Krista principal recognised with Tan Sri Dr Yahaya Ibrahim award
By Danielle Sendou Ringgit
FOR THE PRINCIPAL AND school mentor of Krista Taman Centurion Vicky Chua, while learning the alphabets and calculation are important parts in early childhood education, they are just the tip of the iceberg for early childhood education.
“I am very particular about character-building for a child instead of whether they know ABC or 123 – that is just a matter of time,” said Vicky.
Since Krista Taman Centurion opened eight years ago, the school is currently operating three premises at Taman Centurion which are Krista Taman centurion 1 for age 6, Krista Taman Centurion 2 for age 5 and Krista Taman Centurion for age 3 and 4.
The premises which are fully operated under Vicky have been awarded the Most Enthusiastic Regional Krista Operators for excellence in terms of participation, teamwork, teacher training, contributing to community needs.
Under Vicky, Krista Taman Centurion won the Best Overall Krista Operator (2015) and Outstanding Krista Centre Image Award (2015) for excellence in operating an early childhood education center and projecting a quality franchise image of Krista franchise business.
But this year, Vicky got the surprise of her life when she, along with three other people, were awarded the Tan Sri Dr Yahaya Ibrahim Award.
“This award, I would say, is the biggest award in my years at Krista, because the others recipients have titles but I am just a school principal and everyone just calls me ‘Cikgu Vicky’,” she said, adding that she was the only recipient from Krista Group.
Awarded by the Krista Group of Companies and Mayang Institute, a subsidiary of the Krista Group, the Tan Sri Yahaya Ibrahim Award recognises the recipient’s continuous commitment to the development of early childhood education in Malaysia and also an exemplary role model for others to follow.
Since 2014, the preschool has implemented the ‘Home School Partnership Campaign’ where parents and families are invited to visit all three schools at designated dates within fixed hours.
“During that programme, all the parents and families are invited to visit the school and they are allowed to stay for two hours. So, during that period, they can do and go wherever they want within the school. By doing that, the families and parents they can see how the school works,” she explained.
“Some parents come with high expectations. When this campaign happen, we just want to show that we are very genuine and very common in a way that we will make mistakes, we will discipline your kids and scold them, but we do not use rotan,” she said, clarifying that they do not discipline the children with physical force.
“Instead every classroom, we have two red chairs called the ‘thinking chairs’. This process is very tedious and time consuming but the impact will last longer,” she said.
Since first operating in 2008, Krista Taman Centurion currently has 250 children ranging from the age of three to six and 37 staffs from management, supervisors, teachers, assistant teachers, helpers and security officers.
This year, Krista Taman Centurion will be having a fun line up of activities such as Annual Open Day (July 26), Lantern Night (September 26), Krista Carnival (September 5), Concert and Graduation (October 24) and December Holiday Camp (Dec 1-18).
Krista Taman Centurion is open for advance registration for 2016 and 2017. Those interested may contact the hotline at 082 451306 (admin office) / 012 8896306 (Vicky) / 012 8886306 (John) for appointments.