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the most thoughtful…!

May 15, 2018

Miss Year 8: “Hey Ms Kwok, I went op-shop shopping over the weekend and Mum + I found this, so we got for you!”

My goodness! 😍

In absolute honesty, it’s not COMPLETELY me, but the fact that a one Miss Year 8 spent her hard earned dollars on something stupidly colourful in the most thoughtful + spontaneous way on behalf of me?!

That got me completely. Thank you, gorgeous kidlet. 😊


above all, be kind. you are one of many, worthy and loved.

May 13, 2018

Be outstanding, be fierce, be committed, be focused, be whatever crazy you want, but be connected + kind. And if kindness is not possible, then honest + respectful. You’re one of many, unique but the same.

let me help you

March 12, 2018

Let me love you.

Let me support you.

Here, I have enough.

You take it.

You need it more than I do.

Following your dreams.

I’m fine.

It’s okay.

Love, over and over.

This is a picture. And it makes me cry with its meaning.

life is an echo

December 27, 2015

This is never more true than when you are teaching. Whatever you give out…whatever you genuinely give out, not just in words, but in your person, your energy, the very essence of you, all the unspoken words, your moral compass and the values you live by…you will receive back. As a secondary school teacher, this may be with a delayed reaction of many weeks, months, or years! You may see it, you may not. But if you do, it will be returned to you in the most surprising, poignant, tender, playful, or totally-in-your-face ways. You will never be ready for it. And there will be times where you will never hear of it, but the effects of what you have given out will continue to resonate in the lives of the students you have connected with.

So when you teach, you are teaching through your entire being what it means to be a good person; your curiosity and desire to learn, how you recover from setbacks, the value of persistence, being organised, being messy, having a plan, flying by the seat of your pants, working independently and in collaboration, negotiating, articulating, imagining, creating, problem-solving.

Your subject area is merely a positive byproduct of the teaching process…dare I say it! It’s important, and a semester or whole-year focus of new skills and information, but it won’t resonate if the students don’t see you as a person they can love + respect in come capacity.

wall of kindness

December 27, 2015


I came across this article in my travels today…can you imagine if each school or community created one of these? What if it became a community project to understand the unity of human suffering, of practicing kindness + compassion, and that we are all connected in life, through a wall of shared clothing + goods? To ask students to look through their own clothing and choose out things that are genuinely of good condition and can be passed on, not just because they don’t like them any more, and that there is someone else out there who deserves not just access to warm and serviceable clothing, but something of value?

Wall of Kindness