Dear Dazhong families
Welcome to our 80th anniversary year! We kick-started our celebrations with a Community Walk by all our students and staff on 3 Jan with our P1 – P5 students walking one round each in different parts of our school premises. They had the opportunity to reflect on our school song, vision, mission and values. Then on 8 Jan, our P6 classes walked around our neighbourhood to visit the Preschools, Hong Kah CC as well as Swiss Cottage Secondary so as to share and distributed our 80th anniversary Celebrations plan! It was a most meaningful start of the year as we make a pledge to ‘serve beyond ourselves’ during this memorable year of our school’s history.
The theme for our 80th Anniversary is ‘Dare to Soar’. We strongly believe that our students are always striving to be self-directed learners, gracious and resilient. They put much effort into serving beyond selves through their acts of kindness, love and support for their teachers as well as their cooperation with the school Character and Citizenship Education (CCE) and discipline departments to uphold good values and display excellent behaviour at all times, within and beyond school. We believe that together, with your support, we can continue to be a school with a rich heritage, well-established educational practices and multitudes of school, group and individual achievements including academic, character development and community service awards.
“Don’t wait until everything is just right.
It will never be perfect. There will always be challenges, obstacles and less than perfect conditions.
So what. Get started now.
With each step you take, you will grow stronger and stronger, more and more skilled, more and more
self-confident and more and more successful.”
Mark Victor Hansen
In order for our students to ‘dare to soar’, every adult in their lives must join hands to raise them in a way that they feel they have a strong sense of self and of belonging and at the same time instilling in them through unconditional love, trust and respect and confidence to truly spread their wings and fly. Thus, we strive to make Dazhong a safe and inviting place for the students to experience the joy of learning, nurturing their entrepreneurial dare through providing them with unstructured playtime and innovation platforms such as students’ suggestions scheme, talent management (i.e. the SOAR programme) and student-initiated VIA projects. We provide many opportunities for students to strengthen their Singapore Spirit via involvement in NE commemorative events, CCAs and CCE lessons and reflections, including our new ‘Catch You Do Good’ and Gratitude journaling.
Our staff at Dazhong is always reminded that our students ‘don’t care how much you know till they know how much you care.’ As such, we hope that you will continue to support our caring culture at Dazhong and strive for excellence in every student. Our staff has very high expectations for all students. While we want to ensure our students build a strong foundation for the core academics, building a well-rounded citizen ready for the challenges of life beyond primary school is as critical to student success.
Our school’s Learning for Life Programme (LLP) centred on Arts Education – drama, visual arts, music education via violin and choir, and dance training from Primary 1-6, help our students grow in graciousness and resilience. The various opportunities provided for them to showcase their talents and skills will grow their confidence to learn to serve others and the community at a young age. As the only primary school in Singapore with a Junior Orchestra, we can look forward to showcase their talents and skills at iconic venues such as the National gallery this year. In addition, our Outdoor Education Programme has been reviewed to deepen and extend students’ learning in the classrooms to real life application, heighten curiosity, and stimulate inventive thinking in our students. All in all, we are confident that the joyful learning experiences we have created at Dazhong will motivate our students to attain deep learning in both their academics and character growth.
We continue to seek your strong partnership centred on high academic and character excellence that will allow our students to achieve the ultimate goal of becoming ‘Achievers anchored in values, soaring beyond limits!’
Do give your constructive feedback and encouragement to our team at Dazhong as we strive to make our school the very best place for students to grow and glow! If you have anything that you wish for the leadership team to discuss, please email us at email@example.com. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Parent Support Group (PSG), please email us too.
Dare to Soar!
Mrs Rina Liang