Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Goodbye 2012

   It is the end of another year and we are counting down the days to say goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013. I hate goodbyes but I have no choice. Saying goodbye to the year 2012 is similar to saying goodbye to someone I adore very much. This year has given me so much that I hope it will not end. I love it and it is one of the most wonderful years in my life.
     I have gained so much ; love, experiences, prosperity, and new friends, to name a few. I have learned a lot of valuable things, not formally but more informally ; from the people whom I worked with ( it is not easy working with people who have different behaviours, habits and attitudes ) and school environment. I was able to handle my temper when it challenged  my patience, learn to keep quiet and be patient  rather than pouring out all my dissatisfaction and regretting later though some people may choose to lose their temper ( so that those involve know that they are also normal human beings with feelings ).
     I have received so much love and it has been an amazing gift from Allah. Receiving lots of love enables me to give more love too.  This wonderful feeling has made me a stronger and happier person. Not forgetting  more thankful and appreciative. I pray this beautiful gift will not be taken away from me. I can say goodbye to 2012 but not to this amazing gift. My family, a gift I can't live without and the amazing you out there, thanks for your love which I will cherish as long as I live. 
     I am looking forward to 2013, hoping for more wonderful things to happen to me, my family, friends and students. May all of us are blessed and given love, peace, good health, wealth and happiness, Insyaallah. Goodbye 2012 and Welcome 2013.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012


Congrats to all form 3 students. You have done your best. If your results are not as good as you targetted, don't worry or sad. It is not the end of the world. Life is not all about collecting As in exams, it is more than that. It is how you handle challenges and obstacles. I have seen students who did not get As during school but are doing well in life and careers and vice versa. Be positive. For parents, support and motivate your children. They have a long journey ahead and PMR is only an assessment in school. There are many more awaiting....Allah bless you.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Sunday, November 4, 2012

How I make myself happy.....

Bismillah...In the name of Allah the most gracious and merciful...
     Many of us do not realise that  small things can make us happy. I learn to make myself happy with these small things in life. We always look for huge and expensive things to make ourselves happy and thus forget that even tiny things around us can make us smile and enjoy life. There are times when I am down and sad, lazy and demotivated, bored and tired. For instance, after every test or exam, to get myself  mark the exam papers, what I always do is buy new red pens. These not very expensive pens usually give me a little "semangat" to start working on the scripts. Why don't you give it a try? Yeah....just like buying new pencils for our children before their exams.
     Do put on a smile on your face. I believe that smile can make us happy and other people happy too. I always start my day with a smile as I believe a smile can mean something to some people ( if not all ), especially in the morning. A smile from you can change someone's mood or feeling. You may be surprised when one day a friend comes to you and say, " Thanks for the smile, it makes my day".
     Forgive and forget. If someone hurts you, do give your forgiveness even though he or she does not apologise. As long as it doesn't kill you, forgive and forget, and I'm sure you will be happier. Be positive in whatever you do or think. Every cloud has its silver lining, so always hope for the best and pray for good things. I know it is easy said than done, but there's no harm in trying because at the end of the day, what you want is happiness. 
     One more thing, your working environment. As I am a teacher, I am surrounded with students and as all of us know, teenagers are teenagers. Being teenagers, they are very playful and tend to  make elders mad and mad and mad....but I will never allow them to make me mad, as I don't want to spoil my day by getting mad. I have my way of handling them and it works ( but dealing with teenagers you can't win all the times, right?). I don't immediately punish them if they fail to do their homework or task. I allow them to take a little more time to complete the task because those who usually fail to complete their tasks on time are slow learners and need more time. I usually give them a day or two extra. By the way, even if I get all 40 essays on time, being a teacher ( busy with 1001 tasks ) I won't be able to mark all 40 essays in a day, right? So, why must we be so strict unnecessarily  that we make our lives and our students' lives miserable. However, I will put my foot down if the delay continues.
     I always reward myself after every job well-done. This is what I like best because it gives me a sensible excuse to buy something new for myself. It need not be something expensive or branded. I usually go for new handbags, dresses, shoes, books or magazines, lipsticks or whatever I can grab.  I tell many of my friends about this and no one argues with me and I'm sure many of you out there agree with me too. Well, it is a kind of self-appreciation. If we do not appreciate and reward ourselves, who else?
     These are some of the many things I usually do to make myself happy so that I can live a pleasant life. Have a go and see the results..... :)

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Spring Cleaning and Movie time.....

     This weekend I did some spring cleaning; clearing my tables in the study room getting ready for my end-year task. After lunch the cleaning and clearing started and to my surprise there were loads of books I've got there. My mini library was a little messy; the books were haphazardly arranged not according to sizes and titles but unfortunately I had to abandon the idea of rearranging them as to do this I would have to spend more time. What I did was tidying the working tables, selecting and throwing all the old notes, handouts and some other things. Doing all this took about two hours and that was all I could afford to spend. 
     After the cleaning session, I joined my children at the family hall watching a movie on AstroFirst. "Aku Terima Nikahnya" starred by a beautiful actress Nora Danish and the tall, tanned and handsome actor Ady Putra. Well, I'm not going to write about the story line as the plot is not something new but I really like the acting of these two experienced people. They have done a good job, making the characters alive. Watching them made me feel I was part of them ( to be exact, I felt as if I was the female character ) and made me so much in love. I have watched a lot of romance movies and read a lot of romance story books but I have never felt I was part of the story or character in the story. This was probably  because they  put so much feeling and soul in their characters. Spending more than an hour watching this movie was definitely a good break for me. Apart from that, it makes me feel good...yeah I feel so much in love.... 

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Quote of the day

To love someone is a wonderful thing,
It is more wonderful if you are loved 
by someone,
But the MOST wonderful thing is to love someone who loves you 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

2012 Annual Dinner at Taiping Perdana Hotel

Posing for the camera 

What say you? 

My dear friends


The singing principal

She sang my favourite song - Kisah Hati by Aliyah

Saturday, October 13, 2012

An article : How to lead a healthy lifestyle

Question: Based on your observation, many of your classmates are not taking proper care of their health. As you are the president of the Health Club of your school, your teacher advisor has asked you to write an article for the school magazine on how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
Use the notes below to help you write your article:
·         Practise personal hygience
Wash hand and brush teeth
·         Take balanced meals
Avoid junk food and fried food
·         Drink a lot of water
At least eight glasses daily
·         Get adequate sleep
Seven to eight hours day
·         Have regular exercise
Keep fit and build stamina
·         Share problems with others
Talk to friends or school counselor

When writing the article, you must remember:
·         To give a suitable title
·         To give your name as the writer
·         To include all the points given
·         To provide an ending
·         That your readers are students of your school

How to Lead a Healthy Lifestyle
By: Nurul Athirah Assan

            From my recent observation, many students are not taking proper care of their health. They have to cope with such things like lessons, extra-curricular activities and social events. They tend to forget about their health in order to accomplish everything within a short span of time. This  will eventually take its toll on the students themselves. Hence, I would like to share some tips on how to lead a healthy lifestyle.
            First of all, you have to practise personal hygiene. For example, wash your hands frequently especially before or after handling food and also brush your teeth twice a day. Keeping yourself clean helps prevent the spreading of bacteria. Another way is you have to take balanced meals. Your bodies need sufficient nutrition to sustain your activities. You should avoid eating junk food and fried food as they are unhealthy.
            Apart from that, you need to drink a lot of water. It is advisable to drink at least eight glasses of water. This can prevent dehydration in your body. You should also get adequate sleep which is seven to eight hours a day. Having a proper rest and sufficient sleep are important so that you can wake up energized the next day.
           Next, you should have regular exercise. You can do aerobics or just plain walking and jogging. Set aside at least three times a week to exercise. This activity will keep you fit and build your stamina at the same time.
            Last but not least, share your problems with others. do not keep your problems to yourself as it will lead to stress. You can talk to your friend or school counselor or whoever you are comfortable with.
            These are a few tips on how to live a healthy lifestyle. Life is a precious gift from God and therefore it is your responsibility to take care of your own well-being. You have to get your priorities right before you become the victim of your own carelessness. After all, prevention is better that cure.         

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Catch Us If You Can : An event that affects a character

Question: Based on the novel you have studied, write about an event and how it affects one of the characters. Give evidence to support your answer.
In the novel Catch Us If You Can, by Catherine McPhail,  an event that affects one of the characters in the story is when Rory  takes Granda out  from Rachnadar, a home for the aged. After taking his Granda out from Rachnadar, Rory decides to escape from the town where they both lived.
Their escape takes them to many places  and they meet  many people who help them. Rory learns valuable lessons from these people. For example, Rory learns about compassion and kindness from Sammy and Ruby’s family. From Rab, Annie and Norma, Rory learns that there are people in this world who would help others and the help comes in many forms. When Norma reports Rory and Granda to the police, she does so out of the kindness of her heart. This makes Rory touched and grateful.
This event has changed Rory’s life. His  life has changed for the better when he and his Granda are reunited with Rory’s father. Now, Rory not only has a father, he also has new family members; a stepmother and two stepsisters. Granda has also learned to accept and forgive Rory’s father and this makes Rory very happy.
Before this escape, Rory was worried  about his Granda and as he has to take up the responsibility of taking care of Granda, he cannot lead a normal life of a young, growing boy. Finally, at the end of the story, however, Rory’s life has improved as there are certain services provided for the elderly. He also has his father who is willing to take care of Granda whom he has neglected for years.  Due to this, Rory can lead a normal life like his schoolmates. All these positive changes would not have happened  if Rory had not taken his Granda out  from Rachnadar.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Catch Us If You Can - Interesting Character

Question: Based on the novel you have studied, who do you think is the most interesting character? Give reasons to support your answer.


In the novel “Catch Us If You Can” by Cathrine MacPhail, the character I think interesting is Rory, the main character in this novel.
      Rory is very patient especially in taking care of his Granda who suffers from memory lapses. This can be seen when Rory asks Granda where he put his homework. He notices a bulge in his rucksack. It is a bag of rubbish in his rucksack. Granda has absent-mindedly thrown away his homework and kept the rubbish instead. The next day in class, Mrs Foley  asks  Rory about his homework and Rory tells Mrs Foley the truth, that he has lost his homework. Mrs Foley asks him to stay back at lunchtime to do his homework but Rory cannot stay as he has to rush home to prepare Granda’s lunch. Rory knows that Granda does not do it deliberately and he does not scold or blame  Granda. 
     Rory is also very determined. He shows this when he plans the Great Escape for three days after Darren suggests  hiding in his mother’s caravan. He gives Rory the spare key to the caravan. Rory carefully carries out his plan. He packs his and Granda’s things. He visits Granda after school, as usual. He wedges open the emergency exit. Later that night, he visits Granda and prepares Granda by dressing him up and then tells him that he is getting out of the home. Rory takes  Granda away from there while Val is having coffee with  the nurses. Both of them successfully sneak out through the emergency exit and out to a quiet train station where they are not noticed. They arrived at the train final stop and go uphill in a fine drizzle and then up a long winding path that leads to the caravan site.
         Another good thing about Rory is, he is a loving boy. After the fire at the flat, Rory is sent to Castle Street and Granda to Rachnadar. Rory is not happy. Granda does not like to stay there and he is upset and cries. Rory sees Granda sitting on his bed and crying at Rachnadar. It breaks  his heart . Granda and Rory cannot live without each other. Rory decides to run away with Granda. 
       Although Rory is still a boy, he has many good qualities many boys of his age do not possess. Because of this, I think Rory is a very interesting character. 



Literature – Novel 

You must remember  a few  important events in the novel. This is because you need to support your answer with evidence and examples . These  examples and evidence are the events.  For example, the question; write about what you have learnt. If you write that you learnt you should love elders and family members, you have to support it by giving evidence. Here, the evidence can be when Rory is separated from Granda, which is one of the events in this novel.

1.  Granda throws Rory’s homework
One day, Granda  absent-mindedly throws away Rory’s  homework and keeps rubbish in Rory’s bag. Rory is not angry. He knows Granda does not do it on purpose. 
What does this event tell us?
  Rory – a patient boy
loves his Granda so  much that he understands  his Granda’s condition.
  Theme – love, family relationship,
  Lesson learnt – we must love the elders and be patient with them

2. The Separation, Rory is sent to Castle Street and Granda to Rachnadar
After the fire at the flat, Rory is sent to Castle Street and Granda to Rachnadar. Rory is not happy. Granda does not like to stay there and he is upset and cries. Rory sees Granda sitting on his bed and crying at Rachnadar. It breaks  his heart . Granda and Rory cannot live without each other. Rory decides to run away with Granda
What does this event tell us?
  Rory – loving, responsible, cannot live without Granda
  Theme – love, family relationship
  Lesson learnt – we should love our family and be responsible

3.The Great Escape
Rory plans the Great Escape. Darren suggests hiding in his mother’s caravan. Rory carefully carries out his plan. He packs  his and Granda’s things. He visits  Granda after school, as usual. He wedges open the emergency exit. Later that night, he sneaks into Rachnadar and takes  Granda away from there. 
What does this event tell us?
·         Rory – a brave boy,  a person of action, loving, responsible, cannot live without Granda
·         Theme – challenges of growing up and coping with responsibility
·         Lesson learnt – we should be brave to face challenges in life and do what we think is right

There are a few more important events, identify them.
  A consistently relevant and convincing response to the task specified
  Always provides detailed and well – developed textual evidence
  Response is relevant to the task specified
                          Usually provides textual evidence with some development

Based on the novel you have studied, write about the part of the story that you like most.

The part you like most
Describe it

 Reasons why you like it

R1                   R2                R3
Model Answer 
        In the novel “Catch Us If You Can” by Cathrine MacPhail, the part that I like most is the great escape
       Rory  plans the Great Escape for three days after Darren suggests  hiding in his mother’s caravan. He gives Rory the spare key to the caravan. Rory carefully carries out his plan. He packs his and Granda’s things. He visits Granda after school, as usual. He wedges open the emergency exit. Later that night, he visits Granda and prepares Granda by dressing him up and then tells him that he is getting out of the home. Rory takes  Granda away from there while Val is having coffee with  the nurses. Both of them successfully sneak out through the emergency exit and out to a quiet train station where they are not noticed. They arrive at the train final stop and go uphill in a fine drizzle and then up a long winding path that leads to the caravan site.
       I like this part the most because it shows that Rory is a loving boy. He loves his Granda so much that he could not stand looking at his granda crying and feeling sad staying at Rachnadar. Because of this, he is determined to take Granda out from Rachnadar. 
       This part of the story also shows us how determined Rory is in making his escape a success. He cannot live without his Granda  who has brought him up and taken care of him since he was a baby, and  because of that he takes the risk  to  take his Granda out  from Rachnadar. I also think that this is the start of  all the adventures and challenges of Rory’s and granda’s  lives.They meet with a lot of people and are always on the run so that they are not caught.   It makes the story interesting  and leads to the happy ending when Rory is reunited with his father.

Based on the novel you have studied, who do you think is the most interesting character? Give reasons to support your answer.
The outline of your essay.
Outline A
Name the character
Provide the first reason (R1) you find the character interesting. Give evidence (E1) ( example / event )
Provide the second reason (R2). Give the evidence (E2) ( example / event )
Provide the third reason (R3). Give the evidence (E3) ( example / event )
Outline B
Character ( Rory)
R1 ( patient ) E1 ( Granda throws Rory's homework )
R2 ( determined ) E2 ( Rory plans the Great Escape )
R3 ( loving ) E3 ( the separation )

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

I am happy that I am loved.....

Recently, I've come to realise that I'm loved by a lot of people. I'm not saying that all this while I felt that I was not loved, it's just that I did not realise or was not aware that I'm surrounded by people who love me deeply and sincerely. Thanks to all those who love me; my family, friends and students. I appreciate all your love and "doa" for me. My greatest thanks and appreciation definitely goes to someone I love very much, thanks for loving me and accepting me the way I am. 

English Language Teachers At Work

New Friends at NILAM

Literature Component Programme

At A Workshop for Teachers in LMS

Training of Trainers

Helping Other Schools

A Workshop at SABK Addiniah

A Workshop at SMK Bukit Jana

A Workshop at  SMK Redang Panjang

Friday, August 24, 2012

..you are still madly in love with me....and I love you.

     Sitting in the car with Adli next to her, at the same time thinking about her meeting with Hisham earlier that day, made her uncomfortable and restless. She was hit by guilt; guilty to both Hisham and Adli. Her life was such a mess right now and she was helpless. The way Hisham looked at her before their goodbye kept on coming to her mind. She had to admit that she loved him very much and the eleven years apart did not change her feeling toward him but made her love grow stronger and deeper. Seeing him again after those years had made her realise how she loved him even more.
     "Sue....you're not listening..." Adli broke the silence.
     Suzana startled and looked at the man next to her. She smiled and apologised for not listening to him.
     "Why, Sue? What's wrong? You look pale and....did something happen?" The tanned man whom she learned to love after Hisham left her sounded worried. It was clearly shown on his face.
     Suzana shrugged her shoulder, nothing came out from her mouth as she did not know what to say. She was afraid she might say something that would hurt him because she was not at the right state of mind that moment. Her mind and heart was filled with Hisham and their memories together. She was confused; how  she could  think of Hisham when Adli was beside her. She dared not look at Adli.
     The desire to have Hisham next to her came suddenly and the feeling was very strong. She could not have this feeling, it was not right. She had to fight it, she reminded herself. However, the more she fought, the more it came and it was stronger and stronger. She longed for the man. She started to miss him and longed  to be with him, to see his smile again, to feel his presence. She could in fact smell him right now. Ridiculous, she told herself, this could not be happening. She told Hisham that their story ended eleven years ago and yet she could not take him out of her mind and heart. The scene in the lift the second day at the course kept on coming to her mind. Standing tall in front of her, Hisham spoke and smiled, telling her to look into his eyes and tell him she did not love him anymore.
     Suddenly, her cell phone rang which brought her back to the present. She cleared her throat and answered the call. "Hello.."
    "Hello, Sue..." the husky voice at the other end replied.
    Suzana paused, shocked to hear the voice.
    "Sue, I love you..." Hisham continued. " Sue, if you plan to marry the man, you will end up feeling sorry for him your whole life...because you love me not him,  you are still madly in love with me....and I love you. I will not give up easily, not this time" Hisham ended the call abruptly.

Monday, July 2, 2012

Let me.....

Let me stay in your heart a little longer,
though the space for me  is only a tiny corner,
Let me be your lover ,
though I know it will not be forever....
Let me stay in your mind a little longer,
though I know you may think of another,
Let me be the one you long for,
as I desire your love a little more....

Love can be very painful sometimes.....

Thursday, June 28, 2012

.....our story ended eleven years ago

It was the most difficult thing to do. It was not easy to tell someone you loved deeply that you would not marry him, but someone else. Suzana hated herself, what more when she saw Hisham's reaction to her announcement. Hisham froze momentarily after hearing that she would marry Adli not him, and she could see the tears in his eyes. It hurt her deeply too but she had no choice. She had  to tell him the truth.
The sight of Hisham that particular moment tore Suzana's heart apart. He was badly hurt by the news and she felt like holding him, comforting him and telling him that it hurt her too. The man she loved very much was in pain and she could not help him as she herself needed help. How she wished all that was a dream and would disappear once she woke up from sleep the next day. Unfortunately, it was not a dream, it was real and the reality was what she hated most.
"I love you, Sue...."
"I'm sorry, Sham. I didn't mean to hurt you. I wish this was not true. I love you so much that I would never want to hurt you but I lost you eleven years ago, Sham. You left me...."
"I love you, I love you, I love you....please don't marry another man. You can't marry him. I won't let you.." Hisham's husky voice was shaky and more tears could be seen.
"I want to see him, I want to tell him that you love me and not him and you should marry me. I won't let you marry him, Sue. You're mine." He was in terrible pain and his voice proved it.
"Please understand me, Sham. "
"I love you and you know that, right? This hurts me, I can't live without you. Let me talk to him..."
"It's too late, Sham. The wedding is next week."
Hisham was shocked and grabbed her hand. He held it so tightly that she could not do anything about it. Being able to "feel" him made her dizzy and her heart beat even faster. She shivered and quickly pulled her hand from his grip. 
"You can't do that. It's too late, and I don't want him to know about us. I want you to continue your life without me just like what you did before this course. You have become a successful man without me and that shows you can live without me."
"It's never too late, Sue. My life is imperfect, Sue. I'm half dead without you. A successful but unhappy man, that is what I am."
"Hisham, listen to me. You have to let me go, as I am your past and as I said before, our story ended eleven years ago." Her tone showed the despair in her. She cried and all the words she wanted to say stuck at her throat. 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


This holiday, we ( my hubby and I ) decided to take the children to some interesting places in Perak. We deleted shopping in our list as it had been the must-have agenda in all our holiday trips. Anyway, I did not mind at all , for I had done my shopping earlier in May...3 pairs of baju kurung, 2 pairs of shoes and a handbag ( more than enough I think ). We wanted to explore Perak as we realised we had not seen all the places yet. We started with Gua Tempurung and spent more than 2 hours there. Spelunking was not my cup of tea but it was a great exercise for me. The children enjoyed it very much especially my youngest boy, Danish. He was always in front of the others and had to stop and wait for us to catch up with him. We took the second package which led us to the third platform, the top of the world (TOW). It was tiring indeed but all of us enjoyed it very much. I still feel the pain until now ( may be due to my wedges...nak melawa jugak...).
The second stop was "Kellie's Castle" where our photography session took place. We had lunch at Johnny's, requested by Dayana. She wanted the "Korean feel", so she got it. Next stop was Gunung Lang, a recreation park. We had a boat ride and again photography session. The picturesque view was amazing. I felt very close to nature.  At night, the children wanted to go to "Gerbang Malam" and there they bought some football jerseys with their favourite numbers and names written on the jerseys. Nothing for me as I mentioned earlier, no shopping in the list. The next day, we headed to the last dredge or "Kapal Korek". Danish explored the place and asked lots of questions (some we could not answer, especially about the technical things like how the dredge worked). We then continued to Pasir Salak, which was a long drive there.Going through the history tunnel there , my children learnt some history....and it helped me recall my history lesson which I learnt more than 20 years ago..( yeah..it has been a long time...). On the way back from Pasir Salak, we decided to say Hello to the leaning tower of Teluk Intan, so we dropped by and took some photos there. As it was only to say Hello, the children stayed in the car and said their Hellos from there. There were some stalls selling beautiful things, clothings etc...but I was not interested to see ( remember, no shopping hehehe.. ). We left Teluk Intan...and all my children were sound asleep...too tired ,obviously. 
It was a tremendous holiday for the whole family. Spending our time, enjoying the scenery, learning something about the history of the state, having conversation, teasing each other and having meals were the things we did together ( it does not mean that we did not have all these before,.. but we had them without any interruption this time) .Those were beautiful moments we had and one thing for sure, I managed not to think about my work for a short while. 

Saturday, May 26, 2012


Mother falls ill. Peter fetches Dr Forrest. The doctor gives the children a list of food that their mother needs. Mother says they have no money to buy the things on the list. The children write a message on a white sheet for the old gentleman on the 9.15 train. It tells him to look out for something at the station. Phyllis gives the old gentleman a letter. The letter explains what happened to the children’s mother and asks the old gentleman for help to get the things on the doctor’s list. That evening, Perks delivers a large box to the children’s house. Inside the box are all the things in the list plus some extra things and a letter from the old gentleman.

 One day, the children took a walk along the top of the hill beside the railway line. Suddenly, they heard a noise and saw half the hillside crashed down onto the railway line below. The children realised that the 11.29 a.m train was in danger. They used the girls’ red petticoat to make six flags to warn the train.  The train came down the track too fast. Bobbie was afraid that it would not see them. She ran onto the line waving two flags. The train stopped just twenty metres away from Bobbie.

The children asked to have the cakes on Thursday. They wanted to make a birthday tea for Perks. Peter wanted to ask everybody in the village to help them give Perks a nice birthday. Not everyone was kind. Old Mrs Ransome said no one remembered her birthday so she did not want to help but many gave them all kinds of things to Perks. The next day, Bobbie and Phyllis gave Mrs. Ransome roses and a handkerchief for her birthday. On Thursday, the children went around to collect presents the people had promised. At three o’clock, the children took the presents and the pram to Perks’ house. When Perks came home and saw the pram and the presents, he was angry. He thought people would laugh at him for being poor and needing their things. Bobbie explained that the people wanted to give him the presents because they liked him. Perks calmed down. He was glad that his neighbours thought so kindly of him. The children stayed for tea.

There are a few more important events, identify them.
NOTE: You must remember the important events in the novel. This is because you need to support your answer with examples and the examples are the events. For example, the question on the character you like best. If you choose Bobbie as the character you like best because she is brave, to support your reason you need to give evidence ( or event in the novel ). The evidence in the novel can be "when she and her siblings saved the train".



Roberta ( Bobbie), Peter and Phyllis lived in London with their loving parents. They were happy and contented. One day, two strangers came to their house and took their father away. After this sudden event, the children and their mother moved to a small house in the country. There was a railway line near their new house. The children became friends with the people who worked at the railway. They enjoyed waving to the passengers on the 9.15am train. An old gentleman who travelled on the train always waved back at them. This gentleman became their friend. The children had several adventures with the railway. They stopped the train when a landslide covered the tracks. They also saved a boy who was hurt in the train tunnel. The children often thought of their father . Then Roberta ( Bobbie ) found out why their father was taken away. She wrote to the old gentleman for help. With his help, their father finally returned to the family.

Character : Roberta @ Bobbie

·         Responsible
Evidence:  She takes charge and gets her siblings to think of a way to get their mother the things the doctor said she must have when she is ill.
Evidence:  She runs onto the railway track to stop the train when a landslide covers the railway line.
      Evidence: She is determined to get help so that she can help her father who is in  jail. She tells the old gentleman about him and with the gentleman’s help, her father finally returns to the family.

1   1.  The importance of family love
·         Bobbie and her siblings have loving parents. After their father is taken away, Mother is very sad but she does not tell the children and the children do not ask questions so that their mother will not be upset.
·         The children always work together to solve problems, for example when their mother is ill and needs special food and when they have to save the train.

2     2. Facing life’s challenges with courage
·         The children and their mother face problems bravely. Mother does not show how sad she is and works hard to provide for the children.
·         When a landslide covers the railway tracks, the children act with courage to save the train from a terrible accident.

     Moral Values
     We learn about:
     1.     Family love and loyalty
          The children show their love for their mother by not asking questions about their father. They are loyal to their father and never forget him.
     2.     Kindness and compassion
          The station master lets Peter go when he learns that the family is too poor to buy coal.

     3.     Bravery
          The children are brave to confess that they have taken the coal and they also tell their mother       that they asked a stranger to get the things the doctor asked them to get for her.