“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor…that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation.” Nelson Mandela.
Like Nelson Mandela, many esteemed individuals have commented on the importance and value of education including our founding Prime Minister. Education is more than just going through school. Neither does education start nor end in school. Education is also more than grades and knowledge.
Guided by these, together with my colleagues, we will work to prepare White Sandians for life instead of preparing for test or exams. We will design learning experiences to help them pick up skills and values such that they are future ready. Such experiences will not be confined to academic subjects alone as we believe in the important of providing our pupils with holistic learning through non-academic subjects such as Physical Education, Co-Curricula Activities and Aesthetics.
Beyond knowledge and skills, we will ground our White Sandians in values and character such that they leave White Sands respecting a fellow human regardless of what profession or social standing of their fellow citizen. Gratitude, respect and being pro-active in caring and helping others are important traits to imbue in our White Sandians as “A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones” (Nelson Mandela).
While the school can only do so much by itself, parents of White Sandians partnering us in our journey will be a great contribution towards achieving our goals as the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. Together, we will learn, grow and excel.
Mr Shoeb Burhanuddin
White Sands Primary School
2019 is a significant year for us as it marks a fresh beginning through the merger of both Coral Primary School and White Sands Primary School. The merger harnesses the strengths of the respective schools in curriculum and co-curriculum areas. It also brings together the collective wisdom and professionalism of the staff that have nurtured many students successfully.
With the merger, it provides our students, staff and stakeholders with the chance to embrace challenges and ride on the opportunities that come along. 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 build on the good work done by both schools in 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.
Mrs Evelyn Tay
White Sands Primary School