One community, a world of difference

23 August 2018

Warm Greetings to parents, and guardians.

It’s beautiful and warm to hear children laughing in the walkways, canteens, and playground. Love to see their red cheeks and sweat trickling down, and students buying their breakfast to start the day.

I am empowered each day by them and remind myself that more must be done, as each day is precious to them.

With this motion, our dedicated teachers often meet to seek out the best collaborations to ensure maximum success, although it’s a sharp learning curve, they never waver. Kudos to them!

This is HWA's team, ready for AY2018/19!

The new AY is poised to be daring yet fun; our focus is still on the student’s learning success and enhancement of mind and knowledge impartment.

HWA will be starting a full trail of having students to collate their best pieces of arts, written journals, essays, prose as a final project, the student’s masterpiece of work, compiled into a “My Work” at the end of semester 2.

Indeed a beautiful piece of “ME.”

Besides, learning is going back to basic, Writing.

Scottish Writer James Robertson said, “ I prefer the pen. There is something elemental about the glide and the flow of nib and ink on paper.”

True, writing is therapeutic, there are lots of advantages to it, especially so for HWA’s Gen Zers, who are wholly exposed to the digital world.

Writing increases learning in comprehension, calm nervous jitters, slow down mental aging, awaken artistry, make sure we practice the vital motor skills we learn in pre-schools, and activate the brain thoroughly.

HWA takes writing a few steps further, knowing the healthful benefits, we are embarking onto ????. Traditional character writing and practices for our students across all levels. If calligraphy is an art, then this is the prelude to the mastery of prose.

As a bicultural school, values are embedded in the process of advocating academic disciplines; learning is the way of cultivating the soul, mind, and self. This template can be used across many cultures, in any context. In the saying of ??, character molding, we are planting the ethical values, respect, compassion, kindness, forgiveness, and discipline in the developing child. There are many more, all in the eagerness to build a resilient Gen Zers.

Thank you.

Clarissa Lim