Monday, August 20, 2007

Feeding time

Feeding time
Originally uploaded by dawnkua.

Here is one of the teachers feeding and the students stopping to watch. At one point, there were easily 10 people standing or squatting quietly to watch the cats eat. The students who ran up too excitedly were shushed by the others who asked them to keep it down so that the kittens would not be too spooked. The teacher mentioned that they sometimes have a row of students who come to watch.

Undoubtedly there will be some students who don't like cats or are frightened of the cats, but the teacher who asked us to give the talk mentioned that one of the students who said he was frightened of cats came up after the talk to speak with her and take some information.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Children learn from examples. If school sets the right examples, hundreds of children would benefit.
Even if some children do not like cats (that is ok), they learn tolerance. Just like some of us don't like the chalk board, we bear with it for our entire school life - and at close quarters too.

20/8/07 7:30 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

Yes - and often children just have no experience with cats, just as with the example budak shared yesterday. With more exposure, they'll learn to tolerate, if not like the cats.

20/8/07 10:28 PM  
Blogger =^..^= said...

This is so wonderful, Dawn! I'm so happy to hear that such a wonderful program is happening in a school in Singapore. What a great way to instill responsibility, tolerance, compassion, respect for all beings, pro-activeness, etc. in the future generation! Kudos to the school!

(Kinda reminds me of the unofficial school mascot that we had in primary & secondary school. We had a cat mascot called Michael Jordan and later on, his friend, named Shaquille O'Neil. Eventually we heard that the school gardener adopted them when we moved to new premises. I'm not sure if they were brought along too.)

~The Flyer

21/8/07 1:09 PM  
Blogger Dawn said...

I think most of us probably remember school cats from our days in school too - just that they weren't necessarily 'sanctioned'.

21/8/07 1:12 PM  

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