Our  BA Early Years Education (EYE) students are challenged in their final year to lead a multidisciplinary team through two changes in the early years setting. The BA EYE is a programme that SEGi College Subang Jaya (SCSJ) offers in collaboration with the University of Greenwich.
 
To understand how “a broader community [can] participate “more knowingly in leadership” (Clark & Murray, 2012, p. 121), SCSJ is honoured to host a talk by Dr Rory McDowall Clark on Monday 29 May 2017 at 3pm. Dr Rory Clark is the external examiner for the BA EYE programme. Dr Clark is also the author of several books on  early childhood, one of which is on early years leadership with she co-authored with J. Murray. 
All Early Years centres that have taken our students for placement or are interested in having our students as your interns should come for the talk.  The talk will help placement mentors to appreciate the collaborative effort involved in  bringing out positive and meaningful changes to the setting. When early years leadership advocate for change, then we are assured of quality practices in our industry.

On 10 March, we had the privilege of having Dr Fredrick A. Boholst join us for our Psychology Talk Series. Dr Boholst shared with us stories of two of his patients, allowing us to have a clearer understanding of this mental illness. He spoke on his use of the narrative approach with his clients. The symptoms of schizophrenia may surface when one is around 18 years of age, but the root cause could be in the early years, as seen in the stories shared.

We thank Dr Boholst for reminding us that psychology is not for the faint hearted as psychology students need to journey with others through their pain, and yet remain detached from it. Thank you for also reminding us on the importance of the early years experiences which can clearly impact upon mental wellbeing in the later years.

 

 

Last night I received the sad news of Sara’s sudden passing from one of her course mates, Roxanne, currently working in Singapore. Sara took the Montessori course with us back in 2011. The last time I heard from Sara was back in 2015 when  she sent me her photo  for a photostory we were compiling of our Montessori alumni.

I am always encouraged by the wonderful bonds of friendship that remain strong among our Montessori cohorts. Groups stay updated with news – sometimes sad as in the case of Sara, sometimes joyous as in the case of weddings and births.

Today we remember Sara Woo, a responsible, caring and dedicated student. We remember Sara for the lives that she touched and she joy that she shared.

Our deepest sympathies to Sara’s family.

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On 28 March 2017, students from SMK SS17 Subang Jaya spent the morning at SEGi College Subang Jaya, exploring various aspects of psychology. The session began with Ms Asnina explaining the diverse career pathway for psychology students.

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Ms Asnina and the students from the Psychology Club SCSJ then engaged the students in a range of psychology activities. They took the Riasec Personality test to see where their interests are. They also engaged in cognitive and social psychology experiments. There was also an art therapy session.

2nd year students from our Greenwich University (UoG) BA Early Years education are required to take on a 10 day specialised placement. We are pleased that UoG on-campus student, Mr Christopher Cherry, chose to do his specialised placement here in Malaysia, at Talent Kindergarten, Klang. We thank our industry advisor, Mr EK Cheah, for opening his school to Christopher in March 2017.

Just before he went back to the UK, Christopher visited SEGi College Subang Jaya on 15 March, and shared his experiences with our students. He spoke to the two cohorts of final year students who were having their small group discussions with their lecturers. Our students were keen to know the difference between UK and Malaysian early childhood practices. Christopher was impressed for instance by the orderliness and discipline of the children at Talent Kindergarten.

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He also popped into Ms Kavitha’s Year 2 class on the Outdoor Environment and spoke to the students on his Bug Hotel project. He also dropped in on Ms Valar’s Year 1 class on Engaging Play.

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There was also an opportunity to speak to our DECE students on his BA EYE experiences. He talked about what it is like to be a male preschool practitioner. He also advised the students to have courage to work with other teachers to implement changes for the betterment of children.

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Thank you Christopher for visiting us and inspiring our students with your passion for the early years. We look forward to having more of such student exchanges.

 

 

In conjunction with International Women’s Day 2017, the Psychology Club, SEGi College Subang Jaya organised a Breast Cancer Awareness talk, reminding us to  adopt a healthier lifestyle. The talk was organised in collaboration with the Breast Cancer Welfare Association Malaysia. Presenter Sister Mariyani shared with the audience factors that led to breast cancer, and ways we could avoid the disease. Tips were given on how to conduct a breast self-examination. It was an informative session with clear visuals and hands-on sessions.

Thank you BCWA for sharing your expertise with us today!

My congratulations to the SCSJ Psychology Club and lecturers for organising the meaningful event.

Have a happy and healthy International Women’s Day!

 

 

When the Minister of Education officially announced in August 2016 that it was compulsory for preschool teachers to have a DECE by 2020, SEGi SJ has been active in doing our part to train in-service teachers. Our third group of in-service teachers had its orientation today. We thank those who joined us today and wish them the very best. I am pleased that the teachers have joined the programme, not because the Government has made it mandatory, but because they believe that teacher qualification and professional preparation are critical elements of quality early years care and education.

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