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7. He also hopes to study harder and pay more at­ten­tion in class.

Fi­nally, here’s six-year-old list of res­o­lu­tions for the year: 1. To sleep early. 2. Drink more wa­ter. 3. Read more books. 4. Eat more meat and veg­eta­bles. 5. Be more po­lite. 6. Keep her study cor­ner tidy and clean. – Com­piled by Sheela Chan­dran and Ken­neth Chaw

Danielle Ling’s


nEW Year’s Eve is a global celebration to say adieu to the old year and wel­come the new year. We usher in the New year on Dec 31, at the stroke of mid­night, when we tran­si­tion from the old year to the new.

New Year’s Eve cel­e­bra­tions are marked by gath­er­ings among friends and fam­i­lies. In most parts of the world, church bells ring, sirens shriek, horns toot and fire­works light up the streets as peo­ple wel­come the New Year.

It is also a time when we take stock of our lives and try to change what we dis­like. It can range from in­creas­ing our study hours, hav­ing an ex­er­cise rou­tine to chang­ing our at­ti­tude.

Re­cently, we asked Starchild read­ers to tell us how are they plan­ning to at­tain their goals for the new year. Here’s what they have to say. “I hope to do some things bet­ter in 2014. I will try to be very care­ful in my ex­ams so that I will be the first in class in Stan­dard Three. I will also be more hard­work­ing in prac­tis­ing the vi­olin and draw­ing,” writes eight.

Seven-year-old says: “I plan to usher in the new year with my fam­ily and grand­par­ents at home. Next year, I will study hard for my ex­ams and hope to be the first in class.”

Mean­while, 10, hopes to “at­tain a gold medal for my squash cham­pi­onship in Fe­bru­ary and achieve 5As for all my Stan­dard Five school ex­am­i­na­tions”.

“My fam­ily and I will be go­ing for a New Year party at daddy’s boss’ house. We will have a bar­be­cue din­ner and watch the fire­works,” shares

Bhu­ven­raj Ganesh,

Vanessa Yap Zi Xuan

Raeshika San­thi­rasegaran,

Re­mus Tay Hoe Man,

Lilies, roses, or­chids and pop­pies are all beau­ti­ful flow­ers, aren’t they? What is your favourite flower, and why? Send us a colour­ful draw­ing, too. All let­ters must con­tain your full name, age (open to chil­dren 12 and be­low only), gen­der and ad­dress. Don’t for­get to write your name be­hind the draw­ing and the topic, in a cor­ner of the en­ve­lope. Please do not sta­ple or cel­lotape pieces of pa­per to your draw­ing. Your let­ters must reach us by Send them to:

My Favourite Flower,

Jan 17, 2014. Starchild, c/o Star2 Star Pub­li­ca­tions (M) Ber­had 15 Jalan 16/11, Me­nara Star 46350 Pe­tal­ing Jaya

yash­nee Pe­ri­asamy, 8

Pravin Pe­ri­asamy, 11

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