2014 Principal's Message
Keeping the Flame Alive
The theme for 2014,
Keeping the Flame Alive: Connecting Hearts for Life!
Kuo Chuan Schools celebrate our 90th anniversary in 2014, we invite you, our readers, to celebrate with us the connections and rich relationships that have contributed to the schools’ progress over the last 90 years. It is these connections, we believe, that will give us the impetus to continue to shape lives and be a blessing to the nations in the years ahead! The year theme, ‘Keeping the Flame Alive; Connecting Hearts for Life!’ is a call to the Kuo Chuan family to lead, learn and serve with passion. It is also a reminder of the compassion that led our founding fathers, the Rev Tay Sek Tin and Rev Tan Leng Tian, to set up the Kuo Chuan schools in 1924 to cater to children who lacked opportunity for education. In 2014, our schools are challenged to reach out with compassion and build strong ties with the community in our efforts to provide a school experience characterised by academic rigor, inculcation of Christian values and moulding of individuals with a heart to serve, and make a difference to the community in which they live.
The Kuo Chuan ‘Flame’ is a constant reminder of God’s presence in our midst. Even as Moses met God at the burning bush and went forth from there to fulfil God’s purpose for his generation, we hope that every KCPian will likewise find his life’s purpose during his years at KCPSS and graduate with a deep sense of commitment to make a positive contribution to his community, his nation and the world. By so doing, the Flame of blessing is passed on and kept alive through the next generation.
As we begin 2014, the school has sharpened its focus towards excellence for all KCPians. We are reminded of Paul’s exhortation to the Colossians, “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward…(Col 3:23). As stewards of the rich Kuo Chuan heritage, we would like to see KCPians take greater responsibility for their learning and growth and give of their best to their work and character development. Paul reminds us that such an ambition will entail hard work. He says that if athletes are willing to subject their bodies to great discipline to train to win perishable medals, how much more, must we, who are in the business of shaping lives for God’s glory, be willing to go the extra mile in the pursuit of excellence in all that we do.
Together with you, our partners, we look forward to shaping the next phase of the Kuo Chuan legacy. We will continue to build on our vibrant learning environment a new and deeper commitment to excellence in every child and every adult in the KCP family. We invite you to journey with us as we draw on past successes to surge forward and take hold of God’s promises for new adventures in the years ahead!
May the Lord bless the work of our hands in the year ahead!
Mrs Elsie S Rajaratnam