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Chinese Calligraphy and Go

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!

从实践当中学习、从学习当中体会乐趣,让孩子享受学习的过程-这就是HWA一直以来贯彻的教育理念。中文作为最难的语言之一,对于普通的学生来说可能是艰难和枯燥的,但是在HWA我们将中文的学习融入在每天的教学和娱乐当中,让孩子在多样的活动中潜移默化的学习中文和中华文化。瞧! 孩子们多么开心呀!

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11 November 2016

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.

4 November 2016

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.

28 October 2016

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!

14 October 2016

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.

7 October 2016

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.

30 September 2016

I cannot help but think of two things that happened, one last week and one this week.I popped by a middle-school class during my routine walkabouts, and they were having a break. One of the students took the opportunity to tell me of his displeasure, that he (or rather his parents) has paid the school fees for him to study, so why should we stop him from buying drinks at any time of the day from the school canteen?

23 September 2016

16 Sep is the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrations in our school. It is also the final school day of our first batch of immersion students from Beijing Huijia Private School, our sister school in Beijing, for the year. I was glad to see plenty of talents performing that day. I was also glad to see how our immersion students have enjoyed themselves during the celebrations.

14 September 2016

It all started with a boy who found a two-dollar note and popped by my office with his buddies. One of them noticed with great glee the bottle of candies on my table and reached out for it. 

It was a learning moment, as I found myself having to teach them how to ask for the candies in a polite manner, and to accept that the person with the candies has the right to reject the request. One or two rounds of practice later, all the boys got their candies.

9 September 2016

I met up with a group of parents who have been supporting the school, some for as long as six years, on Wednesday evening. They are busy parents with full-time jobs yet they took the time to come to talk with this new principal of a school they have grown to love. I really appreciate that gesture.