Dear parents and students,
Greetings and Happy New Year! To all students, a warm welcome back to school. For our P1 students, we are very delighted to have you as new members of the Hougang family! We want to wish you great joy of learning throughout your six years with us!
The school has had another year of success and excitement in 2018! As promised, all six levels of students underwent coding lessons as part of their enrichment programme. These lessons equipped them with problem-solving skills. In addition, the P5 students learnt to assemble drones and how to operate them. It was an enlightening journey for these students as they were tinkering with drones for the first time. This exposure would help students with the interest in computing to sign up for the InfoComm Club CCA or external coding lessons run by community clubs.
In this area of computing, I am pleased to announce that the school has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) to collaborate on a project, Robotics in Education @ HGP. The MOU was signed on 22 October. NP will build a robot for the school, and with input from the teachers, will help programme the robot for the school’s use. The school’s ICT and Innovation department, which is in-charge of this project, will draw up a plan for the robot to be used to improve administrative and operational efficiency. The school will also explore the use of the robot in enhancing teaching and learning so as to improve student engagement. The robot is expected to be delivered in August 2019. Robotics in Education @ HGP is yet another milestone that the school has achieved as it constantly re-invents itself in response to the dynamic educational landscape.
All staff and School Leaders converged in the last week of school for a re-envisioning exercise to chart the school’s direction and focus for the next three years. We brainstormed at length on the opportunities that will help the school ride the next S curve. After a day of hard work, the staff decided to adopt the following as the school’s new vision and mission:
School Vision : Future-Ready Thinkers with a Heart for Others
School Mission : Every HGPian to be nurtured holistically, rooted in values and equipped with skills for a dynamic world
The school values, motto and philosophy will be retained. The School Leaders and Key Personnel have since met to outline the strategies and key programmes that are aligned to the new school vision.
2019 will see the removal of the end-of-year assessment for P2 students, thus both P1 and P2 levels will not have any weighted assessment. Instead, students will sit for bite-sized assessments that will evaluate their understanding and application of concepts taught. The enrichment programme for P1 and P2 students will focus on development of character and good work habits. The school believes that formation of good habits must be developed from young as these ethics will stand them in good stead when they move on to the mid and upper levels.
The school aims to partner parents closely, because we believe that together, we can achieve so much more for our children.
Warm RegardsMdm Rashidah Abdul Rasip (Principal)