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The WEATHER on MONDAY (26 Aug 2002): Partly cloudy and slightly hazy. Showers with thunder in the afternoon mainly over northern and western Singapore.    WEATHER OUTLOOK:  TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY: Slightly hazy. Late morning and early afternoon showers expected.    WATER TIDES (this month)  High tide   12.43am  2.9m   1.28pm  2.5m      SUN Sunrise  7.02am    Sunset 7.11pm   MOON  Moonrise  9.43pm   Moonset   9.22am    PSI: 51 (moderate)   TEMPERATURE: 25-33 degrees Celsius (The weather is updated daily before 8am Singapore time) For more information, call Meteorological Service Singapore Tel: (65) 6542 7788.

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Monday with the Editor: Thank You, Teacher!


Thank You, Teacher is the name of a four-part series currently aired on television by Channel U and Channel I. The series pays tribute to our teachers, and acknowledges the important roles they play in moulding the lives and future of our students.

The stories, crafted to reflect the many roles that teachers play in our lives, unveil the ways in which teachers shape and influence the lives and future of students under their charge.

For those who have long ago graduated out of school, this series is perhaps one of the ways to get a glimpse into present-day school life. Another way will be to watch the I Not Stupid series currently aired on television on Channel 8.

I have in mind today a third way to get some hint of life at school - through the eyes of a teacher and since we in Singapore are celebrating Teachers' Day on Friday 30 Aug 2002, what better way to get a better perspective of school life than through the eyes of a secondary school teacher. 

The day starts at 7.20am. It is the morning assembly and some students are fidgeting while the flag raising ceremony is being observed. The vice-principal has noticed this and makes a point to speak on this after the ceremony. A routine hair-and-attire check is carried out before the students can sit on the parade square for the morning reading session. 

Some students start to talk among themselves and the teacher makes them stand up and keep standing. Some others forget to bring their reading material or are lost in their thoughts. The teacher attends to them.

At 7.50am, the teacher follows the class to the classroom where the morning greetings are exchanged and the students settle into their chairs. The first lesson of the day starts. It's Monday today - a lucky day for teachers because the students are too tired from a weekend of play to fool around. They need some hours to wake out of their lethargy. By mid-morning the teacher's luck will wear off as the students resume their normal self. Some students are lost in dreamland but as long they they do not disturb the peace in the class, the teacher keeps mum.

It's only the first period and the students are already taking turns to go to the toilet. They like to go in groups but are restricted to only two students at any one time. The teacher passes to each of them an EXCUSE card which they clip to their shirt pocket.


NEW WEBSITES  A new Web site which will translate into Chinese the names of Singapore attractions, like the Padang and Night Safari, as well as computer terms, like gigabyte. It has been set up with a S$50,000 grant from the Singapore Press Holding's Chinese Language Journalism Fund. Maintained by, the online edition of Lianhe Zaobao.  Zuji, meaning footprint in Chinese, is the name of a new online travel portal that has opened in Asia Pacific - in Singapore and Australia.

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Current Issues Affecting Our Community

RSAF's 112 Squadron acquires Full Operational Capability with its KC-135Rs

Enhancing regulatory control of Chinese Proprietary Medicines (CPM)

Singapore - the sum of our dreams: PM GOH's National Day Rally speech

Ministry of National Development's new vision & mission: Excerpt of speech by Minister MAH Bow Tan

Ranking of Top 50 Schools in Singapore 2002

Performance of Singapore economy in 2nd quarter 2002

Education: Keeping pace with the needs of tomorrow - Excerpt of speech by Education Minister TEO Chee Hean

Preliminary unemployment, employment and retrenchment estimates for 2nd quarter 2002

Singapore celebrates 35 years of national service

Ah Boy & Ah Girl Alumni - seeking ex-schoolmates

The Teacher's Dilemma

Has the National Library got to go?


BANKmates: Get a Personal Assistant to do your errands in Singapore.

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Public Holidays DEEPAVALI is the next public holiday. It falls on 4 Nov 2002.



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