We can't wait to our HWA PSG Family Movie Night on next Friday ! You are most welcome to join us! Please refer to the poster for more details !
The Science and Math Week activities for the academic year 2016-17 went remarkably well from 28th February to 2nd March 2017, encouraging students to inquire, investigate and reflect on the changes happening around us; from seasons and climate, to materials and energy.
It was yet another busy Tuesday lunch-break when a bunch of students knocked on my doors and came in (for my candy, obviously – it is not like the Principal is the reason for them to come!). I smiled and reminded myself of the students whom I observed barging into their classrooms when their teacher was teaching – I shall have to remind my teachers to reinforce this habit in school. Proper manners is very much a part of society’s expectations, and as educators, it is our job to teach manners as well.
Last Wednesday, 22nd February, HWA Scouts went hiking at Coney Island, Punggol. Our hike day coincided with World Scouts Day (also known as Founders Day), which is a day worldwide where all Scout associations celebrate the birthday of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting.
Our HWA students were invited to perform at the Serangoon Community Club Lunar New Year Celebration on 19 Feb 2017. Our talented students brought happiness and laughters to the audience through their brilliant performances of dance, crosstalk (xiangsheng) and “Chinese rap” (kuaiban).
On 8th Feb, HWA Green Club members went to the Jurong Bird Park. The trips coincided with the celebration of the Year of the Rooster and our focus on birds of Singapore and Asia. During the trip, students participated in the Zoo-Diac Trail, which included stops at Birds of Prey, the Lory Loft, Jungle Jewels, Wings of Asia and the World of Darkness.
A Principal should be present to greet his students every morning, and all the more so after an extended school holiday and vacation. It was thus quite distressing to me that I had to deal with a terrible tummy on the Monday after the CNY holidays. It was no big deal – I am a fighter – a couple of carbon tablets and I can still continue the fight, but it was frustrating for me to be late for school on such an important day.
I realise I have readers who read this column who are neither students nor their parents. I thought I would reproduce the contents of my speech at the Chinese New Year celebrations (on 20 January 2017) for this post.
Before I begin, let me introduce to you a new member of the HWA family, Ms Katty Zhao, VP of Admissions, Marketing and Communications. She has lots of exciting ideas to contribute to the school, and I welcome this new addition.
Welcoming the Year of the Rooster!
When parents, staff and students walked into the Hillside World Academy (HWA) today for the Chinese New Year celebration, they would have noticed the many beautiful Chinese New Year decorations all around the school - lanterns, flowers, couplets etc. Indeed, everyone could feel the festive mood of the Chinese New Year!