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From the principal's desk

06 November 2017

Greetings to all!
 
In a fast-paced society where change is the only constant, the education sector is urged to move with the times and continually seek betterment.

But change is only possible with the right team to make things happen. Academic institutions and schools alike need to initiate firm assessment to ensure the right candidates are matched to key management positions. Careful selection of Management staff, teachers and non teaching staff are equally crucial to ensure that students receive the guidance and mentorship they deserve.

17 October 2017

Greetings!

Come 23 October, HWA will continue it's next phrase of learning journal for our precious students, gearing towards Christmas and the countdown of 2017.

This one week of break allows a brief change of lifestyles break in habits for all the teachers, students and parents alike.

Waking up later than usual, having lazy breakfast at grandparents' place or a holiday resorts for some of the families, this break provides just the needed refreshing change.

Mid Autumn Festival Celebration

HWA's celebration of this special evening was the stunning work of our students who took the centre stage. With the guiding of the teachers, they took over the stage from hosting to performing, interchangeably switching their speeches both in English and Mandarin, bringing grim across their proud parents' faces.

The heightened point was the visit of our neighbor from Pertapis Children Home, they had a fun-filled session at our games' stores. Truly, this friendship between HWA and Pertapis will evolve into something wonderful in the near future.

25 September 2017

Greetings!

HWA is a premier institution with a mission of bicultural excellence at its core. In these hallways, bright young minds experience an enriching blend of cultures and learn to take on the world with a global perspective.

This is what I believe we are, and can be.

As I learn the ropes of my role in this wonderful community, I have had the opportunity to see, hear and immerse myself in the enthusiasm and excitement of our very own PYP students.

15 September 2017

Greetings to all the parents and students !

This new semester will post many interesting and positive directives for the school.

I have been officially instituted and assumed the Principalship of HWA. I am very honored to be able to carry out the progressive development phrases of the school, most important of all, to step-up the level of the nurturing our precious kids, academically and holistically.

30 May 2017

This was the speech I gave at the High School Graduation Ceremony.

I was reminded of Harry Potter when I put on my gown and saw the high school students with their gowns on. Harry Potter had to deal with many things in his years at Hogwarts, including risking his life to take down Voldemort. Unlike Harry Potter, my students will not need to face down the greatest evil ever in order to graduate from HWA.

19 May 2017

 

Our Grade 12 students are currently taking their IB Diploma examinations. While the IB Diploma programme is a 2-year programme, these two years are but a marker in a process of education that began when a child first comes into this world, and has to learn how to draw his first breath. His first teacher was probably the midwife, who gave him a whack on his butt, inducing pain and thus a reflex to draw breath.

09 May 2017

Singapore is probably one of the strictest nations when it comes to the quality of education. Such strict oversight extends to even private education, governed by the Committee for Private Education (CPE). Schools have to meet a minimum quality of governance and educational administration, and with certain financial muscle, just to be in the business. Schools wanting to enrol international students (defined as students who are not ordinarily resident in Singapore) have to acquire the EduTrust certification.

21 April 2017

In many top international schools, the Principal goes away on the same school holidays as their academic staff. It is accepted in these schools that foreigners need to return to their home nations during the school holidays. HWA is probably a school that bucks the trend, because the Principal is a local (albeit one who has plenty of international experience) and thus follows a different leave scheme.