After a solid two weeks Christmas break, I am back! And what a holiday it was! It is always nice to have family to spend time with. This time around we had a big group visiting us all the way from Singapore. Nurul’s parents, her youngest sister Naaj, cousin Hanis, and also my brother Fir, and his wife Nadiah, came to visit us. I still can’t believe that everyone was able to squeeze into our tiny one bedroom apartment! We also travelled around Europe together.
But as all teachers will tell you, holidays are never long enough and I feel like I need a holiday after my vacation! 😆 Heading back to school felt zombie-like for me and Nur as we tried to get our old rhythm back into motion. I guess we were feeling a little exhausted from the New Year’s Eve countdown and fireworks display which we took part in London. And for the first time, we did not have time to clean our apartment before we left Frankfurt. It wasn’t possible as our last guest – Hanis, left Frankfurt the first day back to work.
Heading back to work was tough this time around. The sun rising later certainly did not help at all! When we reached our work place = my current school, it was still kinda dark and it was already past 8am! My students too were still on holiday mood. It was pretty obvious as they drugdged along the school corridor and into their classrooms. However, it was nice hearing their stories and what they did during their Christmas break. I certainly envied them as they speak of Paris, Bali, Dubai, and Maldives. One student even remarked how beautiful our Singapore Airlines (SIA) stewardess were. He travelled first class to New York City on SIA. Meanwhile, my more “studious” students admitted that they spent their timing completing their International Baccalaureate (IB) Internal Assessment (IA) reports.
To motivate my students on their first week back at school, I drummed up my playlist of motivational speeches. I had to reboot my students to rev their studying engines for 2017. But some of them started tearing up as they realised that this will be their last six months in school. My 12th graders are no longer kids and they will soon fend for themselves in the real world as they try to attain a Bachelor’s degree. The same batch of students who will be doing their IB exams were also surprised when I shared a news article from Singapore’s Today free paper that Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) in Singapore, a government school nonetheless, had 48 students with a perfect IB points of 45. They weren’t able to believe that half of the global top students who sat for the IB exams came from just one school. As a teacher, I was certainly impressed and I certainly would love to teach at ACS (I) Singapore just to learn what tricks they have in their sleeves. Maybe a plan for the future. 😉 InsyaAllah.
Meanwhile, HAPPY NEW YEAR 2017!