Ever since the official statement was released on the need for preschool teachers to have at least a Diploma in Early Childhood Education (DECE) by 2020, SEGi College Subang Jaya has been lobbying for easier access to DECE for in-service Tadika teachers. We met with officials from MOHE and MQA – together with MoE reps, industry leaders such as Talento, and as part of the Ecce Council. We took into account the challenges of time and location faced by the teachers, and asked for the set up of satellite training centres where training institutions can go to the industry to upskill the teachers. We asked for the  teaching of the DECE in the vernacular languages such as Mandarin or Tamil, so that mother tongue educators at preschool are not disadvantaged when DECE is offered only in English or Mandarin. We considered the qualifications and work experience of the teachers, and asked for flexibility in delivery and assessment without compromising the quality standards set up by MQA Programme Standards for ECCE. All to no avail.

Now that the present government is gathering feedback on our education system, I urge all Tadika teachers to raise your concerns so that the DECE can be more accessible to you. Do your part and voice your concerns and ideas. When ALL of us raise the same issues, our voice is strong and loud and our issues will be heard. We trust that the new government will make the necessary changes to support our preschool teachers as we work towards better quality education in the early years.

Do your part and complete the information required. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeWXwsnxeUpGajYdvUCOQb29pDGcmHHA2LxeHQIDpzU4kXuWg/viewform

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SEGi College Subang Jaya is deeply honoured to have Mr Anthony Tam with us yesterday. During his visit to the college, he met with our students and provided valuable feedback on the students’ music performances. There was also a discussion with faculty members and plans were proposed for a piano camp and competition for 2019. We look forward to seeing more of Mr Tam in 2019 as he will be back to conduct master classes here with us.

Mr Tam is a pianist, pedagogue, juror and clinician of international acclaim. He has the distinguished honour to be the first Chinese to be appointed as a music examiner for both the National College of Music and the Victoria College of Music, UK. He is the first and only one worldwide to hold the position as music examiner for four different examination boards at the same time.

Born, raised and totally trained in Hong Kong, he started to take up piano lessons when he was at the age of 5. He appeared on television one year later, performing a whole programme of Beethoven. Today, he has concertised in UK, Canada, USA and Europe. He is a sought-after teacher in many Asian countries and is a teacher with award-winning students. He is also a column writer in music education and music learning for several child-related publications and has been interviewed widely on different occasions by the press.

SEGi College Subang Jaya is delighted that Mr Tam has agreed to be our industry advisor for the music programmes that we run. SEGi College Subang Jaya offers a Diploma in Music, Diploma in Music Performance and Diploma in Music Teaching.

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SEGi College Subang Jaya is pleased to collaborate with He Yue Chinese Orchestra Group Malaysia, RSFIAF 2018, CO Production and CK Mallet Enterprise to organize a classical Chinese Orchestra Concert “Melody of Hsinchu”, with the support of the Kedah Chinese Assembly Hall. This sold out concert takes place on the 14th of August 2018 at the Shantanand Auditorium – The Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur.

This concert was organized with the aim of having a suitable platform for cultural exchange between musicians and enthusiasts from Malaysia and Taiwan. The  concert is the perfect opportunity to educate and inspire the youths of Malaysia to appreciate and practice the arts and culture shared through this event.Concert Poster (2) This concert, themed “Melody of Hsinchu”, will graciously demonstrate the uniqueness and elegance of Chinese classical music orchestra to our audience from different walks of life.

SEGi College Subang Jaya is honoured to work together with the University of Greenwich to bring you three free talks.

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Do join us esteemed speakers this first week of July. Ms Jill Harrison is a regular visitor at SEGi College Subang Jaya. She is a Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for Early Years in the Department of Education & Community Studies at the University of Greenwich. Jill has worked in the Early Year’s sector for many years within the private, voluntary, health and social service sectors. She has been manager of a work place nursery and a large Early Years centre for the local authority.

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Jill, seated, 4th from left, with early childhood students from SEGi College Subang Jaya. Jan 2018

This will be the first visit to Malaysia for Dr Hannah Hobson. Hannah took up her lectureship at Greenwich in September 2017. Before this, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, King’s College London. She completed her DPhil in Experimental Psychology at the University of Oxford in 2016, examining EEG measures of mirror neuron systems, and the behavioural imitation abilities of children with autism spectrum conditions and developmental language disorder. During her postgraduate studies, she undertook a science policy internship at the Academy of Medical Sciences, working on topics such as the reproducibility and reliability of biomedical science, real world evidence for health technologies, and the future of innovation in medical science research.

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Do contact Carolyn at 013-3508598 or Thila at 011-26613049 to book your free seat at these talks.

Today the psychology students of SEGi College Subang Jaya attended a fruitful talk by Puan Hajah Nor Amni Yusoff, the President of the Malaysian Counselling Association. Puan Hajah Amni addressed the fundamental aspects of issues and ethics in the context of counselling. She covered the mandatory and aspirational ethics, the rights with regards to confidentiality and privileged communication with a client, and the importance of training and supervision to meet the criteria to be a registered counsellor in Malaysia. She also pointed out the importance of counselling services and Malaysia’s pressing need to have more registered counsellors. She encouraged students to pursue their studies in the field of counselling, reminding them to get into programmes that are appropriately accredited.

We thank Puan Hajah Amni for sharing her expertise and experiences with our students.

I was most privileged to be part of the team of observers (thanks to the ECCE Council) at SK Taman Megah on 7 November 2017 when Educluster Finland carried out the Finnish School Day programme  with a class of thirty-eight 8-year olds. The experience was followed by an afternoon reflection on the programme.

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The Finnish School Day is organised by the Finnish Embassy as part of its celebration of Finland’s 100 years of independence

 

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The observers at the Finnish Day programme

The day began at 8am and ended by noon. The programme for the day was introduced to the children through a series of cards that were pasted up on the classroom. It was to be a session on Finnish animals, a familiar theme in any Finnish school.

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The programme is discussed with children through flash cards and the theme for the day introduced through flash cards and creative Q&A

Ground rules were well established, and instructions for activities were clear as well. Instructions were not repeated. Why repeat these two or three times as this will reinforce in the children that they need not listen the first time as the adult will say it again and again. Children need to learn to listen as what is said will be said once and it will be gone.

Here are some of the instructions that were said that helped children to stay focussed and to listen:

  • You just need your eyes, ears and brain for this (when children were distracted by the books they received.)
  • I should not hear anything when  you think (to help children to stay quiet and to listen)
  • 1-2-3, eyes on me

The educators, Tina and Emmi were animated and had various ways of holding children’s attention and to help them practice self regulation. Respect for the children was evident.

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Space was also well considered. Children sat on the floor in a group, or at tables that were reorganised for the various sessions. The day was well paced, you did not feel the pressure of completing the syllabus. Challenges were also individualised based on children’s abilities.

The session was well planned, and the children were fully engaged. It was fun being part of it. There was use of movement, hands-on activities, and technology. The day was a lovely mixture of individual, small group and large group activities. It was refreshing to see the best practices of early years education still carried out at a Year 2 class. It is a shame that some of our early years settings have replaced these excellent practices with academic activities that make learning burdensome for the young ones. The Finnish focus is learning to learn, and not just filling heads with knowledge as that knowledge will change.

The programme ended with a self-evaluation. The children were told: “You don’t get grades from us. You decide how you think  your day went. Did not go well? Was it just OK? Or if you think you did great.”  The child and the educator may have different evaluations and this is fine. The differences are discussed. Self-evaluation helps children to be more autonomous learners. (In Finnish schools,  the parent-teacher session is a 30 minute three way self evaluation with child, parent and educator. Children prepare & explain their own evaluation, with the adults commenting on what is said.)

Finnish teachers train for 5 years during which they learn how to plan and deliver. It is a system that is based on trust – trust that the educators knows what to do, and will do what is necessary to ensure that learning takes place.

Can the Finnish way work for us? If we are committed to having the best for our children, why not? We were told to focus on what we can do, and not what we can’t. We need to start somewhere…soon.

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The Hall is filled with invited guests for the afternoon session.

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The reflection session.

 

Lecturer Ms Valar organised for her DECE students to take their learning out of the classroom on 4 October 2017. Students had fun exploring science concepts through simple everyday activities with the children from the Centre. We thank Blooming Tots House for the wonderful opportunity given to our aspiring EC educators to put theory into practice!