Teaching is a stressful yet enriching profession. Considering the endless number of requests from the parents, a teacher has to deal with both students and parents professionally, as well as conducting his lessons with substance and style. Today, I met a teacher from Queenstown Secondary School. He is Mr Eric Loh, the head of department for physical education and an alumni in the school.
The macho Mr Loh!
Good Afternoon Mr Loh, It's my pleasure to meet you. I was told by Mr Ang (the principal) that you are an old boy with the school. Which batch do you come from and how long have you teached?
I'm a student with Queenstown technical school from 1982-1986 and I have taught for 13 years.
After being with the school for so long, how has Queenstown Secondary School changed over the years?
It used to be a technical school, providing students with knowledge on how to use metal and woodwork. In the past, this technical school caters our economy with students ready for the workforce. Presently, our government's movement towards a knowledge based capital intensive economy has rendered the decline in technical education.
What are some of the notable achievements?
Although Queenstown Secondary School is a neighbourhood school, we have produced a number of government scholars as well as prominent politician, Mr Lee Yock Suan.
Queenstown Secondary has been part of the community for a long time. How has the school remained relevant to its community through its involvement and interaction with the estate?
We have continual interactions with parents through talks and the old boys still have a emotional linkages with the school. They will provide scholarships, presents and give talks to students in the school. Of course, there are community involvement programmes to old folks' home in the estate.
So how is physical education taught presently?
Physical Education is not just the physical part. We do teach theory to help student understand what they are in for!
Finally, what are your aspirations for the school?
Through education, I hope that every child can be confident. As a neighbourhood school, the chances of doing well may not be high for some students. Nevertheless, the learning process must be enjoyable!
The present compound of the school
The familiar sign...
do you want to study here?