Canossian School is proud of our student, Ong Yi Lin Kristel, for being awarded the Lee Kuan Yew – Exemplary Student Award 2018, in recognition for her outstanding efforts in demonstrating our Canossian values of Commitment, Compassion and Cheerfulness to an exceptional degree.
Kristel is a Primary 5 pupil. She wears a BAHA (a bone conduction hearing implant) on her right side and a hearing aid on her left ear. She manages her hearing devices independently and is very responsible in maintaining them. She is the only pupil with hearing loss in the mainstream class where she attends lessons alongside her normal hearing peers. However, she does not expect preferential treatment. She joins in group discussions and participates in all the activities with her classmates. She gets along well with her mainstream classmates.
Kristel is very capable and responsible, hence her teachers have selected her to participate in many events and activities, such as the Mathematics Olympiad, Leadership Symposium and numerous Choir performances. Kristel is a valued member of the Canossian School Choir. She has earned the respect of her peers for her positive attitude and commitment to the CCA. She attends choir sessions punctually and puts in effort to practise her songs at home. She participates in all the choir events organised by the school and faithfully attends voice recording sessions and intensive rehearsals. In March, Kristel participated in the Choir performance at the True Colours Festival. She put in many hours of rehearsals after school, with some ending as late as 10.30pm on weekdays, yet she never once complained of the long hours or used that as an excuse for not completing her homework.
Despite Kristel’s hearing loss, she is keen to learn and do well in her studies. She listens attentively in class and has a voracious appetite for reading and learning. She strives to pursue her interest in music not only in singing but also in learning to play the piano. Currently, she holds a Grade 2 in Piano which she passed with a distinction. She has also suggested to her mum to let her enrol in enrichment classes to learn the Chinese language.
Kristel is a very caring and compassionate pupil. During the season of Lent this year, pupils were encouraged to make a sacrifice or make a small contribution to a worthy cause. When Kristel found out that the Sisters were collecting donations for charity, Kristel took it upon herself to set aside 20 cents daily from her allowance for 40 days as part of her contribution to the cause. At the end of 40 days, her savings were donated to the Sisters through her teacher. Although the amount was not a substantial amount, it was her initiative and commitment to setting aside the money each day that was admirable.
Kristel has other illnesses including breathing issues and skin conditions. Despite the constant discomfort arising from these conditions, she is still very cheerful and always very positive in her outlook. In January, in spite of her mother’s apprehension in allowing her to attend a 3 day 2 night outdoor adventure camp, she insisted on attending the camp as she wanted to learn new things and challenge herself. She has a never-give-up attitude and participates in physical activities, even when it might exacerbate her symptoms. Kristel is indeed an excellent role model to her peers. She is mature in her thinking and actions and her humility and charity are praiseworthy. Her perseverance and bravery in facing her numerous health issues with confidence and her grit in overcoming her problems and suffering are truly admirable.