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2021 ushers in refreshed dreams and renewed hope for our staff and students as we start school in a new normal. While we are not out of the woods yet where Covid-19 is concerned, I am proud that as a school, we have enabled our students to keep learning safely in a challenging environment. I am also glad that we have stood shoulder to shoulder with our parents and stakeholders in these trying circumstances. Thank you very much for your strong and unwavering support and belief in us!
Our staff have also stepped up – be it in the learning of new IT skills or cleaning with disinfectant, amending the timetable or adjusting duties to reduce intermingling. They have also stepped out of comfort zones – some continued to staff the school during the circuit breaker to provide supervision and safety for students who needed support and care. Indeed, we helped our students learn not just the usual lessons but life lessons.
While Covid-19 has thrown us some challenges, it has also given us opportunities. As the saying goes “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade out of them”. For example, our students have acquired skill sets that came along with Zoom and Loom app. Our staff have innovated using various modes such as You-Tube to stream events like Prize Giving Day live to our stakeholders. As we re-calibrate and return to our trajectory of growth, all these learning and dispositions acquired will certainly provide our staff with the vantage point in viewing the opportunities and challenges that come along.
Amidst these opportunities and challenges, our students need to be socially adept in forging new friendships, able to communicate well with one another and adjust to the new environment. Indeed, these are essentially the social emotional learning competencies and skills that would enable them to navigate in an increasingly VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) environment.
While we place emphasis on academic learning, character development plays an equally important part, if not more, in ensuring that our students are self-disciplined individuals. The C4RE values of Care, Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Rallying Together and Excellence have been infused across the total curriculum in the cognitive, physical, emotional and social domains. Through all these diverse learning experiences, our students will be inculcated with the right dispositions and attitudes who are well-poised for the challenges of the future.
As we embark on the next phase of growth at White Sands Primary School, we aspire to strengthen the character building of students to allow them to contribute meaningfully to the community. We are confident that with the strong support of our SAC members, parents and teachers, we would be able to make the Whitesandian experience a joyful one.
Together, we will learn, grow and excel together.
Mrs Evelyn Tay
White Sands Primary School
2020 has been an unprecedented year for all of us in Singapore and worldwide. While we are not exactly out of the world crisis, we are heartened to see how teachers, staff, parents and students have continued to rally together as a school to keep everyone safe. In keeping our spirits high, we continue to leverage on each other’s strengths and learn from one another in finding our way forward.
Being in White Sands for a year now has given me an opportunity to work with and get to know my staff and students better. They have shown their care, commitment and passion in making the school succeed in many endeavors. The spirit of innovation is evident in how we explore diverse teaching strategies and methodologies to make learning experiences more meaningful and engaging. The current situation has also taught us the meaning of being resilient and steadfast in the face of uncertainties and vulnerabilities. We will need to learn, unlearn and relearn in order to come back stronger.
My vision for all White Sandians is for them to grow and pursue their aspirations with tenacity and vigour. We will continue to build on a rich holistic curriculum in a nurturing environment with a strong sense of community with the commitment to values inculcation to better prepare every student to become strong participants in the world they live in today and beyond.
I envision for White Sandians to strive for excellence in life and making continuous efforts towards betterment in every aspect by having a positive growth mindset. I would like to see every pupil develop sound character and leadership qualities which are anchored by the 6 school values- Care, Respect, Responsibility, Resilience, Rallying Together and Excellence, so as to better prepare them for life. Anchoring on our belief that every White Sandian is a success story, we hope to develop every child holistically in their moral, emotional, social, cognitive, aesthetic and physical domains.
As a member of the White Sands family that is committed to nurture passionate learners with exemplary character who lead with a heart and contribute to society, I look forward to a journey of helping our students discover and fulfil their dreams. Going forward, we will continue to build on our diversity of strengths and leverage on the strong partnership with our parents and stakeholders to bring out the best in White Sandians so that each of them is a success story.
Let us Learn, Grow and Excel together!
Ms Rezina Khan
White Sands Primary School