Songs about teachers I can recall too and offered them every year to this blog's readers. 'To Sir With Love' from Lulu, 'Teacher's Pet' by Doris Day and 'Teach Me Tonight' with sexy lines like, 'if a shooting star goes by, I'll use that star to write I love you...'. Sung by the imitable Nat King Cole, these songs bring back lots of blackboard memories (yes, school boards were black once, not white like today and the writing on the board was mostly white, not colourful).
So for this post the focus will be on the children. Because there are at least a dozen or two students who still remember. And they are still in touch, even until today. I am sure it's happening to other teachers/lecturers as well.
One amazing former student organised a lunch lately at the Jewel with a few of her school mates; another provided a huge buffet get-together at his condominium with a dozen other classmates and another cheered us on during a 60's music concert, bringing an entourage to support me while I was singing on stage at the Kallang Theatre. You guys know who you are. I won't mention names. But thank you all so much. And that Raffles Country Club meet; we must get together...
Grateful to the classroom monitors who looked after every aspect of the daily affairs in class; carrying heavy Audio Visual Aids, arranging desks and chairs, the immaculate cleaning of blackboard filled with chalk dust, the pinning of time-table and posters on the walls, etc and most importantly, looking after the class register, without which lessons will never begin. One lady monitor I shan't forget; she's the best ever. She did everything in class. Like a secretary.
Another student: a mother now who writes so well on her Facebook pages: I stole her articles and posted them on my blog. She writes better than me; that's for sure. She writes about life's challenges.
Lately while I was lost in a hawker's center looking for the best Chee Cheong Fun, I heard my name called. The sweetest young lady remembered me after 25 years. We chatted the morning away about school days...One works in a far-off land, near where the vast deserts lie. *She still remembers me and we keep in touch but missed each other when my family stepped on Arabic sands. (*A happy birthday to your mum on 4 Sep.)
Another young lady became a scientist, a doctor in bio-chemistry who came from another land, visited me one day while I was teaching at the university. She kept in touch while studying in England, came back and said she still owed a lunch. I told her, if she called me, Sir, I would call her, Doctor!
I'm still in contact with most of them today, with their numbers on my phone. I should present mugs for BEST STUDENTS EVER to these heart-breakers.
'Don't you ever ask them why, if they told you, you will cry. So just look at them and sigh, and know they love you...'
Thanks to all my students who have been with me for so many years.
A Happy Teachers' Day but remember our students.
Images from Google and A Personal Collection.
Original Article: Andy Lim.
The only photos I have. Please excuse me if I don't mention you by name. Also to the others; unless you send me your pictures and allow publication.
Andy, thank you so much for posting about us!
This is one of the sweetest gift I have and the only from my teacher!!!
Hope to catch up with you again!
Oki! Thanks Andy !
Happy teachers' day !!:)
Really appreciate your thought! 😘😘
Actually I never thought I will be an emcee n singer..
Cos in class I really am the quiet one...
I remember when I go up stage to receive presents,
I will get the shivers hehe!
So, you need my handsome picture is it?
So, you will take from my WhatsApp profile
or from the picture in facebook (for the condo buffet)?
we are supposed to make you tear, not the other way round!
Alamak... should have your face in the photo too!
you are too kind Andy 🙏🙏🙏😇😇😇
You are toooo sweet Andy !!
Thank you so much for your gift .....
Yen Chow wrote me on FB about your story .
I really do hope to meet you one day with my children in Singapore 🙏🙏
Please stay healthy and safe.
Thank you. Glad you're well.
Thanks again guys for the compliments.
One of my better Teachers Day moments.
It’s like going back to school during assembly morning
And getting the mug again.
But this time I’m giving out the mugs instead.
Enjoy the song.
TAKES A HAND,
OPENS A MIND
I found this on Pinterest (where else !?😄)
and after reading your essay, I feel it nicely
encapsulates the successful and well loved
teacher that you are.
“Happy Teachers' Day*, Andrew!
The song TEACH YOUR CHILDREN is by Graham Nash.
First appeared on album DEJA by CSNY in 1970.
It was never recorded in a studio but live in 1983.
Canada 8th pop song.
Billboard Hot 100 was 16th.
Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young.
The song NEVER gets old.
Love it as much today,
as when I first heard it
on the vinyl album.
Thank you Andy!
I am proud to be your student too!
Do take care and really hope to catch up with you soon.
Thanks to SL, a lecturer and Joyce whom I finally met again in the bus.
If I have you out, excuse me, but it's really been great to have students who acknowledge you on the streets and in the cafes or public transport.
(Been a great Teachers' Day spending it with a Nutritionist at SGH who told me to drink lots of water and to cut down on the sugar (heavy pound cakes) for a healthier me.
Also more walking and less blogging.
Thanks to Tiffany.)
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