One community, a world of difference

From the principal's desk

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.

24 Mar 2017

This is the text of the speech delivered at the Teacher’s Appreciation Day, before the school assembly of teachers and students.

I normally deliver my speech in English first. As this speech has to do with my journey of learning Chinese, I shall break with tradition and deliver the Chinese speech first.

03 Mar 2017

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.

2nd Feb 2017

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.