The Seri Omega Way
In the Star (Johor edition) today!22/01/2020
They say parent and school involvement are contributing factors to a student’s success, academically as well as in character building. The release of the 2019 Cambridge International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) results at Seri Omega Private and International School last Thursday (January 16) can attest to this.
A total of 27 students out of the 224 who sat for the 2019 ICGSE examinations scored straight As in all eight subjects, compared to 17 straight A achievers out of 191 candidates in the 2018 ICGSE, attributed their parents and teachers coupled with the school system as ingredients to their success.
The 27 high achievers who scored 8As had a combination of As and A+. The same goes for the 29 candidates with 7As, 23 (6As), 20 (5As), 23 (4As), 18 (3As), 44 (2As) and 34 (1A).
Bahasa Malaysia and Chinese language both registered a 100% passing rate, with 91% of the candidates recording As in the Chinese language and 83% securing As in the national language. English language has a 78% passing rate with 26% of the candidates registering As.
A total of 60% garnered As in Mathematics, 40% (Additional Mathematics), Physics (56%), Chemistry (44%) and Biology (34%).
Among the 27 who made it to the straight A list was Chua Yen Yuan, 18, who was accompanied by her mother. An only child, Chua said the strict school system, the dedicated teachers and her parents were the key factors to her success.
It’s also important to pay attention in class, and when there’s something that you don’t quite understand, always approach the teacher. I would like to thank my teachers for always taking the time to explain to me whenever I go up to them,” said Chua, who is a school prefect.
She enrolled in Seri Omega after her primary education in a government school. When not in school, Chua enjoys spending time with her parents. Chua aspires to be a dentist and is set to pursue her A levels.
Loh Yi Wen, 18, who joined Seri Omega since Primary One, was another straight As achiever with 8 As. He is getting ready to leave for Melbourne, Australia, after the Chinese New Year to further his studies.
Loh, whose favourite subject is Physics, sometimes studies by himself and sometimes with his classmates.
“I think studying with a peer really helps. In the past I was getting C in Additional Mathematics. Then I became friendly with a classmate who excels in the subject and we started to study together.
“I don’t think I would have scored A for Additional Mathematics if we had not studied together, so I think mixing with the right kind of friends is very important,” Loh said. Loh also said that Seri Omega’s conducive learning environment together with committed teachers, stern discipline and his parents’ unconditional love and support as factors that impacted his academic success.
Kalven Lai, 17, is also heading for Melbourne where he will embark on a foundation programme in Computer Science.
Lai, another straight A-lister with 8As, said he could not comprehend the need for school disciplinary policies when he was younger but as he grew older, he saw and began to appreciate the necessity of it.
“At one point of my life I became obsessed with the handphone. But the school does not permit the use of handphones. I overcame my obsession but I still manage to develop apps and do programming which are things that I love.”
“Learning self-discipline enabled me to excel. If I had let unhealthy obsessive behaviour get the better of me, I don’t think I would be able to achieve straight As,” he said, adding that the motivation came from his family and the school.
Given a choice between discipline and a flexible, loose system, the students said they preferred the former as they believed it was more effective and beneficial to their development.
From A Parent’s Perspective
Soo Chau Leong, 46, who received the results on behalf of his eldest son Soo Zhan Yi, 17, said the school is indeed very strict but that was what he likes about the school system.
“Zhan Yi used to take the school bus to and from Seri Omega daily. The school is so strict that if I want to fetch Zhan Yi home instead of letting him take the school bus, I need to inform the school or else they will not allow me to fetch him home,” Soo chuckled.
On this, Seri Omega spokesperson Chen Pei Pei, who was beside Soo, said the student’s safety is always the school’s priority.
“Seri Omega believes that parents and school play a vital role in the development of a child. We believe that character building and academic achievement go hand in hand and that’s why we emphasise on a highly disciplined and conducive learning environment.
“We believe that by being strict we can nip social problems in the bud. This is how we reduce misbehaviour and strengthen good behaviour and develop the mindset of a high achiever, ” Chen said.
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