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8 Oct 2018

Over 400 Students Commended at Kumon Singapore’s Annual Advanced Students Forum

Over 400 students were commended for being exceptional self-learners at Kumon Singapore’s annual Advanced Student Forum (ASF) at the University Cultural Centre last Saturday, 6 Oct. The 427 recipients included Kumon students who study at least five years ahead of their school grade, as well as completers of the programme.

This year, the 311 advanced students range from students in Kindergarten One to Secondary Three. The youngest awardees are two 6-year-old students in the Kumon Mathematics programme. Of the 116 completers ranging from Primary Four to Pre-University Three, the youngest are four 10-year-old students from the Kumon English programme. Three of the completers have also completed more than one subject. Completion of a Kumon subject programme requires students to complete a subject level up to pre-university syllabus.

Speaking at his opening speech, Mr Masahiro Takatsu, General Manager of Kumon Singapore congratulated the awardees for their progress with Kumon. “It is really a great challenge to be able to focus on doing one thing. I believe that in achieving these results today, there must have been difficult times that you have faced. But upon encouragement from your family members or your Instructors, you have endured and continue to put in effort.”

He added: “Truly, all of you have gained this greatest ability and most powerful weapon. Therefore, believe and be proud of yourself, and advance further from here. This is my wish to all of you.”

Mr Takatsu went on to thank the parents who were also present at the ceremony, “We at Kumon believe the further development of your children will be connected to the further development of this country, and therefore from now onwards, we will also put in our daily effort.”

The Kumon Singapore ASF is an annual event where Kumon students and completers are recognised and awarded for their achievements in the Kumon Mathematics, English and Chinese programmes. This year, audience members were treated to a worksheet demonstration by four advanced students from the Kumon Mathematics programme. The four students, ranging from Kindergarten Two to Primary Five, cleared sums from mathematics worksheets more than five years above their school grade, once again demonstrating the success of the Kumon self-learning programme.

Two Completers, Lee Yijing, 15, and Tan Yan Ling, 12, also shared about their experience with the Kumon programme. Yijing has completed all three programmes, while Yan Ling completed the English programme this year.

In her speech, Yan Ling said: “Kumon has taught me to be independent, diligent and consistent in my daily work. I am able to cope with my school work better and I have learnt to manage my time well.”

The Primary Six student added: “In my Kumon journey, my instructors have been a great help to me as well. Whenever I needed help, they will give a few tips and hints here and there, just enough for me to figure out the answer on my own.” Yijing, who began his journey with Kumon when he was 4 years old, said: “I remember sitting at a small table on small chairs and having a teacher guide me through the worksheets.”

In an encouraging note to students who have yet to complete the programme, the Secondary Three student from Hwa Chong Institution added: “Do not forget the importance of self-directed learning, finding your source of motivation and appreciating the people around you.”

Following the event, Kumon has announced its intention to continue supporting the development of children in the 50 countries and regions it is present in.

“Through the Kumon Method, we have been transforming the learning journeys of our students. Beyond just focusing on excelling in their work, we want to instil confidence in them to tackle any task they come across. Ultimately, learning is for life, and it is this independence and joy of learning that we want to pass on to our students” said Mr Takatsu.

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