Happy New Year!
I would like to thank all stakeholders for making 2019 a successful merger year for White Sands Primary School. For the past year, we had worked hard to build on the strengths of the two schools while developing our new identity as a new merged school.
For 2019, we relied on a common direction through our school motto and values. For this new decade, a new vision and mission for the school will be added to sharpen the focus.
Our vision, “Every White Sandian, a success story” is not an outcome but a mindset, belief and attitude that we hope to imbue in our students, staff and stakeholders. It is also about a journey of learning, growing and excelling together as a school community. Our definition of a successful person is one who can lead happy, meaningful and fulfilling life. The skills and character needed in the future have to be cultivated from young.
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. Our mission, “To nurture passionate learners with exemplary character who lead with a heart and contribute to society” explains our pursuit in three key areas. ‘Passionate learners’ is necessary to build the foundational knowledge, critical and creative thinking skills for our students to extend their future learning. ‘Exemplary Character’ anchored on values is necessary to imbue our students with the qualities such as resilience, compassion and adaptability so that they could maneuver in the future with confidence. ‘Lead with a heart and contribute to society’ will help our students to develop a greater sense of purpose through contributing and making positive differences to the lives of people around them. Guided by our mission, 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.
Parents are the first educators of the children hence we would work closely with our parents to develop the values and character in our children. Based on Daniel Kim’s core theory of success, a rise in the quality of relationships will lead to an improved quality of thinking, leading to an increase in the quality of actions and results. Achieving high-quality results has a positive effect on the quality of relationships, creating a reinforcing engine of success. This means that strengthening the school-home partnership through trust and communication will enhance this quality of relationship and bring about a positive impact in the development our children. On this note, I would like to invite parents to join our school’s parent support group or Fathers@WSPS not only to support the school but also to widen your support platform in developing your child.
2020 marks the start of a new decade and I hope that it will be one where every White Sandian will forge stronger ties with one another and develop their own success story. As our motto beckons us, we will Learn, Grow and Excel together!
Ms Audrey Wong
White Sands Primary School