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20/20 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
9 October 2020
Principal’s Message for Graduation Day
First of all, let me congratulate all the students of the Class of 2020. After 4 to 5 years, all of you have successfully completed your secondary education at Jurongville. From next week onwards, you will be given one-week of study leave to revise and prepare for your “O” level exams. And after your “O” level exams, you will transit from being a student to become an alumnus. Whether as students or alumni, you are always welcome back to Jurongville, your alma mater.
First of all, the teachers and I would like to thank you for your contribution to the school, especially through your CCAs. As student leaders and seniors, you played important roles in guiding the juniors in the different CCAs and contributed to the teams you belonged to. Those of you who were involved in inter-school competitions always gave your best when you played for the school. Unfortunately, this year, because of the COVID situation, all inter-school competitions were cancelled. However, the memories of playing in competitions or in friendly matches when you were in Sec 1, 2 and 3 will remain with you for a long time to come. In addition, many of you played leadership roles in many school events like Speech Day, Olympics Day events, and Sec 1 Orientation. The school appreciates your contribution and hopes that you have also learned very much from your active involvement in school.
I would also like to thank you for contributing to the success of the school merger. Because of our merger last year, your classes are made up of students from both Jurongville and Hong Kah. All of you adapted quickly to the new merged school, accepted your new classmates and the new members in your CCAs. And over the last 2 years, you forged close friendship with each other, and focus on your common interests and challenges as teenagers. All of you have helped the new Jurongville to improve and be a better school than before. Thank you!
The teachers know that you are preparing intensely for your “O” level exams. Next week, though there are no morning lessons, you are welcome to come back to school to revise and to make appointments to consult your teachers. I’m sure you will want to give your 100%. If you do well in your “O” levels, you will add more value to your O level EZ-link Card, and you will be able to travel further and have more choices next year. In the last 4 years, however, you have learned much more than what will be tested at the “O” levels. Besides academic learning, you have also learned that your attitude and your values matter. The teachers have emphasized in different ways, the importance of perseverance, respect, integrity, discipline and empathy. Your values will affect your attitudes and your attitudes will affect your actions. So, the values and attitudes that you have learned will affect you for life, and not just in 2021.
This year, because of the COVID-19 situation, we see how our lives can be suddenly changed by things we totally did not expect to happen. And these changes have been very devastating for many people. Many have lost their jobs and their families plunged into financial difficulties. Many who graduated from Universities and Polytechnics can’t land a job this year, and even if they do, they would receive a salary lower than in previous years. COVID-19 is definitely, more than just a medical health issue. In school, all teachers and students also have to make adjustments to what we do, and some of these adjustments are uncomfortable, for example, having to wear our masks to teach and learn every day. And today, instead of celebrating your graduation day in the hall together, we have to do it in the classrooms, and we can’t have our Graduation Night like last year. Hopefully, as a result of this pandemic, you will learn to always expect the unexpected, and to have the confidence that you have the ability to adapt to unexpected changes.
Remember however that we are not all born self-confident. It takes time to grow it just like how we grow our muscles. Even adults are developing their self-confidence all the time. Every time we encounter a problem, and we overcome it with our effort, our self-confidence will grow. In the face of difficulties, choose to give your 100% to overcome it, rather than say negative things about ourselves, or worse, abuse or damage our bodies and our spirit. Reject negative messages from others. Use a vacuum cleaner to suck up unhelpful messages from your ears, and then throw them away. Always say positive things about your ability to overcome challenges, and focus your energy on positive actions. Just like how you add value to your EZ link card so that you can go places, always do stuff that will enhance your value, so that you can go far in life.
Finally, the teachers and I give you our best wishes for what you aim to achieve in life. As alumni, keep in touch with the school, and if you are interested to continue supporting your CCA next year, do speak to the teachers about it. We certainly welcome your help as alumni in future. As students or as alumni, you are, and you will be the pride of Jurongville.
Enjoy your Graduation Day. All the best!
Chan Yew Wooi