Everyone has to go through a few phases in life – adolescence, school, employment, starting a family etc. High school is just part of those phases. Although it’s just a short four years, it is believed to be one of the most pivotal points of one’s life. High school is where a person’s character and values will be shaped – for life. Who he interacts with and what he learns from those years will shape his outlook and perspectives in life. Personally, I believe that high school is where you meet your best mates, the people who will stand by you and people you can trust. These friends make high school life interesting and memorable. These friends allow you to learn lessons that will put you in good stead. And it is these friends that make life worth living for, despite how trying our circumstances may get.
Friday marked the closure of yet another chapter in my life. After this, a life – changing event will happen – the November GCSEs. The feeling is kind of bittersweet. Part of me wants to move on and start a whole new life in senior high (JC), but another part of me wants time to slow down and let me enjoy what’s left of my time in school. It’s like a child who wants to grow up and be treated seriously, yet when he’s old and has experienced all the hard knocks of life, he just wishes he were young and carefree again. How many friends will go to the same school as me next year? 1? 5? 10? 20? 0? It’s anybody’s guess.
Four years ago, when I first stepped through the gates of CHS, I was young and clueless, with no idea how my high school life was to turn out. It was rather unnerving, being uprooted from primary school and placed, all alone, in a new and unfamiliar environment. But I survived. I had never dreamed of forming new friendships on my first day in school, but I did. I never thought I could stay on for all four years in CHS, but I did. And I cannot even describe how fantastic the teachers in CHS are. Caring, thoughtful, passionate, dedicated, motivated, friendly and (some) with a good sense of humour, they’re practically the epitome of teaching. When I first entered, our principal would always say CHS is the best high school in the world. Back then, we took his words with sarcasm and mocked his lofty rhetoric. Today, I believe his words. CHS is the best high school in the world. You might think it’s just second best, but to me, there couldn’t have been a better school.
Ten things I’ll miss about CHS:
- To be able to wake up and arrive in school 10 minutes later every morning.
- Being scammed by some canteen operators ;)
- The ever friendly cleaning aunties
- The fantastic teachers (sorry for repeating this)
- My wonderful bunch of friends who never let me down (sorry for repeating this!)
- Fantastic juniors. For all the lame jokes (especially Sec Ones!) and for helping me to develop as a person
- The Principal’s ever – entertaining speeches
- For giving me the chance of a lifetime to go on the UK trip and other overseas trips
- For all the camps we endured
- Wearing green shorts
To all my teachers:
Thank you, all of you, for being such a blessing in my life. I’ve heard of teachers who give up on weaker students, who label and discriminate. I’ve never had any one of you do that, and I appreciate it. I’ve seen the patience, effort and dedication you put in for each and every one of us, whether it’s the extra lessons that you never refused to organize, or spending money on food for the class to enjoy. :) All of you were as good as friends, whom we could always talk to and share jokes without the fear of rebuke.
Mr Tan, I’ll always remember your Chemistry lessons, with all the cold jokes injected to spice up our life. I can dare say your last Chemistry lesson was more moving than all the performances and videos of Farewell Assembly combined. I saw your sincere effort to try and perform for us with your guitar. Who cares if you didn’t play it like a pro? The emotion and passion you put into the songs was good enough, and many of us were moved by it. I hope we can meet sometime again to play tennis?
Ms Chow, thanks for being a fantastic Math teacher who was ever – patient with us. (despite my numerous careless mistakes and enduring your strangles) =D I’ll give my very best for my Os! It’ll make all our lessons worth it.
Ms Fernandez, I’ll remember you as the English teacher with the dictionary of
sarky witty quotes. Originally I thought of you as a fierce and demanding teacher, but you proved to be a person that could be good friends with us as well as a strict teacher. Thanks for everything! I really like the cake you bought for us on Thursday. I’ll treasure all the memories we had.
Mrs Tham, thanks for being ever patient with your form class in Sec 1 and 2. Despite the countless times we ran afoul of rules (‘the day the Principal jumped’ and ‘let me in!!’ incidents always bring a smile to my face), you never gave up on us and always helped us out.
I could go on and write about every single teacher, but it would be a strain on the eyes to read on. Perhaps after Grad Nite.
To my classmates of four years, Leonard and Jordan:
Wow. Four years. It’s strange isn’t it? How we started off as complete strangers, but are now best mates because of a common – theme: class. We’ve been through a lot, some good and others bad. But through it all I learnt that you guys were people that I could confide in and trust, and people with an awesome sense of humour. It’s really been a great four years, and I seriously hope we can be together for another 2 years and more?
To the best class in the world, 4-2 2009:
When I first stepped into class, my first thought was, “Why are all these people so weird? I don’t like their hair” (no offence!) I never thought we could ever bond and become so close like we are today. Yes, there were quirky people, there were drama – mama people, there were all sorts of differing personalities. But that’s what makes our class unique. That’s what makes life in school interesting and fun. That’s what defines our class, 4-2. And I’m glad I got the chance to spend 2 years of my life with each and every one of you. And I learnt so much from everyone. Today, I don’t find anyone weird or unfamiliar. After 2 years, I think all of you are the best people I’ve ever met, and the best class I could ever have in CHS. So thank you for everything, and I hope CHS won’t be the last place we’ll be together in.
To all my friends:
No matter what the association was that brought us together, I hope that it won’t be the association, but our affinity that holds us together. Thanks for all the memories we shared. I’ll remember and treasure each and everyone of you, especially your unique personalities. Let’s have more good years ahead!
Thank you, CHS.
Someday, we’ll be together.
Photo journal coming soon.