Foreword from the Principal
2016 marked the start of a new direction for Jurongville Secondary (JVS) as the school embarked on a Whole-School Envisioning process, involving students, student facilitators, staff, parents, alumni and the School Advisory Committee (SAC). The school celebrated its 23rd Speech and Prize-giving Day with the opening of the Learning for Life (LLP) Wall and outdoor gym. The school was further furnished with a fresh new look under the MOE Repair and Repaint (R & R) scheme. The final colour of the school building was a joint decision, as the views of all the staff and students were taken into consideration. Our Applied Learning Programme (ALP) carried on with the Secondary Two students learning about Sports Science and integrating the knowledge with that of Food Science in the form of an authentic project that is related to their daily lives.
The school has a strong culture of care, where staff and students have developed trust and rapport through platforms such as Teacher-Student Interaction (TSI), Values in Action (VIA) projects, Co-Curricular Activities (CCAs), Breakfast and Time with Class Mentors (CM). Through these opportunities, the school values of Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline, Excellence (P.R.I.D.E.) are role-modelled by teachers and inculcated in students. JVS adapts Restorative Practices (RP) as a model to guide students to make positive changes in their behaviour as we strongly believe in the school philosophy that ‘Everyone can learn, Everyone can Achieve, Everyone can Contribute’. We will continue to uphold discipline with care.
Hence, in line with developing everyone to their fullest potential, it is important to build quality relationships as well as understand each learner’s aptitude and attitude. This will contribute towards student-centricity in character development, openness in classroom inquiry, and student engagement in school. To better understand student engagement in the classroom, there were professional walk-ins by the lead teachers and senior teachers. The idea of an open classroom lends support to the refinement of one’s teaching craft as there is transfer of learning from the school-based workshops on the Skilful Teacher.
We are proud of the achievements by our students in the various CCAs as they continue to be recognised at the national level. For instance, the ‘C’ Division Sepak Takraw boys came in Second Runner-Up at the national level, and both the Girl Guides and Girls’ Brigade clinched a Gold award for their respective units for the first time.
To enact the JVS vision, ‘Everyone Empowered and Enlightened’, a variety of opportunities and experiences were offered to the students. For example, both the school newsletter and the school marketing booklet featured articles written by students. School events such as the Teachers’ Day celebration and Secondary One Orientation were organised by students. There was also the inaugural Jubilant Concert – a school production involving students and teachers, in partnership with Republic Polytechnic and Eden School. In living the school vision, we also saw the collaboration of students with the community in the form of VIA projects, such as Run for Rice, Hair for Hope, Overseas Service Learning (OSL) to Cambodia, et cetera.
Our key stakeholders, the Parent Support Group (PSG) and alumni, were empowered when they initiated the ‘Breakfast Sessions with Principal’ and ‘Alumni Homecoming’ respectively. This has helped to deepen the understanding and bonds between the stakeholders and the school.
Moving forward, the school will be embarking on two MOE initiatives: the Student Learning Space (SLS) and the After School Engagement (ASE) Programme. Through SLS, we aim to engage students through ICT-enabled teaching and learning as we continue to strengthen our learning structures. The ASE Programme increases one’s sense of belonging to the school as it will allow students to develop stronger friendships and the motivation to learn.
We will continue to harness our JVS’s culture of care to strengthen the spirit of learning and innovation in school.
Mdm Flora Ong & Muhammad Afiq B Asman (Class 3A)