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New Year, new hopes… May I first wish you a better year ahead!
A New Year signifies a new beginning. We shall leave the past behind and focus on our goals ahead. We can always find goodness in every situation and the past provides us with lessons that we can be grateful for. As you begin the new year, I would like to encourage you to share with one another in your family the goodness that you have found in the past one year.

In 2018, we began a time of Cultivation. Cultivation is about growing something. At Changkat Primary, we are growing Learners with Passion, Citizens of Honour. In order for a plant to be fruitful, it must grow deep and grow strong. Cultivation is a set of things that we must do to make the plant fruitful:
  •  For roots to grow deep, we have to Plough the Ground. Hence, we must soften our hearts with humility and the School Values (Patriotism, Resilience, Integrity, Discipline and Empathy)
  •  For plants to grow strong, we have to Remove the Weeds. Hence, we must remove all kinds of life stealers (addictions, negative thoughts and behaviours) and embrace the School Motto (to Learn, to Live, to Serve)

In my New Year address to the students on 17 Jan 2019, I shared the importance of growing deep in Resilience.
A person with resilience stays focussed, is self-motivated and never gives up. Here’s the story shared with the students…

Mustard seed is the smallest of all seeds. Yet a tiny mustard seed can grow into a huge mustard tree. PMessage1.jpgSo do not look down on yourself but look up to your future. Every Changkat student, small and weak he/she may be, has the potential to become someone great in future.
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One of our former students, Mr Sharif Abdullah, is a Singapore Blade Runner. He was born with a deformity of not having a left leg. Yet he would always dream about climbing the next higher mountain. 
What is your dream? See your potential. Focus on your dream. There is no price that we cannot pay, only a value that we have yet to see. Anything worth doing, is worth failing it at first.
Your dream will keep you focussed and motivated.

I also came across the following story…

A famous writer was in his study room. He picked up his pen and started writing: 
Last year, I had a surgery and my large intestine was removed. I had to stay stuck to the bed due to this surgery for a long time. That same year, I reached the age of 60 years old and had to give up my favourite job in the publishing company in where I had spent 30 years of my life. That same year, I experienced the sorrow of the death of my father. And that same year, my son failed in his medical exams because he had a car accident. He had to stay in bed at hospital with the cast on for several days. The damaged car was another loss.At the end, he wrote, “Oh my God! It was such a bad year!” When the writer's wife entered the room, she found her husband looking sad and lost in his thoughts. From behind his back, she read what was written on his paper and left the room silently. She came back with another piece of paper and placed it next to her husband's writing.

The husband found the following written on her paper:
Last year I finally got rid of my large intestine which had caused me years of pain.
I turned 60 with good health and got retired from my job. Now I can use my time to write something better with more focus and peace.
The same year, my father died at the age of 95, without much pain.
The same year, my son was given a new life. My car was destroyed but my son stayed alive without any disability.
At the end, she wrote, “Last year was a year of blessings and it passed well!”

See! The same incidents but different viewpoints.

Are you happy? A Happy Person Takes on Challenges and Never Gives Up. In our daily lives, it's not happiness that makes us grateful but gratefulness that makes us happy. I’ve not found a grateful person who is not happy. There is always, always, always something to be thankful for! Don’t tell yourself that somebody is doing better than you. It is a strategy for unhappiness. Anything you celebrate, multiplies, anything you ignore, goes away. Celebrate goodness and you will multiply goodness. Celebrate sadness and you will multiply sadness.

Gratitude is the lift to great altitude (height). Gratitude is the state of feeling grateful or thankful. This year, we have one more P1 class and we have named the class 1-Gratitude. Our P1 enrolment has gone up and we are grateful for the confidence and trust that the parents have placed in Changkat Primary.

At the end of my address, I gave all students the following assignments:
Begin and end each day with at least 5 things you are grateful for
Write a card to thank someone at least once a week

I urge parents to help your children complete these assignments. Set aside time daily and weekly for them. Let’s make this a lifestyle and may our children become happy people who never give up.

May we all grow deep in Resilience in 2019. Press on!
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Cheng Huey Teng (Mrs) 
Principal 
7 Feb 2019