The Leading Foundation Teacher Award 2016

The third batch of winners for “The Leading Foundation Teacher Award” received their awards on Monday, 17 October 2016.

Heartiest congratulations to the following early childhood, special needs, and allied educators for Winning with Honour by going the extra mile for their students:

  • Ms Zahira Bte Surian (Early Childhood Educator, PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Punggol East Block 103)
  • Ms Parvinjit Kaur Toor (Early Childhood Educator, PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Woodlands Blk 677)
  • Mr Mark Kuo (Special Needs Educator, APSN Tanglin Special Education School)
  • Mr Jeyaram s/o Kadivan (Allied Educator, St Gabriel’s Secondary School)

Many thanks to everyone who expressed support for the winners on the following Facebook pages that you can access here and here.

 

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The main Chinese newspaper in Singapore, Lianhe Zaobao, also featured Parvinjit and Mark in an article that was published on 18 October 2016. You can read the article written in Mandarin Chinese here.

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Singapore’s highest-selling newspaper, The Straits Times, also published an article on how Jeyaram helped Mr Caleb Tay, who had lost over 80 per cent of his sight by the time he reached St Gabriel’s Secondary School, fulfil his potential and achieve seven distinctions in his GCE ‘O’ Level examinations. You can read their wonderful story here.

 

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We hope that the awards will not only encourage the winners to achieve greater heights, but will also inspire all educators who serve in the early childhood and special needs sector to continue winning with honour by always giving their best to make a positive difference in the lives of those they serve.

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The Leading Foundation Teacher Awards were established in 2014 to recognise excellent early childhood and special needs education teachers who have made a positive impact in the lives of their students. The awards are sponsored by The Leading Foundation, which was founded in 2013 by Lim Siong Guan and Joanne Lim the co-authors of Winning with Honour and The Leader, The Teacher & You. You can find out more about The Leading Foundation here.

Photo credits: Lianhe Zaobao and Straits Times

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As part of their Readers’ Choice Award campaign, Popular is offering a 20% discount for Winning with Honour till January 2017.

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Honour Others for a Satisfied Life

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The Straits Times published an article today on how 150,000 Thais gathered outside Bangkok’s Grand Palace yesterday to sing the royal anthem, alongside a 100-piece orchestra and professional choir, to show their devotion to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, who passed away on 13 October after a 70 year reign. You can read the article here and view a video by Reuters here.

Throughout his long reign, King Bhumibol worked tirelessly to increase the well-being of the Thai people, and by doing so, he earned not only the respect, but also the love of his people. You can read more about why the Thai King was so beloved by his people in this Channel NewsAsia article and video here.

Since his passing on 13 October, there have been so many interviews with Thai who mentioned that they love their King. In this Straits Times article published on 13 October, Ms Darunee Thitchan, a Thai national who was in Singapore on the day the King’s death was announced shared: “I loved him so much; he was like a father to me.”

This outpouring of grief and expression of love for the late King Bhumibol reflects that his life was a purposeful life, lived with love and concern for others.

Death is a fate that all human beings shared. But the lives that are lived between birth and death are very different, and the reactions of those around the deceased regarding their passing are also very different. 

So, what makes a satisfied and impactful life?

As shared on page 11-17 of Winning with Honour, research has shown that to live a satisfied life, we need to value love above everything else. Research also shows that the need for Transcendence—that is, helping others reach their personal growth and self-fulfilment—is ranked as the highest of all needs in the human psyche.

Hence, the highest need we all have is to move beyond just thinking of ourselves to contributing to the lives of others by doing good for their lives.

To put it simply, if we want to live satisfied lives, we have to remember that it is not about ourselves, but about others.

And in order to honour others, we need to dedicate ourselves to practise “eulogy virtues” on a daily basis, as described by David Brooks, writer and commentator in the New York Times, in his book, “The Road to Character” (Random House 2015) and on page 425 of Winning with Honour:

“Recently I’ve been thinking about the difference between the résumé virtues and the eulogy virtues. The résumé virtues are the ones you list on your résumé, the skills that you bring to the job market and that contribute to external success. 

The eulogy virtues are deeper. They’re the virtues that get talked about at your funeral, the ones that exist at the core of your being—whether you are kind, brave, honest or faithful; what kind of relationships you formed. 

“Most of us would say that the eulogy virtues are more important than the résumé virtues, but I confess that for long stretches of my life I’ve spent more time thinking about the latter than the former. 

Our education system [referring to the American education system] is certainly oriented around the résumé virtues more than the eulogy ones. Public conversation is, too—the self-help tips in magazines, the nonfiction bestsellers. Most of us have clearer strategies for how to achieve career success than we do for how to develop a profound character.”

If you want to live a satisfied and impactful life, honour your life today by loving others and thinking about others…it is only in your best interest to do so, as reflected by the life and passing of the late Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

P.S. If you liked reading Winning with Honour, please vote for Winning with Honour in Popular Bookstore’s Readers’ Choice Award by 31 October 2016 and stand a chance to win for yourself a $50 Popular voucher and a 1 year Popular Bookstore membership. You can submit your vote here. Thank you in advance for your support!

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Honour Best Efforts over Grades

It is now the year-end school examination period in Singapore, and many children and students are facing examination stress. You might like to refer to this Straits Times article to get some tips on how to help your child deal with exam stress.

As you help your child with their examinations, we hope that you will take inspiration from this letter that The Heritage School in Kolkata posted on their Facebook page, and remember that grades do not define your child or your child’s future. You can view their post here.

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In addition, as mentioned on page 159 of Winning with Honour, many parents focus on developing their children academically to ensure their future success, but very few parents focus on developing their child’s character first.

It would do good for parents to keep in mind the ancient Chinese saying that goes: “成人,成才,成功” (“Become a person, become a talent, become a success”). So if you would like your child to be a success, ensure that your child first learns how to be a human being with a conscience and how to honour other human beings…then only can your child develop his or her talents to become a success. You are the first leader and teacher of your child. 

As shared in this previous post, we also hope that you will be a parent that honours best efforts over grades. The real challenge for all of us is not to win the prize…but to be the best that we can be and to give the best that we can every day despite our  challenges and circumstances. We lose if we don’t try. We win just by trying our best.

Good luck to all students taking examinations! You can win with honour just by trying  and giving your best.

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The Leading Foundation Teaching Award recipients featured in “The New Age Parents”

Congratulations to Ms Jenny Tan of Little Village and Ms Babe Chen of Rainbow Centre, Singapore, two recipients of The Leading Foundation Teacher Award (LFTA) in 2015, for being featured in The New Age Parents,  a parenting magazine and resource site for Parents of Preschoolers and Parents to be.

You can read about the impact that Jenny and Babe are making in the lives of their students here: http://thenewageparents.com/interview-with-leading-foundat…/

The Leading Foundation Teacher Awards recognizes excellent early childhood and special needs education teachers who have made a positive impact in the lives of those they serve.

The awards are sponsored by The Leading Foundation, which was founded in 2013 by Lim Siong Guan and Joanne Lim, the co-authors of Winning with Honour and The Leader, The Teacher & You. You can find out more about The Leading Foundation here.

Congratulations once again to Jenny and Babe for Winning With Honour with their dedication and resilience!

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Are you the Pride of your Child?

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Today, we celebrate children’s day in Singapore. Happy Children’s Day to the future builders of our homes, communities, organisations, and nation!

As mentioned on page 167 of our second book, Winning with Honour, it is important that we honour our children by being the pride of our children and the children around us.

This would be a surprising concept to many people, because what we most often hear around us is children being the pride of their parents. Just think of how frequently you hear parents boasting about their children!

So what does parents being the pride of their children mean?

It means that children are proud of how their parents act and behave on a daily basis, and how they are grateful to their parents for bringing them up.

As children compare themselves with their peers, children who are proud of their parents see that there is something honourable about how their parents behave and what their parents have done for them. Their parents have taught them through their actions, reactions, responses, and attitudes towards others what it is to be an honourable human being.

As mentioned on page 153 of Winning with Honour, research shows that much of a child’s attitude towards life is formed from the time the child is born till the child is six years old…even before he or she begins formal education.

Hence, values, morals, and ethics are basically “caught” from family rather than “taught” in school. Thus it is very important that parents set a good example by displaying honour right from the start through their words and actions.

Honouring others is definitely a very important life lesson that begins at home, not only for the benefit of the child but, in the long term, for the parents as well. Consider this: If parents are rude to their parents, do you not think that their child is probably going to be rude to them growing up and when they are old?

So parents, if you want to be able to be proud of your children, first ensure that you are behaving in a way that your children can be proud of you, and also ensure that you are treating your parents in a way that you would like your children to treat you.

Honour your children by being the best that you can be, and by investing the time and effort to build a trusting relationship and instill the right values in your child during the crucial formative years before your child is seven years old.

The Leader and the Teacher of your child is you!

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Congratulations Madam Tutek for Winning with Honour!

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Madam Tutek Alauyah Amir, who was a recipient of The Leading Foundation Teacher Award (LFTA) in 2015, was featured in Singapore’s highest-selling paper, The Straits Times, today.

The article highlights Madam Tutek’s dedicated efforts as an allied educator who helps pupils with special needs (such as dyslexia, autism or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) ease into primary school. You can read the full Straits Times article here.

The Leading Foundation Teacher Awards recognizes excellent early childhood and special needs education teachers who have made a positive impact in the lives of those they serve. The awards are sponsored by The Leading Foundation, which we founded in 2013 after we co-authored “The Leader, The Teacher & You”. The foundation is administered by the Community Foundation of Singapore

Allied educators work with teachers in school to raise the quality of interaction with every child, and there are about 400 allied educators in primary and secondary schools here.

As an allied educator at Tampines Primary, Madam Tutek she works closely with the form teachers of pupils with special needs to ensure that the children are “recognised, integrated and cared for”. She has been described by the principal of Tampines Primary, Ms Veronica Tay, to be “creative and resourceful” and someone who “creates a supportive climate that inspires her colleagues to excel“.

During the award ceremony for The Leading Foundation Teacher Award last year, Madam Tutek shared her “SBS” method, which was so inspiring that we had to share it on page 77 of our second book, “Winning with Honour”:

  • Start with what is right
  • Be positive
  • Stay resilient

Congratulations to Madam Tutek once again for Winning with Honour by honouring others with your dedication and positive attitude!

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The Leading Foundation Teacher Awards

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Congratulations to Ms Intan Ismail, one of The Leading Foundation Teacher Awards winners last year, for being featured on the front page and second page of the Straits Times today. You can read the Straits Times article here.

The Leading Foundation Teacher Awards are sponsored by The Leading Foundation, which was founded in 2013 by Lim Siong Guan and Joanne Lim, who are the co-authors of “The Leader, The Teacher & You” and “Winning with Honour”.

The Leading Foundation Teacher Awards were the first awards established in Singapore to honour excellent early childhood and special education teachers. In collaboration with the National Institute of Education (NIE) and the Community Foundation of Singapore , The Leading Foundation has been sponsoring four awards annually since 2014 to encourage and recognise excellence in the caring and teaching of children in early childhood and special needs schools.

The awards for this year will be awarded on 17 October 2016. We look forward to announcing the winners then!

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