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Sarah Tham, A Positive and Motivated Student

Sarah is a promising student who possesses an enquiring mind and a teachable spirit. She takes pride in her work and completes her tasks on time. As the Captain of the Fairfield Netball team in 2014 and 2016, her juniors respected and looked up to her for guidance and support, as she carried out her responsibilities and duties with great resilience, passion and enthusiasm. She did the school proud by representing the school in numerous competitions such as the Daisy Tan Netball Carnival in 2014 and the annual Inter-School Netball Competition. 

How did you feel when you collected your results?

It was nerve-racking sitting in the hall and waiting for our results to be released, but when my name was called out by our Principal, Ms Audrey Chen, to go up on stage, I felt a surge of ecstasy as well as relief. I was so thankful that I had reaped the fruits of my labour.

Are there any key people whom you owe your success to?

I am thankful to my subject teachers who consistently aided me through this tough journey. Every single one of them patiently devoted much time and effort to enhance my knowledge and understanding of the subject. 

My family members and good friends were also very supportive and encouraging, as they kept me sane during this intense period.

How did you manage your time between your commitment towards your studies and holding key appointments in your CCAs?

Many students often blame their poor grades on their CCAs, but I beg to differ. My CCA, netball, helped to alleviate my stress, which made me more focused and put me in a better state of mind to study more effectively. I learned to prioritise and plan my time more effectively, as well as take responsibility for my own studies. For example, during the intense competition period, we had to miss a couple of lessons to participate in our competition, but I consulted my teachers or friends to catch up on my studies.

Do you have any advice for the 2017 batch of Secondary 4/5 students?

It is important that you work hard consistently throughout your Secondary 4 year but not neglect your health! Do something you enjoy, like exercise or learn a musical instrument, to relieve stress because your health is of paramount importance.