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2019 Principal's Message

 Journeying Together…… Empowering Future-Ready Learners!

“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” The Little Prince.

Minister for Education Mr Ong Ye Kung has called on schools to look again, at how we are preparing our students to ‘meet the challenges of an uncertain, fluid future’. In his address to members of the education fraternity in September 2018, he spelt out the need to develop resilient, adaptable individuals who are passionate lifelong learners. In our efforts to prepare the envisioned individual for a future-uncertain workplace, the leadership team at KCPSS is exploring new ways to reach the heart of every student through his school experience in 2019.

Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Proverbs 19:20

Minister articulated that the life-long learner is one who is used to being in a ‘state of discomfort’ or out of his depth as he strives to find the next best answer to the issue at hand – a learner who remains curious and excited about learning something new every day. Given the school mission to promote ‘engagement in learning, achievement through learning and enjoyment of learning’ 2019 will see KCPSS going back to the timeless basics of core values to position students to navigate the future. Emphasis will be on personal responsibility for everything within one’s locus of control and greater opportunities to collaboratively shape learning experiences with peers and teachers. All this will require high levels of personal discipline on the part of every individual and we look forward to the active support of parents and stakeholders in journeying with us to take our students to new heights in future-readiness.

Don't make a habit out of choosing what feels good over what's actually good for you." Eric Thomas

It is said that ‘the head and heart cannot exist without each other’, yet, in reality, many of us find ourselves dealing with the constant struggle between these counterparts of human consciousness. How we bring the two to bear in daily choices will significantly affect readiness to embrace future opportunities and challenges. 

Being future-ready will require students to be values-based, critical thinkers, who evaluate options and make choices that will move them towards their goals and bigger dreams. Students will need to be intentional in making right choices to show up on time, to show up looking for new learning every day, to reflect on past learning and make connections to new knowledge on a day-to-day basis, and to challenge themselves to extend learning beyond the classroom. Teachers will be experimenting with new learning structures and spaces as well as innovative pedagogical approaches. Students will have opportunities to meaningfully engage with concepts, take initiative for learning and collaboratively explore new ideas with peers. Success in learning in this new environment will largely depend on the moment-by- moment choices students make. This will call forth high levels of personal management and responsible decision-making, both being critical traits of the ‘future-proof’ citizen. 

Choosing what is actually good for you requires a high level of self-awareness, knowing your strengths, interests and passions and pursuing them. Both curricular and co-curricular platforms will provide opportunities to enhance self-awareness and students should take advantage and apply themselves fully to every opportunity that comes their way. The ‘uncertain, fluid, future’ will demand a range of complex skills brought to play. Good choices and right effort at each juncture of the school experience will bring joy to the learning experience and the courage to continue to explore, try, fail, if necessary, and try again. We invite you, our readers to journey with us as we encourage greater self- awareness, greater risk-taking and the pursuit of joy in learning for every child in the year ahead.

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom...’ Proverbs 9:10a

Empowering Future-Ready Learners at KCPSS to ‘meet the challenges of an uncertain, fluid future’ will certainly mean going back to the core of education. It will require us to pay greater attention to the issues that will endure the test of time, to ‘what is essential’ the things that are ‘invisible to the eye’, the things that only the heart can see. It is said that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and wisdom is to depart from evil. As we prepare our students for the future, we strive to help them grow as God-fearing, resilient, forgiving, conscientious and empathetic servant leaders and scholars. It is our prayer, that every one of them will find and personalise their passion for a purpose, through discipline and hard work and in so doing, realise their potential and contribute to the well-being of the larger community. 

We invite you our readers to journey with us into 2019! 

Elsie S Rajaratnam (Mrs)
Kuo Chuan Presbyterian Secondary School