Wednesday, May 28, 2008

DRINKS & FATNESS IN FRENCH LANGUAGE: THE MISSING LINK

DRINKS & FATNESS IN FRENCH LANGUAGE: THE MISSING LINK

While reinventing the French language, I've made an interesting discovery.
Let me share it while awaiting to be crowned by l'Academie Francaise.

In French, all nouns must be either Masculine or Feminine.
It's just crazy: Table is feminine, while Pen is masculine.
[Crazy ? Well, hold your mares ! Our own Hindi, Punjabi etc are equally fertile in the matter of gender. -Ed].

Now, looking at DRINKS, I just discovered a new pattern.
And it's not very polically correct - but it makes learning easier!
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All drinks that are Feminine in French language have something to do with FATNESS! Incroyable, mais vrai. Read on...

BEER: la biere (think of Fat Olga in Germany)
VODKA: la vodka (think of Fat Babushka in Russia)
WATER: l'eau (think of Fat Mama in drought-and-war-free Africa)
LEMONADE: la limonade (Big and Fat are often synonymns for 'America')
HERBAL TEA: la tisane (what women are into these days, to keep the figure)
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Now you have an easier way to remember which drinks are Masculine, and which ones are Feminine in the French language.
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For more FUN ways to learn the French language, visit www.frenchfaster.com.sg

Any comments welcome. Nageeb

Sunday, May 25, 2008

CBSE Std XII Results for 2007-2008

[At the time of this writing, school has not yet published these results. Check the School's Result Page ].

Summary
: 83.33% PASS (25 out of 30 who appeared). Compartmental pass : 3, Declared Failure : 2

Toppers (3)
#1. Kiran Krishnamachari : 456/500 ( 91.2%) #2.Meenakshisundaram : 450/500 (90%) #3. Priyanka : 431/500 ( 86.2%)

No. of candidates scoring
90% and above : 2/30 ( 6.66% )
-do- 75% and above : 13/30 ( 43.33%)
-do- 60% and above : 20/30 ( 66.66%)

No. of Candidates with Subject failures

Maths : 1 failed • Physics : 3 failed (theory) • Chemistry : 3 failed (theory) • Accountancy : 1 failed (theory)

Weakest and Strongest Subjects of GIIS Singapore

Weakest: Maths (School Avg = 55.5% ) * Strongest: Business Studies (School Avg = 78.2% )

GIIS Singapore CBSE Std XII Results 2007-2008 & Summary
#.Roll No Name Engl Maths Phy Chem Comp Sc Bio Bio Tech Eco Acct Bus. Stud. Inf. Prac Total Rank









1 6207374 M S
85 90 93 91 91





















































450 R# 2
2 6207375 M 83 67 76 83 84





















































393








3 6207376 AR 75 38 57 63 62





















































295
4 6207377 A 75 52 68 51








64












































310








5 6207378 N
84 66 79 78








85












































392








6 6207379 R 80








70 85








84 88



































407








7 6207380 P 86 77 94 86 88





















































431 R# 3
8 6207381 S 77 70 73 82












































89








391








9 6207382 KK
80 94 91 95 96





















































456 R# 1
10 6207383 K 63 54 71 65 64





















































317








11 6207384 S 69 34 60 65








70












































298








12 6207385 H 72





















































40 50 60 61 283








13 6207386 N 72 49 52 64 57





















































294








14 6207387 V 83 39 77 56 88





















































343








15 6207388 RP 75 78 80 79 94





















































406








16 6207389 AK
83 78 78 87 90





















































416








17 6207390 BS
80 75 91 86 80





















































412








18 6207391 R.




75 23 46 47 61





















































252








19 6207392 SK
81 57












































73 91 95








397
20 6207393 C 77





















































63 70 84 66 360
21 6207394 NS 80





















































83 66 92 70 391
22 6207395 SS
75





















































77 68 85 73 378
23 6207396 A
67 33 51 64 79





















































294
24 6207397 R 72 41 76 62 75





















































326
25 6207398 S
72








40 40








61 62



































275
26 6207399 SV 67





















































55 64 67 55 308
27 6207400 AS 67 33












































57 37 54








248
28 6207401 VM 75 38 42 58 60





















































273
29 6207402 M 69 52 51 43 62





















































277
30 6207403 A 83 39 73 52 69





















































316
SUMMARY


















Total2282 1277 1589 1582 1300 364 150 448 446 626 325 10389


























No of stu- dents 30 23 23 23 17 5 2 7 7 8 5 30


























Average 76.07 55.52 69.09 68.78 76.47 72.8 75 64 63.71 78.25 65 346.3


























Highest 86 94 94 95 96 85 88 83 91 95 73 456


























Lowest 63 23 40 40 57 61 62 40 37 54 55 248








Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Std XII CBSE Results

Std XII CBSE results will be available soon (starting 21 May 2008).
To check online, please go to www.cbseresults.nic.in.
Best wishes to all students, parents and teachers: Hope you reap the sweet fruits of your labour !
[Update 26 May 2008: We have posted GIIS Results for CBSE Std XII 2007-2008 ]

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Thus spake the Head Examiner...

Below is a contributed piece received a couple of weeks ago (unedited except for link to newsletter #213).

by "Mr. Reader"

Those of us who are in the age group 35-50 years would recall our younger days in India, when owners of tea stalls and small restaurants, pavement astrologers and barbershop owners, used to display framed photographs of themselves with famous politicians, matinee idols and cricketers. That was their ways of telling us that 'so-and-so' celebrity is their client and hence by engaging their services, we would also get to join the elite band. This was a trick that had early gains but even as early as 1970s, such ploys evoked only laughter and cynical remarks. B class and C class cities of India, however, still witness such a culture. (Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Chennai have now graduated to‘page 3 culture’, something equally funny and reprehensible).


Why are we talking about all this here? What is the context? The latest NEWSLETTER showing someone big and well known ‘inaugurating’ GIIS World, a magazine and the accompanying photographs (which explain quite a lot if you listen to body languages!) prompted me to deliberate a bit on what type of psychology operates in such situations.


“What is it, that prompts one to rush to places haunted by celebrities, wait for hours together with pen, brochures, cameras - still and movie, newly printed periodicals at hand, get them to say something, write something, agree to be something (the latest joke is that most celebrities are given a 7 x 7 matrix and they can tick any one of the 49 boxes to become an advisor, a mentor, a patron, a consultant etc.) and, time permitting, pose for a few photographs?” I asked a psychoanalyst and sought answers.


“... someone who has no belief in his/her own abilities, someone who feels that it is not his/her acts and beliefs but rather his/her association that matters more; some one with a very poor self esteem of self and team; or someone who is trying to sell a product or a service the quality of which he/she is very unsure of”, came the answer.


So, folks, 213 newsletters, two major fee hikes, 14 schools (that is what the TOI article of 14th April 08 claims) and 5 years later, you and I are left with a thick photo album of the glitterati, more specifically, Indian (or should we say Bollywood?) glitterati, a whole lot of poorly educated children, a poorer set of teachers and a wealthy patient for psychoanalysis!


….. and the show, nay, the touring Talkies goes on. Around the world. On show : a discarded and worn-out film of cameo roles and no substance.


Sunday, May 11, 2008

Teachers' Salary - Survey Results

We have now, a better idea of GIIS's pay scales for teachers, based on typical salaries paid to surveyed teachers. (Based on informal contact with several ex-teachers. Teachers holding EP (Employment Pass) were not approached for this survey).

What we find:

The seniority of the teacher (number of years of experience) makes some difference within each band, but salary generally fits into certain bands or ranges based on the level taught, i.e., KG / Primary / Secondary.

Monthly Salary Ranges (includes employee's CPF)
KG Teachers: ranges from $1250 to $1450. Typical figure is: $1300
Primary Teachers: ranges from $1500 to $1700
Secondary Teachers: ranges from $1600 to $1900, rarely touching $2000
Std XI, XII Teachers: ranges from $1800 to $2200, rarely touching $2500

Variable Pay: Additional to above, is variable pay = 20% of monthly salary.
20% of monthly pay is deducted as Variable Pay.
[Thanks to the ex-teacher, comment #3, for pointing it out the -20% and included CPF contribution]

[It is rumoured that a $50 pm salary raise was given to all teachers recently. If it is correct, it is only a 2 to 4% salary raise. These percentages are nowhere near the employee-related cost rises claimed by Kaustubh Bodhankar's high-handed fee hike announcement. -Ed.]

Dear Parents: How can we expect the school to recruit good teachers, or retain the better ones, if we pay only that much ?

Friday, May 2, 2008

Place for Students' issues

[Dear Students, We have noted the contents of the comments posted by 'Infernus' on this blog, and the sentiments expressed therein. We had to then delete the actual text of your comments, mainly due to the "linguistic style" employed ;)

We certainly understand that, as students, you do have -
1. your own issues and concerns to resolve, and,
2. your own views you wish to air and discuss.

As regards the first (your burning issues), please bring them to the attention of your parents or teachers. Your goal should be to convince your parents to take up these issues on your behalf, and try to get them solved! As for the second part, the best way to air your views and discuss them with other students is by setting up your own blog. If you set up one and provide us the link, we will review and consider placing a link to your blog from this site.

We really don't mind an occasional direct contribution from students if it shows grasp and maturity (age is not the bar... but the developmental stage at which your faculties are, might be! But we also realize that there is no better way to develop than by expressing your ideas and engaging in discussions). As parents, we will only be proud to see a well-thought-through and well-expressed comment that eschews street language, on any topic that is of interest to the general parent community.

Remember, that our intention is never to smother your views. -Ed]


Issues Posted by Infernus:
(NEW: Restored sanitised summary, 04/05/2008).
1. Korean students are being allowed the use of a mobile phone but Indian students who need to reach home as late as 8 PM are held to the no-mobile policy. IB students are given privileges, and are allowed to tuck their shirt out, etc. This is discrimination.
2. Principal Mr GSS Rao is generally rude/unfair (towards students),etc.

Some friendly parental advice on how to raise your issues and get them the attention they deserve:
1. Please avoid personal attacks and instead, focus on the issue you want to draw attention to. Focus more on the 'what' and less on the 'who'.
2. Please avoid repeated use of adjectives such as 'stupid' which, all things considered, do not mean a thing and might turn people off and make them ignore you.
3. Please think it out in your head, before you start writing or presenting your issues.
[Dear Infernus, please bring your issues to your parents' attention. -Ed].
Good Luck!