Mrs Toh Kah Beng — a teacher's name which brought both fear and respect into the hearts of generations of students from one of Singapore's top schools.
Growing up in the early years of post‐war Singapore, Mrs Toh experienced hardship and poverty, but also learnt discipline and perseverance, which she brought to the classroom when she became a teacher; she sought to imbibe in her students at that stage of their young lives.
Tapestries is a collection of reflections by Mrs Toh on her life, her principles, her (at times) harsh actions and outlook on dealing with life and young lives in a country coping with the throes of change. Whether in the area of politics, public service, medicine, engineering, real estate or others; students from the schools where she taught never forgot the stern discipline or quiet compassion which she demonstrated as a teacher.
Many are now top political leaders, policy makers, leading professionals and leaders in their industries. Arguably, the lessons they learnt from those years have been formative in shaping their own careers and attitudes to a life of service.
Mrs Toh Kah Beng has arranged for the nett proceeds from the sales of this book to be donated to the Agape School for the Deaf in Dili, Timor Leste, Asia's youngest country.
Mrs Toh Kah Beng (Ang Peck Hoon) started her teaching career at Anderson Secondary School as a recruit teacher from 1966 to mid‐1967. She was transferred to Raffles Institution to teach from 1967 to 1987. She became the Head of Department (Pupil Management) in Henry Park Primary School till her retirement in 2002.
After her retirement Mrs Toh did volunteer work for some time looking after children with cancer at the Kandang Kerbau Hospital before giving up because of a failed knee replacement operation.
A fervent believer in doing good and contributing back to the world, Mrs Toh also made bags to be sold and the money raised was sent to remote parts of Africa to help them set up a library and buy books for needy children.
Her passion for painting has led her to pursue a course at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in oil painting. Presently she is still studying painting at the Kreta Ayer Community Club. She is very happy that her former RI boys have helped her to sell her paintings for charity. Her wish now is to do more charitable work and pursue her hobby in painting and, of course, smelling the morning dew.
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