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Jay Ng Zhong Heng

As a student, I believe I have a responsibility to do the best that I can even if I have been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. I believe in persevering and never giving up so easily because I know a lot of people believe in me.

I feel I have the self-confidence and open-mindedness to try new things. I have resilience and mental toughness to overcome obstacles in my life by staying positive. These are things that I have learnt from my parents. The school too has prepared me to be a leader like always begin with the end in mind. I have received a lot of encouragement from my peers, teachers and all staff in the school. They are always cheering me on and show interest and concern on my progress.

It was tough preparing for the PSLE. I could not have done it without the people who had walked this challenging journey with me. They are my dedicated teachers who have taught me well over the years; my form teachers who ensured my needs and well-being were taken care of in class. Mr Fadly who motivated me when I did not do well for my prelim by saying that I can do it. Miss Ong, the special needs education officer, supported me relentlessly for the past 6 years. Mdm Soon provided me extra lessons during the school holidays.

My friend, Jarell Soong, gave me great support and told me not to give up. He taught me some of the complicated Math concepts. During my difficult times, he has been there for me through thick and thin. When I was feeling down because of my father’s health condition, he cheered me up by telling me jokes and we talked about the happy times we had together. He told me that my father would be okay and I must believe in it. I am very grateful for his encouragement. I would have never imagined that I would get such a good friend and I guess it was my good fortune.

My grandmother gave me support by cooking delicious meals to fill my belly so that I had the energy to study and get good results. Whenever I am feeling down, I always turn to my grandmother. I can talk to her about anything. My grandmother is like my guardian angel.

My father’s health condition spurred me to strive harder in my studies. I really want him to be proud of me and I hope I will do well enough in the PSLE to get into a good school. My family is really important to me as they are the pillars who keep me strong. My sister was my cheer-leader and helped me solve difficult questions. Even my domestic aunties are there to take care of my physical needs. But the most important person in my life is my mum, who took time off from work to coach me and was there for me when I needed her most during the PSLE preparation period. Her unconditional love for me has made me a better and stronger person.

I know that success does not come easy. It is only with concerted effort and determination can you achieve success in your life. We must also never forget the people who have made it possible for you. At the end of the day, it’s my own attitude and decision to help myself that will make dreams possible.