Testimonial from a Secondary 1 Boy (2008)
“Last year, I had difficulties in controlling my temper and used to get into trouble with the teachers in my primary school. Now, I don’t get into any more trouble. My teacher says I’m different and more mature in my thinking. Through the games and activities, the trainers helped me to reflect on what I can do better. The lessons on Respect in particular were most significant because I learnt to respect others first before expecting to be respected in return. Without SEL (Social Emotional Learning), I think I would not have become aware of my strengths and weaknesses and probably would not have made any effort in changing anything for the better.”
Testimonial from a parent of an ESU youth (2011)
“I am writing to share my joy that my son, has achieved his goal to be promoted to Sec 3 Express stream. In the past 2 years, he has adapted poorly to the school and harboured a quiet discontentment about being in the Normal stream. Being nominated to go through the counselling programme is also a form of ‘labelling’ to him. I am deeply appreciative of the school, yourself and the teacher who tried to help my son. Through this programme, he has developed skills that helped him cope with his shyness in public speaking. Although he too battled with being in need of help, but through it all, there are people who constantly help him to process his self- talk. This is crucial as teenagers sometimes find their parents nagging them too much and prefer to shut themselves from sound advice.
As a parent, I am grateful for the early intervention. It shows him that the school cares. The visits you made and sharing gave us insights on how my son is like in school and enabled us to collaborate with you in this journey. Besides expressing my husband’s and my gratitude, I think there is a need to ensure the same help can be rendered to other students. There are many out there who do not have the family support and the counseling could be the only source of help. Please let the school knows of my feedback. My son recently opened up to share that he does not face ‘discrimination’ from classmates from Express and Normal stream. In fact among them, they feel quite alright. But his strong desire to get out is that teachers treat them with a bias. A few extremely difficult students made them look bad as a class. Thankfully, the one teacher who has constantly encouraged him to go to Express is Mr. Tan. Once again, thank you very much for the patience with my son in his journey. Your work has made a difference to him and us.”
Testimonial from a Form Teacher of a Secondary School (Arts Engagement Programme 2014)
“The students looked forward to the sessions every week and I could see they put in great effort during every dance practice. They worked hard as a team especially before the final performance. As a form teacher, it felt good to see the students displaying such class spirit and being supportive of one another. The students have also learnt to be more encouraging towards one another. It must have taken a lot of courage for some of the students to perform on stage as they generally have low self-esteem and did voice out their fear of performing in front of people. They still went on to do their best on stage and I am very proud of them. I hope the students will continue to care and support one another in other areas of school life and I also hope that the opportunity to perform in front of the whole school is the first step to increasing their self-confidence”.
Testimonial from a Secondary 3 Student (Educational Resilience Programme 2014)
“This programme has helped me in many ways. One way it has helped is in finding my studying method. This programme also helped me interact with my schoolmates and counsellors. The counsellor has helped me a lot and is able to understand me very well and I am happy that I have someone to share my problems with.”