Tuesday, February 05, 2008

I feel good

January which started like a rollercoaster, ended beautifully.

On the last day of January, Mia was selected to to go to a singing audition, nak select singers to represent the State. Obviously this is organized by Kementerian Pelajaran.... I'm not the sort of person who would let her girl masuk singing competitions yang takde kene mengena with school. And Mia pun, I know that she sings because she was asked to, nothing more than that. That girl of mine is not the type yang perasan nak jadi penyanyi.... hehe.... Thank GOD!

Sports Day was a success. Anastassia played a huge part in making sure that her team got 1st place in 4 x 100. She sprinted like a pro, overtaking other runners, giving her team a big lead. Cikgu rumah sukannya said that Anastassia pandai control rumah dia. Macam komando kata cikgu.... hehe garang jugak House Captain ni....

Yesterday morning I went to see Anastassia and her schoolmates bertanding dalam Perbahasan. She was the 3rd debater. The other two debaters, sememangnya BM scorers, I would assume merupakan harapan cikgu2 dalam pertandingan ini.

And it was really a suprise to see Anastassia debate. She had style, she had confidence and she was "berapi-api" as was said by the Ketua Hakim. Immediately after the debate, the Head Judge and the 2 other judges turned to me and the Guru Pengiring, praising Anastassia and saying that Anastassia sememangnya berbakat. Kecik-kecik cili api kata cikgu. Few other teachers from other schools, including the Pengerusi also came over to Anastassia, patting her back and said that they were very impressed with her. Lama mereka kerumun Anastassia.

I was dumbfounded. You know why? Anastassia is not really comfortable with BM compared to English. And sometime it shows. Dia selalu kena usik, bila she makes silly mistakes when speaking in Bahasa. So it was really an achievement for her, to shine in a competition which is in BM!

She was singled out and praised, by the Head Judge, by the other judges, by teachers from other schools......... how I wish i could freeze the moment, when I see how she glowed under all the attention.

Anastassia kadang2 selalu tak percaya keupayaan dirinya dan ada perasaan rendah diri. Helena harap apa yang terjadi semalam dapat menaikkan self confidencenya.

Last week, during the Didik session that I sent her to, a group of girls from another school came up to her.

"Nama awak Anastassia ke? Dari sekolah SK*** ke?" one of them asked.

"Ya....." jawab Anasstassia.

"Cikgu kat sekolah kita selalu cakap pasal awak tau. Dari tahun lepas." the girl said.

"Oo" Anastassia said, tak tau nak cakap apa.

"Cikgu tu dulu ajar kat sekolah awak, sekarang dia mengajar kat sekolah kita. Dia selalu jadikan awak contoh pada kita orang. Dia suruh kita orang jadi macam awak."

"Dapat jugak kita kenal siapa dia Anastassia. Bye, jumpa lagi" Dia dan kawan2 dia salam Anastassia dan berlalu pergi.


I must have done something very right..... *smile*

22 comments:

OndeOnde said...

congrats to anastassia!

it's hard to boost up children's self esteem, anak2 I pun sama jugak..selalu tak confident pada diri sendiri..and it is equally hard for us mom to think of ways to help them in this area...

but to get a recognition like your wonderful daughter is getting now is rare!

you must be beaming now..tahniah untuk mama jugak!!!!!

ms hart said...

hmm...helena, congrats to Annastasia, and of course, to her MOM!!! he he...I can understand how proud you are. Teringat zaman2 debate dolu-dolu!! he he

wanshana said...

Congratulations to Anastassia, and Anastassia's Mom! You must be really, really proud of her.

And I'm sure, all the praises and attention that she got really boosted her confidence. Insya Allah, she'll continue to excel.

Hmmm...you have to give everyone a nice treat over CNY macam ni ;)

MAMAMIA said...

Wow!! Helena, I tumpang bangga. You must have done everything right.

Famouslah Anastassia... Sampai students dari sekolah lain pun kenal dia.

jimi said...

bagusnya anak anak kak helena. sekolah jimi next week baru sport day. buzy giler ni. ader perjumpaan motivasi utk parents lepas tu plak. hopefully this year, ramailah "anak - anak" jimi berjaya.bila ade perangsang dan dorongan dan perhatian dari parents, budak tu senang nak MENJADI. semoga dia dapat keyakinan dan tidak juga meninggi diri at the same time.

idham said...

u hv every reason to feel proud and just reading and without knowing anastassia..me too feel proud of her!

Tahniah!

IDHAM

D said...

Alhamdulillah, yes Allah must have made you do something right. Kudos!

ruby ahmad said...

Sweetheart, I'm here to wish you and lovely family:

HAPPY HOLS. We'll chat again sometime. Hugs.

U.Lee said...

Hi Helena, read about your kids doing well.
It sure reflects back to you, no matter what anyone says..
One good mother is worth a hundred teachers.
I wish you and all at home a very happy new year, best regards, Lee.

NBK466 said...

Wah...glamour le pulaks anak akak sorang tuh.. Bagus ler as dia glamour due to the very good reason. Harap2 Annastasia take this as an encouragement to excel more in her study..wah skeeping london lah daku..he.he.he..

anamiraa said...

kak helena,
i'm proud of you first! then your beloved children!

i'm crossing my fingers that all my kids would be as good!!!

congrates to you yeah!!

Helena said...

onde2, yes susah nak boost kids punya self esteem. KEna marah cikgu sikit jer, terus hilang confident.

In a way I feel relieved to know that she has no problems speaking out in public. I now have plans for her relating to pulic speaking/debate. hehe.

Thanks for the wishes dear.

Helena said...

mrs hart, thx hehe. Helena coach dia for 2 hours on Sunday night.

I shared with her the secret to be a good debater, hehe self made pointers aje tu.... tak sia2 Helena jadi best debater zaman dolu2.... hehe. But to see that she followed my advice and then added up more spice to it was so heart warming.

Mmg terkenang zaman debate dulu, Anastassia was bored to death when I repeated the stories over n over again... hehe

Helena said...

wan shana, thx.... yes, i was in such a good mood during CNY... hehe

Actually I can see that she is slightly more confident now. Adalah sikit. That is important to me, you know. She also told me her name was nominated for Pidato pulak.. hmmm...

Helena said...

mamamia, eh taklah everything right. But sikit2 right tu adalah kut... hehe

Its not a bed of roses tau, she was too tired to practice that Sunday, Helena kena pujuk, after some time baru dia nak practice. But as i later told her, see what hardwork gives you? Self Satisfaction, recognition....

Itulah heran, entah apa cikgu tu ceta pasal Anastassia.

Helena said...

thx jimi, Helena lega dah habis sports day. KEsian kids penat practice everyday under hot sun. Sebab homework tetap ada, tapi malam dah penat so how?

motivasi UPSR involve parents ke? Selalunya Helena dgr tak ramai parents datang kan. Coincidently time Mia UPSR dulu, tak tau kenapa sekolah tak buat. Maybe tahun ni ada kut buat kat sekolah, sebab selalunya ada.

Kids are still kids. Mereka selalu lupa, so kita as parents kena beri perangsang dan dorongan. But actually its easier said then done, betul tak?

Helena said...

idham.... thx... Helena cuma beri dorongan, the credit all goes to her.

Helena said...

D, thx dear. Yes, syukur alhamdullillah.....

Helena said...

Hi Ruby, thx for dropping by. Hope your CNY hols was fantastic as well.

Helena said...

Hi U Lee, thx for the kind words.

I do try my best for the kids. Me and hubby always have different opinions on this. I want to do more for the kids, he wants to do less. So somehow we compromised in the middle.

But during the times when he's on biz trip, I would definitely have more things up my sleeve.... hehe.

Helena said...

nbk.... eh nak g kota singa kenala skeeping slalu.... hehe.

Yela, hopefully dia improve dgn studies dia. Taknakla jadi macam tahun lepas. Nanti buat malu ajer jadi femes.... hehe

Helena said...

anamiraa, thx dear....

jom kita doa agar anak2 kita jadi orang baik2 dan berjaya.... k...