Principal's 'champions' challenge upsets students
We want to be known as a school of champions, not a school of first runners-up.
Catholic High School's principal, Mr Lee Hak Boon, told this to the entire school cohort last Friday morning.
The school's C Division softball, basketball and volleyball teams had missed the top spot narrowly in the recent inter-school matches.
But what was meant to be a motivational speech rubbed some students the wrong way.
One felt Mr Lee's words were heartless. Another felt he was sending the wrong message - that the school must win at all costs.
The reactions puzzled Mr Lee, who had meant for his words to be a "well-intended challenge" to spur his students on to bigger achievements.
Read the full report in our print edition on Sept 2.
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