10 Mar About Women’s Day
In conjunction with International Women’s Day on Monday, we spoke to several coaches and scholars to find out which woman besides their mothers, has impacted their lives.
Read on to find out what they have to say.
Kirijaa Ratanarajah, Vice-principal: A lady that has made an impact on my life besides my mother is a remarkable principal and her name is P. Vasuthevan. She gave me the guidance to make a change in the direction of becoming an educator. Her dedication, determination, and emphasis on quality education for all students made me aspire to give the best to my students. Her unwavering strength, positive nature and compassion have always been something I have admired. I am glad to have had the opportunity to meet such a wonderful and charismatic lady.
Marissa Juanita Hendroff, Pre-primary coach: The world may know her as a poet but to me, she is always my teacher. Maya Angelou’s quote “you can only become truly accomplished at something you love” is something I take to heart. To me, teaching is what I love.
Nicole Beins, English coach: When I think of women who make an impact in my life, I think of my three best friends – Michelle, Adelyn and Clarice. Each has a unique personality. With them, I can truly be myself. They have supported me and continue to inspire me every day to be the best version of myself.
Dr Vicknesha Santhirasegaram, Head of Science: My school teacher, Mrs Inthumathi has made the biggest impact on my life. She taught me to have a positive attitude and constantly strive to give my best in every step of life. Her words have been an inspiration.
Chithra Nair, Head of pre-primary: To say a single woman inspired me would be a big lie because I have been inspired by so many along the way. However, as I roll into my 50s, my very dear friend Nirmala Balakrishnan is the one woman I look at for inspiration, strength, a pick-me-up, a shoulder to cry on, some friendly advice, some scolding and most of all for being there through thick and thin.
Havishaa Sureendhran, Year 6: The person besides my mom that has impacted my life is my grandmother, Kamala Arunsalam. She taught me about culture, beliefs and values. She has always been there for me to tell me what is right and wrong.
Heng Xuan Qi, Year 6: Although she is a fictional character from the Harry Potter series, I admire Hermione Granger. She has a mixture of qualities I look up to. She is clever, kind, loyal and brave. She can be a little self-righteous in her thinking but she knows best and her way is usually the right way.
S. Rahmasry, Year 9: There have been many who have inspired but my grandmother is the one who has impacted my life the most. Grandma Rosamal is 86 and she survived World War II. She always tells us about the hardship she faced during the Japanese occupation and how she and the other children in the neighbourhood hid from the Japanese soldiers in a hidden room. My grandma is also a good cook.