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A warm welcome to 2017!
Aligning to the Ministry of Education’s vision of providing a student-centric, values-driven education for our students through the 4 Everys -- ‘Every School a Good School’, ‘Every Student an Engaged Learner’, ‘Every Teacher a Caring Educator’ and ‘Every Parent a Supportive Partner’, Anderson Primary envisions to be a good school that is recognised for its robustness in its academic and non-academic domains. More importantly, we strive to be a good school that is recognised for being anchored in character education and one that provides quality and authentic learning experiences for our students in the physical, aesthetics, cognitive, social and moral domains. Our school vision, ‘Learners of Passion, Leaders of Heart and Citizens of Character’, aims to develop Andersonians with strength of character, who possess the skills to meet current and future challenges and who have the capacities and attitudes to learn, unlearn and relearn new skills.
In our next chapter of growth, we strive to be guided by our strategic goals expressed in the ‘3 Beliefs’ – Firstly, our belief that every child can learn, should be given the opportunity to learn and to be an engaged learner. Secondly, our belief that every teacher is a caring and skillful educator who believes in the potential of every child, and who gives his/her best in bringing about engaged learning in every child. Thirdly, our belief that learning, as advocated by educational philosopher, John Dewey, should be experiential and experience-based. Learning should also be engaging, purposeful, multi-faceted and customized to meet all learners’ needs. Our hopes and aspirations for our students are also expressed in the school theme for 2017-2018, ‘Collaborate. Create. Innovate’, which aims to encourage each and every one of our Andersonians, as well as our staff and parents, to support one another and work together as a team to create new learning experiences and to scale the next new height. The school also hopes to equip our students with skills, knowledge and competencies that will help them to prepare for life, as well as current and future challenges, and to encourage all to live up fully to our school PQRS values of ‘Passion for Learning, Quest for Excellence, Respect for All and Service to the Community’ challenge all Andersonians to have the courage to dream impossible dreams, to have self-belief in your abilities and potential, and to have the tenacity and resilience to make all that you can imagine a reality.
2016 was a year of pride and breakthroughs for the school. In the academic area, Anderson has continued to put up a very commendable and consistent performance across the different academic subjects at the 2016 PSLE. We congratulate our graduating cohort of 2016 for successfully completing their primary education with us and embarking on their new education journey in their respective secondary schools. Numerous awards were also clinched by the students in the various national competitions held in 2016 for the different subject disciplines, including achievements in 22nd Chinese Essay Writing Competition, Wits & Words Inter-Schools Debate Competition, Overall Champion, 2nd Runner-up and 2 Consolations at the Smartkids Asia - Public Speaking Competition, Silver Award at the Babble and Speak Competition. Under the mentorship and guidance by the teachers, Anderson has also recorded notable achievements in numerous Mathematics and Science Competitions like the National Mathematical Olympiad of Singapore, Raffles Institution Primary Mathematics World Contest (RIPMWC), the Singapore Youth Science Fair, the 15th Elementz Science Exhibition and Competition and the Singapore Primary Science Olympiad. The team of students who participated in the Singapore Youth Science Fair attained a Distinction Award, a first for the school. 3 teams of young scientists that had participated at the 15th Elementz Science Exhibition and Competition, achieved two Gold Awards and a Silver Award. Beyond awards, what drives the school would be to provide our children with varied experiences to stretch and expand their learning; learning beyond textbooks and beyond the boundaries of classrooms.
The school has also continued to shine in the non-academic area, achieving commendable results and breakthroughs in the area of the arts. The school is a proud recipient of 3 Accomplishment Awards and 3 Distinction Awards in the 2016 SYF Arts Presentation. The school also attained the ‘GLOW’ Award by the National Arts Council, an affirmation and recognition of the school’s strong arts processes. At the 2016 Singapore International Band Festival, the brass band achieved a Gold Award and emerged as the top primary school band in Singapore. In November 2016, the school held its public ticketed concert, ‘People. Passion. Poise!’ at the Victoria Theatre. The concert featured close to 300 performers from seven performing arts groups – Angklung & Kulintang Ensemble, Brass Band, Chinese Dance, Drama Club, Guitar Ensemble, Guzheng Ensemble and International Dance. ‘People. Passion. Poise!’ showcased the rich, vibrant and growing arts culture in Anderson Primary School in one celebratory concert; a concert that marked a new and bold phase of the Anderson arts journey and further strengthened our commitment and belief in the value of the arts to develop critical and creative thinking skills, and performance and moral character in our children.
The school has also achieved notable results in the area of Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton Soccer and Bowling. At the National Schools Sports Competitions held in 2016, the Senior Basketball Boys Team attained 4th placing in the National Basketball Championships. The school’s ‘Learning for Life Programme’ in the area of Sports Education, attained since 2014, continues to provide varied and meaningful experiences for students in developing their sports interests and talents. Some highlights in 2016 included the P2 Swim Safer Programme, P3 Healthier Body and Mind Programme held at OCBC Arena and the P5 Annual Camp, evidence of the school’s continued vibrancy and commitment in growing character through sports.
Other proud achievements of the school in 2016 included the Lotus Sustained Achievement Award in the Singapore Environment Council-Star Hub School Green Award; 3rd place at the National Primary Games Creation Competition organised by the Singapore Science Centre; Merit Award at the 6th National Primary School Photography Competition and Commendation Award at the Innovation Programme Project Judging organized by the MOE Gifted Education Branch. Achievements were also recorded at the N6 Cluster Media and Design Festival where the participating teams clinched 1st for Videography, 1st and Overall Champions for the 3D Animation Competitions.
Our students also had the opportunity to attend a series of exciting and meaningful local and overseas learning journeys. 3 teams of students have embarked on overseas learning trips to China (Beijing), Hong Kong and Malaysia in 2016 as part of our aesthetics and cultural immersion programmes.
An organization is only as good as its people. The many achievements in the academic and non-academic areas would not have been possible if not for efforts and hard work of all staff members of the school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank and affirm all teachers and supporting staff members for your dedication and valuable contributions in providing a robust and quality education to the students under your care. Thank you for your belief, your sacrifices and strong commitment in guiding your students through the different learning experiences and more importantly, for living up the MOE vision of ‘Every Teacher a Caring Educator’.
There is an old saying that ‘It takes a village to raise a child’. I think it is more than that. To me, it takes a village with LOVE, BELIEF, GRACE and RESILIENCE to raise a child. The many Anderson stories, many of them speaking of our celebration of successes and overcoming of challenges and obstacles, would not have been possible without the immense and unwavering support and partnership of our key stakeholders like our SAC, PSG, our parent volunteers and other community partners. The school deeply appreciates the personal sacrifices and commitment you have given to the school over the years and for being a supportive partner to the school.
Moving into 2017, I look forward to forging closer and deeper ties with all staff, parents and stakeholders in building a caring and innovative school culture, and in providing a robust and well-rounded education for our students. With your support and belief, we aspire to write the chapter of the Anderson Story with conviction and pride.
Elon Musk, CEO of Electric Car Maker, Tesla and founder of SpaceX and one of the most important entrepreneurs of our age once expressed that ‘The first step is to establish that something is possible; the probability will occur’. The school wishes all Andersonians joy and excitement in this life-long journey of learning. Aspire without boundaries. Dare to imagine possibilities and make what is impossible, possible!
Have a blessed and purposeful 2017!
Mrs Tan Wie Pin