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“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” - Albert Einstein

In today’s Teacher’s Day Special, we speak to Mrs Evelyn Jayesh from CHIJ St Theresa’s Convent, who is an inspiration outside her classroom.

1. Tell us why you chose this profession.

I was inspired by my secondary teachers to educate students to be better persons in the society. I enjoy mathematics and hope to inspire my students with my passion in this subject.

2. How did blood donation enter your teaching?

I learnt the importance of blood donation after I started working at Singapore Red Cross in 2009. I believe in its good cause and I hope to continue contributing despite leaving the organisation.

To give the student councillors a platform to develop skills in event planning and to cultivate a sense of social responsibility in them, the Secondary Two and Three students are encouraged to organise their own blood donation drives, A Truly Magical Christmas, in December every year. The events are fully youth-run, and is a progression from their involvement in other blood donation drive and the International Bazaar since 2014.

The planning for the Magical Christmas starts in April, and the preparation for the event includes designing publicity materials, creating awareness of blood donation on the streets, and training the other volunteers. We hope our contribution boosts the blood collection in December, as we understand the collection is usually lower during festive periods.

3. What are some of the proudest moments of your students?

There are many good memories from our previous years of involvement in Magical Christmas. I feel proud to see the alumni coming forward to donate blood to support Magical Christmas. It is also very encouraging to see the Secondary Four students making their blood donation on their birthdays! This is very inspiring to their juniors. I am also proud of my student councillors for organising this blood donation drive with commitment and pride.

4. What do you hope your students will take away from you when they graduate?

I hope they learn to be someone with compassion and to never underestimate their ability to contribute back to the society.


“It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” - Albert Einstein

In today’s Teacher’s Day Special, we speak to Mr Peh Bock Kiat from St Andrew’s Junior College, who is an inspiration outside his classroom. He brought his students to donate blood together at the Bloodbank@HSA. It was his second time making such a trip to HSA.

1. Please share with us how did blood donation enter your teaching?

I believe in the meaningful act of giving blood to help save lives. To me, blood donation is a good way of giving back to the society and I encourage my students to do likewise. I have donated blood for more than 42 times.

2. What is the underlying principle in your years of teaching?

To always strive for excellence in all that we do. Upon attaining our potential, we will then be able to contribute the maximum to our family, friends and society at large - to be a useful person.

3. Were there other ways in which you injected creativity in your teaching?

Role-playing is a useful way to allow students to better appreciate the constraints/circumstances faced by others. For example, asking students to take on the role of a CEO or even a Minister will urge them to think broader, deeper and more long term so as to come up with more comprehensive and thought-through ideas/solutions to issues discussed in class.

4. What are some of the proud moments that you have of your students?

The courage to face the seemingly insurmountable tasks and emerging stronger and more confident has always been a rewarding moment for me. The fact that they now know they are more capable of what they think they were is highly gratifying to know.

5. What do you hope your students will take away from you when they graduate?

To continue to add value to oneself so as to do good and help others who need it.

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