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Principal’s Message

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This year’s theme reflects the school’s pursuit of excellence as it approaches its centennial celebrations. Across generations, Nanhuarians are not only connected by the same traditions that are anchored on Confucian values, but also imbued with the same spirit of striving for excellence and doing the school proud in whatever way they can. Together with a team of dedicated staff, Parent- Support Group, Alumni, community partners and the support of the School Advisory Committee, we continuously strive to provide a student-centric, values-driven education for our Nanhuarians to be confident, creative, cultured with a passion for learning. 

As we look forward to our centennial celebrations, we reflect on what excellence means to us and strive to continue our pursuit of excellence, keeping in mind two main tenants, a respect for tradition and a commitment to innovation. In building a school of excellence, we are mindful that excellence is centred on a culture of care. Thus, the focus on Character Education Programme that centres on developing good relationships that inculcate a sense of belonging and school pride. Our students, proud of being part of a tradition that stood the test of time, often come back to serve the school as clearly illustrated by the 80 graduands who volunteered to serve as facilitators at Camp Achiever, bringing warmth, love and a sense of belonging across generations. 

We understand that a 100-year old institution is but a mere building if its people are not forward looking, hence, we embrace excellence and seek to make school life vibrant and innovation-driven. This year, efforts at innovation were extended to the class level through Project Dream where each student is given a voice though a class meeting structure. As innovation and care go hand in hand, we show our care for the environment in innovative ways, working towards bringing ideas for sustainable education to the community such as our eco-friendly plastic bottle planters that decked the corridors. Our green efforts have been recognised by organisations such as the Worldwide Fund for Nature and we were awarded the much coveted International Green Flag Award.

As a Professional Learning Community (PLC), we continue our exploration of trends in educational research and development. Anchored on the growth mindset that we all can learn and be better, teachers continue to innovate classroom practices by deepening their understanding of teaching approaches and Senior Teachers shared with the staff on building professional capacities. Our quest in strengthening our disciplinary literacy through academic conversations and dialogic talk in the classroom culminated in the inaugural CommOlympics Day where students are encouraged to articulate their thinking through effective communication skills.

In the 2015 GCE ‘O’ Level Examination, 99.8% of our students attained at least five ‘O’ level passes and 53% scored six or more distinctions with 12 students scoring 10As. Complementing our outstanding academic achievements, six Uniformed Groups achieved Gold Award and one SILVER Award at the various Best Unit Competitions and all our nine Performing Arts CCAs did us proud by attaining Certificates of Distinction in the Singapore Youth Festival Arts Presentation. In Sports, we have done well in clinching top positions in athletics, badminton and table tennis. All these bear testimony to how character and values education have developed skills, competencies and attitudes for our students to continue to thrive and grow.

We are very privileged to work with numerous partners who support us continually, namely our School Advisory Committee, Parents Support Group and Alumni. With such mutual partnerships, we look forward to an exciting journey towards our 100th Anniversary and beyond.

"In building a school of excellence, we are mindful that excellence is centred on a culture of care. Thus, the focus on Character Education Programme that centres on developing good relationships that inculcate a sense of belonging and school pride."

Mrs Tan Jong Lek
Principal

今年的主题反映了在迈步百年校庆的道路上,学校一贯追求卓越的精神。这种以儒家思想为核心的传统文化,紧密地联系着一代代的南华人;而追求卓越的精神以及为学校赢取荣耀的思想更深植于南华人心中。我们敬业的教职员在热心教育的合作伙伴、家长支援组、校友会以及学校咨询委员会的支持下,努力不懈地创造一个以学生为本、以价值观为导向的教育环境,期许将南华人培养成为有信心、有创意、有文化素养又对学习充满热忱的学生。

在展望百年校庆之际,我们深深明白追求卓越对于南华的重要意义。与此同时,我们将坚守学校办学的两个基本理念:立足传统,持续创新,期待在下一个百年中引领学校向更高峰迈进。我们深知,一所卓越的学校必须重视人际间的关怀和互助并建立温馨的人文氛围。因此,我们开展品格教育计划,培养学生对学校的归属感和自豪感。让人欣慰的是,我们的学生经常回来为学校服务,并为自己具备关怀和互助的优良传统自豪。今年初八十个毕业生自愿回校担任年级品格训练营的陪训员,便清楚说明了:南华人把温暖、关爱带给别人,并深深热爱着母校的精神代代相传不辍。

我们明白倘若不锐意进取,一所有百年历史的学校就仅剩了无生气的百年大楼。因此,我们在继续追求卓越的同时,也确保学校充满活力、不断创新。今年,我们通过在各班推行的“逐梦计划”让每个学生在班级会议中提出自己的想法,参与学校的创新。在创新与关怀并重的指导原则下,我们以新颖的方式去保护环境,如用废旧塑料瓶种植花草装饰走廊,落实打造可持续发展社区的计划。我们的环保努力得到了世界自然基金会等组织的认可,并获得了享誉全球的国际绿旗奖章。

作为一个专业学习社群,我们继续探索和研究教育发展的趋势。南华中学的老师都要求自己不断成长,坚持学习,努力成为更好的老师。老师们在课堂教学实践中继续创新,并加深对教学方法的理解;我们的高级教师则与大家分享加强专业能力的好点子。通过与专家学者的学术对话和与学生的课堂交流,努力加强教师的学科素养也是我们追求卓越的一种方式。例如,在“口语呈现大比拼日”,同学们在
老师们的鼓励下,以有效的沟通技巧清楚地表达自己的创新想法。

在2015年的O水准考试中,我校成绩优秀。99.8%的学生至少考获五科及格,而53%的学生获得六科或以上特优成绩,其中12位同学更获得十科特优。同学们不仅学业优秀,在其他方面也表现优异。我校制服团体六个在团体比赛中荣获金奖,一个获得银奖。所有九个表演艺术团体都在新加坡青年节比赛中荣获特优的佳绩。在体育竞赛方面,田径、羽毛球队、乒乓球队等也名列前茅。所有这些证明了品格和价值观的教育如何一直鼓舞着南华人去不断提升才艺和能力,不断地奋勇拼搏、不断成长。

我们非常荣幸能与学校咨询委员会、家长支援组和校友会等一直支持我们的伙伴共同努力。让我们携手并进,一起迎接百年校庆和更美好的未来!

Mrs Tan Jong Lek 
洪葆女士
Principal 
校长