It was our great hornour to host the officials from the Foreign Affairs department of the Shangrao city Education Bureau, Jiangxi province, China and the president of the Jiangxi Singapore Chamber of Commerce. Our guests had a school tour and met a group of junior school students who were having their PE lesson.
We were delighted to meet Year 1 to Year 6 parents in our Morning Tea with the Principal this Wednesday. The morning tea meeting has been a tradition for our principal Mr.Chan to communicate with parents for years. Although Mr. Chan usually sees many of the parents during the morning drop off, the morning tea session provides an opportunity for in-depth discussion and communication.
Who says Maths and Science are boring? Grades One to Six students from HWA learned that Maths and Science can be both stimulating and fun at the same time through the many activities they participated in over the past three days.
I had a great tea session with my Grade 4 to 6 parents this week. All of these parents are not new to me, for I have interacted with them informally all these months I have been here at HWA.
Learning Chinese through its cultural is how HWA stands out from other International schools as a true Bilingual and Bi-cultural school. Look at our children having great FUN in their Chinese culture lesson and WeiQi CCA!
It seems like the rain never stops in Singapore. I must have become so used to life overseas that I have forgotten how it is like to be living in the land of my birth and youth. They say that Singapore, despite being a tropical country, has four seasons too – hot, hotter, rain, rainier.
I was again busy sheltering students from the rain with my small foldable umbrella when I observed Isabel, a Grade 5 students, also opening up her umbrella to shelter three younger students. She was quite shy when she noticed that I have observed this, and came up to me to offer her umbrella.
It has been a great week after the holidays! We had the 10th Anniversary celebration held in conjunction with the International Day event on Friday, followed by the Halloween event on Sunday. The Halloween event, jointly organized by the Parents Support Group and the Hillside Neighbourhood Committee, was the first collaboration between the school community and the local community and totally blew me away with the scale and success of the event.
It has been a busy week for me during the one-week mid-semester holiday. It was also a most fruitful week, as I met up to discuss collaboration possibilities with Huijia Private School, and also found out that our bunch of Junior School students who were there on an exchange programme shall get to perform at a major event before government officials!
It is the week before the mid-semester holidays, and everything in the school appears to be winding down in anticipation. One can feel it in the air, as students discuss about going home, as teachers talk about taking a break.
Some things never stop though.
The preparations for our junior school’s trip to Beijing for their Chinese immersion programme continue. Good suggestions from the parents continue to come in, and are implemented immediately, even at this late hour.
The change of weather in Singapore these few weeks, from extreme hot to thunderous downpours, have taken its toll upon my staff. It came to a point where we have four teachers taken sick in one day, and my Vice-Principal had to approach me to cover as well.