Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Sunday, January 3, 2010
A few months ago, Veronica Ho, my school's Dean of Studies (essentially, the vice-principal), passed away.
I attended her funeral (making this my 8th funeral attendance, as compared to 4 weddings), and out of all the students in the school I know, only Ruz and Xiao Qing were there. Everyone else was either a lecturer, a graduate or a friend. There were very, very few students. Veronica Ho was the entrepreneur woman of the year a few years ago, and she's the co-founder of The One Academy. Her legacy lives on with the school and the students. You'd think that such a marvelous woman would have had a huge crowd attending her funeral. Nopes.
Mighty as her achievements may be, it's a sad fact that the first, last, and only time I saw Veronica was in her casket. I never saw her while she was alive. Never. She has made zero impact on me, apart of the fact she's a co-founder of the school, to which I guess I owe her. But I'm not the only one saying that. She has made no impact whatsoever on any of the students, and even one of the top students, who represented the students in the funeral speech, admitted that he never interacted with her. I find that really sad, and wasted? I've only seen Tatsun Hoi, the principal, twice in my life. I saw him for the first time in school a few days before Veronica's funeral, and the second time at her funeral. I mean, what's up with that? Are the top staff so distanced from their students? He's not THAT busy. I'm sure he goes for meetings, trips, and all that, but I've been in this school for 2 years, and I only saw him once, excluding the funeral. And I would have still never seen Veronica if it weren't for the funeral. I think people wanted to come, to pay their last respects for a woman who's achieved a lot and is indirectly one of the reasons they're studying in an arts school now. But it's hard, because they can't think of anything she's done for them! Or for other students. People will think "What's the point of attending a funeral of someone who's made no impression on me?" I mean shouldn't a principal be more involved with a school he founded? Is the only appearance he makes only during the orientation? I have utmost respect for Tatsun. He's achieved a hell lot at such a young age, but just because you've achieved a lot, why does that give you the "air" to be in your own little bubble?
All the students received brochures and stuff that had information on the school when they first joined, and they've got a list of the bigshots in one of them. I've never seen any of them before, with the exception of Tatsun, and Veronica (thanks to the funeral). It's really a disappointing and sad fact. Why is it like this? You comment to the lecturer's on how a certain batch's figures are, whether its improving or deproving, and you increase the number of figures given. That's all I know you say. There's no transparency in school affairs, and the stuff I have found out only makes it way more disappointing. Especially with the MQA and the clubs issue. Seriously, that incident was totally pathetic.
I've also got to laugh at the fact that it was commented "TOA Night is for the students! We're not making any profits from this". But if not enough students join, you'll cancel it and never set up another event like this again. Gee, so much for the prom night being for the students. I don't care if you make any profits from this, 'cause the school already has a lot of money. The people who joined TOA Night are actually the people who care about enjoying while being in the school, and the people who want to be involved in the very few activities the school churns out. Not the lifeless morons who won't go 'cause they've got assignments to do. Not the people who won't join 'cause its quite pricey, and they won't bother sacrificing a bit to have fun. It's thanks to your legendary status in giving a huge amount of work to students that the turnout for TOA Night has been so low. Some people are so uptight about their work and results that nothing else matters to them anymore. You encourage people to do their work like hell, and only recently have been teling people to enjoy as well. Thing is, now with our free entry to Sunway Lagoon gone, there's a major source of enjoyment gone. And now a pricey TOA Night, that'll be cancelled if there's not a big enough turnout. You're gonna screw the people that actually care and bother to go. way to go. If you truly cared, you'd cover the costs for the low turnout, and still continue it for the rest of us who joined. Perhaps it could be done on a smaller scale, if there were so little people. The school took 16 years to come up with their first clubs and societies (which only number 3 or 4 at the moment) and to come up with a prom night of sorts. It's not like you don't have the cash. The school fees are very high, and the resources aren't that impressive for the amount we pay.
Wow. What a rant. Don't get me wrong. I like my school, even as they continue to torture me, and Boon Tiong and Irwin (and all the library staff) continue to be perpetual morons. There's a lot to like, but lately, there's a lot to dislike as well, once you find out about all the stuff going on. I'm not bitching about the figures for AD students, I'm not bitching about the fact that a world-class school is actually a bunch of shoplots with no true campus. I'm just saying, for the higher up staff... get involved with the students. Not every single one of course, but make an effort at least. I don't think the current "meet the principal" sessions count, 'cause it's the students coming to you. And I didn't even know about it till one of my friends mentioned it. Improve the wifi, seriously. It sucks now. And the aircon in certain rooms are more like heaters. Do something about that.
These little things all help us to endure the workload you proudly give us, and show us you care and bother... bit by bit.