Charis International School held its fifth closing/graduation ceremony at Dewan Calvary on 24 Jul 2019. About six hundred guests, parents, students and staff members gathered in this solemn but yet fun filled celebration. Mr. Radaha, Chairman of the school board, Prof Dr. Sim Si Mui (Debra Sim), the new Principal ,and the teachers led the grand procession of the 2019 graduates into the hall amidst solemn music, applause and camera flashes.
In his opening address, Mr. Radaha, Chairman of Charis International School, announced that the school will award scholarships to outstanding students in the coming new school year. Mr. Radaha encouraged the graduates to strive to do their best. He shared a short video entitled ‘HoneybeesLearnMath', which showed that tiny honey bees could understand simple math problems and find honey through applying basic mathematic rules. Since our human brain is far superior to that of the tiny bee, we can surely accomplish any assigned task, master our own learning, achieve our own goals, undeterred by external influences , for nothing is impossible.
He also said that the world is rapidly becoming more and more dependent on technology ; many jobs in the future would be replaced by computers. Charis International School seeks to provide high-quality holistic education that will prepare the students to meet the challenges of the future. Traditional did active teaching no longer dominates; instead, the teaching methods employed now promote fun and collaborative learning in the classroom, focusing on developing students’ cognitive and comprehension skills, and training them to become global citizens with critical thinking ability.
Dr. Sim ,delivering her maiden principal’s speech ,said that teachers ,parents and even the local community play important roles in helping to fulfill the vision of Charis International School in nurturing students to become world changers. We are now entering the era of Industrial Revolution 4.0 ,where artificial intelligence, technology and augmented/virtual reality play increasingly important roles even in education. We have here a generation of children growing up with technology that blurs the lines between physical, digital and biological spheres; technology is changing the world as we know it. How can we help our techno-native generation of children grasp what is real while learning in a virtual world?
Through a short video entitled “A Day Made of Glass” ,Dr.Sim shared how innovative technology is changing people’s lifestyles in various fields, be they at work, school or play. Virtual reality technology is the world that our children would face in the future; hence, it is crucial for parents to supervise the use of electronic products. Technology brings us a better quality of life; but a lack of supervision from parents can lead to many problems.
To the students , Dr. Sim exhorted them to dream big, to work hard and be focused to achieve their goals. Do not indulge in electronic devices. Know how to distinguish between reality and virtual. Most of all , be grateful for what they have.
To the teachers: Set educational goals for themselves and for the students; chart the routes to get to the goals .The learning pathway may differ from one student to another .Be purpose fully the use of technology, patiently nurture a child’s talent and personality.
To the parents: Be a role-model for the children to help them build good personality. Raising a child is like flying a kite. Manoeuvring a flying kite with appropriate force and skilled tugs on the string can make the kite fly higher and further. At the right time, parents should know how to let go so that children can soar freely into a wider sky.
To the community: Welcome our graduates with open arm.Help to sponsor their studies so that they can be well equipped to thrive in the competitive globalized marketplace. Offer internship training for our students so that they can have some work experience even before graduation.
During the graduation ceremony, the Year 6 graduating students showcased their creativity in a skill fully produced video, substantiating the success of 21st century classrooms and teaching implemented by Charis International School, that is ,the combination of technology and education. The video production also showed that these primary students have excellent teamwork and self-leading skills.
The kindergarten principal creatively conveyed a message to the graduates, exhorting them to think – wisely and carefully. The end of the kindergarten life is but the beginning of a journey of successes in their lives.
The students also demonstrated their many talents through a variety of performances. Among them, an Indian student and a Malay student spoke in Chinese, an Irish student spoke in Malay, and an Indonesian student, mastering the language in a short period of time ,spoke influent English. They have all attained a level of confidence to dare to speak in a foreign language in public .These young students of Charis International School speak English as fluently as their own mother tongues.
Charis International School provides a platform for children to discover and develop their talents, preparing them for the challenges of a globalized world through nurturing a holistic growth and development.
In closing, the Year 11 graduates sang the "Dream Blueprint" and reflected on the wonderful moments of their five years of secondary school study and life at Charis International School together. There were sweat, tears, growth, laughter... every turn of page was filled with precious memories of their youth.