Dear Pupils, Parents and Partners,
I am deeply humbled and honoured to be appointed Principal of Yishun Primary School (YPS). One of the first things that struck me when I first entered the school was the warmth and positivism of its people - Pupils are courteous and display strong positive learning attitudes. Staff members are collegial who know their pupils well, and stakeholders who serve with devotion. Indeed, what I have experienced in YPS augers well for the school. Over the years, we have cultivated a nurturing and caring environment for our pupils to learn and thrive.
Moving forward, the focus of YPS will continue to be on holistic learning, grounded on sound moral values. In this regard, three statements from our school song resonate strongly with me:
In work or in play, we will strive every day (Commitment in Endeavours)
Learning is never easy. But we can pick up good habits and skills to help ourselves. We can do this by putting in our best effort in every task or assignment handed to us. Like the saying goes “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step”. We need to be brave to take the first step to learn new things in order to remain relevant in this fast-changing world.
The ability to learn confidently and continuously through life is one of the best gifts that we can offer to the younger generation. In this regard, we will continue to imbue in our pupils the knowledge, skills and attitudes, so that they can discover their passion and interest, and embrace learning in studies and play. This would in turn lead to life-long learning for balanced and fulfilling lives.
Ready to serve whenever is the call (Service to Others)
The drive towards self-improvement is important. But at the same time, we should also be mindful of the less privileged and be ready to serve and contribute in the community.
Regardless of our achievements, it is without a doubt that many people would have contributed to our ‘success’. It could be a timely advice from a teacher, a reminder by a classmate, and even a kind gesture from a stall holder in the canteen who served us a nourishing meal. No man is an island and we need to show gratitude and remind ourselves that we too have a part to play. Every piece of knowledge that we learn, or a skill that we pick up has the potential to add value to the lives of others.
Do our best and be the best (Striving for Excellence)
A muscle will not grow and be strengthened if it is always at rest. Likewise, we believe that our pupils can only improve and thrive with an attitude of excellence.
When we do our best, we may not always end up with the best results. But, we will be in a good position to learn how we can further improve. We celebrate the efforts of our pupils and will continue to provide learning opportunities in both academic and non-academic domains. We believe the innate potential in every child, and that she/he should constantly aspire to become better versions of themselves.
I am thankful to my predecessor, Mrs Yee-Toh Gek Khiaw for laying a firm foundation in YPS over the last 6 years. We share a common vision that every pupil is a competent and confident learner, and a global citizen grounded in our INSPIRE (Integrity, Nation Loving, Sincerity, Perseverance, Independence, Respect, Excellence) values.
The school will continue to build on its efforts on character and holistic education, and I take this opportunity to thank all parents and partners for your continued support. Together, I am confident that Yishun Primary School will continue to grow and develop world-ready youths for tomorrow!
Marvin Chan Principal Yishun Primary School