Sunday, August 24, 2008

St Andrew's High School and Final Day in Singapore

Belinda Charles with Terry and I

Little India Street

Temple in Little India
Saturday 23 August
Yesterday afternoon Leigh and I walked down Orchard Rd looking at shops before trying the metro and ending up at Raffles where we had the horrible experience described above.

It was Terry's turn to selct dinner so under his direction we jumped on the metro and headed to Chinatown where we entered a local restaurant and had a great feed of rice, pork and chilli, chicken and mushrooms and szechuan fish with a couple of beers. $72.00 for four was great value. We metroed home and walked back around the outskirts of Arab Town which is opposite our hotel.

This morning Terry and I went to St Andrews School where we met with Belinda Charles who is principal of the high school there. They are a strong rugby school and I am certain that we played them when Ngaruawahia High School toured in 1983.

The school is 146 years old and has as its motto, “Capture the past; prepare for the future.” They take a full range of students and as a result have many hurdles to overcome. She has stuck with this policy, despite pressure to select students for enrolment.

To ensure that the needs of her diverse range of students are met she has developed multiple pathways, adopted restorative practices and introduced programmes of emotional awareness. One such programme is called Self Science and is based on a programme from USA called “Six Seconds”.

She is very keen to research further boys education and I have undertaken to send her some information on Ceilia Lashlie.

We were very appreciative of her time with us. She was very open about the challenges her school faced and was generous with her time considering it was Founders Day and she had some big formal events starting as soon as we left.

Because we had arrived early we had a strong sweet coffee with condensed milk at a local eatery! Whew!

After that visit Leigh and I visited Suntec Mall but couldn't get into the Mall scene. I was feeling a little under the weather actually. We left there and metroed to China Town but it was pouring with rain so it was difficult to browse the stalls. We then metroed to the river (walkable, but dry on train) where we established there was no place worth eating at. In fact, this area had gone downhill since our last visit.

We then metroed to Little India which would have been a great place to spend time, but it was raining so persistently it was difficult to move as everyone was trying to take shelter under the available shelter. We bailed out of there and met up with Terry and Dallas, had a beer by the pool and then went to the restaurant we went to on our first night, Maggie, and had another superb feed of rice, calamari, chicken curry, beef and dried chillis and deer meat on hot plate.

We're now packing because tomorrow morning we go to Penang.

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