My husband and I have seen how he blossomed from a whinny, grumpy, stubborn toddler to a mature and sensible boy he is now.

Dear Cynthia,

I had wanted to drop a note to you a while ago after reading an article in The Straits Times (http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/education/not-too-late-to-say-thank-you-to-a-caring-teacher). One of the paragraphs within the article strikes a chord with me – “This Teacher is one of the many unsung heroes in the education system. There are no awards for those who write notes to parents, provide a listening ear to students or reply to parents’ queries on WhatsApp group messages late at night.” At ChildFirst Mountbatten, I have met many teachers who took time and effort to write us notes and reply to our queries.

Tomorrow will be Ethan’s graduation ceremony. ChildFirst Mountbatten has been a second home to him. He has spent a large part of his childhood here. A good 4 years since his Pre-Nursery days. My husband and I have seen how he blossomed from a whinny, grumpy, stubborn toddler to a mature and sensible boy he is now. Today, we celebrate his achievements, not alone, but with many of his teachers who have groomed and nurtured him over the years. A big Thank You to all the teachers and staff who had taken care of him and taught him, especially:

  1. Ms. Lee Mei Ki – His first teacher!
  2. Ms. Zhang Hong
  3. Ms. Hsieh Hsin Ju
  4. Ms. Susan Chua
  5. Ms. Phoebe Yeo
  6. Ms. Guan Lin Juan
  7. Ms. Zahirah Bibi
  8. Ms. Mornique
  9. All the assistant teachers – including Ms. Lim and 黄老师

The dedication and professionalism of the teachers at ChildFirst Mountbatten is also the reason why my husband and I had decided to send Claire into full-day childcare at the school early (even though we have help at home to take care of her). We know that she will be in good hands and will learn a great deal from the caring teachers at ChildFirst Mountbatten. This is also the reason why we can’t bear and don’t plan to change her to a different school, even as we prepare to move to our new home which will be much farther away.

I agree with the article – the biggest reward to the teachers is appreciation from the parents and students, hence this note. So once again, thank you!

From Ethan’s mum