kepada kejayaan anda.

2. EQ anda menyumbang 60% kepada kejayaan anda nanti. Kepada anda yang telah mengikuti kelas pembelajaran tanpa gagal menghadiri kelas, anda mungkin tidak menghadapi masalah untuk mengulangkaji pelajaran anda. Anda cuma perlu melihat semula nota-nota ringkas yang anda telah buat atau telah kumpulkan. Kalau ada masalah pun, ianya kecil sahaja. Anda telah DENGAR (10%) apa yang guru anda ajar dan anda telah LIHAT (10%)apa yang cikgu anda tunjukkan melalui gambar, rajah atau video dalam kelas pembelajaran dulu. Jika anda telah buat latihan-latihan yang dibekalkan oleh guru, anda telah dapat 40% pengalaman yang sangat diperlukan dalam proses mencapai kejayaan dalam SPM nanti. Tahniah kepada golongan pelajar-palajar ini. A+, A atau A- menanti anda dalam SPM nanti.
Masalahnya sekarang ialah jika anda tidak menghadiri kelas-kelas pembelajaran seperti biasa kerana kesibukan anda dalam bidang yang anda telah ceburi dengan aktifnya. Atau anda sengaja ponteng kelas sesuka hati anda... Tak mengapa, perkara itu sudah berlalu.. Anda perlu guna SQ sepenuhnya....

3. SQ cuma boleh menyumbang 20% daripada kejayaan anda. Tetapi, ada lebih baik daripada tiada. Tolonglah minta bantuan daripada kawan-kawan, guru-guru, ibubapa atau pun abang atau kakak anda. Lebih baik jika anda buat "study group" yang mempunyai lebih daripada 5 orang. Kenapa 5? Jangan tanya lah... Buat aje.... Cari rakan-rakan anda yang pakar dalam bidang masing-masing. Contohnya: A bagus dalam Maths dan Add Maths, B pakar dalam BM dan Sejarah. C dalam Fizik dan Kimia. D dalam Biologi. E pulak orang panggil Ustaz/Ustazah di sekolah.... Anda dapat kumpulan yang sempurna. Dalam jangka masa 30 hari sebelum SPM ni, anda akan bersosial dengan kumpulan ini. Lagi baik, jika ada seorang guru yang berada bersama sekali sekala untuk bimbing kumpulan anda. Lagi sempurna!!

Pelajar-pelajar bagus macam anda sepatutnya dah lakukan ini dari dulu lagi... Tak mengapa. Masih ada masa. Ingat ya...., yang penting ialah FOKUS dan KESUNGGUHAN.. sebab ada perpatah yang mengatakan "Bakat dan Kerajinan itu tidak berguna jika anda tidak Fokus dan Bersungguh-sunguh".....riwayat John Dess...
Selamat maju jaya kepada anak didik saya di SMK Derma dan juga kenalan-kenalan baru saya ketika saya memberi ceramah-ceramah motivasi seluruh Malaysia akhir-akhir ini. Saya harap saya telah dapat membantu anda dalam persediaan anda menhadapi SPM yang bermula pada 18hb November, 2009. Sekali lagi... Selamat Maju Jaya....Semoga Berjaya...

P/s:
Oney dan Kholim, sila jumpa saya segera....

Friday, October 16, 2009

GREETINGS FROM LANGKAWI

Hi there.. Posting from Langkawi.. The weather here is chilly with frequent drizzling as from 5.00 pm just now. Ferry service was terrible today due to the sea level at the Kuala Perlis jetty. The tide was low.., very low... so the ferry had difficulty moving in and out. The 4.00pm schedule was 50 minutes late. And we reached Langkawi at 6.00 pm. Wow...,a 50 minute ride turned to a 2-hour journey today..
To make matters worse, the shuttle service to the hotel was delayed. What was supposed to be a 5 minute ride turned to be a 45 minutes ride. Why... A misunderstanding somewhere.. Plus the drizzle that came at the correct time!!
Anyway, after checking in a little bit after 7 pm, I had my dinner. Not bad... Fried chicken, beef (masak kurma, it was nice..), boiled eggs with sambal, some other dishes I didn't take, and of course, dessert and fruits... I took my bath at around 8pm.
This Istana Hotel provides free WIFI.. Not like the one in KL and Penang. Have to pay RM15 for an hours WIFI service. Bravo Langkawi...!! Just don't follow KL and Penang... In my home town, Kangar, even the "mamak stall" provide free WIFI... Bravo Kangar!!!

Okey, got to prepare for tomorrow's morning session.. Good Nite.....

Thursday, October 15, 2009

THANK YOU SMKDJH, HELLO LANGKAWI....


I would like to congratulate the Form 5 students of SMKDJH in Perlis for being good listeners during my lecture on Maths and how to motivate yourself to score A in the SPM. I must admit that I was surprised at the reception that I received from you guys...
The talk was smooth and there was not so much unwanted noise around..., which made me feel comfortable delivering my speech. The questions and answers session went smoothly too.. Feedback was good. Even after the session ended, there were still a few students staying back asking more questions... And a few students later asked for my email and contact number.. I was surprised!!

My next stop is Langkawi, tomorrow. This Friday and Saturday, I will be at the Vistana Hotel in Langkawi for another talk on Maths and Motivation. Organised by the Ministry of Rural Development, I think, the target group is students from the rural areas sitting for the SPM this year. I hope to give my best lecture to these kids and hope to get good response like the one that I got from SMKDJH. So... see you Langkawi...

P/s.
Langkawi is a beautiful island with beautiful scenery.. It is famous for its chocolate too..
If you were to come to Malaysia, don't leave without going to Langkawi. You will regret if you do so...

FROM 1MALAYSIA TO 1TOILET in SCHOOLS

Wow... the Terengganu state government will introduce a "1Toilet" policy in a move to liberalise education, where teachers - even principals - will soon have to share toilets with their students (of the same sex, of course). The policy was mooted in line with the 1Malaysia concept introduced by the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. Teachers and students could have a feeling of "oneness" among themselves.
Elaborating on the idea, the State Education, Higher Learning, Human Resource, Science and Technology Committee chairman said that the policy would make the students to have a sense of belonging that would inspire them to excel in their education. Whatever that means.... One school in Hulu Terengganu have already implemented the policy few days ago..
Under the policy, teachers and students would also be encouraged to sit within a common space at the school canteens during recess. Em... makan sama-sama la tu...
I think this idea has already been carried out in SMK Derma. I noticed students entering the toilet I use everyday. I don't know it's legal or not. I don't bother that much... Hu, hu...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

STRIPPED NAKED ???


Hello there..., joggers and morning walkers !! Beware !! News of women being robbed and forced to strip during morning walks and jogs have caused a lot of anxiety among residents in Petaling Jaya... It was reported in a local daily that three women who went for morning walks last Sunday in SS3 Petaling Jaya, were ordered to strip naked by robbers who suspected them of keeping money in their bras and panties. Hu.., hu.., hu... Mau jogging pun susah..
Reports also said that there had been a number of robbery cases in PJ for the past month and most of them were committed by men on motorcycles. There were also reports of snatch thefts in the day and nights. Now, these robbers are targeting women folk who go for morning walks and ladies who go for morning jogs within residential areas.

Oh Dear, oh dear.... Are you residing in SS3 Nik? Be careful.. Jog in the afternoon.... Kak Dayah and kids also like to walk and jog every Sunday morning... Must be careful this time. Have to bring along Ayie and Didy, plus Tompok as escorts... Ho, ho, ho....

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

HAPPY DEEPAVALLI.... PMR CANDIDATES!!!


PMR is over !! Happy Deepavalli...!!!!
Congratulations all you PMR students.. You have just finished your PMR... What to do eh???
1. Continue your hobby you had abandoned. Like your guitar/sax/piano lessons...
2. Start your own blog. Link it to your favourite blogs....Start writing what you've always wanted.
3. Start surfing for new subjects in Form 4, such as Physics, Chemistry, Add maths....
4. Follow the school's programme as much as possible. It helps in a way or the other.
5. Come to school everyday. You may miss something.....

Anyway, be happy.. Don't even think of that Science paper that you probably........ ah, just forget it.... Enjoy your DEEPAVALLI......

Monday, October 12, 2009

AUSSIE HUSBAND FOR RM25,000..??

I came across an article this morning in a local daily and would like to share it with you:
A Singapore company is offering a package of matching up its clients with Australian lifetime partners, charging a fee of S10,000(RM25,000) for each successful match. Most of the men, aged 30 to 60, are from Brisbane, Australia. Ho, ho,ho.. I have a good friend from Brisbane following my blog.....
This service have been going on for the past two years. So far, they have paired up about 30 couples. Some of the men are professionals such as lawyers and engineers. The ladies are carrier women aged 20 to 50. Em... my neighbour,Kak Rose,in Kangar is married to an Aussie from Melbourne. She is living in Australia now and comes back to Malaysia once a year, usually when it is winter in Australia.
Another neighbour, Chum @ Chumbi, a nice beautiful lady, is also married to an Aussie, Peter. Peter used to work with an Airline company in Penang.. There's where he met Chum. Currently, they are staying in Penang. If I'm not mistaken,Peter is from Brisbane... Ho, ho, ho... Brisbane again.!!!
Wonder what's so special about Brisbane men....

Sunday, October 11, 2009

LIVERPOOL FC - WHY THE INCONSISTENCY?




1. I think something's not right in Liverpool. Talks that the ownership is changing hands makes the club unstable. Everyone is not stable in terms of their future in the club. Work is therefore not at its best, not 100%...
2. The team is also not "complete" enough. Why sell Alonso? Selling Alonso was the biggest mistake. Now, Gerrard is alone. In a soccer team, the most important section is the midfield. Lucas is not up to the mark yet... A good midfielder must have "vision" during the game. He must also be a "ball winner". Liverpool have only Gerrard in this department at the moment.
3. The strikers are also not sharp enough, except for Torres. The likes of Benayoun, Babel, Kuyt, Ngog, Voronin..., who else..., are only flashes of geniuses once in a while. Sorry to say, these guys are second class.. First class strikers include Torres, Drogba, Anelka, Rooney, Bent, Defoe, Bellamy. The problem at Liverpool is that Torres combines well with Alonso and Gerrard. Now there is Torres and Gerrard only. So, the scoring machine is working 66.67% only (maximum).
4. The Defenders. Liverpool put their shoulders on Carragher. Sami Hyypia is missing and there is no replacement like him. Find one please....
5. The Coach. Benitez is Benitez. Unpredictable. I respect this guy. Usually, I like his line up. But sometimes, I am surprised. In fact, very surprised... Lately, Benitez tends to make stupid mistake. His game plan is no longer effective. He simply degrades himself... Look at Sir Alex Ferguson. Look at his team.. Always a winning team.. The other coach I really respect is Guus Hiddink. His approach of total football is entertaining and very effective. With Hiddink, you don't need star players. He will turn one unknown to be a star... The same goes to Arsene Wenger of Arsenal. That's what good coaches do.... I used to do that when I was coaching....

These are my views as a layman. I hate to see my childhood team not doing well in the EPL.
Maybe Bill Shankly should show us the way...., through time..., perhaps...
"YOU'LL NEVER WALK ALONE...."

Friday, October 9, 2009

TIPS DURING THE EXAM PERIOD.

1. Keep yourself fit during the exam period. Find time to do a little bit of physical exercises in the evening (late afternoon). A 20 minute jog plus stretching will do, or a one set badminton game with your sister/brother in front of your house.
2. Do not do something different. Stick to the daily routine. Let's say, don't try something new at this time period, for example: trying to ride the motorcycle. You can do that after the exam period.
3. Have proper meals as usual. Breakfast before going to school. Don't do without it. I know some of you are afraid that you might have stomach trouble during the exam... Your stomach will have problems if it's empty !! Make sure to take your lunch in the afternoon before the afternoon paper (usually at 2.00 pm). The afternoon paper usually ends at 4.00 pm. That's way past your lunch hour. Please don't hurt your stomach again....
4. Sleep early at night. Don't go after 12. Let your mind rest fully for it to work 100% tomorrow. You will be fresh.
5. Prepare your stationaries, your IC, your bottle of mineral water, your exam slip, etc..., before you go to sleep. You will not panic tomorrow morning in case you overslept...

Finally, stay focus... Do your very, very, very best... Better than ever before. You will never regret...if the results aren't to your liking, because YOU HAVE DONE YOUR VERY, VERY, VERY BEST !!!! Good Luck...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

PMR CANDIDATES - GOOD LUCK

Just wishing all PMR(Penilaian Menengah Rendah) @ Lower Secondary Assessment candidates, the best of luck for tomorrow's exam. Just do your very, very best...
Good Luck!!!

Sunday, October 4, 2009

TEACHING IN ENGLISH

A lot of my friends and fellow academicians are still grumbling on the issue of Teaching Maths and Science in English (PPSMI in Malay). Some are already planning to send their siblings to private schools in Malaysia. Incidently, last Saturday, the prestigious Kolej Yayasan Saad (KYS) of Malacca, run their test to enroll new students for next year. It was done at the SK Seri Perlis, from 9.00am till 2.00pm. One of my younger son sat for the exam.(My other son studied in KYS from 2004 to 2008).
Speaking of KYS Malacca, this private school is really something..., or shall I say, everything..
What you can find in normal government school or boarding school, is there.., be it curriculum or co-curriculum.. What you cannot find in normal government school or boarding school, is there in KYS. Even MRSM look up on KYS.. So, what's so special about this Tan Sri Halim Saad's KYS??
1. They did their PPSMI long before the Malaysian government implement it in 2003.
2. Their formal language in school is English. Everybody converse in English in school.
3. 80% of their students go overseas to study after their SPM every year.
4. They have a very good 80 piece orchestra, and have performed nationwide every year.
5. They have 2 swimming pools, one standard pool and the other, a 300 meter pool.

One of my friends from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, said she haven't heard of KYS before... Strange.. She have a son in year 6 this year and plans to send her son to a good private school next year. And when I mentioned KYS, she was sort of... "What??". "Where is that?"."Never heard before..." Tan Sri Halim and the gang have to do something here...

You see..., parents are very particular these days.. Look at the daily today. The Star came up with a good article on the teaching of science and maths those days in the 70's.. And the product of those years.. These days, hah..... Easily getting A's but what a product you get these days...Cannot do work!!! All they learn is "cut and paste". There was an article by Prof. Khoo Kay Kim on "We should have kept the British System". English Language teachers.., you better read it. It concerns you...

What is there to loose if you learn in English? I thought from Science and Mathematics, it goes on to Geography, History and so on.... But by 2012, it's back to the 80's..... Yek!! We are going backwards guys...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

New Grade of A+ for SPM 2009


Good news to all SPM candidates. There's a new grading system this year. Previously, the highest grade possible was 1A. Usually, 1A is 80% and above... Under the present system, SPM candidates are graded as 1A, 2A, 3B, 4B, 5C, 6C, 7D, 8E and 9G. The new grades will be from A+, A, A-, B+, B, C+, C, D, E and G.
The new system will enable qualified students to be awarded prestigious scholarships or to be chosen for training programmes such as going to the University of Petroleum Engineering in Beijing, China...

BTW, the Sime Darby scholarship is already out for grabs. For those of you who got good results in your Trials, go get the forms online. I'm not sure about the dateline. I was informed by one of my fellow educationist from KYS (Kolej Yayasan Saad) Melaka, Mr. Omar, while I was in Malacca a few days ago.

Friday, October 2, 2009

NATURAL DISASTERS

I'm back in my hometown, Kangar. Flight delayed but everything's okey. Came to know that Kangar was hit by thunderstorm for the past three days. Must be the effect of that typhoon that hit the Philippines, Vietnam and Laos. Now it's going to Thailand... Then, there's the deadly earthquakes that hit Sumatra and Samoa... Thousands of lives gone...
What's going on to our planet, eh? Why all the natural disasters? Are we really save living in this world? What have we done to the Earth??