Tuesday, February 27, 2007

School cat Ginger

I spoke to the Principal and the teacher of this school yesterday. The teacher who is looking after the cat called me back and I asked if there is anything we can do. Ginger is still at the vet and will be coming back to the school shortly.

The teacher asked about sterilisation, and I said I was just about to ask him the same question. Ginger hasn't been sterilised, so I've asked him to check with the vet to see if Ginger is well enough to be sterilised as well. If he is, then we'll get him done before he is released!

The Principal also thanked the students who brought the matter up to the school. We've just sent an email to the Minister of Education to bring up the wonderful work the school has done. Many schools talk about compassion - few actually practice it and it's great to see a school that does. In addition, the sense of community in this school is impressive!



Anonymous Anonymous said...

very heartening. i work in jurong and intend to find time to go make a donation or something at the school. (except i'm not sure if the school allows or have resources to entertain well-wishers.)

27/2/07 12:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ashley's form tacher read the story to the whole class during English lesson. Ashley is very proud she had done something for 'her' school cats too.

27/2/07 12:23 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Nice to hear it Angela!

Anonymous I'm sure that they will appreciate it!

27/2/07 12:58 PM  
Anonymous ej said...

Is it possible that every school have an official school cat?
It will foster lots of goodwill,encourage animal care etc.

27/2/07 1:03 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

It'd certainly be nice if they did. When I give school talks and ask if there are cats, all the schools say that they do. Principals are often worried however that there may be complaints.

27/2/07 1:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i sent an email to the school to tell them how touched i was when i read abt Ginger and how i thought they were doing the right thg by teaching compassion and kindness to the students thru example. i hope it got thru.

abt cats and schools, i think schools may not mind stray cats in the premises per se but they are ever worried abt complaints by students or parents. nowadays, everythg is so sterile that many ppl are convinced that strays are dirty and spread disease. when i was in school (ok lah, many MANY years ago) kids played with strays all the time and no one batted an eyelid. i am not sure i like this "progress" between then and now when innocent lives have to be lost so some ppl can stay within their delicate and misinformed comfort zones.

27/2/07 1:52 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I'm not sure that all schools think that way. A school I visited a while ago was worried parents might not approve.

Someone I know just told me that schools are giving up their avaries now because of some parents complaining of fear of bird flu!

27/2/07 2:05 PM  
Anonymous belle said...

wow, can't believe this is happening in singapore ... altho i won't be too surprised if its a school in a western country or japan ...anyway this news really made my day ! m really happy to read abt such acts of kindness towards animals ...

when i was in primary school, we had a school dog, his name was brownie ... i guess this early exposure to pets/animals contributed to my love for animals and ive never feared animals ...

27/2/07 3:15 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope the birds in the aviary will not be killed because of such kiasu and kiasi parents. Killing these birds will impart a very negative message on the students.

27/2/07 6:25 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Anonymous I'm pretty sure no one tells the children what happens to the birds - and I'm pretty sure if they're asked, they'll be told that the birds will be taken care of. However if you think about it, I'm sure there's not enough space for all these discarded birds. I'm pretty sure at least some (if not most) of them will be killed.

27/2/07 7:02 PM  

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