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The first semester has certainly been enriching and fulfilling! We started off the year on a vibrant and compassionate note with our Chinese New Year hamper-making and food distribution drive to the less privileged in our community. During the week-long school-wide level camps, students had the opportunity to acquire new skills via the various workshops, learn out of the classroom as they embarked on their learning journeys and forge closer bonds through team games. Our annual Speech Day was a day of celebration, as students received affirmation for their effort and appreciation was extended to our stakeholders. The annual Edgefield Run was an energising event that brought the whole school together on a glorious morning. Last but not least, the host of post-examination activities, which include our Future Ready Programme learning journeys, PET Rocket Project, Shakespeare in the Park and Role Model Leadership Camp, kept our students excited and fully engaged.
My heartiest congratulations to the following groups and individuals for their accomplishment in various areas:
· Festive Drum for representing Singapore at Chingay 2018
· Taekwondo for achieving a total of 10 Gold, 10 Silver and 18 Bronze awards in the National School Games Taekwondo Championships 2018
· Our students and teacher mentors for receiving a Certificate of Commendation in the 19th international Elementz Science Research Conference and Exhibition
· Robotics team for attaining 1st and 2nd place in the 12th National Robotics Programming Competition
· Girl guides for attaining 1st placing in the North Division Amazing Race
· Our Year 3 students Cassandra Soh Ying Rong, Nicole Seraphina Ang Jia Ning and Nor Iszafi Bin Ismail for being awarded the Singapore Olympic Foundation – Peter Lim Scholarship 2018
At Edgefield, our educational belief is succinctly encapsulated in our vision, ‘Collaborative Innovators, Compassionate Leaders’. A culture of innovation undergirds our philosophy. In order to nurture our students to become outstanding innovators in the global workplace, they need to exercise innovation not only at an individual level, but also collaborate collectively to harness the innovative expertise and experience of diverse personalities. Hence, being a proficient collaborator would naturally give one an edge in the workplace.
In a similar vein, we believe that effective leaders of today’s and tomorrow’s world should possess the distinctive trait of compassion, to successfully navigate a complex world that is characterised by terrorism, social divide and other deep-rooted societal issues. Developing in students a deep sense of compassion and empathy would allow them to reframe issues by re-examining underlying beliefs and presumptions, to bring about more enduring and meaningful changes.
To turn our vision into reality, we have a well thought-out Future Ready Programme consisting of elective modules, alternative assessment, learning journeys and scenario-based learning, which are designed to develop essential 21st century competencies. Students apply multidisciplinary knowledge and skills to solve real-world challenges and scenarios collaboratively. In advocating our nation’s vision of becoming a Smart Nation, technology is harnessed and ICT-enabled pedagogies infused into teaching and learning to enable active and deep learning for our students.
As Socrates says “Wisdom begins with Wonder”. At Edgefield, we are committed to providing our students with a vibrant school life and stimulating educational experiences that will spark their curiosity and ignite a passion for life-long learning. Through these enriching experiences and multiple platforms to stretch our students’ ability, we believe they will embrace challenges confidently and find their unique place in society.
Mr Lee Peck Ping
Edgefield Secondary School