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Aug 29 2014

Han Chiang 2015 Entrance Exam

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We flew into the island last weekend for JS to sit for the entrance exam.  I always thought that CIS’s entrance exam are usually held in the month of late Sept and Oct, but I got to know from a friend who knew that I am keen to enrol JS to HC usually has their entrance exam in the month of Aug.  I was coincidentally at the island when HC opens for registration for entrance exam. We paid RM50 for the exam.

Students are tested on four subjects. Which are Chinese/Beginner Chinese, English, Science and Maths. Since the school also accepts students from Sekolah Kebangsaan, as long as the SK’s student has the proficiency in Standard 1 Chinese, they are eligible to sit for the entrance exam. They are given different set of Chinese test papers.  (Beginner level)

Depending on the student’s choice of course, the medium of the test papers differ. For UEC students, they can choose between Chinese and English to answer the Maths and Science paper. IGSCE students were to answer all papers (except Chinese) in English.

Han Chiang Entrance Exam Detail

Klang Chung Hua High School Entrance Exam Detail

期: 26/10/2014 (星期日)报到时间: 07:30a.m.
08:00 – 08:50 08:50 – 09:40 09:40 – 10:30 11:00 – 11:50 11:50 – 12:40
Chinese Malay English Science Maths

Klang Hin Hua High School Entrance Exam Detail

After comparing the test details with the two other school in Klang, I notice HC  placed a lot of emphasis on English paper. Time allocated for English test is 1 1/2 hour. 1 hour for Chinese, 40 minutes for Science and 50 minutes for Maths. JS told me that English paper was not just objective questions but also include short essay writing and listening (where a audio tape is played and they have to answer questions accordingly).

The number of students sitting for this entrance exam was so overwhelming. According to the name list, there are near to 450 candidates sitting for the exam where most of them are trying to get a place in the IGCSE class.  About 300 of these candidates are sitting for the IGCSE class, another 50 for UEC English class and about 100 for UEC class.  The school can only offer 160 place for UEC classa and another 160 for IGCSE class.  Looks like it’s going to be a tough competition to get a place and I am hoping and praying REAL hard that JS can secure a place. I have confident with JS’s english proficiency but I am still worried she cant be in the top 160.

Parents were given a briefing by the school principal as well as the head of English department. The principal delivered her speech in both English and Mandarin. The head of English center speaks excellent English with British accent, which is music to the ear.

Being a busy body, i ran through all the candidates details as well. An interesting little fact that I discovered was that there are homeschoolers sitting for this entrance exam. Two had written “homeschool” as their school attended. Two to three of them left school detail blank. One is from learning centre, one from Singapore. A few from private/international school (Tenby and another one which I can’t recall the name) and there are also a few from Sekolah Kebangsaan.

The result of the entrance exam will only be released a day after the UPSR exam. That is one reason why I so eagerly counting down. I am anxious to know if she gets through.

 

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Aug 26 2014

Counting Down To UPSR

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In another two weeks time, JS will be sitting for UPSR exam. I am eagerly waiting for it to be over. I don’t know if I am more excited than her that this whole episode is finally coming to an end. I don’t think we are stressed.  Everyday is just like any other normal day, she still have time to rest and draw, I  didn’t really see any unreasonably increased of workload. But I know they have been constantly drummed and brainwashed in school that they should aim to achieve the best to an extend she finds it long winded and annoying and stress inducing. I feel weighed down by it too. I don’t feel stress, but I feel it weighing on me and I just can’t wait to heave a sigh of relief when the whole thing is over.

We are not aiming for 7As for sure. She has never been a straight As student. All these 6 years, she had it easy and relaxed. Only this year, I started to put a little emphasis on her that she should put in more time for revision. We cut down a lot of homeschool activities. We have not really missed school that much this year compared to the past few years and I gave in to the school and let her join the Saturday extra class and for the last one month even on Sunday too . (Though we often skipped class). As long as she doesn’t get Cs, I am happy with Bs. We know how insignificant this exam is. ( I know too well, I was a straight As student during UPSR but it did not and would know determine how successful one will be in the future. So why waste time and energy on it? ) I told her, as long as you work hard on the 80%, you should have fun and enjoy the other 20% of your time.  Hub and SILs keep telling her as long as she tried her best, that’s is the most important. My SILs even told her, they were never the best in academic but good enough and they are very successful now, as long as she put in effort.

So , here we are , counting down and can’t wait to have it over. So that she can start having sports lesson in school, can draw, and design and can bake like once she used to.  She is planning to host a farewell party at home, we will have loads to do after her UPSR as we need to pack for the move as well and the most exciting and causing me to have anxiety is know whether she will get into the school our choice next year. The result of the entrance exam will be released the day after UPSR exam.  That is one part of the reason why I can’t wait for UPSR to be over. Oh , and the week long school holiday too.

 

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Mar 14 2014

JL’s First Sales

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JL also envy her older sister that is always selling her crafts and artwork. She has always wanted to follow suit. She made her first sales last week. Selling her rainbow loom bracelet to one of the classmate. I told her she can charge too high and need to just sell those bracelet of simply design, as Standard 1 students don’t normally has a lot of pocket money and they are not allow to bring too much pocket money to school too. In fact JL is doing some sort of black market business, as i am sure this is not allowed in school. I just hope that no parents will come complaining to the teacher that JL is selling her craft and that her friends are saving the pocket money up for bracelet instead of spending on food.

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Mar 11 2014

You Are My Internet

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Casual chat over lunch after school, JS said quite spontaneously to me

“Are you an internet?”

Me feeling blur and puzzled on her statement, she then continue ” I feel so connected to you. I feel your love”

Aww..what a sweet , heart melting statement.

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Feb 26 2014

Piano

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The piano at home can go untouched for weeks and even months. (JL’s practise doesn’t count as she has not started playing a complete song or rhythm yet) I can’t remember when was the last time JS plays the piano. I can only find a video recorded about 4 months ago. She told me the last song she played was Royals. It’s a waste that she is not practicing daily after years of lessons? It’s a waste that she did not continue the lessons? It’s a waste that she didn’t even sat for any formal music exam and have a cert (well, it may be helpful to have the credit for future uni application, but I have not used mine when I applied for uni). I personally don’t think it’s a waste.

This week she started playing again. Because a song caught her interest. She wanted to learn to play the cover from “Frozen”. This time round she no longer asked me to download the sheet.

Here she is trying to learn to play “Let it go” from youtube. She has to start, stop, play and repeat over and over again and surprisingly she already got two verse by heart the next day. The mother here just managed to search for a score and have to read the notes one by one to play and cant even remember a bar by heart after that.

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Feb 26 2014

Video Editing

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This girl of mine has got her phone upgraded from 3gs to 4 last Christmas. Not a brand new phone, just a hand me down, but it’s definitely capable to do more than her old phone. She is not into games nor surfing, she uses it mainly for photo shooting and photo editing. Lately she is into video editing and told me she wants to be youtuber (as she found out one can also make money from posting in youtube)

Here’ s her first editing

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This one done sometime last week

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Feb 17 2014

JS’s Photography

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One of JS’s hobby is photography. She has developed this hobby two years ago since I let her handle my Pen2 camera. She takes quite decent photos. With an Iphone now, it’s even handier for her to take photos any time and anywhere and editing them. Recently hubby bought a new lens hood and she has been assigned as the photography during CNY.

Here she is joining her uncles who have more advance DSLR cameras

Some of her photos can be seen here

She asked her dad “Daddy , have you ever like photography? I love photography”

Daddy said ” when I was in secondary school, I almost joined the photography club, but was too poor then to even buy a camera”

Father and daughter has many discussion on how to perfect her art , her photography, what can she do with her art etc

Now we know her artsy genes is really from daddy

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Dec 31 2013

Starting Piano Lesson

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I have signed up for JL to attend piano lesson.  It would be nice if she could start off with group class and music appreciation like what JS had gone through, but I couldn’t afford the time to sit in the class with her. I don’t really like one to one class where the teachers are exam orientated. I hope this teacher I am engaging her service is good and not pushy for exam.

Sometimes I wonder why I let all kids learn piano instead of other instrument. But to think again, since we already have a piano at home, we should just make full use of it instead of investing in another instrument. I know many are opting for violin now and I know where to get good second hand violins as my cousin is selling it but after much consideration, i think I will still stick to piano as for now.

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Dec 07 2013

A 11th Year Old Perception On Homeschoolers

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Casual chat with daughter

“I like to mix with homeschoolers. They are different. They speak good English, they know a lot of things and knowledge, they are friendly, can have more things to talk (I think she meant intellectual talk) and they don’t watch tv and play iPad. (Her assumption) *interrupt her conversation

Me” who says they don’t watch tv and don’t play games? I think they do”

” I think they are different lah even if they do. They don’t talk bad words, they are not rough, have better manners and not bullies ” (well, maybe she gets this conclusion from just a small group of homeschoolers she mingles with. At least that’s her observations and how she felt). I am lucky I get to see the difference and mix with school going kids and homeschoolers”

Such is the perception of a 11yro school goer.

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Nov 11 2013

JL’s Talent Show

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*video a little shaky, recorded by her sister while I was busy snapping photos

 

This is our JL during her graduation concert. She was one of the 6 participants for this talent show. It’s non compulsory and on voluntarily basis. I didn’t think of letting her sign up as I know she used to be quite timid and would change her mind last minute. I don’t want to put her through the stress whereby I need to coax her, sweet talk her to go on stage shall she chicken out last minute. Anyway, she was adamant and wanted to participate. I submitted the form very near to the closing date without a song title. She couldn’t make up her mind then. From wanting to sing  Karmin’s Acapella to later deciding on Katy Perry’s Roar. (Haiz…6 years old picking up these sort of songs instead of songs more age appropriate!!)

From what I see from the other children’s performance, I must say my little JL is the only one that has the least preparation at home prior to the actual performance. I didn’t coach and help her at all. I seriously do not know what to expect from this sort of talent show performance. It’s not entirely a competition where she is out there to win something or proof herself. I thought it would be good enough just encourage her to go up the stage, sing the whole song without stage fright, present her most truthful and natural self, have fun and some exposure to sing in public. I knew of parents who goes to the extend to get vocal coach, to choreograph the whole song and dance and we have none.

As I was watching from the audience seat, I did have this worry flashing through my mind. Would she compare herself with her friends and feel less superior. Would she be demotivated? Would this kill her esteem? But later I found out my worries were unnecessary. Kids are really very straight forward and non judgmental. It’s from the adults they learn to criticized and look down on others.  I am also grateful to her teacher that had thought the whole class to be supportive to their peers and not poke fun on their song choice and their performance.

I am proud of my girl for her braveness to perform in front of a crowd.

 

 

 

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