Sarah Simon, A Resilient and Responsible Leader
Sarah is a determined and hardworking student who does her best in her studies and CCAs. As an active and committed member of Fairfield Dance, she spent much time and effort participating in various training sessions, and helped Fairfield Dance to achieve the Certificate of Distinction at the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation (International Dance) in 2015, which is the highest level of attainment given to Performing Arts Groups in the competition. As the Secretary of the Student Council, she planned and carried out school-wide events such as Teachers’ Day and Secondary 1 Orientation which enabled her to experience much growth in her leadership skills and personhood. As a dedicated, responsible and reliable Journalism member, Sarah was always meticulous in writing many articles of high quality that were featured on the Fairfield website.
How did you feel when you collected your results?
I was extremely elated as I realised that I had hit my target that I had set for myself back in Secondary 3, which allowed me to apply for my dream Junior College.
Are there any key people whom you owe your success to?
‘He who glorieth, let him glory in the Lord’. Truly, my results are a miracle. I thank God for seeing me through my journey from the very start.
Secondly, all my teachers have helped me to rigorously prepare for my examinations. I would like to thank Mdm Haliza, Mr Joel Loke, Miss Wong Bei Shi, Mr Tan Chang Ci, Mr Malvin Chan, Mr Joseph Guo, Miss Leong Hui Ran, Mr Joel Tan and Miss Oh Siew Gein for pushing not only me, but my entire class to achieve excellence. My teachers went the extra mile for all of us and offered all their free time to have consultations with us. It was because of my teachers’ dedication that I was able to clear my doubts and truly understand my mistakes.
Lastly, I want to thank my classmates and friends. I was able to learn in a fun environment where we frequently joked around but we also knew when to be serious. My friends were also very encouraging and supportive of me. I remember studying in the library for long hours with my friends almost every day. They inspired me to work even harder so that I could attain my ideal grades. Truly, together, we are stronger.
How did you manage your time between your commitment towards your studies and holding key appointments in your CCAs?
I believe it is very important to focus on excelling at our current task. Thus, when we stepped into the Performing Arts Room 2, we would only focus on dancing to the best of our abilities. When we entered the classroom, we should only be focusing on our studies. Worrying about our grades or upcoming examinations during our CCA training sessions would only adversely affect our CCA performance.
Also, creating a plan that clearly specifies which topic to revise on specific days will definitely help us to better prepare for our examinations.
Do you have any advice for the 2018 batch of Secondary 4 and 5 students?
Miss Wong once told my class that ‘hard work beats talent’. I believe that 4F’17 is now a living testament to this statement. Set a target for yourself and try to reach it. Even if you attain success, never be complacent. Always remain humble and continue working hard. Also, ensure that you consistently do your work and always clear your doubts during your lessons, as this will help you to build a strong foundation which will eventually lead to success. Press on, because this year will be a short one. Do your best so that you will graduate with no regrets!