Besides academic excellence, it is also important to cultivate a mind-set of excellence and resilience amongst students.
Due to family issues, I initially lost interest in my studies. I often played truant and eventually couldn’t catch up. Finally, I decided to leave mainstream secondary school and was admitted to Assumption Pathway School (APS).
Thankfully, one of the teachers at APS, Chef Larry, became a fatherly mentor to me. He was always very encouraging and challenged me to do well. This support helped me to develop a positive attitude towards school.
I realised that although I may not be good in academics, there was a pathway for me in vocational training. That was when I became interested in baking practices. The teachers worked with me at my own pace and helped me to realise that I could learn a lot more than what I thought I was capable of.
In 2012, besides being selected to assist the chefs from the Singapore Chef Association for the Gourmet Team Challenge at Food and Hotel Asia, I also received the Lee Hsien Loong Award.
I was surprised at first, but was really happy to know that I had the school’s support and acknowledgement for my hard work.