One key programme started in 2016 to support the acquisition of 21CC was the 2-Day 1 Night cultural experience for Primary 4 students. The experience included a learning journey to Chinatown, Kampong Glam and Little India and a one-night stay at the Anderson Junior College Hostel. This experiential programme allowed students to appreciate the diversity of cultures in Singapore. They also had the chance to develop their character, nurture care and concern for one another and interact with peers in a different context.
In tandem with the school’s emphasis on the holistic development of students, the school reviewed its recognition platforms for students. The Peiying STAR award was started in 2015 to give recognition to a student who is not only excellent academically, but also demonstrates strong leadership qualities and has displayed excellent conduct, encompassed by our school core values – PRIDE. In 2016, in line with the changes to the PSLE scoring system that seeks to reduce the fine differentiation of students at a young age based on exam scores, the top performers of each class were recognized at the Prize Presentation Day but no particular order of merit was mentioned.
It was also heartening to note our students apply themselves and excel in various academic, sports and CCA areas. In 2016, three teams of Primary 5 students participated in the annual Elementz Science Competition organized by Anderson Secondary School and were awarded a Silver award and a Bronze award. Our Angklung Ensemble and International Dance group were both awarded Certificates of Accomplishment at the Singapore Youth Festival competition in 2016. For the 15th consecutive year, the Red Cross Youth achieved Gold for the Excellent Unit Award. The Brownies Pack has also done us proud in achieving the Puan Noor Aishah Gold Award for the 8th consecutive year. The Volleyball Team also exhibited perseverance and a great sporting spirit to clinch the fourth place in the 2016 North Zone Championships. In the PSLE, all our students from the standard course graduated to secondary school last year.
The school’s innovative approach to enhance teaching and learning was recognized when we won an MOE Silver Innergy Award in 2016 for our “Cognitive Enrichment Programme to Stretch Potential” (CEPSP) Project.
The school will be commemorating its 30th anniversary in 2017. It will be timely for the school community to reflect on its role in the community and examine how it can continue to contribute to the nurturing of caring and responsible citizens. Hence, the theme for the celebrations would be ‘Giving from Our Hearts’, whereby, staff and students will strengthen efforts at contributing to the community.
Moving forward, the school will continue to build on its strengths as a good school, respond to shifts in the external environment, and continue to review current processes to cater to the needs of our students to build a School with PRIDE. My staff and I look forward to working in partnership with you. Please continue to communicate and provide us with feedback through the usual channels. You can also email me through the school’s email address, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr K. Govindan