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Vice Principal's Message
Mr Pong Wen Long
I am thankful and heartened by the warm welcome extended to me by staff members and students. Although I have been in the school for a short time, it is evident to me that there is a pervasive culture of care and excellence among every Hildan. During the recent CNY celebration, I am delighted that our Sec 4 and 5 students chipped in to present festive goodies to our contract support staff in appreciation of their contributions. Also, every Wednesday morning, our teachers dedicated 1 hour to learn as a Professional Learning Team (PLT). I recently attended one session, and was impressed by the passion and professionalism of our teachers in seeking ways to improve their practices and to help students learn better.
Indeed, St Hilda’s Secondary School has a long history of providing holistic education with a balanced development of mind, body and spirit for its pupils and nurturing God-fearing students. I am blessed to be amongst the newest members of the St Hilda’s family in this special year as we celebrate our school’s 80th anniversary. I am excited about the many meaningful and fun-filled learning programmes that we have planned for our students this year. Going forward, I hope to work in synergy with our staff, parents and stakeholders to serve the interest of our students, and to provide each of them with another year of quality learning experiences.
Pong Wen Long (Mr.)
Ms Tan Yee Leng
The Singapore education system has evolved and grown over the years, moving from being efficiency-driven in the early 1960s-70s to its current emphasis on values education and a system that caters variously to the different talents and aspirations of our young. There is an impetus for schools to carve out their individual niche areas and establish peaks of excellence for themselves. Schools are also to equip our youth with the pre-requisite subject knowledge and associated disciplinary skills and values that will enable them to navigate their way in the world of the 21st century effectively.
Strong leadership, working hand in hand with a professional team of teachers would be critical in helping us achieve these goals. Leading and managing a school for the 21st century would involve more that effective strategic planning and administration. It certainly calls for school leaders and middle managers who are instructional leaders as well. A key role as instructional leaders is to better lead and engage our teacher colleagues in the review of existing classroom practices and to substantiate their practices with sound pedagogical principles and theories of learning. This, in my mind, would be one of the levers that would lead to breakthrough teaching and learning, to move beyond the traditional chalk and talk, and rote learning to the test.
Towards this end, we, at St Hilda's Secondary, hope to build a vibrant learning environment where like-minded professionals work towards growing the varied talents and aspirations of all Hildan students.
Tan Yee Leng (Ms.)