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Principal’s Foreword20/20 Vision in Year 2020
At the beginning of this year, we welcome into our community 7 new Secondary One classes. At the same time, we bade farewell to our largest cohort of Sec 4 and Sec 5 students as they graduate and move on to varied educational pathways in our world-class junior colleges, polytechnics and institutes of technical education.
We also begin this year with the assurance and confidence that our school has merged well in 2019 and is well placed to further enhance the holistic learning experiences of our students. We draw this confidence not only from the feedback of our students and our valued staff. We are also encouraged by what our parents tell us and by the large number of new students who have indicated Jurongville as their preferred secondary school.
This year is also the beginning of a new decade, the 2020s. The figure, 2020, is often used to describe vision or eyesight. At the optician’s, if we can distinguish the letters clearly on Row 8 of the “Eye Chart”, we have ‘normal’ eyesight and will not need any prescription lenses. If we can only clearly distinguish the letters on Row 1 to Row 7, we are short-sighted.
In the year 2020, I hope all of us in our school community will aim to look ahead, think and act with clear-sightedness. We should avoid short-sighted actions that bring us immediate comfort or gratification, but may be harmful to us, our family or our school community later on. This may include, for instance, choosing to adopt unhealthy or unhelpful habits instead of routines that help us to be more ready for learning in school. If we choose to focus on more long-term goals, we are more likely to choose actions which bring about better outcomes for us and others. Of course, it is not always easy to make good decisions on our own. As a community, let’s come together and help each other develop 20/20 Vision this year. Our students, in particular, will benefit from the different school programmes, as well as the feedback of our teachers, as they learn to make clear-sighted choices that will eventually help them to do good and do well in life.
This year, we also have a new school vision that can bind us more closely as a school. In the course of 2019, we brainstormed, discussed and eventually agreed that the following statement best captures our hopes and aspirations: A vibrant and nurturing community of passionate and resilient learners.
With this vision statement in mind, we are working towards a school which is happening and always improving. In this school community, we will care for each other and nurture the talents and interests of all. Upon the realisation of our vision, many motivated, undeterred and mentally tough students and staff will be found everywhere in our beautiful school campus.
Our school vision can become a reality if we work at it every day in our actions and interactions. With this positive possibility in mind, I would like to wish all our students, staff and stakeholders a happy, fulfilling and meaningful 2020. May this be the first of many good years to come in this new decade!
Chan Yew Wooi