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!
There was a quiet knock at my door. My students are starting to understand and adopt proper school etiquette! I suppose my weeks after weeks of reminding the students to knock before they enter have borne fruit.
Three of my junior school girls came in, and they were not the usual ones who would come in to complain about one of their classmates. They came in, smiled, and asked if there were any more candies. I promised them that I would get Mrs Chan to get more candies. For some reason, my wife has become my Quartermaster of Candy, to my students.
It was great to see the smiling faces of the children, after the Christmas holidays. They returned to see a brand new playground area, with reconfigured playground equipment, swings and a trampoline to play on. Playground equipment are an important part of childhood, and they remain in the memories of children long after they become too old to play on them.
HWA students won the 1st prize (team) in the Chinese Proficiency Competition 2016 for Primary students from Singapore and Malaysia.
We are delighted to let you know that starting from this semester, our PE teacher – Mr. Villanueva - has introduced a new sport Euro Hockey to the students.
Euro Hockey is a territory-invasion game that will allow them to understand and learn the fundamentals of such games. This will also give them opportunities to play, build skills, learn team work and fair play.
We hope our students had a great time with their family during the Christmas holiday. We are so excited to see our students next week and believe they will be thrilled to see the change of our campus!
A new playground, swings and a trampoline have been set up during the holiday time. We are sure the play area will be full of fun and laughter.
On the first week of December, we were very honored to host the teachers from Henan Jianye Group in China. The teachers had a school tour and we shared with them our experiences on how to build a truly bilingual and bicultural international school.
Most school administrators talk about their educational philosophies, their wonderful school facilities, or even their achievements and accolades. We can go on and on about those.