Happy New Year!
It is my honour to be leading the merged White Sands Primary School. The merger process has taken over two years to plan and implement. The school leaders of both Coral Primary School and White Sands Primary School have made effort and careful planning to ensure the smooth transition for both school communities. Activities were organised for various stakeholders to interact in since the second half of 2017. This all played a big role in ensuring that first day of school in 2019 was a smooth one for all.
Borrowing a line from Robert Collier, “Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out.” The successful school opening we had was the accumulated efforts, big and small, by every staff, parent-volunteer and student leader playing their part to help our students feel at home. A big pat on the back for everyone! The merger has brought both schools to a renewed position of strength and we look forward to enhancing our relationship with the community and partners so that we can widen the opportunities of learning for our students.
With the changing future landscape, it is vital that we equip our students with the necessary skills required to prepare them well for the future. The three areas of focus are Academic Excellence, Character Development and Active Citizenry. Academic Excellence is the mindset of the continual pursuit of deep learning. Its pursuit is necessary to build the foundational knowledge, critical and creative thinking skills for our students to extend their future learning. Character Development anchored on values is necessary to imbue our students with the qualities such as resilience, compassion and adaptability so that they could manoeuvre in the future with confidence. Active Citizenry will help our students to develop a greater sense of purpose through contributing and making positive differences to the lives of people around them. With these three areas of focus, we hope that our students will become confident and caring citizens who would rally and work together to make a positive impact to the school community and beyond.
I wish every Whitesandian a fulfilling 2019, where every student will discover new learnings and forge stronger ties with one another. As our motto beckons us, we will learn grow and excel together!
Ms Audrey Wong
White Sands Primary School