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I’ve always believed in the quote “Great teachers focus not on compliance, but on communications and relationships”. And I’m very grateful that all our teachers here at Ilham Child Care practices that. For today, to celebrate and commemorate the hard work of our graduating Ilhamites and my dear teachers, I’ve decided that I shall leave this space to share with you a heartfelt letter written by Ms Azwani, our Ilham Child Care East Principal, who has seen our K2 students grow from when they were just three years old, to the amazing six year olds that they are now.

My Dear K2 Students,

It is my sincerest hope that all of you can understand just how proud of you I am. Today is when one door closes and another opens. I have seen each and every one of you grow into amazing little people that I know will do great things in the future. There have been a lot of smiles and laughs, and even a few tears over the course of the program, but all of you regularly showed excitement and happiness when learning. 

Over the course of the last two years, I have loved seeing the K1s blossom into the awesome K2s they are today! I remember the first day of class was very quiet, with all of my students being extremely shy. You would never know that today! We are now an outspoken and chatty class who brings a smile to everyone’s face whenever they walk by. I am going to miss the fun energy all of you bring to the school. All of you have brought an unspeakable amount of joy to my life. I firmly believe education is a two-way street. I hope I have taught valuable lessons you will use as a foundation in life, for you have taught me life lessons as well. Haq and Adam, you two are gigantic BTS fans and I have loved seeing the two of you dance around. I learnt not to let my inhibitions hold me back from doing what I love. Maisarah, your cheerful good mornings and abundance of stories always brought a smile to my face. Sometimes people just need to hear a “good morning” to make their day so much brighter. Umar Zaahed is one of the most lovable students I have ever met, and I now know what genuine kindness can do for a person.

You have matured so much since your first day of school. I know this is just the beginning on your journey, and I hope you keep me updated on where you are in life. As the years come and go, you will begin to forget me and our time together. It’s inevitable. However, I will always feel proud at knowing that I set you on the path for success. I gave you the foundation to build yourself up, and I am happy that I have been able to do that for each of you. I hope that all of you will at least come and see me or give me updates on your lives over the coming years. I am just as invested in you thirty years from now as I am today. I am the present, but you are the future.

Congratulations on your graduation! I am so proud of each and every one of you, and I look forward to seeing where the future takes you. Your journey in life starts now, and I know each of you will do amazing things in the future. Always remember to make wise choices. Never be afraid to make mistakes because they are how we learn to be better in the future. Remember that it is your responsibility to learn, but always try to have fun while doing it. Never forget that above all else, respect and kindness are the most important things you can do for other people. I will miss each and every single one of you, but I know you are going on to bright futures.

I want to leave you with a quote I hope you use for the rest of your life: “You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.” – Winnie the Pooh

Ms Azwani

Now, I know for a fact that some of you readers out there that have been following me are aspiring preschool educators. I see you. I hope that by reading this letter, it provides you with a good perspective about what teachers go through mentally and emotionally on a yearly basis upon students’ graduation. Though it’s a minor part of the job, it’s still part of the job nonetheless and mental preparedness is something our organization values in our staff. 

You see, educating is not an easy job. Your influence on the young minds goes beyond the classroom and stays with the child till adulthood. And it is in the responsibility of teachers to always demonstrate good morals and bring out the best in everybody. Hence why we believe that the greatest asset of our school is the personality of our teachers.