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A Joyous New Year and welcome to Guangyang Primary School.
It is indeed a moment of extreme pride and joy that we enter into the 102th year of the school’s existence as we carry on its long and illustrious mission of educating future generations. There is a Chinese proverb “十年树木，百年树人 shí nián shù mù，bǎi nián shù rén”, which when translated says, it takes “10 years to grow a tree, but a hundred to nurture a man”. At its essence, it illustrates that educating a person and cultivating a society is a work that takes centuries. This school is proud to be one that can boast of a hundred year legacy in that great work of uplifting society and contributing to the future of this nation.
2019 was yet another year of breakthroughs and new heights in our achievements as the school once again outperformed comparable schools and schools at the national level on various fronts at the Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE). This was the fourth year in a row that the performance of the school’s pupils exceeded that of the previous year.
In addition to academics, the school continues its commitment to holistic education with its support of the Visual and Performing Arts. Our pupils are always visible at community events such as the Annual National Day Dinner and other community events, performing. The vibrancy of the school is evident to all in Bishan with its various Values-In-Action (VIA) programmes, working with the elderly and hosting various events with the elderly in attendance.
In all these, we at Guangyang remain committed to our school vision, “A Vibrant School, A Learning Community Committed to Excellence”. Ours is a school with a big heart and presence, where the core values of Teamwork, Honesty, Diligence, Loyalty and Courage are lived out each day and taught to our pupils as values that will steer them well in their lives ahead. Working together diligently and courageously, forging ahead together in loyal and honest commitment to building a strong school and community, we will build a better future.
All this is made possible by my team of dedicated colleagues, and their commitment to a culture of excellence in a relentless pursuit of improving our teaching and learning processes and structures. Even as we reap the results from our past efforts in refining our pupil-centric and ability-based approach towards teaching and learning, we are not resting on our laurels. We continue our commitment to delivering to each and every child who walks in through our gates a quality education, that is inclusive of all, and focused on nurturing a joy of learning. This continued commitment has reaped direct benefits for our pupils, and reaffirms that we are on the right track with our efforts.
I end my message with 2 quotes from Mahatma Gandhi – “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” And “The future depends on what we do in the present.” In our gentle way, Guangyang is helping to shape the world of tomorrow in what we do for every child. In what we do now, we are shaping a brighter future.