I'm back at Rosyth School for the second day of my grooming talk. I'm taking a class of 42 students from Class Meticulous which is on the second floor.

When I walked into the room, the students were already divided by gender. I was told the thoughtful teacher in charge had the boys separated from the girls to facilitate group discussion.

Today’s presentation went extra smooth, probably because I took less time to settle the class down. I particularly liked the dynamics of the boy-girl divide as it aided the progress of the talk. There were no 'boy bully girl' nor 'girl bully boy' scenarios to attend to.

The students really lived up to the adjective 'meticulous' as they put in a lot of heart and soul into their discussions and presentations. It was evident from the standard of the work they produced. As an eleven year old back then, I certainly wasn’t as creative as the 42 of them. At their young age, they were already fervent practitioners of Tony Buzan’s mind mapping techniques. From the word go, all groups drew mind maps after mindmaps on their flipcharts. As an eleven year old back then, if you were to utter the word mind map to me, I would surely have stared back blankly at you. Not content with mindmapping, some groups decorated their flipcharts with drawings of a very high standard. I don’t recall being able to draw that well at their age too.

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Let's discuss image destroyers using mind maps!

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I'm thoroughly impressed by the high quality of the mind maps

Without any doubt, the image destroyers and grooming toolkit portions were very well received. As the interest of the class grew, so too did their level of participation and eagerness. After the second discussion, 5 out of the 8 groups automatically sat on the floor in circles and started discussing. If this is not testimony of their keen interest, I don’t know what better evidence there will be. And mind you, the girls were always the first to take the lead. 

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The enthusiasm of the kids lead them to fully utilise the floor to discuss their work. Salute!

Yes, the girls were particularly attentive and readily asked questions during my presentation mostly pertaining to grooming tips. The boys later caught up when they too stopped me occasionally questions ranging from 'what’s my face shape, Teacher?' to 'can we put more items in the grooming toolkit or not?'

Today, I had some time to spare at the end to sneak in a group photo with the students :)

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With the Primary 5 students from Class Meticulous

 

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I truly salute the management of Rosyth School for giving their Primary 5 students (who are only eleven years old) a strong headstart over their other peers by getting image consultants like myself to coach their students. It truly amazes me. 

Stepping back into school grounds makes one young again. This is the irreplaceable beauty of the school compound. Who can forget the corridors outside the airy classrooms where all students wait earnestly for their teachers to come usher them back in for lessons? Who can forget those dark blue desks and plastic blue chairs? Who can forget students standing up in class and greeting you ‘Good Morning Mr Lim’? But after all the déjà vu moments rushed me by, I saw the same innocent eyes I used to see in myself years ago – the eyes that thirsted for knowledge.

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Yes, Mr Lim was here to share with the Primary 5 students codenamed Class Optimistic the perils of image destroyers, face shapes, grooming tips, social etiquette and cultural differences.

Probably because today’s class comprised more boys than girls, I took a while to settle the class down. Boys being boys, are always harder to control.

After getting the attention of the young ones from the moment the slides on image destroyers came on, they got all excited. I was happy they could readily identify with the examples I shared. Nothing encourages a trainer more than the fact the audience can relate to what you are talking about. In this way, it is easier to build rapport.

Being young kids, it is inevitable for them to run around the class as they have boundless energy levels. But if you think I started to fret over this, I didn’t as they were running around for a good reason. They were exchanging ideas and trading coloured markers to decorate their flipcharts!

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When it was time for the kids to present their work to the class, the shy ones needed some cajoling before they came forward. Knowing how some kids would never want to open their mouths no matter what, I made 3 kids in each group of 6 come up at one time and specifically told them that everyone gets a chance to hold the flipchart and everyone gets a chance to share with the class. This made everyone happy as no one felt it was unfair that only one had to do the talking while the other two simply held up the flipchart.

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Three super appreciative kids even took the time to write me positive comments on the feedback form at the end of the talk. Thanks!

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