I am now working in a newspaper because of my English skills. The overwhelming gratitude I felt towards these teachers — there are three of them — prompted me to put on record in the WhatsApp group my heartfelt thanks to them What happened after that was beyond my expectation.
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A friend kindly sent my message to one of the teachers, Madam Teo, who taught me English in Form Two. I remember the pages and pages of grammar homework I had to do after each lesson in school. At that time, I found the task mentally taxing. While my family members were sleeping soundly in their beds, I sat under a yellow lamp and had to crack my head thinking of the correct words and sentences to write in order to fill the blanks in the pages.
Madam Teo was firm, strict but kind. Because she was kind and understanding, I did not mind the hard work. Her younger sister, Josepha was my classmate and schoolmate, I was surprised when I received a message from Philomena through another kind classmate, Florence. I was astonished to learn that Josepha had forwarded my message of thanks to her elder sister. Philomena, who now lives in Canada, replied in her message: Must say thinking back to those good old days brings back happy memories.
I have only seen a couple of you since I left for Canada.
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Learned from Josepha most of you are no longer in Sibu. Because she had freshly graduated from overseas, she was very open-minded and encouraged us to be creative and logical in our English essays. All my life, I have never attended English tuition classes.
- Arachnophobe (Three Steps Down Book 3).
- Caprice No. 23 from Twenty-Four Caprices?
- A poem dedicated to madam, with love.
- Madam Love, Actually;
Drumming and drama, billowy pantaloons and glittering costumes, smoke and lighting effects as well as gravity-defying feats — all this and To Madam, with love. She observed how teachers taught her to read, write and count, and trained her to be a leader by giving her responsibilities as a class monitor, prefect, librarian and various positions in clubs and societies.
Chong had such a high regard for her teachers that she aspired to be like them.
Chong not only achieved her ambition but in the last 30 years, she has had the satisfaction of being a teacher and principal as well as serving her last term of service in her alma mater, SMK Sultan Ibrahim SMKSI , Kulai. In September , when Chong was appointed the principal of SMKSI, she regarded her job with both joy and trepidation because it was a big school with three streams secondary, Form Six and Special Education , and at the time, the secondary stream's academic performance was deteriorating.
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In addition, the school buildings were in need of repair and maintenance. With the help of her senior assistants, teachers and other staff, Chong determined to change all that. She carried out programmes that improved student discipline, academic achievement and co-curricular performance. School facilities were also upgraded and the spirit of 1Malaysia inculcated. Chong also encouraged cross-cultural activities by celebrating the different festivals throughout the year that promoted the spirit of 1Malaysia in the school.
To Madam, with love
It was a fitting farewell to a much-loved teacher, principal and colleague who started her career in SMK Sultan Alauddin, Bukit Besar, Kulai, before going on to teach in schools in Beranang, Kajang and Semenyih. In his speech, Johor Education director Markom Giran commended Chong as a dedicated teacher and principal who had taken the school to new heights not only academically, but also in co-curriculum activities. To foster closer ties among students, Chong initiated the formation of the school's Unity Drum team that consists of students playing 24 festive drums, kompang and Indian drums.
- Récits et lettres de la Guerre 1914 – 1918 du Sous-lieutenant Jean-Paul Duverger (French Edition);
- Social Solidarity and the Gift.
- To Madam With Love 老师的情人 - Toggle;
- Der Mensch im Naturzustand: Ein Vergleich zwischen Jean-Jacques Rousseaus und Thomas Hobbes Anthropologie, ihr Menschenbild sowie die Auswirkung auf ihre politische Theorie (German Edition)!
- Love for lilac?
- The Elves and I (Red Garters, Snow and Mistletoe).
Every morning, Chong, administrative staff, teachers and prefects would receive students at the school gate between 7am and 7. Chong's "Zero-Late Programme" to encourage students to be punctual has reaped positive results and is still on-going. At the same time, courtesy was encouraged with students trained to be good-mannered.
They were also taught to be neat and tidy.